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National Patient Safety Week Is March 13-19, 2016

Patient complaints about hospital stays have been fairly consistent: sleep interruptions, communication glitches, loss of personal items and bad food….just  to name a few!  Hospital administrators and staff, on the other hand, have focused increased attention on patient safety. The advent of “Superbugs”, new potential pandemics and a change from “fee-for-service” to “pay for performance”, ….

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Odds And Ends

As promised, this is Centra’s monthly collection of 5 inspiring, and we hope useful, links to stories, technologies and other healthcare related information: Don’s Voice:  Not Impossible, an LA based company, creates an innovative patient centric communication solution for an ALS farmer in Ontario, Canada…tissue alert! OT in Action: An accessible home by Frank Lloyd ….

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Odds and Ends

We keep saying it, but the advent of the Internet, smart devices, and social media have connected us in ways unimaginable a few decades ago.  At the same time, these have inundated us with countless bits of information, messages and data to triage, save, forward or discard as we see fit. Nonetheless, we hope you ….

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Show Them The ♥… COTAs Are #1

U.S. News and World Report just named its “Best Health Care Support Jobs”, and Occupational Therapy Assistant took first place!  That COTAs were ranked #1 on this list may not come as a surprise to some of you, but what might is that higher demand will result in approximately 14,000 new positions in the next ….

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2016 – Top Ten Valentine’s Gifts for Your Favorite PT

Teddy bears, flowers, jewelry and lingerie are all well and good… but so predictable and not always appropriate for a friend or coworker (remember the Fruit of the Loom commercial?)  Instead check out Centra’s top ten favorite gift ideas for showing your love and appreciation for those hard-working Physical Therapists…or treat yourself!       ….

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Go Red For Women February 5, 2016

This year is the 13th anniversary of the National Wear Red Day. Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer of women in the United States and indeed globally. Although awareness has been rising steadily since 1997, there is much work still to be done. Centra supports all of the healthcare professionals who are working to ….

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Can Rehab from TBIs in Football Be Saved By Losing the Helmet?

The sunshine gleaming on fire-engine red seats; the ear-splitting roars of 75,000 fans; the extravagant spectacle of a half-time show; the inevitable shrill shrieks of whistles and heart jarring thuds of bodies colliding…it’s almost time for Super Bowl 50! But all is not fun and games. American football, at both the amateur and professional levels,has ….

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Your Mobile Resume Could Be Key to A New Healthcare Job

We live in an increasingly technological and fast-paced world as you may have noticed.  Mobile tech usage has grown exponentially, crossing all economic and geographical boundaries to connect us in ways unimaginable a few decades ago.  We are no longer chained to desktops for the latest news or to conduct our personal lives. Today’s and ….

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2016: Latest Gadgets and Devices from CES

Sixteen in 2016 It’s a new year and the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show has just unveiled some of the latest gadgets and devices we can expect to hit the market in the coming months. As has been the trend in recent years, the health and biotech sector was well represented at this event. Centra has ….

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June Is Men’s Health Month – 2015

Too often men are busy taking care of “business” that they neglect themselves. They need to be reminded that the best way to take care of others is to take care of themselves. Here are our Top 20 ideas for men’s emotional and physical well being…just in time for Father’s Day as well! Follow allwrite4u’s ….

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Five Innovations for Speech Language Pathology

Technological innovation is changing not only the way we live, but the way we perform our work.   Here are five current and future SLP tech innovations that we thought worth noting: Swivl:  A robotic turntable for tablets that rotates to capture individual speakers and uploads video to a secure cloud site.  UK’s University of Manchester ….

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Are High Productivity Requirements Undermining Good SLP Outcomes?

On LinkedIn, PT Joshua Lee recently wrote that healthcare professionals are essentially in the business of hope…hope that providing a patient centric and engaged patient rehabilitation process will result in successful/complete healing. Lee suggests that this kind of hope can be a self-fulfilling prophecy, but he admits that patients’ hopes must be tempered by evidence-based ….

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Top Speech Therapy Jobs in Indiana

SLPs Wanted at “The Crossroads of America”…Indiana! It is said that “all roads lead to Rome”, but in the history of the U.S…”all roads lead through Indiana”.  In fact, Indiana boasts more interstate miles per square mile than any other state. The state’s history as a transportation hub includes over 24,000 river miles and over ….

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Top Rehab and Nursing Jobs in Minnesota

“The Land of 10,000 Lakes”- Land of 10,000 Healthcare Opportunities Minnesota certainly lives up to its Dakota derived name of “Clear Blue Water”.  It is an outdoorsman’s paradise in all four seasons: from “Grumpy Old Men”  winter ice fishing at Wabasha, to spring biking along the Glacial Lakes State Trail from Willmar, to enjoying fall ….

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Great Healthcare Pros are Made not Born

Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, recently posted an article entitled “What Makes a Truly Great Product Great?” As he notes the term “great” can be highly subjective, but successful product development requires everyone to be “working from the same playbook”. As with many LinkedIn Influencers, his insights have a broader application than perhaps intended. His ….

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Brain Awareness Week Is Here!

Every 13 seconds someone in America suffers a brain injury!  Add to that the latest statistic showing that 19% of 2.7 million military veterans have suffered a TBI and the numbers are thought provoking to say the least. The Dana Foundation is committed to raising awareness about brain research and brain rehabilitation for these injuries, ….

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SLPs: Using Apps for Better Outcomes

Almost 800,000 people a year suffer a new or recurrent stroke according to the American Heart Association.  While mortality is declining, stroke remains the leading cause of adult disability.  Prevailing wisdom has been that improvement from stroke-induced aphasia maximizes at one year post-incident.  However, a new study suggests quite the opposite.  All study participants were ….

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