Indian Journal of Orthopaedics

: 2017  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 352-

Patient safety: Protect yourself from medical errors

Deepak Shah 
 Department of Orthopaedics, Jashdeep Hospital, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Deepak Shah
Department of Orthopaedics, Jashdeep Hospital, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

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Shah D. Patient safety: Protect yourself from medical errors.Indian J Orthop 2017;51:352-352

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Shah D. Patient safety: Protect yourself from medical errors. Indian J Orthop [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Jan 28 ];51:352-352
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Editor: Aniruddha MalpaniPublished: Dr. Aniruddha Malpani, Health Education Library for People, Mumbai

“Patient safety” has always been an important aspect of medical service. As investigative facilities and subspecialties have increased, the value of interdepartmental coordination has come into picture and is of value to avoid medical errors or in other terms of medical negligence. The relevance of the coordination increased after Supreme Court judgment in V.P. Santha Case (Since 1995), where medical services were included in Consumer Protection Act (1986).

The book “Patient Safety”(protect yourself from medical errors) not only covers procedures but also covers protocols which help in avoiding errors so as to provide hassle free and assured services. The book has five chapters. Introduction “The night I nearly killed my patient” creates curiosity about the book which is neatly written with suitable examples. Different perspectives such as patient's, professional's, and that of systems are covered under different chapters.

Patient perspective provides information for patients, how to be vigilant about treatment, and services offered by Health Care Establishment including Medical professional service.

Professional and Clinical perspective provides different area of practice where errors are common. It mentions methods to prevent it also. Small activities such as intravenous fluid are also taken care of.

System perspective is a perfect example as “Deficiency in Service” is blamed on health care establishment. It is the universal fact that chances of errors increase when more than one person is involved in coordination. Hence, interdepartmental coordination from registration to admission, investigation, surgery, billing, and discharge has to be managed to avoid errors. “Swiss Cheese Model” is explained beautifully to understand system perspective.

In developing countries, such as India, where the need of this book is much more than developed countries, a few points pertaining to the country could have been covered such as patient–doctor relationship change, hospital violence, and individual professional attack, which would have made this book complete.

This book gives readers a thorough understanding of a patient's safety. It also provides a forum for discussion on the same. Overall, the book is a good guide for young professionals and administrators to fill up the areas of errors which make them vulnerable to law.