December 14, 2011
Calling all nurses who are interested in working for the largest pediatric home healthcare agency in the country. We’re now on LinkedIn and ready to connect with you! By connecting with us on LinkedIn you’ll be able to learn more about our services, how we support our nurses nationwide and what makes our staff so unique. And if you’re looking to learn more about our company, we also maintain a Facebook page & Twitter profile. Both of these are great for nurses and families to stay current with our staffing needs, as well as pediatric healthcare news.
For those you nurses looking to join a top home healthcare agency, we have a great way for you to view our immediate job needs, register with our agency and find which locations have positions available. There’s also a nurses resource on our website that gives vital information on what we’re looking for, how to add to your pediatric skills and ways to assist you in your managing your personal life as a home healthcare nurse. Visit us at PSA Healthcare to find out more!
May 2, 2011
World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. This year’s event will take place on May 3, and the theme will be “You Can Control Your Asthma.”
The number of patients suffering from asthma has doubled during the last 10 years. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 300 million people are affected and by the year 2025 another 100 million will have the disease.
According to the GINA Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention (2010), asthma control means that a person with asthma has:
- No (or minimal) asthma symptoms.
- No waking at night due to asthma.
- No (or minimal) need to use “reliever” medication.
- The ability to do normal physical activity and exercise.
- Normal (or near-normal) lung function test results (PEF and FEV).
- No (or very infrequent) asthma attacks.
Barriers to asthma control:
- Diagnosis-Some people with asthma symptoms may never receive a diagnosis of asthma
- Treatment– High cost of medicines, lack of access to medical care
- Education– People may not understand how to use medications properly
- Environmental Health– Avoiding risk factors that cause asthma symptoms
For more information please visit http://www.ginasthma.org//WADindex.asp.”
June 14, 2010
Today, June 14th, marks the 2010 World Blood Donor Day. Every year a different country hosts World Blood Donor Day and this year goes to Spain. The events will be held in Barcelona. The theme for 2010 is “New Blood for the World”.
The focus this year is on young donors and ways to educate them on the importance of being a blood donor. The hope for this World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) is to encourage young people to become donors and hopefully they will encourage other young people, bringing “new blood to the world”.
Voluntary blood donors are critical contributors to national health systems and sponsors of WBDD hope to build the number of donors. The aim of WBDD is to educate and raise global awareness of the importance and need for safe blood for transfusion and blood products.
The purpose of WBDD is also to celebrate the lives of those who already are donors and those who are recipients of the blood. Many events will be held by the host country in order to “celebrate the gift of blood”.
For more information, visit www.WBDD.org
February 16, 2010
Researchers in California have developed a way to simulate blood flow on a computer to optimize surgical designs. This is a new tool that might help surgeons plan for a life-saving operation named the “Fontan” surgery, which is performed on babies that are born with severe congenital heart defects.
The Fontan surgery is one of three surgeries performed after birth to replumb the circulation of children born missing their left ventricles. The goal is to redirect the blood flow so it becomes properly oxygenated, allowing the patient to survive with only one functional pumping chamber. These types of heart conditions were consistently fatal before this surgery in the 1970s.
This tool uses imaging data to make a model of an individual baby’s heart and allows doctors to input their surgical designs. Then it applies fluid dynamics to simulate the blood flow after reconstruction. By using this type of technology, surgeons are able to test their plans before operating.
Find out more about Fontan surgery:
November 10, 2009
From Saturday November 21st- Tuesday November 24th PSA Healthcare– Augusta location is having an Open House and *Mandatory Skills Relay*. November 20th we will have Door Prizes for all those who give back by donating blood to *Sheppard Community Blood Center*.
Join us on one or all of these dates! Check out our Facebook Fan page for more information and interact with other PSA Healthcare nurses and supporters.