Publication Announcement: A Comprehensive Guide to Managing Never Events and Hospital-Acquired Conditions
Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS) - March 9, 2009 - Washington, DC

To help commemorate Patient Safety Awareness Week, Atlantic Information Services (AIS) is pleased to announce publication of A Comprehensive Guide to Managing Never Events and Hospital-Acquired Conditions, an exhaustive study of current and future quality and risk management approaches to patient safety and preventable adverse events.

Written by three top patient safety leaders — Robert F. Bunting, Jr., Jay Schukman, MD, and Wesley B. Wong, MD — this valuable 350-page resource is “must” reading for anyone committed to ensuring safe patient care, including chief medical officers, risk managers, patient safety officers, quality professionals, nursing managers, and CEOs, CFOs and other financial managers interested in improving patient outcomes and reducing costly never events and hospital-acquired conditions (HACs).

Here’s what national leaders in patient safety and risk management are saying about this extraordinary new book.

With a foreword by Dr. Bob Wachter, one of the most influential physician executives in the U.S., this book chronicles the patient safety activities of the past decade and provides copious examples of patient safety improvement efforts, including state reporting requirements, evidence on the preventability adverse events, improvement initiatives undertaken by a wide variety of stakeholders, and much more. For book details, visit http://www.aishealth.com/Products/LNEV.html

A dozen highly informative chapters focus on:

  • Participants in the Process
  • Never Events and Hospital-Acquired Conditions
  • The Impact of Preventable Adverse Events and Ways to Reduce Them
  • Working with Providers
  • Value-Based Purchasing
  • Reporting Issues
  • The Keys to Adopting Best Practices
  • Creating a Patient Safety Culture
  • Health Literacy
  • Patient Impact
  • Universal Data Collection and Reporting
  • What’s Ahead for Never Events and Hospital-Acquired Conditions

Numerous strategies, tips, and resources included throughout the book provide a unique set of tools for heath care providers and leaders alike.

Shipping in April, A Comprehensive Guide to Managing Never Events and Hospital-Acquired Conditions is published in looseleaf format and is intended to be updated twice annually to accommodate the dynamic changes ahead in this important field. Subscribers receive the initial comprehensive volume (with searchable CD) and first biannual update (with a new searchable CD).

About the Publisher

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For further information on, or to order a subscription to, A Comprehensive Guide to Managing Never Events and Hospital-Acquired Conditions, go to http://www.aishealth.com/Products/LNEV.html.

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Here’s what national leaders in patient safety and risk management are saying about this extraordinary new book.

This book is much more than its title indicates. A rich compendium of information on the history and current state of patient safety, this guide also provides the context within which never events and HACs need to be understood to appreciate their importance to the overall goals of safe patient care. So well written that it would seem out of place in the reference section of your bookshelf, it is, nonetheless, a reference book of the highest quality and a must-read for those involved in this transformational work.

– Diane C. Pinakiewicz, President, National Patient Safety Foundation

An excellent reference for all health care providers, especially risk managers, patient safety officers, and quality professionals. As health care providers, we are all in this together, and this book provides an exceptional foundation upon which to build.

– Georgene Saliba, Administrator for Risk Management, Claims Management, and Patient Safety, Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, and president of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management

This book provides a broad-based review of preventable adverse events and sets forth human, technology, and culture-based solutions for reducing their occurrence with the ultimate goal of providing high quality, evidence-based care. The strategies, tips, and resources in this book are a welcome set of tools for health care providers and leaders alike.

– Kathleen Shostek, Senior Risk Management Analyst, ECRI Institute

An ambitious undertaking that actually succeeds in pulling together history, resources, and references with the readability of a novel, A Comprehensive Guide to Managing Never Events and Hospital-Acquired Conditions belongs on the shelf of every health care risk manager.

– Pamela L. Popp, Executive Vice President, Western Litigation Inc., and past president of ASHRM

Anyone charged with driving the patient safety initiative, or convincing staff, physicians, or boards of the importance of action in an organization, should read this book!

– Geri Amori, Vice President, Education Center, The Risk Management and Patient Safety Institute, and past president of ASHRM

A well-written and comprehensive review that should be a part of the library of every person who is serious about patient safety.

– Doug Borg, Director of Insurance, Duke University Health System, and past president of ASHRM

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