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TARGET: MEDICAL ERRORS
Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America. The most effective tool for preventing medical errors is Health Literacy. My chart of best practices is a handy reminder of the simple steps (advocacy, shared decision making, being mindful, etc.) that can avoid injuries and save lives while journeying through the health care system: TARGET: MEDICAL ERRORS.


A SURVIVOR'S GUIDE to ROTATOR CUFF SURGERY!
Health literacy is about the process of medical decision making: thinking ahead about what it takes to give informed consent in any situation and making the most of the time you spend in the health care system. 

In 2016, I had rotator cuff surgery. It wasn't exactly an emergency, but it wasn't elective either because it had to happen. As a valuable lesson in medical decision making for me, I thought others might benefit from my experience. Voila--A SURVIVOR'S GUIDE to ROTATOR CUFF SURGERY! This handy dandy two-page flyer will prepare you for what's ahead, whether you are the patient or the caregiver. And the issues it highlights--decision making, temporary disability, caregiving and pain relief--apply to any medical procedure. Click here for: 
A SURVIVOR'S GUIDE to ROTATOR CUFF SURGERY!

THE D.E.C.I.D.E. GUIDE!
Under the new Medicare rule effective January 1, 2016, your primary physician can now be reimbursed to have that Advance Care Planning conversation with you. It could be some of the most valuable 30 or 60 minutes you will ever spend with a doctor, so spend it wisely.

To help you prepare for that patient-physician Advance Care Planning dialogue, to communicate your care preferences to your proxy and loved and to document your advance care plan properly, I have created this free D.E.C.I.D.E. GUIDE. It includes a glossary of Advance Care Planning terms and actions steps for your to follow to practice effective Advance Care Planning. Click here for: D.E.C.I.D.E. GUIDE for ADVANCE CARE PLANNING!


HOW TO GET AN ACCURATE BLOOD PRESSURE READING!
So, it turns out that while you're getting your blood pressure taken is not a good time to catch up on all the news with the nurse, or even to answer the nurse's questions. See this valuable information from the American Heart Association to get an accurate reading: HOW TO GET YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKED

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