The book provides hundreds of easy-to-follow action steps regarding medical care to keep the public safe and protected.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your Patient Safety Survival Guide by Dr. Gretchen LeFever Watson shows us how to make hospitals and care facilities safer. This book provides key safety habits for people to recognize so they can be sure hospital staff use them during every patient encounter. It includes concrete steps and actual scripts patients and families can use to become more effective advocates for their own safety. The book also explains how addressing the most common safety problems will set the stage for tackling other issues, including healthcare’s role in the overuse of opiate painkillers and its related heroin epidemic.