Continuum: A Healthcare Blog

  • Every Step Counts: Tips for Beginning a Heart-Healthy Diet

    Every Step Counts: Tips for Beginning a Heart-Healthy Diet

    Vibra Health Blog

    When most people hear "heart-healthy diet," they think they will never be able to eat salt again. Reducing sodium intake is an important part of a heart-healthy diet. But there are other ways to adjust your diet to improve your heart health, too. DASH Diet The DASH diet stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. This diet has been found to improve blood pressure, even without a full reduction in salt intake. The diet focuses on eating lots of fruits and vegetables, lean meats, ... When most people hear "heart-healthy diet," they think they will never be able to eat salt again. Reducing sodium intake is an important part of a ... Read More
  • Respiratory Failure & Ventilator Weaning: Dr. Albert Loerinc, MD

    Respiratory Failure & Ventilator Weaning: Dr. Albert Loerinc, MD

    Vibra Health Blog

    When a person is critically ill and cannot breathe on their own, they are placed on a mechanical ventilator. Commonly referred to as “life support,” ventilators breathe for the patient. Weaning a patient from a ventilator is a complex process that has been greatly improved through the use of state-of-the-art technology. On this episode of Continuum, Dr. Albert Loerinc, a pulmonologist and Vibra Healthcare’s National LTAC Medical Advisor, joins us to discuss respiratory failure and ... When a person is critically ill and cannot breathe on their own, they are placed on a mechanical ventilator. Commonly referred to as “life support,” ... Read More
  • Rehabilitation After a Lower Extremity Amputation

    Rehabilitation After a Lower Extremity Amputation

    Vibra Health Blog

    There are currently about two million people in the United States living with limb loss . Every year, 185,000 people undergo an amputation, with below-the-knee amputations most common. With that number expected to double over the next few decades, the need for rehabilitation after a lower extremity amputation is likely to grow. Why are amputations becoming more frequent? There are several factors contributing to the increased frequency of amputations. One of which is the result of medical ... There are currently about two million people in the United States living with limb loss . Every year, 185,000 people undergo an amputation, with ... Read More
  • Infection Prevention in Hospitals

    Infection Prevention in Hospitals

    Vibra Health Blog

    Hospitals are a place of healing and recovery. But they are also a place where infections can spread easily if proper precautions aren't taken . In the United States, healthcare-acquired infections are an all-too-frequent occurrence, affecting one out of every 20 to 30 patients. Fortunately, with everyone working together, the risk of infection can be greatly minimized. What are the risk factors for infection? There are a number of factors that contribute to the high risk of infection in ... Hospitals are a place of healing and recovery. But they are also a place where infections can spread easily if proper precautions aren't taken . In ... Read More
  • A Unique Perspective: International Nurses in the United States

    A Unique Perspective: International Nurses in the United States

    Vibra Health Blog

    With the United States facing a shortage of nurses, many healthcare organizations are looking abroad to meet demand . Those nurses, while highly qualified to care for their patients, also offer a unique perspective on healthcare in America. We spoke to several international nurses from Vibra Hospital of Fargo about their experiences. Why did you decide to become a nurse? Wangari (Kenya): It is something I wanted to do since I graduated from high school. Abu (Nigeria): As a child, I always ... With the United States facing a shortage of nurses, many healthcare organizations are looking abroad to meet demand . Those nurses, while highly ... Read More
  • How to Keep Safe After Hip Surgery

    How to Keep Safe After Hip Surgery

    Vibra Health Blog

    Falls and accidents can happen to anyone, but patients who have been hospitalized, weak, and had recent surgeries are at greater risk. This is especially true for those who have recently had hip surgery. By taking proper precautions you can reduce the risk of injury. Here are some tips on how to keep safe after hip surgery. Start with the Basics The first thing you can do is adhere to some general home safety practices for all households. Make sure that you have proper lighting throughout ... Falls and accidents can happen to anyone, but patients who have been hospitalized, weak, and had recent surgeries are at greater risk. This is ... Read More
  • Treating the Whole Trauma Patient

    Treating the Whole Trauma Patient

    Vibra Health Blog

    Motor vehicle accidents. Gunshot wounds. Workplace accidents. When we think of a trauma patient, the intense physical recovery from their injuries is what often comes to mind. And while treating those injuries is of great importance, a full recovery is much more complex. In order to treat the whole trauma patient, we must also consider the mental and emotional side of trauma. Trauma can be defined as any life-threatening event or a psychologically devastating event that can affect a ... Motor vehicle accidents. Gunshot wounds. Workplace accidents. When we think of a trauma patient, the intense physical recovery from their injuries is ... Read More
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