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The Patient Survival Guide

SKU# 9781936303311

8 Simple Solutions to Prevent Hospital- and Healthcare-Associated Infections

Author: Maryanne McGuckin Dr., Sc., Ed.


  • Toni L. Goldfarb
  • Peter Pronovost MD, PhD, FCCM

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Gold Winner 2012 Foreword Reviews Book of The Year, Health Category

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 1.7 million people developed healthcare acquired infections in 2010. Since most people spend only a small part of their lives in healthcare facilities, this guidebook also tells readers how to avoid picking up serious infections in day care centers, schools, business offices, and other common locations.

Unlike other books, which focus on how to change the hospital systems, The Patient Survival Guide focuses on empowering you with the knowledge and techniques to ensure a safer healthcare experience.

The Patient Survival Guide:

  • Inspires you to be a your own advocate
  • Describes in vivid detail how your preparation and informed vigilance can significantly reduce the chances of harm and death to your loved one in a hospital
  • Provides specific, practical, and outside-the-box strategies for anticipating and preventing errors, with chapters devoted to each of the most common mistakes and mishaps
  • Provides checklists for patients to use upon admission to healthcare facilities

Product Details 

  • Publication Date March 02, 2012
  • Page Count 252
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781936303311
  • EISBN 9781617051180

Table of Contents 

Chapter 1: What are we Dealing with?
Chapter 2: Enemy Invaders
Chapter 3: Hospital Acquired Infections
Chapter 4: Attack of the Super Bugs
Chapter 5: Let's Talk Dirty: Hand Hygiene and Patient Hygiene
Chapter 6: Patient Empowerment: The Hospital Patient's Survival Guide
Chapter 7: Infection Protection When You Need a Urinary Catheter
Chapter 8: Respiratory Tract Infections
Chapter 9: Surgical-Site Infections
Chapter 10: Bloodstream Infections
Chapter 11: Empowerment Begin Before Birth
Chapter 12: Calling in the Law: Take This to the Hospital With You
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Editorial Review(s) 

“A must-read for people facing hospital-based medical procedures.”— March 2013

“Especially useful for those preparing for surgery or other medical procedure. The author’s knowledge and passion for the subject comes through, making this a fast, easy read.”—Population Health Matters, October 2012

“ …Dr. McGuckin sounds the alarm on deadly, costly infections and how to prevent them. Before you or a loved one heads to the hospital, reach for this guidebook. It could save a life.”—Ceci Connolly, former national health correspondent, The Washington Post

“ Following on from her pioneering work in championing patient empowerment in health care, Maryanne McGuckin goes a step further in The Patient Survival Guide to give the patient the knowledge needed to make the health care experience a safe one. This book is written in simple language to demystify the ‘coded’ jargon for the layman consumer, but with all the experience of a confirmed and respected healthcare infection control expert.”—Didier Pittet, MD, MS, CBE, Director, Infection Control Program and World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety; Lead, World Health Organization Global Patient Safety Challenge “Clean Care is Safer Care”

“ Receiving medical care at a hospital without acquainting yourself with the important information in The Patient Survival Guide is like jumping out of an airplane with no parachute and then hoping you grow wings on the way down.”—Victoria Nahum, Co-founder and Executive Director, Safe Care Campaign

“ This is the best book I’ve ever read that explains everything a lay person needs to know about hospital-acquired infections. If you want to survive your hospital stay without an infection, read it.”—Rosemary Gibson, Author, Wall of Silence and The Treatment Trap