Misconceptions About Assessing Conditions

We educate a good bit about documentation of a proper assessment, use the acronyms M-E-A-T or T-E-A-M and still see skimpy notes with an “assessment” that doesn’t pass muster – from providers who, by now, should be on board with the concept. It occurred to us that maybe they don’t understand what is meant by the term or are unclear that their charting doesn’t meet the standard. The Cambridge Dictionary online defines assessment as “the process of considering all the information about a situation or a person, and making a judgement.” Applying this definition to medical documentation, we know that clinicians obviously do make assessments of a patient’s medical conditions, but that thought...

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Sounding the alarm: How noise hurts your heart

In 2011, Germany’s Frankfurt Airport — the country’s busiest — unveiled its fourth runway. The addition sparked major protests, with demonstrators returning to the airport every Monday for years. “It’s destroying my life,” one protester told Reuters a year later. “Every time I go into my garden, all I can hear and see are planes right above.” The new runway also channeled dozens of aircraft directly over the house of Thomas Münzel, a cardiologist at the University Medical Center of Mainz. “I have lived close to the German Autobahn and close to inner city train tracks,” he says. “Aircraft noise is the most annoying by far.” Münzel had read a 2009 World Health Organization report linking...

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Aventura Hospital and Medical Center Named One of Healthgrades 2021 America’s 250 Best Hospitals

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center among the top five percent of U.S. hospitals for clinical outcomes Aventura, Florida (February 16, 2021) – Aventura Hospital and Medical Center recently announced that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2021 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award™. The distinction places Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in the top five percent of nearly 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. “We follow best practices and national standards in patient safety spanning the entire scope of outpatient and inpatient areas promoting the...

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How some drugs can turn into a cancer-causing chemical in the body

When consumers get a prescription drug from the pharmacy, they assume that it’s been tested and is safe to use. But what if a drug changes in harmful ways as it sits on the shelf or in the body? One dangerous result has been the creation of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a probable carcinogen, in certain drugs. NDMA is found in chlorinated water, food and drugs in trace amounts. To minimize exposure, the Food and Drug Administration has set an acceptable level of NDMA in each pill at less than 96 nanograms. But over the past few years the FDA has found excessive amounts of NDMA in several drugs for hypertension, diabetes and heartburn. As a result, the agency has initiated recalls to...

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