Holidays in Hospitals
With the holiday season upon us, most people’s thoughts turn to spending time with loved ones celebrating at festive gatherings filled with food, family, and life-long traditions.  For those who will be spending some or all of the season in a hospital as a patient or worker, it can be a sad and lonely experience.  However, holidays in the hospital do not have to be a bad experience.  In fact, with the right attitude and a little planning, you can create a festive atmosphere for both your work family and your patients.  Let’s take a look at ways that you can make the best of your time working this holiday season.
The Role of Healthcare Professionals in Managing Diabetes
Each November, the American Diabetes Association sponsors a national effort to raise awareness and highlight treatment opportunities during American Diabetes Month® (ADM). Since 1940, the American Diabetes Association has led the mission to focus American’s on the impact and issues surrounding this chronic, debilitating disease. Today, nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States suffer from Diabetes with another 86 million already at risk of developing the disease.
Infection Prevention: The Role of Healthcare Professionals
In 1986, then-President Ronald Reagan designated the third week of October each year as International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW).  Since then, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has coordinated the effort to raise awareness about the important role that health care professionals play in preventing the spread of infectious diseases. 
Are Caregivers Ready for ICD-10?
On October 1, 2015, hospitals, physicians, and caregivers will be tasked with using a new system of documenting the condition and treatment of their patients. A recent study published by Porter Research found that 57% of survey respondents claim that they are NOT on track for the deadline.  At the same time, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is convinced that providers will be ready on October 1st. 
Is Better Sleep the Key to Patient Recovery?
If you or a loved one has ever spent time in a hospital, the chances are you know that getting quality sleep is not always one of the patient experiences.  Thankfully, recent studies are recommending that hospitals rethink their practices to allow their patients to get more quality sleep while under their care.
Healthy Aging for Healthcare Workers
As American workers hold off retirement and stay employed longer, their need to remain physically capable takes on even greater importance.  According to Department of Labor statistics, by 2050, more than 19.6 million American workers will be 65 years or older.  This number represents almost 19% of the total U.S. workforce.  For those in the healthcare industry, these statistics present even greater challenges in the near term.
Community Awareness of Vaccines
When we think about vaccinations, we typically think about the benefits to an individual. But the health of a community is reliant on the health of it members...
Nurses Role in Immunization Safety and Awareness
Recent surveys conclude that more than 74% of parents trust the immunization advice given to them by pediatric health care professionals.  Being on the front line of communication and care for the patient, nurses play a key role in providing that advice and helping guide parental decisions about their child’s vaccinations...
A New Conversation: Vaccines Change the World
True, the absence of disease in our society has made us complacent. Without a direct memory of these events it is difficult to put this medical marvel into context. What many of us fail to realize is that our experience is the exception and not the rule. In many areas of the world where vaccinations have not become “routine,” parents and children continue to fear the very diseases we have forgotten. In 2013, it was estimated that 145,000 people (mostly children younger than 5) died from measles, a disease that has been preventable for over a half a century.
World Hepatitis Day
The statistics from the Centers for Disease Control are staggering. More than 400 million people worldwide are infected with hepatitis, a virus that causes inflammation of the liver and contributes to more than 4,000 deaths each day.
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