Category Archives: Theory and Practice of Medicine

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

Contrast and compare:organize the information in your brain

Contrast and compare: organize the information in your brain

Learning Medicine is more than accumulation

The recognition of clinical patterns is the key action to select a diagnosis when different entities share common signs and symptoms. Although the way in which each physician approaches a clinical problem can be very variable, there is agreement that the

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The everyday morning visit: a system on it

The everyday morning visit

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

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