Health Care Industry
Four Easy Steps to Prepare for the Joint Commission
Joint Commission surveys are daunting, but you can be well prepared by following this simple guide.
2021 News About The Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine
This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information here for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition.
Should I Rely on Direct-to-Consumer Genomic Testing or Ask My Doctor?
DIY DNA kits can be fun and sometimes informative. But should you hinge your life decisions on the results of these kits? Can and should you rely on positive or negative health results without confirmation?
How to File Blue Cross Blue Shield Overseas Medical Claims
If you live outside the United States, it is necessary to file overseas medical claims with an insurance company. This article explains what is needed and how to file Blue Cross Blue Shield overseas medical claims.
What Is a Medical “Never Event”?
Also called “sentinel” events, a never event is described as any occurrence “in a healthcare setting resulting in death or serious physical or psychological injury to a patient or patients, not related to the natural course of the patient’s illness.”
Is Acetaminophen the Same as Tylenol?
Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol. It is also an active ingredient in many other over-the-counter and prescription medications. Understanding how to take it can prevent you from accidentally taking too much, which in some cases can be fatal.
True Struggles of a Frontliner Amid the Pandemic COVID-19
Doctors, nurses, health workers, military personnel, and other frontliners are considered heroes as they continue to work and battle amid the pandemic COVID-19. While people are advised to stay at their homes during the lockdown. Our brave frontliners continue to work to serve the people.
How Price Transparency Can Reduce Your Healthcare Costs
The United States healthcare system is facing a rapid rise in expenditure. Furthering costs are increasing insurance premiums and deductibles. Consumer spending on high deductible health plans have increased by $2 million from the previous year alone.
Rebates, Transparency, Drug List Prices, Pharmacy Benefit Managers. Is the U.S. Healthcare System Corrupted?
The rising costs of prescription drugs has been controversial and led to two Senate Hearings of this year that called major pharmaceutical executives and pharmacy benefit managers to explain the reason for these rising prescription drug prices.
Medications That Cause Hair Loss
Five percent of the currently existing drugs can cause hair loss in one way or the other. This type of hair loss usually involves scalp hair only. Anticancer drugs, blood thinners, oral contraceptives, and drugs for gout are common culprits while there are many others in the list.
How to Write a Letter of Complaint to a Medical Professional
By the end of this article, you should have an understanding of what a letter of complaint is, what it can achieve, who can complain, and how to go about raising a complaint.
Make Appointments to See Your Doctors Early in the Morning Instead of Later in the Day
There are several reasons you should ask for a doctor's appointment early in the morning instead of late in the afternoon.
How to Stay out of the Emergency Room When Using Medical Marijuana
Two recent articles described a rise in cannabis related ER visits in Colorado. This paper describes some serious side effects of cannabis use: anxiety and cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome and gives suggestions on how to avoid them.
Can Medicines Be Taken With Milk
Some antibiotics such as tetracyclines can react with calcium present in the milk and other dairy products to form insoluble complexes that are poorly absorbed and have reduced antibacterial effects. This article includes a list of medicines that interact with milk and how to avoid this.
Tissue Test: Biopsy Fundamentals and How to Prepare for One
A biopsy is also known as a human tissue test. Simply put, a sample of your body’s tissue will be taken for tests and close examination. Just the sound of that can be a bit alarming. Your doctor is going to remove living tissues from your body after all and that sounds something really serious.
Top Medical Innovations for 2019
There are numerous advancement for patients due to new technology. This article explains pharmacogenomic testing, RNA technology, heart valve replacements and new cancer treatments. The treatment for acute strokes and hemorragic strokes is also explained. Artificial intelligence has made advances.
Medical Quackery: To Ban or to Adapt?
Medical Quackery is an overpromotion of anything in the field of health and wellness. Learn how to recognize quack doctors, victims of quacks, the potential effects of medical quackery, and assess if quackery should be banned or adapted.
Alcohol's Effect on Drug Metabolism in Active Women and Sedentary Men
This article investigates how drug metabolism is affected by alcohol in an active, weight-proportionate woman versus a sedentary, overweight man using current, scientific references.
A Review of Bariatric Surgery Procedures to Induce Weight Loss
Bariatric surgery is an effective method to lose weight and reduce comorbidities. Gastric bypass, gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, and biliopancreatic duodenal switch are the common types.
13 Things You Need to Know Before Your Next Doctor's Appointment
Did you ever leave the doctor's office more confused than you came in or just not so sure what to do next? Let's make sure it doesn't happen again.
Salbutamol Effects in Asthma and Parkinson’s Disease Risk
Salbutamol (also known as albuterol and Ventolin) is used in rescue inhalers for asthma. Research suggests that it might reduce the risk of Parkinson's disease.
More Things Every ER Patient Should Know: The Pain Edition
Being truthful about your pain will help you feel better faster.
Helpful Questions to Determine Legal CPT Base Rate Codes for Ambulance Billing
Emergency versus non-emergency, as well as ALS versus BLS, are two important questions to consider when evaluating which ambulance base rate should be filed with your ambulance claim.
My Roller Coaster Ride Through Weight Loss Surgery
After years of dieting and yo-yo weight loss, I decided that surgery was the way to go. Being a nurse, I researched to find the procedure with the fewest side effects. I've had four surgeries since 2011.
Blood Oxygenation in Newborns: More Complicated Than You Think
A look at the problems with collecting accurate pulse oximetry readings in newborns. This is for nurses or anyone else interested in the technical aspects of infant care.
Spinal Headache After a Spinal Tap – Watch Out for These Symptoms
Spinal taps can make diagnoses that save lives, but they can have painful side effects. Watch out for these signs that you might be suffering from a post-dural headache.
My Experience With Accutane for Acne: The Female Perspective
In this article, I will discuss my experience with Accutane, including how to combat side effects and tips on Accutane-friendly makeup and products.
7 Things to Know Before Becoming a Clinical Research Participant
Thinking about taking part in a research study? Here are the top 7 things you should know before agreeing to become a participant.
Confusing Medicare Components and Options Explained
I'll give you a clear understanding of Medicare's parts A, B, C and D; and the optional Medigap supplemental plans.
Malignant Hyperthermia: A Danger of General Anesthesia
Malignant hyperthermia is an uncommon skeletal muscle disorder affecting people undergoing general anesthesia during surgeries. This article covers its diagnosis, pathophysiology, and management.
7 Characteristics of a Good Doctor and How to Find One
What qualities should you look for in a good doctor? How can you find a good medical provider?