How to spot the well-appearing patient who will soon be dead

This chapter is an attempt to find a way to identify well-appearing patients who may soon decompensate. Not the easiest thing… tons of background noise. It is important to note that this chapter does not necessarily¬†recommend extra testing, but a stellar history and consideration of life-threatening conditions.

Here is the funny thing, though I admit these folks also – the truth is if you put $5 down everytime a pateint with cardiac risk factors, chest pain, and sweating was admitted, you would soon go broke. Only a small percent will actually turn out to have an MI. It is easy to imagine how few of the well-appearing will actually turn out to be sick. But when they are sick… you don’t want to miss it!

PDF sneak preview of the chapter:

How to spot the well-appearing patient who will soon be dead

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2 thoughts on “How to spot the well-appearing patient who will soon be dead

  1. As a family medicine intern rotating in the ER, my burning question was “How do I know if a case is an emergency?” The complex answer is thoroughly and colorfully discussed throughout this book. Now I am much more comfortable knowing when to refer my clinic patients to the ED. I particularly enjoyed the insights on “What would Greg do?” Thank you for the information and the compelling read!

  2. With time and enough experience in the field. One will soon learn the art of having a clinical eye; which supposed to be the innate gift of being able to tell the general condition of a patient even by just looking at them. Your book also shares a lot of interesting insights, would definitely recommend it!

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