The Patient Survival Guide: 8 Simple Solutions to Prevent Hospital- and Healthcare-Associated Infections

The Patient Survival Guide: 8 Simple Solutions to Prevent Hospital- and Healthcare-Associated Infections


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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 1.7 million people developed healthcare acquired infections in 2010. Since most people spend only a small part of their lives in healthcare facilities, this guidebook also tells readers how to avoid picking up serious infections in day care centers, schools, business offices, and other common locations.

Unlike other books, which focus on how to change the hospital systems, The Patient Survival Guide focuses on empowering you with the knowledge and techniques to ensure a safer healthcare experience.

The Patient Survival Guide:

• Inspires you to be a your own advocate
• Describes in vivid detail how your preparation and informed vigilance can significantly reduce the chances of harm and death to your loved one in a hospital
• Provides specific, practical, and outside-the-box strategies for anticipating and preventing errors, with chapters devoted to each of the most common mistakes and mishaps
• Provides checklists for patients to use upon admission to healthcare facilities

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936303311
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 03/02/2012
Edition description: Original
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dr. Maryanne McGuckin has over 35 years of experience as a faculty and staff member of University of Pennsylvania. Currently she is a Senior Scholar in Health Policy Department at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Dr. McGuckin's specialty is infection control and hospital epidemiology. She created the Partners in Your Care program, a hand hygiene program which combines monitoring and patient empowerment and is used in several hundred hospitals in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. McGuckin served on the 2002 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) task force that developed Hand Hygiene Guidelines for Healthcare Workers, was a member of the World Health Organization task force that developed a global patient empowerment model.

Toni L. Goldfarb is a medical journalist whose writings have appeared in numerous professional and consumer publications.

Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM is a critical care specialist at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction xvii

1 Enemy Invaders 1

2 What You Need to Know About Healthcare-Associated Infections 11

3 Attack of the Super Bugs! 25

4 Let's Talk Dirty: Hand Hygiene and Patient Hygiene 43

5 Power to the Patient 61

6 Infection Protection When You Need a Urinary Catheter 81

7 Danger Ahead: Pneumonia and Other Respiratory Infections 101

8 Your Surgery Safety Briefing 117

9 Preventing Bloodstream Infections 135

10 The Challenges of Your Empowerment Journey 149

11 Calling in the Law, or Not 171

Glossary 187

References 191

Resources 211

Index 215

Wallet Card: Take This to the Hospital with You Hand Hygiene Techniques

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

" Dr. McGuckin sounds the alarm on deadly, costly infections and how to prevent them. Before you or a loved one heads to the hospital, reach for this guidebook. It could save a life."-Ceci Connolly, former national health correspondent, The Washington Post" Following on from her pioneering work in championing patient empowerment in health care, Maryanne McGuckin goes a step further in The Patient Survival Guide to give the patient the knowledge needed to make the health care experience a safe one. This book is written in simple language to demystify the 'coded' jargon for the layman consumer, but with all the experience of a confirmed and respected healthcare infection control expert."-Didier Pittet, MD, MS, CBE, Director, Infection Control Program and World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety; Lead, World Health Organization Global Patient Safety Challenge "Clean Care is Safer Care"" Receiving medical care at a hospital without acquainting yourself with the important information in The Patient Survival Guide is like jumping out of an airplane with no parachute and then hoping you grow wings on the way down."-Victoria Nahum, Co-founder and Executive Director, Safe Care Campaign" This is the best book I've ever read that explains everything a lay person needs to know about hospital-acquired infections. If you want to survive your hospital stay without an infection, read it."-Rosemary Gibson, Author, Wall of Silence and The Treatment Trap

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The Patient Survival Guide: 8 Simple Solutions to Prevent Hospital- and Healthcare-Associated Infections 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
maureen61 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think this book is a required reading for patients and caregivers alike. Very thoroughly detailed and written for comprehension, it outlines and explains the steps necessary to minimize your risks for infections in hospitals and a variety of other settings. As a retired RN, I would recommend its inclusion in the curriculum of all health care practitioners as well as continuing education requirements. Well thought out, well said - and well done.
loraineo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very informative. My husband has numerous heart problems and at least once a year is in the hospital. I thought I was pretty careful with keeping germs to a minimum but I learned quite a bit more on how to prevent infections. He has picked up a few infections through the years, but none exptremely serious.. so far.. always a worry but this book has helped me feel more confident in being more 'proactive'
Milda-TX on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Received this book through an early-reviewer program. After reading it, I'm not exactly sure what the "8 simple solutions" are - the book doesn't seem to be outlined like the title would suggest. But, did learn helpful tips like checking that the health care facility is Joint Commission-accredited. And the book reminded me to bug every health care provider to wash or sanitize their hands before they touch me or my loved one.
SharronA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well-written and informative, this book could literally be a life saver. As a full-time caregiver for a disabled family member, I will feel much more confident about what questions to ask, and when to "put my foot down" on future hospital stays. The one-page hand-washing diagram alone is remarkable! I've been washing my hands conscientiously for 60+ years, but after reading this single page and trying it out at the sink, I realize that I've been more lucky than clean in the past. The book is easy to understand, and gives technical information in plain language. Case stories from patients and their families make it interesting and real.