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Understanding Obesity Part 1: How it is Determined and Associated Health Risks

While most Americans are aware that obesity is a growing trend and concern within the country, understanding how it is identified and how exactly it affects the body is not necessarily common knowledge. More than a third of U.S. adults are obese, according to the CDC, with tens of billions of dollars being utilized annually [...]

By | February 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Understanding Birth-related Medical Errors

Childbirth, one of the most anticipated and anxiety-inducing medical experiences possible, has thankfully become much less terrifying due to modern medicine; between 1915 and 1997, the infant mortality rate declined to 90%, and the maternal mortality rate declined to almost 99% in the U.S.[1] However, fears regarding the event are still pervasive, and for good [...]

By | February 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Childhood Sexual Abuse- What You Need to Know

As any criminal attorney knows, the stakes are high when evaluating cases that involve childhood sexual abuse. The review and analysis then needs to be done by an experienced forensic nurse (as in Integrity Legal Nurse Consulting PDX) to ensure that your client has the best chance in representation for their alleged crime.   This [...]

By | February 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

It’s Not Just the Professionals: Understanding Nursing Student Errors

We’ve already covered a number of types of medical errors that can be made by nurses and other medical staff on this blog, but one often overlooked but key demographic it is important not to forget are nursing students. When performing RN duties, student nurses are held to the same standard of care as registered [...]

By | February 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Who Gets Addicted to Painkillers and Why

Though our post last week emphasized the lack of pain medication for several demographics in the U.S., today we turn to who is using those pain medications in excess. The opioid “epidemic” as it is now known by health professionals and government authorities, has reached all corners of the news and people across the country, [...]

By | January 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Understanding the Pain Gap for So Many Who Suffer

Though methods for assessing and reporting pain exist, as discussed in one of our posts from last January, many medical professionals struggle to objectively treat and identify the severity of patients’ pain levels. Unfortunately, disparities in treatment are due not only to individual judgment, but are also connected to the cost and availability of medication [...]

By | January 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

PRESERVING THE MOST PRECIOUS COMMODITY; Making the most of your time

If the history of the word was compressed into a 24-hour period, the human race would not emerge until the last 77 seconds.[1] With a single human lifespan a mere blip on the timeline of the Earth, it’s overwhelming to consider how little time we have to achieve our goals, to foster relationships, to make an [...]

By | January 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Impact of Childhood Trauma: A Holistic Health Concern

Every year, approximately 5 million children are exposed to traumatic events in the United States.[1] Because traumatic experiences in childhood can have life-long and life-altering effects, it is critical to understand their medical implications, especially when assessing trauma’s effects through a legal lens. In order to help you build stronger legal cases and assess clients’ [...]

By | January 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

APPENDICITIS- IS IT TRULY A FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE?

Whether a patient is seen in a large teaching hospital, small community hospital or prison system, an infected appendix has the potential to be a major abdominal issue, with increased risk of litigation against an emergency physician[1]. Appendicitis is hard to diagnose in that there is not one presenting symptom or finding on physical exam. [...]

By | December 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Five Medical Myths Debunked

What with the country’s current obsession with fake news, we decided to jump on the bandwagon and gift you with some debunked medical myths this holiday season. Some of these pieces of misguided advice have plagued us for decades, while others are newer ideas about how to stay in good health. Either way, the science [...]

By | December 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments