• Health Care Through the Back Door: The Dangers of Nurse Visits

    3 days ago - By THCB

    By HANS DUVEFELT
    In some practices, patients with seemingly simple problems are scheduled to be seen by a nurse or medical assistant. Sometimes they can even just drop off a urine sample in case of a suspected urinary tract infection.
    This is a dangerous trap. What if the patient rarely gets urinary infections, has back pain and assumes it is a UTI instead of a kidney stone or shingles on their back just where one kidney is located; what if they have lower abdominal pain from an ovarian cyst or an ectopic pregnancy?
    Another dangerous type of “nurse visit” is when patients focus on one...
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