What are your favorite and least favorite diagnoses to work with?
My favorite is DKA. Not sure why, but I think it's because the s/s, pathophys, and treatment all dovetail so neatly together like a mathematical equation.
My least favorite is septic shock. Sitting on a hypotensive patient, prodding the ED doc to order adequate fluid resuscitation while wanting to avoid pressors if at all possible and waiting for the intensivist to come and take over is very anxiety provoking.
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pts that spend a lot of time in the health system: cancer, sickle, etc. they always hate on you.
Very true, don't blame us for your poor health.
Oh, I almost forgot fibromyalgia pts. I try not to turn off the sympathy button when I hear that
medical hx. I simply do not believe it when they say that the dilaudid didn't work. At least tell me a 9, or 9.5. Pfft.
I also do not like GI bleeds, smell is horrible, and there is always that risk of the dreaded hypovolemic shock.
Last edit by thelema13 on Jan 23, '12