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National Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Week: January 21 – 27

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January 21st-27th marks National Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Week. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) uses this time to say thank you to the more than 52,000 CRNAs across the country who deliver services to almost 43 million patients each year and also to educate everyone from patients to policymakers on this advanced credential.

Enhanced Nurse Licensing Compact is Almost Here

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As a means to improve access to care across state lines, the original Nurse Licensing Compact was enacted in 2000 and slowly grew to 25 participating states over the next 15 years.  Since the intent of the compact legislation was to attract participation from all 50 states, after 15 years, it was clear that changes needed to be enacted to attract more member states.

Wrapping up Our Season of Service

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Throughout the month of December, Supplemental Health Care has been celebrating a “Season of Service,” through our partnership with Ronald McDonald House and other charities across the United States.  As healthcare professionals, I know you are already giving of yourself each day by providing amazing care with compassion to those in need.

Knowing When “Maybe just a half a drink more” Is Too Much

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Spiked eggnog, mulled wine, and hot buttered rum are just a few examples of beverages that go with being in the holiday “spirit.” Cranberry juice and orange liqueur mimosas are aptly named Poinsettias as the star of holiday brunches, while family members bring their favorite six-packs to evening gatherings.

The Hands-On Approach to Keeping Germs Off

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Something so simple can often be overlooked or taken for granted. For example, thoroughly washing your hands can be the difference between sickness and health. In honor of Handwashing Awareness Week, we wanted to review proper techniques and protocol to ensure you remain healthy during prime flu season, a time when germs can run rampant.

Latest Updates on the Opioid Epidemic

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We have previously discussed the opioid epidemic in the space and tried to outline the role nurses play in combatting the frightening trends we are seeing in this country.  As promised, we have put together the following update on the opioid crisis and the actions being taken across different fronts.

American Diabetes Month: A Look at Treatment Advancements

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Each November is recognized as American Diabetes Month® to bring awareness to the chronic disease that impacts nearly half of all American adults.  Diabetes is an illness requiring lifelong management and Diabetes month sheds light on strength, courage, and determination of those suffering from Diabetes and also their caregivers.

Power Up for School Psychology Awareness Week 2017

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The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) wants to remind everyone that November 13 – 17, 2017 is School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW).  This year’s theme is Power Up! Be a Positive Charge to highlight how small positive actions, or sparks, create connections leading to positive change.

Protect Yourself for Flu Season 2017 – 2018

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The most dreaded season of the year is upon us, the one that has everyone young and old dreading its arrival and waiting for it to end.  No, I am not referring to the Holiday Season, I am talking about “Flu Season.”  According to the CDC, flu season typically arrives in October and can last until May.

American Diabetes Month

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One in 10 Americans is suffering from Diabetes making the month-long awareness and education campaign of American Diabetes Month® very significant nationwide.  The American Diabetes Association® promotes their mission as preventing and curing diabetes and also helping to improve the lives of everyone is impacted by the disease. 

New Technologies in Physical Therapy

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As part of National Physical Therapy Month, it seems natural to extend the conversation about the amazing care being provided by our nations’ Physical Therapists to also touch on new technologies that are or will soon be available.  As in every industry, technology is having an impact, and in the world of physical therapy, advancements are helping to improve treatments and provide greater access to care.

The History and Impact of Physical Therapy

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The year was 435 BC when Hippocrates began advocating the use of massage, hydrotherapy, and manual therapy techniques to treat his patients.  This is believed to have been the very first origins of what would become today’s physical therapy.

2017 Physical Therapy Trends and Treatments

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As a continuation of our content geared toward Physical Therapy Month, we decided it was time to look at newer developments in PT treatments and industry trends.  With the Opioid epidemic in our country, it is clear that Physical therapy is going to play a major role in pain management over prescription treatments. Here are some others we found enlightening.

Turning Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Beginning in 1985, the month of October has become synonymous with Breast Cancer Awareness.  First observed in the United States, October is now known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month around the world.  In 1993, the Breast cancer Research Foundation was formed, and the pink ribbon was chosen as the symbol for breast cancer awareness.

5 of the Best Physical Therapy Apps

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By now, most physical therapists are using tablets or other mobile devices during their interactions with patients.  From demonstrating how a therapy exercise should be performed to illustrating how different parts of the anatomy work together, technology has become an invaluable tool in every facet of the healthcare industry.

National Physical Therapy Month

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Annually, the month of October is utilized to recognize the great work that physical therapists are doing to help patients optimize movement and enrich their lives.  Known as National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM), the American Physical Therapy Association℠ has announced that this year’s theme will again focus on the damaging Opioid epidemic in the United States.