Critical Conditions: The Essential Hospital Guide to Get Your Loved One Out Alive

Martine Ehrenclou, MA
Lemon Grove Press LLC

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What are the chances you'll never have to be there for someone in the hospital? Zero. Given the frightening number of preventable hospital deaths caused by medical errors, you must be a proactive advocate to oversee medical care for your hospitalized loved one. Critical Conditions is based on over 150 interviews with doctors, nurses, hospital staff and family members. Learn how to: Prevent deadly medical errors, medication mistakes, infectious diseases. Reach doctors when you need them—every time. Navigate the hospital with confidence.



At one time or another a family member will end up in the hospital and we will be responsible for their well being.  We seldom hear of favorable experiences but we certainly hear of many horror stories that put us into a state of fear hoping we'd never end up in the hospital ourselves. 

Gone are the days of back rubs and personal assistance. Nursing shortages, budget cutbacks, incompetent staff, unclean environment and a whole gamut of issues prevail when a loved one is hospitalized. Because of this, family members and friends have to take on the responsibility for caregiving and advocacy.  Sad as it may seem but it is the truth.

Martine Ehrenclou, through much research, personal  experience, and talking with others, has compiled a comprehensive guide of what to do when a loved one is hospitalized.  But, even more so, this book is important for all of us to read in the event we are hospitalized. It's important for us to know what really goes on and be receptive to accepting help from friends and family.  We may feel that we are being a bother but trust me, after reading this book, you will accept the fact that these people are there for your best interest. 

I commend Ehrenclou for writing this book.  By sharing her knowledge she is helping hundreds of thousands of people making  their hospital stay not only more pleasant but safe.  Every patient needs an advocate and you might be it.  Know what you are in for.

Reviewed on 02/05/2011 by Member Irene Watson

It's an unfortunate fact of life; medical errors and misjudgements occur regularly.  By reading this book, you can be prepared to advocate safe hospital care for yourself and your loved ones. 

The book consists of over 100 interviews with people who were the victims of serious medical mistreatment and errors.  The reader can learn how to best handle problems when they arise; and how to be proactive enough to possibly avoid the problems in the first place.  Without undue blame or discrimination against the medical profession, the author shares information on questions to ask, being sure you understand the why and how of treatments and medications.  You will learn who is responsible for specific areas of patient care within the hospital, and how to be sure your questions and concerns are addressed immediately and by the proper person.

My father is currently undergoing cancer treatments at a prestigious medical facility in our area.  While I and other family members have confidence in the care he is receiving, we also realize that the major responsibility for his safe care rests with us.  In today's world of rapidly changing health care, new technology and medicines, etc., it is more imperative than ever that we remain vigilant.  This book will help those of us not involved in the medical profession understand how care works, and what to watch out for.  I highly recommend this book as required reading for anyone who cares about the quality of healthcare they personally, as well as friends and family members are experiencing.  A must read and great book to have on hand for future reference.

Reviewed on 09/14/2009 by Member LAURI COATES

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