The Patient Survival Guide (Paperback)

The Patient Survival Guide By Maryanne McGuckin, Toni L. Goldfarb (With), Peter Pronovost (Foreword by) Cover Image
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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

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. Dr. McGuckin 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, and currently is a member of the World Health Organization task force on developing a global patient empowerment model.

Toni L. Goldfarb is president of TLG Publications, a medical communications firm. She was the founding Editor-in-Chief of "Medical Abstracts Newsletter" and her clients have included Advanstar Communications, Medical Economics, Doctor's Digest/Clinician's Digest, Whittle Communications, Pfizer, and Wyeth-Ayerst.

Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., F.C.C.M. is a critical care specialist at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Praise For…

Dr. McGuckin sounds the alarm on deadly, costly infections and how to prevent them. Before you or a loved one heads to the hospital, reach for this guidebook. It could save a life.” Ceci Connolly, former national health correspondent, The Washington Post

Following on from her pioneering work in championing patient empowerment in health care, Maryanne McGuckin goes a step further in The Patient Survival Guide to give the patient the knowledge needed to make the health care experience a safe one. This book is written in simple language to demystify the coded’ jargon for the layman consumer, but with all the experience of a confirmed and respected healthcare infection control expert.” Didier Pittet, MD, MS, CBE, Director, Infection Control Program and World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety; Lead, World Health Organization Global Patient Safety Challenge Clean Care is Safer Care”

Receiving medical care at a hospital without acquainting yourself with the important information in The Patient Survival Guide is like jumping out of an airplane with no parachute and then hoping you grow wings on the way down.” Victoria Nahum, Co-founder and Executive Director, Safe Care Campaign

This is the best book I’ve ever read that explains everything a lay person needs to know about hospital-acquired infections. If you want to survive your hospital stay without an infection, read it.” Rosemary Gibson, Author, Wall of Silence and The Treatment Trap

Product Details
ISBN: 9781936303311
ISBN-10: 1936303310
Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing
Publication Date: March 2nd, 2012
Pages: 252
Language: English