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    Good Bedside Manners Make a Difference

    Good Bedside Manners Make a Difference
    With health care employers increasingly measuring patient satisfaction levels and rewarding their employees for providing high-quality customer service, health professionals are realizing a good bedside manner is more important than ever. Good bedside manners not only improve interactions with patients, but also advance health professionals' careers. Evidence suggests those who have strong relationships with their patients are less likely to get ...
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    Streamline Your Plans on the Job

    Not meeting deadlines can spiral into project or career failure. Yet deadlines are one of the most vexing pieces of the time-management puzzle. But there are ways to manage your deadlines, according to Jeffrey and Laurie Ford, coauthors of Deadline Busting. h4. Five Deadline-Busting Tips h4. 1. Create and Maintain a Due List of All Deadlines: Write down any promised result, ...
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    End-of-Life

    NIH Fact Sheet: End-of-Life Thirty Years Ago: • In the past, death typically occurred over a short period of time from illness or injury. • Often times, death occurred at home, and family members served as caregivers. • Issues surrounding end-of-life experiences were poorly understood and little studied. • Improvements in medical technology were beginning to prolong life in many life-threatening ...
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    Heart Disease And Medication

    Sometimes, medications may be needed to help prevent or control coronary heart disease (CHD) and so reduce the risk of a first or repeat heart attack. But, if medications are needed, lifestyle changes still must be undertaken. If prescribed, take medications as directed by your health care provider. Drugs used to treat CHD include: -Aspirin – Aspirin helps to lower the ...
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    Prader-Willi Syndrome

    Prader-Willi Syndrome
    h4. What is Prader-Willi syndrome? Prader-Willi syndrome is a complex genetic condition that affects many parts of the body. In infancy, this condition is characterized by weak muscle tone (hypotonia), feeding difficulties, poor growth, and delayed development. Beginning in childhood, affected individuals develop an insatiable appetite and chronic overeating (hyperphagia). As a result, most experience rapid weight gain leading to obesity. ...
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    Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD)

    h4. What is vCJD? Both vCJD and BSE are relatively new forms of a family of diseases, known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), that have been recognised for hundreds of years. They are called "spongiform" because, under a microscope, the affected brain tissue looks like a sponge. TSEs can affect both people and animals and share common characteristics. All of them ...
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    Developing a Self Care Support Strategy

    Developing a Self Care Support Strategy
    h4. Key actions When developing a self care support strategy for your area, the following should be considered: # Involve patients and the public through new and established mechanisms - any strategy needs to be based on their requirements and preferences. # Assess the self care information and support networks which already exist within your health economy. Are there any gaps ...
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    Sexual Orientation: Core Training Considerations

    h4. Is There An Ideal Model For Training? It is hard to say that there is one model of training that should be applied in all agency contexts. Health and social care agencies have different structures and cultures, are different sizes, fulfill different functions and belong to both the voluntary/private and statutory sectors. A one size fits all would not be ...
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    Overview of Nursing Practice Models

    For purposes of this paper, the term “nursing practice model” refers to operational models for redesigning nursing practice for the provision of patient care in organizational settings, primarily hospitals and longterm care facilities. Though the models may be implemented organization-wide, they typically redesign nursing practice at the point of patient care delivery, that is, at the nursing unit level. Thus the ...
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    Phototherapy

    In phototherapy skin is exposed to an ultraviolet (UV) light source for a set amount of time to treat certain skin conditions. Ultraviolet lights are rays of light from the sun that are not visible. Phototherapy uses a man-made source of ultraviolet light for your treatment. h4. Types of Phototherapy _Broad band UVB_ – Effective light therapy treatment using UVB light ...
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    Endocrine System

    The endocrine system, along with the nervous system, functions in the regulation of body activities. The nervous system acts through electrical impulses and neurotransmitters to cause muscle contraction and glandular secretion. The effect is of short duration, measured in seconds, and localized. The endocrine system acts through chemical messengers called hormones that influence growth, development, and metabolic activities. The action of ...
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    Autonomic Nervous System

    The autonomic nervous system is a visceral efferent system, which means it sends motor impulses to the visceral organs. It functions automatically and continuously, without conscious effort, to innervate smooth muscle, cardiac muscle, and glands. It is concerned with heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and other visceral activities that work together to maintain homeostasis. The autonomic nervous system ...
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    Dehydration

    Dehydration means your body does not have as much water and fluids as it should. Dehydration can be caused by losing too much fluid, not drinking enough water or fluids, or both. Vomiting and diarrhea are common causes. Infants and children are more susceptible to dehydration than adults because of their smaller body weights and higher turnover of water and electrolytes. ...
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    Vital Signs: Overview and Effect of Aging Changes

    Vital Signs: Overview and Effect of Aging Changes
    Vital signs show an individual is alive. They include heart beat, breathing rate, temperature, and blood pressure. These signs may be watched, measured, and monitored to check an individual's level of physical functioning. Normal vital signs change with age, sex, weight, exercise tolerance, and condition. Normal ranges for the average healthy adult vital signs are: Temperature: 97.8 - 99.1 degrees Fahrenheit ...
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    Error Prevention in Surgical Settings

    Error Prevention in Surgical Settings
    In describing the "central law of improvement," one health care improvement expert tells health care clinicians that "every system is perfectly designed to achieve the results it achieves." Complex systems, such as health care, appear to be more prone to errors than others. In aviation, a primary focus on safety has led to systems that are designed to minimize the risk ...
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    Stevens-Johnsons Syndrome

    Stevens-Johnsons Syndrome
    Stevens-Johnsons Syndrome, or Erythema multiforme, is a skin disorder resulting from an allergic reaction. h4. Causes, Incidence, and Risk Factors Erythema multiforme is a type of hypersensitivity (allergic) reaction that occurs in response to medications, infections, or illness. Medications associated with erythema multiforme include sulfonamides, penicillins, barbiturates, and phenytoin. Associated infections include herpes simplex and mycoplasma infections. The exact cause is ...
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    Patient Advocacy: Barriers and Facilitators

    Patient Advocacy: Barriers and Facilitators
    h4. Background The role of patient advocacy is not new for nurses. Historically, patient advocacy has been a moral obligation for nurses. During recent years, nursing literature has been focused on the advocacy role and nursing professions has adopted the term 'patient advocacy' to denote an ideal of the practice. Nurses assume that they have an ethical obligation to advocate for ...
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    Understanding the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care

    Understanding the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
    _The document below pertains specifically to Georgia state law, but it can be used by all health care professionals to better understand Durable Power of Attorney practices in all states_ h4. What Is a Durable Power of Attorney For Health Care? A Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (DPOA-HC) is a document or paper that allows us to designate or ...
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    Advance Directives: Living Wills and Healthcare Proxies

    Advance Directives: Living Wills and Healthcare Proxies
    _Advance directives_ are oral and written instructions about future medical care should your parent become unable to make decisions (for example, unconscious or too ill to communicate). Each State regulates the use of advance directives differently. A _living will_ is one type of advance directive. It takes effect when the patient is terminally ill. Advance directives are not set in stone. ...
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    Schizophrenia: Overview and Symptoms

    Schizophrenia: Overview and Symptoms
    Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder that has been recognized throughout recorded history . It affects about 1 percent of Americans. People with schizophrenia may hear voices other people don't hear or they may believe that others are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting to harm them. These experiences are terrifying and can cause fearfulness, withdrawal, ...
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