It's the time of snow and ice, trees and tinsel, naughty and nice. Yes, the holiday season has arrived, and with it, a unique set of accidents and hospital visits. The most recent revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) was recently released by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The updated lists holds more than 14,000 codes, 16,000 with optional sub-classifications, of diseases, symptoms, complaints and external causes of injury or disease. But we have narrowed this down to the top ten potential codes that our clinicians may need to know during the holiday and winter months.
Obesity is redrawing the common imagery of old age: The slight
nursing home resident is giving way to the obese senior, hampered by diabetes,
disability and other weight-related ailments. Read
The government on Monday urged primary-care physicians who
prescribe opioids for pain relief to rein in their use of the drugs, proposing
new guidelines that call for a more conservative approach than the one that has
led to a crippling epidemic of addiction to the powerful narcotics. Read
When it comes to helping seniors age in their own home, an in-home assessment from a physician or nurse practitioner goes a long way.
Health care is expected to add more jobs than any other sector through 2024, including at least 394,900 hospital jobs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected today.
Matt Maloney was shoveling snow when he started experiencing chest pains. With a family history of coronary artery disease, his primary care physician sent him in for a stress test. Matt was diagnosed with sudden Myocardial Infarction and was rushed into surgery for emergency coronary bypass grafting. During that procedure, he developed pulmonary edema, an excess of fluid in the lungs.
Matt had developed acute respiratory distress syndrome, and now required prolonged mechanical ventilation and a tracheostomy. When he left the ICU, he was transferred to Kindred Hospital Heritage Valley where he could be successfully weaned from the ventilator while also monitoring his kidney dialysis.
After Ashley came home from her freshman year in college, she
made a trip to the doctor. A high cortisol level led to more testing, which led
to the discovery of a tumor on her pituitary gland. This was found to be the
cause of her high cortisol levels, and she was officially diagnosed with
Cushing’s disease. Ashley soon went in for surgery to remove the tumor, which
was successful, but with a cost.
During the surgery, a blood clot formed that eventually made its
way to her lungs. She developed respiratory failure, sepsis, and pneumonia
along with ARDS, a severe inflammation of the lungs, according to Sarmad
Ashfaq, MD, of Kindred Hospital Heritage Valley, where Ashley was transferred
to after surgery for long-term acute care.
Josephine is originally from the East Coast. She and her
husband moved to California where they raised their son, who gave them two
grandchildren to share their love. Josephine was a very successful registered nurse
and became the director over a large nursing agency covering Los Angeles and
Prior to being admitted to Kindred Hospital Brea, Josephine
lived in an assisted living facility with her husband. Sadly, her husband passed but Josephine still
lovingly refers to him as being her “biggest supporter”.
After a hospital stay, patients may just want to put the
experience behind them. The last thing they want to do is come back. Read
The AAMI Foundation has released a free compendium designed
to help hospitals and health care organizations meet The Joint Commission’s
National Patient Safety Goal on clinical alarms. Read
Jeanine Hess is an 86 year old woman who was referred by her Primary Care Physician to Gentiva Home Health due to generalized decline in lower extremity strength and functional mobility. She was evaluated by physical therapy and was placed in our 'Safe Strides' balance program.
She was also evaluated by occupational therapy. During the evaluation, Jeanine disclosed that she missed her dog terribly. Her family had taken the dog out of her apartment as they felt that Jeanine was at a risk of falling. Each morning Jeanine would take her dog outside to do it's 'business' and was often rushing to accomplish this task.
Many primary care practitioners will be a little poorer next year because of the expiration of a health law program that has been paying them a 10 percent bonus for caring for Medicare patients.
A panel of health experts is calling for sweeping changes to the way infectious disease threats are managed, saying a bungled response by the World Health Organization and others to the West African Ebola epidemic exposed dangerous vulnerabilities.
Pete Gregg woke up to his wife, Johna Gregg, 23, screaming. Once he turned on the light, it became apparent she was having a grand mal seizure. The first hospital the Greggs visited claimed Johna was having an anxiety attack due to a mental breakdown and transferred Johna to a mental hospital. Upon arrival at the mental facility, the medical professionals realized there was indeed more to her story, and Johna was once again transferred - this time 80 miles away from home.
Johna's health had deteriorated, and by the time she arrived at Ruby Memorial she was in a coma. After another treacherous grand mal seizure, she coded and was intubated. When Johna was diagnosed with Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, Pete became worried he may lose her and was saddened by the moments his wife was missing at home, like their son's first steps. Johna woke up from her coma after two months and was transferred to Kindred Hospital Pittsburgh, 150 miles away from home, to continue her recovery.
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