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Spath PL, ed. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass; 2011. ISBN: 9780470502402.
Error Reduction in Health Care remains one of the few comprehensive textbooks in patient safety. This updated edition covers key concepts in safety, beginning with the systems approach and the role of human factors engineering in patient safety. Also included are sections on measurement and interpretation of safety data, error analysis techniques, and approaches to improving patient safety (e.g., teamwork training and developing a culture of safety). The book's chapters are authored by experts in the field and strike a balance between background theory and practical approaches to reducing preventable adverse events.
Internal Bleeding: The Truth Behind America's Terrifying Epidemic of Medical Mistakes. Updated edition.
Wachter R, Shojania K. New York, NY: Rugged Land; 2005. ISBN: 1590710738.
Wachter and Shojania adapted many of the cases they previously published in the academic literature, some cases previously described in the lay literature (eg, the Duke transplant mix-up and the death of Betsy Lehman at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), and other cases never previously reported to provide a dramatic account of medical errors and the field of patient safety. Dr. Lucian Leape wrote that Internal Bleeding "shows how cognitive psychology and human factors engineering provide the way out by shifting attention from blaming individuals to fixing faulty systems." The book, now in its fourth printing, continues to be a popular choice for anyone with an interest in patient safety.