Hospital patient care has become hazardous to the patient's health. There must be someone, a family member or good friend, to oversee and monitor the patient's medical care. Learn how to prevent medical errors, medication mistakes, hospital-acquired infectious diseases, and much more. Reach the doctors when you really need them – every time. Navigate the hospital with confidence.
Critical Conditions (winner of 16 book awards) is a step-by-step guide based on over 150 interviews with registered nurses, physicians and hospital staff, Ms. Ehrenclou's own experiences with hospitalized family members and hundreds of hours of research. It is a book for family members written by a family member who has been there. A reported quarter of a million deaths in hospitals nationwide were found to be preventable (The Fifth Annual Health Grades Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study, 2008). If someone has a parent, spouse, sibling or child in the hospital, they must get actively involved in the patient's care to prevent medical errors. Hospitalized patients are recovering and cannot do this for themselves.
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About the Author
Martine regularly publishes articles on topics of patient empowerment, patient advocacy, patient engagement, patient safety, the partnership between physicians and patients, and other health/medical related issues. She has been interviewed on national TV and radio, for magazines, newspapers and websites, including NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, NPR, Prevention Magazine, Woman's Day, MORE Magazine, Family Circle, and many more. Martine lectures at universities, health organizations, disease organizations, and hospitals.
She is also the author of The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get The Best Medical Care which won 18 book awards. She received her Masters degree with honors in psychology from Pepperdine University, Los Angeles and earned a certificate in patient advocacy from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA.)
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: You Could Save a Life
Chapter 2: Getting Started: The Basics of Being an Advocate
Chapter 3: The Primary Nurse
Chapter 4: The Doctors
Chapter 5: The Importance of Research
Chapter 6: Preventing Medical Error
Chapter 7: Preventing Infectious Diseases in the Hospital
Chapter 8: Preventing Fatal Falls
Chapter 9: Language Barriers and Cultural Issues
Chapter 10: Special Attention Required on Routine Medical and Surgical Floors
Chapter 11: If You Live Out of Town
Chapter 12: How to Support and Comfort Your Loved One
Chapter 13: Hospital Social Workers
Chapter 14: Considering a Different Hospital
Chapter 15: HIPAA Laws, Advance Directives, Power of Attorney, Living Will, DNR
Chapter 16: How to Take Care of You
Chapter 17: Discharge Planning and Aftercare
Quick Reference Guide
Patient’s Personal Information
Patient’s Medical Information
Sample Questions for Doctors and Primary Nurses
Family Advocate Team
Oxygen, TPN, Monitors, IV
Lab and Test Results
Procedures and Treatments
Errors and/or Problems
Social Worker Information
What I Can Do to Help with Patient Care
Assisting the Patient
Fall Prevention Information
Patient’s Dietary Restrictions
Cultural Preferences and Issues
Patient’s New Hospital Floor
Research on Patient’s Illness or Injury
If You Live Out of Town
Considering a Different Hospital
Health Directive Documents
Taking Care of You
Discharge and Post-Discharge Care
Daily Progress Notes
Hospital Staff Glossary
Medical Terms Glossary
Appendix: Useful Websites for Further Research
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
At one time or another a family member will end up in the hospital and we will be responsible for their well being. We seldom hear of favorable experiences but we certainly hear of many horror stories that put us into a state of fear hoping we'd never end up in the hospital ourselves. Gone are the days of back rubs and personal assistance. Nursing shortages, budget cutbacks, incompetent staff, unclean environment and a whole gamut of issues prevail when a loved one is hospitalized. Because of this, family members and friends have to take on the responsibility for caregiving and advocacy. Sad as it may seem but it is the truth.Martine Ehrenclou, through much research, personal experience, and talking with others, has compiled a comprehensive guide of what to do when a loved one is hospitalized. But, even more so, this book is important for all of us to read in the event we are hospitalized. It's important for us to know what really goes on and be receptive to accepting help from friends and family. We may feel that we are being a bother but trust me, after reading this book, you will accept the fact that these people are there for your best interest. I commend Ehrenclou for writing this book. By sharing her knowledge she is helping hundreds of thousands of people making their hospital stay not only more pleasant but safe. Every patient needs an advocate and you might be it. Know what you are in for.
At one time or another a family member will end up in the hospital and we will be responsible for their well being. We seldom hear of favorable experiences but we certainly hear of many horror stories that put us into a state of fear hoping we'd never end up in the hospital ourselves. Gone are the days of back rubs and personal assistance. Nursing shortages, budget cutbacks, incompetent staff, unclean environment and a whole gamut of issues prevail when a loved one is hospitalized. Because of this, family members and friends have to take on the responsibility for caregiving and advocacy. Sad as it may seem but it is the truth. Martine Ehrenclou, through much research, personal experience, and talking with others, has compiled a comprehensive guide of what to do when a loved one is hospitalized. But, even more so, this book is important for all of us to read in the event we are hospitalized. It's important for us to know what really goes on and be receptive to accepting help from friends and family. We may feel that we are being a bother but trust me, after reading this book, you will accept the fact that these people are there for your best interest. I commend Ehrenclou for writing this book. By sharing her knowledge she is helping hundreds of thousands of people making their hospital stay not only more pleasant but safe. Every patient needs an advocate and you might be it. Know what you are in for.
Critical Conditions is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards® honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
Martine Ehrenclou's book, "Critical Condition; The Essential Hospital Guide to Get Your Loved One Out Alive", is one of the most comprehensive books on this important subject! Successfully navigating your health, or the health of a loved one today is treacherous ground. Martine raises important issues and provides detailed suggestions of what you can do. I highly recommend this book. It is staggeringly good.
It's an unfortunate fact of life; medical errors and misjudgements occur regularly. By reading this book, you can be prepared to advocate safe hospital care for yourself and your loved ones. The book consists of over 100 interviews with people who were the victims of serious medical mistreatment and errors. The reader can learn how to best handle problems when they arise; and how to be proactive enough to possibly avoid the problems in the first place. Without undue blame or discrimination against the medical profession, the author shares information on questions to ask, being sure you understand the why and how of treatments and medications. You will learn who is responsible for specific areas of patient care within the hospital, and how to be sure your questions and concerns are addressed immediately and by the proper person. My father is currently undergoing cancer treatments at a prestigious medical facility in our area. While I and other family members have confidence in the care he is receiving, we also realize that the major responsibility for his safe care rests with us. In today's world of rapidly changing health care, new technology and medicines, etc., it is more imperative than ever that we remain vigilant. This book will help those of us not involved in the medical profession understand how care works, and what to watch out for. I highly recommend this book as required reading for anyone who cares about the quality of healthcare they personally, as well as friends and family members are experiencing. A must read and great book to have on hand for future reference
This book has helped me out SO much! I have an aunt going thru some serious health issues and the information provided by Critical Conditions is invaluable. I grew up in a world where you basically had one doctor and what he said went. That world just doesn't exist anymore, and those of us who aren't prepared to deal with all the issues that arise when you have a seriously ill loved one (and who is ever really prepared for that?) will be helped immensely by Ehrenclou's advice. The Quick Reference Guide and Daily Progress Notes sections alone are worth many times more than the price of the book. I just can't recommend it highly enough!
This book is a must-own for nearly every adult in the U.S. ¿- for anyone who has children, relatives, elders, or who may themselves face potential hospitalization. The health care system in the U.S. is undeniably broken, and there aren¿t any quick fixes in sight. In the meanwhile, hospitals will remain short-funded, short-staffed, overcrowded. This situation will probably continue to worsen as the population continues to grow. (According to the Feb. ¿08 Pew Research Center Report, the U.S. population will total 438 million by 2050, from 303 million today.) This translates to more people demanding hospital care, while available medical care funding and personal incomes don¿t keep up. Let¿s face it -- what this means is that people will have to pitch in and be on-site advocates for their hospitalized loved ones. This book, Critical Conditions, is clearly written, easy to use as a workbook and reference, thorough, and backed by extensive research and personal experience on the part of the author, Ms. Ehrenclou. The author writes not as an adversary, but as a willing team player, willing to facilitate ¿getting the job done,¿ or, ensuring the best possible care for the hospitalized loved one. This book will guide you surely through the maze of hospital care so you can keep your hospitalized loved one safe. ~Karen McChrystal, Quantum Era Press