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How to Get Out of the Hospital Alive: A Guide to Patient Power [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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How to Get Out of the Hospital Alive: A Guide to Patient Power

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Overview

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

  • ISBN-13: 9781620458587
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/1/1998
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 226
  • File size: 594 KB

Meet the Author

SHELDON P. BLAU, M.D., is an attending physician at numerous hospitals in Long Island, a Clinical Professor of Medicine at SUNY Stony Brook, and a Consultant in Rheumatology at New York area hospitals. ELAINE FANTLE SHIMBERG, the author of many health books, is the first lay member of the Florida Medical Association's Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
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
Conclusion
Appendix A: Medical Terms You Should Know
Appendix B: Suggested Reading
Index.
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