This book is a guide about getting it right for healthcare professionals. It is about doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, for the right people. These are the dimensions of quality in healthcare, and although some are in conflict (equitable access and efficiency, for example) adherence to ethical practice and professional behaviour will help lead healthcare practitioners through the minefield of responsibilities and priorities.
Safety and Ethics in Healtcare is divided into four parts. The first deals with healthcare today: the things that are wrong with it, and how some of these have come to be. The second part sets out the basic principles that need to be understood if the safety and quality of healthcare is to be improved. The third parts explains what to do when things go wrong and how to respond when a patient has been harmed. The fourth part addresses the prevention of iatrogenic harm and the improvement of quality of practice. Real-life situations ate integrall to the book; approximately 500 clinical examples are referred to within the text.