Maybe somebackground music. Hip if the doctor likes that. Or classical.
Well, not exactly.
You might be surprised. Or horrified to learn the truth.
How about your technician who’s running the bypass machine texting during the procedure…
Or the nurse checking airfares…
And your neurosurgeon chatting away on a personal phone call?
That’s right. Electronic devices have not only taken over our culture. They’ve taken over the operating room!
While some medical schools are teaching would-be doctors to use electronic devices – hopefully for diagnostic purposes – other medical staff prefer to check eBay.
Various high-profile cases have illustrated the deadly effects that doctor distraction can have.
The most famous case happened in Texas where a woman died after her oxygen levels fell during surgery. The anesthesiologist, who failed to notice the issue for 20 minutes, was accused of emailing and texting…
This is a poem that was never finished. It was written during an episode of intense anxiety. I thank God that it passed, so I never finished writing it. I’m a religious teenage girl, so I reference God in most of my poems. If anyone can relate to any feelings that I’ve had, I hope this helps them.
Struggling To Breathe
I’m feeling so scared, I can’t breathe but I must. Thinking so many thoughts, Trying so hard to trust.
These fears are irrational, But I can’t make them stop. I just wish that they’d leave, That my heart rate would drop.
I can’t catch my breath, My heart’s running a race, Against my emotions, Struggling to keep pace.
I struggle to breathe, But each sound makes it worse. My world seems so dark, I’m trying to reverse.
Specialist epilepsy nurses are trained nurses with extra qualifications in neurology, care of a patient with epilepsy and nurse prescribing.
We provide information and advice regarding epilepsy and its management. We can advise patients, their family or carers, other health professionals or other services such as employers about how to manage individual epilepsy needs. We also provide a point of contact between the Wessex Neurological Centre and GPs and other health professionals.
We hold five outpatient clinics a week to review patients after a first seizure, adolescents, vagal nerve stimulation and those with epilepsy that is difficult to control. We offer pre-conception counselling and support clinics. Patients can also access us via phone or email.
How the specialist epilepsy nurses can help
Some of the issues we provide information or help with most often are
understanding and coping with the diagnosis of epilepsy
medication management and side effects
safety and first aid
issues for women (for example, pre-conception counselling, pregnancy)
national association contact details and local support groups.
Clinical assessment and monitoring
The specialist epilepsy nurses aim to assist patients with all aspects of living with epilepsy. They will discuss any information that has already been given, and review the management of epilepsy. They can also help patients manage side effects of medication and where necessary, adjust the dose. They will discuss the impact of the diagnosis and offer practical advice for managing this. They can also refer patients to other health professionals if necessary. Most importantly, they are here to listen to any questions and concerns.
Information is given on an individual basis depending on the patient’s needs. We can discuss issues face to face, over the telephone or by e-mail. We have a large amount of written information on various subjects available for people to take from the outpatients clinic. We also have trained volunteers from the epilepsy information network run by the epilepsy society.
The epilepsy nursing service also keeps a library of resources in various formats, such as leaflets, books, video tapes, audio cassettes and DVDs, on all aspects of living with epilepsy. These are available to borrow.
Education and training
The epilepsy nursing service is committed to improving and maintaining the standard of care for people with epilepsy.
We regularly run study days for patients and where relevant, we provide support and training to employers and carers who work with people with epilepsy in the community.
We maintain strong links with the national associations and regularly teach at their national conferences. We also liaise with the local support groups in our region. Find out more about these in our sources of support.