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How to be a Successful LNC

by October 5, 2014 » Add more comments.
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I am boarding an airplane last week when I see a man sitting in my seat. Having learned that it is best to be assertive in this situation, I tap him on the arm and said, “Sir, I’d like to see your boarding pass.” He reacts to the authority in my voice. Without objecting he [...]

Falls in the Nursing Home

by October 3, 2014 » Add the first comment.
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Head injuries in nursing home patients may lead to catastrophic damage as the skull hits the brain bounces against the front and back of the skull. Leslie was performing her 6 AM med pass in the nursing home where she worked when a C.N.A. came to her, breathless, announcing that Mr. Logan tried to get [...]

Traumatic brain injury: the impact of delays

by September 30, 2014 » Add the first comment.
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An attorney asks you to review a case involving a 40-year-old man who fell on a sidewalk and sustained a traumatic brain injury. His CT Scan showed a small right-sided subdural hematoma. He was taken to the ICU and given supportive care including serial neurologic exams. You receive the records and note that the patient [...]

Critical Care of Head Injury

by September 26, 2014 » Add the first comment.
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Most people know someone affected by a head injury. Maybe that person is a child who fell from a playground swing or a football player who experienced a severe blow to the head. From the athlete who experiences a mild concussion to the driver involved in a major accident with a severe injury, traumatic brain [...]

The Pediatric Population & Head Injuries: Not Just Little Adults part 2

by September 23, 2014 » Add the first comment.
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Legal nurse consultants may be asked to work on cases involving children who sustained head injuries. In the pediatric population, head injuries account for approximately 475,000 visits to emergency departments (ED) in the United States. Of those, more that 75% are considered mild traumatic brain injuries (Babcock, L. 2013). Data from emergency room visits collected [...]

Quick and Easy Assessment of the Head Injured Patient: Part 1- The Adult Population

by September 16, 2014 » Add the first comment.

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 [...]

Can Medical Errors be Prevented by Cognitive Computing?

by September 10, 2014 » Add the first comment.
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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 [...]

Alcohol Withdrawal Liability

by September 5, 2014 » Add the first comment.
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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 [...]

Should You Date a Former Patient Who Wants to Hire You?

by September 2, 2014 » Add the first comment.
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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 [...]

Death in Seclusion and Restraints

by August 26, 2014 » Add the first comment.
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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 [...]

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