Most Memorable Patient

Screening stroke patients for signs of depression

Screening stroke patients for signs of depression

More aggressive depression screening for patients with stroke will help detect and treat symptoms sooner.

Transcending the emotional barriers between provider and patient

Transcending the emotional barriers between provider and patient

Transcending the emotional barriers between clinician and patient can lead to a stronger, more balanced professional life.

Diagnosing a pulmonary embolism and saving a life

Diagnosing a pulmonary embolism and saving a life

A Divine guidance helps a nurse practitioner make a diagnosis that saved a patient's life.

Fulfilling a dying patient's request: A trip to the Renaissance Festival

Fulfilling a dying patient's request: A trip to the Renaissance Festival

A dying man's wish to attend a Renaissance Festival taught a valuable lesson to a palliative care nurse practitioner.

A young girl with Kawasaki disease: Diagnosing a rare disorder

A young girl with Kawasaki disease: Diagnosing a rare disorder

A girl presented to a small town hospital symptoms including fever, bloodshot eyes, red lips, and rash on the palms of her hands.

An electrocution victim overcomes a poor prognosis

An electrocution victim overcomes a poor prognosis

A nurse's antics prompt an unexpected recovery in a pediatric patient, who sustained injuries after riding his bike over a downed power line.

A pitchfork to the head

A pitchfork to the head

A young patient sustains a serious injury while playing with his brother.

Recognizing stroke warning signs in an ESL patient

Recognizing stroke warning signs in an ESL patient

Listening beyond a nonnative English speaker's words helped diagnose and treat a medical emergency.

An unexpected finding during a routine Pap smear

An unexpected finding during a routine Pap smear

I tried to keep my voice steady, as I described what looked like an inch-long piece of cooked linguine attached to the patient's buttock.

Diagnosing mysterious recurring painful blisters

Diagnosing mysterious recurring painful blisters

A patient's deep appreciation for a quick diagnosis reminds me why I chose my profession.

A patient's bruises prompt closer attention

A patient's bruises prompt closer attention

Sometimes it is hard to ask our patients personal questions. But if we don't, who is?

Clinicians often cross professional boundaries when they become patients

Clinicians often cross professional boundaries when they become patients

Next time you become a patient remember to show professional courtesy and acknowledge the competency of the staff that is providing your care.

A centarian survives a complicated surgery

A centarian survives a complicated surgery

A geriatric patient undergoes a complex procedure for gastric outlet obstruction and causes a medical team to question their stance on geriatric surgery.

Severe hemorrhaging after eclampsia and stroke

Severe hemorrhaging after eclampsia and stroke

A family faces a life and death decision when a patient is given a poor prognosis after experiencing a major stroke from eclampsia.

A trampoline accident paralyzes a young patient

A trampoline accident paralyzes a young patient

Short of banning trampoline sales, installing a protective net can help reduce the risk for devastating neck injuries.

Deciphering a stroke patient's message

Deciphering a stroke patient's message

A patient is visibly frustrated after a stroke results in expressive aphasia.

A 'viral syndrome' with an uncommon source

A 'viral syndrome' with an uncommon source

A patient with an unidentifiable, nonspecific viral illness is hospitalized and deteriorates rapidly.

Emergency surgery after a tonsillectomy

Emergency surgery after a tonsillectomy

A nurse anesthetist acts quickly when a child begins coughing up copious amounts of blood after a routine procedure.

Seeing patients as people

Seeing patients as people

Understanding the intricacies of different disease states is crucial, but we must never forget we are treating people that are connected to the world.

An unproductive cough leads to a life-threatening diagnosis

An unproductive cough leads to a life-threatening diagnosis

An oncologist and hematologist are consulted when an otherwise healthy 19-year-old patient presents with a cough that won't go away and an enlarged left arm.

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