When Should You Consider Getting a Second Medical Opinion?

You’ve visited your doctor in search of answers to your most urgent medical issues. Now, your gut tells you that their response was off. Intuition holds far more value than many health care professionals will acknowledge, so it may be worth your while to seek a second opinion. Keep the following considerations in mind as you continue your hunt for answers: Your Symptoms Have Yet to Disappear If your symptoms persist even after you follow your doctor’s instructions, an incorrect diagnosis may be to blame. Don’t assume you need to continue living with pain or discomfort. A second opinion may…

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Doctors, Nurses, And Other Healthcare Workers: Could Their Pandemic Burnout Put Patients At Risk?

  Far too many healthcare professionals suffered burnout long before coronavirus entered the lexicon. Today, however, overwork is even more of a threat. While demands vary between departments and facilities, many doctors and nurses report considerable fatigue prompted by the pandemic. This represents a huge risk not only for medical workers, but also for the vulnerable patients they treat. The State of Burnout in Healthcare United States medical professionals entered the coronavirus pandemic with alarming rates of burnout. An article from the Harvard Medical School references the current situation as “stabbing a fresh wound.” Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers…

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Advocating for Yourself Or a Loved One If You Get the Coronavirus

While epidemiologists and politicians debate the best ways to address the pandemic on a societal level, individuals need guidance on how to handle personal emergencies. So much about the coronavirus situation is unclear, because of how fast the pandemic has spread and how little we know about the enemy. Guidance even from places like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) remains fluid—witness the current expert debate over when and where to wear protective masks. If you or someone you love does get sick, and you need medical attention, what can you do to make…

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How Often Do Doctors And Nurses Ignore Basic Safety Guidelines?

Today’s medical professionals undergo extensive training to prepare them for the complicated techniques and procedures that have become so common in the modern world of health care. Many, however, seem to have forgotten the basic safety protocol that have always been essential for maintaining a safe and hygienic environment. Patients are often shocked by the extent to which health care professionals neglect even the most elementary guidelines — and you’ll be as well, once you’ve seen the statistics outlined below. Hand-Washing It goes without saying that all health care workers — and really, anybody who enters a hospital or clinic…

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How the Graying of the Baby Boom Generation Will Strain Our Health Care Infrastructure

Millennials may be poised to overtake Baby Boomers in terms of population. Even as they age, however, the Boomers’ influence cannot be denied. This is unfortunately most true in terms of health care, with many Boomers beginning to suffer the chronic and acute health conditions that naturally accompany old age. The health care industry is poorly equipped to take on increases in Boomer visits — and the increase in the condition severity underlying such visits. Below, we highlight a few of the ways in which the graying of the Baby Boomer generation is already starting to strain the health care…

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How Virtual Reality Is Already Changing Health Care

New technologies such as 3D imaging and robot-assisted surgery have dramatically altered the health care industry in the last few years. Further changes are on the horizon, with some holding the potential to completely transform every aspect of the patient experience. Virtual reality, in particular, is poised to revolutionize how we interact with health care professionals. Below, we highlight a few of the areas in which VR is already making a difference: Promoting Relaxation Patient anxiety can have a decidedly negative impact on long-term outcomes, leaving many to avoid checkups and necessary hospital visits altogether. VR can provide considerable relief…

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How to Know Whether Your Hospital Is Great, Bad, or Somewhere In Between

United States hospitals vary dramatically in quality. Some maintain an exceptional standard of care, while others exhibit shocking negligence on a daily basis. Don’t assume that your hospital is the former. The following suggestions will help you determine whether you should continue with the status quo or find a new facility: Take Advantage of Hospital Ratings Numerous scales are available to help you determine how your hospital stacks up compared to other options. Each rating scale holds different criteria; examine several to get a well-rounded take on your hospital. Top options include: Leapfrog Medicare’s Hospital Compare Hospital Safety Grade Hospital…

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Doctors And Nurses Under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol: Part 2

Substance abuse is a shocking epidemic in the health care industry — and it places both patients and professionals at risk. In the previous blog from this two-part series, we examined the prevalence of drug and alcohol abuse among doctors and nurses. Now, we’ll take a closer look at how these substances impact vulnerable patients: Increased Risk of Surgical Errors Perhaps the scariest implications of substance abuse on the job involve surgery. This niche requires exceptional precision; even slight impairment could lead to devastating outcomes. While medical professionals have been known to successfully perform surgery under the influence (with some…

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Doctors And Nurses Under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol: Part 1

It’s no secret that rates of drug and alcohol abuse are alarmingly high among doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals. But while we typically think of health care workers as indulging in harmful coping mechanisms exclusively at home, these substances appear to have an increased presence in the workplace. Read on to discover just how prevalent substance abuse is in health care settings: Drug And Alcohol Issues Are Shockingly Common The stressful nature of health care work drives many professionals to seek solace in drugs or alcohol. Hence, the concerning results of a University of Washington study, which revealed that…

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How Patients Can Evaluate Different Hospitals

An alarming disparity exists among hospitals and other health care facilities in the United States. Some hospitals provide stellar care, while others see continued medical errors or may be breeding grounds for infection. Clearly, where you stay can have a huge impact on both your current symptoms and long-term health. If possible, you’ll want to assess local options while you feel healthy to ensure that you make the right decision in the event of a medical emergency. The following are a few of the many factors worth considering as you select the best possible location for treatment: Look at a…

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