The Patient's Guide to Preventing Medical Errors


"The nation watched in horror as 17-year-old Jessica Santillian died needlessly after a heart-lung transplant in 2003. She had been given organs with the wrong blood type. That error killed her. This is just one among tens of thousands of less publicized errors that occur in U. S. hospitals each year. Author Karin Janine Berntsen, a veteran of the hospital and health care industry, takes us through the headlines, and the events never publicized, into hospital wards and surgical rooms to see how errors are made causing disability or death. She gives graphic examples of actual events that illustrate the problems cited in a federal Institute of Medicine report revealing medical errors in the hospital cause 44,000 to 98,000 deaths each year. There is, says Berntsen, an urgent need to pause and take inventory, a need for clinicians and consumers to come together as partners for change." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2004


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