Black Friday Shopping Tips

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Thanksgiving is a time to get together with friends & families to enjoy a wonderful feast and express gratitude for what we are thankful for. But after that wonderful meal, it’s time for Black Friday shopping. Black Friday is usually the day after Thanksgiving, but over the past couple of years, Black Friday starts as early as 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Here is a list of tips to remember before shopping on Black Friday. Make a shopping list ahead of time. Prepare a list of items that you plan on purchasing. You can also visit the store you plan to go to ahead of time. By visiting beforehand, you can take notes on which aisle the item is located at. Thus when shopping on Black Friday, you will be able to grab your item quickly and check-out before the lines gets longer. Do not buy more than what you can carry. If you plan to buy a lot, bring a friend or family member. Walking to and from your car. Make sure you are aware of …

Three Tips to Reduce Stress at Work

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    What is stress? “Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When you feel threatened, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, which rouse the body for emergency action.” Also, stress can lead to a wide range of illnesses such as heart disease, asthma, obesity, diabetes, headaches, depression, and many more. To combat stress, here are three tips to improve your health and well-being at work. Move Frequently If you’re sitting for a long period, get up and take a short walk during break. According to WebMD.com, walking reduces stress hormones and mild depression. Drink Herbal Tea In fact, herbal tea have been used for centuries as natural remedies. Due to its medicinal properties, it’s good for your health and can calm the nerves. Rather than drinking coffee to boost your energy for the rest of the day, drinking Teas such as Mint, Chamomile, Ginseng, Skullcap, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, etc. helps bring the stress hormones back to normal levels. Ingesting high levels of caffeine, such …

Fall Health Tips

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September 22 is the first day of Fall, which means descending leaves, corn mazes, hay rides, and delicious pumpkin pie. But with the cold winter air approaching, it is also a time to fall into health care habits to prevent yourself from getting ill and stay healthy. Here are some health tips and essentials for the fall. Get Your Flu Shot September is the start of flu season, and it is best to get vaccinated each year to prevent the flu. Some symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, dry cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, and nausea. Remember to always cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Carry Travel Tissues Travel tissues are handy when you’re out of the house especially if you or a friend needs to blow their nose. Coughing and sneezing into tissues are ways to help prevent illness from spreading to others. Hand Sanitizers Keeping hand sanitizers in your bag or purse is handy when traveling, especially when you don’t have access to soap and water. Having clean hands will reduce germs …

Hospital Medicare Payments tied to Quality and Patient Satisfaction

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Medicare has two payment incentive programs for hospitals. Value Based Purchasing gives bonuses and penalties to hospitals based on clinical process factors (45% weight), patient experience/satisfaction (30% weight), and outcomes (25%).  Another program penalizes hospitals when the number of patients readmitted within a month are excessive. Both programs are in their second year. Hospitals could gain up to 1.25 percent in payments or lose as much as 3.25 percent from the two programs combined. To assess patient care and satisfaction, a survey called the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) is used.  The survey is administered to a sample of adult patients between 48 hours and six weeks after discharge.  All short-term, acute care, and non-specialty hospitals are invited to participate in the HCAHPS Survey. Over 4,000 hospitals participate in HCAHPS. The goal is to get at least 300 completed patient surveys from each hospital each year. Patient Experience encompasses eight important aspects of hospital quality: 1. Communication with Nurses 2. Communication with Doctors 3. Responsiveness of Hospital Staff 4. Pain Management 5. …

FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE

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Florence Nightingale was a famous nurse and icon who was also known as the “Lady with the Lamp.” She was given this name by British soldiers she treated in the Crimean War in their fight against Russia for control of the Ottoman Empire.  Florence was asked by the British Secretary of State in 1854 to organize a corps of nurses to tend to the sick and fallen soldiers.  Florence assembled a team of 34 nurses and sailed with them to Crimea where she found injured soldiers in horrid conditions in the British base hospital.  The hospital sat on top of a large cesspool which contaminated the water and the hospital building.  Nightingale quickly went to work.  She procured hundreds of scrub brushes and got the least infirm patients to help clean the hospital floor to ceiling.  Nightingale spent nearly every waking minute caring for soldiers.  In the evenings, she moved through her rounds in the dark hallways carrying a lamp.  Her work reduced the hospital’s death rate by two-thirds. The soldiers under her care were …