Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals by Peter Pronovost
How One Doctor's Checklist Can Help Us Change Health Care from the Inside Out

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"The tough-minded and revealing story of a leading doctor's crusade against medical harm...Fascinating reading." -Atul Gawande, author of The Checklist Manifesto.

First, do no harm. Doctors, nurses, and clinicians swear by this code of conduct. Yet, medical errors are made every single day-avoidable mistakes that often cost lives. Inspired by two such mistakes, Dr. Peter Pronovost made it his personal mission to improve patient safety and make preventable deaths a thing of the past, one hospital at a time.

Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals shows how Dr. Pronovost started a revolution by creating a simple checklist that standardized a common ICU procedure. His reforms are being implemented in all fifty states and have saved hundreds of lives by cutting hospital-acquired infection rates by 70%. Atul Gawande profiled Dr. Pronovost's reforms in a New Yorker article and his bestselling book The Checklist Manifesto is based upon Dr. Pronovost's success in patient safety. But Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals is the real story: an inspiring, thought-provoking, accessible insider's narrative about how doctors and nurses are improving patient care for all Americans, today.


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PETER PRONOVOST, Ph.D, M.D., (left) is a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and serves as medical director for the Johns Hopkins Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care.ERIC VOHR (right) was formerly the assistant director of media relations at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and he teaches technical writing at Johns Hopkins University.
Published February 11, 2010 by Plume. 304 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Self Help. Non-fiction

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When a particular hospital culture proves resistant to change, Dr. Pronovost devises workaround strategies, such as giving nurses pagers to summon hospital executives if a doctor's intransigence threatens safety, or setting up a Web site where staffers can anonymously report problems.

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Nurses hesitate to challenge doctors even when doctors are ordering the wrong drug or operating on the wrong limb.

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