Yes, specific survival skills may be necessary for a successful hospital stay. Many hospitals are crowded, understaffed, and sometimes impersonal; the hospital staff perhaps overworked and untrained in some aspects of patient care. Mistakes happen that can be devastating to patients and their families. Herein are ways that the patient or family member can partner with the hospital staff to achieve optimal outcomes. Specific ideas and worksheets are provided so that medications, procedures, and doctor’s orders can be tracked. Dr. Rebecca Ford’s insider knowledge from thirty-plus years of experience with hospital practices and procedures provide information vital for every patient.