Why I wrote “Your Hospital Guide”

Hospitals are chaotic.  With the exception of childbirth and certain surgical procedures, in general you have to be fairly sick to be admitted to a hospital.  And surgical and obstetric patients, while not necessarily sick, are generally dealing with pain issues and need to be watched closely for potentially life-threatening complications.  Even in a small hospital, there are thousands of medications being ordered and administered daily, as well as thousands of other orders regarding tests and all aspects of patient care.  This means that the hospital staff members, in addition to most of the patients and their families, are frequently stressed.

In order for you to get the best possible care, you need to know what’s going on, and you need to communicate well with your doctors, nurses and other medical personnel.  You are the best advocate for your hospitalized self or family member.  This guide will help you stay organized and on task to ensure that your or your loved one’s care is optimal.  This optimization of care relates not only to care during a particular hospital stay, but also to any related follow-up care, and to any future medical situations.

This guide will help you stay in control.

5 thoughts on “Why I wrote “Your Hospital Guide”

  1. Ali

    Hi Abi . Sound you are starting a unique great work . I think you are right people would really appreciate this kind of practise. Good luck.

    Ali Elsayed.MD
    Critical care medicine
    HackensacUMC -MS Hospital

  2. Dr. Jeremy Lipshutz, MD

    This is an important antidote to the McDonaldsization of medicine– where corporations are buying up medical practices, and patients are getting 5-7 minutes with their doctor, and the doctors are becoming mechanics, instead of stewards of your care. Dr. Schildcrout will help you navigate the chaos and confusion that accompany hospitalization for serious health problems. When the hospitalist has so many patients a day, you need to be your strongest advocate, and Dr. Schildcrout shows you how to be the squeaky wheel to whom the overworked and sometimes under-compassioned physician and staff pay appropriate attention.

    And I’m not just saying that because she’s my big sister!!!

    Jeremy M. Lipshutz, MD, MHS
    Director of Pain and Neuromodulation
    Monos Health Institute
    Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology
    Diplomate, American Board of Addiction Medicine
    Adjunct Assistant Professor, Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine

  3. Sallee Lipshutz

    Being at the right place at the right time is not all sheer dumb luck! Recognizing a need for a never-before-available service to ease people’s journey through the looming medical morass is sheer cognitive genius! Practical Medical Insights flows naturally from Practical Abi. This service is as useful in our contemporary world as the wheel was to the caveman’s clan!


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