This post is based on a session I attended at the Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health in April 2013 by by Stephanie Anderson, MSN, RN, CHPN & Christine Harlander, RN, BSN, CHPN. For More posts from the Governor’s Conference, click here. The Presentation Slides can be found here.
This next session I attended at the Governor’s conference on Public Health was based on POLST (physician orders for life-sustaining treatment). While this topic, of signing a form that is similar to a DNR and requesting final wishes, is not related to my work, many of the topics they used to spread the word for their program.
Advanced directives are living wills that talk about hypothetical situation and power of attorney to be your voice. It however does not have a DNR order. In order to enact this advanced directive, you must be in the final year of life or have a documented terminal disease.
With the DNR/Living will program, many patients get more aggressive care than desired.
POLST includes a specific, informed, decision making process under the care of a physician. The process includes difference decisions in different circumstances. POLST does not require terminal status or have age restrictions. In Iowa, they also made sure that the POLST form could cross healthcare settings, even with HIPAA regulations.
There is no POLST program/form in Kansas or Missouri.
For more about their strategy to spread the POLST form… Read the rest of this entry »
If you don’t like where you are, move. You are not a tree.
Snarky, but accurate. Loving this simple idea.
I like where I am, but one of my fatal flaws is never being satisfied, always wanting to improve. This is one of the reasons I love the beginning of a new year, even if I feel like I’m in elementary school again, always forgetting to write -13 instead of -12!
This year, I am going to take a serious look at my fitness, as that is supposed to be part of my business expertise…
The biggest things for me are going to be to reduce my migraines through physical activity and to improve my health my monitoring my sugar, sodium, and carbohydrates intake. I’m using the Jawbone UP (pictured at left), a fitness monitor that tracks my sleep and activity and where I can input my meals and see very visual review of my poor diet which does not concentrate on essential nutrition, but rather on just eating at the proper times of day. Is anyone else using UP?
I’m also going to start following more news about fitness and family medicine, specifically in regards to emotional well-being.
Happiness of the day: Actually buying music on iTunes, enjoying a short audiobook and then jamming to some Pitch Perfect while finishing photo sessions I should have edited weeks ago! Also, check out this cute picture of my boyfriend from Christmas! I think my mom took it – thanks mom!
I value high-quality, tasty beverages and enjoy attending Kansas City trade shows for liquor. (who wouldn’t love this!) The exhibitors of these events include companies serving their wine, beer, and spirits in the hopes that the attendees (liquor store and bar owners , their employees) will carry their brands and be educated on the newest offerings.
At a tasting earlier this spring, these were a few of the offerings that made me super thirtsy!
Favorite New Product
Two years ago, Shark Attack made a splash with Margarita freeze pops. With it’s strong tequila flavor, It never sold well at the store I work with and much of the product expired before selling.
Starting in July, they are introducing a new freeze pop flavor, Shark Attack VODKA LEMONADE. At 6.7%, this much tastier, cool treat is sure to quench the thirst at lakes and pool parties this summer! Not too sweet and you can barely taste the alcohol – these could be dangerous, so be sure to keep them far out of the reach of kids (and heavy drinkers)!
Prosales recently ran an article on the effect of a good business plan in lumberyards. A feature story on Jane Fessler, the president of Lampert Yards, also her husband, trusted her with one struggling lumberyard, just about 2 years ago. Jane increased the bottom line by over 50% and is now running three other lumberyards nearby. You Go Girl!
Here’s a few tips from Jane, click to see larger image or click here for a text version.
Tyndall, Kate. "See Jane Run." ProSales May 2011: 62-68. Print. View the entire publication HERE why am I writing about construction, HERE.
Excited to head to WordCampKC this weekend, a wordpress conference! Been doing a lot of professional organization meetings/lunches/webinars in the last few weeks and my brain is overflowing a bit in the best way. Also, my wordcamp badge will have a QR code, sweet action.
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Today my sister, BeckaBikes.com , Is in Providence, RI, about to start a fantastic journey across the states on a bike through Bike and Build.
Pray for her safety and watch out for bikes on the road this summer.
Diana is going to be a teacher! Fantastic celebratory dinner last night with all of Bop It! So excited for this year with them!
Motivat|er Running update: I’m at 53 miles! And not giving up yet! 2.3 miles a day? I can handle that??!?
@APStylebook It’s from 2002 and it doesn’t have the correct format for ‘website’ listed! which I needed to look up today for editing a super (and super long) website we’re launching this week @ermarketing!