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The Patient Survival Guide
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The Patient Survival Guide
8 Simple Solutions to Prevent Hospital- and Healthcare-Associated Infections
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Gold Winner 2012 Foreword Reviews Book of The Year, Health Category

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 1.7 million people developed healthcare acquired infections in 2010. Since most people spend only a small part of their lives in healthcare facilities, this guidebook also tells readers how to avoid picking up serious infections in day care centers, schools, business offices, and other common locations.

Unlike other books, which focus on how to change the hospital systems, The Patient Survival Guide focuses on empowering you with the knowledge and techniques to ensure a safer healthcare experience.

The Patient Survival Guide:

  • Inspires you to be a your own advocate
  • Describes in vivid detail how your preparation and informed vigilance can significantly reduce the chances of harm and death to your loved one in a hospital
  • Provides specific, practical, and outside-the-box strategies for anticipating and preventing errors, with chapters devoted to each of the most common mistakes and mishaps
  • Provides checklists for patients to use upon admission to healthcare facilities
  • Gold Winner 2012 Foreword Reviews Book of The Year, Health Category

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 1.7 million people developed healthcare acquired infections in 2010. Since most people spend only a small part of their lives in healthcare facilities, this guidebook also tells readers how to avoid picking up serious infections in day care centers, schools, business offices, and other common locations.

    Unlike other books, which focus on how to change the hospital systems, The Patient Survival Guide focuses on empowering you with the knowledge and techniques to ensure a safer healthcare experience.

    The Patient Survival Guide:

  • Inspires you to be a your own advocate
  • Describes in vivid detail how your preparation and informed vigilance can significantly reduce the chances of harm and death to your loved one in a hospital
  • Provides specific, practical, and outside-the-box strategies for anticipating and preventing errors, with chapters devoted to each of the most common mistakes and mishaps
  • Provides checklists for patients to use upon admission to healthcare facilities
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    About the Author-
    • Dr. Maryanne McGuckin has over 35 years of experience as a faculty and staff member of University of Pennsylvania. Currently she is a Senior Scholar in Health Policy Department at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Dr. McGuckin's specialty is infection control and hospital epidemiology. She created the Partners in Your Care program, a hand hygiene program which combines monitoring and patient empowerment and is used in several hundred hospitals in the U.S. and abroad. Dr.

      McGuckin served on the 2002 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) task force that developed Hand Hygiene Guidelines for Healthcare Workers, was a member of the World Health Organization task force that developed a global patient empowerment model.

    Table of Contents-
    • Chapter 1: What are we Dealing with?
      Chapter 2: Enemy Invaders
      Chapter 3: Hospital Acquired Infections
      Chapter 4: Attack of the Super Bugs
      Chapter 5: Let's Talk Dirty: Hand Hygiene and Patient Hygiene
      Chapter 6: Patient Empowerment: The Hospital Patient's Survival Guide
      Chapter 7: Infection Protection When You Need a Urinary Catheter
      Chapter 8: Respiratory Tract Infections
      Chapter 9: Surgical-Site Infections
      Chapter 10: Bloodstream Infections
      Chapter 11: Empowerment Begin Before Birth
      Chapter 12: Calling in the Law: Take This to the Hospital With You
      Glossary
      References
      Resource List
      Index
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