Nuestra Salud / Our Health

amartinez9's picture
Friday, November 7, 2014 - 2:23pm

Imagine esto… usted esta en una fiesta de familia y amigos, y de repente su compadre cae al suelo. Todos corren a su lado. Usted se da cuenta que él no esta respirando. Su primer instinto le dice que la cituación es grave. Usted pide que llamen a una ambulancia. Nerviosos y preocupados, todos estan al lado de su compadre… ¡Si solo hubiera algo que usted pudiera hacer para ayudarlo!


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jtaylor's picture
Monday, October 22, 2007 - 11:36am

I'm usually pretty selective about when I become a bonehead -- rabidly rooting for the Yankees, for example.


But I felt reasonable intelligent the other day on a visit to my orthopod -- sorry, orthopedic surgeon -- to get an MRI interpreted on my banged-up knee (see my August 21 posting, "Of golf, kneecaps and a trip to the Clovis ED").  I figured he'd find something and suggest I get 'scoped -- sorry, have arthroscopic, outpatient surgery.


jtaylor's picture
Friday, October 19, 2007 - 9:19am

OK, it's a teaser headline, but I promise to deliver at the end of this posting of odds and ends in health care.


Item: Not only is there a drought in Georgia, the money is drying up too. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Grady Memorial Hospital is closing its outpatient dialysis center. The story doesn't say how many patients the center treats, only that the clinic is overworked, understaffed and largely serving uninsured people.


jtaylor's picture
Monday, October 15, 2007 - 11:53am

Sometimes it's how you say something -- using a metaphor, an analogy, an anecdote -- that really makes the message have some impact.


The presentation was titled, "Patient Safety: Getting Sustainable Improvement."  Oh, boy. Another Power Point by a government wonk, giving yet another reason to ditch part of a Hospital Council conference and instead stroll the Monterey shoreline.


jtaylor's picture
Monday, October 8, 2007 - 11:45am

The sun danced, the wind caressed. The Monterey Bay hotel doors were wide open. Oh, the relaxation. Oh, the pssssssttttttt.


Beware of nature's bounty polluted by a scented air-freshener. In the land of no-smoking, where salt air cleanses the lungs, smell-merchants still get the final say over what's in the air.


Christmas trees are coming. The spray-painted, the forest-moldy, the chemically preserved.  And the scented magazine ads and come-hither direct mailers are multiplying.


jtaylor's picture
Wednesday, October 3, 2007 - 11:25am

Hospitals are memory-makers. So I had to pause when I read that New York State is paying $360 million to close or merge 23 hospitals and seven nursing homes, to reduce excess beds.