- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 878 KB
- Print Length: 366 pages
- Publisher: Lara Publications Inc (18 Sept. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FAH4ZY0
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How to Prevent a Hospital from Killing You Kindle Edition
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This book is going to get a lot of negative reviews from medical staff trying to keep secret what goes on behind their curtain. The writer has 25 years of experience working in the health care field. The chapters are relevant. The references are recent and relevant. The writing could use a bit of polish IMHO but the information is scandalous and backed up with real life examples and recent references. I hope everyone involved in health care read this book, including attorneys for victims. Unfortunately, medical staff will continue to "deny and defend" until this becomes common knowledge. That is why this material is important.
Recent statistics indicate 210,000 to 440,000 die from preventable medical mistakes every year. This puts medical error as the 3rd leading cause of death. Should we get used to it and accept it because it is human nature to make mistakes? I doubt those victims died because they did not trust their doctor. I doubt they died because didn't have blind faith, trust and optimism. One should enter any medical establishment wide awake, a bit jaded, and knowledgeable about how the system works.
The book has checklists, things to ask for, problems to watch for. For example there are tips to do immediately if you suspect a cover-up about an injury or death. Being passive, accepting excuses, delaying and ultimately deciding to obtain a lawyer gives time for evidence to be lost. The information in this book will help patients be pro-active and defensive. This will put the medical system on notice that if there is a problem, you won't take it lying down.
It is not too surprising that they do not want any accountability for their decisions. Appointment me to the medical board and I will accept responsibility for my decisions. The VA Scandal is not isolated to the VA. Intervention will reset safety, and then when a new physician or mba assumes leadership, the environment of safety may quickly dissipate. People who advocate for change will be reprimanded and disciplined and/or dismissed. Whereas physicians permit patient harm to occur are often promoted.
The HCQIA of 1986 is partially responsibility to permit administration to ignore patient harm, or ignore the front-line worker reporting patient harm. This can be due to a number of factors including a personal dispute or unwarranted (or warranted), mistrust of the individual.
I get the distinct impression that the author has a personal axe to grind, is fed up with trying to elicit a reaction from the governing bodies concerned and has therefor decided to try and frighten the consumer instead.
In my honest opinion, as a registered nurse for over 30 odd years, I would advice readers NOT to purchase/read this book. It will not help you or any of your family in times of need. Be aware, ask questions about treatment plans, operations, outcomes, tests etc but keep the faith - faith, trust, optimism and hope are powerful motivators but be realistic :-)