Whether a patient is seen in a large teaching hospital, small community hospital or prison system, an infected appendix has the potential to be a major abdominal issue, with increased risk of litigation against an emergency physician[1]. Appendicitis is hard to diagnose in that there is not one presenting symptom or finding on physical exam. [...]

By | April 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Preventable nursing injuries- are they really preventable

Nursing has been known to be one of the most dangerous professions, related to the increased incidence of occupational injuries and illnesses. . The primary reason for these injuries- the lifting and transferring of patients. The numbers speak for themselves, with 52% of nurses complaining of chronic back pain, with a lifetime prevalence of 80%[1]. [...]

By | April 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Do you understand the staffing issues in Assisted Living Facilities? 

Assisted Living Facilities (ALF) have become a popular solution for housing for older adults. The goal of ALF’s is to provide support to their residents, while allowing them to maintain their independence and autonomy. Many residents require assistance with activities of daily living (ADL’s) as well as medication management. In order to assist residents with [...]

By | April 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Joint commission and national patient safety goals

Do you know what the National Patient Safety Goals are and how they might affect patient care? The Joint Commission (JC), originally called the called “Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations” is a health care industry-credentialing agency. In turn, the accreditation and certification of a health care organization is a symbol of a hospital’s [...]

By | April 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments