Organizing Patient Safety

Failsafe Fantasies and Pragmatic Practices

  • Kirstine Zinck┬áPedersen

Part of the Health, Technology and Society book series (HTE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kirstine Zinck Pedersen
      Pages 3-31
    3. Kirstine Zinck Pedersen
      Pages 33-42
    4. Kirstine Zinck Pedersen
      Pages 43-73
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Kirstine Zinck Pedersen
      Pages 77-110
    3. Kirstine Zinck Pedersen
      Pages 111-136
    4. Kirstine Zinck Pedersen
      Pages 137-167
    5. Kirstine Zinck Pedersen
      Pages 169-200
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Kirstine Zinck Pedersen
      Pages 203-226
    3. Kirstine Zinck Pedersen
      Pages 227-249
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 251-279

About this book


This book examines the organizational consequences of the recent international preoccupation with managing patient safety in the clinic. Built on presuppositions about failsafe system-design, risk elimination, and human fallibility, the patient safety programme introduces new problems and safety threats in clinical practice by devaluing practical forms of reasoning and the trained safety dispositions of clinicians. Developing a pragmatic and more situated stance on patient safety, Pedersen offers an alternative vocabulary that refocuses attention towards the importance of conduct, habits and experience-based learning in delivering safe care. This innovative book will be of great interest to scholars and practitioners of organization and risk studies, health, science and technology studies and the wider social and medical sciences.


Health Care Nursing The Swiss Cheese Model Medical Misconduct International patient safety policy programme To Err is Human John Dewey The patient safety curriculum in medical schools factor-ten error The Root Cause Analysis

Authors and affiliations

  • Kirstine Zinck┬áPedersen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of OrganizationCopenhagen Business SchoolFrederiksberg CDenmark

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