Health Matters Blog

Urinary Incontinence – A Common Problem

Published August 30, 2012

James E. Bunker, MD URINARY INCONTINENCE--A COMMON PROBLEM By James Bunker, MD Urinary incontinence is strictly defined as an involuntary loss of urine which negatively impacts one’s quality of life. It is a very common condition affecting over 20 million people in the United States. The true number is likely higher since many are too embarrassed to report their symptoms. The amount of health care dollars spent on urinary incontinence in the US is significant, estimated at 15-20 billion dollars per year. Over her lifetime, a woman has a 25% chance of being effected by urinary incontinence. [caption id="attachment_482" align="alignright" width="200"] Jam...

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Infertility Treatment Involves Evaluation of Both Partners

Published August 24, 2012

Judith H. McBean, MD Infertility Treatment Involves Evaluation of Both Partners By Dr. Judith McBean Infertility is a common condition affecting approximately one in 10 couples. It is estimated that millions of couples in the United States alone will face difficulty conceiving each year. While the incidence of infertility has not increased over the past few decades, a greater awareness of both infertility and the technological advances in treatment, as well as the increased baby boom population and the publicity and openness around fertility issues, have led to the impression that it has. Prior to attempting pregnancy it is important that couples optimize ...

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As Electronic Medical Records Advance, So Does Patient Care

Published August 17, 2012

As Electronic Medical Records Advance, So Does Patient Care By Heddy Pomazi Back in February, the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society published a research report on how health care facilities were using Electronic Medical Records (EMR). It was the first time anyone had looked at hospitals whose EMR systems were in the advanced stages of development, and the findings showed considerable benefits for both the practices and their patients. Quality of care, patient safety and efficiency of operation were all positively impacted by EMR, the report said. In fact, a statement released along with the report said that each and...

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New Standards for Women’s Health

Published August 10, 2012

Raine Kane, CNM, BA, MSN New Standards for Women’s Health By Raine Kane Back in 2010, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, together with the Centers for Disease Control, developed new guidelines for when a woman should be receiving her routine gynecologic care. Recently, there have been efforts made by both organizations to raise awareness about these recommendations. The guidelines previously stated once a woman becomes sexually active she should begin seeing an obstetrician/gynecologist or certified nurse midwife on a yearly basis. However, with advancing technologies and outcomes of recent research in women’s health, the old model of yearl...

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The Arthritic Knee

Published July 27, 2012

Jon C. Thatcher, MD The Arthritic Knee By Dr. Jon Thatcher Osteoarthritis, better known as degenerative arthritis, is the second leading cause of disability in the U.S. behind heart disease. The knee is the most common joint to be affected largely due to our recent surge in excess body weight, the high frequency of knee injuries and our extended longevity. These factors often lead to wear and deterioration of the articular cartilage, that smooth coconut-like, slippery surface that caps the end of bones at joints. An old or unbalanced tire that loses its tread is a useful analogy. [caption id="attachment_550" align="alignright" width="200"] Jon C. Thatche...

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New Initiatives at BMH

Published July 20, 2012

New Initiatives at BMH By Michele Rowland Although modest in size, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital has always endeavored to keep pace with recent research findings, implement evidence-based treatment interventions and improve the scope and complexity of services offered to our patients. Two programs recently implemented at BMH best capture these efforts: the Multi-drug Resistant Organisms Prevention Program and the Sepsis Prevention Program. [caption id="attachment_5533" align="alignright" width="200"] Michele Rowland[/caption] Multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) such as MRSA, VRE and C difficile have been the focus of media attent...

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Delirium Prevention A New Health Priority

Published July 11, 2012

Delirium Prevention A New Health Priority By Michele Rowland On June 19 the Brattleboro Reformer published an Associated Press article citing recent research showing that patients who experience a delirium during a hospital stay have an increased risk of mortality. At the very least, delirium prolongs the hospital stay, resulting in increased healthcare costs. It also increases the likelihood of functional decline and loss of independence. Patients experiencing a delirium while in the hospital also have a higher likelihood of nursing home placement within a year. [caption id="attachment_5533" align="alignright" width="200"] Michele Row...

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Hospitals Working To Reduce Readmission

Published July 5, 2012

Hospitals Working To Reduce Readmission By Michele Rowland Approximately 1 in 5 Medicare patients in the US are re-admitted within 30 days of their discharge from an acute care hospital. Approximately 1 in 3 is re-admitted within 90 dates. Reducing health care related costs, while improving the quality of patient care, is in everyone’s interest. It just makes good sense to do so. Many national organizations, such as AHRQ (American Healthcare Research and Quality), CMS (Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), actively support efforts that hospitals make to achieve that goal. [caption id="attac...

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Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Can Help You Live Longer

Published June 27, 2012

Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Can Help You Live Longer By Jeff Harr Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs were originally developed to help people recover from major life altering health problems. Cardiac rehab was developed for those people who had heart attacks, coronary artery bypass surgery, heart valve surgery, or coronary artery stenting. Pulmonary rehab was developed to help those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis or lung cancer. [caption id="attachment_2198" align="alignright" width="225"] Jeff Harr, RCEP[/caption] Cardiac and pulmonary...

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Speech Therapy Makes for Lasting Memories

Published June 19, 2012

SPEECH THERAPY MAKES FOR LASTING MEMORIES By Claire Markey Much of a speech language pathologist’s work in a hospital setting is centered on language and cognition. In the past the population served was primarily geriatric patients who had strokes or brain injuries from illnesses such as brain cancer or dementia. Presently, the adult population includes more adults at a younger age who either have had accidents at work or have suffered a head injury doing some of the more adventurous activities that people like to do, such as snowmobiling, downhill skiing, horseback riding, etc. [caption id="attachment_5263" align="alignright" wid...

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