We have a computerized patient tracking system in our department. It’s a great thing, because it helps us to follow our patients’ progress through their visit, helps us to keep an eye on their wait times, makes bedside...Read More
‘Ask me’. It’s a question being posed by a little badge now worn by nurses around the country. It seems harmless enough. At our little hospital, it means ‘Ask me if I’ve washed my hands’. Seems like a reasonable and harmless...Read More
For those not in emergency care, EMTALA stands for Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act. It is a law that says that everyone in our emergency departments must be treated without hospitals or doctors asking for...Read More
I was speaking to the father of a soldier not long ago. He was relating that his son is having trouble coping with his time in Iraq. Not only is he struggling over the loss of friends, not only over the horrible violence of...Read More
Previously unrecognized syndromes Sometimes, my medical education simply fails me. I look at a chart, talk to a patient, and none of it makes any sense. That is, it doesn’t really conform to the scientific classifications I...Read More
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