Continuum: A Healthcare Blog

  • What is Sepsis?

    What is Sepsis?

    Vibra Health Blog

    Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to infection -- and a life-threatening medical emergency. More than 1.5 million people contract sepsis in the United States each year. Over 200,000 of those people die from sepsis. As such, preventing infections that can lead to sepsis is a critical task in any hospital. Who is most at risk for sepsis? Anyone can contract an infection that leads to sepsis, but certain populations are at higher risk. These include: Individuals aged 65+ or less than ... Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to infection -- and a life-threatening medical emergency. More than 1.5 million people contract sepsis in the ... Read More
  • Are Vaccines Only for Kids?

    Are Vaccines Only for Kids?

    Vibra Health Blog

    When we think about vaccines, we think about children. Measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox. We (hopefully) get our kids vaccinated, to protect them from these diseases. But are vaccines only for children? Absolutely not! Vaccines protect people of all ages from disease . But adults often neglect to immunize themselves, putting themselves at risk of serious illness. But this doesn't only affect ourselves -- it affects our communities, too. The Front Lines Against Disease The most ... When we think about vaccines, we think about children. Measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox. We (hopefully) get our kids vaccinated, to protect ... Read More
  • 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
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