Lynne Golonka

AUTHOR’ S ART ICLE | ADVERT I SEMENT

HOSPITAL BATTLEFIELD COMMUNICATION FIELD MANUAL FOR SURVIVAL S everal years ago, as I was reading about hospital acquired antibiotic resistant infections and hospital errors, I said to myself, “I never want to be hospitalized.” Following up on that though I felt reassured since I am a Nurse and my husband is a Doctor. We know the system. What about other patients and families? Ask any nurse or doctor and they will state that they avoid hospitalization at all cost, and if it was necessary, they would use their knowledge to protect themselves and their families. Thiswas the genesis for Hospital Battlefield. The logic and organization of the book rests on five key concepts: 1- Analogy A military analogy was developed with its terminology: identification of the enemy,

use of allies, weapons and strategies. This is not a tour guide. After all, your safety and recovery without infection or errors can be a matter of life or death. Focus on the enemies: Illness, Infection, Medical Errors. 2-Questions Medical experts strongly suggest that you have a written list to ask your Doctor, You may develop the questions from the internet focusing on diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. However, howmuch time do you spend with your Doctor, or any Doctor in the hospital? Five minutes, ten minutes? What about the other 23 hours and 45 minutes? 3-Consumers You are a consumer of hospital care and pay for it directly or through insurance. You are purchasing care. Do you knowwhat the

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