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November 2011 Blog Posts (3)

We Are Ruining Our Children’s Future Health

Our children (and grandchildren) are the future and we are responsible for their growth and development. As responsible parties, we are clearly failing. 

That is my interpretation of the report issued a few days ago by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey on seven criteria known to the associate with ideal cardiovascular health. They are defined, briefly, as 1) a diet with…

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Added by Stephen C Schimpff on November 21, 2011 at 4:15pm — No Comments

Frailty – Common In Older Ages But Is It Preventable?

Americans are aging – fast. And that means more chronic illnesses like arthritis, heart failure and cancer. It also means more falls, more osteoporotic fractures, poorer hearing and vision and myriad other problems we equate with aging. It also means some older folks become “frail,” irrespective of chronologic age.

 

You know a person is frail when you see him or her – instinctively you will think a person is “frail” if they are “skinny,” weak, tired, inactive and slow. But…

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Added by Stephen C Schimpff on November 18, 2011 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Kudos for Electronic Medication Ordering But Problems with Electronic Physician Documentation

I toured a major medical center recently to get a look at the robots in the pharmacy and to understand how the electronic medical record worked there. I was particularly interested in the new robot that made up “injectables,” the fluid bags filled with medications to be given intravenously, such as antibiotics. There was also a robot that selects pills and tablets based on bar code technology. A third robot actually delivers the medication to the individual nursing units, a little “R2D2.”…

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Added by Stephen C Schimpff on November 1, 2011 at 11:20am — No Comments

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