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Books, Journals, New Media
July 20, 2005

Patient Safety

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2005;294(3):374-378. doi:10.1001/jama.294.3.375

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 risk.

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.

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