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Escape Fire Designs for the Future of Health Care

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ISBN-10: 0787972177

ISBN-13: 9780787972172

Edition: 2004

Authors: Donald M. Berwick

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Spanning a decade (1992-2002), these speeches echo the theme that our health care system needs fundamental change and a revolutionary new design. Throughout the book, Berwick identifies innovations and ideas from a number of surprising sources_ a girls' soccer team, a sinking ship, and the safety standards at NASA. Escape Fire takes its title from the 1949 Mann Gulch tragedy in which thirteen young firefighters were trapped in a wildfire on a Montana hillside. The firefighter's leader, Wag Dodge, devised a creative solution for avoiding the encroaching fire. He burned a patch of grass and lay down in the middle of the scorched earth. His team refused to join him, and most perished in the fire. Dodge survived. Berwick applies the lessons learned from the catastrophe to our ailing health care system_ we must not let ingrained processes obstruct life-saving innovation. Not content to simply define the problems with our flawed system, Berwick outlines new designs and suggests practical tools for change: name the problem, build on success, take leaps of faith, look outside of the medical field, set aims, understand systems, make action lists, andthe most fundamental of all_ never lose sight of the patient as the central figure.
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Book details

List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/1/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Kevin Speaks
Buckling Down to Change
Quality Comes Home
Run to Space
Sauerkraut, Sobriety, and the Spread of Change
Why the Vasa Sank
Eagles and Weasels
Escape Fire
Dirty Words and Magic Spells
Every Single One
Plenty
About the Author
About the Commentary Authors
Index