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July 2012 - Posts

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The Power of Addiction
by Toni Patt
There is something I don't understand. Why is it that smokers are willing to be discharged against medical advice from a hospital if they aren't allowed to smoke? This morning I went to assess a woman following a TIA. She was more concerned with being Read More...
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Feeling Good About What You Do
by Toni Patt
Last weekend I had to change a VAC. The patient's husband was anxious that the wound wouldn't heal. Nursing had made several calls to the department requesting someone take a look at it since the husband wouldn't let them touch it. By the time I arrived, Read More...
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A Hostile Environment
by Toni Patt
I don't like my job very much right now. It was never my dream job, just a means to an end. The biggest attraction to me was the ability to leave work in time to ride my horses and do it whenever I want. The patients and other therapists I work with are Read More...
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A Dangerous Patient
by Toni Patt
Sooner or later, everyone comes in contact with a patient who swings at her, attempts to bite or scratch or spits. It goes with the territory, especially if you work with patients who have brain injury or Alzheimer's disease. We console ourselves with Read More...
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The Wonder of Wii
by Toni Patt
A new piece of equipment has found its way into our department, a Nintendo Wii. Up until last weekend I'd never even seen one, much less played with one. The literature is full of articles describing how to use the Wii therapeutically, particularly with Read More...
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