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.