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Surviving a Hospital Stay

Thursday, September 6, 2007 General News J E 4
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GRANITE BAY, Calif., Sept. 5 Medical decisions inhospitals are made by an astonishing amount of interdisciplinary team members,expert consultants and cost conscious third-party payers. How do patientseffectively navigate through this medical mumbo jumbo?

"Now, What Do We Do? - Successfully Manage Your Hospital Stay," is ajust-released guided journal that enhances understanding for patients of allages, and those who care for them, by illustrating how to unravel the tangleof complex, ever-changing issues that comprise their health care.

Written by Marjorie Sladek and Jill Ruffman, "Now, What Do We Do? -Successfully Manage Your Hospital Stay" effectively guides the patient and/orfamily members through the maze of emotions, confusion, deluge of informationand multitude of questions that arise during a hospital stay by encouragingreaders to:

From the onset of a hospital experience to the transition to home, thisunique, step-by-step guidebook provides space for writing down questions,instructions, and tracking medications and medical contacts.

Sladek, who first became aware of the need to manage a hospital stay whenher newborn son was rushed to ICU, insists "patient care is improved bycaregivers consistently and comprehensively sharing knowledge with treatmentproviders."

Sladek, 49, provided her expertise of coordinating worldwide projects for25 years to encourage caregivers to first get a handle on the situation andthen discover what to do about it. Patients are coached to ask many questionsand write everything down.

Sladek is a Purdue University graduate with an MBA from Xavier University,Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification, and a Masters Certificatein Project Management from George Washington University.

Ruffman, a licensed clinical psychologist, complemented the journal with acomforting, patient-friendly perspective. A Personal Life Coach, Ruffman, 49,has over 20 years of experience in clinical settings with Kaiser Permanente,the U.S. Army and Air Force. She is presently employed by the State ofCalifornia as a Forensic Psychologist.

This guidebook is the second in the series of "Now, What Do We Do?" guidedjournals by Sladek and Ruffman. They also authored "Now, What Do We Do? How tomanage your child's critical medical needs," which is well-received by parentsand medical professionals. http://www.nowwhatdowedo.com.-- Understand the medical condition -- Learn which questions to ask -- Discover treatment assessment tips -- Create an action plan -- Monitor progress -- Improve the overall hospital experience -- Reduce stress

SOURCE Marjorie Sladek and Jill Ruffman
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