Say goodbye to nitrogen narcosis?

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Another discovery in the diving word eh?  Or perhaps an incentive for risk taking divers to go to the extremes – who knows.  It is fascinating to see that someone has created a “gummy bear for the deep”.

From SporkDiver.UK: Nitrogen narcosis, or the ‘Raptures of the Deep’, as Jacques-Yves Cousteau called it, is the disorientating effect and altered state of mind caused by breathing nitrogen at a high partial pressure. The deeper a diver descends, the higher the partial pressure of nitrogen and other gases in his air will be. For this reason, nitrogen narcosis is usually thought of as a function of depth. The deeper a diver goes, the greater the narcosis.

Read whole article here

Does your patient REALLY understand you?

HEAR YOU copyThis isn’t a language barrier question, this is a medical literacy question. Did you know that 9 out of 10 patients do not receive health information in a way they can use or understand?

 “Nothing, not age, income, employment status, educational level and race or ethnic group affects health status more than literacy skills”

Studies have shown that 40-80 percent of the medical information patients receive is forgotten immediately and nearly half of the information retained is incorrect. One of the easiest ways to close the gap of communication between clinician and patient is to employ the “teach-back” method, also known as the “show-me” method or “closing the loop.” Teach-back is a way to confirm that you have explained to the patient what they need to know in a manner that the patient understands. Patient understanding is confirmed when they explain it back to you. It can also help the clinic staff members identify explanations and communication strategies that are most commonly understood by patients.

Best Publishing has been kind enough to post a podcast interview about the teach back method as well as patient education.

Here is the link

Decompression Sickness in Miami

We just heard about a friends daughter getting 8 hyperbaric treatments for what sounds like at least a type 2 DCS or possibly an AGE (she is completely paralyzed on one side) and symptoms have not subsided. We are unsure about what type of chamber was used but it was at a FL hospital, nor do we know how long the treatments were or the depth of each treatment.

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It’ll be interesting to see if the patient was treated with any US NAVY Dive Tables (not monoplace modified tables).

Any comments on this would be great.
If if your facility does receive such symptoms without any dive information (if patient doesn’t recall any of the depths and dive times) how would you treat this patient? How deep, how long?

The Relationship Between HBO Patient Education, Patient Satisfaction, Compliance, and Reimbursement

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Have you ever wondered why your patients quit hyperbaric therapy? Why would they quit despite the fact that they could potentially lose a toe or a foot? Sure a certain percentage of them are claustrophobic, some of them listened to their archaic physicians negative viewpoint of HBOT, some just do not care and have given up, then there are the ones we put in that “uncategorized box” because we really couldn’t pinpoint their rational, instead we categorize these patients simply as “NON-COMPLIANT”.

Are these patients really non-compliant or are they just uninformed and improperly educated? One should ask, “Who in the right mind would sacrifice losing a limb vs going in a chamber for two hours a day watching TV to save the limb in question?” Ask yourself the same question and if you are educated enough and informed enough (and not out of your mind) about the pros of HBOT and the cons of losing a limb, you surely wouldn’t opt for an amputation if you knew there was a possibility of saving that limb. So back to my original question, Why? Is there a possibility that the patient/s were not properly educated on how hyperbaric therapy works and the importance of “daily” treatments explained to them in a way they could understand? In this article I would like to describe the important relationship between improved and effective patient education, patient compliance, patient satisfaction, and value based reimbursement.

Read the whole article here: THE RELATIONSHIP OF PT EDUCATION ON HBO COMPLIANCE PT SATISFACTION AND REIMBURSEMENT

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Have you ever wondered why your patients quit hyperbaric therapy? A clinicians’ work doesn’t stop at technical and clinical know-how in today’s healthcare setting. Although these are essential, so too are the human skills such as customer service, effective patient teaching skills, and service recovery (how to deal with a not so happy patient and recover their business). Almost every hospital in America (if they are even slightly concerned about getting paid) has an in-house or outsourced department that specifically tracks patient satisfaction as well as provides the appropriate training for those that have not yet proven proficient in customer service.
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