After the Error by Susan B. McIver PhD, Robin Wyndham, ECW Press

After the Error: Speaking Out About Patient Safety to Save Lives

McIver, Susan B.

  • Medical errors kill 24,000 Canadians each year, adversely affect hundreds of thousands, and cost close to two billion dollars. Victims of medical errors and their families who speak out often do so at considerable emotional, psychological, and financial expense. But their willingness to share their harrowing stories has helped to lay the foundation for numerous patient safety programs and continues to identify problems, provide solutions, and raise awareness.

    After the Erroris a collection of true stories from across Canada, and the first book anywhere to recognize what patients affected by medical errors, their families, and immediate healthcare providers have done to prevent others from enduring similar experiences.

  • Susan McIver holds a Ph.D. in entomology/microbiology, was a professor at the University of Toronto with appointments to the Faculty of Medicine, and a department chair at the University of Guelph. Subsequently, she served as a community coroner in British Columbia. She is also the author of Medical Nightmares: The Human Face of Errors.

    Robin Wyndham was a registered nurse for 34 years. She worked in neonatal intensive care, surgery, psychiatry and residential care and had a special interest in palliative care. She studied nursing at the Vancouver General Hospital and English at the University of British Columbia.

  • Published: April 2013

    ISBN: 9781770411104

    Dimensions: 6 x 9 in.

    Pages: 264


“ uplifting tale of the strength of the survivors and their loved ones in moving forward to educate the public and push the medical world into modifying its practises to lessen the chances of repeat errors... After the Error: Speaking Out About Patient Safety To Save Lives will be a real eye-opener for most of us. Read it to inform yourself on what to expect and do when you or a loved one becomes enmeshed in the medical system.” — Toronto Sun

"After the Error is a compelling collection of 16 case studies from across Canada . . . the authors do an admirable job in presenting their evidence.” — Winnipeg Free Press

“After the Error is a book that anyone interested in medical issues or issues around serious illness and medical provision in Canada should read.” — Alan Schadenberg’s Blog

"McIver and Wyndham say they wrote the book to recognize ordinary people who have done exceptional things. Their stories serve as examples of what can be done by individuals to help prevent errors." — The Okanagan Interviewer