Aug 31, 2017
Opioids have become a true threat to patient wellbeing over the past two decades. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 183,000 people in the U.S. died from prescription opioid overdoses from 1999 to 2015. To make matters worse, 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on these drugs in 2014, and emergency departments currently treat over 1,000 people every day for misusing prescription opioids. America's opioid epidemic is a true national emergency, and many are wondering just how to affect real change while still treating patients.
Aug 28, 2017
Many health statistics often correlate to weight. Your weight can play a lot in your risk for issues like diabetes, heart conditions and other serious problems. In response, many people watch the scale and try to use dieting as a means to keep their weight in check. However, dieting, particularly fad dieting, might not be the best way to lose weight and could actually put you at greater risk.
Aug 24, 2017
Vaccines are modern medical marvels that have eliminated a number of deadly diseases over the years and help alleviate the symptoms of other illnesses. Despite these clear benefits, the anti-vaxxer movement and lack of awareness are leading to a widespread recurrence of diseases that were once dead, such as measles. According to WHO and UNICEF estimations, 1 in 10 infants worldwide didn't receive any vaccinations in 2016, leaving them vulnerable to fatal illnesses like diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. In addition, 6.6 million infants that did get a first dose of the DTP shot didn't complete the other two doses in the immunization series.
Aug 21, 2017
Having the right supplies at the right time is essential for any business, but it's particularly important for health care institutions. Imagine not having enough gloves, disposable needles or bandages - items that are necessary for routine doctor's visits as well as hospital care. As patient visits fluctuate in number and frequency, it's difficult to predict how much inventory is required at a given time, and supplies can often become expensive for busy health leaders.
Aug 17, 2017
Technological innovations have been integrated into healthcare operations to eliminate doctor pain points and provide better patient care. While technology has certainly improved certain aspects of medical work, it's also taking away face-to-face time between patients and their physicians. Doctors and other medical professionals must strike the right balance between managing their tech and facilitating quality patient interactions.
Aug 14, 2017
Getting the right care to the right person at the right time is critical for hospital operations. However, it's not always possible to treat patients quickly enough, particularly with fast-acting events like cardiac arrest and heart attacks. Fortunately, hospitals and first responders are adopting new techniques to improve response times and increase the potential for successful recovery.
Aug 10, 2017
Outbreaks can impact entire communities and kill large numbers of people if the right treatment methods aren't available. Whenever a disease becomes an epidemic, it's critical to act quickly to slow and stop its spread. However, events within a particular region might prevent people from receiving the care that they need. The worst cholera outbreak in years has emerged in Yemen, and organizations are struggling to send necessary medical supplies to meet rising demand.
Aug 07, 2017
When it comes to planning out your week, donating blood might not be a high item on the list. However, you could be saving a life just by spending a few minutes to give your blood. There's currently a blood donation shortage throughout the nation, and it's a big deal going forward, particularly for those who will need it most.
Aug 03, 2017
For years, medical journals, doctors and health enthusiasts have been releasing contradicting advice on how to take care of your body and overall wellbeing. This information makes it very confusing, leading many to follow yesterday's trends and other popular approaches. Let's take a look at some of the biggest "healthy habits" that aren't actually good for you.