Year 5, Book 34

34. Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals by Peter Pronovost
This book is written by the doctor at Johns Hopkins University who established the checklist as a way to increase patient safety. I originally became aware of this book because my book club read Josie’s Story and met with the author Sorrel King who mentioned the publication of this book. The death of Josie King due to a preventable medical error and Sorrel King’s fight to increase patient safety was what led Pronovost to develop his checklist methodology. The book relates the incidents surrounding Josie’s death and how he became involved in the fight for patient safety protocols. It details its adoption by the state of Michigan and why he has had such difficulty instituting it elsewhere including in his home state of Maryland. It is an area that I find extremely interesting so I enjoyed the book, although he is not the best writer in the world. I am looking forward to reading Atul Gawande’s Checklist Manifesto, which covers Pronovost’s efforts as well as other efforts at patient safety.

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