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A Family’s Guide to the ICU, Part 1: Your Strategy for Navigating the Unexpected

A Family’s Guide to the ICU: Series Introduction

My name is Narinder Singh. I joined SPM in April. That’s my mom in the photo above. Last year our family was caught by surprise when she had a completely unexpected and dramatic ICU stay of three months. We had a lot to learn fast and too little help, and when...
The Heart Attack That Wasn’t

The Heart Attack That Wasn’t

Editor’s Note: This is a first installment (we hope) in a series about an all-too-real-life medical drama experienced by a former SPM board member and longtime sci-tech journalist Carla Berg-Nelson (aka “Carla B.”). There is much to learn here about being an...

Care Coordination, The Holy Grail of Good Medicine

Appropriate patient care revolves around a team of individuals that includes the patient, a variety of clinicians and other providers, caretakers and patient advocates. The members of this team must collaborate to ensure that the best possible decisions are made on...
My Mother’s Scrap of Paper

My Mother’s Scrap of Paper

I’m known in social media for my role as @EMRAnswers. Most people don’t know the personal and family pain that makes me know how important this is. Here it is. (That’s me above, sharing my story at the Walking Gallery meetup at HIMSS in 2015 –...
Health Partner or Care Partner?

Health Partner or Care Partner?

Two stories for you: More than 20 years ago my oldest son was training to do development aid work in the bush of Zimbabwe. As part of his team training, he invited me to come give a talk about health with his team. I was a nurse and a paramedic at the time. I did the...

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