Hospital Medicine Opinion Archive
A physician assistant's stay in the hospital provides a new perspective of a patient's experience in the emergency department.
Emergency department clinicians are faced with a number of challenges as ED's become more crowded.
The patient flow may slow down during the holidays, but some people come to the emergency department for more than just physical reasons.
Using a combination of sutures and Steri-Strips can help close skin tears in elderly patients with fragile skin.
Basal insulin, with or without nutritional correction, is the best approach to manage blood glucose in noncritically ill surgical patients.
The satisfaction that you experience the first time you recognize one of the signs in practice is exciting and provides a since of accomplishment and validation of all the skills you learned.
Health-care providers may be using their phones too much during patient visits, causing aggravation and reducing provider-patient time.
For a newly graduated physician assistant, learning to work with specialists on call is an important skill to learn.
Absorbable sutures take the guesswork out of when to remove sutures while saving the patient time and money.
Health practitioners need to be prepared, and help prepare patients for end-of-life discussions.
Being aware of cultural and familial background is helpful when providing palliative care to Hispanic patients.
The long-term health consequences of bath salts are not yet known, but experience suggests that proactive efforts are needed to minimize it's public health impact.
Successful DVT prophylaxis with pharmacologic agents and adjunctive treatment modalities depends on both consistency and accuracy.
An adolescent patient received a battery of unnecessary tests, including chest X-rays, when he visited the ER for viral respiratory symptoms. When will it stop?
No one health-care provider can go it alone. Nurses, physicians, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and every other support and ancillary department depend on each other to provide each patient with the best care possible.
"Bath salts" are new synthetic drugs that are typically found as white, light tan or brown powders, believed to contain psychoactive chemicals known as mephedrone and/or methylenedioxypyvrovalerone.
Family members can often be more demanding than patients, but addressing anxiety in a compassionate manner can create a more positive experience for everyone involved.
Increased staffing and a hospital administration that listens to needs are what nurses really want during National Nurses Week.