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Crisis Management in Acute Care Settings: Human Factors and Team Psychology in a High Stakes Environment [Hardcover]

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This book addresses all issues relevant to error prevention and safe practice in the acute and emergency health-care setting. It begins with the basic principles of human behavior and decision making and then partitions into three sections where the individual, the team, and the organizational influences within the health-care system are discussed in greater depth.

Case reports and proven strategies help to ground psychological theory in daily practice. This book has emerged from a long-standing cooperation between clinicians and psychologists. Blending the strengths of both professions into a readily accessible text has created a book which will hopefully help both physicians and non-physicians to better understand the principles of human behavior and decision making in critical situations and in turn enable them to provide safer treatment.

Unsuspected medical crisis and emergency situations may be managed more effectively and an increased awareness of contributing factors may help to avoid errors from the outset.

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Pages   234
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.53" Width: 6.93" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   1.46 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2007
Publisher   Springer
ISBN  3540710612  
ISBN13  9783540710615  

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Definitely worth reading, but ...  May 27, 2008
Overall the authors present the psychology of medical crisis management in a very readable and succinct format.
Unfortunately, this book cannot hide the fact that it is translated from an original published in German (in 2005): on numerous occasions the authors take liberties with the English language that will strike Anglo-American readers as "odd". Further, from an academic perspective it is frustrating to discover that a substantial number of the cited references are from German language publications and therefore of no use to the intended English-speaking readership.
My recommendation to the editors would be to enlist the help of an English-speaking medical translator in the preparation of the 2nd edition and to limit the number of German language references to an absolute minimum.
A valuable resource for understanding behavior in crisis situations  Jan 24, 2008
The concisely written book fills an important niche in the literature about team training and crisis management. Each chapter begins with a clinical vignette that highlights key issues in team interactions and decision-making in crises in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The body of each chapter then explores relevant concepts about individual/team psychology, all in a language accessible to clinicians without being overly theoretical, which is an important strength of this book. Indeed, for busy clinicians who frequently encounter high-stakes medical crises, each chapter promotes self-reflection. Similarly, for medical and nursing educators who lead debriefings of simulated crises, this book provides important insights and a framework to facilitate discussion about the development of medical errors, leadership issues, team interactions and communication, and threats to perceived feelings of competency and other factors that alter clinicians' behaviors in high-stress situations. A must-read!

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