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observation

Etymology: L, observare, to watch
1 the act of watching carefully and attentively.
2 a report of what is seen or noticed, such as a nursing observation.

observation

A&E/Emergency
adjective Referring to the monitoring of a person in A&E or after surgery to see if the patient’s condition worsens or is stable enough to allow discharge to the ward.

noun The assessment of patient signs during a physical examination, especially as related to musculoskeletal activity (e.g., observation of gait) or neurologic function (e.g., unilateral sagging of the face in palsy).

EBM
noun
(1) An assessment of a patient’s condition, or analysis of data collected on one or more patients by the investigator/staff as required by protocol.
(2) A discrete datum (piece of information) collected during a study. Planned observations are typically distinguished from anecdotal comments noted during a clinical trial.

Vox populi
noun An ad hoc comment or editorialisation.

observation

Managed care A nonemergent status for a Pt admitted to a hospital who does not meet acute care critieria and if any of the following apply: (1) stabilization and discharge expected < 24 h; (2) treatment is required for > 6 h; (3) clinical Dx is unclear and can be determined < 24 h. See Observation bed Medtalk The act of observing; a state of vigilant nonintervention; in observation, a person's condition is closely monitored, but treatment does not begin until Sx appear or change. See Discharge, Post-op, Watchful waiting.

observation

something perceived by the senses of the clinician, e.g. pallor of mucosae, as distinct from an interpretation of what is sensed, e.g. anemic.

Patient discussion about observation

Q. I had observed that my pain increases with less sleep and poor diet. I had observed that my pain increases with less sleep and poor diet. I tried fasting for half a day and it helped with the pain. But once I fast for the whole day and the pain aggravated. I had also observed that when I eat salads I feel good with reduced pain. So I take them every day and this has definitely helped with the pain. I want to know how come they help with the pain.

A. Any natural diet does wonders and the same can be applied here. You must also avoid all the artificial products and sweeteners. You must also reduce in tea, coffee, chocolates, alcohol, and sodas and over consumption of dairy. You must also reduce sugar in your diet. Try to have a good sleep it is the key to reduce pain.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKbvzgHOOxo&eurl=http://www.imedix.com/health_community/vNKbvzgHOOxo_cfs_fibromyalgia_part_2_sleep?q=fibromyalgia%20less%20sleep&feature=player_embedded

Q. My wife(53) has elevated CEA and CA19.9 levels - near 150, without any concomitant reason/observation? Comment

A. Hi Bobby3,

The most important question is why were these tests done?
An elevated level may result from many causes, some of them are simple and some are more problematic. IMHO the best thing would be consulting her doctor to consider the need to check-up her alimentary system.
You can read more here (http://www.ascocancerfoundation.org/patient/ASCO+Resources/Patient+Guides/ASCO+Patient+Guide:+Tumor+Markers+for+Gastrointestinal+Cancers) and here (http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Detection/tumor-markers)

Q. I am observing some change in the nipple of my left breast. Can anyone give information? I am 44 year old women and from some days I am observing some change in the nipple of my left breast. My nipple is drawn inside. My haggard nipple apart from itching burns as well. The size of my left breast is increased. Some bloody discharge from nipple is giving indication that there is something happening wrong. I doubt if it may be a breast cancer. Can anyone give some information?

A. the fact that bloody discharge from the nipple is probably a bad sign is clear. now what you need to do is to go and see a Dr. about it. it can be an infection in the mammary glands, or even Fibrocystic breast disease. so get yourself to a Dr....

More discussions about observation
References in classic literature ?
Baker said, that after long and careful observation, he had come to the conclusion that the bluejays were the best talkers he had found among birds and beasts.
Lecount and her master from a post of observation known only to herself -- was thus far utterly defeated.
The whole discourse was written with great acuteness, containing many observations, both curious and useful for politicians; but, as I conceived, not altogether complete.
The propriety of a negative has, upon some occasions, been combated by an observation, that it was not to be presumed a single man would possess more virtue and wisdom than a number of men; and that unless this presumption should be entertained, it would be improper to give the executive magistrate any species of control over the legislative body.
A second observation to be made is that the immediate object of the federal Constitution is to secure the union of the thirteen primitive States, which we know to be practicable; and to add to them such other States as may arise in their own bosoms, or in their neighborhoods, which we cannot doubt to be equally practicable.
The fog was rising, and I hoped that that day our observations might be taken.
They did not appear to attract the observation of the crowd around them, but I must candidly confess that for my, own part, I stared at them most pertinaciously.
But east and west have no certain points of heaven; and no more have the wars, either from the east or west, any certainty of observation.
My observation persuades me (I do not like to venture beyond my own personal observation,) that the upper classes of Naples possess those traits of character.
Only by taking infinitesimally small units for observation (the differential of history, that is, the individual tendencies of men) and attaining to the art of integrating them (that is, finding the sum of these infinitesimals) can we hope to arrive at the laws of history.
Weston made some remark addressed particularly to me, as referring to something we had been talking of before; but before I could answer, Miss Murray replied to the observation and enlarged upon it: he rejoined; and, from thence to the close of the interview, she engrossed him entirely to herself.
I don't venture to doubt the sincerity of your compassion, though it comes rather late, but you seem to lack the faculty of observation.