An insider ’s guide to a hospital stay

Hopefully, you’ll never experience what it’s like to be an inpatient in the hospital. But even if it’s not you, it’s likely that someone — family member, good friend, colleague — will experience a hospital stay at some point. We want you to help you be as informed (and comfortable) as possible. The emergency room Although people sometimes use the emergency room for a routine doctor visit, it’s really a place for… emergencies. If you need to go to an emergency room, you’ll first be “triaged.” That means that based on your symptoms or type of injury, you will be assigned to a status that will determine how quickly you are seen and treated. Chest pain, a sudden severe headache, bleeding from a wound that doesn’t stop, shortness of breath: these are all emergencies, and these patients will be seen immediately for urgent evaluation. If you have a cold or a sore ankle, you’ll be assigned a less urgent spot, and may wait hours before being seen. Unless it really is a true emergency, it’s best to call your primary care provider first. She or he can help determine if in fact you need an emergent visit, and can call ahead and let the medical staff know that you’re on your way and what’s wrong. This may expedite your care. Once you are checked in, you’ll start with an assessment by a nurse, and then a medical assistant may check your blood pressure and heart rate, as well as your tempe...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Health Managing your health care Source Type: blogs

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CONCLUSIONS: Opiate analgesia can disrupt performance on the Westmead PTA scale in school-aged children resulting in a high false-positive error rate. It is therefore important to record pain medication schedules and interpret results cautiously when opiate analgesia is used following a TBI. Alteration of the method of administration of the memory items should be researched as this may increase the validity of the scale for children with TBI treated with opiate analgesics. PMID: 32497441 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Brain Injury - Category: Neurology Tags: Brain Inj Source Type: research
Conclusions: The findings indicate that gingivitis negatively impacts the adolescents ’ OHRQoL. Moreover, gender, maternal schooling and household income were also associated with OHRQoL.RESUMO: Introdu ção: Qualidade de vida relacionada à saúde bucal (QVRSB) é afetada por diferentes condições clínicas. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar o impacto da gengivite na QVRSB de adolescentes. Metodologia: Este estudo de coorte consistiu em uma amostra aleatória de 1.134 escolares iniciado em 2 012, na cidade de Santa Maria, Brasil. Após dois anos, 743 ad...
Source: Revista Brasileira de Epidemiologia - Category: Epidemiology Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The matrix effect caused by exogenous and endogenous interferences in the blood could be a hidden factor increasing the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency by causing falsely low 25OHD3 values. Suspicious results should be remeasured by a dilution study. PMID: 32496995 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Endocrine, Metabolic and Immune Disorders Drug Targets - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Endocr Metab Immune Disord Drug Targets Source Type: research
Resumo O artigo apresenta resultados da pesquisa de opini ão realizada no Brasil sobre a percepção do isolamento social durante a pandemia de COVID-19. O questionário foi elaborado no Google Forms, disseminado por redes sociais, com questões sobre o perfil socioeconômico e fatores associados ao isolamento. Obteve-se uma amostra com 16.440 respondente s. Os dados foram analisados no software Stata 13. O convívio social foi o aspecto mais afetado entre pessoas com maior escolaridade e renda 45,8%, para pessoas de baixas renda e escolaridade, problemas financeiros provocam maior...
Source: Ciencia e Saude Coletiva - Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research
Authors: Holm A, Swahn E, Lawesson SS, Gustafsson KM, Janzon M, Jonasson L, Lindahl TL, Alfredsson J Abstract )Several earlier studies have reported increased risk of bleeding in women with myocardial infarction, (MI) compared to men. The reasons for the observed difference are incompletely understood, but one suggested explanation has been excess dosing of antithrombotic drugs in women. The aim of this prospective observational study was to assess sex differences in platelet activity in patients treated with three different platelet inhibitors. We recruited 125 patients (37 women and 88 men) with MI, scheduled for...
Source: Platelets - Category: Hematology Tags: Platelets Source Type: research
Discussion Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is also known as Willis-Ekbom disease. RLS is a clinical diagnosis with criteria being: 1. An urge to move the legs usually accompanied by uncomfortable and unpleasant sensations in the lower extremities (Note: sometimes other body parts can be affected) 2. The urge to move begins or worsens when sitting or lying down 3. The urge to move is partially or totally relieved by movement (Note: relief by activity may not be noticable if severely affected but must have been previously present) 4. The urge to move the legs and any accompanying unpleasant sensations during rest or in activ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news
View Original Article Here: How Long Does Shingles Last In The Elderly? Shingles is a viral infection that follows a varicella-zoster infection, although it can take decades for symptoms of the secondary disease to emerge. The condition presents as a painful and blistering rash, but it is not life-threatening. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are nearly one million cases in the United States each year, and almost half of those cases are in older adults over age 60. Some people only see one instance of the illness, while others have recurring symptoms, but 30 percent of Americans will develop shingles at s...
Source: Shield My Senior - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Tags: Senior Safety Source Type: blogs
I was offered a genetic test by MyDNA that promises to let you know how your body metabolizes medications based on your genetic background. It might be crucial in the future when deciding about certain drugs for certain diseases. Here, I show you the results of my review. Reading the secrets of your body with genetic testing As a researcher with a PhD in genomics, it is fascinating for me to see how genetic tests work in action. The feeling of getting the results is similar to that if you could peek into a secret world, as if you could read the Rosetta Stone’s ancient old Egyptian hieroglyphs. The difference is that ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Genomics Personalized Medicine DNA dna testing dosing drug future gc3 Genetic testing genetics Genome Innovation pharma pharmacogenetics Source Type: blogs
This study aimed to explore birthing experiences in relief camps of women who resides in disaster prone areas. The study findings can be used by the National Disaster Management Authorities and humanitarian agencies to make informed decisions about the provision of maternity care services in disaster or humanitarian emergency settings in rural Pakistan. Methodology Study site The study was conducted in five rural villages located along the bank of the Indus River of the Sindh Province of Pakistan. Due to their geographical location, the relative exposure to annual monsoon flooding is high in these villages. The human ...
Source: PLOS Currents Disasters - Category: Global & Universal Authors: Source Type: research
The post Only 14 days since TAH – Anne Marie’s story appeared first on Hysterectomy Association. After years of heavy periods and then the diagnosis of a fibroid (size of cricket ball) my GP referred me to see gynaecologist at my local hospital. My husband and I went along to the consultation and she really did listen to me. I explained how the symptoms were affecting my life, marriage, etc and she offered me either ablation for the 2nd time or TAH. Without hesitation I chose TAH. I had the operation on 8th June 2016. I was scared on the morning of the surgery but I needn’t have been. Everyone at the hosp...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: Your Stories fibroids heavy bleeding total abdominal hysterectomy Source Type: news
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