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Brain Surgery Recovery

Brain surgery (or a Craniotomy) is probably one of the most frightening operations to undergo. It's important to ask your doctor any and all questions you may have regarding the surgery and recovery. Bring a close friend or family member with you to doctor's appointments for emotional support before

Wear Proper Clothing to Prevent Cold Injury

To prevent getting too cold, wear proper clothing and shoes, such as:A hat and face mask. Up to 80% of total body heat loss is from your head and neck areas.Layers of clothing to keep you warm and dry.Clothing made of wool, polypropylene, down, or Thinsulate. These are good insulators and will ...

Perineum Skin Problems

The perineum is the area between the genitals and the anus. Irritations and infections can develop in that area due to moisture as well as contact with bacteria from urine and feces if not cleaned properly. If you are obese, folds of skin in that area increase the potential for problems. This area c

Signs of Heat Exhaustion in Kids

Heat exhaustion is a common problem during the summer. It is an especially big problem for young children, who often play outside during the summer without the proper heat protection and hydration. It's important as a parent to be able to identify the signs of heat exhaustion in kids so that you can

How to Know When Your Hands Have Frostbite

You can identify frostbite on your hands if you learn the sensation, appearance and stages of frostbite. Frostbite is frozen skin tissue. Any area of the skin can become frostbitten, but frostbite usually appears on the hands, feet, ears and nose. Skin gets frostbite when it has been exposed to cold

How to Make an Opponens Splint

An opponens splint allows the wearer to utilize the thumb and forefinger to grasp objects with a pincher grip while wearing the splint. Opponens splints can be made in emergency situations with the proper materials and preparation. A splint's function is to rest the joint that it crosses. The long o

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Hospital medicine is changing rapidly--and hospitalist leaders flocked to Hospital Medicine 2013 for answers, understanding, and encouragement.

What Are the Quality Measures Used for Emergency Rooms?

Quality measures are intended to help guarantee good care.blood preasure check image by .shock from Fotolia.comWhen you go to an emergency room, you want to be confident you will get good care, and quickly. To help ensure this, the Emergency Department Performance Measures and...

Standard Emergency Procedures

Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Various levels of government are too busy dealing with larger issues during a disaster. It is up to the individual to take care of himself or herself and loved ones with regard to safety and daily living issues. The time to get ready is before you need ex

How to Get Emergency Dental Care

Although most dental conditions can wait long enough for you to call your regular dentist during office hours, there are some injuries and conditions that require immediate attention. But what constitutes a genuine emergency and what should be done if you find yourself in that situation?

Thoracotomy in Blunt Trauma: What's the Harm?

Thoracotomy is often a last-ditch effort when trying to resuscitate a patient who has suffered trauma. What are risks vs benefits of attempting this procedure?

How to Transfer a Patient to a Shower Chair

When you transfer a patient, never assume that the patient is physically able to handle the move. You should check the patient's overall health and vital signs before you attempt the transfer to ensure that the move won't harm her. Knowing what the patient can handle will allow you to successfully m

How to Prepare for Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic surgery refers to surgery concerning the musculoskeletal system. This branch of surgery includes sports injury, hand surgery, the replacement of major joints such as knees and hips, spine surgery, and foot and ankle operations. The recovery can be lengthy, but orthopedic surgery usually r