Crisis Management in Acute Care Settings

Human Factors and Team Psychology in a High Stakes Enviroment

  • Michael St. Pierre
  • Gesine Hofinger
  • Cornelius Buerschaper

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Basic Principles: Error, Complexity, and Human Behavior

  3. Individual Factors of Behavior

  4. The Team

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Pages 173-185
  5. The Organization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 229-234

About this book


This book addresses all issues relevant to error prevention and safe practice in the acute and emergency health-care setting. It begins with the basic principles of human behavior and decision making and then partitions into three sections where the individual, the team, and the organizational influences within the health-care system are discussed in greater depth.

Case reports and proven strategies help to ground psychological theory in daily practice. This book has emerged from a long-standing cooperation between clinicians and psychologists. Blending the strengths of both professions into a readily accessible text has created a book which will hopefully help both physicians and non-physicians to better understand the principles of human behavior and decision making in critical situations and in turn enable them to provide safer treatment.

Unsuspected medical crisis and emergency situations may be managed more effectively and an increased awareness of contributing factors may help to avoid errors from the outset.


Acute and Emergency Health Care Patient Safety care human factors prevention reliability

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael St. Pierre
    • 1
  • Gesine Hofinger
    • 2
  • Cornelius Buerschaper
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyUniversity of ErlangenErlangenGermany
  2. 2.RemseckGermany
  3. 3.BerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

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