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Patwari Academy video: Altered mental status by Michelle Lin Medical Doctor Posted Sun 21 Apr 2013 12:00am Get an organized approach on the broad chief complaint of "Altered Mental Status". Learn about the AEIOU TIPS mnemonic. Read on »
Altered Mental Status, Tachycardia, Hypotension, Hyperglycemia, Ill appearing by Stephen Smith Posted Tue 13 Oct 2009 10:05pm This diabetic patient with the ECG below was brought in by medics confused, tachycardic, and hyperglycemic, Kussmauling. The computerized ECG algorithm diagnosed Acute MI (I'm not sure why). The ECG is diagnostic of hyperkalemia, with QRS of 180 ms. The QRS improved immediately after giving 2 doses of Calcium gluconate. K returned at 7.3, wit ... Read on »
Altered Mental Status, possible ingestion. What does the ECG show? by Stephen Smith Posted Mon 15 Aug 2011 9:09am A middle aged man was heard to be falling in his apartment.  He was found very agitated, intermittently screaming (and on presentation was intermittently roaring like a lion).  There was no apparent etiology.  He required 10 mg of droperidol for sedation.  He underwent an ECG as a routine part of the evaluation of possible ingestion:  ... Read on »
The difference between concussion and mild traumatic brain injury by Broken Brilliant Patient Expert Posted Tue 02 Feb 2010 12:00am 1 Comment I’ve been reading up on University at Buffalo’s work with concussion rehabilitation, using regulated exercise to deal with post-concussive syndrome (or post-concussion syndrome). I have to say, it’s probably the most exciting news I’ve come across in a while. With all the talk about the NFL’s new post-concussion guidelines (which may ... Read on »
Hyperammonemia in Myeloma: Dialyze? by Matt S. Posted Mon 16 Jul 2012 12:00am  A middle aged man with IgG kappa multiple myeloma previously treated with bortezomib and lenalidomide presented to the hospital with altered mental status. He had completed chemotherapy months prior to presentation. Shortly after being admitted, he progressed to obtundation associated with tachypnea and a profound respiratory al ... Read on »
SPOTLIGHT CASE AND COMMENTARY: The Forgotten Turn by Healthcare Research & Quality Posted Fri 10 Dec 2010 7:00am The Forgotten Turn Commentary by Susan Barbour, RN, MS, FNP Describe the six stages of pressure ulceration per the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel. List risk factors for the development of pressure ulcers in hospitalized patients. Appreciate the importanc ... Read on »
BEEN WAITING FOR SPRING? (PT. 2).... by Helpful Buckeye Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted Sun 03 Apr 2011 12:00am Last week's introduction to getting your pets ready for spring must have struck the right chord with many of you.  Helpful Buckeye received a lot of e-mails with further questions on our topics from last week...Pet Safety, Pet Allergies, Dogs Getting Sunburned, and Skin Parasites (fleas and ticks).  Many of our readers also indicated that ... Read on »
Large-scale immunohistochemical examination for lymphoreticular prion protein in tonsil specimens collected in Britain by Terry S. Patient Expert Posted Tue 05 Oct 2010 8:17am 05 Oct 2010 14:46 HPA - Study results are consistent with earlier estimates of vCJD prion prevalence in Britain The Health Protection Agency (HPA) and the UCL Institute of Neurology have conducted a sensitive examination of tonsil specimens to detect the presence of the variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) related prion protein, and fou ... Read on »
Is Evidence Based medicine morphing into Algorithm Based medicine? by Linda MacDonald Glenn Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted Wed 03 Feb 2010 8:20pm We all want health care to be based, as much as possible, on a scientific basis. When we initiate a treatment or make a diagnosis, we need evidence that the diagnostic methods are accurate and that the treatment is efficacious. But when “evidence based” medicine goes through the political process it can turn into “algorithm based” medicine. ... Read on »
The Most Dangerous Question in Public Health: "What can you tell me about vaccine encephalopathy?" by Ginger T. Patient Expert Posted Thu 07 Apr 2011 11:18am So Tuesday a thing happened and on Wednesday I talked about the thing on FB and on this blog. I had no idea when I talked about that thing, the errors of the testimony of a state representative on bills addressing informed consent in vaccination, and her poor behavior following the hearing when I tried to ask her a simple question, would d ... Read on »