Hospital Medicine Opinion Archive

When the PA becomes the patient

A physician assistant's stay in the hospital provides a new perspective of a patient's experience in the emergency department.

Overcrowding in the emergency department

Emergency department clinicians are faced with a number of challenges as ED's become more crowded.

Holiday healing in the emergency department

The patient flow may slow down during the holidays, but some people come to the emergency department for more than just physical reasons.

A new method for closing skin tears in elderly patients

Using a combination of sutures and Steri-Strips can help close skin tears in elderly patients with fragile skin.

Basal insulin for surgical diabetic patients

Basal insulin, with or without nutritional correction, is the best approach to manage blood glucose in noncritically ill surgical patients.

Connecting studying to practice: all of these exam names will come in use, some day

The satisfaction that you experience the first time you recognize one of the signs in practice is exciting and provides a since of accomplishment and validation of all the skills you learned.

Keep phone use in check in the exam room

Health-care providers may be using their phones too much during patient visits, causing aggravation and reducing provider-patient time.

Recent graduate's guide to handling the specialist on call

For a newly graduated physician assistant, learning to work with specialists on call is an important skill to learn.

Try absorbable sutures for facial lacerations

Absorbable sutures take the guesswork out of when to remove sutures while saving the patient time and money.

End-of-life talks in primary care

Health practitioners need to be prepared, and help prepare patients for end-of-life discussions.

Cultural awareness important in end-of-life care

Being aware of cultural and familial background is helpful when providing palliative care to Hispanic patients.

What are bath salts?

The long-term health consequences of bath salts are not yet known, but experience suggests that proactive efforts are needed to minimize it's public health impact.

Combating patient noncompliance with DVT prophylaxis

Successful DVT prophylaxis with pharmacologic agents and adjunctive treatment modalities depends on both consistency and accuracy.

Axing unnecessary tests and procedures to cut health-care costs

An adolescent patient received a battery of unnecessary tests, including chest X-rays, when he visited the ER for viral respiratory symptoms. When will it stop?

Health-care teams offer comfort and support in emergencies

No one health-care provider can go it alone. Nurses, physicians, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and every other support and ancillary department depend on each other to provide each patient with the best care possible.

High on bath salts: what to know

"Bath salts" are new synthetic drugs that are typically found as white, light tan or brown powders, believed to contain psychoactive chemicals known as mephedrone and/or methylenedioxypyvrovalerone.

Integrate family members into patient care

Family members can often be more demanding than patients, but addressing anxiety in a compassionate manner can create a more positive experience for everyone involved.

Nurse appreciation 101

Increased staffing and a hospital administration that listens to needs are what nurses really want during National Nurses Week.

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