There are many things that go into triaging a patient with a head injury who presents to the emergency department. Here’s what emergency department nurses are expected to look for in the proper assessment of an adult head injured patient. These tips will help you as a legal nurse consultant review the emergency department record [...]
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A 68-year-old man undergoes successful coronary artery bypass surgery. A week later, he develops pain and swelling in his right calf and returns to the hospital. Diagnosed with deep venous thrombosis (DVT), he receives dosages of heparin for someone half his weight. A few days into his hospital stay, his breaks and travels to his [...]
An attorney asks you to consult on a case involving a patient who is injured during alcohol withdrawal. Patients may be injured while going through alcohol withdrawal. Delirium tremens is the most severe form of alcohol withdrawal and occurs 3-10 days after the last drink. It is fatal in 5-15% of the cases. Complications include [...]
You take care of Brian Waters, a personal injury attorney, at the hospital where you work. He asks you about your interests, and you say, “I am trying to break into the field of legal nurse consulting. He says, “I need a legal nurse consultant. I’d also love to go out with you. I think [...]
Legal nurse consultants may be asked to consult on a case involving a death of a patient in seclusion or restraints. The use of seclusion and restraints has fallen off in recent years, as healthcare practitioners have become aware of their dangers. Here is what can happen: A forty-six year old man with a diagnosis [...]
Air embolism is a never event. This video goes over some of the ways this event is caused and analyzed by legal nurse consultants.
Attorneys turn to legal nurse consultants to help them understand the medical issues in a case. Here are 5 things you can do to help an attorney with this responsibility. 1. LNCs Evaluate Medical Records You have the ability to decipher medical records. An LNC is often responsible for initial review of medical records as [...]
Learn 6 tips for proofreading your material so you can prepare polished reports and articles. Get details about the book at this link Join our group of legal nurse consultants engaged in a discussions on our private Facebook Group, Networking with Pat Iyer.
The nursing assistants drop a demented patient while transferring her using a hydraulic lift, while getting her into a wheelchair, or off the toilet. There is a sickening thud as a patient hits the floor. Afraid they will lose their job, the aides do not report the incident. The next day, there are bruises. The [...]
You’ve decided to offer to present a medical topic to a group of attorneys at their law firm. How can you make your presentation engaging? You can stimulate engagement in a number of different ways. It is easiest to understand them if you envision yourself standing in front of a room of attorneys. Perhaps you [...]