You will learn how to:
deadly medical errors, medication mistakes,
and the spread of infectious diseases.
doctors when you need them—every time.
a "Family Advocate Team."
your loved one's care if you live out of town.
support for yourself and the patient.
your loved one's illness or injury.
with cultural issues and language barriers.
medications, diet, procedures, labs, and treatment.
and manage the hospital system with confidence.
proactive as you oversee your loved one's hospital care.
with nurses and doctors to maximize medical attention for the patient.
…and much more.
When our loved ones are hospitalized with
a medical crisis,
most of us don't know what to do.
We are overwhelmed and distraught over their medical
crisis and stymied by the hospital system. We ask the wrong hospital
staff for information. We can't understand why nurses don't respond
to the call button and why doctors can't be reached. We don't comprehend
medical language, and don't know which questions to ask and who
to ask them of. We are alarmed by medication and procedural errors
that place our loved ones in peril. On top of everything else, our
loved one may catch a major infection in the hospital, threatening
There is something you can do to help.
The Essential Hospital Guide
to Get Your Loved One Out Alive
teaches you how.
Critical Conditions is a step-by-step guide
and workbook that leads you from Admitting through to Discharge
and offers concrete advice and tips gathered from over 150 interviews
with doctors, nurses, hospital social workers, psychologists, family
members, and other medical staff.
Given the number of preventable hospital deaths caused
by medical errors (HealthGrades Fifth Annual 2008 study), the spread
of hospital-acquired infectious diseases, and preventable fatal
falls, someone—a family member—must be a sentinel to
oversee and support medical care. No patient, when sick in the hospital,
can do this for himself. You must do this for him.
Critical Conditions teaches you how.
Each and every interviewed RN and physician validated
the need for this book. They all said, "You don't know how
much this book is needed. Hospitals and doctors' offices should
carry this book. Families have to be involved. Especially now. Hospitals
are in crisis."