A Fond Farewell

Doc Handal has always felt it her mission to share her medical wisdom and knowledge through media.  This June she will be retiring, relinquishing her medical licensure, and will no longer be taking to public media to empower you to seek the best possible medical care. Hopefully my posts have helped you to be your own advocate for your health and well-being and that of others. May you continue to seek accurate, credible, science-based medical advice.

Your ER Survival Guide

I wrote “Doc’s ER Guide” but soon realized that many of you thought it was for doctors and other medical folks. BUT I wrote it for Products_Kindle_YourERGuideeveryone else! Now a new title  “Your ER Guide” sums up what you need to know to navigate a visit to an Emergency Room (ER).

It is written candidly with lots of naked truths about all aspects of an ER experience -before during and after. What you should expect in the ER from an insider is in this affordable book. It is available in print and e formats. Visit your favorite online book store including Smashwords, Amazon, Kobobooks,  GoodReads or buy it from our website e store.  Read it before you need it.

FYI:  You don’t need a Kindle to read my books? Simply download a free Kindle reading apps–available for smartphones, tablets, and computers and you are good to go!

Books that can save lives & make great gifts!


Poem by a Doc

No, DocHandal is not a poet, but a dear friend and colleague I met on my first day in med school is. I. M. Real, MD (pen name) writes about what it feels like having been a heart rehab patient. Check out her poem below. I hope it has some worth in your life. Thank you Dr. Real for allowing us to blog your words.


Rehab isn’t easy when your heart is broken

It needs encouragement to pump with vigor

Daily exercises to remind it of its job description.

Internal organs each have responsibilities

No excuses—-just pedal  ‘til  you’re pooped

Going nowhere on a stationary machine.


Treadmill, stationary bike or elliptical

Onward toward a target pulse!


Nowhere is actually somewhere:

Oreos worth of calories burned,

Walks without pain and puffing,

Hills easily conquered

Energy restored with each successive ride.

Reassuring to know that a heart restored

Enjoys a second chance

Doc’s ER Survival Guide – Updated

DocHandal_ERSurvivalGuide_CreateSpace_Cover_2You need to read this! Know your rights, the process and the lingo and much more from an insider DocHandal. Yes at times the ER is a chaotic medical setting all the more for you to know about the goings-on.

Doctors and nurses are making decisions in a fast-paced, stressful environment. Mistakes can and do happen. So the more people know about what to expect the less likely one of those mistakes will happen to them. Reading this book is like having Doc Handal at your side when you need her the most. Have a quick listen to a trailer on this book






  March 2012   Reader’s Favorite Review          Awards  5  STARS to “Doc’s First Aid Guide”

“Simple, straight, and to-the-point, “Doc’s First Aid Guide” by Kathleen A. Handal, MD, is an easy-to-use reference book that you could keep handy in your glove compartment, a kitchen drawer, or your office desk drawer. She emphasizes that the steps taken during the first few minutes of a medical emergency situation are critical and suggests that people read this book BEFORE they need it. I think she is right. I am such a geek, I even read my car owner’s manual from cover to cover before driving the car.

The formatting is logical and makes it very easy to instantly find the information you need for the type of emergency situation that you are experiencing. After the initial general information section, Dr. Handal provides the ABC’s of CPR, which everyone should learn how to administer, and then goes into the First Aid situations. I am so glad that you presented the information in alphabetical order as it makes it much easier to locate just what you need. The First Aid section covered topics from Allergic Reaction to Burns to Choking to Heat Exposure to Unconsciousness with dozens of topics in between.

Last but not least, she includes emergency first-aid techniques, a first aid kit checklist, and an emergency information info sheet. There are good diagrams included throughout the guide that show the reader how to perform the first aid being described. I appreciate how she included both the “What To Do” boxes as well as the “Do Not” icons to help guide the reader in an emergency.”


Word Is Out!

Dochandal, LLC has been busy with the media, press releases and visibility. Have a look-

Doc’s ER Guide – How to Survive the ER

You can also tell friends that Doc’s ER Guide, was just published in print form -available through Amazon. Also as multi-format e-books, my books are available through Barnes & Nobles, iBooks, Smashwords and Amazon (direct links to my book pages).You’ll be able to download the first 20% of the books for free.

As many of you know I, DocHandal, write from my many years of experience as an ER Doc. I believe First Aid should be medical common sense & everyone needs to be their own advocate when in the ER. I hope you will take the time to check Doc’s ER Guide & Doc’s First Aid Guide.
Won’t you also take a moment to spread the word about my books to everyone you know?
Thanks so much for your support

Doc’s ER Guide is HERE!

The book is completed! What you Need to Know About ERs, medical tips for  before you go when you are there and when you leave. Have a look at the intro video on YouTube.

DocHandal wrote down everything you might find useful from her decades of caring for patients. This information will help you survive the ER experience. I toyed with the title ‘Getting Out Alive’, although it would have been more sensational-I trust you’ll gain the needed info to mange your ER care or the care of others.

For me, it’s all about sharing medical sense so you’ll be ‘impowered’ to make a difference.  Have a look at the various venues listed below to find the e-version for your reading device. Visit DocHandal’s eStore, iBooks, Smashwords,and coming very soon to Amazon. Get this book and do more than survive!

I Love Coupons!

You’ve got to love the idea of coupons! This one is for “Doc’s First Aid Guide” – get the English or Spanish version “Guia Simple de Primeros Auxilios“- using E-Book Coupon – MP46K and receive 20% off purchase price  –  you’ll only pay $6.39. Hurry use before Jan 31,2011 at www.Smashwords.com!

OUT-French Version of “Doc’s First Aid Guide”

Doc’s Guides are available not only in English and Spanish but now also in French  « Doc’s Guide des Premiers Secours » for our neighbors to the north and across the waters. Available through our eStore and Amazon for your Kindle. Also after downloading a free APP this Amazon purchase can be viewed on your Mac computer, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry or Android. Only $7.99 and hyperlinked for your quick use.