The Daily Editors' Blog

Patient identifier systems need to move beyond the name game

Patient identifier systems need to move beyond the name game

When I became engaged to my wonderful husband, I spent a fair amount of time debating what to do with my last name. There were philosophical discussions around feminism, identity and what it means to be married. In a million years, however, it didn't occur to me the logistics around changing one's name creates a bureaucratic nightmare.

The key business principle always applies, even with death

The key business principle always applies, even with death

No matter how you slice whatever you do for a living, you are employed to provide one thing: good customer service. Knowing what your "customer" wants and needs, and then getting it to him or her, is the route to success. That's why I was so intrigued with new study results this week pertaining to end-of-life care.

Communication lessons from Yoda

Communication lessons from Yoda

What can long-term care professionals learn from Yoda from "Star Wars"? On the surface, probably not a lot — unless you ask Stacey Starling, Ph.D.

Long-term care operators feeling alone again, naturally

Long-term care operators feeling alone again, naturally

Say what you will about Republican lawmakers and their notions of healthcare reform: at least they're consistent. Like their Democratic colleagues, they simply don't seem to realize that long-term care is a part of the package deal.

The Real Nurse Jackie

Independence Day — for all

Independence Day — for all

Yes, July 4th is right around the corner. Time to think of backyard barbecues, fireworks, blockbuster movies and ... §483.25 — Quality of Care.

Time to end the Dickey Amendment — for good!

Time to end the Dickey Amendment — for good!

The Orlando mass shootings and killings last weekend have brought out the absurdity again: Research on gun safety and violence by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been halted for years. This insanity has to stop.

Guest blogs

Seniors remain confused about the shingles vaccine

Seniors remain confused about the shingles vaccine

This year the shingles vaccine (trade name: Zostavax) turns 10

The emerging role of the citizen in healthcare reform

The emerging role of the citizen in healthcare reform

As with other social movements - think about civil rights related to disability or race - change requires the engagement of those involved in it

Things I Think

Lessons from an orphan

Lessons from an orphan

It's a disquieting visual I can't quite get out of my mind — a single hiking boot hanging from a trail sign. Even you, a crisis-tested long-term care professional, might feel surprised and uneasy.

The long-term care Walk of Shame

The long-term care Walk of Shame

I'm not aware of any formal, airline-style elite upgrade programs for long-term care residents, but when the time arrives, I hope they exist — and that I qualify.

The World According to Dr. El

From abysmal to mediocre: Encouraging hand hygiene

From abysmal to mediocre: Encouraging hand hygiene

I've become more diligent over the years (read: paranoid) about making an effort to sanitize my hands as I move from room to room. But I wonder about those whose roles in long-term care don't specifically emphasize infection control procedures.

Full code: Discussing advance directives

Full code: Discussing advance directives

Assistance in creating a "good death" is a fundamental task of any organization working with elders and may be addressed by a number of team members singly or in combination. Since these discussions are often easier said than done, I thought it might be helpful to share some of my experiences since I, as a geropsychologist, regularly discuss dying with residents and their families.