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One Crucial Tip if You Take Prescription Pain Medication

This is a hugely important tip, although it requires “nurse talk” when we get down to our bodily systems and inner workings. There has been a lot of talk about “opioid-induced constipation” on TV lately. It seemed to start at the last Superbowl with a commercial of a guy looking plaintively at various people who…

Tips for Buying a Medical Alert Button

We’ve all seen the commercials. A frail, elderly lady lies on the floor lamenting “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” These commercials can seem amusing, but when you care for a frail senior, the consequences of falling can be all too real. Falling is the number one cause of going to the emergency…

Nurse Tip–Medical Errors: One Patient’s Story

Last month we wrote about the high prevalence of medical errors in the U.S. A study earlier this year in the medical journal BMJ stated that preventable medical errors accounted for 250,000 deaths per year, making it the third leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer. As we said previously, this does not…

Nurse Tip–December 2016, Body Awareness

In the holiday season, it’s easy to get distracted by everything that needs to get done, the lights, the music–even the Salvation Army bells that ring from every mall. And when we’re distracted, it’s easy to lose track of our bodies, how they feel and literally where they are in space. Many accidents happen when…

New Study–Medical Errors Named 3rd Leading Cause of Deaths in U.S.

A study published earlier this year in the journal BMJ claims that medical errors are this nation’s third leading cause of death, behind heart disease and cancer. Researchers from Johns Hopkins found that medical errors, defined as “preventable adverse effect[s] of care,” cause up to 250,000 deaths a year. They attributed these deaths to adverse…