Every morning, doctors and nurses visit inpatients, assess data, listen to their situation, and make new decisions to complete the diagnostic process. In this seemingly simple process are involved intricate mental mechanisms, a high technical component, along with the necessary empathic and emotional
Sara got up one morning and as she went to wash her face, watery liquid came out of the left side of her nose. A 32-year-old healthy woman, she had seen nothing like this before. The liquid increases as she tilted her head to the right. She had no trauma or fever in the previous days. Before this situation, she decided to go to the Emergency Department.
A 65-year-old man with a previous diagnosis of disseminated neoplasia began to notice an acute pain in the left hemithorax at his home, without fever or trauma. This is the story of his evolution during his care in a hospital.
A 70-year-old patient was admitted with neutropenia, moderate thrombocytopenia, and fever, following chemotherapy. starting with antibiotics until normalization of neutrophils. As platelets persisted in values of 56,000 x109/L, a transfusion was decided. Three days later there was no improvement in the level of platelets. Continue reading More is not always better→