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Infant Immunization Alert

Fri, 27 Apr 2012 13:55:00 +0500

April 21-28 is National Infant Immunization Week. This week serves as a wake-up call for concerned parents, caregivers, and health providers out there to protect the infants from vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccine-preventable disease, according to surveys, remains to be a significant cause of disability, illnesses and premature death among children. Thousands of children each year are being affected or is suffering from such condition. So to reduce, if not stop, the increasing and unnecessary morbidity of preventable childhood diseases, which are mainly due to virus or bacteria, health professionals who expertly handle those medical instruments for giving vaccine highly advised each and everyone to protect their children, most especially the infants and young kids, to receive the recommended immunization on time. Here is a list of the common childhood diseases that could be prevented through proper and timely immunization.   Varicella – This is famously known as chickenpox. Such condition is caused by a herpes varicella zoster virus and it is classified as an acute contagious disease. Signs and Symptoms: rash and itching of vesicles on the face and body; tiredness; fever. Possible Complications: pneumonia, brain infection, and death Who are at risks: young children, adults, and people with damaged immune system Immunization Schedule: Begins at 12 months and finished by 6 years of age   Tetanus – The condition is also called as lockjaw. Tetanus is caused by a poison, which is produced by a germ that can enter the body through a cut, wound or any break in the skin, including a tiny cut or puncture. Signs and Symptoms: serious, painful muscle spasm leading to locking of the jaw. Possible Complication: Sudden cardiac death (the most common complication), pulmonary embolism, aspiration pneumonia, acute kidney failure. Immunization Schedule: Starts at 2months and finished by 6 years of age.   Pertusis – In layman’s term, it is referred to as whooping cough. It is among the extremely contagious diseases that could affect the brain. Pertusis is classified as an airborne disease caused by a germ that lives in the mount, nose, and throat. Signs and Symptoms: cause spells of violent coughing (often lasts for 2 weeks) and choking, difficulty in breathing, drinking or eating. Possible Complicatoins: Refractory pulmonary hypertension and encephalopathy for infants; anorexia, epistaxis, dehydration, hernia, hypoxia are just some complications for adolescents and adults. Immunization schedule: Begins at 2 months of age and finished by 6 years of age.   Poliomyelitis – This disease is caused by a virus called polio that affects children and adults. The virus is transmitted through fecal-oral transmission. Signs and Symptoms: sudden fever, sore throat, headache, muscle weakness, pain Immunization Schedule: Starts at 2 months of age and finished before school entry.   Measles – This condition is caused by a paramyxovirus. Measles virus can be easily spread from person to person through droplet transmission from the nose, throat and mouth of a person with measles. Signs and Symptoms: rash, fever, cough, and watery eyes. Possible Complications: pneumonia, brain damage, seizures, death Who is at risk: children less than 1 year of age, people who have not received the proper vaccination series, people who received immunoglobulin at the time of measles vaccination, people immunized from 1963 to 1967 (using older ineffective killed measles vaccine) Immunization Schedule: Starts at 12 months old and should be completed by 6 years of age, combined with those for mumps and rubella.   Mumps – An extremely contagious viral disease that affects the parotid glands. The virus that causes mumps comes from the genus of Rubulavirus. Signs and Symptoms: fever, headaches, swollen salivary glands under the jaw Possible Complications: mild meningitis, encephalitis, permanent hearing loss. Immunization Schedule: Starts at 12 months old and should be completed by 6 years o[...]

Overview of the 3 Most Basic Medical Instruments of Doctors

Wed, 14 Mar 2012 10:53:00 +0500

  Diagnosing and monitoring sick or injured patients becomes much easier for medical professionals these days because of the availability of medical instruments. With these tools, medical doctors are able to seek the best remedies for specific medical condition with minimal difficulties. No wonder if medical instruments are being considered as the front line of defense to the patients, saving more than millions of life each year – both at the hospital and their homes. Medical instruments are varied – from simple stethoscopes to more complex machines used for scanning or examining internal organs. All these medical devices serve an ultimate purpose and that is to sustain the life of a patient who is currently in a critical condition and depend only their life on various medical machines. Along with the modernizations in technology, medical instruments nowadays are much improved also giving a significant impact on the health improvement of the people especially during emergency situations. Stethoscopes electronic stethoscope This medical instrument allows the doctor to listen to the internal sounds of the human body. Through the sounds directed to the stethoscope, the doctor is able to find out what is wrong inside without having to do a surgery. The first stethoscope was invented by Rene Laennec in 1816. Types of Stethoscope: Monaural Stethoscope - This stethoscope is first used to extensively examine chest diseases, especially tuberculosis. The very first monaural stethoscope was made from wooden materials. Binaural Stethoscope - A standard stethoscope consisting two sides, one of which is used for the respiratory system and the other is for the cardiovascular system. Electronic Stethoscope - This stethoscope is much lighter than the previous models and had better acoustics since it often comes with a state-of-the-art sound sensor.   Blood Pressure Device manual blood pressure device with mechanical manometer This medical instrument aids medical professionals to easily and quickly monitor the blood pressure level of a person. For the doctors to determine the systolic and diastolic reading of blood pressure, the cuff is wrapped around the arm and is being deflated right after it is inflated at a certain level. After which, the valve is gradually loosen to release the pressure in the cuff. The first blood pressure device was invented by Samuel Siegfried Karl Ritter von Basch in 1881. Types of Blood Pressure Device: Manual Blood Pressure Device - This is also called as sphygmomanometer. It typically consists of an inflatable rubber cuff to resist blood flow, a mercury or mechanical manometer to measure the pressure, a squeeze bulb to inflate the cuff, and a stethoscope for listening sounds that the pumping blood makes. Automatic Blood Pressure Device - This blood pressure device is much easier to operate and more portable. It features an electronic battery-operated monitor that detects blood pulsing in the artery so there is no need to use a stethoscope. The cuff, which is usually attached to the wrist or upper arm, is connected to an electronic monitor that automatically inflates and deflates once the start button is pressed.   Thermometer digital thermometer This medical instrument is purposely created to make it simple for doctors to monitor the patient’s body temperature. Body temperature can be measured in various locations so it is no longer surprising if there are different classifications of clinical thermometer. The first clinical thermometer was invented by Sir Thomas Clifford Allbutt in 1866. Types of Thermometer: Mercury-in-Glass - Thermometer among the types of thermometer, this is considered to have the most accurate result. However, it is also among the medical instruments that are too risky to use because of its poisonous mercury content. This is also the reason why fewer and fewer physicians are using this kind of medical instrument. Digital Thermometer - This is so far the safest medical device to use for monitoring body temperature. Digital t[...]

Heart Disease in US: Important Things You Need to Know

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 09:28:00 +0500

The American Heart Association designates February as American Heart Month. This celebration primarily aims to increase public awareness regarding cardiovascular health and to save our lives from acquiring heart disease and stroke by educating each and everyone on how to put the best effort in order to live a heart-healthy life.

Since February is all about educating people regarding heart disease, here are some important things you need to know about the said disorder.

One in every three deaths in America is due to heart disease. With this statistics, cardiovascular disease is considered as the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States these days.

A lot of people deemed that heart disease is a man’s disease. But the truth is, more women are being diagnosed to have such kind of cardiovascular disorder than men.

The American Heart Association, along with the medical specialists who are adept in using littmann cardiology stethoscope, also identified who are at higher risk of developing heart disease. According to them, women age 55 and above, men age 45 and above, as well as individuals with family history of heart diseases are more at risk to develop heart disease.

Heart disease comes in several types. However, the most common form of heart disease that causes death of men and women in the United States is coronary artery disease. Such disorder, according to doctors with littmann cardiology stethoscope hanging on their neck, is caused by atherosclerosis or the hardening of coronary arteries due to build up of fatty plaques. The coronary arteries, which is wrap around the heart, serves as the passageway of blood and oxygen in order to get into the said organ. Once plaques build up inside the arteries, it reduces the amount of blood supplied to the heart.  And insufficient supply of blood to the heart could lead to heart attack. Below is an illustration of a normal coronary artery and an artery with plaque build up.


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Practicing a good lifestyle such as no smoking, having a heart-healthy diet, becoming physically active, maintaining a healthy weight, and regularly visiting a doctor with littmann cardiology stethoscope for health screening are some of the simple yet effective steps to prevent heart disease and promote a healthy cardiovascular system. 




The Flying Eye Hospital

Mon, 20 Feb 2012 07:58:00 +0500






A View of the Inside




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Practical Gifts for Nurses on Valentine’s Day

Mon, 13 Feb 2012 05:40:00 +0500

Valentine’s Day is almost here! For sure, most of the lovers out there have already made some plans on how to celebrate this very special day of hearts. Some would celebrate it extravagantly like having a cruise or creating a romantic picnic in an exclusive place. Others would just wisely celebrate this special day of hearts by having a candlelight dinner (at home or in a not so expensive restaurant in town), watching a romantic movie, going for a massage, or stargazing.  Aside from these romantic ways of celebrating valentine’s day, there is still one thing the most couples would always do on this heart’s day – that is to exchange gifts. Popular gifts being given to loved ones on Valentine ’s Day are a bouquet of flowers (especially roses), chocolates and jewelries (which mostly come in a heart-shape), stuffed toys, and the likes. For such presents, a person would always require to spend some bucks. But for those who are looking for a below practical gifts for loved ones who work as a nurse, here are some of the below $20 medical products and accessories that PulseStore suggests. Heart Ceramic Mug Style #: PR-MUGS10 Price: $9.45 Most nurses drink a lot of coffee or tea to help them stay awake especially during their night shift. With this heart ceramic mug, which is part of PulseStore’s collections of memorable medical products, nurses will surely get you remembered every time they refill it.   Fashion Style Socks Style #: PR-380RH Price: $10.95 Instead of a traditional support hose, give your nurses with fashion style socks that will give extra cushioning at the same time comfort the toes, heels and sole of the feet during their work and busy hours.   Love a Nurse Deluxe Canvas Tote Bag Style #: PR-706LA Price: $17.95 Another practical valentine’s presents included in PulseStore’s collection of affordable medical products and gifts. This love a nurse deluze canvas tote bag provides safe storage for nurse’s paraphernalia, which are essential in their everyday job.   Lucky Love Heart Bear Style #: PR-1921 Price: $10.95 Stuffed toys or plush teddy bears are just some of the romantic gifts that most women would love to receive. Show how much you care to nurses by giving them one of the cute and adorable stuffed toys or plush teddy bears that will allow them to  get warm cozy feelings.  [...]

12 Common Risk Factors for Developing Hypertension

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 12:35:00 +0500

In every 3 persons in the United States, there is one being diagnosed to have high blood pressure. This is according to the recent survey of Centers for Disease Control regarding hypertension in US. Also called as hypertension, this medical condition is considered to be chronic because curing is a life-long process. The said medical condition is also dubbed as a silent killer because many individuals are not aware that they are developing hypertension or high blood pressure until they are examined using a durable sphygmomanometer. Health experts basically make use of sphygmomanometer to determine the pressure of blood passing through the arteries. A person with normal blood pressure should a reading of not more than 120/80 mmHg. However if the sphygmomanometer persistently display reading of 140/90mmHg or higher, then health professionals will consider him or her as hypertensive. So what are the chances of a person to develop high blood pressure? Here are the common risk factors. 1.       Age – Through early middle age, hypertension is more common in men while women are more likely to develop after menopause. 2.       Race – Common among blacks. 3.      Family History – Hypertension tends to run in families. Hypertensive Father + Hypertensive Mother = hypertensive child. Hypertensive Father + Non-Hypertensive Mother = 50% chance for the child to develop hypertension 4.       Sedentary Lifestyle – Inactive people have higher heart rates. Higher heart hearts means the harder for the heart to work at each contraction and the stronger the force on the arteries. 5.       Smoking – Chemicals contained in tobacco damages arterial wall then results to narrowing of arteries. 6.       High cholesterol – Fatty deposits could block the arteries and prevents blood flow. 7.       High Sodium Intake – Sodium cause body to retain fluid and increases blood pressure. 8.       Low Potassium in Diet – Potassium helps balance the amount of sodium in the body cells. 9.       Insufficient Vitamin D – Vitamin D may affect the enzyme produced by the kidneys, which then affects blood pressure. 10.   Excessive Alcohol Consumption – Alcohol can cause the body to release hormones that increase blood flow and heart rate. 11.   Stress – High levels of stress temporarily results to sudden increase of blood pressure. 12.   Certain Chronic Condition – Persons with high cholesterol, diabetes, kidney diseases, and sleep apnea are more prone to develop high blood pressure. Up to now, no specific medicine has discovered yet that can help cure the said medical condition. Treatments being recommended by physicians to hypertensive patients are only meant to alleviate symptoms and the most effective solution still to prevent this kind of chronic medical condition is through regular monitoring of blood pressure. There are so plenty of user-friendly blood pressure devices that can be found in the market so there’s no excuse for anyone not monitor their BP regularly.   [...]

Tips When Ordering Medical Instruments Online

Fri, 13 Jan 2012 11:56:00 +0500


Medical devices before are found only in hospitals setting.  Only health professionals are the ones entitled to use them. Such instruments are vitally important in the day to day work life of medical professionals for these serve as their primary weapon in monitoring the overall health condition of the patient.  But along with the advances in technology as well as the increasing number of people diagnosed with chronic medical condition like hypertension, diabetes and viral fever, simple medical instruments such as stethoscopes, sphygmomanometer, and thermometer are already found in the medical cabinet of almost all houses along with other medical products that are essential when giving first aid. Every household nowadays are already encouraged to master the application of these basic medical instruments in order to make themselves ready in providing initial care for ailing or injured loved ones.

Finding for reliable medical instruments that are within your budget is sometimes a hassle activity. Sometimes medical instruments like stethoscopes are offered in cheaper prices but little you know that the quality of the device is often put into stake. Then you started to ask, is there really a secret to ensure that you are spending your money for the right quality of medical instruments? And the answer, actually there is!

If you are buying medical instruments online like stethoscopes, one of the important things to keep in mind is to confirm whether the store is really a legitimate provider of such medical products. Since these simple medical instruments are now part of the essential items of every home, many companies are venturing into this kind of business. And how can you make sure that you are ordering in a trustworthy shop? Well, conduct a background check of the company. You can get info but discussing it through forum sites.

Another thing customers should consider when ordering medical instruments online is the geographical location. It would be best if you will purchase stethoscopes or other devices to shops that are within your vicinity. Why? Simply because most online medical equipment sales store offer free shipping services on certain amount of purchase. That is if the customer is just near in the store’s area.  So if your order reached the targeted price, then this would definitely mean an extra saving for you.

Furthermore, the good medical equipment sales providers are those with well-defined return policy. This is to make it more convenient for you to return and exchange or simply refund your money in case you are not satisfied with the items delivered to you. 




Five Surgical Procedures that Cost More than Half A Million Dollar

Fri, 23 Dec 2011 11:29:00 +0500

  The society this time needs more professionals who are capable of providing the best health services especially to ailing individuals. Becoming a surgeon is just one of the careers a person with dedication to help others by improving their health condition could push through. But expect that acquiring this profession is not that easy. Aside from that fact that obtaining doctor’s degree is an expensive process, one has to double the years that typical students stay at school. However, there are also a couple of good reasons that make surgeon an extremely rewarding profession for persons with such calling. Apart from helping to uplift the health condition of an ailing individual, these professionals who are adept in using surgical instruments can also expect for a relatively high salary. Based on the survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2010 regarding the salary of surgeons, it revealed that said medical practitioner could earn an average of $365,258 per year. And if that professional who is primarily tasked to make use of surgical instruments practiced major or more complex medical specialties, then expect for a much higher salary. By the way, this post features the five most expensive organ transplant that highly skilled surgeon might perform. They are considered the most expensive organ transplant because the preliminary testing, the surgery, and the post-operative recovery expenses, when summed up, are  worth more than half a million dollar.  Not to mention the miscellaneous fees that might be charged to the patients for additional medical products like supportive stockings, binders, or sling. Intestine Transplant A very rare and risky procedure that cost around $1,121,800. The price would even go up if multiple intestinal organs are included in the said procedure. An intestinal transplant is often the last option to treat patients with intestinal failure. Patients who are suffering from intestinal failure are unable to digest food or absorb the fluids, electrolytes, and nutrients essential for life. Doctor’s Fee: $100,600   Heart Transplant A heart transplant is the second most expensive procedure, which cost about $787,700. Plus, the expensive procurement of replacement organ to the overall transplant cost. Heart transplant is being considered as the most advanced treatment for end-stage heart disease wherein it provides hope to patients who might die due to heart problems. It is a known fact that once a person grows old, his or her major organs will become weak and the heart is not an exemption. Doctor’s Fee: $50,800 Bone Marrow Transplant Replacing a person’s bone marrow is indeed expensive especially if the new bone marrow comes from a donor. Aside from the medical costs which is normally around $676,800, there are still some additional out of the pocket expenses. In patients with leukemia, aplastic anemia, and some immune deficiency disorders; the diseased bone marrow is removed and replaced with a healthy marrow that is infused into his or her bloodstream. Lung Transplant Lung transplant is a long procedure and costs high. Single replacement of person’s lung would cost about $450,400. But if both the left and right lung will be transplanted, the entire operation would cost as much as $657,800. Lung transplant is often the last treatment option being given by medical specialists who are adept in using those surgical instruments to patients with chronic lung disorder like emphysema or cystic fibrosis. Doctor’s Fee: $27,900 Liver Transplant Liver transplant is another risky surgical procedure that requires long stay at the hospital for recovery. Expenses included in this ultimate procedure that medical specialists performed to patients with end-stage cirrhosis, liver cancer, and other chronic liver disorder. Estimated average cost of liver transplant [...]

Congratulations Robin Lim - 2011 CNN Hero of the Year

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 09:39:00 +0500


"Every baby's first breath on Earth could be one of peace and love. Every mother should be healthy and strong. Every birth could be safe and loving. But our world is not there yet."

The 2011 CNN Hero of the Year was a Filipino-American woman who has helped thousands of poor Indonesian womens have healthy pregnancies and births. Mother Robin or Ibu Robin, as locals often calls her, is a midwife who set up her own health clinic in Indonesia. In herclinic, she offers free prenatal care, birthing services, and medical aid to families who cannot afford care. 



More Doctors are Now Using EHR: Know their Reasons

Tue, 13 Dec 2011 10:59:00 +0500

Apart from advancing our social lives, introduction of computers and high end technology uplift the overall health care system. Medical professionals are able to perform better and safer diagnoses and treatment through the aid of ground-breaking hospital medical equipments. The availability of health information technology likewise introduces electronic health record wherein according to inventors, this device will answer the need of doctors and nurses for a faster and more efficient way of keeping and/or accessing the patients’ medical data via online the moment they [patients] undergo consultation in a certain hospital or clinic.

Traditionally, health records are compiled and maintained by health care providers. They are considered as part of the hospital medical equipments and it is very beneficial for health professions in order to completely perform their tasks. It is in the said device where doctors and nurses lay out the systematic documentation the medical history and care of that person. Aside from that basic information and health history that are normally asked to the patient upon admission, it is also in the said hospital medical equipment where doctors and nurse record the medical encounters, administrations of drugs and therapies, doctor’s orders and prescriptions, progress notes, test results, and other information related to the diagnoses and treatment that the patient went through.

Recommendations over usage of electronic health records brought lots of controversy in health care industry. Though CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics surveys revealed that the current percentage of doctors who adopted electronic health record system in their practice has already doubled over the past three years, there are still many physicians who do not want to embrace this new hospital medical equipment for keeping patient’s medical information online. And while I am finishing this write-up, I found a very useful infographic that surveyed doctors as well as patients regarding the usage of electronic health records over paper chart.

Based on the survey results  of Practice Fusion that compares the opinion of doctors and patients over EHR, respondents revealed that accessibility is among the greatest benefits of this new medical record system. 63% of Doctors and 95% of patients agreed that with the patient’s medical record stored online, they can instantly access the information whenever needed. Next to accessibility is safety. 54% of doctors and 47% of patients said this new system for recording patient’s medical information is much safer than paper-based health record.  Only 18% of doctors and 39% of patients thought that the latter is more secured. Other advantages of electronic health records that were revealed in the infograph are portability of records between doctors, more accurate records, saves time, and could save thousands of lives each year because doctor’s order are easier to understand this time.