• Medical and Wellness, Treatments

    Posted on May 15th, 2014

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    How to Choose the Right Otolaryngologist

    Otolaryngologists or most commonly known as ENT doctors specialize in the treatment of diseases and disorders of the head and neck area, including the nose, mouth, ears, throat, larynx and sinuses. They are trained in both medical and surgical treatments, making them the best individuals to take care of any problems that you may have with the mentioned body parts. One of the reasons why you should consult one if you have any concerns with those parts is that there is no need to find another doctor in case you are up for surgery. As mentioned, this is part of their specialization. Continue Reading…

  • Medical and Wellness, News

    Posted on May 9th, 2014

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    What is a World-Class Medical Facility?

    facilityThe term “world-class” is often utilized to refer to services or a type of cuisine or an athlete; and rarely is it ever used to describe a medical facility. However, in recent years, there have been references made to a number of medical facilities as being “world-class.” The label carries quite a distinction, since something that is world-class means that it is exemplary and excellent, and belongs to the best in the world.

    If you scan through the websites of medical facilities, most of these would boast about providing world-class services and having world-class equipment. Yet, as far as the medical centers are concerned, the functional and operational definition of being world-class has not really been determined. Continue Reading…

  • News

    Posted on July 3rd, 2014

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    Reducing Patient Wait Times in an Otolaryngologist’s Office

    Health care performance measurement and improvement firm Press Ganey Associates, Inc. did a study on patient wait times and found that the average length of time a patient waits in the office of an otolaryngologist before getting served is 24 minutes. In the same study, otolaryngology is ranked in the lower part of the list of 25 medical specialties based on overall satisfaction. This study covers the United States setting. The situation in the Philippines can be expectedly worse.

    That’s why it helps to be mindful of how efficiently an otolaryngology office or clinic is run. The Philippine health care system is not known for efficiency, especially in areas that are no well-equipped and led by inexperienced doctors or managers. Emphasizing the need to reduce wait times is a good starting goal for any otolaryngology clinic.

    The following pointers, as enumerated and discussed in an article on the official publication of the Triological Society, can be helpful in making changes to cut patient wait times:

    Workflow Review - This can be something an otolaryngologist or the manager of a clinic can do through observation, to point out things that need to be fixed. A general view of how things work in a clinic or office can sometimes be enough to find out which parts or aspects of the workflow need to be improved. However, workflow review is not for everyone. There will be times when it’s better to ask for the assistance of an experienced otolaryngologist or an MBA.

    Scheduling – Scheduling here refers to the arrangement of appointments mostly by phone. Of course, good scheduling means being able to set schedules that are perfectly in tune with the otolaryngologist’s availability. Those who are responsible for scheduling should be knowledgeable enough to know how to adjust appointments according to the the doctors’ styles. it helps having a target average number of patients served over a certain period of time (example: four or six in an hour) to make schedules more predictable.

    Efficiency-Facilitating Exam Rooms - Rooms should be large enough and the layout should facilitate faster movements. These are particularly important for those that examine several patients in an hour (8 or more). Computer screens and terminals can be easier to use if they are positioned on a rotating and adjustable scaffold attached to the wall. Ideally, to achieve optimized efficiency for a single-physician office setting, there should be three exam rooms and one or more medical assistant to manage the rooms.

    Adequate Staffing – The inadequate number of staff can be the biggest efficiency problem in an otolaryngology clinic. The prescribed number of staff depends on the number of patients being served so it will be necessary to observe the daily operations of a clinic before deciding on the right number of staff to hire.

    Patient Flow Tweaking - This is another aspect that will depend on the specific situation of an office. It will be important to observe how the flow of patients to come up with efficiency solutions. Basically, the most important factor to be taken into account for this is the sharing of information about patient arrival. Staff and physicians should be quickly informed when new patients arrive to be able to prepare and to wind up with an earlier patient so that the new one can be served at the soonest possible time.

    It may help studying the office efficiency solutions employed by a clinic that offers spider vein treatments since they tend to be the ones that put a lot of emphasis on addressing patient wait times. There are several providers of treatments for leg spiders or spider veins in Southfield that can be used as model clinics. Of course the situations are different but there are some notable similarities in handling patient flow that can be applicable even in an otolaryngology practice.

  • News

    Posted on June 30th, 2014

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    Dealing with Asthma in the Philippine Setting

    The Philippines has an amazing medical education system. For this reason, there are so many doctors in the country who are more than capable of helping their patients live better lives. Unfortunately, even though there are so many competent doctors in the country, most people in the Philippines are not able to fully safeguard their health. There are many reasons for this, and one of them happens to be the fact that most people are not made aware of how they can live a healthy lifestyle.

    One of the most common causes of death in the Philippines is Asthma. Although asthma is a very treatable condition, so many people from all over the country die from it each day. One of the primary reasons for this happens to be the fact that many people in the country don’t take enough care to actually remove the mold in their home. Although these people do regularly seek help from their doctor, they are not aware that doing such a thing is not enough to counteract the effects of mold on their health.

    The good news, however, is that the government is starting heath awareness initiatives that tackle such a problem. The best part is that such initiatives are actually proving to be very successful. According to a recent survey, more Filipinos are now very particular when it comes to mold inspection and removal. Whether they get help from professionals or not, what’s really commendable is that Filipinos are starting to do a better job in terms of making their home mold-free.

    We interviewed one Filipino housewife, Erlinda Cruz, and here’s what she told us:

    “I actually didn’t think that mold was that harmful to our health. Thankfully, representatives of the local government started initiatives that made us aware of it. After knowing about it, I immediately dealt wth the mold in our home. Since then, I noticed that my grandson has not had an allergic reaction or two. Apparently, the allergic reactions he was exhibiting were not that random; they were actually caused by mold.”

    Erlinda is just one of the many people from the country who have benefited from the government’s initiatives. According to our research, more than 60,000 Filipinos claim that they have benefited from the government’s health awareness programs. Although it might seem like a relatively low number, it’s expected to increase as the government’s really ramping up its efforts.

    Hopefully, this post of mine proves informative to all of my readers. There’s still much work to be done in order to improve the healthcare system in the Philippines, but I’m glad that we’re actually exerting efforts to do so. Should we continue going through the path we’re currently treading, we’ll surely end up making the lives of so many Filipinos so much better. Providing the best healthcare isn’t just a matter of curing already existing health conditions; it’s also a matter of preventing them from occurring in the first place. Whether it’s with the help of professional mold removal services or not, it doesn’t matter; what’s important is that Filipinos deal with mold in a prompt and effective manner.  Hopefully, this post of mine gets more people to realize this.

  • News

    Posted on June 25th, 2014

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    Improving Healthcare in the Philippines: Dealing with Roofing Problems Promptly

    The Philippines has an amazing medical education system. Because of this, the country has so many amazing doctors who do great work making sure that people from the country stay healthy. Still, even though this is the case, the Philippines still has a long way to go in terms of making sure that everyone actually receives amazing healthcare.

    One of the things that the country’s Department of Health is not good at is making people more aware of the value of prevention. In the country, most people wait until they are sick before they actually start living their life in a very healthy way. This shouldn’t be the case. In this post, I’m going to talk about one thing people from the country should know about in order to safeguard their health: deal with their roofing problems promptly. Hopefully, by doing so, I’ll get more people to actually avoid certain health problems.

    Now, you might be asking yourself, what does roofing have to do with health problems? If you didn’t know, homes that have roofing problems for a significant amount of time actually expose the people living in them to certain health risks. It has been shown that people who live in homes that have roofing problems tend to experience more frequent and stronger asthmatic attacks and allergic reactions. This is because roofing problems cause significant amounts of mold to grow in a home. Considering this, people really should make it a point to actually deal with their roofing problems promptly. This should especially be the case when there are children living in one’s home.

    The good news, however, is that the government is actually starting to change with regard to its health initiatives. The government is starting to give more emphasis on prevention. Because of this we can expect more people to actually become more wary of roofing problems in the future.

    One of the many people who have benefited from the change in the government’s health initiatives is Rosalinda Perez. Here’s what she told us when we interviewed her.

    “If it weren’t for the fact that the government now airs ads about the importance of dealing with roofing problems, my daughter would still be having a lot of allergic attacks. Before we dealt with our roofing problems, I though that my daughter was just naturally sickly. Apparently, this wasn’t the case. The roofing problems in our home actually caused significant amounts of mold to grow in hidden places, and it ended up causing my daughter to get sick often. Since we dealt with our roofing problems, our daughter has not had an attack. It’s really amazing.”

    Hopefully, this post of mine proves very informative. The Philippine Healthcare system is great, but it still has a long way to go in terms of making sure that everyone actually knows what they can do to ensure that they live a healthy lifestyle. Thankfully, though, the government’s health department is changing for the better. Through their more recent efforts, more and more Filipinos have developed a preventive stance towards health. Through such efforts, more and more Filipinos are promptly taking care of their roofing problems.

  • News

    Posted on June 25th, 2014

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    The Cost of Being a Surgeon

    Very often, surgeons are not given the respect they deserve. They are expected to be on their feet for several hours at any one time and, while this may seem easy to the professional surgeon, it is only later on down the line that the true cost has to be counted.

    We’re talking about varicose veins.  One of our surgeons was due to fly out to the Philippines with the mobile surgery three weeks ago to hold an ENT clinic and perform minor operations where possible.  Unfortunately, he is now on the other side of the door, so to speak, as he receives treatment for his varicose veins.

    Varicose Veins Target Anyone

    To the uneducated, varicose veins probably don’t seem that bad. After all, they are just a series of veins that are showing on the skin aren’t they?  If you have never suffered, you have no idea how painful varicose veins can be.

    For this man, the fact that he is on his feet all day is probably the major cause on his veins and, although he had been complaining of a little pain, we suspect he kept quiet about it because he didn’t want to let his patients down.

    Most varicose vein sufferers are the same and, indeed, many refuse to seek treatment until it’s too late.  Our surgeon finally gave in when the pain became too bad and went for his own consultation.  He will undergo undergo a phlebectomy in a week in Springfield, MA at this excellent clinic, and will hopefully be back on his feet in no time at all, heading back out to the Philippines for us.

    How varicose Veins Affect You

    While varicose veins may start out as inconsequential looking blue lines on your leg, they can soon become twisted, swollen and ropy, causing a great deal of pain.  They are caused by changes to your circulation and are normally as a result of sitting or standing in one position for too long – as our surgeons do.

    Because standing for too long can cause a change in blood flow, blood starts to settle in specific areas instead of being pushed back to the heart – this is where the blue/purple color comes from.  This causes more pressure, which pushes on the vein, causing it to swell and become painful.

    ENT Surgery and Varicose Veins

    Any type of surgery has the propensity to cause problems with existing varicose veins, especially if they are on deep veins.  One thing we watch out for when we operate on ENT patients with varicose veins is the formation of a DVT – deep vein thrombosis.

    The reason this may occur is because, while the patient is under anaesthetic, the legs are still, almost dead, which means circulation is a little sluggish.  DVT’s are dangerous and can kill which is why we keep a special eye on varicose veins when we operate.

    Everybody should keep watch over their own legs and, as soon as the tell take signs appear, contact their doctor and arrange for something to be done about it.  Most surgeries are simple, carried out in professional clinics, like this one that offers sclerotherapy in Santa Clara County.  Don’t leave things too late and wind up in pain as our surgeon did.

  • News

    Posted on June 11th, 2014

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    Improving the State of Medical Education in the Philippines

    There are a lot of great doctors in the Philippines. However, this doesn’t mean that the country’s education system is perfect. In fact, it’s actually very lacking in some respects. Because of this, many doctors in the country are not able to provide the best service to their patients. One reason for the flaws in the educational system in the country is a lack of funds. Sure, the schools that teach Medicine in the country have the funds to provide a great education in less-demanding fields, but the costs of providing the best education in medicine just proves too be too draconian for them.

    The good news, however, is that there are many private entities and individuals that donate funds to medical institutions. Although the help they give may not solve the educational problems in the country, it certainly goes a long way in doing so.

    When I say individuals are donating money to medical schools, I don’t just mean the really rich ones. In fact, there are many people who aren’t well off but are donating money to medical schools.

    Now, you might be thinking, how can such people donate money to medical schools when the current economy is really terrible and almost everybody’s just trying to make ends meet? There are many reasons behind this, but for this post, I’m only going to concentrate on one: binary options trading (Visit this website to learn more about binary options trading). A lot of people who are donating money to medical schools aren’t actually hurting their personal finances, and this is because they only donate the money they earn from binary options trading.

    What exactly is binary options trading? Binary options trading (click this link to know more) is currently one of the most popular forms of online trading in the entire world. It differs from other kinds of online trading in that it is very simple. People who engage in binary options trading don’t have to buy or sell assets themselves; rather, they only have to buy options for them. To make a profit off options, people just have to correctly guess whether the value of the assets they’re for are going to rise or drop when the options expire.

    Considering the relative simplicity of binary options trading, it’s easy to see why many people who want to help improve the medical education system of the country are utilizing it to help out. People don’t need to be financial geniuses to make money off binary options trading, so anyone who wants to help out would really do well to consider getting into it.

    For tomorrow’s post, we’re going to talk about how medical professionals in the country can get grants for their research. Although there aren’t a lot of doctors who do high level research in the country, it is actually possible to do so. The best part is that there are actually many organizations who are more than willing to give money to those who have promising research ideas. If you are curious as to how such professionals can get their research funded, then do visit our website again tomorrow.

  • Medical and Wellness, News, Public Service

    Posted on May 5th, 2014

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    Challenges Faced by the Health Sector in the Philippines

    As a developing country, the Philippines has a lot on its plate. With over 100 million people and a limited national budget, there are a lot of areas that are not being taken care of. Until now, health care is still something that is not given enough attention. In fact, there are only over 100,000 physicians in the Philippines. It is equivalent to around 1 per 800 people. Among the main health problems in the Philippines are diarrhea, influenza, pneumonia, tuberculosis, heart diseases, malaria and dengue. These are the leading causes of death in many areas.

    Though the national government allots billions of pesos to provide for the needs of the people in terms of health care, the sad truth is that the amount will never suffice. Again, population is a major factor affecting the national budget. In fact, the budget is only a little above 350 pesos per person if the national budget is divided. There are a lot more challenges beings faced by the country these days.

    1. The geographic situation in the Philippines hinders the government from reaching out to far flung areas. People who live in the mountains barely have access to health care. In fact, if they need urgent medical attention, they have to travel for hours. This is if they are lucky enough to find transportation. This has caused more deaths since there is delay in providing medical assistance to people in need.

    2. Lack of education is also another problem faced by the Philippines. A lot of people do not understand health care and why they need it. Many people still rely on traditional forms of healing even if they have been scientifically proven to be ineffective. There are also a lot of parents who do not know that it is essential to have their children vaccinated. A lot of mothers might not have even undergone prenatal care themselves.

    3. Poverty rate in the Philippines is at an all-time high. Despite the changes in the administration, the country remains poor. This is why millions of Filipinos still don’t have access to quality health care. Though health care services such as PhilHealth has already been made cheaper and more accessible, still a lot of people cannot pay the monthly dues. This is why they end up not being treated in hospitals that could possibly save the patient.

    4. The number of hospitals in the country is really not enough to provide for the needs of the people. In many rural areas, hospitals are inexistent. They have small clinics in barangays, but these clinics don’t necessarily have what the patients need to survive. Worse, in many places, clinics are also unavailable. Thus, they have to travel to the next town or city just to get medical attention.

    Indeed, health care is and will always be a challenge for the Filipinos. This is something that needs immediate action from the government. There must be serious reforms to ensure that there is enough budgets to provide for the needs of the Filipino people. Otherwise, the Philippines will remain as one of the weakest in terms of health care in the ASEAN region.