Reclaiming Childbirth as a Rite of Passage Weaving Ancient wisdom with Modern Knowledge by Rachel ReedIt's time for a childbirth revolution. The modern approach to maternity care fails women, families and care providers with outdated practices that centre the needs of institutions rather than individuals. In this book, Rachel Reed weaves history, science and research with the experiences of women and care providers to create a holistic, evidence-based framework for understanding birth. Reclaiming childbirth as a rite of passage requires us to recognise that mothers own the power and expertise when it comes to birthing their babies. Whether you are a parent, care provider or educator, this book will transform how you think and feel about childbirth.
Publication Date: 2021
The Truth about Big Medicine by Evelyn V. McKnightMany Americans believe that their healthcare is second to none. Most patients, therefore, fail to appreciate the flaws and dangers present while receiving medical care. In fact, the American health care industry is one of the great tragedies of this country, which is now being brought to its knees by the medical industry run amuck. The Truth About Big Medicine: Righting the Wrongs for Better Health Care divulges secrets of the industry, which keep it focused on its own economic needs to the detriment of public health. The cost of American health care per person far exceeds other developed countries, yet it delivers life expectancies and infant mortalities that are shamefully ranked low among developed nations. Special interest groups and weak legislation created a "tapeworm" that continues to devour the American economy and shorten the lives of hundreds of thousands each year. Using true stories throughout, the authors illustrate that it is time for the public, students, educators, and legislators to clearly recognize medical deception and secrecy and to consider clear solutions on how they can achieve a safer health care system. A rich variety of authors with experience in revealing unsafe medical practices bring recommendations for changing health care delivery by taking an aspect of the health care system, identifying its shortcomings, and proposing ways to reduce harm plus correct the injustices. Included are discussions of imaging, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, hospital practices and procedures, and medical malpractice and negligence, among other topics. No consumer of health care should ignore the dangers; this book helps reveal them and suggests useful remedies. The authors maintain a website at http://truthaboutbigmedicine.com/
Publication Date: 2014
Closing Death's Door: r : Legal Innovations to End the Epidemic of Healthcare Harm by Saks and LandsmanClosing Death’s Door explores innovative legal strategies to address the challenge of medical error. In the United States today, several hundred thousand patients die in hospitals each year because of errors in medical treatment—the nation’s third leading cause of death. The legal mechanism designed to deal with this epidemic of injury and death is the medical malpractice system. It has failed to stem the tide of iatrogenic harm. Among the reasons are the costliness of the malpractice system, its availability to only a minuscule percentage of those harmed, and decades of “tort reform” efforts that have effectively extinguished the system for all but the most egregious claims. In 1999, in To Err Is Human, the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) sounded an alarm about the toll taken by medical error. Its proposed solution—a set of reporting systems to document problems and generate data on which solutions might be based—has been a failure. The time has come for a fresh look at what the law might do to contribute to patient safety. To begin a conversation about legal innovations designed to spur healthcare system improvements directed at reducing harmful medical errors, this book explores a number of possible steps, including well-designed economic incentives to stimulate greater investment in safety; promotion of systems approaches to safer delivery of care; government regulation and surveillance in especially risky treatment contexts; and encouragement of a range of technological improvements, especially involving information technology.
Publication Date: 2021
Making Healthcare Safe by LeapeContents: Summary of Recommendations (Table 22.4) -- Progress -- Remaining Challenges -- Shining a Light  -- Safer Health Care Through Transparency -- Workshop Leaders: Gary Kaplan and Robert Wachter -- Summary of Recommendations (Table 22.5) -- Progress -- Remaining Challenges -- Transforming Health Care: A Compendium -- Members -- Later Work -- The "Must Do" List -- Financial Costs of Patient Safety -- Collaboration with American College of Healthcare Executives -- Conclusion -- References -- Chapter 23: Now the Hard Part: Creating a Culture of Safety -- What Is Culture? -- A Culture of Safety -- Characteristics of a Safe Culture -- A Just Culture -- High-Reliability Organizations -- The Problem -- Why Changing Culture Is so Hard to Do -- How to Do It -- Examples of Success -- Virginia Mason Medical Center -- Secrets of Success -- Cincinnati Children's Hospital -- Denver Health -- Safe and Reliable Health Care -- Making It Happen -- A Role for Government? -- A "Burning Platform"? -- References -- Correction to: Everyone Counts: Building a Culture of Respect -- Index.