The Top Ten Diagnoses Not to Miss in Acute Care
Helen Brown, MS, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP
Management of acutely ill patients from admission to discharge is a daily challenge for nurse practitioners (NPs) in acute care, whether practicing in emergency departments, as hospitalists, or in the intensive care unit. This session will address the diagnostic challenges of managing patients when there is a lack of response to treatment or new symptom clusters develop.
Such situations require reassessment of the data to confirm a missed or alternative diagnosis, a new problem, or a complication of an existing problem. This presentation will address 10 diagnoses which can be easily missed on either initial evaluation or can develop during the patient’s hospitalization to assist NPs in redirecting their patient approach.