Dementia and Alzheimer residents in an Orlando nursing home are reportedly using iPads. And their caregivers are seeing a difference. With such a debilitating disease process as dementia, little in the past has seemed to make a substantial impact on quality of life. Until now? Is it possible that the iPad offers something that research and tools in the past have not? With its touch screen capabilities, iPads offer a mechanism for the elderly and demented patients to interact and recall fundamental life  skills previously taken away by…

Patients code in diagnostic scanners. I know this because in my three short years as a nurse, two of my own have done it. I guess you can say that is a pretty low percentage, but to me (and my fellow nurses out there), it is two too many. We’ve been with our “high-risk” monitored patients thousands of times to tests. What makes this one, the one where they code, different? I’ll tell you. It is different because this time you know nothing will happen. This time you…

Social Media surprised me this week. In case you live on the left coast, I’ll update you with the many natural disasters we here on the right coast have faced recently: swamp fires, earthquakes, and hurricanes (no locusts….yet). The fire has been burning for months. We’ve seen an increase in hospital admissions for respiratory issues of heart and lung patients. Their PRN albuterol inhalers are not doing the trick. Apparently the smoke particles are so small that they creep into the house ventilation systems, so even if you…