The human head weighs about a dozen pounds. But as the neck bends forward and down, the weight on the cervical spine begins to increase. At a 15-degree angle, this weight is about 27 pounds, at 30 degrees it’s 40 pounds, at 45 degrees it’s 49 pounds, and at 60 degrees it’s 60 pounds. Read more
Up to four million undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States for at least five years can apply for a program that protects them from deportation and allows those with no criminal record to work legally in the country. Read more
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During the introduction for Sean Muldoon, MD the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Kindred Healthcare’s Hospital Division, the audience got a hint of the difficulty involved when it was noted that Muldoon was given the choice of solving world hunger or getting three key metrics measured the same way in all Kindred facilities. Solving world hunger, it was noted, would be the easier task.
NOTE: Mary's story is purely hypothetical and was crafted
specifically for 2014 Clinical Impact Symposium attendees to use as an
exercise in care transitions. Any resemblance to a person living or
deceased is coincidental.
Throughout the 2014 Kindred Clinical Impact Symposium: Clinical Excellence in the Care of the Stroke Patient Across the Continuum, participants were asked to consider the fictional case of Mary Marton, a 66-year-old woman who had been the primary caregiver for her debilitated husband, Jack, until she herself suffered a stroke. Participants broke into small groups yesterday to talk about some of the lessons learned through the care Mary received after a friend called 911 when she noted Mary’s speech was slurred and that she was having trouble picking things up off the table.
Within the main session room, four groups gathered to discuss Mary’s care transition story during the Wednesday breakout sessions at the 2014 Kindred Clinical Impact Symposium. Each group, consisting of around 14 to 18 participants, had a facilitator to help direct the discussion. The groups were made up of people from various disciplines from different types of facilities in different parts of the country.
In a break-out session at the 2014 Kindred Clinical Impact Symposium, Pam Duncan, PhD, PT, FAPTA, FAHA, Wake Forest Baptist Health, spoke to a small group attendees about the evolution she feels is necessary in the development and use of care assessment tools.
Every day, nurses and other healthcare workers tend to patients and their families, providing care, comfort, security and more. It is a stressful situation that can, over time, create compassion fatigue, resulting in marked physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual changes that increase in intensity. A team of three nurses and one researcher from Kindred Hospital Dayton wanted to conduct a study to understand the impact of compassion fatigue in their facility. The team included nurses Violet Littlejohn, Beth Hock, and Diane Mehling, and researcher DeAnne French.
There’s more to pureed food than pureed food, and meeting the nutritional needs of patients can range from complicated to downright dangerous. Peter Lam, RD, CFE, of Peter Lam Consulting in New Westminster, British Columbia, addressed the group of attendees at the2014 Kindred Clinical Impact Symposium to talk about how we can better understand patients’ nutritional needs and concerns, and more optimally meet those needs.
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