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.

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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The Middle Ear

May 24, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

The middle ear is an air-filled chamber that lies behind the eardrum. Pressure in the middle ear changes to match air pressure outside of the eardrum. When inside and outside pressures are balanced, the eardrum is flexible and normal hearing is more likely. Problems happen…

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Anatomy of the Inner Ear

May 10, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

There are two parts of the inner ear. One part (hearing canal) is for hearing. The other part (balance canal) is for balance. The canals are filled with a fluid called endolymph. The level of this fluid is maintained by a small organ called the endolymphatic sac….

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Anatomy of the Ear

May 3, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

The ear is a complex and delicate organ. It collects sound waves so you can hear the world around you. The ear also has a second function—it helps you keep your balance. Your ear can be divided into 3 parts. The outer ear and middle…

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Healthy Kidneys

Apr 26, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

Healthy kidneys clean the blood. Two normal kidneys can filter wastes and excess fluid from hundreds of pints of blood each day. This helps maintain the chemical balance the body needs to stay healthy and alive. The kidneys also carry out many other vital functions….

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Kidney Problems

Apr 19, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

The kidneys may fail from reduced blood supply, damaged blood vessels or filtering units (nephrons), or a blocked urinary tract. Illnesses that affect the entire body, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, are the most common cause of kidney damage. Illnesses that harm the…

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How Your Lungs Work

Apr 12, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

The lungs’ job is to get air into and out of the body. Inside the lungs, air travels through a network of branching airways (tubes) made of stretchy tissue. Each airway is wrapped with bands of muscle that help control the width of the tube….

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Understanding Wisdom Teeth

Apr 5, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

Wisdom teeth are very much like your other permanent teeth. The main difference is that they are the last to develop and grow in (when you’re “older and wiser”). Most people have 4 wisdom teeth, 1 in each corner of the mouth. Some people naturally lack…

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The Role of the Thyroid Gland

Mar 29, 2017 | Health Tips Blog

The thyroid is a gland in the neck, just below the voicebox. It is an endocrine gland. Endocrine glands make hormones. These are chemicals that carry messages through the bloodstream to other parts of the body. The thyroid gland makes thyroid hormones. The thyroid gland…

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