• Returning to the WHY - Clinical Symposium Impact 2016

    By Maggie Cunningham

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    Glenda Mack, Divisional Vice President of Clinical Operations for Kindred Hospital Rehabilitative Services, introduced Christa Dempsey, Chief Nursing Officer of Press Ganey.

    Dempsey began by asking the audience to remember why they began working in the medical field. "We didn't get into this business for the money or the hours," said Dempsey. "We need to get back to WHY we all got into this business in the beginning."

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  • Dr. Ed Covington is the former director of the Cleveland Clinic Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program and his career has largely centered on understanding and treating pain. He is quick to note that there is no "one right way" to treat pain, but emphasizes that "success comes only from addressing the whole person."

    At the beginning of his presentation, he asked one question: "Why talk about pain?" It turns out the simple answer is because it needs to be talked about. We don't know enough and some of what we believe, or have been taught, is simply wrong. 

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  • Know Pain, Know Gain - Clinical Impact Symposium 2016

    By Margaret Schmidt

    The University of Kentucky's College of Health Sciences presented this morning to kick off day two of Kindred's Clinical Impact Symposium. "How do we keep patients progressing at the expected rate, and what gets in the way of that?" asked Art Nitz, PhD, PT, ECS, OCS. How do we keep pain from getting in the way of that?

    Pain, and sometimes our very best efforts, have unintended consequences. We have a shared responsibility to develop approaches that are more efficient, more accessible, more effective and do no harm. He began by discussing how the understanding and articulation of pain also has changed over time.


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  • lorraine and ralph 2 coverPresentation by Scott Strassels, PharmD, PhD. A clinical pharmacist with Optum Hospice Pharmacy Services, a partner of Kindred  

    Medications, while prescribed to promote healing and symptom relief, often have unintended effects that can hinder care goals. All clinicians must be able to recognize medication-related problems and reach out to pharmacists as necessary.

    In Scott's presentation, he sought to help the audience understand the roles of pharmacists in pain and palliative practice and understand how analgesics are chosen based on type and severity of pain.

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  • Case Study: Kindred Hospital Sahara

    By Maggie Cunningham

    posterprescis1At the 2015 Clinical Impact Symposium, many case studies were examined through poster presentations. Lisa Orsino is a registered nurse at Kindred Hospital Sahara in Las Vegas. Her case study on a traumatic brain injury patient stood out to us because of the joined efforts of so many different levels of care.

    John, a 33 year-old gentleman, was injured in a motor vehicle accident that left him with severe brain injuries and multiple fractures and wounds. Upon arrival at Kindred, John was not responsive and was both physically and chemically restrained. However, within only a month, his care was progressing so well that he was able to be de-cannulated. 

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  • The Centers for Disease Control reports that "every 20 minutes an older adult dies from a fall in the U.S."

    Combine that eye-opening statistic with the reality of an aging U.S. population and the fact that the rate of falls increases with age and it's clear why the 2015 Kindred Clinical Impact Symposium is focused squarely on fall prevention.

    Speaker Leslie Allison, PT, PhD, an associate professor at Winston-Salem State University, says one of her friends, a geriatrician, calls the upcoming anticipated surge of falls the Silver Tsunami.

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