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Care of the Psychiatric Patient

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Define somatization disorder. According to the DSM-IV, it is a psychiatric condition characterized by multiple, recurrent physical complaints for which no organic basis can be found. The disorder begins before age 30 and is more common in females. Common physical complaints include vomiting, pain in the extremities, shortness of breath, amnesia, pain in the sexual […]

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MANAGEMENT OF CHRONIC MEDICAL AND OTHER DISEASES IN THE PERIOPERATIVE PERIOD

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

What are the important issues in the preoperative care of patients with a permanent cardiac pacemaker? Pacemakers and implantable cardioverter/defibrillators (ICDs) should be evaluated before any operation in which electrocautery is used. Two issues must be addressed: the cardiac status of the patient, including assessment of adequacy of pacemaker function, and safety in the operating […]

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