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How to Get Out of the Hospital Alive: A Guide to Patient Power 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 002-1898623638
ISBN-10: 0028623630
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The title is scary enough--wait until you get to the part where Blau, a clinical professor of medicine at SUNY Stony Brook, and health writer Shimberg reveal that 180,000 Americans die of preventable medical mistakes each year. What's more, 5 to 10 percent of hospitalized patients will acquire an infection they didn't have before, while 6.5 percent will have a bad reaction to drugs. But there's a lot you can do to make your stay safer, the authors say, from getting to know the layout of the hospital and its staff to making sure anyone who examines you washes his or her hands first. Hospitals can seem like strange, harrowing places, especially when you're sick enough to need to be in one. This vital book not only arms patients with the insider tips they need to improve the quality of their care, it also will help people understand what actually goes on in hospitals--something that patients will find comforting and E.R. fans will find fascinating. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Dr. Sheldon Blau almost died after undergoing open-heart surgery--not from the surgery or heart disease, but from infectious bacteria introduced during surgery. His in-hospital experiences made him a better doctor, and inspired him to write How to Get Out of the Hospital Alive. The book describes the role of each member of the medical team, shows patients how to become active, effective members of that team, and offers concrete advice about ways to avoid the most common hospital-related errors. Ten Things You Can Do to Get Out of the Hospital Alive
  • Make sure all your known allergies are clearly marked on your chart, wrist band, or on a piece of paper taped above your bed.
  • Mark the area of your body to be operated on with a felt-tip pen.
  • Never eat or drink anything before surgery, even if the nurse brings you a food tray.
  • Tell your anesthesiologist if you're on any type of medication.
  • Have a reliable advocate with you as often as possible throughout your hospital stay.
  • Write your name prominently on a piece of paper and tape it to the wall above your bed.
  • Always ask the nurse to check the name and dosage of any medication he or she is about to give you.
  • Don't let anyone bully you.
  • Don't hesitate to get a second--or third--opinion.
  • Trust your instincts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028623630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028623634
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,193,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...Sheldon Blau's introduction confirms your worst fears - firstly, that things can and do go wrong, and secondly, that it is reasonably easy to fix it - if you know what is wrong. I read this book after having to fight medical personal for four days to take notice when we said there was something seriously wrong with our son, who was bleeding internally. When we finally got to hospital, I had a fair idea what was wrong with him, and tried to negotiate a way to sort it out. But there was one big difference between me and Sheldon Blau. I was just a mother. In the end, I was proven right, but not before a whole raft of "situations" became majors, with me having to step in twice, saying over my dead body. The things that really struck me about Sheldon Blau's comments was that he could not address the one thing he did not feel, which was intimidation, and resultant fear of authority, because as a doctor he had "authority". The major hurdle for parents was not one he had to face. As parents, when you believe you are right, and doctors are wrong, the first thing that hits you is fear. And sure enough, the first question you will be asked, when you question authority, is "What medical school did you go to?". Then the tactics start, to attempt to have you removed from the hospital, and subtle things to make your "life" while you try to protect your child hell. Intimidation in a big scale. None of these things Sheldon Blau experienced, because it was not done to him. They wouldn't dare. I rated the book five, because on the mechanical things that you need to do, this book is the best I've read. But what happens when you switch on a tape-recorder in hospital?Read more ›
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Despite this sensationalist title, Blau and Shimberg have written an excellent resource for anyone contemplating surgery or a hospital stay of any duration. Most enlightening (and frightening) was the chapter dedicated to infection control issues - it's amazing how often overworked hospital staff ignore basic hygiene and universal precautions in an effort to get all their work done. The authors give examples of lots of good questions to ask (and direct you to the risk management department of the hospital - not the public relations office). The book also breaks down the hospital bureaucracy so I came away with an excellent understanding of how all the parts of this large "machine" interact with one another. Blau and Shimberg have devoted a good amount of space to the issues of patient rights and insurance concerns which will probably affect anyone having to deal with the paperwork aftermath of a hospital stay. Peppered with anecdotes (some funny, some scary), this book is an excellent resource and should be recommended reading for anyone evaluating such a facility.
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As a long term patient of Dr. Blau's it has become apparent that he gained a depth and insight into what it means to be a patient thru his pre and post hospital experience. Insightful, and spoken from a heartfelt and practical perspective.
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As a health care worker, I found Dr. Blau's book quite realistic of the present state of health care. However, I also found the reading a bit too negative or synical in parts towards health care. I urge the reader to remember that just like people, there are good and bad health care institutions. Use Dr. Blau's advice to shop for the good ones.
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It seems funny that this book is necessary, but it is! The story is funny, and interesting. Dr. Blau's suggestions are well thought out, and innovative. I would keep this at the bedside any time I (or any person I cared for) had to stay at the hospital. Thanks Dr. Blau.
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This book is very graphic & informative. It includes tips for when you are in the hospital, or a family member is in the hospital. I highly reccomend this book
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