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Important Information About Shingles

07.02.2012

Kevin had shingles. Those of us who spend much time in a doctor’s office should appreciate this! Doesn’t it seem more and more that physicians are running their practices like an assembly line? You will not find this at Boca Regional Urgent Care. We take the time to listen to our patients so we can meet their needs. Here’s what happened to Kevin: Kevin walked into a doctor’s office and the receptionist asked him what he had. Kevin said: ‘Shingles.’ So she wrote down his name, address, medical insurance number and told him to have a seat. Fifteen minutes later a nurse’s aide came out and asked Kevin what he had… Kevin said, ‘Shingles.’ So she wrote down his height, weight, a complete medical history and told Kevin to wait in the examining room. A half hour later a nurse came in and asked Kevin what he had. Kevin said, …

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Dr. Douchebag…A Tale Of The Emergency Department

06.28.2012

From The Hastings Center Report Dr. Douchebag: A Tale of the Emergency Department Jay M. Baruch Posted: 04/16/2012; The Hastings Center Report. 2012;42(1):9-10. © 2012 The Hastings Center Two gun shot wounds,” the emergency medical technician says, breathing fast, the summer night pouring down his face. “One in the right flank, one in the right thigh.” “I don’t want to die, doc,” pleads the victim, whom I will call Mr. Smith. His vital signs are stable. “This is the trauma team,” I say. “We’re going to take good care of you, but we need to ask lots of questions.” I press my stethoscope to his chest. “Can you take some deep breaths?” I listen for the airy hollow of a punctured lung but am calmed by the hum of normal respiration, even as his alcoholic breath warms my cheek—or so I believe. He denies drinking, but this is one of …

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HIIT Workout #6 (One for the runners)

03.04.2012

HIIT Workout #6 (One for the runners) So far, all of my HIIT workouts have been circuits involving three to six different exercises. Most of them aren’t terribly complex, but today I have a one-exercise workout that literally anyone can do. You don’t need any prior workout experience or knowledge of terminology. You also don’t need a gym membership or any equipment. You just somewhere to run, whether it’s outside on the sidewalk, at a track, or even a indoor basketball court. Sprinting HIIT Workout Sprint for 60-90 seconds Walk or jog for 30-60 seconds, depending on your fitness level Repeat for 20-30 minutes “I Don’t Have a Watch” Variation Pick a point in the distance, like a stop sign or fire hydrant, and sprint to it. Moving targets are bad, especially if they’re moving away from you at a speed faster than you can run. Once you reach it, …

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Boca Raton Regional Hospital Emergency Department Ranked In Top 5% In Country

03.04.2012

BOCA RATON REGIONAL HOSPITAL AMONG TOP 5% IN NATION FOR EMERGENCY MEDICINE Patients Admitted to Top Emergency Medicine Programs Have 40% Lower Death Rate BOCA RATON, FL (Feb. 21, 2012) – A report released today by HealthGrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital, named Boca Raton Regional Hospital among the top five percent in the nation for emergency medicine, and a recipient of the HealthGrades Emergency Medicine Excellence Award for the third consecutive year (2010-2012). The findings are based on an analysis of more than seven million Medicare patient records from 2008 to 2010. HealthGrades Emergency Medicine in American Hospitals report focused on 12 of the most common and life-threatening medical emergencies among that patient population, including heart attack, stroke, pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. Besides the Emergency Medicine Excellence Award, the Hospital has been named …

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How to Avoid Deep-Vein Thrombosis on Long Flights

02.27.2012

New guidelines for travelers published by the American College of Chest Physicians recommend using below-knee compression stockings on long airline flights for people at higher risk for deep vein thrombosis -– but only if travelers have a risk factor for blood clotting. Those risk factors include the use of oral contraceptives, advanced age, pregnancy, severe obesity, limited mobility, recent surgery or trauma and cancer. Because it can be harder for window-seat passengers to get up and move around, the guidelines identify window seats as a risk factor and suggested sitting in an aisle seat is a wise choice for people at risk. The guidelines come from a team of physicians who studied 14 previous DVT research reports from around the world. They found no definitive evidence to support that dehydration and alcohol intake in-flight increase risk, and they recommended against the use of aspirin as a preventive measure. DVT is …

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