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Blue Threat“Blue Threat: Why to Err Is Inhuman” by Tony Kern
Demystify human error through a science based process that takes into account your personal uniqueness, environment and situational factors. Contents include key topics such as: – Why compliance is so hard and so vital – Myth busting “to err is human” – Why “good enough” really isn’t – Reclaiming personal accountability from the political correctness police.



Why Hospitals Should Fly“Why Hospitals Should Fly: The Ultimate Flight Plan to Patient Safety and Quality Care” by John Nance
Medical care has a ton yet to learn from the decades of progress that have brought aviation to unprecedented levels of safety, and, in instructing us all about those lessons.  This book should be required reading for anyone willing to face the facts about what it will take for health care to be as safe as it truly can be.



Deep Survival“Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why” by Laurence Gonzales
When confronted with a life-threatening situation, 90% of people freeze or panic, says Gonzales in this exploration of what makes the remaining 10% stay cool, focused and alive.





James Philipp Bagian“Risky Business: James Bagian—NASA astronaut turned patient safety expert—on Being Wrong”  Article on on James Bagian, director of the Veteran Administration’s National Center for Patient Safety.






acute care surgery“Acute Care Surgery and Trauma, Evidence-Based Practice” by Stephen M. Cohn, University of Texas HSC, San Antonio Texas.
This book is essential reading for all surgeons, fellows and residents, in particular those working in acute care, trauma, emergency and critical care medicine. It focuses on important surgical management issues using scientific evidence from the published literature (see Dr. Stahl’s chapter #43 on patients safety).
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Top Knife“Top Knife: Art and Craft in Trauma Surgery” by Hirshberg Asher
This book will help you take a badly wounded patient to the operating room, organize yourself and your team, do battle with some vicious injuries, and come out with the best possible result.



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