Barbara Ficarra, RN answered:It is estimated that nearly 100,000 people die each year due to medical errors. There are some steps that you can take to help prevent these errors. It is important for you to be an empowered patient, becoming engaged in your health care with your practitioners. It is also important that you comm...Read More
Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:
TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Most hospitalized Americans aren't asked if they take dietary supplements, such as multivitamins, a new study suggests.
"If clinicians are unaware of possible drug-[dietary supplement] reactions, they may unknowingly pr...Full Article
Barbara Ficarra, RN answered:There are specific questions you should ask your doctor, however before you even visit your doctor, make sure you write your questions down in a notebook. By writing down your questions in advance you won’t leave without the answers you need.
Here are a few questions to ask your doctor:
Sharecare News posted a story about Advanced Practice Nursing:
THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of older Americans with Medicare Advantage plans face large out-of-pocket costs for hospital stays and skilled nursing care, according to new research.
"Policymakers are very concerned about how much Medicare beneficiaries need to spen...Full Article
Sharecare News posted a story about Hospice & Palliative Medicine:
MONDAY, June 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A fairly simple scoring system appears to accurately estimate patients' risk of dying within a year of hospitalization, a new study finds.
Researchers said the tool could be useful in comparing hospitals' quality of care in a more accurate way. But...Full Article
Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:
WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A routine hospital stay may put older adults at risk for a potentially deadly condition called sepsis, according to a new study.
Sepsis is a catastrophic, whole-body response to infection, according to the researchers.
The study looked a...Full Article
Sharecare News posted a story about Psychiatry:
SUNDAY, May 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Intensive care unit patients who develop delirium have a higher risk of death, longer hospital stays and are more likely to have mental impairment after leaving the hospital, a large review finds.
Delirium includes confus...Full Article
Sharecare News posted a story about Emergency Room Nursing:
THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Frequent visits to emergency departments appear to be a predictor of death from a prescription drug overdose, a new study finds.
People with four or more ER visits in the past year were 48 times more likely to die of prescription drug overdose co...Full Article