Ready for My Surgery

Be Informed, Stay Safe, and Take Control during Your Journey through Surgery

Patrick J. Nellis

Ready for My Surgery puts you in control of your healthcare by guiding you through the steps you can take in preparing for a successful surgery.

This book was written to help patients and their families be well-informed, engaged, and confident in making decisions that affect their health and healthcare. Better patient outcomes are achieved when strong connections and meaningful partnerships exist between patients and their healthcare providers.

Through patient stories, insider tips, science-backed information, and comprehensive checklists, you’ll learn how you can play an active role as a partner in your care.


Reviews

“Having surgery is just like embarking on a journey to a foreign country. Savvy travellers minimize misadventures by fully preparing for their trips. Ready for My Surgery is the ultimate travel guide, including an essential packing list and useful (medical) language translator. Don’t plan a hospital procedure without it!”

“There is a growing understanding that patients themselves, as well as their families, constitute a vital component of how quality and safety in the healthcare system is achieved. What this means for patients is that how active a role they take within the healthcare they receive can often have a significant impact on how effective that care is. Ready for My Surgery supports patients to take control of their own care. Author Patrick J. Nellis leverages his substantial experience and expertise to empower people with knowledge about their surgery, and offers them strategies to build inclusive partnerships with their healthcare providers. Nellis’ thoughtful and straightforward writing delivers insights that are sure to help improve the way many patients and families experience surgery.”

“At the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, we know that every 1 minute and 18 seconds a person receiving care in hospital or in their home is unintentionally harmed by the healthcare system. Everyone has a role to play in keeping patients safe, including the patient themselves and their family. Patrick J. Nellis’ book is an excellent resource to assist patients and their families to prepare for surgery, helping them understand what to expect and what they and those caring for them must do to provide a safe experience. I would highly recommend this book to anyone undergoing a surgical procedure. A clear, instructive, and compelling read that will prepare you well for your surgical journey!”

“Patrick J. Nellis’ insights are a welcome change from the limited information most patients receive before they have surgery. Ready for My Surgery is a wonderful book that will assist many patients in answering questions that are often misunderstood or not given much thought.”

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“Healthcare can be an intimidating environment from the side of the patient, with too many patients being afraid of asking questions and taking control of their experience. Patrick J. Nellis has written the perfect easy-to-read guide from an insider’s view. He’s heard all the questions, and he clearly knows how to navigate the system in a healthy, empowering manner. As fellow healthcare professionals, we can assure you that he has done a brilliant job of decoding the experience, giving great tips on how to make the most of a surgical experience. We highly recommend this resource and can’t wait to see it literally change the experience for patients everywhere.”

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Patrick J. Nellis is a registered respiratory therapist and certified clinical anesthesia assistant. Patrick is driven to see patients and their families be well informed, engaged, and confident in making decisions that affect their health and healthcare. He believes that better patient outcomes are achieved when strong connections and meaningful partnerships exist between patients and their healthcare providers. In addition to writing, Patrick enjoys martial arts, rock climbing, travelling and occasionally picking up his guitar. He lives in Georgetown, Ontario, Canada, with his wife and two children.


ISBN 978-1-9992441-1-8
$23.95 CAD $19.95 USD
Published February 3, 2020
8 × 10 186 Pages
Paperback, ebook