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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 (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,134,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very enlightening text.
I. Desiderio
We all should thank Dr. Kumar for calling attention to preventable medical errors, an unnecessary killer of thousands of Americans.
Tj Tedesco
Fatal Care is a must-read for anyone with kids or an older parent.
Mike Davis

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By john mccormack on April 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Thompson on September 5, 2008
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tj Tedesco on April 29, 2008
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jack S. Chen on April 29, 2008
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Becky J. Starnes on July 2, 2008
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Everett on May 22, 2008
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Glenn on June 18, 2008
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This is not a book to buy before going to your doctor or a hospital for care! The cases dramatically told are chilling, but absolutely true. These terrible moments are only the tip of a veritable iceberg of medical errors that happen today in the complicated world of medicine. You should know about the errors Dr Kumar relates so well, but even more, you should know the resources he documents, too. The active participation of patients and families in medical care today is critical to obtaining the best and safest care no matter what the reputation of the provider or the institution. Read this book and learn from it; it could save your life. Besides, it's a good compendium of medical stories.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Wdowicki on May 15, 2008
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Fatal Care: Survive in the U.s. Health System
This book contains valuable information to know as a patient/family member, questions to ask, what to look out for, who to contact to help you and your loved ones avoid medical errors during your healthcare experience. Potent stories take you into the lives of those less fortunate to have the information and resources provided in this book. Presented in short story formats, sections of the book do bring you to tears. You want to read even more stories, but hope there are not more out there to tell. Worth saving as a reference book.
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