Hospital benefits other than improvement, a good diagnosis, and discharge.

Bridget Kane kaneb at TCD.IE
Fri Dec 21 21:43:26 UTC 2018


You raise an interesting point about hospital stays.
I know of a case of long standing general malaise and non-specific complaints for which no reason could be found. A few days in hospital to undergo a battery of tests was advised and during the stay a nurse noted strange breathing patterns during the night - severe sleep apnoea was diagnosed after being prompted, which had not been suspected beforehand.

Happy Christmas!

Bridget

> On 20 Dec 2018, at 02:42, Robert Bell <0000000296e45ec4-dmarc-request at LIST.IMPROVEDIAGNOSIS.ORG> wrote:
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> It occurred to me that when we move towards getting accurate error data from hospitals, it might be also worth collecting the unexpected benefits of a hospital stay.
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> I have heard of one patient who serendipitously learnt how to deal with her serious laryngospasm episodes from a speech therapist using of a straw. 
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> And another who had bronciectasis with persistent troublesome coughing in the evening for 5 or so years, but a course of antibiotics for pneumonia in hospital "cured" the coughing.
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> We tend to focus on the negatives but there are amazing often forgotten positives.
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> Would welcome to hear of other examples of these kind of successes
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> Rob Bell, M.D.
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