Every time you eat, you’re rolling the germ dice. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 6 Americans contracts a foodborne illness annually; 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die. Pathogens from meat kill more people than those from any other food group. A CDC study found that between 1998 and 2008, contaminated meat was responsible for 29 percent of all deaths from foodborne illness (23 percent of deaths were from produce, 15 percent from dairy and eggs, and 6.4 percent from fish and shellfish).Read More »Which Cut of Meat Is Least Likely to Make You Sick?
1. The current 50-star American flag was designed by a 17-year-old as a school project in 1958. He got a B-.
2. There is enough water in Lake Superior to cover the entire landmass of North and South America in one foot of liquid.
3. Meanwhile, the US sells enough pizza every day to cover 100 acres.Read More »15 Astonishing Facts About America
As nurses, professional caregivers, and mediators we can all regale ourselves with accounts of family conflicts that seem to reach new heights as they unfold before us. We are amazed by what people say, at their behaviors in front of strangers, and to what levels they will go to hold fast to fiercely held beliefs and positions.Read More »Elder Mediation – New Role in Healthcare
The importance of medication management cannot be overstated, especially when it comes to caring for the elderly, who often take multiple medications simultaneously to treat different conditions and symptoms. In official terminology, this is called polypharmacy. While we’ve quickly become used to the idea of our aging parents taking more and more vitamins and pills each day, polypharmacy has a number of potential health hazards, including overmedication and dangerous drug interactions.Read More »12 Medication Management Tips That May Save Your Life
Your hospital status—whether you’re an inpatient or an outpatient—affects how much you pay for hospital services (like X-rays, drugs, and lab tests) and may also affect whether Medicare will cover care you get in a skilled nursing facility (SNF) following your hospital stay.Read More »Medicare – Inpatient vs Outpatient
Care coordination involves deliberately organizing patient care activities and sharing information among all of the participants concerned with a patient’s care to achieve safer and more effective care. This means that the patient’s needs and preferences are known ahead of time and communicated at the right time to the right people, and that this information is used to provide safe, appropriate, and effective care to the patient.
Care coordination in the primary care practice involves deliberately organizing patient care activities and sharing information among all of the participants concerned with a patient’s care to achieve safer and more effective care.Read More »Care Coordination
You don’t want to start your caregiver journey in a hospital. This is sort of like taking your first tennis lesson at Wimbledon. Unfortunately, though, this is often where it starts — you begin in a lovely state of denial about your parent’s frailty.Read More »3 Power Moves to Keep Your Parents Out of the Hospital