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  • Here Come the Pollen Vortex

    Well, here it comes. Are you ready? This winter we heard the term ''polar vortex'' a lot, but now get ready for the ''pollen vortex.'' Grab the tissues because the worst winter in years may give birth to the worst allergy season in years, too.  Imagine you are a tree. All winter long, you sat there patiently, waiting to release all that ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on April 14, 2014
  • Measles Make a Return

    Now there is something ''old'' to look out for. A resurgence of measles is underway in California. Orange County officials are saying it is the worst outbreak in decades. The measles are very contagious, and usually start with a fever, cough, runny nose, and pink eye. It progresses to a rash and can lead to pneumonia, encephalitis, and brain ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on March 31, 2014
  • Burning Wood

    Well, old man winter just keeps hanging on here in Missouri. Like many Missourians, particularly the ones out where I live, I continue to cut wood almost daily to heat the house. Now the government wants to stop me from burning wood because of the health risks it brings. The Obama administration wants the 2.4 million homes that rely on wood heat ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on March 24, 2014
  • Is Your Stethoscope Contaminated?

     A recent study reminds us of the importance of cleaning our equipment. While healthcare has made a big push on cleaning hands, offering hand sanitizing gels in our hallways for workers and guests, insisting on routine hand washing between patients, and other preventative measures to reduce the transmission of germs, we often forget about the ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on March 10, 2014
  • Know the Facts About Smoking

    New studies are proving that banning smoking in areas such as public places, bars and industries can help people quit. Even those who ban smoking in their own homes can have a positive impact on helping people stop. While many bans have met with controversy, they do seem to work. Of course, the first ingredient for stopping smoking successfully ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on February 10, 2014
  • Will Ultrasound Replace Stethoscopes?

    A pair of prominent New York City cardiologists are now touting the use of ultrasound technology for bedside patient evaluation. They claim it will soon replace the stethoscope, a staple of medicine since its invention in 1816. Ultrasound, which came about in the 1950s, allows a practitioner to ''see'' the problem rather than depending on hearing ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on January 27, 2014
  • Medicare Respiratory Therapist Access Act

    This year, the AARC will start lobbying in earnest for House Resolution 2619; the Medicare Respiratory Therapist Access Act, known as HR 2619. It is a part of a long-term strategy to improve the presence of respiratory therapists on Capitol Hill and in a hospital, DME, or doctor's office near you.  I spoke with Sheryl West of the AARC about ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on January 13, 2014
  • Natural Aids to Quitting Smoking

    One of the more common New Year's resolutions is to stop smoking. Any time is a good time to quit. Some make it a pledge for the new year, while others take advantage of the Great American Smokeout. Others use birthdays, anniversaries,or other holidays. If your New Year's resolution was to be a quitter, you may be interested to know of some ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on January 6, 2014
  • Patients with Guns

    Recent events force us to focus on worker safety in hospitals, especially as it relates to shootings inside and outside the hospital building. Violence is not limited only to hospital workers, either. What about home health nurses? Whatabout therapists who go into homes in an effort to keep patients at home rather than in a rehab facility, CPAP ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on December 30, 2013
  • Do Problems with Pulse Ox Outweigh Benefits?

    Pulse oximetry has been called the ''fifth vital sign'' by some in health care. It is not. It is not vital nor is it a sign of anything other than you are too late. Rather than using more expensive four wave means of detecting hypoxemia, hospitals rely on pulse oximetry, using only two waves. The problems with pulse oximetry outweigh the benefits. ...
    Posted to In My Opinion (Weblog) on November 18, 2013
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