Archive for April, 2012
This week I spent 2 days advising Orthopedic Surgeons about how to deal with Osteoporotic patients. Identifying the Osteoporotic (Fragility) Fracture is the easy part. Correcting the Osteoporosis is more challenging.
Orthopods are often too busy treating the recent fracture to do a complete work-up and initiate correction of the Osteoporosis. Unfortunately, many pimary care docs are also too busy treating (now out of control because of the fracture) diabetes, hypertension, heart failure, pulmonary problems, etc in the weeks after a fracture. Setting up a system is key to getting a complete bone health evaluation and treatment before everyone, patient included, forgets to try to prevent further fractures.
Tens of thousands of bluebells! Spring beauties, spring phlox, yellow violets, white & birdsfoot violets, red violets, common violets, buttercups, trout lillies, dutchman’s breeches! A walk along Blackhawk Creek and the Leonard Katoski Greenbelt here in Waterloo, IA.
And our grandson RJ visiting for Easter weekend. Grandma thinks he is the cutest thing since his mother. He walked the first mile before needing to be carried back. We have found our personal Blue Zone.
Enhanced Electronic Medical Records. They tell us we will love it eventually. At the beginning of week 2 that is hard to believe. Clearly the new software is a work in progress. Several key features have major bugs, mostly because the federal guidelines are still changing.
Healthcare Reform has mandated that we adopt Enhanced Electronic Medical Records. The enhancements will allow us to document compliance with numerous new reporting requirements. Many of the required reports have nothing to do with the patient’s current visit, but will enhance government statistics of overall trends in national health measures.
Osteoporosis is scary. Few persons are aware of their diagnosis until after a major fracture, such as a hip fracture. Osteoporosis is defined as an Increased Fracture Risk. You can Prevent Fractures if you know your diagnosis early and act to Avoid Fractures.
Most people need help motivating themselves in order to take action. Most people need help to continue to do the necessary actions for success. Joining others in a Support Group can help. Our Cedar Valley Osteoporosis Support Group will meet Tuesday 17 April from 6 to 7 PM. Caregivers often need support too. All are welcome.