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What things can you do to ensure better healthcare?

I often reflect back on my experiences over the past 11 + years and know that I want my future healthcare to be better than my past. I have been putting a lot of thought into what I could of done better or things I wish I knew then that I know now… Here are my top 5 tips for others trying to navigate the minefield of the health system. First, communication with my health team. Now I have a great health team but it wasn’t always that way. Find out from your provider what they would like you to do if you have an emergency. My provider has asked me to call him and let him know I am on my way to the hospital and has even suggested specific hospitals so that if I am admitted he has …

 

What to ask my provider or pharmacist about the medication I take?

Once a provider gives you a medication as them some questions… and then ask those same questions to your pharmacist. Really get to know the medication that you will be taking and why. It can save your life!

What should you ask?

  1. Why are you prescribing this medication for me?
  2. How often should I take it?
  3. Do I eat prior to taking it, or should I wait on food for a particular amount of time after I take it?
  4. How do I take it? Is is oral, swallow whole, chew-able, drops under my tongue, or inhaled, etc…?
  5. What are the possible side effects and what do I do if I experience any of them?
  6. What should I do if I miss a dose?
  7. What should I do if I feel I need to take a dose early, is that ok?
 

Invisible Diseases and Insurance Companies: Challenging and Preventing Insurance Denials

By Kantor & Kantor, LLP

Invisible diseases are often complex, mysterious, and complicated. Because of the ambiguous nature of these conditions, finding a diagnosis (or more than one diagnosis) can prove to be a difficult and prolonged process. Patients are faced with two challenges: (1) the internal suffering and symptoms they experience may not be acutely apparent to others, and (2) a precise cause, treatment, or test for these illnesses may not be exact. As a result, a patient may be faced with a number of differing opinions.

 

Unfortunately, many insurance companies use this uncertainty in diagnosis and treatment as an opportunity to deny claims for treatment. At Kantor & Kantor, we have represented scores of clients with invisible diseases such as Lupus, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. These clients sought our assistance when their disability claims …

 

Anesthesia vs Tranquilizers

Anesthesia vs Tranquilizers

Many people confuse Anesthesia and Tranquilizers so I thought I would research the topic and I learned a few things. Most of my information is from an anesthesiologist and a veterinary assistant. 
Anesthesia

  • Anesthesia is a state of mindlessness (apathy, loss of sensation, medically induced insensitivity to pain)
  • Anesthesia is much more complex than just “putting out cold”
  • There are 3 fundamental components of a general anesthetic
    • sleep,
    • relief of pain
    • muscle relaxation
  • It is the skill of the Anesthesiologist to match the amount of each component to the particular needs of each patient and each operation
  • The mechanism of action of the anesthetics is one of those ongoing questions, but the most popular theory is that they cause a degree of swelling of the brain cell wall, which obstructs the normal passage of electrolytes in and
 

IV Ketamine Info

Ketamine Infusion Information
Information gathered by Barby Ingle, Power of Pain Foundation and based on her treatments as well as many other patients.

 Pre K-Infusion

  1. Testing
    1. Laboratory
    2. Cardiac
    3. Psychological evaluation
  2. Even with NO significant adverse events, administering doctors have been extremely cautious in screening patients with concurrent medical problems
  3. Most common reason a patient is eliminated is psychiatric history of note (apart from the depression due to chronic pain) and cardiopulmonary disease

Hospital-based infusions – Five-day in-patient stay

  1. An intravenous (iv) line is inserted and the patient
    1.  Dosing starts at 20mg of Ketamine per hour, which is increased by 5mg increments to a maximum of 40mg per hour
    2.  Clonidine, 0.1 mg (per FDA)
    3.  Lorazepam (Ativan®), 1-to-2 mg, for any dysphoria or hallucinations
    4.  Other medications are utilized to treat such problems as nausea and vomiting, headache etc.
  2. Adverse events that are
 
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