Friday, March 28, 2014

Amalgamated Houses, balcony railing

Mr. Zsebedics, the manager, showing the new railing.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Physicians fail to give patients a true picture of having an ICD

Here's a quote from the article

Trained observers faulted 18 of the 22 cardiologist-patient interviews because the cardiologists didn’t address, minimized, or outright denied quality of life issues and the long-term consequences of ICD therapy, including increased risks for anxiety and depression as well as for inappropriate shocks

Physician/patient communication on ICDs deemed problematic : Cardiology News

Thursday, February 27, 2014

NYS repeatedly fails nursing home patients

Suffolk Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing

Here is a quote from the news report on NBC NY
In recent years, New York state has steadily relaxed the number of penalties levied against long-term care facilities.
According to data compiled by the Long Term Care Community Coalition, the Health Department issued 142 enforcement actions against nursing homes in 2007. In 2011, the number was down to 81. Last year there were 27 enforcement actions against New York nursing homes totaling just over $217,000 in fines. Of those, the Suffolk Center was found responsible for just over $36,000.
The New York Health Department declined to share any reason for the drop in enforcement actions against nursing homes.
New York is also one of few states that have no law establishing a minimum number of assistants per nursing home resident. A bill in the New York legislature called the “Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act” sought to change that, but it stalled in committee last year.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Possible replacement for the Holter monitor

iRhythm ZIO patch

This patch is worn for two weeks on the chest and then sent back to the lab for analysis.  It records ones heart rhythm while you go about your daily routine.  Early testing indicates greater accuracy than the Holter monitor.  It would be nice if it does prove out.


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