It is estimated that up to 10 per cent of hospital inpatients suffer adverse events. Medical errors are rarely caused by bad individuals; more often it is as a result of bad systems.
This guide is aimed at junior doctors, who are often in the best position to identify how things could work better on the ground.
The guide outlines the key steps to follow if something does go wrong, including communication, documentation, reporting, learning and how to handle complaints.
It includes case studies based on real-life situations. Senior doctor discuss mistakes they have made and describe how they learnt from them.
This is the second version of Medical error
. The first version of Medical error
was published in 2005.