In effort to inform and empower current and future healthcare patients, their families and friends, LeahsLegacy is providing the following patient safety resources and recommendations:
Fact Sheets and Checklists
A selection of inspiring, influential, and highly informative books, journals, and articles.
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande, M.D.
Today we find ourselves in possession of stupendous know-how, which we willingly place in the hands of the most highly skilled people. But avoidable failures are common, & the reason is simple: the volume and complexity of our knowledge has exceeded our ability to consistently deliver it – correctly, safely or efficiently.
In this groundbreaking book, Atul Gawande makes a compelling argument for the checklist, which he believes to be the most promising method available in surmounting failure. Whether you’re following a recipe, investing millions of dollars in a company or building a skyscraper, the checklist is an essential tool in virtually every area of our lives, and Gawande explains how breaking down complex, high pressure tasks into small steps can radically improve everything from airline safety to heart surgery survival rates.
Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care by Marty Makary, M.D.Over the last ten years, neither error rates nor costs have come down, despite scientific progress and efforts to curb expenses. Why? To patients, the healthcare system is a black box. Doctors and hospitals are unaccountable, and the lack of transparency leaves both bad doctors and systemic flaws unchecked.
Patients need to know more of what healthcare workers know, so they can make informed choices. Accountability in healthcare would expose dangerous doctors, reward good performance, and force positive change nationally, using the power of the free market.
It is a book that can’t be put down. It’s a fast read, and it will have you gasping and disgusted by the healthcare system. It once again reinforces that big healthcare brands don’t mean that you will get the most expert care or humane treatment.
I am amazed that this book hasn’t been more widespread: should be a must read for all medical students as part of their ethics courses.
How Do Good Ideas Spread by Atul Gawande, M.D.
An intriguing article that covers the history of anesthesia, the struggle of modern medicine to solve big problems quickly and effectively, and how technology can play a role in expanding patient safety in the future.
Engaged Patients is a consumer and advocate-led project to inform, engage and empower you to feel comfortable and even confident in taking a greater role in your own health care. Engaged Patients believes that excellent tools, technologies, and strategies empower people to be better informed and more engaged in every health care encounter.
Engaged Patients has worked for over a decade creating patient education resources and building relationships in the patient advocacy community.
Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety is an advocacy group devoted to improving patient health & safety. In particular, PPAHS has been vocal on the following issues:
Continuous electronic monitoring: all patients receiving opioids should be continuously electronically monitored with oximetry & capnography.
False alarms & fatigue: hospitals & other healthcare facilities must address & reduce alarm fatigue for improved patient safety.
Ease of patient assessment: by utilizing technology that incorporates multiple physiological parameters into one.
Eliminating preventable errors & reducing healthcare costs: eliminating preventable errors & reducing costs.
The Empowered Patient Coalition was created by patient advocate Julia Hallisy & is devoted to helping the public improve the quality & the safety of their healthcare. The coalition feels strongly that the first crucial steps in both patient empowerment & patient safety efforts are information & education. With this goal in mind, the Coalition provides both consumers & patient advocates a clear understanding of the importance of forming interactive partnerships with providers & gives them the tools & resources they need to become capable & confident members of the health care team.
Patients will be able to experience true patient-centered care & shared decision-making when they have access to the appropriate information, strategies & support.
ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Our work focuses exclusively on truly important stories, stories with “moral force.”
We do this by producing journalism that shines a light on exploitation of the weak by the strong & on the failures of those with power to vindicate the trust placed in them.
Mothers Against Medical Error provides support for victims of medical harm and works on a variety of projects to further the cause of safer, more effective medical care.
Read more about Lenore’s story by Patient Voice Institute.