Breathing tubes (ventilators) are a very scary thing to the laymen facing a hospitalization, or with family in the hospital. I'll teach you about them to decrease the fear and stress surrounding them.
One of the most common complaints I hear from patients after surgery is being hungry and thirsty. Often, it isn't safe to give them food and water, and here's why.
When people think of being in the hospital, especially an ICU, they can often get stressed over basic daily needs. I'll explain how bathing works in a dependent hospital setting.
Being in a hospital is scary to start with, but teaching hospitals add a whole new level of stress due to the complicated format and fear of a "student" working on you. Allow me to demystify this.
A living will is a vitally important document to have if you have any health related concerns. I'll explain what a living will is, and how it helps you.
A DNR / DNI is a very important medical document to have, but you first have to understand what it is. I'll explain what they are, and why they're used.
In acutely ill patients, particularly those with sepsis or cardiac issues, a Swan Ganz catheter might be used. Hopefully this will help you understand why.
Part 2 of Understanding the Heart delves into the electrical pathways that produce a heart beat.
The heart can be a confusing organ to many people, but it's truly painfully simple. Read on to learn the basic anatomy of the heart.
So, you're in the hospital and the alarm on the telemetry monitor is going off. But the staff tells you its nothing but PVCs. What gives?!? Well, PVCs aren't a big deal. Read on to learn why.
Have you ever been in the hospital yourself or with a family member and heard mention of afib? Were you confused? Read on to get a basic understanding of this heart rhythm.
You've discovered that a family member has heart disease and requires open heart surgery.. What now? I'll help you understand what to expect in the coming weeks.