Emergency rooms are turning into family care centers, according to a study sponsored by NPR, the Robert Woods Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Patients know they can get treatment regardless of their social status or ability to pay. Plus, thousands of people don’t have a family health care provider they see on a regular basis so they go to the emergency room for treatment. According to a 2016 study, four out of ten people who visit an emergency room need non-urgent care. There’s not much hospitals can do to alleviate this non-urgent healthcare trend, according to a recent report by an NPR affiliate in Florida. Thanks to the 1986 Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, hospitals have to provide medical services to anyone who needs care even if they don’t have any type of health insurance. Plus, hospitals can’t turn people away from emergency room treatments because of their legal status or their social class.
WMFE, the NPR affiliate, put the emergency room story together in Florida. Health news reporter, Abe Aboraya interviewed emergency room physicians in order to hear what they had to say about emergency room overcrowding due to treating non-urgent care patients. One of the first doctors Aboraya interviewed was Dr. Eric Forsthoefel. Aboraya wanted to pick Forsthoefel’s mind in order to find out how overcrowding impacts proper medical care. Dr. Forsthoefel is a six-year emergency room veteran. Forsthoefel got his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He also did his emergency room resident training there. Dr. Forsthoefel holds a Florida and Louisiana emergency room medical license, but he works in Tallahassee now.
Crowding and care delays are part of Dr. Forsthoefel day, every day. Non-urgent care has increased to epidemic proportions, according to the NPR report. Dr. Forsthoefel and his team are knee-deep in that epidemic. According to Forsthoefel, Florida’s emergency room issues mirror other the issues emergency rooms around the country experience. Only 50 percent of the patients Forsthoefel treats get admitted for further in-patient treatments. About 30 percent of his emergency room patients are acute visits, and more than ten percent are non-urgent outpatient visits. Some doctors call emergency rooms “safety nets” for good reasons. Emergency rooms are safe havens, and they are a place where patients know they will get some kind of help even if it’s a short-term fix.
Dr. Forsthoefel said emergency room costs continue to escalate. Plus, finding the right fit in terms of a nursing and administration staff can be a challenge. Some medical staffers are not willing to put in the time and the energy to face the volume of non-urgent patients every day. Plus, managing this healthcare crisis is not easy. Emergency rooms need constant doctor and nurse attention as well as enough resources to give the emergency room staff the tools they need to provide up-to-date medical procedures. Hospitals and emergency room doctors know non-urgent emergency room care will continue to increase even though there’s not enough room or staff to treat them properly.
Dr. Saad Saad is a pediatric surgeon who has been working for most of his life to improve the tools and methods that his sector employs. He was born in Palestine during a time when the region was in turmoil. After the State of Israel’s creation, his family was forced to find a new home. That home ended up being in Kuwait, and it was their that he discovered his lifelong passion to serve as a surgeon. The area he lived in was very hot, and people there had two choices; work outside in the hot sun or get an education so they could work inside under air conditioning. Dr. Saad Saad ended up choosing the latter of these two, and his father supported his choice.
Dr. Saad Saad set out to get his education and ended up graduating from medical school, with honors. He learned, back then, to never wait for another day to get something done that he could do in the moment, and he still follows this rule. This has led him to maintaining an impeccable work ethic, and he quickly became a US Board Certified pediatric surgeon after coming to the country. Because he could speak, both, English and Arabic fluently, he was chosen to serve as the pediatric surgeon for the Saudi Royal Family during the mid 1980s. He was honored and took the position and served the family as their pediatric surgeon until 1989.
When Dr. Saad Saad came back to the U.S.A., he got to work on minimizing the pain as well the recovery time of the people that came to him for their surgical needs. It was him who created a procedure that eliminates the need to make a second incision on a the body of a child during surgeries. The motivation to create this procedure was born out of his compassion children. Thousands of children, now, have him to thank because they do not have to endure the pain of a second incision.
During an interview, Dr. Saad Saad was asked what advice he might offer his younger self. He commented that he would tell himself that it is not impossible to reach the goals that we set for ourselves. This is akin to the American saying that anything is possible if we set our mind to the task. The doctor is a strong believer in this sentiment and believes that a person from any background can achieve great things when they focus and work hard for it. He has been a source of inspiration and motivation for many people who are hoping to overcome their own struggles, and many of his innovations in the surgery industry are still being used to this day. Learn more : https://about.me/ssaad/getstarted
A study published in Oncotarget suggests e-cigarettes cause damage to gum tissue. The study was led by Ifran Rahman, a PHD Professor of Environmental Medicine. This study is one of the first to identify the bad effects to oral health caused by e-cigarettes at a molecular level. As e-cigs continue to gain popularity and people believe that they are a healthier alternative to traditional smoking, more unsuspecting damage will result. The study shows that vapors release bad proteins that lead to damage in gums which can go on to cause gum disease. Download output styles at Endnote.com.
The study also showed that the burning of the many flavor chemicals used in e-cigs is bad for gums too and when coupled with the vapors just makes things cumulatively worse. To add insult to injury, they also contain nicotine much like regular cigarettes. Nicotine is both addictive and also generally adverse to oral health. Rahman hopes the e-cig companies will come out with a full list of ingredients used in creation of the products so that he will be able to better spread warning of the possible detriments of using the cigarettes. Ifran is motivated by the fact that many people plain out are unaware that they are adversely effecting their gums when using these products. Educating the masses on the possible hazards is his goal of the studies.
Oncotarget is a collection of peer reviewed journals that go over the routes of cancers and other health causes. The journal also makes note of therapy studies and cancer patient management. It’s main goal is to study the effectiveness of health protocols and improve them via peer review and speculation. It also develops better methods of patient treatment and increases the safety of medical protocols. Learn more about Oncotarget at Research Gate.
There are very few people living in the US today who can claim to have done more in the field of medicine than Sam Tabar, especially if you are talking about lawyers.
It is hard enough to study and practice law in the US, even harder to double the training with professional work as a financier and nearly impossible to add medicine to the mix without somehow losing your way. But that is what Sam Tabar has been able to do successfully in the years since the completion of his education.
According to Angel.co, most people who have heard of Sam Tabar in the past have probably only heard of him as either a successful American attorney or as one of the most recognizable faces at Full Cycle Energy. But a quick study will soon reveal that many people do not know about his contributions to the field of medicine.
This is rather surprising when you consider the fact that he is one of the very few lawyers in the country who has dared to participate and make any ongoing contributions to this field.
The medical world is ever expanding, and new discoveries are being made on a near daily basis. With that in mind, you would expect that most Americans should have no problems at all when it comes to accessing quality medical healthcare. Learn more about Sam Tabar: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0845880/ and http://pocomuseum.org/sam-tabar-a-great-mind-for-investments/
However, the actual situation on the ground is entirely different. Although the technology and research are available, there is a significant gap between availability and access within the country.
One of the biggest impediments to obtaining quality medical is the lack of sufficient finances since most people who do not have adequate health insurance cover cannot afford to pay. It is this and similar problems that formed the background for Sam Tabar’s involvement in the medical world even in light of the risk that such a move might pose to his career as a lawyer.