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Your ER Guide: What You Need To Know Before You Go! Paperback – April 16, 2012
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Few people get through life without at least one trip to the emergency room (ER), either as a patient or support person for a family member or friend. If you've already experienced your first visit you're probably dreading the idea of ever having to return. "Why is it taking so long?" "What are they doing?" "Why isn't anyone telling me anything?" Remember all those questions that were running through your mind?
Your ER Survival Guide (re-titled Doc's ER Survival Guide) is designed to help calm your fears by addressing these questions and more. After all, who is better equipped to help you than a doctor who worked more than 20 years in the ER? I'm going to give you ten simple steps to follow to get you ready for an ER visit. Then I'll provide you with valuable insight into how an ER operates so you'll know how to get the best care possible. It will be like having Doc Handal at your side when you need her the most.
A trip to the ER is a team effort. I'll introduce you to some of the key players---doctors, physician assistants, residents, nurses, technicians--- and explain their roles in your care. They'll be poking, prodding and asking you a lot of questions and possibly running a lot of tests. We'll cover some of the basics and more so you'll have a better understanding of what they're looking for and why.
Remember, too, that you, your family and friends are also part of this team. The care you receive relies heavily on your presentation of your medical history, as well as the current signs and symptoms of your problem, so it's important to be prepared. Taking responsibility for your own health care is key to surviving the ER.
So pay close attention and do what you can now to get ready. An ER is a busy place. The doctors and nurses are making decisions in a fast-paced, stressful environment. Mistakes can and do happen. The more you know about what to expect the less likely one of those mistakes will happen to you.
If you came in with a right arm injury and your left arm is placed on the X-ray table, that's an obvious red flag. Ask them why and make sure they've got the right patient. It's important to ask questions and voice your concerns in a constructive fashion. Screaming and yelling will get you nowhere. If your needs aren't being met, I'll tell you how to move up the chain of command to ensure you're receiving the necessary care. Always take into account that you're not the only one in need of care. Choose your battles wisely!
Once I get you through the ER experience and you're admitted to the hospital, transferred to another hospital, or sent home, what's next? Don't worry; Doc Handal will give you some survival tips for beyond the ER.
About the Author
Kathleen A. Handal, MD (DocHandal) is a long-standing believer in consumer education; she knows it does make a difference. Her thesis is that "we physicians need to come down to the consumer's level to bring them up towards ours". She has a website dedicated to sharing medical common sense (www.dochandal.com). Through the iTune store, her free podcasts are available at her Channel DocHandal Speaks-Listen-UP! She authors and publishes 'DocHandal's Guides', an ebook series available at Amazon, iBooks, Smashwords and Dieselibooks. She is well understood, as she uses simple yet accurate examples in non-medical terms. Dr. Handal's first book, "The American Red Cross First Aid & Safety Handbook was written for the lay audience. She is a trained emergency physician with over 25 years of patient care experience. Presently she is a Senior Consultant ASSERT INC (Associated Systems for Search Education Research and Training) and an educator. Popularity and visibility with non-medical persons landed her hosting talk-radio health shows. She is a expert on Dr. Oz's website - www.sharecare.com. She has made TV appearances on CNN and the Today Show. DocHandal has won an International Cindy Competition (Bronze Medal, 1993) and Telly Award (Finalist 1993) for medical videos focused for workplace emergencies. She wrote, directed and produced "Trauma Run", (1996) a nationally distributed video (K2-6). This video (in Spanish and English) is designed to teach children how to respond and what to expect from emergency medical personnel when no adults are available. She has lectured and received awards internationally, served on federal EMS grants in the USA and wants to share her experiences so you can have a healthier life.
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Having treated thousands of patients as an emergency medicine physician, Dr. Handal is the perfect guide to help you navigate through an Emergency Room (ER) experience. Readers can expect a wealth of wisdom in this very interesting, comprehensive and easy to read e-book. Doc Handal equips you with the necessary information to prepare for the unexpected. She demystifies words, terms, tests & procedures a patient is likely to encounter in the ER. She skillfully empowers patients (and/or family members) to assume a vital role in their own care...and so much more. And, don't worry, Doc Handal won't leave you waiting in the emergency room ...she also gives you some survival tips for beyond the ER experience!
Please read it twice and follow Dr. Kay's advice, especially about preparing your (or family member) "Health History Sheet" and "What to Take to the ER". Going to the ER is never a good thing, but it can be made easier, if you follow Doc's guidelines in this short and informative book.
Makes a great gift also. Shows them you care :-)