If you are looking for a doctor, you may be wondering about the whole MD vs DO thing.
Does it matter? Do you care if your doctor has MD behind their name or if they are trained as a DO? Find out the differences in the way the two types of physicians are trained during medical school and the impact it has on the care they provide.
If you are curious about how the human heart works, one of the first things you should investigate is how blood moves through the heart to the body and back.
If you are a nursing student or medical student all I can say is go ahead and memorize it, not just for the day but really memorize it, because you will need this information for the rest of your career.
Find out how blood is pumped through the heart here: How Blood Pumps Through the Heart
If you are considering a hysterectomy procedure, it may be exactly the right thing for you. Or it may not.
Have you considered any alternatives to hysterectomy surgery? Have you thought about pursuing a less invasive option to see if it works well enough to allow you to avoid a surgical procedure? If you haven't, take two minutes to consider alternatives.
Opioids can be a wonderful thing after surgery. They can decrease your pain and make it so much easier to sleep. They can also make you miserable by contributing to a serious case of constipation.
Find out how you can prevent, treat and identify constipation here: Pain Medication and Constipation and remember, never ignore constipation, it can get much worse!
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There are some questions people hesitate to ask their surgeon and at the top of that list is an assortment of questions about sex.
First, don't be bashful. It would be hard to ask a surgeon a question they haven't heard before. They may even volunteer information about when it is safe to resume having sex. Second, the answer to the question "can I have anal sex after surgery?" is a complicated one. Quite frankly, it depends on the type of surgery you are having.
Find out when you can return to anal sex after surgery.
If you or a loved one has had surgery, you may have been surprised by the amount of questions you were being asked about whether or not you had passed gas. Seriously? Why do these people care so much about whether or not you have let out, dare we say it, a fart?
Well, it seems that flatulence, farts, toots, wind - whatever you prefer to call it - can mean a lot in the first few hours after surgery. In fact, it is important enough that you might not be able to go home until you officially rip one!
Find out why farts matter here: Passing Gas After Surgery
The American Society of Plastic Surgery says that the number of plastic surgeries performed in the US has continued to increase for the fourth straight year in a row.
Some procedures are seeing notable increases, reconstructive procedures, facelifts, buttock augmentation and neck lifts showed the highest increases. Minimally invasive procedures also showed an increase in numbers, with Botox, tissue fillers and chemical peels becoming more popular.
Less popular this year are nose jobs, laser hair removal and liposuction.
A new study looks at over 400,000 patients who were treated at 300 hospitals. Caring for those patients were over 27,000 nurses, who may have a larger impact on surgical outcomes than anyone suspected.
The study found that the workload of the nurse caring for the patient and the education level of the nurse has a direct impact on the survival rate of surgical patients.
While it shouldn't be surprising that more education is better and that nurses with too many patients aren't able to give the same level of care as a nurse with less patients, the statistics were interesting to say the least. The researchers state that lowering the average nurse to patient to 1:6 and increasing the number of bachelors educated staff nurses to 60% of nursing staff would decrease the mortality rate after surgery by nearly 30%.
I don't usually talk about malpractice and lawsuits because so many of them are frivolous, or based on an outcome that, while not ideal, was expected. There are plenty of malpractice suits that do have merit, physicians are human and do make mistakes, but it doesn't seem fair to rub salt in the patient's wound.
A recent case in London, however, needs to be talked about. It is the kind of mistake that numerous people participate in, no one catches, and no amount of money can ever make right. I'm talking about Maisha Najeed, a young girl who went to the hospital to have a brain study and left with profound and non-recoverable brain damage.
You see, Najeed was supposed to have a test that looks at the veins and arteries of the brain by injecting dye, then images are taken to see where the dye goes. She had a brain condition that made her veins and arteries a bit unusual, and the scan was supposed to be a quick look and see at her vessels. Instead of injecting dye into Maisha's brain, the team performing the test injected glue. Yes, that is correct, glue. While dye is quickly removed from our blood by the kidneys, glue is never meant to be in our blood and certainly never injected into our brains.
Maisha Najeed walked into a hospital a normal child with some weird blood vessels and left the hospital profoundly mentally disabled. Her disability could have been prevented if someone would have labeled the glue and the dye. Or if someone had taken a second look at the syringes. A simple check would have taken but a moment and she would be fine.
Her family will receive millions of dollars as a lump sum payment, and over half a million dollars a year for the rest of Maisha's life. The money will cover her extremely expensive care, but will never make her laugh or talk or walk again.
I want her case to be a reminder to everyone in the medical system that simple mistakes can cause devastating outcomes and a double check is well worth the time and energy it takes.