Health Tips Blog

Medcor hosts “Wellness Wednesdays” with the assistance of the Medcor Health app and Health Tips blog. To subscribe, download the free Medcor Health app (be sure to say “yes” to receiving notifications). Every Wednesday, you will receive an evidence-based article about the latest research in health and wellness.

Ladder Safety on the Job

Oct 4, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

Falls happen when you lose your balance. Standing on makeshift supports and using ladders incorrectly can cause you to fall. Using the wrong equipment for a task can also increase your chances of being hurt. Watch for hazards Makeshift supports. Makeshift supports are never quite…

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Preventing Falls in the Home

Sep 27, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

An adult or child can fall for many reasons. If you are an older adult, you may fall because your reaction time slows down. Your muscles and joints may get stiff, weak, or less flexible because of illness, medicines, or a physical condition. These things…

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Central Line Infections

Sep 20, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

You need a central line as part of your treatment. It’s also called a central venous access device (CVAD) or central venous catheter (CVC). A small, soft tube called a catheter is put in a vein that leads to your heart. The central line is…

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Caring for Your Central Vein Access

Sep 6, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

It’s important to care for your central venous access device properly. If you don’t, it may become infected. Then it can’t be used. The tube (catheter) will have to be removed and a new one placed in another vein. Your nurse will show you how…

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Standard Precautions: Handwashing

Aug 30, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

Frequent and thorough handwashing is the best way to prevent infection. The sooner you wash your hands after exposure, the less likely you are to catch or spread infection. When to wash your hands Wash your hands regularly throughout the day, especially: When first arriving…

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Good Body Mechanics for Healthcare Workers

Aug 16, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

At work, you perform many tasks every day that could cause back injury. These include repetitive lifting, prolonged standing, bending, reaching, pushing, and pulling. Protect your back by using good body mechanics to maintain the 3 natural curves of your spine. A balanced spine A…

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Back Safety for Healthcare Workers

Aug 9, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

Whether you’re moving a patient, lifting a box of supplies, or pushing a cart or wheelchair, your back is always working. Use the tips below to help you reduce your risk of back injury. Reaching Reaching for records, files, or supplies, especially in high places,…

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Educating with Online Materials

Jul 26, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

In this era of the empowered patient, you may have some patients who come to you with stacks of printouts from the Internet. But as you know, the quality of content is critical when choosing and using medical information from online and other media sources….

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Using Patient Education Materials

Jul 12, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

Patient information extends your office visit beyond the few minutes you can spend face-to-face. You can increase compliance and cooperation even further by using patient education materials in ways that help patients learn and remember more of your advice. How to choose print materials Try…

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Maximizing Your Teaching Moments

Jul 5, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

During each clinical encounter, there are moments that arise naturally as ideal “teaching moments.” Here’s a quick summary of how to apply the ideas to a typical patient encounter to build trust and compliance. As you say hello As you enter the room, greet the…

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Pulling a Patient Up in Bed

Jun 28, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

Think of ways you can decrease friction to make this move more comfortable for the patient and to reduce the stress on your back. It is easier to slide a patient up in bed by using a draw-sheet and two people. Step 1. Grasp the draw-sheet…

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Moving Patients from Bed to Wheelchair

Jun 21, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

Patient safety is often the main concern when moving patients from bed. But remember not to lift at the expense of your own back. This transfer often requires the patient’s help, so clear communication is essential. If the patient can’t help much, you’ll need two…

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When a Patient Falls

Jun 7, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

Once the momentum has started, it’s almost impossible to stop a patient from falling. By trying to do so, you can injure your back. Instead, guide the patient to the ground; then get help to move the patient back to a bed or stretcher. Guiding…

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Your Heart’s Electrical System

May 31, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

The heartbeat is the rhythmic contraction of the heart muscle’s 4 chambers. The heart muscle has a special system that creates and sends electrical signals to activate these 4 chambers. First, a signal generated in the right upper chamber of the heart tells the 2…

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