Critical Conditions: The Essential Hospital Guide to Getting Your Loved One Out Alive

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Lemon Grove Press, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 227 pages
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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 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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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 ... Read full review


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Martine Ehrenclou is an award-winning author, freelance journalist, blogger and patient advocate. Her newest health book, The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get The Best Medical Care, is the winner of 18 book awards and empowers readers to become proactive and effective participants in their own healthcare. Through her books, lectures, published articles and blog, Martine reveals insider information on how to interact effectively with medical professionals and navigate the healthcare system with confidence.
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 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).

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