Archive for February, 2012

BrightLife Direct

February 24, 2012

Compression socks can be purchased from BrightLife Direct. They have products for men and women. They come in knee high, thigh high, and waist high length. There are at least 14 brands. The compression levels range from 8 to 50 mmHg. They have lymphedema products, diabetic socks, They also have arthritis care products, maternity pantyhoses, T.E.D. hoses, travel socks, ulcer care stockings, foot care products, shoes, and sandals. And they have many types of accessories.

There is a Learning Center, a Blog Page, and a Wholesale Info site.

Proceeding to the Jobst page, there is Jobst Ultrasheer Compression Stockings, Jobst for Men Support Stockings, Jobst Opaque Compression Stockings, Jobst Relief Compression Stockings, Jobst Active Support Socks, Jobst Casual for Men, Jobst Casual for Women, Jobst Sensifoot Diabetic Socks, Jobst Armsleeves, Gloves and Gauntlets, and Jobst Ulcer Care System.

Clicking on the Jobst Sensifoot Diabetic Socks page, reveals mini-crew, crew, and knee length. There is white, black, brown, and navy. And it is unisex sizing. The fabric is padded at the foot. And the fabric is ribbed. The product is smooth and flat. And it is topped off by having an anti-microbial finish.

I am very impressed with this company, their website, and efforts.

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Lifescript, heathy living for women (review)

February 24, 2012

I reviewed women’s health within lifescript.com. This site loads quickly and is full of helpful information. The topics include health; diet & fitness; food; life; soul. One area that caught my attention is “Community.” I clicked on the latest comment, “Preventing a Hospital Infection and Other Mishaps.” The author name is given and the comment is reviewed by a medical doctor. I like what the author has written. And I like the fact that readers can make comments. What I do not like is the method of turning pages. We as readers have to click on the “next” link to turn the page. I prefer to be able to scroll down the pages.

I also reviewed women’s health centers within http://www.lifescript.com/health/centers.aspx. This sub-site deals with topics listed by alphabetical order. Each topic appears to have a video connected. I clicked on the Heart Attack link. The new page contains lots of helpful information. I clicked on the video link. It loads quickly and contain helpful facts.

Overall, I enjoyed reviewing the 2 sites with their respective sub-pages. There appears to be too much advertising on both sites. This advertising relates to the topics, but it is distracting from the main content.

Documentation

February 24, 2012

Documentation is critically important in obtaining any type of encounter in the ED, but yesterday I had the opportunity to apply what I have learned in the coursework to the fullest. My patient was a fifteen month old who was accompanied by her mother. The child was brought in for head injury. Her behavior was appropriate for a toddler, smiling and interacting with both mom, and me and very active. She was cooperative with the triage. Mom was concerned about the abrasion over her left eye and ecchymotic area under that eye which she stated had happened 2 days prior when the child had fallen off the couch and hit her head on the coffee table. She denied LOC, vomiting or lethargy and stated her activity level had been the usual state. On further exam, I noted a three cm ecchymotic area over the left sphenoid which could be consistent with the fall, but it troubled me that she also had ecchymosis lateral to the right eye, petechial contusions to the inner auricle of the right ear but none on the pinna and also noted pinpoint abrasions to the right occiput. This did not seem consistent with the story. I asked mom about these and she stated that “She is just learning to walk and falls a lot.” A fifteen month old is usually walking fairly well, and running unless developmentally delayed, which she seemed to be bright and happy, so this troubled me. However, since triage was busy and it is not the function of triage to document all findings but just identify them, I marked her as urgent and notated my suspicions of abuse due to the inconsistency. Later, when I got off triage, I took over this patient and got to interact with the police investigator and county child protective worker who had been called. The doctor felt that the findings were consistent with abuse and a report was filed with immediate action taken. I measured all the areas and took photographs and logged them as well as documenting all the individuals and actions we had taken. The child was CT’d which thankfully was negative. The mother had admitted that she had left the child alone with her significant other on a number of occasions. The investigator felt he had enough evidence to make an arrest. The child was released to the custody of the mother and her parents. This story had a happy outcome but I still feel troubled by it. How can a person abuse a sweet innocent toddler? How can the mother allow this? Aside from that, she was so benign about the whole matter and practically lied to me about it in triage. As a mother and patient advocate, this boils my blood. I fear for this child’s safety now and suspect will see more of her in the future. References Lynch, Virginia A. and Duval, Janet Barber. (2006). Forensic Nursing. St. Louis: Elsevier Mosby.

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CDC and Healthy Aging

February 24, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a very nice website. Their mottos are saving lives, protecting people, and saving money through prevention.

The CDC.gov has a subpage titled Healthy Aging. It is packed with information (too much for my seniors). I see Health Aging Topics with a dozen links to topics. I see Interactive Data Tools with its 3 links. There is a Listserv link. There is also contact information.

I am especially interested in subtopics related to senior citizens. I clicked on the “More” link for Enhancing Use of Clinical Preventive Services Among Older Adults: Closing the Gap. It took me to the CDC Features subpage. I see “Clinical Preventive Services for Older Adults.” From here, I see a link to “Injury, Violence, and Safety.” It is not very clear and user-friendly the way the sub-paging is laid out.

Now, I am at CDC Features and subpage Injury, Violence, and Safety. I realize this new page is a general page and not the older adults page. However, I see topics of interest such as Older Drivers (2 separate editions), Elder Abuse (2 separate editions), and Fall Risks for Older Adults.

Even with the CDC site being very large, it can still be made user-friendly, especially for the seniors.

Senior citizens may also be interested in Medicare Supplemental Insurance.

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TENS Units and Muscle Stimulators

February 7, 2012

Pain sufferers, this post is for you. The pain can be due to vehicle accidents, trauma, or disorders. When you have a prescription for a TENS Unit, Muscle Stimulator, and/or ultrasound unit, consider LGMedSupply. One unit that needs to be mentioned is their LG-TEC Dual Combo TENS Unit and Muscle Stimulator. It is a combination unit offering a reduction in equipment need. Increased muscle tone and muscle pain rehabilitation are offered in one machine.

When you visit LGMedSupply Online, you will notice they offer a 3-year warranty on all of their units. You will also notice that they offer free shipping with orders of $100 or more. They have a price match guarantee published on their website. Their HIPPA pledge is listed on their site.

Supplies and accessories can be obtained from LGMedSupply. Quick Start Guides, charts, and instructional videos are available online.

There is a link to their blog site.

There is also a link to view their website in Spanish. As of today, the link is not working properly. Try the link on another day or contact the company for assistance. All of their other links appear to be working without problems.

Bulk orders are welcomed. Partnership is made with chiropractors and physical therapists. Insurance reimbursement documentation assistance is provided.

Alzheimer’s disease

February 7, 2012

Patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease usually experience symptoms in their mid to late 60s. These symptoms usually include memory loss and confusion, developing to severe dementia. Because of their confusion, Alzheimer’s patients in nursing homes sometimes wander from their rooms or beds and fall and injure themselves, accidents that can sometimes be fatal.
Forensic nursing may be required in such situations. Nursing homes are accountable for the accidents that occur in their facilities. The extent of the Alzheimer’s disease in the patient sometimes needs to be determined for legal reasons. This is accomplished by examining the brain and the presence of neuritic plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. (Lehne, Richard A. Pharmacology for Nursing Care, 6th ed.)

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