Being Safe & Sound in the Hospital
Going into the hospital? Take the advice offered in Safe & Sound in the Hospital. Be sure to take someone, a care partner, to act as your advocate.
One in three patients is accidentally harmed in U.S. hospitals every year, according to a 2011 Health Affairs study. But, Karen Curtiss, author of Safe & Sound, is convinced that patients with family and friends as care partners can fill the cracks in hospital care that leads to Never Events.
Too often, however, care partners aren’t prepared to know what questions to ask and what next steps to take.
Karen wasn’t prepared for the series of medical errors that struck her family. After a successful lung transplant at a top academic medical center, her father died from complications resulting from a fall that went untreated for 57 hours, leading to pneumonia, blood clots, and a pulmonary embolism. Her husband spent 18 months recovering from sepsis, stemming from improper surgery preparation and care afterward. And, her young son would have undergone an unnecessary operation had she not sought a second opinion.
Determined to help other families avoid similar fates, Karen, with more than 25 years of market research experience, started digging for answers. She slogged through nursing textbooks, talked to medical and patient safety experts, searched through healthcare studies and more. There are actionable steps families and friends can take to prevent every hospital hazard her family suffered, plus others. She learned that the medical community has a name for them: NEVER Events
Karen compiled her research into Safe & Sound in the Hospital, a 91-page, wire-bound handbook, designed to educate patients and their families to prepare and be aware of issues that can arise during a hospital stay—as well as prevent another hospital stay. The book provides practical tips, creative tools and quick checklists that care partners can use to help prevent common hospital hazards and promote a safe recovery.
“I wrote the handbook I wish my family had available,” says Karen. “If I’d had Safe & Sound in the Hospital when my father was in the hospital, he’d be alive today. This guide is my way of transforming my family’s tragedies into better outcomes for others.”
In Safe & Sound in the Hospital, Karen offers tips and guidance such as:
- Keep your loved one safe from infection.
- Speak up and ask questions.
- How to call for a Rapid Response Team.
- When to schedule surgeries
- Double-check each medication just before it’s given.
- Preventing disastrous falls.
Safe & Sound in the Hospital, rated 5 Stars by Amazon readers, provides the information and tools you and your care partners need to safeguard a family member’s or friend’s care.
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Podcast (17 Minutes) Safe & Sound in the Hospital