Post-COVID Stress And Burnout Among Health Care Workers: How Does it Put Patients at Risk?


During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, burnout was at an all-time high among health care professionals. This was abundantly clear in the survey “Coping with COVID,” which revealed that 61 percent of health care workers feared transmission. Alarmingly, over one in three of respondents also claimed to suffer anxiety or depression, while 43 percent noted an excessive workload. This wave of post-COVID stress is sure to have real implications on the quality of care delivered. Still, the work environment within medical facilities looks a bit different these days than it did one year ago. Equipment shortages are less common…

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The Gender Gap in Medical Trials: What to Know


When you examine medical research — or place your trust in health care providers who delve into this research on your behalf — you trust that experts have taken every step necessary to control for variables that might affect the results. Unfortunately, while many studies are trustworthy, some researchers neglect to account for factors that can have a huge impact on outcomes. This, in turn, may affect the health of countless patients. Often, those who bear the brunt of the damage are female, thanks to an enduring gender gap in medical trials. Researchers from the University of Chicago and the…

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Transferring Hospitals? How Information Can Get Lost And Lead to Injuries


When you arrive at the hospital for treatment, you assume that you’ll stay there until you’re sent home. In reality, however, it’s common to visit multiple hospitals in succession or eventually transition to a rehab setting. Though often necessary, transferring hospitals can be a tricky process to navigate. Hospital transfers can be cumbersome not only from a physical standpoint, but also, because medical data must change hands on several occasions. Each transfer holds an opportunity for lost information at a time in which you may be unable to properly advocate for yourself. The following are among the most noteworthy risks…

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April 24, 2021 – Annual Drug Take Back Day


National Drug Take Back Day is this Saturday, April 24th from 10AM-2PM. As we have discussed in previous blog posts, participation in the annual National Drug Take-Back Day is the best way to get rid of your expired or unused prescription medications in a safe and effective way. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) stated reason for Take Back Day is to “provide opportunity to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.” Abused prescription drugs are considered both crucial public safety and public health issues. Listed below are local “National Drug Take Back Day” participating locations and addresses: Fairfax County, Virginia: Fair Oaks District…

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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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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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October 24, 2020 Is National Drug Take Back Day


  National Drug Take Back Day is this Saturday, October 24th from 10AM-2PM.  Do you have expired or unused prescription medications around your house? Participation in the annual National Drug Take-Back Day is the best way to get rid of them in a safe and effective way. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) stated reason for Take Back Day is to “provide opportunity to prevent drug addition and overdose deaths.” Abused prescription drugs are considered both crucial public safety and public health issues. Listed below are local “National Drug Take Back Day” participating locations and addresses: Fairfax County, Virginia: Fair Oaks…

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Dangerous Practices at Chain Pharmacies Could Increase the Risk of Medication Error


Medication errors are unfortunate, potentially deadly incidents that affect over a million Americans annually. Medication errors are a subset of preventable medical errors, the estimated third leading cause of death in America. At pharmacies, medication errors most often occur when an incorrect medication or incorrect strength is given to a patient that does not align with their doctor’s prescription. Quickly misreading a prescription or medication label causes many of the medication errors that occur at pharmacies. Medication errors can occur at many levels within the prescription system (prescribing, transcribing, dispensing, administration, and monitoring) and pharmacists are one of the last…

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Tracking Your Loved One’s Prescriptions And Ailments When They Can No Longer Do So Themselves


Multiple diagnoses and treatment plans make it difficult for even the most clear-headed and responsible individuals to handle suggested medications and other interventions. Add disorganization or mental incapacity to the mix, and you have a recipe for disaster. As caretaker, managing symptoms and prescriptions may prove your greatest contribution to your loved one’s health and wellbeing. While this burden may initially seem overwhelming, a few small tweaks can make all the difference, as highlighted below: Take Advantage of Smartphone Tools A variety of medication and symptom management apps can make your life easier. These allow you to track when and…

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How to Protect Yourself And Your Family From Dangerous Pharmacy Mistakes & Omissions


Prescription drug use is on the rise, with Mayo Clinic data revealing that over 70 percent of Americans currently take at least one prescribed drug. If you’re among today’s prescription-reliant majority, you likely receive strict instructions from your doctor regarding when and under what circumstances you can take your daily medications. Unfortunately, your efforts to remain safe could easily be compromised, as research from the Journal of Pharmacology suggests that issues at the pharmacy are responsible for 21 percent of medication errors. The prevalence of drug dispensing issues calls for increased vigilance. A few simple precautions could make all the…

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