Managing Crisis

(Sorting Priorities for Acutely Ill Med-Surg Patients)

A Differential Diagnosis

Is a systematic diagnostic method used to identify the presence of an entity where multiple alternatives are possible (and the process may be termed differential diagnostic procedure), and may also refer to any of the included candidate alternatives (or candidate conditions).

This is important for Nurses to know because:

This method is essentially a process of elimination or at least of obtaining information that shrinks the “probabilities” of candidate conditions to negligible levels. The “probabilities” at issue are epistemic rather than ontological in that they are imaginative parameters in the mind of the diagnostician (or, for computerized or computer-assisted diagnosis, the software of the system), while in reality the target (such as a client) either has a condition or not with an actual probability of either 0 or 100%.

Differential diagnostic procedures are used by physicians and other trained medical professionals to diagnose the specific disease in a patient, or, at least, to eliminate any imminently life-threatening conditions. With this knowledge, you, as the nurse will be able to increase the quality of nursing care provided; and at the same time increase patient outcomes and assist in decreasing length of stay.

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