How To Be Safe In The Hospital

March 22nd, 2014

Being safe begins with some very simple concepts. Personnel protective equipment with aseptic technique as well as the concept of cleanliness can prevent you from being contaminated with body fluids. However, there are thousands of healthcare workers who become infected with MRSA, HIV and Hepatitis to incidents that are unforeseen. Risk management has done their best to educate those who deliver care in the clinical environment. With that said, registered nurses are notorious for not wearing gloves and protective eye-wear. Incidents happen everyday in the emergency room as well as the ICU that have the potential to infect many individuals who are not in direct contact with the patient.

It has to become second nature to protect ourselves from these contamination accidents. Google has much literature to educate those who feel they are lacking in their knowledge as it relates to risk management. Moving toward OSHA and JACHO compliance is the answer in my opinion. These two healthcare regulators can help to keep our entire industry free and clear from accidental exposures. As a final note, this can keep us safe in the hospital.

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Missing Needle

January 12th, 2012

When you do surgery you cannot misplace any needles or the patient can have a very bad outcome. Counts must be completed before the wound is closed. If not done properly, the patient may suffer significantly and the doctor may even be sued. Do not chance your career with inadequate medical staff, get a new job with the Grady Hospital company.

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Cardiovascular Medical School

October 10th, 2010

The greatest medical school and the Atlanta Georgia area is Emory University. They are cardiovascular medical program is the highest rated internship in the United States. Medical physicians and registered nurses pay approximately $100,000 per year to attend the cardiovascular med school. If you desire to be the best physician when it comes to cardiovascular systems, you must attend the best school in the nation.

The cardiovascular system consist of arteries, veins, capillaries and the Heart. The study of the myocardial teaches us that there is still much to learn. In no way should we take it for granted, that the Emory University of cardiovascular can teach us all we will ever need to know when it comes to treating cardiac patients. As a medical physician, you will always continue to study the heart and its vital organs as you continue as a professor. Your education will continue as long as you are in the medical field.

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Diabetes

September 3rd, 2010

Diabetes has been apart of American history for over 200 years. Diabetes has been on the rise since the early 1990s due to the overweight epidemic that has struck the United States. With many Americans  up-sizing their value meals at fast food restaurants obesity has been on the rise. In addition, bariatric surgery has increased by 300% since 2003. Almost all of the United States of America is overweight.

Anyone who is overweight is susceptible two diabetes insipidus. Depending on level of insulin produced by the pancreas depends on the level or stage of diabetes that that person may have. Also, that person may have to receive injections of insulin in their muscle. Be very aware that if you are overweight you have a 90% chance of being diagnosed with diabetes insipidus within 10 years. Please do not become a statistic and take care of yourself and be a great American.

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Pain Medication

September 3rd, 2010

when dealing with somebody that is in a lot of pain he must establish a trusting relationship. You need to acknowledge that the patient is experiencing pain. There is nothing worse than treating a patient and not acknowledging that they are suffering. You should also consider their ability to tolerate certain levels of pain. Is the patient willing to participate or they wanting to be medicated on a daily bases. We should be cognitive that all patients have different levels and we must use a variety of pain relief measures to address their crisis. As a final note, do unto others as you would have them do unto you and give pain medication as needed. Read more…

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Cardiac Care

August 3rd, 2010

Cardiomyopathy can be rated as mild to severe.  Millions of people will be diagnosed with this condition at some point in their life.  Depending on the severity at the time of diagnosis, changes can be made to help the individual cope with this condition.  Cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart muscle weakens and the heart muscle enlarges.  If you are diagnosed with the more severe type, the only health treatment available is a heart transplant.  With the help of medications and other devices that can be implanted surgically to help the heart function better and adequately will provide you with a better outcome.

The symptoms of Cardiomyopathy may include shortness of breath with activity or at rest, swelling of the legs, ankles and feet, bloating of the abdomen related to fluid build up, fatigue, irregular heart beats or palpitations, dizziness, light-headedness or fainting.  If the Cardiomyopathy is left untreated the symptoms will get worse.  You should seek the advice of the physician when having any of the symptoms listed above.  Early intervention is crucial to keep the symptoms at bay.

Sometimes the cause of Cardiomyopathy may be unknown.  But there may be some contributing factors including hypertension for a long time, heart valve problems, tissue damage from a previous heart attack, diabetes, thyroid problems, alcohol abuse, abuse of cocaine, and viral infections can damage the heart leading to cardiomyopathy.  Cardiomyopathy can lead to sudden cardiac arrest, heart murmurs, blood clots, and heart failure.  There are a few tests that can be performed to diagnose Cardiomyopathy.  They are Chest X-ray, Ultrasound of the heart, EKG, and a heart catheterization.  A blood test can also help aid in the diagnosis.  The blood test is BNP.  If the values are very high it indicates Cardiomyopathy.

Once again, depending on the type of Cardiomyopathy you have been diagnosed with, also depends on the types of treatments and medications that are prescribed.  Medications may include Zestril, Cozaar, Coreg, Lopressor, Digoxin, and diuretics.  A Pace-maker may be another option for Cardiomyopathy.  The pace-maker will help with the contractility of the weakened heart muscle.  Other treatment options may include surgery.

Always consult with your primary care physician if you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms of Cardiomyopathy.  You may need to be evaluated by a cardiologist, who specializes in disorders of the heart.  Early diagnosis and treatment are highly encouraged to help the condition from progressively getting worse.  Cardiomyopathy can be manageable if caught early.

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ICU Infection

August 1st, 2010

Most of the patients that are admitted to the ICU may already have an infection.  Pneumonia, Urinary infection causing sepsis (sepsis), a wound that is infected, infection from a surgical site, etc.  There are many more that could be mentioned, as this was just a few.  As nurses and physicians, even the techs, x-ray techs, can help prevent the spread of infection.  The CDC, strongly recommends that hand-washing is the #1 way to prevent the spread of infection.

Let’s take a look at some of the organisms that can survive in extreme heat and cold.  C. difficult is one that is very common in ICU, and on the med/surgical floors.  Without proper techniques and practices, C.diff can survive on surfaces for months to years.  As health care professionals we have a responsibility to protect ourselves and our patients from contracting these diseases, especially when some of them come in with something else different.  For C.diff there is a special product recommended by the CDC that is required by hospitals to help eliminate the organism from the surfaces in the patient’s rooms.

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Hello world!

July 18th, 2010

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