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The Waiting Room Lidocaine patches as an alternative pain solution

Lidocaine patches as an alternative pain solution

Lidocaine patches may be effective for patients who are in pain but are looking to avoid drugs that could be addictive.

The Waiting Room Shortened sleep increases risk of diabetes

Shortened sleep increases risk of diabetes

Lack of sleep may be one reason for the increase in diabetes in the United States.

The Waiting Room Voicing patient behaviors on social media

Voicing patient behaviors on social media

Commenting about patient behaviors on Facebook is becoming a common practice among clinicians.

The Waiting Room Implementing prescription drug monitoring programs

Implementing prescription drug monitoring programs

Prescription drug monitoring programs allow prescribers to perform a statewide search to determine when a patient last had a controlled substance prescribed.

The Waiting Room Melatonin use in children with a neurodevelopmental illness

Melatonin use in children with a neurodevelopmental illness

Melatonin has few side effects and could be a good alternative for those suffering from insomnia.

The Waiting Room Telecommunicating with patients

Telecommunicating with patients

Patient evaluations performed through teleconferencing may lack the accuracy of a physical exam.

The Waiting Room Using caffeine to promote alertness

Using caffeine to promote alertness

If used appropriately, caffeine can help medical personnel stay alert throughout the day.

The Waiting Room Using activity trackers to monitor transfusion-dependent patients

Using activity trackers to monitor transfusion-dependent patients

Activity trackers may help transfusion-dependent patients estimate hemoglobin levels.

The Waiting Room Should clinicians treat STIs before culture results are available?

Should clinicians treat STIs before culture results are available?

Treating patients at high risk of an STI before the culture results are available could lead to overtreatment.

The Waiting Room Athletic training: a path to becoming a physician assistant

Athletic training: a path to becoming a physician assistant

Many physician assistants come to the profession after working as certified athletic trainers.

The Waiting Room Alternative treatments for patients with lidocaine allergies

Alternative treatments for patients with lidocaine allergies

Alternative anesthetics can be used for patients who have a lidocaine allergy.

The Waiting Room The risk of writing informal prescriptions

The risk of writing informal prescriptions

When clinicians write informal prescriptions, their supervising physicians may also suffer the consequences.

The Waiting Room Avoiding hospital care after sustaining an injury

Avoiding hospital care after sustaining an injury

Some patients may be reluctant to seek care after sustaining an injury.

The Waiting Room Implicit biases in the exam room

Implicit biases in the exam room

In the last few years, clinicians have overwhelmingly moved to recognize the implicit biases in their practice of medicine.

The Waiting Room How long is long enough? Taking time off after an illness

How long is long enough? Taking time off after an illness

Different illnesses require that patients stay home from school or work for different lengths of time.

The Waiting Room Increased mortality rates in patients with nocturia

Increased mortality rates in patients with nocturia

Patients who experience nocturia, or frequent urination during the night, may have increased mortality rates.

The Waiting Room Making appointments for emergency department visits

Making appointments for emergency department visits

As the volume of patients in emergency departments across the country rise, more EDs are experimenting with appointment reservation systems.

The Waiting Room Summertime blues

Summertime blues

Sunburn, mosquito bites, and fireworks all present dangerous hazards during the summer months.

The Waiting Room Helping patients save at the pharmacy

Helping patients save at the pharmacy

Clinicians can help patients by providing information on pharmacies that offer discounts, coupons, and affordable prescriptions.

The Waiting Room A true confession  or maybe not

A true confession – or maybe not

Sleep deprivation can cause hallucinations, decreased cognitive function, and anxiety.

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