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The Transformation of Patient Safety at the VA, September 2006
James P. Bagian, MD, is the Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Patient Safety. Dr. Bagian began his career as a mechanical engineer, then became a physician, trained in surgery and anesthesia. A NASA Astronaut for 15 years, he flew on two space shuttle flights. In 2001, the American Medical Association awarded him the Nathan S. Davis Award for outstanding public service in the advancement of public health. We asked Dr. Bagian to speak with us about his experience transforming safety at in Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide.
Patankar MS, Brown JP, Treadwell MD. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing; 2005. ISBN: 9780754642473.
The authors review the ethical foundations of safety in the aviation, health care, and occupational and environmental health industries. The authors encourage professionals to embrace ethical decision making in supporting their safety work.