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Book Offers Tips for 'Survival' in H
ospitals

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Summary:
If you've watched a TV show with a
hospital setting, you might have a
notion - albeit exaggerated - of ho
w the interactions between patients
 and doctors can create dramatic sc
enarios.


Keywords:
Book Offers Tips for 'Survival' in H
ospitals


Article Body:
If you've watched a TV show with a
hospital setting, you might have a
notion - albeit exaggerated - of ho
w the interactions between patients
 and doctors can create dramatic sc
enarios.

A new book written by a doctor-nurs
e couple says similar dramas are pl
aying out in real life. It warns of
 how we should be concerned about t
he lack of quality care that patien
ts can receive in hospitals.

"Hospital Battlefield: A Field Manu
al For Survival," written by Lynne
and Joseph Golonka, explains that i
nside knowledge and a lot of questi
oning will go a long way toward imp
roving health care in the U.S.

While being critical of hospitals -
 to the point of receiving their fa
ir share of backlash from the medic
al establishment - the Golonkas are
 quick to stress that the power to
make change begins with the patient.

"We want to stir up this closed-hos
pital system, not fight health care
 professionals," says Lynne, a regi
stered nurse.

The real enemy, she says, is illnes
s. The book gives practical advice
to help patients avoid hospital err
ors and infections and ensure a qui
ck and safe recovery.

The "going into battle" metaphor is
 not intended to pit patients again
st doctors and nurses in a war-like
 fashion, the authors explain. But
it does convey the urgency of "surv
ival" within an imperfect system.

Chapters titled "Securing Allies" a
nd "Chain of Command" are not diffi
cult to equate with possible traps
and troubles in hospitals. But the
self-help guide is also peppered wi
th medical-themed cartoons for a to
ngue-in-cheek approach to some of t
he challenges patients face along t
he way.

Yet the issue itself is a serious o
ne, and the authors say preparation
 must be made for potential hospita
lization. Some questions and ideas
raised include:

* What are the right questions to a
sk medical professionals? Specifica
lly, to whom do you address the que
stions and how do you ask them?

* Why is it so important to demand
accountability from hospitals?

* What is one of the major reasons
health insurance medical directors
deny claims?

Ultimately, the book presents a rea
listic view of hospital health care
 and cites a surprising 1999 study
as the basis of its argument. As ma
ny as 98,000 die in hospitals each
year as a result of serious medical
 errors, according to the Institute
 of Medicine.

The Golonkas say that progress to i
mprove the hospital system has been
 slow, and therefore they urge pati
ents and families to be ready for b
attle.

				
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