Tag Archives: Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR)

Advance Directives, DNR & POLST (Part I)

Power of Attorney for Health Care, Living Will, DNR, POLST, POST, advance directives… these terms can be confusing, but it is important that everyone understands them. Below are some simple definitions of advance directives terminology. Advance Directives An umbrella term for many types of documents that relate to providing future health care decisions for patients. […]

Supportive Care in the Emergency Department

Contributed By: Dr. Leon Yeh, Medical Director of Emergency Services – OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Supportive care brings together a variety of needed services that influence the care given to patients we see daily in the emergency department. Both supportive care and palliative care programs and teams in the hospital bring together doctors, nurses, […]

What is Failure? (Part 3): Medical Mistakes

When we experience an unexpected adverse event in health care, we are now smart enough to look at it objectively and try to figure out what went wrong. The “big” medical mistakes make the public news: wrong site surgery, transplants from incompatible types, and so on. The “little” medical mistakes are sometimes just as bad, […]