On January 8, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

There are few things I tell people they MUST do.

You MUST get your own labs and put your own eyes on them to track trends.

You MUST learn how to stand up for your health.

Now?  You MUST go and print off a copy of the ASMBS Clinical Pearls for Emergency Care of the Bariatric Surgery Patient.

Yes.  I mean it.  Go. Do it now.  And put it with your list of medications and supplements and last labs for any emergencies that might pop up.

You never know when you might need it.

It could even save your life.

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2 Responses to “ASMBS ER Sheet”

  1. Val says:

    this is totally awesome. I am a nurse and I didn’t know half of this stuff.

  2. Toni Lee says:

    Thank you so very much Andrea for posting this! In October I went to the ER at a small local hospital and ended up there for 4 days. They did not know anything about Bariatrics. Anything! I had to argue about everything from food to a procedure they wanted to do. Actually, the day I checked out one of the Doctors came and told me that they were releasing me because HE thought that everything was in my head. According to him, people are overweight because they have childhood issues and when you can’t eat to deal with those then you become sick. Umm, yeah, my “childhood issues” managed to bring my potassium way below acceptable levels.
    Three days after being discharged I had to go to the ER again. This time my husband and I thought it best to make the hour and half drive to the hospital that did my surgery. Huge difference in a hospital that deals with Bariatric patients than those that don’t. Ended up in the hospital for two weeks, but this time I’m all better. And it wasn’t from not being able to deal with “childhood issues”.
    Sorry, this was a long way of saying that I’m grateful for you posting the link to this. It is very important for you to know what’s going on… as sometimes a hospital might not.

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