A Memorable Year... 2012's Top Blog Entries

As we bid a fond farewell to 2012, with its many memories and special moments, we thought to share with you our 10 most-read blog posts published this year. Not only do these article provide an enjoyable look-back at 2012, they also provide an overview of some interesting skilled nursing-related topics that we'll continue to cover in 2013.

Tomorrow’s Healthcare – Ask George Costanza

Several years ago there was a top hit TV show called Seinfeld. One of the main characters went by the name of George Costanza. George was the guy that somehow always made the wrong call and as a result things never seemed to work out right in any given situation. In one episode, George comes to the realization that he should try to do the opposite of everything he thought he should and in so doing, his luck changes and everything begins to go his way including getting a girlfriend, a job with the Yankees and moving out of his parents' house. In my view, the new age of healthcare is beginning to come into focus and it’s looking a lot like that Seinfeld Episode. In some ways George holds the key to solving our healthcare crisis.

Healthcare - Where's My GPS?

My wife and I recently hit a milestone of celebrating our 25thwedding anniversary.  2 years ago we decided we would celebrate by taking an extended trip to a place we had never been before.  It was a trip of a lifetime that was filled with great memories that will last forever.  The best laid plans could not have prepared us for all that we experienced.  Part of the adventure was an element of the unknown.  Everything was strange to us.  People spoke a different language, and as a result, any of the signs that may have given us a hint as to a sense of direction were of no use to us.  We basically were down to instinct and other familiar constants like the sun rising in the east and setting in the west.  We found ourselves relying solely on the people that were around us.  The only way we could communicate with them was by gestures and pointing.  Anyone watching our performances could have a good laugh.  We ran into people who were both very nice and helpful and others who took advantage of us and in some cases steered us in the wrong direction.  It was a humbling learning experience for both of us.  While reflecting on all of this I got to thinking about what we do at The Maplewood and the fact that there are solid parallels between the experience of my wife and I and the Patients and families at The Maplewood who we are privileged to serve.    

Medication Administration goes digital

Photo of nurse at workstationDid you ever see the product that the BIC pen company produced and made famous from the early 60s right up to today?  It isnt the disposable lighter I am thinking of but rather the four in one pen.  By flicking your finger you could change the pen color from black to red to green to blue.  Over the years BIC has made hundreds of millions of dollars from this product just from healthcare.  Blue, red and green colors  were all assigned to either the day, evening or night shift and that is how one distinguished at a glance when medications were administred or notes were written.  That was all well and good until sharing information quickly started to become a mandate in healthcare.  Today these kinds of systems seem silly and antiquated but strangely enough the healthcare profession continues to fight the need for change.  Over the next several years it will become mandatory that healthcare become fully digital and fully electronic.