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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
Chapter 1: How Hospitals Differ.
Chapter 2: Getting to Know the Area.
Chapter 3: The Hospital's Cast of Characters.
Chapter 4: Hospital Hazards: How to Avoid Infections, Drug Errors, and Surgical Mistakes.
Chapter 5: Safety and Security: Infant Abductions, Rapes,Violence, Falls, Fires, and Other Dangers.
Chapter 6: Patients' Rights.
Chapter 7: Diagnostic Procedures.
Chapter 8: Surgery, Surgeons, and Anesthesiologists.
Chapter 9: Orders: What Are They and Who Gives Them.
Chapter 10: How Families Can Help.
Chapter 11: How to Heal Faster.
Chapter 12: Your Insurance Can Be Hazardous to Your Health.
Appendix A: Medical Terms You Should Know.
Appendix B: Suggested Reading.