Category Archive: Pulmonology

Feb 17 2012

Top 10 Clinical Criteria/Scoring Systems for Internists and Medical Students

Clinical scoring systems, clinical criteria, and clinical prediction rules are used widely in medicine and academics. They are used to aid physicians in their clinical decision making and finalizing a diagnosis. Although they should never be used in place of a physician’s sound clinical judgment, they are great clinical tools and methodologies used to organize …

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Nov 23 2011

Text Messaging Can Help You Quit Smoking

Text messaging has become a widely used method of communication, and has even developed its own language with all the abbreviations and autocorrect errors. Texting while driving (and even walking) has its own inherent dangers, but could texting actually be good for your health? Well, quitting smoking sure is and text messages can help you …

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Nov 12 2011

Wells Criteria for Probability of Pulmonary Embolism (PE) Mnemonic

This is a mnemonic I created for the seven criteria involved with calculating the Wells Score for pulmonary embolism (PE). The Wells Score correlates with the probability that a given patient has a pulmonary embolism. The mnemonic is: Don’t die, tell the team to calculate criteria! The first letters in the saying correspond to a …

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Nov 07 2011

Light’s Criteria Mnemonic

Here is my attempt at a mnemonic for Light’s Criteria. I seem to have trouble memorizing this for some reason. It’s not perfect, but hopefully will be of help. On a side note, if you want to memorize it, just try to come up with a mnemonic for it and you will probably have it …

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Nov 04 2011

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) Mnemonic

Mnemonic for the diagnostic criteria of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS):

Acute onset (less than 24 hours) Ratio (PaO2/FiO2 ≤ 200) Diffuse infiltrates (on chest x-ray) Swan-Ganz catheter (to measure pulmonary capillary wedge pressure [PCWP] < 18)

Reference: “Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.” Pocket Medicine. Ed. Marc S. Sabatine. Fourth ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011. …

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