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Online Employee Training: Employers Improve Efficiency with LMS Software

Online Employee Training: Employers Improve Efficiency with LMS SoftwareOnline employee training is of growing importance to healthcare companies seeking to gain an advantage among their competitors. Why? Proper employee training can have a significant impact on organizational goals:

  • Efficient online employee training can be a pathway to a more productive workforce, encouraging strong, sustainable and balanced growth among an organization.
  • Efficient online training increases the performance of individuals, groups and teams, leading to higher levels of employee satisfaction and retention rates.
  • Efficient online training boosts financial gains by enhancing a company’s image and status.

Research on Employee Training Programs

Software Advice recently conducted research on employee training programs, which involved 2 separate surveys: one of prospective buyers and one of human resource (HR) professionals. According to their research, companies are seeking greater efficiency over their current training programs by utilizing an LMS (learning management system).

The research findings revealed:

  • 80 percent of employers are considering using LMS software for the first time.
  • 59 percent of those sampled still rely on antiquated manual methods, such as paper documents, in-person trainings (classroom instructor) and general-purpose software (Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) to administer and track employee training.
  • Some employers have HR software in place, but they do not use the software for employee training. For example, one employer in the group mentioned using a human resources information system (HRIS) for general HR purposes, but still manually tracked instructor-led trainings.
  • Only 20 percent of employers currently use commercial LMS software.

 

Current Training Methods

Current Training Methods

“Although the employers are in different stages of adopting technology for their HR and training needs, each could still benefit from having a single, unified system where content creation, training administration, tracking and reporting can happen simultaneously.” –Software Advice

Learn More  What is LMS Software?

Is LMS Software for Big Business Only?

Many employers are still using “old” employee training techniques because they believe LMS software is only efficient for large corporations. While it is true that large companies reap significant rewards from using an LMS, according to the research, smaller companies can benefit, too. 63 percent of current LMS users work for companies with 500 or less employees, with the largest percentage of respondents (20 percent) from businesses with 51 to 100 employees.

LMS Users’ Company Size by Number of Employees

LMS Users’ Company Size by Number of Employees

Repeat LMS Buyers Seek More Functionality, New Buyers Seek Efficiency

Employers that already have an LMS, but are seeking a new platform, most often desired new software with more functionality:

  • ability to upload and store training content (61 percent)
  • ability to track training (45 percent)
  • reporting capabilities (45 percent)

 

Top Reasons for Evaluating New LMS Software

Top Reasons for Evaluating New LMS Software

Employers who are seeking to invest in LMS software for the first time desired:

  • improved training efficiency (27 percent)
  • improved organization (25 percent)
  • improved tracking of training information (24 percent)

 

Top-Requested LMS Software Functionality

Current Training MethodsLMS Software Impacts Organization of Training Content and Efficiency

The research findings demonstrate that a staggering 99% of employers who currently use an LMS for online employee training believe that their LMS positively impacts training efficiency, job performance, employee retention or engagement.

“For potential buyers, this suggests that the purchase of an LMS solution has the potential to be a worthwhile investment that yields similarly positive results. Top benefits of LMS software include more organized and consistent delivery of training material, which can lead to improved job performance, better retention of data and increased employee engagement.” – Software Advice

What about your company?

Are you still relying on non-technological means or basic software to create content, administer training and track results? If you are, ask the following questions:

  • How efficiently are your managers tracking employee training?
  • Are your employees satisfied with the training they receive?
  • Do your employees feel empowered to do their job well?
  • What is your turnover rate?
  • What is your cost of recruitment?
  • What is the cost of your current training program?

“Quantifying the return on investment in employee training can be a difficult task, but advanced metrics from LMS platforms on course completion, information retention and effect on job performance give users better insight into how effective their training programs really are. Once companies implement effective employee training, the benefits to engagement and the bottom line will likely follow.” – Software Advice

As with any tool, LMS software must be carefully selected and implemented to yield positive results. CEU360’s LMS is uniquely designed to accommodate the training needs of healthcare organizations:

  • Branded University. CEU360 design experts can quickly brand your learning management system complete with your logo, custom URL, and custom login page to ensure your employees have a seamless experience.
  • Custom Content Creation. CEU360 can create new training and educational content for your organization with a matter of days (not months or even weeks) which means you don’t have to wait to provide company messaging and training materials to your employees.
  • Utilization Tracking & Reporting. CEU360’s customized reports ensure you are able to track usage and compliance on your terms. 

With minimal training to use and deploy, the CEU360 LMS is a simple choice that fulfills your education and training needs.

References:

[1] Westfall, B. (2015, May 8). Learning Management Systems BuyerView. Retrieved from http://www.softwareadvice.com/hr/buyerview/lms-report-2015/

[2] O’Loughlin, E. (2015, February 17). Learning Management Systems | UserView 2015. Retrieved from http://www.softwareadvice.com/hr/userview/lms-report-2015/


Infographic: New Hire Orientation in Healthcare

The CEU360.com learning management system (LMS) solution is powered by cutting edge technology and innovation. Our advanced content delivery system is easy to use and deploy – a simple choice that fulfills your new hire orientation, compliance training and continuing education needs.

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  • Orientation to Your Company’s Culture and Performance Values
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  • Documenting Employee Training
  • New Hire Orientation Checklist
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Recent Health Articles: Another Concussion Concern; Breakthrough Alzheimer’s Test; ICD-10 Update; Plus, More!

Latest Health News Updates

Top Health Updates:

#1Concussed College Athletes Almost Twice as Likely to Experience Later Lower Extremity Injuries

A study of Division I college athletes has reinforced the idea that there’s a connection between concussion and later musculoskeletal injury, with an estimate that for as much as a year after the initial head injury, concussed athletes are nearly twice as likely to suffer an acute lower extremity injury than they were prior to the concussion.

#2Symptom Checkers May Not Get The Diagnosis Right

There’s a warning out today for those who go online or to apps to figure out why they have an upset tummy or nagging cough. Symptom checkers, those tools that ask for information and suggest a diagnosis, are accurate only about half of the time. Read More

#3Could a Saliva Test Help Spot Alzheimer’s?

Scientists say a test based on a patient’s saliva might someday help detect Alzheimer’s disease.

#4CMS Offers Concession for Certain ICD-10 Coding Errors

As the October 1st startup date for the ICD-10 coding system creeps closer and closer, the compliance picture seems to be brightening, just as the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announces that it’s taking a somewhat softer approach to how it will handle provider mistakes in the new system. Read More

More News & Recent Health Articles:

Austrian Men Receive Robotic Prosthetic Hands in World First

Three Austrian men are the first to undergo what doctors refer to as “bionic reconstruction”, which involves a voluntary amputation, the transplant of nerves and muscles, and learning to use faint signals from them to command the hand. Read More

Obesity: ‘Slim Chance’ of Return to Normal Weight

The chance of returning to a normal weight after becoming obese is only one in 210 for men and one in 124 for women over a year, research suggests.

Barefoot Running May Contribute to Problematic Patterns

A study found that a significant number of experienced runners age 30 and older (40 percent of men and 20 percent of women) maintained a heel-first running pattern — which naturally occurs when wearing a shoe with an elevated heel — when running without shoes. Maintaining a heel-toe pattern while running barefoot or in a minimalist shoe may lead to more frequent injuries.

Meta-Analysis Backs Use of Electrical Stimulation on Patients Post-Stroke

Authors of a review and analysis of studies on neuromuscular electric stimulation (NMES) in the treatment of patients post-stroke say they’ve taken a step toward settling some of the debate about the technique’s effectiveness. Bottom line: it’s an option that they recommend to reduce spasticity and increase range of motion.

Congress Guarantees Access to Speech-Generating Devices for Medicare Patients

The U.S. House of Representatives on July 14th passed the Steve Gleason Act, which protects Medicare patients’ access to medically necessary speech-generating devices for individuals with communication disabilities, including ALS, cerebral palsy and Rett syndrome. Read More.

Smoking Linked to Schizophrenia

People with schizophrenia are three times more likely to smoke than those who don’t have the mental health condition, according to a study published in Lancet.

Give Us Your Input!

What do you think about the latest health news? Are there any recent discoveries that surprise you? Pique your interest? Are a cause for concern? Share your comments below.


8 Common HIPAA Violations & How to Avoid Them

Is your facility HIPAA compliant? Are you sure? If not, HIPAA violations could cost you.

Common HIPAA ViolationsHIPAA violations result in fines per offense which range between $100 and $50,000. However, there is a limit to the amount one organization can be fined annually: a whopping $1.5 million! In addition to these fines, the states’ attorneys general can pursue civil actions. And, breaches for greater than 500 patients must be reported to news media.  Suffice to say that most businesses can’t afford that type of profit loss per calendar year nor can they recover from a malevolent media onslaught.

In order to avoid expensive fines and negative publicity, administrators need to ensure both their operating systems and their policies and procedures are regularly updated. Furthermore, employees should receive compliance training both as a new hire and on an ongoing basis.

→ Learn More: 3 Steps to HIPAA Law Compliance

The 8 Most Common HIPAA Violations

As part of your compliance training program, make sure your employees are aware of the most-violated HIPAA laws:

#1 – Disclosing patient information to an impermissible third party.

Your employees should be very careful to avoid gossiping, even if they believe no one will ever find out about their conversation. Unfortunately, sharing information through chitchat with friends, family and coworkers is one of the most common HIPAA violations. Remind your employees frequently: talking about a patient is against federal law!

#2 – Releasing unauthorized protected health information (PHI) due to incomplete HIPAA forms.

Before releasing any information to outside parties, it is imperative that patients’ authorization forms are completed in their entirety. The form should include the patient’s legal name, the specific information that is permitted for disclosure, and the date through which the authorization is valid. (See a sample HIPAA authorization form here.)

#3 – Failing to destroy old information.

According to HIPAA law, outdated or incorrect patient information must be destroyed to avoid a breach of PHI.

#4- Incorrectly disposing patient information.

PHI should never be discarded in the regular trash can; rather, it should be shredded or burned. Placing signs at trash cans, recycling bins and shredding stations can be a great reminder for employees to dispose of PHI correctly.

#5 – Releasing patient information in an untimely manner.

HIPAA law requires that medical records be released upon request. It is imperative that your employees release information in a timely manner to avoid fines.

#6 – Making errors when storing papers or files.

If you use paper and storage filing system, sooner or later a document is going to be misplaced; it’s unavoidable with human error. And unfortunately, incorrectly filing a patient’s records can lead to a HIPAA fine. Switching to an electronic filing database can almost completely eliminate this risk.

#7 – Improperly securing or losing computer devices or back-up drives.

Stolen laptops, tablets, mobile phones, backup discs, USB drives and the like can cause leaks in patient information. Safeguards should be in place to protect PHI in the event of theft or loss such as using passwords on electronic devices to verify the person signing into the device is authorized to access the information.

#8 – Being unprotected from computer hacking.

Again, using encryption, firewalls, password-restricted access, and other security measures are imperative for protecting PHI. It may also be a wise investment for your organization to utilize an electronic records database that can be accessed remotely from a cloud to avoid computer hacking and misuse of PHI.

Inadequately trained employees leads to a greater chance of HIPAA offenses

Many of the aforementioned HIPAA violations can be avoided if employees receive adequate and ongoing training on HIPAA law. Don’t let your facility become another statistic! If you don’t have one already, begin and implement a HIPAA compliance training program, and make sure that HIPAA law compliancy is included in your written policies and procedures.

→ Learn More: 7 Must-Haves for Regulatory Compliance Training

Originally published in 2014.


Expanding Library of Online Continuing Education Courses

We’ve added new online continuing education courses to our corporate libraries:
 

Exercises for Prevention of and Recovery from Back Pain
4 hours*

Exercises for Prevention of and Recovery from Back Pain

 

This course identifies some of the major causes of back pain, which affects over 80% of American adults at some time. Attendees will enhance their understanding of crucial structures related to the spine and gain a deeper knowledge of conditions which contribute to back issues, and some of the major pathologies which impede spinal health.

 

The course arms the trainer/therapist with a comprehensive approach to assisting clients which will include research and experience based techniques shown to be effective at restoring and preserving optimum function of the back.

 

Hands on Help for Headaches: Reducing Frequency & Intensity
2 hours*

Hands on Help for Headaches: Reducing Frequency & Intensity

 

This course is designed to help the health practitioner appreciate the prevalence of migraine and similar headache pain, identify some of the associated and causative factors, and acquire hands-on skills known to be effective at reducing the frequency and intensity of symptoms.

 

The course examines external and internal triggers of headache pain. It explores rationale and research supporting the efficacy of manual protocols and culminates with a thorough didactic of specific techniques. Attendees will be equipped with understanding and skill to begin helping clients immediately.

 

Knee Protection: Damage Prevention and Safe Return to Activity
2 hours*

Knee Protection: Damage Prevention and Safe Return to Activity

 

This course begins with an overview of the occurrence of knee injury in the United States.  Students will learn conditions which contribute to knee injury, and progress to a comprehensive view of the anatomy of this largest joint in the human body.  The most common injuries and pathologies will be explored, as will some of the most popular medical interventions.

 

The course emphasizes research and experience based techniques shown to be effective at preventing knee damage and facilitating return to activity following injury. Exercises will be revealed in isolated views and organized into a coherent protocol for immediate application.

 

Evaluation and Treatment of the Adolescent Overhead Athlete
2 hours*

Evaluation and Treatment of the Adolescent Overhead Athlete

 

In an era of sport specialization, the adolescent athlete is at an all-time high risk for sustaining injury. This course presents the rehabilitation specialist with the latest evidence – based approaches in the evaluation and rehabilitation of the adolescent overhead athlete.

 

Learn the critical elements of an effective screening process to identify young athletes who are at risk for injury.  This course presents the relationship among several shoulder and elbow disorders and discusses the most evidence- based clinical tests.  Effective screening measures to identify core instability, scapula dyskinesia and abnormal pitching mechanics are highlighted.  Numerous videos of sport-specific drills for the shoulder, scapula and corelower extremity are provided to enforce learned material. You will have access to the most recent post-surgical protocols used by the world’s leading orthopedic surgeons in the country.

 

In addition, this course provides interval and transition to sport protocols for overhead athletes, including baseball pitchers and position players, swimmers, quarterbacks, golfers, tennis players, softball pitchers and tennis players.

 

Evaluation and Treatment of Adhesive Capsulitis: A Paradigm Shift
1 hour*

Evaluation and Treatment of Adhesive Capsulitis: A Paradigm Shift

 

Adhesive capsulitis is one of the most challenging shoulder disorders encountered by rehabilitation clinicians. The differential diagnosis of adhesive capsulitis vs. shoulder stiffness is important to designing a proper rehabilitation program, establishing an accurate prognosis and in delivering efficient interventions. There has been a recent paradigm shift in the proper rehabilitation for patients with adhesive capsulitis that is based on a customized approach.

 

The focus of this course is on this new evidence-based paradigm. Earn the confidence of patients and referral sources by understanding the current evidence-based treatment techniques and avoiding frustration and miscommunication that can result from following a traditional approach. What is the precise amount of force that should be delivered with manual techniques in order to maximize outcome and minimize overloading the tissues?  This is a critical question that this course will answer. Video presentations of effective clinician and patient-directed effective soft tissue and joint mobilizations/ stretches will provide the rehabilitation specialist with additional tools to optimize outcome with these challenging patients.

 

Evaluation and Treatment of Non-surgical and Surgical SLAP Disorders
2 hours*

Evaluation and Treatment of Non-surgical and Surgical SLAP Disorders

 

This course succinctly summarizes current debate and conflicting evidence in the diagnosis and treatment of SLAP lesions. Levels and strengths of evidence are presented in order to maximize an accurate diagnosis and provide optimal interventions. Videos of clinician and patient-directed soft tissue mobilizations, stretches and therapeutic exercise are presented in order to reinforce learning concepts. Healthcare professionals have access to the most recent post-surgical protocols used by the worlds leading orthopedic surgeons in the country.

 

In addition, this course provides interval and transition to sport protocols for overhead athletes, including baseball pitchers and position players, swimmers, quarterbacks, golfers, tennis players, softball pitchers and tennis players. The debate on SLAP repair vs. Biceps tenodesis will be explored as will recent advancements in post-surgical management of complicated cases.

  

Prehab for the Most Common Runner Injuries: IT Band, Shin Splints Treatment & More
1 hour*

Prehab for the Most Common Runner Injuries: IT Band, Shin Splints Treatment & More

 

The field of sports medicine has shifted its focus from treatment to prevention of injuries—termed “pre-hab” for athletes. This course discusses the most common runner injuries and provides an in-depth discussion of the top prevention strategies (pre-hab) for avid runners. Proper running mechanics, gait analysis and muscle exertion are thoroughly reviewed. In addition, demonstrative video facilitates comprehension of beneficial stretching and strengthening exercises.

 

This course allows the health and fitness professional to integrate several advanced concepts related to running through a balance of scientific theory and practice.

 

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10 Interesting Facts About Orthopedics

Orthopedic Continuing EducationDid you know?

10 Facts about Orthopedics & Sports Medicine:

  1. According to an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons survey, Wyoming has the highest density of orthopedic surgeons in the United States, at 14.96 per 100,000 residents; Mississippi has the lowest, at 6.55.
  1. The number one reason for seeing an orthopedic surgeon in the U.S. is knee pain. In 2010, 18,623,616 patients presented to orthopedic surgeons for knee complaints while 13,226,258 presented for back complaints.
  1. 90 percent of knee replacement patients experience a significant reduction in pain; 85 percent of artificial knees still function 20 years after surgery.
  1. Over a lifetime, the per-patient societal benefit of surgery for displaced hip fractures exceeds the direct medical costs by an estimated $65,000–$68,000.
  1. Research published in JAMA Internal Medicine investigated the effect of hip fractures on a particularly vulnerable population: those living in nursing homes. The findings? The mortality rate for hip fracture patients tracked for one year was nearly 50 percent.
  1. About 500,000 knee replacements and more than 175,000 hip replacements are performed annually, and those numbers are on the rise. In fact, hip replacements are expected to increase 174% in the next 20 years, and knee replacements will rise even more — 673%.
  1. Only 15 percent of orthopedic physicians are under 40 and nearly one-third are over 60. Research shows that by the end of next year, there may not be enough orthopedic physicians in the U.S. to be able to see all the patients that need to be treated.
  1. In the U.S., more than 3.5 million children ages 14 and younger get hurt annually playing sports or participating in recreational activities.
  1. Sports and recreational activities contribute to approximately 21 percent of all traumatic brain injuries among American children.
  1. Overuse injury is responsible for half of all sports injuries to middle-and high-school students.

 

Learn More: Orthopedic Continuing Education Courses for PTs/PTAs and OTs/OTAs

 

References:

[1] John Hopkins Medicine

[2] National Center for Sports Safety

[3] Stop Sports Injuries

[4] American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons


Recent Health Articles: Arthroscopic Knee Surgery of No Benefit, Sleep or Die, Talking Therapy for Back Pain & More!

Latest Health News Updates

Top Health Updates:

#1More Evidence Questions Benefits of Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

The case continues to mount around the lack of evidence to support arthroscopic surgery for degenerative knees—this time, by way of research that calls for a “reversal of a common medical practice,” even among patients with knee osteoarthritis. Authors of the article write that the procedure produces “small inconsequential” benefits in pain and that surgery produced no benefit in function. Read More

#2Talking Therapy Shows Promise for People with Chronic Low Back Pain

New research from Royal Holloway, University of London has found that a new form of talking therapy is a credible and promising treatment for people with chronic low back pain who are also suffering from related psychological stress.

#3Sleep or Die? Growing Body of Research Warns of Heart Attacks, Strokes

A growing amount of research suggests that not getting enough shut-eye could have insidious effects on heart disease, obesity and other conditions. Read More

#4Strokes Steal 8 Years’ Worth of Brain Function, Study Suggests

Having a stroke ages a person’s brain function by almost eight years — robbing them of memory and thinking speed as measured on cognitive tests, according to a new study.

More News & Recent Health Articles:

Diet May Trump Noise Exposure in Hearing Loss, Research Shows

University of Florida researchers have found a link between healthy eating and another of your five senses: hearing. Read More

Medicare Provides Tips on Reducing Errors around Insufficient Documentation

According to Medicare administrative contractors (MACs), physical therapy procedures are among the “more common” procedures that get denied due to insufficient documentation. It’s a pattern they’re hoping to change through additional information aimed in part at physical therapists (PTs). Read More

Intensive Motor Learning Can Improve Function Post-Stroke, Even if it Begins a Year Later

Authors of a small study of motor learning (ML) treatment with patients post-stroke claim that not only can the approach make a difference more than a year after the stroke event, but that ML alone works about as well as ML that uses robot-assisted training or functional electrical stimulation (FES).

Pollution May Age the Brain

Exposure to air pollution may hasten brain aging, a new study has found.

Breakthrough Tinnitus Research Could Lead to Testable Model

A global research effort provides new insights into how tinnitus, and the often co-occurring hyperacusis, might develop and be sustained.

Massage Therapy Can Reduce Inflammation at the Circulatory Level

This month’s research review by the Massage Therapy Foundation explored the findings of a randomized, blinded study examining the effects of Swedish massage on exertion-induced muscle injury.

Give Us Your Input!

What do you think about the latest health news? Are there any recent discoveries that surprise you? Pique your interest? Are a cause for concern? Share your comments below.


Workplace Safety Quiz

It’s National Safety Month! Are YOU safe in your workplace? Use this Workplace Safety Quiz to find out.

Workplace Safety QuizWorkplace safety starts with individuals being responsible, proactive and having keen awareness of the potential dangers in the work environment.

Workplace Safety Quiz:

1.) Which of the following should you not do while lifting a heavy object or moving a patient?

A. Keep your back straight
B. Keep your feet together
C. Bend at the knees
D. Keep the object or patient close to your body

2.) Which of the following statements is not correct?

A. Electricity tries to travel to ground.
B. Electricity takes the path of lease resistance.
C. Electricity always travels to ground.
D. Electricity travels in a complete circuit.

3.) When climbing up or down a flight of stairs, to maximize safety, you should __________________.

A. Hold the handrails
B. Skip steps to climb faster
C. Walk close to the person ahead of you
D. Talk on your cell phone

4.) While setting up a non-self supporting ladder against a wall, the base should be moved ____ inches from the wall for every foot of the ladder’s height.

A. 1
B. 2
C. 3
D. 4

5.) The most common work injury in summer months is dehydration. When working outside or in a warm environment, how often should you drink water?

A. Every 5 minutes, even if you are not thirsty
B. Every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty
C. Every 30 minutes, even if you are not thirsty
D. Every hour, even if you are not thirsty

6.) When you create an online password, you should ______________________.

A. Make it something easy to guess
B. Use the same password for all of your accounts so it is easy to remember
C. Share your password via email
D. Make your password using a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols

7.) You receive a chain email from a coworker that tells you to pass it on to your other coworkers for fun. You should:

A. Forward it to your boss first
B. Forward it to Human Resources
C. Forward it to your coworkers – it’s okay to have a little fun
D. Delete the email

8.) What types of food should be stored in the refrigerator door in the employee break room?

A. Condiments, butter and soda
B. Condiments, milk and juice
C. Butter, cheese and sandwiches
D. Drink items only

9.) How long should lunchmeat be stored in the refrigerator?

A. 1 to 2 days
B. 3 to 5 days
C. 5 days to 1 week
D. 1 to 2 weeks

10.) Which is not a symptom of carbon monoxide poisoning?

A. Dull headache
B. Dizziness
C. Nausea
D. Sneezing

11.) Which of these over-the-counter products is safe to take at work if you are taking a prescription medicine?

A. Aspirin
B. An antacid
C. St. John’s Wort
D. None of the above

Download → Workplace Safety Checklist

Learn More → Regulatory Compliance Training

 

Answers to Workplace Safety Quiz:

1.) B. Keep your feet together
2.) C. Electricity always travels to ground
3.) A. Hold the handrails
4.) B. 2
5.) B. Every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty
6.) D. Make your password using a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols
7.) D. Delete the email (viruses are frequently passed through chain emails)
8.) A. Condiments, butter and soda
9.) B. 3 to 5 days
10.) D. Sneezing
11.) D. None of the above. All of the listed over-the-counter medications/supplements can interact with prescription medicines. Do not take these products without speaking with your doctor or pharmacist first.

 

Additional Resources:

 

Originally published in 2014.


Aphasia Types, Definitions, Causes & Treatment

June is National Aphasia Awareness Month. As a skilled therapist, devote some time this month to understand the aphasia types, causes and treatment options.

Aphasia Types, Definitions, Causes & TreatmentAphasia is the loss of language ability including the incapacity to understand or articulate speech as well as a loss of ability read or write. Aphasia is actually a symptom of a greater underlying problem, and is typically seen in patients with brain injury.  However, there are various aphasia types, each related to the underlying cause of the speech and comprehension problems.

Aphasia Types & Definitions:

1. Primary progressive aphasia (PPA). Language difficulty that develops gradually. This is seen in patients with a gradual degeneration of brain cells as in the instance of dementia or Alzheimer’s. It may also be related to stroke, brain tumor, infection or head injury. 

2. Temporary aphasia. This is a transient episode of aphasia, which occurs in patients with severe migraines, TIAs (transient ischemic stroke) or seizures.

The types of aphasia are further broken down into 3 groups:

  • Nonfluent aphasia (Broca aphasia). Results from damage to the frontal regions of the left hemisphere of the brain. Symptoms include verbal apraxia (difficulty saying words correctly and consistently), repetitive speech, good auditory comprehension but with difficulties following directions, and aggramatic speech (speech pattern with simplified formation of sentences such as “want drink” or “go store” similar to the speech pattern of a toddler, excluding words such as “the”.) Patients with Broca aphasia are often aware of their own communication difficulties and, therefore, experience frustration with their limitations.
  • Fluent aphasia (Wernicke aphasia). Results from damage to the posterior portion of the left side of the brain. This type of aphasia is named “fluent” because these patients can fluently speak; however, they typically communicate via long sentences that are incomprehensible and unrecognizable. They regularly use neologisms (made-up words). These patients have poor auditory processing and often do not even realize that others cannot understand what they are saying. In addition, they cannot repeat what they have said or what others say to them.
  • Global aphasia. The most debilitating of the aphasia types. Results from damage to the frontal and posterior regions of the left hemisphere of the brain. The effect is severe disability with almost a total loss of all forms of communication (speech, reading, writing) as well as comprehension.

Aphasia Treatment Considerations for Therapists:

  1. When a patient has aphasia, it is important to remember the distinction between language and intelligence. Aphasia does not necessarily equate to a loss of intellect. Rather, the problem is rooted in an inability to communicate. Thus, be sure to maintain an appropriate manner for conversation with an adult.
  2. Also, remember to use short, uncomplicated sentences and repeat words or write down words as needed. Do not correct the patient’s speech.
  3. Goals of treatment will differ from patient to patient, and range from complete restoration of language impairments to providing the necessary resources to compensate for long-lasting language barriers. Regardless of the treatment goals, be sure to use positive reinforcement and reassure the patient as treatment progresses. For patients with higher treatment goals, express encouragement with any demonstration of language proficiency or treatment progression, whether communication occurs via speech, gestures, writing, or drawing.
  4. The health professional should be considerate of the patient’s family members and friends. Be sure to educate caregivers about the specific language disorder, treatment plan, prognosis, and community resources. Don’t forget to show regard for the patient’s opinion and include him or her in the conversation with family members.

To learn more about specific therapy protocols for the various aphasia types, refer to the following resources below:

Originally published in 2014.


National Physical Fitness and Sports Month 2015

On April 29, 2011, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring May National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. In that proclamation he called on all Americans to make daily physical activity, sports participation and good nutrition a priority in their lives.

According to the CDC, more than one-third of Americans (78.6 million) are obese. The map below shows the obesity rates per state, with the south having the highest rates of obesity. It’s important to note that no state in the U.S. has a prevalence of obesity less than 20%.

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Source: Behavorial Risk Factor Surveillance Systems, CDC

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month 2015 Initiatives

There are several ways you can get involved in National Physical Fitness and Sports Month 2015:

Individuals:

  • May is National Sports and Fitness MonthGo to Fitness.gov, the official website for the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. The website contains useful resources for individuals of all ages to stay healthy and active.
  • Join a gym, aerobics class or hire a personal trainer.
  • Exercise with friends or join a local sports team.
  • Try one or more of these 20 exercise tips by the Harvard School of Health.
  • Follow our nutrition advice here.

Health Care Organizations:

1.) First, each member of your health care team should set a personal health goal. (See the section above for “Individuals”.) You can’t effectively motivate your patients to get fit if you, yourself, are not in good shape.

2.) Second, learn more about how to inspire healthy habits in your patients. Our corporate education courses can help:

A Clinician’s Guide to Improving Therapeutic Outcomes: Why is Nutrition Important?
Contact Hours: 3*
PT/PTA, ATC/LAT, OT/COTA 

Clinical Exercise Physiology
Contact Hours: 3*
PT/PTA, ATC/LAT, OT/COTA

Dance for Physical Therapy: Use of Ballet Barre and Dance Methods for Rehabilitation
Contact Hours: 3*
PT/PTA, ATC/LAT, OT/COTA

Introduction to Wellness: A Rehabilitation Perspective
Contact Hours: 3*
PT/PTA, ATC/LAT, OT/COTA

Movement Analysis: Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology for the Rehab Professional
Contact Hours: 3*
PT/PTA, ATC/LAT, OT/COTA, CSCS/NSCA-CPT

Nutritional Considerations for the Rehabilitation Professional
Contact Hours: 5*
PT/PTA, ATC/LAT, OT/COTA

Obesity in Rehabilitation
Contact Hours: 4*
PT/PTA, ATC/LAT, OT/COTA 

Warding Off Obesity as we Age: Update on the Role of Nutritional Exercise
Contact Hours: 3*
PT/PTA, ATC/LAT, OT/COTA

In addition, we offer our prestigious Andrews Research and Education Sports Medicine Series.

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month 20153.) Last, join health and fitness efforts in your community. Companies that encourage community involvement distinguish themselves from their competitors, and see many benefits, including loyal customers and happier employees. One or more of the following resources can help you get started:

While May is Physical Fitness and Sports Month, you can follow this fitness advice all year long. Don’t let lack of motivation get the best of you. Get moving today, tomorrow, next month—and beyond!

References:

[1] www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html
[2] www.prevent.org/

*Check state catalog for approval information.


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