Are things looking up for radiology administrators? That’s the tantalizing suggestion from third-quarter data from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI), a forward-looking barometer of administrator confidence. Read the full article!
The movement in the past decade toward patient-centred care has increasingly emphasised patient empowerment in healthcare. In particular, the Chronic Care Model, characterised by the interaction between an “informed and activated patient” and a “prepared and proactive practice team” has been highlighted as a fundamental model for optimum care.
During the brutally hot summer months, the interior of your car turns into an oven. As the temperature outside creeps closer to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the inside of a vehicle left in the sun can reach as high as 170 degrees. Tragically, according to the non-profit child safety groupKids and Cars, 38 children die each year in the U.S. from heat stroke due to being left in hot vehicles.
By 2050, the number of people over the age of 80 will triple globally, which could come at great cost to individuals and economies.
Unfortunately, medicine focuses almost entirely on fighting chronic diseases in a piecemeal fashion as symptoms develop, researchers writing in the journal Nature say. Instead, more efforts should be directed to promoting interventions that have the potential to prevent multiple chronic diseases and extend healthy lifespans.
By Paul Jackson, Marketing Manager, UKI
‘Anything is possible’ is the strapline for Ironman and now I can proudly say the famous phrase “I am an Ironman!” after swimming, cycling and running the 140.6 miles of Ironman Bolton in a time of 12:48:43.
For those who are interested the stats are:
2.4 mile swim – 01:25:04
112 mile bike – 06:49:46
26.2 mile run – 04:20:07
My journey started almost a year ago when I signed up alongside 2,000 athletes at the sold out event. I took inspiration and courage from a close friend, Rob, who was battling with cancer. My target was (and still is) to raise £1,500 split 50:50 with Cancer Research UK and Bury Hospice. My decision to focus on Bury Hospice as a local charity is due its risk of closure due to underfunding.
The seven months training included building my fitness on all three disciplines through a series of phases – base, build and peak. The race itself went more or less according to my plan hitting all my anticipated time and pace schedule throughout. There were a few unexpected technical issues on the bike but nothing that could not be quickly fixed. The weather conditions were also perfect on the swim and bike but then the sun came out on the run and it was hot, but there was plenty of shade on the course and also plenty of drinks/feed stations.
The big test on the day though was not the physical fitness but the mental strength needed when something happens that has not been planned for or you hit a low point where you mind is telling you to stop. So keeping focused throughout and in your own zone is important and also keeping in mind why you are doing the event and visualising positives.
So thanks to the generosity of so many of you, I have almost reached my total and although the race is done, the fundraising goes on and donations are still most welcome.
Thanks again for all your support. Although Rob sadly lost his battle in June this year, I am sure I would have made him proud Still, my battle was still nothing in comparison to his and so many others but during the low points I was truly inspired to keep going.
Ironman facts and figures from the race
• 2,000 athletes took part in the race – 1067 were first timers at Ironman (my finish position was 567)
• 280,000 miles in total, athletes will cover on race day – which is further than to the moon!
• 35 countries were represented on race day
• 13,500 energy gels and 10,000 banana halves were given out to athletes
• 600 volunteers helped during the weekend of the event
• 22,000 litres of water were handed out on the run course
Advice for anyone considering Ironman
It is one the hardest but the most rewarding things I have ever done but would recommend it. Not only does it build physical fitness but also mental strength and discipline. If you could imaging the euphoria of completing a marathon multiplied by 10 both in terms of the level of support and the feelings when you cross the finish line. If you are new to triathlon and fancy giving it a go there are plenty of shorter distance events to have a go at and you do not need any specialist equipment as a beginner. Also the great thing is that it builds fitness levels in lots of different muscle groups and provides variety for training. If you have tried triathlon and fancy stepping up to Ironman my advice would be speak to loved ones and think/plan around work commitments before you commit to it because it ends up consuming your life for about seven months, but what an achievement when you complete it. Would I do another one? Yes, but in a few years’ time.
We frequently get asked, “What’s the best way to hold the Oto?” And the answer is that there are many different ways! Because every ear is unique our Pioneers clinicians have found that holding the iPhone in different positions gives them the flexibility to take the best ear exam possible. Here are 5 different holding positions and a quick video that can guide you in learning how to take excellent ear exams. Let us know in the comments which position you prefer!
WEARABLE HEALTH TECH PROMISES TO SAVE LIVES, SO STARTUPS LIKE MC10 ARE WORKING TO CREATE SOMETHING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET TO PUT ON.
The problem with wearables is that usually people stop wearing them. According to one recent report, one-third of users of activity-tracking wearables, like the Fitbit and the Jawbone, toss their devices aside after just six months.
Among healthcare leaders, there has been a call to arms of sorts, which has swelled over the last five or so years, to rid medicine of, well, jerks.
The more technical term we’ve been using to describe this phenomenon of clinicians (mostly physicians) who are condescending, argumentative, aggressive and/or refuse to play well with others is “disruptive medicine.”
In 2008, The Joint Commission created a new policy classifying disruptive behavior as a sentinel event, urging the organizations it accredits to take a zero-tolerance approach toward such situations.