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  • Your Social Media Career

    Merriam Webster defines career as “a job or profession that someone does for a long time,” a traditional definition related to one’s vocation or life’s work. But the website Dictionary.com adds a more general “a person’s progress or general course of action through life or through a phase of life,” e.g. soldier, student, etc. Your social media ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on January 2, 2015
  • Fraud in the Respiratory Profession

    It recently came to my attention that a respiratory equipment representative was trying to convince some respiratory therapists that patients who required noninvasive ventilation could be put on a ventilator in bi-level mode, and the therapists could use the higher-paying billing code for a ventilator instead of the lower-paying billing code for a ...
    Posted to An RT Paradigm Shift (Weblog) on December 31, 2014
  • Microhematuria

    Hematuria, or blood in the urine, is distinct from microhematuria. The latter isn’t visible to the naked eye and is detected under the microscope. (The prefix micro is from the Greek mikros, meaning “small.”) It isn’t unusual in urinalysis to see a clear urine with microscopic red cells. Microhematuria may be detected on the dipstick either as ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on December 15, 2014
  • Soon an Entire Lab on a Chip?

    Bigger is not always better, it turns out. It seems our appliances, gadgets and instruments are getting smaller; or at least coming in smaller versions, even as they have more capability. I was watching an old crime movie this past weekend and burst out laughing when a detective pulled out a cell phone the size and shape of a brick. ...
  • A Simple Piece of String Can Enhance Your Life

    Living longer. Many individuals are often attempting to find some fountain of youth that can enhance their lives. Commercials and advertisements abound with supposed remedies that will increase one's life. Yet, a very simple technique that dentists have been advocating for years can be an important enhancement for one's longevity. Research has ...
    Posted to Gerotalk (Weblog) on December 8, 2014
  • Do Disclaimers Add Value?

    Our tendency to comment results with disclaimers is strong. Examples: Reporting pathogens in a urine culture with many skin flora and adding “possible contamination” Reporting a potassium on a hemolyzed sample and adding “hemolysis may increase results” Reporting a WBC differential and adding “fibrin strands seen on peripheral ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on November 12, 2014
  • Smartphone Infections

    Do you remember other kids eating dirt when you were young? It was commonplace to make mud pies, jump in puddles, and put tadpoles in pockets. We all played outside in dirt and grime, bit fingernails, ate baloney and cheese sandwiches without hand washing, drank from the garden hose, and played on the floor in retail stores. It never occurred ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on November 7, 2014
  • Finding the Problem: Avoiding the Misguided Search

    One of the buzzwords in long-term care is looking for the ''root-cause'' for various problems that arise. Many of these ''root-cause'' searches are often based on resident care. Others are often facility-based, especially related to financial information, staffing, and general supplies and facility maintenance. However, many of ...
    Posted to Gerotalk (Weblog) on October 30, 2014
  • Can Jellyfish Hold the Secret to the Fountain of Youth?

    The fountain of youth and eternal life has been something that has been sought and spoken about for a number of years. We still often hear the term, ''anti-aging'' used in reference to various types of supplements that are frequently advertised, as if using these supposed products will reverse aging or prevent any further aging in the ...
    Posted to Gerotalk (Weblog) on October 22, 2014
  • Researchers Prove the Role and Value of Simulation in Nursing Education

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) released in August 2014 the findings of its research, ''The NCSBN National Simulation Study: A Longitudinal, Randomized, Controlled Study Replacing Clinical Hours with Simulation in Pre-licensure Nursing Education.'' The core finding: When nursing educators substitute high-quality ...
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