Health care history will be made when Teller County residents walk through the doors of their new 40,000-square-foot full-service hospital.
By 9 a.m. Oct. 1, the Pikes Peak Regional Hospital building will no longer teem with subcontractors, cleaning crews and touch-up painters. Continue Reading New era in health care…
Both public health and medical providers offer programs and services that address health concerns, while helping to sustain quality of life for our residents. They carry out a common mission: To enable people to live their lives to the fullest. But neither can fully accomplish this mission without the other. There are unique, specialized duties and responsibilities that distinguish public health from health care, but also strengthen our partnership to benefit our community. Continue Reading Public Health and Medicine:Continue reading …
When penicillin became widely available during the Second World War, it was a medical miracle, quickly overcoming the biggest wartime killer — infected wounds. But within four years after drug companies began mass-producing penicillin in 1943, resistant microbes began to appear.
Since 1947, scores of antibiotics have been introduced by drug companies and every one has been compromised by resistant bacteria. Continue Reading Evolving bacteria:
The calls come: a gunshot victim, a car accident, a fall off a ladder. And they respond – ambulances first, then trauma nurses in the emergency room, then sometimes surgery performed by specially trained doctors.
So far this year, American Medical Response has answered 5,800 trauma calls, with about 116 critical cases. Continue Reading Dealing with the trauma
John Bender wants to make not vaccinating a child in Colorado as socially unacceptable as smoking inside a restaurant.
He’s a doctor and president-elect of the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians.
But, it might be a long time until Coloradoans adopt Bender’s philosophy, if recent state rankings are any sort of indication. Continue Reading Immunization in Colorado
MinuteClinic, RediClinic, Take Care, The Little Clinic and SmartCare are among those companies creating “convenient care” clinics.
There were 250 convenient care clinics in the United States at the end of 2006, according to the Convenient Care Association. And despite questions about the safety of the clinics, the numbers are predicted to reach 700 by the end of 2007. Continue Reading The future of health care clinics:
When people think about rehabilitation, they often think about recovering from amputations, strokes or other significant life-altering medical conditions that require physical therapy. And while they may turn to medications for minor aches and pains, rehab can be beneficial to patients suffering from dizziness or sore extremities, conditions that require occupational therapy treatment.
Physical therapy includes skills such as walking and self-propelling a wheelchair; occupational therapy helps with fine motor skills, such as putting a shirt on and buttoning it. But both can be part of a complete rehabilitation program. The key to successful treatment is for patients to understand that rehab is just one part of “whole” treatment. Continue Reading What to look for in a rehab provider
A bill signed into law this month by Gov. Bill Ritter could mean higher health insurance premiums – or it could simply be a way to more fairly decide who pays how much.
Senate Bill 1335 removes an insurance company’s ability to set premiums based on the health of employees. In some cases, insurance companies were raising premiums for entire companies if an employee suffered a chronic or major illnesses. Beginning in 2008, insurance companies doing business in Colorado won’t be able to do that. Continue Reading Debate about SB1335 still raging
Every time a person pops a pill or takes a puff of an inhaler, he or she likely isn’t thinking about how many people and how much money went into researching that medicine.
There are five steps a drug must go through before it is available to the public. On average, it takes about eight-and-a-half years to study and test a new drug, according the Food and Drug Administration. It also costs drug companies millions of dollars. Continue Reading Bringing drugs to marketplace no easy task
Thailand isn’t known solely for its beaches and brothels – the country is quickly becoming the top destination for face lifts, knee replacement surgeries and organ transplants.
And as health care costs – aided by the escalating costs of malpractice insurance, as well as rising insurance premium rates – skyrocket, more people are booking passages to India, Singapore and other points in Southeast Asia, searching for quality care at better prices. Continue Reading One night in Bangkok …