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Critical conditions : the essential hospital guide to get your loved one out alive

by Martine Ehrenclou

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Advocating for Your Loved Ones at the Hospital   (2009-09-27)

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by crazypsychobooklover

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




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