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Drug Interactions—the Top Interactions That Should Be on Your Radar

Drug Interactions—the Top Interactions That Should Be on Your Radar
Most complications that occur because of drugs mixing badly will occur while a patient is in the hospital. This is just a matter of the environment because the hospital is where the sickest patients go. The sheer volume and assortment of drugs increase the risk of an adverse drug event (ADE). Patients in the hospital are likely to be exposed to the newest medications as their diagnosis progresses during their admissions. Even though there are drug-interaction monitors in electronic health record (EHR) programs and a dynamic pharmacy, the sheer number of medications and the rapid introduction of newer marketplace medications not yet in the database puts these patients at risk for suffering an ADE. What about outside of the hospital? In the hospital, there is only one chart, so all the medications will be listed together. In the out-patient setting in private practices and clinics, patients who go to different doctors will have their entire roster of medications spread out ...

Back of the Knee Pain

An xray of a knee
The knee is a hinge joint that allows for bending and straightening, or flexion and extension. It is also a weight-bearing joint, and because it is both articulating and weight-bearing, it is the one joint most prone to suffering damage from trauma and overuse. Overuse injuries can include or involve the following:          Patellofemoral pain: This is pain that comes about from overuse of the knee, which is the most common cause of pain in the knee. Pain is in the front of the knee or behind the kneecap. Bursitis: The lining of the joint, the bursa, lubricates the joint, but with overuse, it can cause inflammation. Patellar tendonitis (“jumper’s knee”): This is strain caused by weak upper leg muscles, hamstring, and gluteal muscles. Osteoarthritis: This is degeneration caused by wear-and-tear. Acute injuries can include or involve the following: Muscle strain: In particular, this can occur in the front (quadriceps) or ba ...

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