This volume provides a concise yet comprehensive overview of patient safety issues and quality improvement for the pediatric hematology/oncology/stem cell transplant practice. The book reviews patient safety in complex healthcare delivery systems, delineates the various safety issues affecting pediatric hematology/oncology patients, and discusses quality improvement methods and improvement science that allow the reader to implement and sustain change in their home institution. The text also explores mechanisms to measure quality and safety outcomes, allowing the provider to implement proven processes shown to minimize harm to patients.
Written by experts in the field, Patient Safety and Quality in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation is a valuable resource for healthcare professionals treating pediatric hematology, oncology and stem cell transplant patients.
We never know what tomorrow will bring us whether with family, financial, health, or other issues. An annual medical checkup for Linda at the age of nearly sixty-two in December 2006 resulted in the worst words you would want to hear, “you have cancer.” Subsequent medical tests and oncologist evaluations resulted in the next worst words to hear, “you have myelodysplastic syndrome cancer and your ‘pink-slip’ gives you twenty-four to thirty-six months to live.” And these words were followed by “you need to get your affairs in order.” Discussions with the doctor indicated they would keep her as comfortable as possible through treatments by chemotherapy, blood transfusions, shots of procrit and neupogen, as well as, pain and other comforting medicines. What do you do with this death sentence given to you by the medical profession when you feel you are in the prime of your life and have so much to look forward to in the future? Do you give up and go along with the doctors recommendations? Or do you put on the armor of God and fight? Linda chose to fight armed with God’s sword of the spirit, breastplate of righteousness, loins girded with truth, and sandals wrapped with the hope of peace. The next three years were no cake-walk, but many times felt like hell-on-earth. This is the story and diary record of how she won with her faithfulness to God and His faithfulness to her. We hope you can gain strength from the story of the fight that “only God could win.”
Fred’s Guide to Stem Cell Transplants… If You’re Facing a Stem Cell Transplant-Fred Can Help! Chances are, if you are reading this, you or someone you love has cancer. Fred knows it can feel like an impossible, insurmountable challenge. He has been through two stem cell transplants. He knows what it’s like to endure and survive the rough ride of diagnosis, assessing the risks, finding a donor, and dealing with the side effects. Having come out on the other side, Fred and Kathy have collected observations, ideas, suggestions, and insights to help you on your journey. Most of all, Fred’s Guide to Stem Cell Transplants is an encouraging, supportive resource to help you find the powers within you to add to your own healing plan. Fred and Kathy are ready to lend you their perspective on courage, persistence, and how your friends and family can support your healing process. Fred and Kathy were married for 44 years when Fred was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. Fred’s life was saved when a donor stepped forward. Now living with gratitude, this book is their way of Paying It Forward. Illustrations by Allai Kaushik