Podcast 507: Who gonna crump? - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast 507: Who gonna crump?

Contributor: Nick Tsipis, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Communication proves time and time again to be most helpful in preventing surprises after patient admission
  • Frequent re-evaluations and repeat vital signs can be important to evaluating a patient’s risk for deterioration once admitted as well as selecting the proper level of care at admission
  • Broad categories of patients who most commonly have a change in condition after admission are septic patients and those admitted for respiratory complaints


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Summarized by Will Dewispelaere, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD

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