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  • A Dangerous Display

    When one thinks of ushering in the Fourth of July, joyous visions of patriotic decorations, family gatherings, barbeques, and fireworks displays come to mind. Typically these visions do not include a trip to the local Emergency Room. But for thousands of people last year, the ER was as much a part of the holiday celebration as waving an American ...
  • Are Two Walkers Cheaper Than One?

    When I first arrived here in the United Kingdom, I had to re-learn lots of the logistics of things. I had to figure out how to provide my patients with things like walkers (called Zimmer Frames here and abbreviated as ZF in the notes). I found out the local council actually provides the DME, which ranges from sticks (canes) and Zimmer Frames to ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on May 25, 2010
  • Patient Choice

    I'm chatting with one of the managers of a hospice unit this week, who tells me the NHS is changing their attitude toward patients to being more like customers. To that end, they want to offer their ''service users'' greater choice regarding when they have their bath, physio and appointments. This sounds like a noble venture, but of course leave ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on May 12, 2010
  • Do You Promote Health Literacy?

    Do you suffer from medical mouth? It's a common condition that crops up in exam rooms and around clinician offices. Symptoms include chronic bouts of medical terminology and spontaneous reference to inaccessible research. Side effects include reduced verbal feedback and increased risk of patient disengagement. When speaking with patients, ...
  • The Power of the Bedside Commode

    At work I have a unique power. On the stroke unit I get to decide who can have a bedside commode (BSC) and in turn, who uses a bed pan. This isn't something unique to my situation. Because PTs are frequently the first to mobilize a patient they frequently make recommendations about safe transfers. Being involved in making this decision has made me ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on May 5, 2010
  • England's General Election

    The election will take place on May 6. What does that mean for the NHS? The London Times writes that it will mean dramatic cuts in service and possibly shuttering some hospitals: All of the major candidates for Prime Minister; Gordon Brown, Nick Clegg and David Cameron have ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on May 5, 2010
  • Does Laughter Trump Exercise?

    OK, so maybe you can't get chiseled pecs and washboard abs from a good laugh but recent findings indicate that laughter may boost one's appetite in the same way a workout does. Lee Berk, DrPH, MPH, a longtime researcher on the benefits of laughter, has found that laughing not only enhances a positive mood, but lowers stress hormones, increases ...
  • The Big Care Debate Part 2

    I just finished a paper for my master's in public health about the public health implications of an aging population. When Medicare and social security were introduced the life expectancy was only 67 years. People are now living 10 times beyond what was expected when these programs started. There is the problem. The elderly are draining the ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on April 28, 2010
  • The Healthcare Reform Question

    I've gotten a lot of questions from people asking how the new US healthcare reform bill relates to the NHS in the United Kingdom. I've just spent a fair amount of time looking over some of the points that take immediate to near immediate effect in the United States. In truth, there is no resemblance to the UK system at all. I've been trying to ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on April 7, 2010
  • Tuesday Tidbit - OT once again makes US News & World Report best careers in 2009

    Once again Occupational Therapy has made the top career list for 2009.  Yay us!!!   There is even mention of how Occupational Therapists are now being used as consultants for building developers.  We've come a long way baby!! The article reports that the majority of OT's work in hospitals and home health care companies and ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on March 2, 2010
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