The Daily Editors' Blog
In one of the sadder coincidences of my life, news of an FDA-approved cartilage implant made me more excited than it would have a year ago. That's because this particular synthetic cartilage implant is for those with osteoarthritis in their big toe, and I happened to be diagnosed this summer with arthritis in my toes.
How do you know you have a room with three people feeling sorry for themselves in it? Find a room with two nursing home workers. Their persecution complex levels will add up.
If you've read or watched the news at all in the past few weeks, or even just gone outside and seen groups of people huddled around their phones, you probably know about this Pokémon Go thing.
Hospitals need to toughen up. Their impending new five-star rating system isn't going to be the end of the world (at least, not for most of them). But if the experience of skilled nursing homes is any indication, many will soon have legitimate reasons to be upset.
The Real Nurse Jackie
Alice Graber started during World War II and kept at it until last month. Now, the retired nurse is going to volunteer at ... well, you're not going to believe it.
Written discharge instructions shouldn't be our only source of discharge education. I am a big fan of the teach-back method. That way you can be sure if your patient really understands the instructions and responsibilities.
One in six Americans over age 70 has impaired vision and one in four has impaired hearing. The prevalence of combined visual and hearing impairment more than doubles among those over age 80 when compared to those between the ages of 70 and 79.
Good design, when it's done well, becomes invisible. It's only when it's done poorly that we notice it.
Things I Think
So anyway, speaking of aging, I got to spend Sunday evening with a delightful old guy named Steve — a spry, perfectly adorable gentleman with a Mike Pence hairdo who plays the banjo and seems to have a natural flair for humor. I think his last name might have been Martin. Perhaps you've heard of him.
After posing questions ever since the bitter childhood discovery that I would never be an astronaut or Bobby Orr, I finally got my answer this week. Why do I exist? To be the guy with jumper cables.
The World According to Dr. El
Given the racial tensions in the news this week, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on interactions among races in long-term care. I've observed firsthand various culturally charged interactions — both positive and negative.
Reducing the costs of long-term care "super-utilizers" first requires recognizing them as such. Then proceed carefully, and with an investigative eye, to increase the likelihood of successfully meeting their needs and decreasing expenses.