SAUSALITO, CA (ASRN.ORG) -- Clasping her chest and struggling to breathe, the small, birdlike woman had landed once again in the hospital for complications of kidney failure. It was her third visit in the last year and now, with fluid building up around her heart, she had come back in, but only after her family had pleaded with her for a day to do so.
SAUSALITO, CA (ASRN.ORG) -- Built more like a former professional basketball player than an elementary schoolteacher nearing retirement, the patient dropped a bagful of prescription medications on the table in the examining room and fell back into a chair. He couldn’t remember what most of them were for.
SAUSALITO, CA (ASRN.ORG) -- It’s such a routine thing: A nurse wraps the cuff around your elderly relative’s arm, squeezes the bulb, listens with a stethoscope and says: “120 over 60. Very good.” Smiles all around (this was my 89-year-old father’s latest reading), because everyone knows that high blood pressure is a risky proposition.
SAUSALITO, CA (ASRN.ORG) -- I remember the moment my son’s teacher told us, “Just a little medication could really turn things around for Will.” We stared at her as if she were speaking Greek.
SAUSALITO, CA (ASRN.ORG) -- Before long, your doctor may be telling you to download two apps and call her in the morning.
SAUSALITO, CA (ASRN.ORG) -- More than one-third of hospital patients have at least one test result pending or otherwise not reviewed by the time they're discharged, according to a new Australian study.
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Liz Di Bernardo