Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Winter Swimming: What’s So Good About It?



People would stare at you like you were crazy if you even gave the slightest suggestion of swimming in the cold winter months. Think about how winter swimming would be like when water takes heat from the body 30 times faster than air! Could it even be possible or would the person just end up with hypothermia? 
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

What to Expect After Laser Spine Surgery



Having laser spine surgery is a major decision, and doing a lot of research is highly recommended before you go through the surgery. Besides learning everything you can about the food and medication to take or avoid before the procedure, you also need to prepare yourself for the aftermath. What comes after the surgery and how soon will you be able to return to normal schedule? 
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Friday, April 25, 2014

Anesthesia Billing Consultants Provide Needed Service For Practices

Carla Being Given Anesthesia
Carla Being Given Anesthesia (Photo credit: ReSurge International)
I had a chance to speak with the owner of a new business that opened in Tampa Florida recently, Executive Anesthesia Solutions. I found the approach to this business very interesting as they go beyond simply acting as a consultant to the billing department, rather taking on a much larger consulting role within the business.. Jason Trudell, whom I spoke with explained that their approach was to bring some of the concepts of supply chain and logistics to performance management in the health care field. As with most industries tightening their belts the last decade, the world of medicine has made a substantial push to improve efficiencies and reduce waste. Anesthesia, of course, is no different.

With years of experience both in anesthesia and the general business environment, Trudell's team brings a unique skillset to the table and helps clients provide strategies rarely seen in the world of medicine.

EAS works with anesthesia groups to help valuate their group to the organization, surgeons and patients on procedures ranging from billing to within the operating room. Ultimately, they aim to quantify performance on a number of fronts, and develop strategies for ongoing measurement and improvement on a variety of measurables such as room starts, staffing, preoperative clearance, and others. Measuring and managing inefficiencies in the process leads to reduces costs and a better patient experience.

To learn more about how EAS aims to serve physicians, check out this link: http://executiveanesthesiasolutions.com/anesthesia-providers-physicians

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Sleeping Tips That Will Improve Your Spine



More and more people are experiencing back problems, especially in sports. Football is just beginning to see steps being taken to prevent increasing numbers of injuries. Concussions are extremely common and can cause serious effects on the spine as well. Penalties are being imposed on the field for inappropriate tackling, helmets are being redesigned, and more care is being provided after a player is injured. Nevertheless, back pain may be a result of this constant contact or other normal activities. To help a person relieve this problem, Michigan Spine Center recommends some posture and sleeping tips to follow that will help improve the spine.
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Workouts You Can Do at Your Desk at Work



We already know that sitting all day is bad for our health. However, if our job entails working in front of the computer from 9 to 5, we just can’t help a sedentary lifestyle. According to a study by epidemiologist Steven Blair at the University of South Carolina, men with more than 23 hours a week of sedentary activity are more prone to the risk of dying from heart disease than those with less than 11 hours a week of sedentary activity.
Other serious conditions that result from sitting all day are obesity, back pain, leg cramps, and tense muscles. In order to avoid these, why not try out some exercises that you can do while at work?
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Options For Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery In Michigan

X-ray of spine after scoliosis surgery - anter...

Minimally invasive spine surgery has been used for 30 years now. In the past five years advancements in technology have allowed for expanded use of this type of surgery on a growing number of disorders. Historically, spine surgery has been a very comprehensive procedure that required large incisions, dissecting of muscles and tissue and extremely long recovery times. Much like minimally invasive procedures that have been performed on joints for many years, the recovery time from a minimally invasive procedure, along with substantially less noticeable scarring.

Some procedures that can now be done with minimally invasive surgery include herniated discs, compression fractures of vertebrae, spinal infections, certain types of scoliosis and spinal instability. As mentioned, this list continues to grow as the technology allows.

In Michigan there are several good options for an MIS procedure. Here are a few locations that perform them:

  • Lansing Neurosurgery – Don’t let the name fool you, LN is one of the most respected surgery locations in Michigan and has a staff with extensive experience in minimally invasive surgery for spine and head trauma.
  • The Ann Arbor Spine Center – If you’re in the southeast corner of the state, this is one of the leading options for cervical spine, lumbar spine, scoliosis and spinal fusion procedures.
  • Spectrum Health Medical Group in Grand Rapids – For people on the west side of the state, few places offer an array of minimally invasive spinal surgery options as Spectrum. Follow the link to see the complete list.


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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Grouchy Nurses? They're Out There.

You know everyone has worked with one. One of those I hate my job, I hate these patients and heaven forbid if you ask them a question. Not to mention all around stuck up bitchy to coworkers or even patients.. I really try to get along with everyone I work with. In fact I don’t mind working with any of my coworkers regardless of what shift they are on. There is one young nurse who has been an ER nurse for 3 years and she is a really hard worker. She can run rings around everyone and usually bales me out if I am in a bind. BUT she has a tendency to belittle her other coworkers and get smart with the patients. To the point it embarrasses the hell out of me if I am in the patients room with her.

When I first started as a new RN I was afraid to ask her questions (I felt like a CNA in training) because she always made me feel stupid or awkward. I mean I am 10 yrs. older than her first off and second she always made me feel like my questions were really stupid. So I have learned not to ask her any questions and save my questions for the season nurses that don’t eat their “young” . I would like to confront her about her way of talking to the patients. She shrugs it off like “I was just joking with them.” When I want to shout at her “hey idiot this is a freaking ER. This is not the time to joke around” I have even had a patient complain to me about her causing me to apologize and try to play it like she is having a “rough” day. Even though she spends every moment of the day bitching about how she hates this job and blah blah blah. I still love my job.

Now when we get to the new facility I will probably change my mind. Since we will be poorly staffed. But she is young and I hate to generalize but at least in this area young people don’t want to work. They want it all handed to them. GRRR. I had to work my ass to get where I am today. I paid for my own college, my own car and when I was growing up I had to buy my own 1st TV. Now the kids get it all. You wouldn’t believe the nurses that I went to school with that the parents were footing the bill. They were the ones out partying and talking through class. I wanted to choke the crap out of them. But anyway…back to this nurse. I like working with her because she does work. Just wish her attitude would change. Bad attitude can become contagious.

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