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Category: Medication Management

Medications Matter — Urgent Action to Correct a Dangerous Misstep

Residential in the Real World Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop is known for saying, ‘Drugs don’t work in patients who don’t take them.’ Having to remember complicated medication instructions — sometimes for multiple drugs, possibly to treat several chronic conditions…

Health News Round-Up: Proper Prep for Insulin Pen Effectiveness

For Best Results, Insulin Pens Need Preparation For many patients, insulin injection is a key part of diabetes management, and pharmaceutical companies continue to innovate with ever-more convenient delivery methods. One advance has been the pre-mixed ‘NPH insulin pen,’ a convenient all-in-one…

Health News Round-Up: An ‘Ounce of Preemption’ Before Treatment

Preparing for Surgery or Treatment with ‘Prehab’ Patients who undergo surgeries, or other aggressive treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation, are often guided in rehabilitation exercises afterward to build back lost strength and endurance. However, some specialists have begun to explore the…

Expert Attention, New Resources, and Coordination in One Simple Button

Residential Nurse Alert to the Rescue Even when patients recognize they need help, that doesn’t mean they know exactly what to ask for. Nobody is an expert when facing a new health care challenge; this is why investigating, asking questions, and getting…

How Can I Relieve Chronic Pain Associated With Disease or Treatment?

Coping with a serious illness is challenging in itself, from emotional strain to related treatments that can cause physical upset or fatigue. Sometimes, however, the disease or its necessary therapies can also cause pain, a side effect that may become a predominant…

Perception + Deduction + Follow-Through = Stellar Care

Residential in the Real World The first step in problem-solving is observation; it is also the simplest. An experienced clinician is trained to notice numerous signs, no matter how subtle, that could point to a health issue. The next step, interpretation, takes a…

Embracing the New — Frequent Use to Make the Most of New Technology

Residential Nurse Alert to the Rescue People can be creatures of habit — when something new comes into our lives, we often wonder, ‘When will I ever use this?’ If we’ve gotten along fine without it, the thinking goes, then our tendencies…

‘Eureka!’ — Turning the Corner toward Disease Self-Management

Residential in the Real World It happens time and again: We hear good advice, or we know what’s best for us, but we can’t make the change. Then out of the blue, something falls into place, and everything becomes clear. When it…

Residential Staff Story: ‘The Importance of Medication Reconciliation’

At Residential Home Health, we’re tuned in to the concerns affecting our patients and the potential pitfalls that can threaten their health and independence at home. But as people, we are also patients ourselves — and vulnerable to the same issues. Mario…

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