Synopses & Reviews
This comprehensive, accessible home reference guide addresses a wide range of health concerns-as only a nurse who knows the inside story on healthcare can. From headaches to ankle sprains, asthma to zinc remedies, this authoritative resource reveals what everyone needs to know in order to get healthy-and stay that way. The book features hundreds of tips on easing symptoms, promoting healing, following a treatment plan, and solving both the big and small problems that arise when someone is sick, hurt, or in pain.
Readers will discover how to:
€ Treat everyday health complaints and minor injuries
€ Heal faster after an injury
€ Get the best results from medicines while reducing side effects
€ Recover more comfortably at home after outpatient surgery
"In this useful home healthcare guide, Carroll offers the insight of a nurse to help readers understand and treat common medical conditions such as skin rashes and joint pains. Rather than following the general practice of organizing a self-care guide around specific diagnoses which, she argues, makes such guides 'hard to use unless you can diagnose yourself correctly first' she lists the topics by symptoms, starting with the most common medical complaint: headaches. She then works through topics like eye irritation, toothaches, constipation and dizziness. In each section, she explains what the symptoms look and feel like, answers FAQs and decisively informs readers when the symptoms might be serious enough to warrant a call to a healthcare pro or a trip to the emergency room. The book also includes information on dealing with injuries like sprains and cuts, choosing and using medications, fighting through the difficulties of the healthcare system and having surgery. Through it all, the tone is accessible, friendly and easy-to-understand just as a one might hope a good nurse would be." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Get the insider's view on the full range of medical concerns.
About the Author
Pat Carroll began her career as a respiratory therapist, a graduate of Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. She returned to school to become a registered nurse, and is a proud alumna of Excelsior College School of Nursing based in Albany, NY, the largest nursing school in the United States. She has additional degrees in education and nursing.
Most recently, Pat has maintained a clinical practice as the volunteer health coordinator for the homeless shelter in her community, and is now working with her former Congressman to bring a community health center to the largest city in Connecticut without one. She has extensive experience in ER nursing, critical care, home care and traditional in-patient hospital care of adults and children. She's board certified in general nursing, emergency nursing and nursing professional development.
Known for her entertaining style, Pat is a sought-after speaker for professional and community education programs and has been making regular television appearances around the US since 2001. She's also been on CNN Headline News and Fox News Channel. Her goal is to present health segments from a nurse's perspective and to help establish nurses as credible health experts in the media. She won a Golden Lamp Award from the Center for Nursing Advocacy in 2003 for providing one of the best media portrayals of nursing. Pat's special for PBS, Hints for Health: A Nurse's Notebook® debuts in Connecticut in June 2004, and nationwide in August.
Pat published her first article in a professional journal twenty-five years ago. Little did she know that would lead her to a career publishing nearly 200 professional articles along with two award-winning textbooks. What Nurses Know and Doctors Don't Have Time to Tell You is the culmination of a dream -- Pat sees it as the ultimate patient education opportunit
Table of Contents
What Nurses Know Acknowledgments
1. Treating Symptoms
Earaches and Hearing Loss
Eye Irritation and Vision Changes
Toothaches and Mouth Pain
Body Aches And Pains
Back and Neck Pain
Bone, Muscle, and Joint Pain
Weakness and Dizziness
Rashes and Itches
Cold And Fever
Stuffy or Runny Nose
Diarrhea and Constipation
2. Treating and Preventing Injuries
Bites and Stings
Cuts and Scrapes
Sprains and Strains
Travel Health and Safety
3. Choosing and Using Medicines Wisely
What You Must Know About Every Prescription
OTC (Nonprescription) Medications
Is It a Medication Allergy or a Side Effect?
Herbal Remedies and Nutritional Supplements
4. You and the Health Care System
Choosing Your Primary Care Provider
Getting the Most from Your Relationship with Your Health Care Providers
Insurance Scrabble: Making Sense of the Letters
Tips for ER Visits
Tips for Hospital Stays
5. Medical Tests and Same-Day Surgery
Appendix: Web Resources