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Overview

A patient's personal view of long term care.

Seen through the eyes of a patient totally paralyzed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, this moving book takes you through the psychological and physical pain of an eleven month hospital stay. BED NUMBER TEN reads like a compelling novel, but is entirely factual.

You will meet:

The ICU staff who learned to communicate with the paralyzed woman - and those who did not bother.

The physicians whose visits left her baffled about her own case.

The staff and physicians who spoke to her and others who did not recognize her presence.

The nurse who tucked Sue tightly under the covers, unaware that she was soaking with perspiration.

The nurse who took the time to feed her drop by drop, as she slowly learned how to swallow again.

The physical therapist who could read her eyes and spurred her on to move again as if the battle were his own.

In these pages, which reveal the caring, the heroism, and the insensitivity sometimes found in the health care fields, you may even meet people you know.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849342707
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/1989
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 74,495
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    The title is the perfect description for this content.

    The author has described her experiences in minute detail, sometimes minute by minute. This book will be of most interest to readers who have already had similar experiences. But it will also be of interest to those who have never even heard of Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

    Medical personnel will find the content an educational opportunity in dealing and treating ptients in the hospital especially if the patient is prevented from communicating as a result of the paralysis from the ailment.

    I recommend this strongly for medical personnel so they realize that a paralysed patient is still a thinking, and emotionally and physically feeling, human being.

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  • Posted July 7, 2009

    Bed Number Ten Covers Important Issues for Caregivers(doctors, nurses, nursing students, and anyone involved in patient care)

    In Bed Number Ten we get to see healthcare from the patients point of view. We get a look at how deep the feeling of depression and fear influences Sue's relationship with her caregivers. It is her ability to adapt to her limitations that allows her to communicate with the few who take the time to "learn" how to speak to her. This book is a good source of information for those who care for patients with verbal limitations and or full to partial paralysis.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2006

    Nursing Student

    I haven't read the entire book yet, but we've had to read a number of excerpts from it for a nursing class. From what I've read so far I love it and I can't wait to read the entire book. It will definitely change how I take care of my patients, ICU or otherwise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2005

    Nursing/ICU

    This book was recommended by a co-worker and was one of those books that when you pick it up you do not want to put it down. I would highly recommend this book to all who work in intensive/critical care units who care for ventilator patients. Every time I have a vent patient I think of 'Bed Number Ten', it has made a difference in how I care for not only ventilator patients but also those who cannot make their needs known.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2003

    Must Read for Nursing Students!

    This was a required read for Nursing I - Fundamentals. I really enjoyed this easy read from beginning to end. I gained great insight into how different professionals react diffently to the same situation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2002

    Nursing Students.

    This book should be required for all nursing students so they know how a patient views the world when they are in a hospital, and to know how to act with patients before they even start to work in their clinicals.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2000

    Required Reading For Medical Professionals

    Every individual interested in ANY part of the medical profession should read this incredible story about how, often without realizing, we often care for our patients. In fact, every medical institution should REQUIRE this for all introduction courses. This vivid, heart-rendering story will stay with students for the remainder of their careers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2004

    MSICU

    I work in an ICU as a Ward Clerk. My unit biught this book for families to read. I feel ALL nursing staff should read this book. It is a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2002

    Long and Boring

    My sympathy goes out to her, but enough is enough. In my opinion the book was just too long. I feel that she was too hard on some of the medical staff. That was her perception of how things were, but is that the way it really happened?

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