San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 5, 2009
Empowering patients to be informed and engaged medical consumers is a pressing and challenging goal for all health care organizations. "The Empowered Patient ®: A Guide to Hospital Care for Patients and Families" is an innovative consumer resource that offers an unprecedented level of information for the public to utilize in their quest for medical care that is safe, effective and patient-centered. Helen Haskell is a respected patient advocate who has joined efforts with Dr. Julia Hallisy to author this user-friendly guide to hospital care. Both women have suffered the loss of a child to illness and medical error and continue to honor the memory of their late children by working to improve our health care system.
Julia Hallisy and Helen Haskell have personally faced the life-threatening challenges facing medical patients and their advocates. Their new guide "The Empowered Patient ®: a Guide to Hospital Care for Patients and Families" is the first downloadable manual authored specifically for patients. The guide is intended to be a logical starting point for patients and advocates beginning the journey to empowerment and as an ongoing support system for every aspect of hospitalization. The manual is available by download or hard copy at their new website http://www.EmpoweredPatientCoalition.org.
The goal of the manual is simple - to present the public with practical tools and information to help navigate the often baffling and confusing world of hospital care. The guide is presented in a readable, condensed format intended to allow the reader to find crucial information quickly and easily. Topics are arranged in the order in which a patient is likely to encounter them, starting with "Before You Begin - Choosing Your Advocate and Preparing Your Documents" and ending with a "Patient Journal" to use during hospitalization, fact sheets for "Signs of a Deteriorating Patient" and a "Discharge and Home Care" bullet-pointed sheet.
The reality is that loved ones and advocates are often the first ones to notice both important symptoms and subtle changes in a patient's condition, and now they will be empowered to speak up and communicate their observations and concerns. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment of medical conditions can be the difference between a successful recovery and devastating setbacks.
The guide offers many forms that have been custom-designed for use by patients and their advocates. Included are: a central line insertion checklist for the public; a communication technique that allows individuals to speak succinctly and clearly in a format doctors and nurses will understand; a chart of symptoms and prevention strategies for common hospital acquired infections; forms for keeping track of medications, treatments, healthcare providers, and patient concerns; and a chart allowing advocates to detect early warning signs of serious medical problems. All patients needs this guide to help them implement their new skills and keep them safe and on the right track from admission to discharge.
Dr. Julia Hallisy (415) 681-1011
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