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Fatal Care: Survive in the U.S. Health System Hardcover – April 1, 2008

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  • 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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Fatal Care: Survive in the U.s. Health System
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.
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As I read this book, I reflected on how many times I have actually seen the scenarios detailed there played out in healthcare facilities. So many times, I hear caregivers and providers who are supposed to be the advocate for the patient "dismiss" their concerns as non-relevant, or judge them based on past history of alcoholism, drug abuse, social class/status, etc. I cannot describe how absolutely FURIOUS I become when I see that occur.

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.
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Human error happens in the workplace every day. The healthcare industry is no exception, but did you know the devastating consequences of medical errors?

"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.
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I know 4 friends and relatives died because simple medical errors! Reading this book probably would have averted their fatal outcomes.
If you are admitted into a hospital and don't know what's going on, call or bring someone to help you out!!!!!!!
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Fatal Care is a compelling, sometimes frightening, and educational look at medical errors that occur within the U.S. health care system. The theme of the book is that patients, and their families, need to know what questions to ask and what actions to take to prevent becoming victims of potential medical errors.

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
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Everyone should read this book. It is an important tool for knowing how to protect your loved ones and friends from deadly hospital MISTAKES.

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.
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We all should thank Dr. Kumar for calling attention to preventable medical errors, an unnecessary killer of thousands of Americans. This highly readable book brings tears to your eyes as you immerse yourself in the lives of the innocent victims of the US health industry. But, it's not without hope. Dr. Kumar provides hundreds of potentially life saving tips that anyone can use during their next stay in a hospital.
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In reading Dr. Kumar's book, each chapter was a different story of a different patient and the troubles each one suffered. Chapter one starts off with the story of a 15-year old boy named Lewis who went in for 'routine' surgery that was to last 45 minutes. Within days afterwards, Lewis was dead to a mistake by the hospital staff...The chapters continue with similar stories.

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.
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