Author: M. J. Buck
Release Date: 2009
Three years ago, Deputy Fire Chief James Whitmore had an affair with Carla Barnes, the Fire Chief's wife. Three days ago, the Chief was murdered inside the Fire Station after a very public fight with James. Tensions soar and accusations fly as the sleepy little hamlet of Element, S. D. (pop 2,387) wakes up to murder. Element is the type of place where people still leave their doors unlocked, a town that hasn't seen a murder in more than 40 years. With a police force of 5 deputies and one burnt out detective from Kansas City; finding a murderer in such a small place should be easy. When James is arrested for the murder things get ugly, and after his release James finds himself facing down a town that believes in his guilt. With the help of his next-door neighbor, Alex (Alexandra) Kincaid, James finds himself racing against time to find the real killer. When both Carla and Alex go missing, James teams up with detective Samuel Gunne to catch the killer and save the one woman who just might make his life worth living. THE CHIEF COMPLAINT, written with an intimate knowledge of the world of Firefighters, will ring true for anyone who is (or knows) one of the nearly 2 million firefighters in the U.S. With surprising plot twists and growing passions, this cozy mystery draws the reader into the world of small town USA and carries them along a roller-coaster ride of murder, kidnapping, madness, and redemption.
With these short stories, Hatim Kanaaneh explores the changing, precarious, and ever-shrinking world of Palestinians living in Israel. As his village’s first Western-trained physician, Kanaaneh had intimate access to his neighbor’s lives, and he chronicles them here in a fictionalized collection of vignettes. His cunningly crafted stories reveal the struggles, triumphs, memories, and hopes of the indigenous Palestinian community living in a state that neither acknowledges their past nor supports their future. Following a diagnostic scheme used by physicians worldwide, each story is titled with the "chief complaint” of its protagonist. Taken together, the stories poignantly convey the indigenous Palestinian community’s foundational chief complaint: its conflicted relationship with the state of Israel.
Author: Bob Elling
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Release Date: 2003
A concrete approach to assessing patients and situations in the field that presents the relationship between assessment findings and pathology in an informal yet informative manner. Includes detailed descriptions of physical exams and history-taking methods as relevant to respiratory, cardiac, neurological, abdominal and psychological traumas. Case studies and Web activities are integrated throughout to provide a realistic context and enhance material. Benefits: Includes chapters on pediatric, obstetric and geriatric assessment, as well as cultural aspects of assessment Ties all aspects of assessment together to create the big picture Web activities and case studies offer realistic scenarios and intreractivity
Author: Mark Kauffman
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers
Release Date: 2010-10-25
COMLEX Level 2-PE Review Guide is a comprehensive overview for osteopathic medical students preparing for the COMLEX Level 2-PE (Performance Evaluation) examination. COMLEX Level 2-PE Review Guide covers the components of History and Physical Examination found on the COMLEX Level 2-PE The components of history taking, expected problem specific physical exam based on the chief complaint, incorporation of osteopathic manipulation, instruction on how to develop a differential diagnosis, components of the therapeutic plan, components of the expected humanistic evaluation and documentation guidelines. The final chapter includes case examples providing practice scenarios that allow the students to practice the cases typically encountered on the COMLEX Level 2-PE These practice cases reduce the stress of the student by allowing them to experience the time constraints encountered during the COMLEX Level 2-PE. This text is a one-of-a-kind resource as the leading COMLEX Level 2-PE board review book. • Offers practical suggestions and mnemonics to trigger student memory allowing for completeness of historical data collection. • Provides a method of approach that reduces memorization but allows fluidity of the interview and exam process. • Organizes the approach to patient interview and examination and provides structure to plan development. Describes the humanistic domain for student understanding of the areas being evaluated.
Author: Virginia Ferrari
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Release Date: 2014-04-21
This practical text provides step-by-step, hands-on instruction in using Harris CareTracker, a fully integrated, CCHIT and ONC-ATCB certified Practice Management and Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution. This unique instructional package combines an engaging, reader-friendly text with online access to the Harris CareTracker system, enabling students to learn the features, functions, and workflows of administrative, practice management, clinical, and billing activities using a live electronic medical record (EMR) program. In addition to connecting essential EHR concepts to real-world scenarios and tools, the authors link knowledge and activities to the CEHRS credential, with CEHRS Exam Connections highlighted throughout the text. Chapters emphasize key topics such as patient demographics and registration, appointment scheduling, EMR clinical duties, and administrative tasks including billing and collections. For additional context, numerous applied learning Case Studies provide valuable perspective and feature relevant activities and exercises to help prepare students for professional success in this dynamic, rapidly growing field. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
Release Date: 2008-10-06
With the most up-to-date information on assessment techniques, normal and abnormal findings, and the assessment of patients with specific diseases and disorders, Mosby’s Expert Physical Exam Handbook: Rapid Inpatient and Outpatient Assessments, 3rd Edition is an essential resource for the medical-surgical setting. Detailed instructions and tips help you effectively apply your physical examination skills. From basic examination techniques to step-by-step guides for examining each body region and system, this handbook has everything you need to perform quick and thorough physical examinations. UNIQUE! Action Stats identify immediate actions for critical situations and explain what to do for a patient with a potentially life-threatening condition.UNIQUE! Disorder Close-Ups enable you to identify abnormalities and determine when further analysis or treatment is needed. Normal Findings summarize characteristic findings and acceptable variations based on age, sex, and condition of the patient. UNIQUE! Interpreting Abnormal Findings helps you analyze irregular findings and determine their causes. A chapter on documentation highlights key information to record during the initial assessment, with guidelines for documenting findings for over 20 selected conditions. Examination Tips save you time with practical advice on how to examine patients more efficiently. Lifespan Considerations provide guidelines for assessing patients of all ages to help you individualize exams. Cultural Considerations include valuable information on variations in findings and transcultural considerations for the increasingly multicultural population. Anatomy Reviews with detailed anatomical illustrations refresh your knowledge of anatomy for more accurate physical examinations. A chapter covering health history, equipment, examination techniques, and procedures provides a solid foundation for learning to conduct more effective exams. UNIQUE! The easy-to-follow, step-by-step format covers all aspects of physical examination – inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation – promoting an efficient and logical approach to physical exams. Interview questions and guidelines help you hone your interviewing skills to focus your physical assessments. How-to tips on individualizing the physical exam for patients with handicaps, pain, and serious illnesses enable you to effectively and accurately assess patients with special situations. UNIQUE! Expert Exam Checklists available in the book and on the companion Evolve website provide handy reminders for assessing each body region. Thoroughly updated content reflects the latest research findings and evidence-based practice for techniques, normal and abnormal findings, and more. More illustrations and photographs than ever before clearly show normal anatomy, as well as normal and abnormal assessment findings. Dual-function table of contents, with body systems cross-referencing in addition to a body regions organization, helps you quickly find the information you need. Spanish/English assessment terms enable you to accurately communicate with Spanish-speaking patients.
Author: Ralph G. DePalma,
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release Date: 2009-07-27
PROLOGUE: IDEAL HEALTH Experience is the oracle of truth...where its responses are unequivocal; they ought to be conclusive and sacred. James Madison, Federalist 18-20 Twenty-first century medicine offers better outcomes than at any other time in history, yet many, if not most people are unhappy with health care. The World Health Organization defines health as: “A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity...” a statement suggesting an ideal state of complete well being that lies within society’s grasp. This ideal might be achieved within the context of an altruistic society, inhabited by intelligent individuals possessing high moral and ethical values, abundant resources, access to advanced technology, and effective, equitable governance. The concept promises a paradise on earth, yet formidable challenges confound its realization–– this is one of several dilemmas confronting health care. People living in the third world, victimized by lack of education, unremitting poverty, and corrupt governments suffer widespread ill health due to readily correctible causes––undernutrition, lack of sanitation, contaminated food and water and ethnic violence. These unfortunate conditions relate to political, cultural issues and, some might say, moral issues. Inner city dwellers or those living in other deprived areas within the United States are also victimized, while more privileged inhabitants of ‘advanced’ societies sooner or later develop lethal diseases, many due to unknown or obscure causes. The treatment of these illnesses, to which the poor are not necessarily immune, requires specialized skills focusing upon individuals. This is also a part of the health care dilemma. Specialized approaches differ from world and public health centered views of ‘Health Care.’ Generalizations about health and prevention, in the minds of policy makers, have become conflated with treatment of advanced disease––a confusion that potentially threatens specialists who are the custodians of unique skills required to treat serious illnesses. Clearly, effective Health Care requires both preventive and advanced treatment services––part of the dilemma is that each needs more detailed definition. This book describes surgical care, some it involving general surgical problems and some of it within the specialty of vascular surgery. Each story or complaint highlights dilemmas facing doctors and patients alike. Surgical interventions are life saving, life enhancing processes that carry with them important societal implications. Surgical efforts are costly, time intensive, and come into play individually––one case at a time. Illnesses often present with a dominant symptom, a Chief Complaint. The patient’s Chief Complaint is key to effective diagnosis and treatment. The words, manner, and circumstances of patient’s complaints express specific truths. Complaints require action––sometimes immediate, sometimes measured and deliberate, and sometimes with judicious restraint. Deciding how, and at what rate, to react to complaints are also dilemmas facing patients, doctors and health care systems. Modern medicine, paradoxically, tends to overlook and marginalize individual concerns and cultural sensitivities in favor of ‘cost-benefit’ or public policy analyses, leading to rigid policy decisions that conflict with individual needs and sensitivities. Laboratory testing and imaging increasingly uncover the silent beginnings of serious disease before symptoms develop––this is usually a good thing––sometimes it is not––currently enhanced diagnostic prowess poses yet another dilemma facing doctors and health care policy makers. Abnormal test results, ideally, should be considered as Chief Complaints. Abnormal test results can become sources of anxiety prompting ill advised and premature actions, or conversely, may be ignored with disastrous results. Controversies about which tests, how man
Author: R. Douglas Collins
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Release Date: 2005
Geared to primary care physicians, this atlas is a straightforward illustrated guide to neurologic diagnosis and treatment. More than 130 common disorders are addressed in four alphabetically organized sections: differential diagnosis of neurologic symptoms; differential diagnosis of neurologic signs; diseases of the spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and muscles; and diseases of the brain and brainstem. Abundant colorful drawings help clinicians understand critical neuroanatomy and recognize clinically significant anomalies. Case studies bring the diseases to life by highlighting salient features of various disorders, as well as key points on etiology, diagnosis, and treatment. Appendices outline special examination techniques and laboratory workups and treatment guidelines for each disease.
Author: Carol J. Buck
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
Release Date: 2014-06-18
Take your first step toward a successful career in medical coding with comprehensive coverage from the most trusted source in the field! Step-by-Step Medical Coding, 2013 Edition is the practical, easy-to-use resource that shows you exactly how to code using all of today's coding systems. In-depth, step-by-step explanations of essential coding concepts are followed by practice exercises to reinforce your understanding. In addition to coverage of reimbursement, ICD-9-CM, CPT, HCPCS, and inpatient coding, the 2013 edition offers complete coverage of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis coding system in preparation for the eventual transition. No other text on the market so thoroughly prepares you for all coding sets in one source! Dual coding in Units 4 and 5 (where both ICD-10 and ICD-9 answers are provided for every exercise, chapter review, and workbook question) ensures you can code using the systems of both today and tomorrow. Complete coverage of the new ICD-10 code set in Unit 2 prepares you for the eventual transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10. Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting boxes in Units 2, 3, and 5 present the official outpatient and inpatient guidelines alongside text discussions. Concrete "real-life" coding examples help you apply important coding principles and practices to actual scenarios from the field. Over 500 total illustrations of medical procedures or conditions help you understand the services being coded. Four coding question variations develop your coding ability and critical thinking skills: One answer blank for coding questions that require a one-code answer Multiple answer blanks for coding questions that require a multiple-code answer Identifiers next to the answer blank(s) to guide you through the most difficult coding scenarios Answer blanks with a preceding symbol (3 interlocking circles) indicates that the user must decide the number of codes necessary to correctly answer the question In-text exercises, Quick Checks, and Toolbox features reinforce coding rules and concepts, emphasize key information, and test your retention and understanding. From the Trenches, Coding Shots, Stop!, Caution!, Check This Out!, and CMS Rules boxes offer valuable, up-to-date tips and advice for working in today’s medical coding field. Coder’s Index makes it easy to instantly locate specific codes. Practice activities on the companion Evolve website reinforce key concepts from the text. Updated content presents the latest coding information so you can practice with the most current information available.
Author: John Kerastas
Publisher: Sunstone Press
Release Date: 2013-02-15
At 57 years old, John Kerastas thought he was the poster child for fifty-year old healthiness: he competed in triathlons, rode in 100 mile biking events and ate a healthy diet chock full of organic vegetables. Then he discovered that he had a brain tumor the size of his wife's fist. His memoir chronicles the first year he spent addressing tumor-related health issues: preparing for his first operation, discovering a dangerous skull infection, having the infected portion of his skull surgically removed, learning about his substantial vision and cognitive losses, undergoing rehab and radiation treatments, and learning to live with his "new normal." According to Kerastas, the phrase "new normal" is the medical community's code words for "You're alive, so quit complaining." As his health changed, so did his sense of humor. He writes that his humor started out superficially light-hearted prior to the first operation; transmogrified into gallows humor after several subsequent operations; and leveled out as somewhat wry-ish after radiation and rehab. This is a surprisingly upbeat and inspiring book for anybody interested in memoirs about people dealing with personal crises, for patients trudging through rehab, for caretakers helping victims of serious illnesses, or for anybody looking for an unexpected chuckle from an unlikely subject. JOHN KERASTAS has worked at a global advertising agency, at several technology start-up companies and as a free-lance writer. Now, in addition to non-profit and charitable work, he spends his time blogging, speaking and writing about brain health, brain tumors and rehab. You can follow his blog or view his presentations schedule at www.johnstumor.blogspot.com.
Author: Pilar Ortega
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
Release Date: 2015-06-10
Focusing on communication needs in real-world clinical situations, Dr. Pilar Ortega’s updated edition of this practical text helps you address today’s growing demand for Spanish-speaking physicians and healthcare workers. This resource provides basic Spanish skills, sample interview questions, relevant cultural information, and more, in addition to online videos of physician-patient interactions, interactive self-assessment tools, and clinical vignettes. You’ll find exactly what you need to develop better physician-patient communication skills, increase your cultural competence, and make better clinical decisions in your practice. Understand the nuts and bolts of better communication through Spanish grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, sample interview questions, and helpful interview techniques. Improve your skills with new and expanded content including more practice exercises for self-assessment, information on cultural issues, grammar tips and practice, complex clinical scenarios, and how to best use interpreters in your practice. Stay up to date with new chapters on pediatric health; common procedures and informed consent; the physician’s impression and plan; diabetes medication; travel history and special exposures; adult immunization history; exercise and adult health safety screening; and specialized physical examination. Gauge and hone your doctor-patient communication skills with interactive self-assessment tools and practice exercises. Watch video of real-time physician-patient exchanges (with English and Spanish subtitles), complete interactive practice exercises, and learn from clinical vignettes—all online at Student Consult.
Author: Kathy Bonewit-West
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
Release Date: 2014-07-30
Use this study tool to master the content from your Today's Medical Assistant: Clinical & Administrative Procedures, 2nd Edition textbook! Corresponding to the chapters in the textbook by Kathy Bonewit-West, Sue Hunt, and Edith Applegate, this study guide helps you understand and apply the material with practical exercises, activities, flashcards, checklists, review questions, and more. Chapter assignment tables at the beginning of chapters guide you through textbook and study guide assignments, and make it easy to track your progress. Laboratory assignment tables list the procedures in each chapter, including study guide page number references, and indicate the procedures shown on the DVDs. A pretest and posttest in each chapter measure your understanding with 10 true/false questions. Key term assessments include exercises to help in reviewing and mastering new vocabulary. Evaluation of Learning questions let you assess your understanding, evaluate progress, and prepare for the certification examination. Critical thinking activities let you apply your knowledge to real-life situations. Practice for Competency sections offer extra practice on clinical skills presented in the book. Evaluation of Competency checklists evaluate your performance versus stated objectives and updated CAAHEP performance standards. Updated content includes exercises for topics such as electronic medical records, advanced directives, HIPAA, emergency preparedness, ICD-10 coding, documentation, medical office technology, medical asepsis, vital signs, pediatrics, colonoscopy, IV therapy, and CLIA waived tests. New activities provide practice for the Today's Medical Assistant textbook’s newest and most up-to-date content. New Emergency Protective Practices for the Medical Office chapter includes procedures, critical thinking questions, and other activities to help you understand emergency preparedness. New Wheelchair Transfer Procedure and Evaluation of Competency checklist includes a step-by-step guide to this important procedure. New video evaluation worksheets on the Evolve companion website reinforce the procedures demonstrated on the textbook DVDs. New practicum and externship activities on Evolve provide practice with real-world scenarios.
Author: Mary Ellen Zator Estes
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Release Date: 2013-02-25
Gain confidence and competence with HEALTH ASSESSMENT & PHYSICAL EXAMINATION, fifth edition! Promoting healthy outcomes in patients begins with thorough and knowledgeable assessment, a key nursing responsibility. As you develop and refine your examination skills, you will learn to view the patient from a holistic perspective of not only physical well-being, but social, spiritual, emotional, and psychological health as well. With HEALTH ASSESSMENT & PHYSICAL EXAMINATION fifth edition you will gain the confidence and technical skills required of a competent and well-trained professional. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Author: Allan Tasman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2015-02-05
Now in a new Fourth Edition, Psychiatry remains the leading reference on all aspects of the current practice and latest developments in psychiatry. From an international team of recognised expert editors and contributors, Psychiatry provides a truly comprehensive overview of the entire field of psychiatry in 132 chapters across two volumes. It includes two new sections, on psychosomatic medicine and collaborative care, and on emergency psychiatry, and compares Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) and International Classification of Diseases (ICD10) classifications for every psychiatric disorder. Psychiatry, Fourth Edition is an essential reference for psychiatrists in clinical practice and clinical research, residents in training, and for all those involved in the treatment psychiatric disorders. Includes a a companion website at www.tasmanpsychiatry.com featuring PDFs of each chapter and downloadable images