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Delays in Veterans Seeking and Receiving Medical Care

Veterans represent less than 10% of the population, but this key demographic group has a higher burden of illness compared to civilians and accounts for approximately 20.4 million people in the United States.1,2 Veterans not only represent a unique subset of the population in regard to their specific health care needs, but they also differ [...]

By | February 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Considering the Calendar: Does the day of the week a procedure is performed on influence surgical outcomes?

Every individual who needs an operation wants to be assured that it will be performed in the best and safest conditions possible. So for those electing to undergo a surgical procedure, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration. Many people are aware that different procedures present with various levels of risk and [...]

By | February 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Workplace Bullying in the Nursing Profession

Workplace bullying is one of the most common work-related psychological problems in any work environment, and the adverse consequences of bullying may have a more significant impact compared all other work-related stressors combined.1 The effects of perceived workplace bullying in nurses can have significant impacts on nurse, patient, and health organization outcomes including: psychological and [...]

By | January 31st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Preventing Surgical Site Infections

Surgical site infections (SSIs) are currently the most common cause of healthcare-associated infections, and cost our healthcare system approximately $10 billion annually. Infection following surgery also doubles a patient’s likelihood for hospitalization and death.1Fortunately, the incidence of surgical site infections has been gradually decreasing in recent years, but there is still plenty of room still [...]

By | January 23rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Efficiently Read Medical Chart Notes

Discerning what particular information is relevant and important in medical chart notes can be a time-consuming and difficult process, especially for individuals who are not accustomed to reading documentation specific to health care. Nevertheless, reading chart notes is often a necessary component of developing a legal case. Two out of the three most frequent allegations [...]

By | January 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Risks Associated with Weight Cycling

The start of the New Year signifies trying to uphold health-related New Year’s Resolutions for many Americans. According to a recent survey, the top 3 New Year’s Resolution categories for 2019 include: dieting or eating healthier, exercising more, and losing weight.1Unfortunately these resolutions, as well as the means to achieving such resolutions, are frequently not [...]

By | January 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Patient Non-Disclosure: Withholding Information from Health Providers

History taking and communication between patient and clinician are vital, fundamental aspects of a successful episode of health care. According to multiple studies conducted in a variety of health care settings, physicians were able to correctly identify the diagnosis for 75-85% of patient encounters based solely on the history portion of the examination.1,2Skilled clinicians should [...]

By | January 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Combating the CTE Crisis: Concussion Protocols

In the last blog post, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) was introduced as a devastating neurological disorder associated with repeated traumatic brain injuries in football players. The previous post also explored a number of scientific advancements including new helmet technology, as well as the ongoing development of a vaccine to potentially prevent the rate of onset [...]

By | December 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Combating the CTE Crisis – Scientific Advancements

As professional and collegiate football programs begin to prepare for bowl games and the playoffs, many of us will watch at least one football game during this holiday season. The high level of physicality inherent in football is easily apparent to viewers while watching this sport. However, most spectators do not realize the repetitive brain [...]

By | December 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Longer Work Hours May be linked to Higher Incidence of Chronic Disease in Women

In 2016 Ohio State University conducted a study to determine if there was a relationship between serious diseases and hours worked over a 32-year timeframe.  Self-reported data was collected from 12,000 American participants aged 40-50 years through interviews, which provided the researchers with self-reported information regarding health status, chronic conditions, and the average hours worked [...]

By | December 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments