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Surviving A Hospital Stay

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Medical decisions in hospitals are made by an astonishing amount of interdisciplinary team members, expert consultants and cost conscious third-party payers.

How do patients effectively navigate through this medical mumbo jumbo?

"Now, What Do We Do? - Successfully Manage Your Hospital Stay," is a just-released guided journal that enhances understanding for patients of all ages, and those who care for them, by illustrating how to unravel the tangle of 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/or family members through the maze of emotions, confusion, deluge of information and multitude of questions that arise during a hospital stay by encouraging readers to:

-- Understand the medical condition

-- Learn which questions to ask

-- Discover treatment assessment tips

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-- Create an action plan

-- Monitor progress

-- Improve the overall hospital experience

-- Reduce stress

From the onset of a hospital experience to the transition to home, this unique, 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 when her newborn son was rushed to ICU, insists "patient care is improved by caregivers consistently and comprehensively sharing knowledge with treatment providers."

Sladek, 49, provided her expertise of coordinating worldwide projects for 25 years to encourage caregivers to first get a handle on the situation and then discover what to do about it. Patients are coached to ask many questions and write everything down.

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

Ruffman, a licensed clinical psychologist, complemented the journal with a comforting, 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 of California as a Forensic Psychologist.