Summer is a great time to head outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. Unfortunately, it’s also a season for increased injuries and ER visits. According to the National Safety Council, three people die and 847 people are injured from preventable injuries every 10 minutes. That’s about the amount of time it takes to walk your dog or sweep your front porch.… Read more
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans spend on average 93% of their life indoors. Summer is the perfect time to encourage patients to get outside and get moving. As part of Great Outdoors Month, there’s no better time to promote a healthier lifestyle by educating patients on why they need to ditch the couch and head outdoors to reduce anxiety, improve blood pressure and improve physical health. Whether camping, fishing, rock climbing, or simply hanging out in the neighborhood park, nature offers each of us plenty of ways to get active, explore and strengthen our bonds with friends and family.… Read more
January is National Blood Donor Month and right now there is an urgent need for donors of all blood types to offset a serious shortage. According to the American Red Cross, there were 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December. Additionally, severe winter weather has forced more than 150 blood drives to cancel, resulting in 5,500 blood donations to go uncollected.… Read more
According the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), influenza activity in the U.S. remains low, however, there are things you can do to prepare your patients for the flu season including:
- Share informational flu handouts for those who have questions about vaccinations or those who refuse to have a flu shot. You can download a “Get the Facts” flyer here from the CDC.
We are living in a time of unprecedented change, fueled by emerging technology that will impact how we live, when we work and the way we interact with each other and the world around us. It’s hard to imagine how we would make it through the day without our smart phones, but it’s even harder to believe the first iPhone was released just ten years ago.… Read more
November is American Diabetes Month, which is an excellent time to educate patients about a disease that impacts tens of millions of people, including a large percentage of the population that may not realize they are at risk or already have the disease.
Various estimates put the annual cost of hospital readmissions in the tens of billions of dollars. Many of the readmissions that occur in the U.S. each year are avoidable, and hospitals have been taking steps in recent years to reduce readmissions whenever possible. Unfortunately, a lot of unnecessary financial burden still exists as a result of preventable readmissions.… Read more
There’s no doubt we live busy lives. Access to technology fueled by smartphone ownership provides unprecedented opportunity for connection. Because of this, healthcare providers and health delivery systems have the opportunity to be connected beyond the bounds of the clinical setting in ways that would have been futuristic only a few years ago. … Read more
Many practices who offer or support immunization services can take advantage of the momentum generated with this national observance to encourage patients of all ages to stay up-to-date on the vaccinations recommended for them.
The good news is the National Public Health Information Coalition has made it easy for you! Go to https://www.nphic.org/niam to download some free resources that will educate and motivate your patients including:
- Vaccine information by age
- Sample news releases, articles & social media posts
- Links to web resources from the CDC
- Logos, web banners, posters and graphics
All free of charge!… Read more