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  • Do You Speak IT? (Part 2)

    Today, we continue with our discussion of commonly misused terms in healthcare information technology (IT). The recent and rapid development of this technology, as well as the evolving applications of these same terms, opens up the possibility of misinterpreted use. It’s important to ensure that we are all on “the same page” when using these ...
    Posted to CRI Lab Quality Advisor (Weblog) on January 11, 2016
  • Attack of the Ads

    By Tamer Abouras   There are numerous wonderful things about how information is produced in the digital age. Entire publications which once required dozens of people under one roof to put together can now be written, edited and adorned with art and illustration by a completely remote, distributed workforce. For writers and editors, ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on January 8, 2016
  • Anti-Vax Ammo

    By Tamer Abouras The annual debate over flu vaccines is a quixotic one. Whatever founded or unfounded skepticism people have about their governments, it seems that only those most inclined to believe in conspiracy theories see something as benign as a flu shot to be a legitimate cause for pause. Yet in spite of numerous, thorough published ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on November 25, 2015
  • Why Mesothelioma is Often Missed by Doctors

    Mesothelioma.us, a free online resource devoted to helping people with mesothelioma and their loved ones, has just posted a new study that says the symptoms of the deadly disease often slip by doctors.As the new article on http://mesothelioma.us/ notes, mesothelioma typically takes a very long time to incubate in the body before any symptoms will ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views (Weblog) on July 9, 2015
  • Healthy Choices

    A recent study in Population Health Management shows a link between unhealthy eating and lower work productivity. Sleep deprivation and smoking are also linked to hits on productivity. According to the study those between 30 and 39 were most susceptible, while those 60 and over were least. The CDC points out that a workplace health program has ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on June 15, 2015
  • Pulse Oximetry Tests for CCHD

    All babies in the U.S. have a newborn blood screen. Newborn screens are run by each state.  All states test for sickle cell, metabolic, endocrine disorders and nearly all screen for cystic fibrosis (CF).  Other states may choose to test for more disease processes in the newborn blood screens. Early diagnosis allows parents ...
  • Share the Facts About Flu Vaccines

    I have the privilege of visiting assisted living facilities (ALFs) on a regular basis to speak with the residents on topics of interest to them. Recently, I have been addressing residents on the importance of getting the flu shot each year.  I am a bit dismayed to know that many elders who reside in ALFs flatly refuse vaccination. ...
    Posted to An RT Paradigm Shift (Weblog) on December 8, 2014
  • Get Back to Basics: Ebola and Other Things

    It is extremely important to get back to basics in whatever we do. This simple edict is so often ignored because- well, because it is so basic. We tend to go for the complicated and glitzy. I thought about this truism when the CDC issued its new more rigorous guidelines this past Monday. There is nothing really complicated about the ...
  • Eat Breakfast, Work Smarter

    We employed a temp doctor who loved terrible breakfasts. During rounds we would stop by the dictation room to update her on cultures and other issues, and she listened while inhaling a fast food breakfast sausage muffin egg and cheese thing wrapped in a baby space blanket. I can smell it as I write about it. Lab techs aren’t any better, ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on February 5, 2014
  • Is Your Hospital Secure?

    The recent tragedy in Connecticut has spurred debate on topics related to public safety, which is good. Our most vulnerable citizens need protection. This includes children, the elderly and infirm, and patients in hospitals. That list includes healthcare workers, too. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on December 21, 2012
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