No matter whether you are a clinician, support professional, patient, survivor or advocate, Advocacy Heals U will reach you in ways you will not expect, which is why this book has seven pages of endorsements. Every person will go through an Event that will leave them stunned; the Need becomes apparent; the Advocacy will lead to strength and healing!
The Story: Every day in the United States an estimated 550 people die from preventable medical errors, which is approximately 200,000 people a year, making it the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States. (Healthgrades 2004) On April 14, my mom, Louise Batz, went to have knee replacement surgery. That night, a medical error caused Mom to sustain an injury from which she could not recover. She lost her life eleven days later. The Mission: The mission of the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation is to help prevent medical errors by ensuring that patients and families have the knowledge they need to promote a safe hospital experience for their loved ones and to support innovative advancements in patient safety.
Brian Boyle tells a personal story of his fight back from near death after a horrific automobile accident. He focuses on his experience as a patient who, while in a two-month long medically induced coma, was unable to move or talk to anyone around him, yet he was able to hear, see and feel pain. Brian slowly clawed his way back to the living and found the strength to live to tell his story in his acclaimed memoir, Iron Heart.
Donna Helen Crisp, a nurse ethicist, went into surgery expecting to go home the next morning. Because of multiple medical errors, she spent weeks in a coma on an ICU ventilator and underwent four additional surgeries. When the hospital refused to comment, she spent years searching for – and finding – the truth of what happened to her. As a nurse, teacher, lawyer, and patient, Crisp wrote Anatomy of Medical Errors: The Patient in Room 2 to give voice to a national conversation about improving medical care in hospitals.
The volume and complexity of our knowledge has exceeded our ability to consistently deliver it – correctly, safely or efficiently. Atul Gawande makes a compelling argument for the checklist, which he believes to be the most promising method available in surmounting failure.
The book provides hundreds of easy-to-follow action steps regarding medical care to keep the public safe and protected.
This unique compendium of case studies on patient safety – told from the perspective of the patient and family – illustrates 24 stories of preventable health care errors that led to irreparable patient harm. The reader is guided through a structured analysis of the events, eliciting lessons learned and strategies for preventing similar events in the future.
Patients need to know more of what healthcare workers know, so they can make informed choices. Accountability in healthcare would expose dangerous doctors, reward good performance, and force positive change nationally, using the power of the free market.
by Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D and Eric Vohr
Dr. Pronovost started a revolution by creating a simple checklist that standardized a common ICU procedure. His reforms are being implemented in all fifty states and have saved hundreds of lives by cutting hospital-acquired infection rates by 70%.
In this comprehensive guide, Robert Wachter synthesizes what we do know, what we don’t know and what we need to know about how to make health care a high reliability industry. Unfortunately, patient harm in health care continues today, but careful attention by health care providers to the basic tenets of what Dr. Wachter writes about here, will help save countless lives.
A well-written study of one person’s experience at the hands of the most exalted research hospital in our country. Big healthcare brands don’t mean that you will get the most expert care or humane treatment.