Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Focus On: Acute Pancreatitis

Acute pancreatitis is extremely painful and can be life threatening. The following article on acute pancreatitis is actually a good and interesting article. In it you'll see where the Ransom and Apache scoring systems are basically called useless due to time constraints under the section dealing with diagnosis. And in the concluding statement ...

"Acute pancreatitis remains a disease with significant morbidity and mortality. The emergency physician's role in prompt recognition, assessment of severity, and initiation of supportive care is central to the treatment of this disease."  Acute Pancreatitis

Unfortunately ...

I personally have found through experience that ER care for acute pancreatitis is somewhat lacking in "prompt recognition and assessment of severity." In fact in 7 ER visits not ONE doctor recognized the condition or had a clue what to do to diagnose me. You can read the whole article here Acute Pancreatitis

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