Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal
Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus,
Virginia Commonwealth University.
To Do No Harm is an excellent book. It presents
a clear picture of the risk of harm to patients during medical or hospital
care and the tragic history of that risk. The authors describe principles
of analysis of hospital hazard, system failures that facilitate error, and
“organizational culture” as a principal factor in patient safety
Each chapter begins with a “concept to action,” which, interacting
with other concepts, adds to the well-directed “development of a proposal
for change toward a hazard-free environment.” The book is not an encyclopedia
for browsing but, rather, begs to be read in its entirety.
Feldman SE. Patient Safety. JAMA. 2005;294(3):374-378. doi:10.1001/jama.294.3.375