Mid-Life Crisis and Wheels

For those of us in the House Spouse age group, “youth” revolved around mobility. We did what we wanted to do because we had wheels, and those wheels set us free. We could go out on Friday night, cruise the town, meet friends, and have fun because our cars let us do that. We had cool cars – at least that is how we remember them now, from a distance.

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Applying Lessons Learned from Medical Error to Everyday Life

Perhaps you have squirted a yellow packet of lemon juice onto your hot dog thinking it was mustard instead. Sometimes such mistakes are funny or just annoying – sometimes they can be very serious. Similar Look-Alike or Sound-Alike occurrences have happened quite often in healthcare. For example, a patient may mistakenly receive an incorrect medication…

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Waffles on Tuesday–Thoughts from the recently retired

Retirement was a distant fantasy for decades, something I wouldn’t allow myself to think about.  It was too far away to let myself start dreaming about it, lest I lose the will to continue the daily grind.  Now, suddenly, it’s here.  These first six weeks of retirement have revealed reflections and realizations I could not…

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Improvement Management is the Highest Application of Change in Healthcare

Improvement Management disseminates timely innovations and interventions throughout the healthcare organization to attain operational compliance and reduce error. This proactive approach spreads and sustains improvement by comprehensively incorporating it into operational structure and tools. Behavior change among staff is seamless as documentation, policy, procedure, job tools, patient education, consent forms, evaluations, Strategic Plans, Medical Staff Rules and Regulations, and more are all simultaneously in alignment. Surveyors find fewer discrepancies, process is better standardized, and physicians and staff spend less time on operational issues and more time with patients.

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Relative Reality

10 Week Old Kitten Wins Chess Game (AP) Unknown, FL. In an unprecedented accomplishment, a 10 week old kitten has won a game of Chess. His opponent conceded to the hyperactive, diabolical feline named Terror yesterday. “His strategy was just relentless,” said the anonymous owner, the renowned produce designer. “Every morning I would find my…

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Home Safe Home

There is absolutely no place like home.  It is simply THE place of comfort and relaxation. Here are some tips to keep it (and you) safe! Keep medications away from others – and pets! Make sure you take medications only as prescribed.  Also, separate household cleaners and pesticides in an area away from food and…

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What Travel Resources Should I Consult?

A few travel sites which we find interesting and usually useful. First, I should acknowledge that travel sites on the web likely outnumber all the spectacular mountains and pristine streams of the Alps and Rockies combined.  If you are interested in cruising the islands of Indonesia, riding the scenic trains of Sardinia or trekking through…

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