Pulmonary embolism is the second leading cause of sudden death in the United States, but it does not always present with the classic symptoms.
If you encounter a patient in the field with risk factors for a pulmonary embolism, it is important to recognize the typical and atypical presentations s...
When working in the emergency room or intensive care unit, nurses may be asked to use the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) to assess the patient’s level of consciousness, particularly after a patient has suffered a traumatic brain injury.
This assessment is done upon admission and throughout the patient...
No two heart attacks are exactly the same, but the presentation does tend to follow a similar pattern based on gender. Here are some key similarities and differences of heart attacks for both sexes:
Most common symptoms for both sexes:
Less common s...
As a medical professional, you’ll need to have a good grasp on normal (and abnormal) vital signs. While some vitals, like body temperature, vary little based on a patient’s age, others such as blood pressure can differ greatly. Here is a quick chart that breaks down normal blood pressure readings...