Using Your Power as a Health Care Proxy to Protect Loved Ones

  When illness or injury make spouses, parents, or other loved ones unable to advocate for themselves, a key document allows you to step in: the health care proxy. This allows the person in question to appoint an agent to make key medical decisions. As the agent named in a health care proxy, you hold far more power than you might realize. This position gives you a huge say in how your loved one is treated while receiving medical care. This could be vital if you suspect that incompetence among doctors or nurses may be causing undue harm. Your abilities…

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COVID Burnout Among Health Care Workers: How It Puts You At Risk

Burnout has long been a huge source of concern throughout the health care profession. Long hours, stressful situations, and limited support leave doctors and nurses scrambling to keep their patients safe. Over time, this takes a toll, leaving health care workers not only physically exhausted, but also, susceptible to mental health problems. Unfortunately, burnout harms not only medical professionals, but also, the patients they treat. Stressed, tired, and preoccupied, health care workers may make mistakes during simple procedures that, under ordinary circumstances, would not cause problems. The following concerns are especially alarming: Charting Mistakes Nurses, PAs, and other health care…

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How to Keep Track of Doctor’s Notes and Prescriptions When You Feel Ill Or Overwhelmed

Doctor appointments can feel like a whirlwind even at the best of times. Now, add exhaustion or confusion in the midst of illness or injury. In such cases, it’s easy to see why keeping track of notes or prescriptions is such a struggle. While many clinics offer digital solutions, these sometimes are so difficult to navigate that they make matters even more confusing. Still, it’s crucial that you stay on top of your doctor’s notes, as even a small misstep could compromise your recovery. These suggestions should help: Ask For a Print-Out Many doctor’s offices are happy to provide print-outs…

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The Biggest Doctor-Related Safety Issues of 2021: Part II

  There’s finally light at the end of the tunnel, but even as we approach the end of the COVID pandemic, doctors and their patients face a variety of alarming risks. In our previous blog on 2021’s most significant safety concerns in health care, we detailed a few of the more obvious issues sparked by COVID. Now, we’ll delve into a few of the hidden, yet equally problematic matters that threaten today’s medical workers and patients alike: Staff Burnout After months of working long hours in stressful environments — and often while understaffed and under-equipped — health care professionals are…

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How Prevalent Are Psychological Issues Among Doctors And Nurses — And How Dangerous Are These For Patients?

  Today’s doctors, nurses, and other health care workers face a variety of stressors. Issues such as understaffing and overwork can exacerbate existing mental health concerns or even prompt the development of such problems where they might otherwise not exist. The following are among the most prevalent psychological issues in the health care industry: Depression Depression is rampant throughout the medical profession. A meta-analysis from JAMA reveals that over one-quarter of doctors experience depressive symptoms — rates three times as high as those among the general population. What’s more, one in ten medical students have contemplated suicide. Nurses are also…

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Surprising Dangers of Physical Rehab Centers

Physical rehab centers promise to promote long-term recovery, but research suggests that, for some patients, they may cause more harm than good. A 2016 report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealed that nearly one-third of patients staying in these centers suffered adverse events, often due to negligence. Nearly one-quarter of these patients were ultimately sent to acute care hospitals. Common issues cited in this report include: Medication Errors Nearly half of the rehab center incidents referenced in the 2016 HHS study involved medication errors. Mismanaged drugs included everything from blood thinners to narcotic painkillers. Errors can…

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Long-Haul COVID: What Is It and Why Should We Be Alarmed? Part II

  With up to ten percent of COVID patients impacted by a long-haul version of the disease, it’s clear that pandemic concerns won’t be immediately over once the vaccine is distributed. At this point, the general symptoms of long-haul COVID are understood, but not why it persists in some people or how long we can expect the lingering symptoms to continue. Experts have a few predictions, however, as we highlight below: The Hunt for a Cause Medical experts remain stumped as to what, exactly causes some people to continue experiencing COVID symptoms months after they’re initially diagnosed. Identifying potential long-haul…

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Long-Haul COVID: What Is It and Why Should We Be Alarmed? Part I

  Throughout the early days of the pandemic, we largely focused on the urgent issues brought about by the disease, and for good reason: the rates of infection, hospitalization, and death were staggering. Now, as we strive to vaccinate as many Americans as possible, the long-term consequences of COVID are beginning to cause a greater degree of alarm. Known as long-haul COVID, this issue strikes a significant share of patients, many of whom can expect to experience several months of suffering. This reminds us that the concerns of COVID go far beyond the death rate and could have dramatic impacts…

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Catalog of Different Types of Nurses: What Are Their Roles and Responsibilities?

How much do you know about the nurses at your local clinic or hospital? These medical professionals play a crucial role in helping you maintain the best possible health and wellbeing, and yet, you probably don’t know their titles or what they do on a daily basis. We dive into this essential information below: LPN Licensed practical nurses can work upon obtaining certificates, although some also graduate with two-year degrees such as the Associate of Applied Science. These nurses are typically responsible for recording vital signs, reviewing medical charts, and monitoring catheters. Perhaps most importantly, they provide an essential source…

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Where We Are With the COVID Vaccine in 2021 — And What to Expect Next: Part II

We are currently in the midst not only of a deadly pandemic, but also, history’s most ambitious vaccination campaign. In the first part of this series, we examined the latest developments with the vaccine’s rollout. Now, we’ll highlight expectations for when President-elect Joe Biden takes office — and whether his plan for the vaccine is realistic. Picking Up the Pace of Vaccination Under a New Biden Administration The future Biden administration has promised to vaccinate 100 million Americans within the first 100 days of taking office. Currently, however, key transition officials disagree about how and whether this objective can actually…

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