Nursing Home Use Of Antipsychotics: A Boston Globe Series

I want to thank the Boston Globe writers, Kay Lasar and Matt Carroll, for doing the series on the use of anti-psychotic medications to treat Alzheimer’s disease  and persons without a mental illness called “A Rampant Prescription, A Hidden Peril.”  I applaud them for their research and investigation into the over use of these drugs in…

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What Is An E-Patient?

This post is written by Erica Moss, who is the community manager for the Masters in Nursing online program at Georgetown University, offering one of the nation’s leading nurse practitioner programs. Outside of work, she’s a dog lover who enjoys photography and meeting new people. The Internet is changing almost every aspect of our lives.…

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Why I Disagree With Dr Murray Feingold’s Medical Minute of April 2

I was listening to the WBZ 1030 Boston radio and the medical minute came on.  Dr Murray Feingold was doing a piece called “Understanding Your Doctor.” http://boston.cbslocal.com/medical-minutes/#.  Usually I like his segments but I was surprised and annoyed by his comments. In this minute, he discussed a study that examined communication between a doctor and patient.…

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The Man Who Mistook His Catheter Bag For A Phone

This was a  spouse/caregiver’s call to me for help.  “He is trying to use his bag as a phone.” I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.  The caregiver was unhinged, scared and confused.  What had happened to make these sudden changes?  What happened was, my client had a minor procedure for back pain that…

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Being Safe At The Emergency Room

I spent part of the other night with a client and his wife at the local ER.  His primary care doctor had sent him there after hours.  My client’s wife and caregiver had thought she could handle it herself but on the follow up call, she was in distress.  My client was having a difficult…

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Patient Safety: Speaking Up

Here’s a scenario everyone dreads when a loved one is in the hospital.  A family member, let’s call Joe, is admitted to the hospital for a routine/elective surgery like a knee replacement.  The surgeon has explained possible problems that can occur during surgery and the consent form is signed.  Joe has been asked his name…

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Let’s Make Medical Technology Real for the iPatient/Consumer

I read a great article about the use of technology by hospitals and how it can help consumers. http://careandcost.com/2012/03/07/technology-aetna-itriage-and-the-future-of-medicine/ I have been interested in this area since 1995 when I was working in a rural health clinic in New Mexico.  At that time, the University of New Mexico was developing a video hook up system…

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Patient Advocate Roundtable

Once a month, I do a radio on the Internet at  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/healthcare-whisperer-/2012/02/23/patient-advocates-roundtable-talking-about-the-issues I like to have guests each week, who can offer personal experience and tips on the best way to navigate the health care system.  I had a great show with woman who was going through breast cancer treatment.  Another show was the journey of…

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Travel and Eats: Hints for Airline Travel in a Wheelchair

Linda Winkler Garvin is a guest blogger .  This article is great information for anyone wheelchair bound traveling by air. Having assisted my parents with their airport travel, I frequently came across a few issues from ordering a wheelchair in the airport, to going through security, which taught me to be as prepared as possible…

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