A duck is a duck or Why is it difficult for residents and students to practice a Differential Diagnosis? A duck can be a chicken

 

Differential diagnosis is considered key, but it is not common in practice

Medical textbooks  have a section of differential diagnosis with a list of diseases usually very difficult to handle in the memory. All students, residents and professionals know their existence, but the practical utility is usually low because there is not information about key or differentiating data for comparison.

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Five things you can do in less than one minute in the Emergency Department, that can give you a diagnosis

Emergency Departments are overcrowded in most Health Services around the world. In addition, the clinical decisions must be undertaken in a short time, due to the seriousness of the clinical environment and the continuous admission of patients. Therefore, we propose five actions that you can do in no more than ONE MINUTE and can help you to reach or discharge a diagnosis.

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Resistance to change: a basis for error in Medicine

Resistance to change: a basis for error in Medicine

Medication error?

Most of the time humans are not happy to change a routine. There is also a feeling of safety when we work with electronic database thinking that, because computer are fast and efficient, we are going to be able to avoid errors. But, even with the best computer tool for data storage and retrieval the human factor is always present.

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Lumbalgia: an important situation for a diagnostic delay

Lumbalgia: an important situation for a diagnostic delay

 

Lumbalgia is a very common symptom in clinical practice. Although more than ninety per cent  of the occasions is associated with a benign problem,  the real challenge is to discriminate when an important disease or situation is responsible for the pain. Continue reading Lumbalgia: an important situation for a diagnostic delay

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