What Would You Do? Stop Shielding Your Patients?

Recently, a radiologic technologist working in a hospital in Aurora, CO reported the adoption of a new NO shielding policy for patients including NICU babies and pregnant women.  This has set off a firestorm of controversy via our community regarding the efficacy of patient shielding. AHEC did a survey of our readership to find out the opinion or our readers and 86% responded they would … Continue reading What Would You Do? Stop Shielding Your Patients?

Radioactive Waste at Secret Nuclear Site in Danger?

While I was busy growing up, the US Army Corps of Engineers was building a nuclear powered research center 800 miles from the North Pole in Greenland. In this climatically hostile environment which features a mean temperature of minus ten degrees F and has recorded temperatures of minus 70 degrees and 125 mph wind, they built an underground city powered by a portable nuclear reactor.  … Continue reading Radioactive Waste at Secret Nuclear Site in Danger?

Is It Apathy or Is It Ignorance?

One of my favorite late night shows was Jay Leno and his segments on “Jaywalking” This segment had Jay going to a public park or boardwalk and interviewing people with common questions. The questions were generally current events, current politics, or some common knowledge such as the capital of a state, or my favorite Question: “Why did women burn their bras in the ‘60”s (meaning … Continue reading Is It Apathy or Is It Ignorance?

Are We Sinking Ourselves in Medical Debt?

Several of my friends, independently, have told me their stories about their experiences with Obamacare. All the stories are similar in many ways and entail recounting of large deductibles and small coverage. The news media has recounted different stories, each with a different problem, but basically all with the same theme. My favorite of the most recent ones in my realm is of a wife … Continue reading Are We Sinking Ourselves in Medical Debt?

Broken Trail of Promises at the VA Hospitals

It was reported last week by CNN that at least 40 veterans have died waiting for treatment at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System. They revealed the secret list that patients were shuttled to when they didn’t have time nor room to serve them They did this to hide the fact that thousands of veterans were waiting months to get an appointment. The whistleblower … Continue reading Broken Trail of Promises at the VA Hospitals

The Medical Marijuana Debate or Do You Need a Reefer?

The debate rages on in the media about the benefits and complications of legalizing medical marijuana. We have seen the long lines in Colorado already for those buying for recreational use. I have never used medically or recreationally but many of my friends and acquaintances have done so. I recently lost my sister-in-law to stage IV breast cancer and I tried to convince her to … Continue reading The Medical Marijuana Debate or Do You Need a Reefer?

HealthGrades Report to the Nation for 2014

I received my notice that the HealthGrades Report on hospital quality outcomes for 2014 was online.  If you are not well versed in the HealthGrades ratings, it may come as a shock that your hospital is not as good as you think it is.  Their hospital rating reports for specific procedures and diagnoses are compiled primarily from Medicare claim data, and it includes all hospitals … Continue reading HealthGrades Report to the Nation for 2014

The Patient’s Rights and the 5 ”Rights” of Imaging

If you have been a patient in any health care situation recently, you have experienced a denial of some type of medical care.  It could have been a procedure that was not approved, a diagnostic test that someone determined was not necessary, or more likely a medication that was not on your approved list. Health care is changing rapidly and even though you have not … Continue reading The Patient’s Rights and the 5 ”Rights” of Imaging

Walking Beneficial in Cancer Prevention and Risk Reduction

Diagnosis: Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Endometrial cancer RX: Physical Exercise: Get yourself a dog     Many of the latest studies show a direct relationship between physical exercise and the prevention or reduction of risk with breast cancer, colorectal cancer, endometrial cancer and other cancers. One study in 2011 showed that 3-4% of all bowel, breast and uterine cancers are linked to physical inactivity. The correlation … Continue reading Walking Beneficial in Cancer Prevention and Risk Reduction