Last night, while I was watching the Phillies vs. Braves game, my 17 year old nephew called to ask for my help with an assignment for his English class. He was supposed to write a poem and use a metaphor to describe the topic of his poem. In his case it was rowing. He is . . . → Read More: Our healthcare system, a metaphor.
I believe in angels and in miracles. Many of my colleagues at Guardian Nurses do, too. While it may not be every day that we are offered proof, when we do—we recognize them and celebrate them.
Like the patient who told us how she had been noting a cut on her hand that over a . . . → Read More: Angels Do Exist and Miracles Do Happen
Under federal law, healthcare professionals are required to protect patient privacy. Known as the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA,) this mandate, among other things, spells out in great detail the do’s and don’t’s that doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, imaging facilities and many other healthcare providers have to follow in order to maintain patient confidentiality.
. . . → Read More: Patients’ Roles in Protecting Their Healthcare Information
Taking on the task of care giving can be challenging but rewarding. If you are an adult child who is the primary caregiver for an elderly parent, the best thing you can do is take care of yourself. If you don’t take care of yourself you can’t take care of others. Here are some more . . . → Read More: Caregiver Burnout: Preparation and Pitfalls
Many years ago, I worked night shift in a critical care unit. After giving patients their medications, completing my nursing assessment, and answering any questions, it was routine to ask “Would you like a back rub before you go to sleep?” If the patient consented, and many did, I would get some lotion, rub it . . . → Read More: Remember Back Rubs and Showers?
When most people think of needing vaccinations, they think of infants, toddlers, or people traveling abroad. But, if you’re a parent of teenage children, the beginning of the school year is a perfect time to review and if necessary, update your child’s immunization needs.
There are millions of children between the ages of 11 and . . . → Read More: Immunizations for Teenagers
Let’s face it. The more doctors you see, the more medical files you have. And the more scattered your medical records are, the higher your risk of drug errors, missed diagnoses, and other potentially dangerous glitches. The solution? Keep a set of your own personal health records at home. It just makes good sense.
We . . . → Read More: Create Your Own Personal Health Record
It can sometimes be an obstacle course for so called “able-bodied” people to get themselves packed and out of the house, let alone through airport security.
Traveling with electronic medical devices, implanted medical equipment, even artificial hips and knees can be even more of a challenge if you do not plan ahead.
As a general . . . → Read More: Traveling With Medical Devices and Equipment