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Trends in Hospital Patient Care

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The Health Care industry continues its rapid evolution partly in response to legislative changes and also due to technological advances and financial pressures.  As one would expect with all of the industry tumult, patient care is undergoing its share of change as well.  Let’s take a brief look at four emerging trends hospital patients are seeing in 2017.

The Benefits of Being a Nurse Mentor

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Did you know that in some areas up to 60% of new nurses leave their first position and some the nursing profession entirely within two years?  With concerns about nursing shortages already in the news, these statistics are doubly alarming for hospital administrators all over the country.

Effective Patient Communication and Better Outcomes

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As the healthcare industry undergoes seemingly constant change, there is one constant that doesn’t change.  The role the nurse plays in patient satisfaction and being the face of caring is something that will never change.  Nurses spend the most time with patients and upon discharge, the care they received from the nurse, more than anyone else they’ve encountered, will be what they remember the most.

Blood Donations are Critical This Time of Year

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While most of us are enjoying our summer vacations at some point over the next few months, the folks at the Red Cross and other donation centers are working overtime trying to meet the summer demand for blood and platelets.  Earlier this month, the American Red Cross issued an urgent call for donations as the need for blood and platelet donations are exceeding the demand by close to 30,000 donations per month.

Healthcare Risk Management in Practice

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Almost every major industry in the United States has some form of risk management as a component of their daily operations.  Arguably, in no industry is risk management as important as it is in healthcare, in fact, it can mean the difference between life and death.

June is Men’s Health Month

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Across the United States each year, the month of June is recognized as National Men’s Health Month to heighten the awareness, early detection, and treatment of preventable health problems for men and boys.  As we have covered in this space previously, men are less likely to have regularly scheduled visits with their primary care doctor and Men’s Health Month is an opportunity to encourage men and boys to reverse that trend.  To start the conversation, below are five preventable health threats for men in the United States.

Latest Tech Impacting Audiology

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Throughout Better Hearing and Speech Month, we have provided content on a variety of topics related to hearing and speech professionals.  In this article, we will take a brief look at some of the technologies that are impacting the field of Audiology and the patients that are being served.

Five Signs It’s Time to Have Your Hearing Checked

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Most people are surprised to find out that the third most common health problem in the United States is hearing loss.  According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), almost 48 million Americans have some form of diminished or hearing loss.  If you are a regular reader of this space, you already know that May is annually recognized as Better Hearing and Speech Month to raise awareness around how hearing loss can impact your quality of life and recognize the thousands of healthcare professionals who have chosen a career as an Audiologist, or Speech-Language Pathologist.

Nurses Need Balance Between Caring for Others and Self

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As National Nurses Week winds to a close on May 12th, this week’s theme of Balancing Mind, Body, and Spirit should carry on throughout the year.  The American Nurses Association is recognizing the importance of promoting Nurse’s Health and Wellness Issues through their awareness campaign, “Year of the Healthy Nurse.”  We have been tracking each monthly health and wellness topic in this space, so please keep checking back for more information.

5 Conditions You May Not Know That Can be Treated by Occupational Therapy

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We continue our observation of Occupational Therapy Month by bringing to your attention conditions you may not know that can be treated by Occupational Therapy.  Some of the most common conditions that require OT interventions are obvious.  Individuals with ailments such as Osteoporosis, Stroke, Developmental Delays and other such conditions all benefit from treatments planned by an Occupational Therapist.

Top Eight Apps Every Occupational Therapist Should Have

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Today, one of the most important tools any OT or OTA should have at their disposal is an iPad or another tablet.  With the prevalence of apps made specifically for healthcare professionals providing therapy to patients, it makes sense that a handheld device is one of the first things out of your OT toolbox.

5 Conditions That Can Be Treated With Physical Therapy

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When most people think of physical therapy, they associate the treatment with patients who are suffering from mobility deficiencies due to recent surgery, or helping patients manage chronic musculoskeletal ailments.  While this is all true, Physical therapy professionals will tell you that there are many conditions that can be treated by but are not typically associated with physical therapy.  Let’s examine some of these conditions.

What’s Next for Physical Therapy Patients?

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We’ve all read the news stories touting the benefits of physical therapy across the entire continuum of care.  Physical Therapy interventions are now being studied as a pain management alternative in the fight against opioid addiction, and even the burgeoning home health industry has found its way to PT providers.  These topics have been in industry news a lot lately, but there are many other emerging trends on the horizon for physical therapy that you may not have heard about yet; let’s take a look at just a few of them.

What You Can Do to Promote Breast Cancer Awareness

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If you are a fan of the National Football League, throughout the month of October, you will see the players wearing a variety of pink accessories with their typical uniforms.  From gloves to socks, and even spikes, pink will be the color of the month.  Why are these modern day warriors decking themselves out with pink accessories?  It’s all in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), the annual campaign devoted to promoting awareness of the disease and raise funds for research, prevention, treatment, and a cure.

Healthy Aging Tips for Baby Boomers

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September is Healthy Aging® Month and no American generation is more in tune with that fact than our “Baby Boomers”.  The Baby Boomer generation references people born between 1946 and 1964, with the first boomers now reaching their 70th birthday.  In the United States, there are approximately 76 million baby boomers, a number that includes people who have immigrated to our country and are of the boomer age.   Considering the fact that within the next ten years, more than 1 in 5 Americans will be over age 65, let’s examine ways that baby boomers can stay healthy as they age.

Latest Updates on Zika Virus

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In June, we published an article outlining The Straight Facts About Zika Virus.  With news reports of the virus’ spread, it is time to revisit the issue and provide you with the latest updates on Zika.  As of August 3rd, the CDC is reporting that there are 1,825 reported Zika cases in the United States.  Six cases have been attributed to locally acquired mosquito bites, while 1,818 are associated with travel to highly infected areas of the world.  In the U.S., New York has the most number of reported cases at 491 and Florida is second with 322 and is also accountable for the six locally acquired cases.  As of this date, all fifty states are reporting at least one Zika virus case.

Nurses Role in Skin Cancer Prevention

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Thus far, the spring and early summer of 2016 have been hot; we’ve had a steady dose of sun and higher temperatures across much of North America.  Weather patterns like this are a perfect reminder of the dangers of excessive exposure to the sun and skin cancer.  Each year in the U.S. alone there is more than 5 million reported cases of non-melanoma skin cancer, and another 5 million cases of other forms of skin cancer.

6 Reasons Men Avoid the Doctor

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We get it; men are supposed to be tough.  Men are wired to be the fixers of problems and pain is “only temporary”.  While more fiction than fact, those statements do have some truth to them, but what about when it comes to healthcare.  Surveys show that more than 50% of men avoid going to see their physician and most claim that they only visit their doctor when really sick.

How Hospitals are Benefiting by Using Travel Nurse Staffing

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Hospitals and other facilities rely on travel nurses for a variety of reasons, including providing coverage while the full-time staff is being recruited and hired, coverage for long-term absences, and support during busier seasons of the year.  Let’s take a look at other ways that Hospitals are benefiting through of use of Travel nurse professionals.

Top Traits for Good Bedside Manner

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As today’s healthcare facilities are placing a greater emphasis on cultivating a patient-centered experience to drive positive patient satisfaction levels, more time and training is being spent on bedside manner.