Most Memorable Patient

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

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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.

Clinicians often cross professional boundaries when they become patients

Clinicians often cross professional boundaries when they become patients

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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.

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.

An unexpected source of acute onset rectal pain

An unexpected source of acute onset rectal pain

An embarrassed teenager obscures the truth until a healthcare provider identifies the source of pain upon exam.

A 'pillowectomy' in the ED

A 'pillowectomy' in the ED

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A patient with a gunshot wound to the head presents complaining of a fierce headache with a pillow hanging from his head.

Depression complicates wound treatment in a diabetes patient

Depression complicates wound treatment in a diabetes patient

An off-label treatment gives a patient in pain a second chance.

Lessons from a patient's death

Lessons from a patient's death

Sometimes the only thing a healthcare provider can do is pause and be present.

A patient recalls details from a cardiac arrest

A patient recalls details from a cardiac arrest

Responding to a crisis inspires a clinician to pursue opportunities to improve nursing skills.

Strawberry tongue cues provider to rare condition

Strawberry tongue cues provider to rare condition

'You don't have to remember it all, just enough to know you need to find out the rest.'

Self harm on the surgical ward

Self harm on the surgical ward

A nurse misses a doctor's written order not to remove a patient's hand restraints.

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