Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve certainly heard that this flu season is one of the worst in recent history. With widespread cases of influenza in virtually every state, all at the same time, health care providers everywhere are fighting to stay on top of the heavy patient load they are facing with this epidemic. This creates a stressful situation for both physicians, nurses, support staff, and patients.
So how do you handle such a challenging flu season? While you likely can’t avoid feeling the strain, there are some things that you can do to help protect your patients and yourself from further spreading illness. Continue reading “Handling a Challenging Flu Season”
Superbugs have been causing issues, claiming the lives of patients, and perplexing physicians for years. These antibiotic-resistant invisible monsters can create a dangerous situation within a clinical or hospital setting in a very short period of time. It can be extremely difficult to eliminate the contamination from these superbugs in a reasonable time, particularly when you need to flip a patient room and prepare to treat another individual. Continue reading “New Tech: UV LightStrike Robots Eliminate Superbugs”
Suicide is a subject that isn’t the most comfortable to discuss, but it is critically important to raise awareness. Medical professionals, especially, should take the time during Suicide Prevention Month to do a bit of self-education on the warning signs and take time to assess the mental health of themselves, their patients, and those around them. Continue reading “September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month”
As a healthcare provider, you are tasked with the care of those who come to you. Without question, you care for the rich, the poor, the old, the young, and everyone in between. You use your knowledge and skills to help build a better, healthier community. But what about those community members who do not have the resources or time to visit a medical office? Many of those in less privileged communities do not have easy access to primary care providers or transportation to get them an office location. The health and mortality rate of those in underserved areas is often in very dire circumstances. Continue reading “How Mobile Healthcare Can Strengthen Our Communities”
For all you Amazon Warrior Women raised in single-sex isolation, this statement may shock you (everyone else, not so much): men can be awfully stubborn.
Whether out of pride, laziness, or some misplaced sense of machismo, many men don’t like to ask for help, preferring to appear fully in control of their own destiny. Because it’s ingrained practically from birth by media stereotypes (the Judd Apatow Manchild, the Slovenly Sitcom Dad, the Gran Torino Grandpa, etc.), emboldened by romanticized images of athletes “playing through the pain,” and further entrenched by too many real-life role models, this attitude can be difficult to overcome. It can be kind of endearing when the stakes are low – sure, Joe, you decided to spend 16 hours trimming the lawn with a pair of scissors because you read online that it keeps weeds away, not because you didn’t want to admit you don’t know how to start the lawnmower. Sure. But it can literally be deadly when applied to one of the most common bugaboos of modern manhood – going to the doctor. Continue reading “A Men’s Health Month Wake-Up Call”
Working as a medical professional often requires long hours with few breaks and not a lot of time to sit down and have a healthy meal during a shift. You worry far more about the nutrition and eating habits of your patients or students over your own. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that you should put on your own oxygen mask before you help someone else and your own needs fall by the wayside. Continue reading “5 Tips for Healthier Eating During National Nutrition Month”