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· Code Blue - a writer's guide to hospitals, including the ER, OR, and ICU

· The Phoenix Prescription

· Body Trauma - a writer's guide to wounds and injuries


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· A Little Truth About Ermergency Rooms

· How do you choose a surgeon?

· When Patients and Doctors Don't Hear Each Other

· What if Your Characters Get Sick?

· Is Hastening Death Ever Right?


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· Good news for smart patients

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Body Trauma - a writer's guide to wounds and injuries

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Code Blue - a writer's guide to hospitals, including the ER, OR, and ICU

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The Phoenix Prescription

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Blogs by David W. Page

What's a SPEDI recovery from surgery?
5/11/2009 5:58:39 AM    [ Flag as Spam or Inappropriate ]

Five things determine whether or not your surgery will be successful and if you'll return home in one piece. Consider:

S = you surgeon's skill, knowledge and attitude toward you and your operation: ask about the surgeon's experience (don't be shy)

P = you, the patient and the number of co-morbid or associated medial problems you have (e.g. diabetes, chronic lung disease, kideney failure, etc.); can you better prepare yourself?

E = the scientific evidence that supports the indications for and value of your proposed operation; is it a common operation or something new (if new, BEWARE!)

D = your particular disease, be it cancer, wear and tear of a joint, gallstnes, etc.; all diseases have their own staging, threat to life, and time course; what is the disease treat to you?

I = institution or hospital you choose; you may need a specailty hospital or a high volume hospital with high volume surogensif your surgery is on the pancreas, eshophagus (gullet), or major vascular surgery; many smaller hospitals are competent for many operations

There it is: the list you should use to decide if your proposed ooperation is necessary and worth the risk versus the benefits. Take this list with you to your appointment with a surgeon.


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More Blogs by David W. Page
• Is the doctor's exam worth it? - Monday, May 04, 2015
• Who am I? Your advocate for safe surgery - Friday, April 24, 2015
• Why Might Your Operation be Cancelled? - Monday, April 06, 2015
• Beware of Open Breast Biopsies - Monday, March 02, 2015
• Hospital failure events - Monday, February 02, 2015
• End of year thoughts on patient advocacy - Tuesday, December 23, 2014
• SAFE SURGERY - Fifty facts you need to know if you are having an operation - Monday, September 22, 2014
• A new ebook on groin hernias is on its way - Thursday, August 07, 2014
• When Surgeons Blog About Themselves - Monday, May 05, 2014
• The First Fifty Things You Need to Know If You Are Having Surgery - Friday, January 24, 2014
• A New Medical Information Project - Monday, December 30, 2013
• Distracting Trainees in the OR - Wednesday, March 13, 2013
• LessTraining Time, Less Fatigue, No Improvement in Patient Safety - Wednesday, February 27, 2013
• Texting, emails, videos - why your doctor doesn't know who you are? - Monday, January 14, 2013
• Should I Ask For Robotic Surgery? - Tuesday, June 05, 2012
• What's the best hernia repair? - Tuesday, August 23, 2011
• Hospitals in July - beware - Tuesday, June 28, 2011
• I'm back - Monday, June 20, 2011
• Off Shore Medical Schools - Wednesday, March 17, 2010
• Why Jonny Can't Operate - Sunday, February 07, 2010
• A Big Operation is an Opportunity for Smokers - Wednesday, December 16, 2009
• Can You Find a Doctor? - Tuesday, September 15, 2009
• Boasting time - Friday, June 26, 2009
• July's Coming to Your Hospital - Wednesday, June 24, 2009
• Training doctor work hours - Tuesday, May 26, 2009
•  What's a SPEDI recovery from surgery? - Monday, May 11, 2009  
• NOTES? - Thursday, May 07, 2009
• Your surgeon's abilities - Wednesday, April 22, 2009


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