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Dehydration and tachycardia

Bob was 18, a high school senior, a good student, played soccer and ran track, excelling at the 400. He was in the office with his mother to follow up after an ED visit and brief hospital stay earlier in the week. The discharge sheet they brought in noted that he had responded promptly to treatment for a viral illness with vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration (VDD), but because of an unexplained tachycardia he was advised to be seen ASAP to obtain a referral for cardiac evaluation.

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Monthly mangled medicalese

The language of medicine is highly evolved and complex and allows clear, detailed, specific and unambiguous descriptions. Except when it’s not.

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The anatomy of problem solving

How often do we think about what goes into solving a problem or making a decision? There are always at least half a dozen separate opportunities to take a wrong turn, so it pays to review the components of problem solving and decision making. In many ways, the medical model works well.

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