Boston, MA (PRWEB) October 6, 2008
A new booklet from a Harvard physician offers priceless tips and insider information on how to make sure a hospital visit makes you better, not worse.
"Don't Leave the Hospital SICKER Than You Went In! A Doctor's 106 Tips for a Healthy and Safe Hospital Experience" by Gail Gazelle, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, offers expert advice for everything from making the most of an emergency room visit to avoiding surgical mishaps to common issues surrounding medications, germs, and pain management. It includes an important section on the necessity of patient advocates for anyone who is hospitalized.
Dr. Gazelle, citing an Institute of Medicine report that hospital errors account for 100,000 deaths per year and a Centers for Disease Control study revealing that one in 22 people will get an infection in a hospital, stresses the importance of knowing how to protect yourself in a hospital environment.
"We all like to think we're safe in a hospital but the fact remains that hospitals are set up to take care of groups of people, not individuals, and hospital staff, just like the rest of us, are capable of making mistakes. The best way to make sure you don't leave a hospital sicker than when you entered is to arrive forearmed with knowledge about the typical problems that occur - and how to prevent them," says Dr. Gazelle, assistant clinical professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
The 24-page booklet is available as a downloadable e-book for $6.97 or in paper form for $9.97. To purchase "Don't Leave the Hospital SICKER Than You Went In! A Doctor's 106 Tips for a Healthy and Safe Hospital Experience," visit http://www.mdcanhelp.com/onlinestore.html# or send a check for $9.97 made payable to MD Can Help, P.O. Box 669, Brookline, MA 02446.
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