Monthly Archives: January 2013

Calculating physician fees requires market knowledge and flexibility

Physicians just starting out may not be certain of how to calculate fees for their medical services. While it is tempting to charge large fees in order to resolve debts and build a savings quickly, new physicians probably will not attract enough patients to sustain a clinic if their rates… 

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Severe Hypoglycemia Increases Mortality Among Diabetic Patients

Indian physicians should provide improved education to their patients regarding hypoglycemia, and should get patients’ families involved in diabetes management, especially for patients who are illiterate. “Physicians should provide better education of the patients, recommend cost effective medication, provide proper evaluation of complications, and involve the family in managing an… 

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Dexamethasone reduces deaths in newborns with meningitis

Giving newborns with meningitis dexamethasone significantly reduces deaths, a randomized study involving 80 patients in a New Delhi hospital has found: Key Point: Neonatal meningitis was less likely to result in death and other serious problems when treated with dexamethasone prior to administration of antibiotics. Babies were also less likely… 

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Enhance patients’ health literacy with audio-visual and face-to-face education

Health literacy tools include: Handouts Audio-visual materials Face-to-face talks with patients Signage consisting of easily understood symbols (http://www.hablamosjuntos.org/signage/symbols/default.using_symbols.asp) Flip charts, diagrams, and wall posters (example: http://www.fertilityfriend.com/) Microsoft PowerPoint presentations Individual counseling Read on to see how different doctors use these tools. If you only treat your patients’ illnesses at your… 

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Infrared skin forehead thermometers best for mother’s at-home use on newborns

A comparison of newborn temperature taken by rectal glass mercury thermometer (RGMT), digital axillary thermometer (DAT), and infrared forehead skin thermometer (IFST) has found that both DAT and IFST when used by mothers are more accurate than RGMT when used by mothers…

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