How to Survive a Stay in the Hospital Without Getting Killed

by Mary Lorrie Davis



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/3/2002

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8.25
Page Count : 166
ISBN : 9781552128329
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 1
ISBN : 9781412243889

About the Book

How to Survive a Stay in the Hospital Without Getting Killed is an easy-to-understand hospital-survival guide. This handbook explains what kinds of mistakes can and do happen in the hospital and how to prevent them from happening to you. It contains inside information and secrets as told by a nurse who has worked in various hospitals and healthcare facilities in different nursing departments, in two different states, and has "been there and done that." This book will teach you how to protect yourself, from the time you arrive at the Hospital Admissions Office to the time you leave the hospital. The subjects covered include what personal information you'll be asked to provide the hospital, what a routine day in the hospital is like, the importance of not assuming anything, how to prevent being mistaken for another patient, how to talk to the doctor(s) and other healthcare workers, how to prevent medication errors, how to protect yourself from surgical mistakes, and much more. The book also contains an Index, a Glossary of Medical Terms, a Bibliography, and a list of Useful Organizations that can help you with specific problems. This street-smart guide will be useful to patients, would-be patients, and anyone with family, friends or acquaintances they want to protect from medical mistakes or errors.

About the Author

A native New Yorker, Mary Lorrie Davis has been a Licensed Vocational Nurse for 20 years. She has practiced in New York and California in many hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes/facilities. She has been in charge, or supervised, or done bedside care in almost all services.

Ms. Davis has also worked as a performer in New York, and appeared in the Broadway productions of Hair and Bubbling Brown Sugar, among other shows. In 1973, she wrote Letting Down My Hair, about her experiences in the "tribal love rock musical," which was published by Arthur Fields Books. The book is due to be reissued in 2002.

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