Access your emergency medical identification via smartphone

As medical providers, we recognize the value and importance of emergency medical identification (EMI), especially for our patients who live with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, epilepsy, and severe allergies. Of particular concern are those who may require emergency care during a time when they are unable to communicate, but how often do we address this topic with our patients, and do they […]

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Finding A Reliable Repair Service: For Dealing with Home Foundation Repair

Foundation Wall repairWhen your home is starting to age, it might begin to develop foundation problems. If this occurs it can wreak havoc on your house as it starts to settle and shift. That is why if you need foundation repair Denver then you should call the Denver Foundation Pros. They will be there to give you a fair price in a reasonable amount of time.

No matter how careful you might be with one or another of your home appliances, the time will come when you will have mechanical or electrical problems with one or another of your appliances. As a consequence, it will be important for you to be prepared to obtain assistance should you ever be in the position of having to deal with a malfunctioning home appliance.

As you likely understand and appreciate, it can be complicated to find a reliable repair service to deal with a home appliance on the blink. There are some pointers that you should keep in mind as you search and seek a reliable service provider for your home appliance.

First of all, no matter how wonderful high tech communication is in the 21st century, when all is

aid and done, nothing really is as useful as word of mouth. By taking the time to talk to other men and women who have utilized a particular repair service you will be able to see exactly which service provider gets solid recommendations.

Second, many communities have independent organizations, such as the Better Business Bureau. These organizations provide independent evaluations of different businesses in a community. Additional, these types of organization track different complaints that have been lodged against a particular home appliance repair service.

Third, despite the value of word of mouth recommendations, the Internet is a valuable resource when it comes to seeking and finding a qualified home appliance repair service or provider. Many home appliance repair services now have an Internet presence. By accessing these websites, you can ascertain exactly what is available in regard to qualified, experience home appliance repair service providers in and around your own community.

Finally, if you have a respected retail outlet that specializes in home appliances, you might want to determine if one or another of these stores or shops can recommend a repair person for your own needs. Oftentimes these types of stores do have a listing of repair provider who they have confidence in and in whom they trust for repair and service work.

In the end, by doing your homework, you will be able to select and access a home appliance repair service provider that will best meet your particular needs. You will be able to have your appliance repaired by a capable repair provider at a cost that will not break the bank in the process.

This is what patient safety means to me

What does patient safety mean to you? I believe patients get the safest care when The patient is known as an individual. The health care team gives the patient their undivided attention. The team is well-supported with efficient workflows and organized, easily accessible information. The health professionals find joy in their work. By being “known” I mean, that the nurses […]

Are 3-D printing and the gamification of medicine good for patients?

3-D printing has been documented as an innovation that’s being rapidly deployed in the medical field.  Doctors and researchers have been creating intrinsically realistic models of organs, bones, appendages and sometimes, implanting them into patients.  In 2012, University of Michigan doctors implanted a splint to hold open a 3-month-old child’s airway tube.  They published their […]

It’s March 30th. Have you hugged your doctor?

I’m in a room full of doctors at my mom’s 50th medical school reunion when I announce, “It’s almost March 30th!” I pause. “Doesn’t anyone know what March 30th is?” Nobody has a clue. March 30th is National Doctors’ Day! Who knew? I never heard of it — until a friend told me last week. […]

Paul Kalanithi: A neurosurgeon leaves his mark on our hearts

At age 37, after a nearly 2-year battle with stage IV lung cancer, a talented neurosurgeon lost his battle. My oncology-related newsfeed is filled with stories this week about this brave and clever man’s recent passing. In a field where the recent tweets tout results of the latest clinical trials (overall survival prolonged from 2 […]

Do not talk or chew for 10 days

The other day some cardiologists on Twitter were discussing whether a patient should be blamed if a permanent pacemaker lead became displaced. The consensus seemed to be that it was probably poor placement (i.e., operator error), rather than patient behavior that caused leads to dislodge. Continue reading … Your patients are rating you online: How […]

Where does the doctor stop and computer begin? 

Where does doctor stop and computer begin? Who is in charge? Do we care? Are these silly, academic questions from some sci-fi future or is it an onrushing tomorrow? Consider: Ten years ago, the EMR recorded the date you or your nurse gave Sam his flu shot. Today, the EMR reminds you it is time to have your nurse […]

Digital natives: Implications on physician evaluation

I recently had an interesting conversation with several co-residents about how our health care system should evaluate physician performance. If nothing else, the discussion highlighted how challenging this issue has been for almost all medical specialties, including internal medicine, where the controversy has been punctuated by debates about maintenance of certification (MOC) and licensure. It […]

The obsession with numbers in medicine: It’s time to stop

Medicine is obsessed with numbers.  Or rather, journalists and medical administrators are.  Here are two related examples of how large a grain of salt one must put on numbers. Cardiac surgical procedures, like everything else in medicine, have quality indicators.  One of these is what we doctors call “30-day mortality.”  What this term means is […]

The last breath can be seen as a the passage into eternity

Eonia I Mnimi (Eternal Memory)  – Greek Orthodox Funeral Blessing “Have you ever seen anyone die before?” my cousin asked me, from across the bed. “Sure I have, plenty of times,” I answered. We were flanking her father, my uncle (really, my mother’s cousin, but extended Greek families are complicated; suffice it to say that our […]

3 myths and 3 truths about hospice

As I travel around speaking about preparing for peace at the end of life, I have found that there are three pervasive myths about hospice that might cause you to inadvertently rob yourself or your family of a peace-filled end-of-life experience. So, I am taking on the job of myth-buster to clear the air. Here […]

Surprise! When it comes to a vaginal hysterectomy, this insurance company gets it right.

The preferred route for a hysterectomy is vaginal. This means the entire surgery is done through the vagina with no incisions in the abdomen of any kind. The joke among surgeons is that it is a bit like taking a car apart through the muffler. While doing surgery entirely through the vagina may sound highly […]

Will cuts to Medicare Advantage reduce quality?

The feds are at it again. Medicare is in the cross hairs with an anticipated 0.9 percent cut to Medicare Advantage plan payments in 2016. The final decision is to be made on April 6 of this year. Medicare Advantage plans are an alternative to traditional Medicare. Traditional Medicare consists of Part A (hospital) and […]

Don’t forget to seek out the beauty in your life

One of the cornerstones of the practice of medicine is finding imperfection in things. When the doctor encounters the patient, the latter expects the former to find out what is “wrong.” In fact, I often see a patient and find nothing wrong, and when I voice this out loud the parents often ask, “Are you […]