- Hardcover: 290 pages
- Publisher: Igi Press (April 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0977712117
- ISBN-13: 978-0977712113
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,659,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My daughter is in chapter 5 called the Promise, I just read the book its very powerful and emotional, I wish this book was avaiable before my daughter's events because she would be alived today. Please read this book because it will protect your loved ones and teaches you to become an advocate. Great Job Dr. Kumar for speaking out against the untold truth of medical errors.
I wish that I could mandate that this book be required reading for every administrative team member, every Board member, every physician, and every patient caregiver in healthcare institutions across the United States. I have passed the book down to others, and plan to continue passing it down until we have effective change for patient safety and quality in the United States healthcare system.
Healthcare in these times is so focused on the "defensive mode", and so many of us have lost our capability for listening and compassion for the patient.
It is refreshing to see that there are still those out there who continue to "fight the good fight" for the weakest and most vulnerable among us.
"98,000 patient deaths are estimated to occur in the U.S. as a result of medical errors in hospitals and more than half are preventable."
The statistics in this book are staggering. Before you step foot in a hospital, you need to read Fatal Care!
In "Fatal Care", Dr. Sanjaya Kumar tells gripping real life stories of patients who fell victim to medical errors. As the reader is taken behind the scenes at what went wrong, you can't help but feel the pain of both the patient and family members at the obvious lack of patient safety.
This book serves as a reminder to stand up for your right to proper healthcare. I feel more empowered about protecting my health after reading this.
If you are admitted into a hospital and don't know what's going on, call or bring someone to help you out!!!!!!!
The strengths of this book are the personalized format which allows the readers to build a rapport with the victims and their families, the understandable use of medical terminology, and lists pointing out what anyone receiving medical care should ask. The primarly weakness was several references to Wikipedia, a source most academic researchers do not consider reliable.
Since reading this book, I have twice made inquiries about medical care I and my family have received. I would not have done this in the past.
Overall, I believe all people need to learn what Dr. Kumar has to share. I hope this book becomes a common medical reference book in every American household.
Becky J. Starnes
I really liked the format of the book. Each chapter tells you "what you'll learn in this chapter", then tells a real life story, and then teaches you how to take what you've learned and apply it when in the hospital to protect yourselves and your loved ones.
What I liked was that the author analyzes each story and what went wrong, including statistics and figures that are researched and not just out of thin air.
I highly recommend this book to anyone in the USA who may need medical attention at some point in their life.
All the stories are real and very engaging.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We have used it to have whole multidisciplinary staff at hospital to read.
Has made me think about working as patient/family advocate.
Fatal Care is a must-read for anyone with kids or an older parent. I literally couldn't put it down. Page after riveting page, case after shocking case, Dr. Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by Amazon Customer
EVERYONE - EVERYONE - EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK.
Especially those who are in the healthcare business. It will open your eyes big time!
Dr. Kumar is affiliated with Quantros, a company that consults with hospitals to improve the quality of care. Read morePublished on February 4, 2011 by Pat Iyer
This book covers many aspects in the health care industry that has gone wrong. The best aspects about this book is that Dr. Read morePublished on January 18, 2009 by R D B
NOTE: This is a preview rather than a review since I will proceed reading "Fatal Care" one story at a time over the next few months. Read morePublished on December 19, 2008 by Mike
Fatal Care: Survive in the U.S. Health System
This book should be required reading for anyone needing health care and their families. Read more