Being a medical professional is a very high stress job. Every day, you hold the lives of your patients in your hands, making decisions that could affect their quality of life, delivering sometimes horrific news, and working long hours to help as many people as you can in the course of your day. Often, your hard work and great care go unnoticed as you go home to rest up for another day at the office, only to have to rush back out to handle the latest emergency with a patient. [click to continue…]
The art of good communication is critical to patient care. While it can be simple to just assume that everyone understands your thought process and that your instructions or requests make sense, taking the time to be a careful communicator can make the difference between having a good rapport with patients and having a reputation for excellence. Here are some helpful tips that can help you to make communicating with your patients more effective than ever. [click to continue…]
Don – a man in his 60s – couldn’t get through the night without waking up with chronic bleeding and extreme pain from a venous ulcer…until his wife researched and made contact with a wound specialist online. Identifying Don’s problem with the help of his wife’s pages of website printouts in-tow, the specialist switched Don’s meds and changed the way pressure was put on the wound. That same day, Don’s pain went away and he began healing rapidly.
Involving patients in the diagnosis process is usually a win-win situation: Tests and observation are critically important but taking-in how a patient actually feels can help medical professionals nail it early-on. Patients know their bodies and lifestyles, and insights into their daily lives are invaluable in diagnosing their ailments. [click to continue…]
More than making house calls and being there for patients, the following doctors spent the last year coming up with discoveries, techniques, treatments, and tales of bravery that changed the lives of the people under their watch and those under the care of many of their colleagues.
From coming up with a faster way to get more organs to transplant recipients to finding less painful ways of administering chemotherapy, these doctors contributions have touched their patients and thousands more they will never meet: [click to continue…]