Thursday, July 12, 2018

Authors' diary: Ponder

We were discussing a case today and learnt how important it is to take a second to think before we do something when dealing with patients.

Before you get a CT scan on the patient in the ER, stop and think - does the patient really need a CT scan? Will it get me the answers I'm looking for? Or will I need additional testing? Think of the harms of radiation exposure. Unless you don't want to rule out a hemorrhage that requires immediate intervention, do not order it STAT.

Before you give that high dose steroids for a flare of Multiple sclerosis, stop and think about the potential harm - what if the patient has a latent TB infection? What if the patient is immunocompromised?

Something to think about...

That's all!

I'm sorry that I haven't been posting lately.

But even though I'm busy, I want you to know that residency is awesome, I love working and learning here.

I hope you are doing well and I'll try to post small little learning points now and then.


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