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Organizing Patient Safety

Failsafe Fantasies and Pragmatic Practices

Benefits

  • Investigates the rationalities and implications of the recent international preoccupation with patient safety in healthcare

  • Pinpoints tensions and problems involved in introducing specific standardised and centralised management technologies into situated work practices

  • Offers the reader an alternative vocabulary for understanding and approaching safety and risk in healthcare

Book

Part of the Health, Technology and Society book series (HTE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kirstine Zinck Pedersen
      Pages 3-31
    3. Kirstine Zinck Pedersen
      Pages 33-42
    4. Kirstine Zinck Pedersen
      Pages 43-73
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Kirstine Zinck Pedersen
      Pages 77-110
    3. Kirstine Zinck Pedersen
      Pages 111-136
    4. Kirstine Zinck Pedersen
      Pages 137-167
    5. Kirstine Zinck Pedersen
      Pages 169-200
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Kirstine Zinck Pedersen
      Pages 203-226
    3. Kirstine Zinck Pedersen
      Pages 227-249
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 251-279

About this book

Introduction

This book examines the organizational consequences of the recent international preoccupation with managing patient safety in the clinic. Built on presuppositions about failsafe system-design, risk elimination, and human fallibility, the patient safety programme introduces new problems and safety threats in clinical practice by devaluing practical forms of reasoning and the trained safety dispositions of clinicians. Developing a pragmatic and more situated stance on patient safety, Pedersen offers an alternative vocabulary that refocuses attention towards the importance of conduct, habits and experience-based learning in delivering safe care. This innovative book will be of great interest to scholars and practitioners of organization and risk studies, health, science and technology studies and the wider social and medical sciences.

Keywords

Health Care Nursing The Swiss Cheese Model Medical Misconduct International patient safety policy programme To Err is Human John Dewey The patient safety curriculum in medical schools factor-ten error The Root Cause Analysis

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OrganizationCopenhagen Business SchoolFrederiksberg CDenmark

About the authors

Kirstine Zinck Pedersen is Assistant Professor at the Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Organizing Patient Safety
  • Book Subtitle Failsafe Fantasies and Pragmatic Practices
  • Authors Kirstine Zinck Pedersen
  • Series Title Health, Technology and Society
  • Series Abbreviated Title Health, Technology and Society
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-53786-7
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-53785-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-71127-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-53786-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIII, 279
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Medical Sociology
    Health Care Management
    Ethics
    Health Administration
  • Buy this book on publisher's site

Reviews

“This is a well-written and genuinely innovative book which should be of great interest to scholars and practitioners of organisation and risk studies, health, science and technology studies and the wider social and medical sciences.” (The RoSPA OS&H Journal, May, 2018)