This week I learned that:
Vasogenic edema can outwardly present just like a stroke.
For as much information as has been publicized regarding stroke symptoms and the urgency of getting to a facility when you have stroke-like symptoms, people will still wait 3, 5 days, a week even, before finally goin to see a doctor.
No matter how much you try to educate patients, when they get it in their head to sign out AMA they are out the door, even with unresolved toilet-level labs.
We have the best aides on our floor. I love them to bits and they are rock stars at their jobs. If I ever leave a shift without thanking them they are free to kick me in the shins