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Surgery Videos From MedlinePlus

Surgery Videos From MedlinePlus – http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/surgeryvideos.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • How does a robot do surgery?
  • What does heart repair surgery look like?
  • What does hip replacement surgery look like?
  • How is a vagus nerve stimulator implanted and why is it done?

Description:

Warning: These videos may not be for the faint of heart. From the website,

This page provides links to prerecorded webcasts of surgical procedures. These are actual operations performed at medical centers in the United States. The videos last an hour. Please note that you cannot send in questions by email, though the webcast may say that you can, because you are not seeing these videos live.

If your story includes an operating room scene, it is probably worth it to check out one or more of these videos. A sampling of available videos include:

  • Coronary Angioplasty Stent Placement (Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Merriam, KS, 2/19/2009)
  • Aortic Aneurysm Repair (Baptist Hospital, Miami, FL, 5/07/2009)
  • Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion Procedure (Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, FL, 5/14/2008)
  • Anterior Approach to Total Hip Replacement (St. John’s Health Center, Santa Monica, CA, 8/24/2011)
  • Robotic-Assisted Partial Nephrectomy (Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Merriam, KS, 2/11/2010)
  • Cesarean Section Birth (Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Merriam, KS, 3/13/2008)
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Rehabilitation page from MedlinePlus

Rehabilitation page from MedlinePlus –http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/rehabilitation.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What conditions are treated with aquatic therapy?
  • What are some sample aquatic therapy programs?
  • What conditions can speech therapy improve?
  • What are common types of massage therapy?
  • Where can I learn about clinical trials in occupational therapy?

Description:

After serious illness, injury or surgery comes rehabilitation, which comes in many forms. In addition to providing general information about rehabilitation, this page links to the following specific forms of therapy via factsheets:

  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Balance (or Vestibular) Rehabilitation
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Music Therapy
  • Questions for Your Prospective Massage Therapist

Marrow transplants

Marrow transplants – http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/bmsct/bmsct_during.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What’s the difference between an autologous transplant and an allogenic transplant?
  • What are some complications of bone marrow transplants?
  • What sorts of tests can a character expect before a bone marrow transplant?
  • How many months after the operation will a bone marrow transplant patient have a central venous catheter stuck in his chest?
  • What is the full recovery time for a bone marrow transplant?

Description:

Bone marrow produces blood cells and also contain some stem cells. Marrow transplants are used to treat some cancers, some severe blood diseases and some immunological disorders. This site from the National Heart Blood and Lung Institute provides information on what to expect before, during, and after a marrow transplant operation. The risks of this type of operation are also explained.

Hospitalization Happens: A Guide to Hospital Visits for Individuals with Memory Loss

Hospitalization Happens: A Guide to Hospital Visits for Individuals with Memory Loss – http://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/publication/hospitalization-happens

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What supplies should be put into an emergency bag to make a hospital visit easier?
  • What sorts of things are helpful for caregivers to bring to the emergency room to make themselves comfortable?
  • What can you do if a dementia patients panics while in the hospital?

Description:

Provides guidance for caregivers on how to prepare their dementia challenged loved one for a hospital visit. Tips could be helpful for stories on Alzheimer’s or amnesia.

Heart Surgery (before, during & after)

Heart Surgery (before, during & after) – http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/hs/hs_whatis.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Why is a character’s chest shaved before surgery?
  • What does a heart-lung bypass machine look like?
  • What sizes cuts can you expect from minimally invasive heart surgery?
  • What are common home problems after a heart surgery?

Description:

This National Heart Blood and Lung Institute site provides information on what to expect before, during and after a marrow transplant operation. The risks of this type of operation are also explained. The “after” section has a list of common and annoying things that might make for colorful character scenes.

US Federal Court procedures

US Federal Court procedures  – http://www.uscourts.gov/RulesAndPolicies/rules/current-rules.aspx

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • When can hearsay be admitted in federal courts?
  • What happens if a debtor dies during a bankruptcy proceeding?
  • What is an extraordinary writ and how are they handled?

Description:

If your story involves a federal courtroom, the secretive “FISA Court” or what the Feds are allowed to use as evidence, you should visit this page.

This page links to:

  • Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (Appeals in Federal Court)
  • Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure
  • Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (Federal Lawsuits)
  • Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • Federal Rules of Evidence
  • Rules of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

The Rules of Evidence are worth a read as they explain exceptions to the rule of hearsay, hearsay being what people testify about third parties (i.e.) “John said that Frankie ordered the hit.” The evidence rules also cover items like what can be used as evidence of character.

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