The Waiting Room Blog Archive
Unknown knowns are ideas that we're aware of on some level but, for whatever reason, choose not to admit to ourselves.
It can be difficult to care for complex patients when they need services that do not exist.
Recent evidence has shown that binge watching television could lead to poor sleep.
A hospital policy to prevent video recording in the emergency department helps to prevent patients from recording clinicians without their permission.
It is essential for healthcare professionals to collaborate with other experts from all specialty areas.
Current surgical and prescribing practices may have a hand in exacerbating the nation's burgeoning opioid epidemic.
We are still not sure why we dream, but many patients are still curious about their significance.
Improving influenza vaccination rates will require a much greater commitment to preventative public health to change public perception of the importance and efficacy of flu vaccination.
The Mitrofanoff procedure is a simple yet ingenious concept that creates a passageway for the easy removal of urine in patients who self-catheterize.
The House of Delegates discussed the recertification process for PAs and the future of the PA profession.
A traumatic brain injury can change physical, cognitive, and emotional functioning, which can include changes in the patient's sleeping patterns.
Individuals with catathrenia experience a moaning, groaning, or high-pitched squeak during sleep.
Public opinion polls support the views of professional organizations, with 60% of Americans opposing the new American Health Care Act, 31% supporting it, and 9% undecided.
Working through the night and sleeping during the day can be a difficult adjustment.
Incorporating new technology in medical practices to manage outpatient medical records can sometimes be a challenge.
Patients who experience sleep paralysis may find themselves unable to move or speak and may have difficulty taking a deep breath.
"Safe consumption sites" are medically-supervised venues where heroin users can inject heroin in clean, safe, and medically-supervised facilities.
Many patients experience ongoing issues with nightmares or night terrors.
Parasomnias are undesirable physical or experiential events that occur during sleep as movements, emotions, perceptions, and dreams.
Adding another healthcare provider to the practice schedule creates additional access for the patient.
A physician assistant's stay in the hospital provides a new perspective of a patient's experience in the emergency department.
Experiencing the loss of a friend brings a new perspective to working in addiction medicine.
Some well-known sleep disorders are associated with headaches, including sleep apnea and parasomnias.
Counseling patients on the difference between a Pap smear and a pelvic exam will help them realize the importance of following up with a gynecologist for an annual visit.
The AAPA is moving forward with its push to eliminate the formal relationship between physicians and PAs.
Read these tips that could help patients improve their sleep hygiene.
Socioeconomically disadvantaged children have a higher rate of sleep difficulties than children from high-income households.
Using powder makeup containing talc may increase the risk of ovarian cancer.
An FNP reflects on the lessons he has learned in practice throughout the year.
Patients increase their chances of carbon monoxide exposure during the winter months.
Dreaming may allow us to learn and process emotional issues while we sleep.
Citizen responders assess and comfort patients in the aftermath of a car accident.
Lidocaine patches may be effective for patients who are in pain but are looking to avoid drugs that could be addictive.
Lack of sleep may be one reason for the increase in diabetes in the United States.
Commenting about patient behaviors on Facebook is becoming a common practice among clinicians.
Prescription drug monitoring programs allow prescribers to perform a statewide search to determine when a patient last had a controlled substance prescribed.
Melatonin has few side effects and could be a good alternative for those suffering from insomnia.
Patient evaluations performed through teleconferencing may lack the accuracy of a physical exam.
If used appropriately, caffeine can help medical personnel stay alert throughout the day.
Activity trackers may help transfusion-dependent patients estimate hemoglobin levels.
Treating patients at high risk of an STI before the culture results are available could lead to overtreatment.
Many physician assistants come to the profession after working as certified athletic trainers.
Alternative anesthetics can be used for patients who have a lidocaine allergy.
When clinicians write informal prescriptions, their supervising physicians may also suffer the consequences.
Some patients may be reluctant to seek care after sustaining an injury.
In the last few years, clinicians have overwhelmingly moved to recognize the implicit biases in their practice of medicine.
Different illnesses require that patients stay home from school or work for different lengths of time.
Patients who experience nocturia, or frequent urination during the night, may have increased mortality rates.
As the volume of patients in emergency departments across the country rise, more EDs are experimenting with appointment reservation systems.
Sunburn, mosquito bites, and fireworks all present dangerous hazards during the summer months.
Clinicians can help patients by providing information on pharmacies that offer discounts, coupons, and affordable prescriptions.
Sleep deprivation can cause hallucinations, decreased cognitive function, and anxiety.
Both PAs and NPs who practice addiction medicine have seen progress made in 2016 to increase practice authority.
Patients presenting with depression should be evaluated for sleep disorders.
Emergency department clinicians are faced with a number of challenges as ED's become more crowded.
Hyperarousal is linked to an increased likelihood of a patient using prescription sleep aids.
Patients facing addiction aren't from another planet - they're our parents, our siblings, our neighbors, and our friends.
Sometimes, stepping into a new professional role takes longer than expected.
The sleep concerns of female patients are often diagnosed as depression rather than obstructive sleep apnea, leading to increased risks for certain diseases.
When patients don't get enough sleep, lipid levels in their blood may make it more difficult for them resist overeating.
A form of male birth control called Vasalgel, which works by injecting a polymer gel into the vas deferens, is being developed in the United States.
Facing dementia with strength and courage can inspire and comfort patients' families.
Patients who are sedentary, obese, or smokers have an increased risk of developing restless leg syndrome.
Identifying the type of conjunctivitis that a patient has is the key to identifying the most effective course of action.
Clinicians should be able to diagnose age-related macular degeneration and distinguish between dry and wet presentations.
A national push to decrease opioid prescription rates has not led to a net decrease in overdose deaths. Has progress been made?
Understanding the link between vitamin D deficiency and obstructive sleep apnea can be challenging.
As the PA profession continues to grow, the NCCPA looks to the future with new recertification guidelines.
Although people who sleepwalk may injure themselves, they often do not feel pain until they are awake.
The AAPA has again proposed calling physician assistants PAs despite pushback from the House of Delegates.
A new study found that dietary intake of fiber, saturated fats, and carbohydrates can influence sleep quality.
Clinicians should trust their intuition when a patient's injuries don't match up with their story.
The Mallampati score is a simple, quick test that can be a good predictor of obstructive sleep apnea.
For clinicians who struggle with substance abuse and other mental health problems, impaired provider programs offer a safe, supportive space where they can recover.
When patients present with concerning behavior, an explanation of patient-provider confidentiality can help clinicians provide effective treatment more quickly.
A growing number of adults in the United States are not getting the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night.
In the wake of mass shootings, the issue of gun control continues to divide the AAPA House of Delegates regarding the organization's policies.
The patient flow may slow down during the holidays, but some people come to the emergency department for more than just physical reasons.
Look for symptoms like headaches, daytime sleepiness, and forgetfulness when diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea.
Using the correct names for parts of the reproductive system can lead to better knowledge and care of the body.
In sleep studies, a partner's report of the patient's symptoms can be invaluable, but what if they're lying?
Clinicians should communicate thoroughly with patients to ensure their injuries will heal properly based on their lifestyle.
For patients who are reluctant to make changes, try motivational interviewing to help them set goals.
Experiencing the grief of losing someone to suicide can bring a new perspective on the importance of suicide prevention resources.
While many pregnant patients have reservations about pitocin, it has many benefits for labor when administered correctly.
Using a combination of sutures and Steri-Strips can help close skin tears in elderly patients with fragile skin.
For patients who are gaining weight seemingly without cause, consider sleep-related eating disorders for a diagnosis.
The NYSSPA conference in Tarrytown, N.Y. offered several panels addressing racial health disparities in a quaint location.
Patients can be preoccupied with titles even when they do not correspond to more experience.
Providers should consider both medical ethics and scientific evidence when parents want to delay the vaccine schedule for their child.
A recent FNP graduate breaks down how he prepared to take (and pass) the AANP exam.
After a couple experiences a miscarriage, their grief needs to be treated with sensitivity rather than dismissal.
Getting more than 7 hours of sleep each night may reduce the risk of contracting the rhinovirus.
Car seats must be replaced after moderate and severe car crashes, but often they do not need to be replaced after minor crashes.
Medical practitioners should always treat patients with respect, no matter how stressed or annoyed they are
After working at the same place for a long time, adjusting to a new job can be difficult.
If a patient is experiencing fatigue, consider exercise and weight loss to help decrease their symptoms.
Nurses who have united over comments on The View should use this momentum as a catalyst for change.
Performing skin checks during other procedures can identify abnormalities that would otherwise be overlooked.
Planning ahead can help reduce the anxiety that comes along with final exams and boards.