How did they miss it or possible delay in diagnosis… embolism

The patient (AC) was complaining of chest pain, however it was easily explained by over exertion in physical therapy. His lung exam was entirely normal,  except for the minor complaints of chest pain relieved with Tylenol and thought to be from pushing himself in PT after his recent orthopedic surgery. Fortunately for this patient, he [...]

By | May 25th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Obstructive sleep apnea- increased risk of surgery morbidity and mortality

Outpatient surgery and surgery centers can provide another option from the traditional hospital setting. However, for an individual with numerous pre existing conditions (specifically obstructive sleep apnea), these settings might not be the best or safest location. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) most commonly affects middle aged and older adults, especially those who are overweight. OSA [...]

By | May 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

DIFFERENCE IN BLOOD PRESSURE BETWEEN ARMS- AN INDICATOR FOR INCREASED RISK OF CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH

When you have your blood pressure taken, does your provider and  staff take your blood pressure on both sides? You might want to consider this, because of the potential for poor cardiovascular health and increased mortality risk. According to literature1, patients with a substantial difference in blood pressure between the right and left arm can [...]

By | May 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Critical thinking in nursing

In nursing, critical thinking for clinical decision-making is the ability to think in a systematic and logical manner with openness to question and reflect on the reasoning process used to ensure safe nursing practice and quality care (Heaslip)[1] Critical thinking is one of those things that one learns as a nurse. How do I then [...]

By | May 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments