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 Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

 What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the term actually represents numerous diseases that cause airway obstruction and other problems related to breathing. Examples of these diseases are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. COPD causes difficulties in breathing for about 16 million people who live in the U.S. and have this disease. There are millions of other people who struggle with COPD but have not been diagnosed or treated. There is in fact no cure for COPD but those who are properly diagnosed can be treated and live healthy full lives.

What can MedSide do for Patients with COPD?

Our services may include but are not limited to:

  • Help with oxygen administration
  • Record pulse oximetry readings during visits and report abnormal findings
  • Notifying your physician if there are any signs or symptoms of respiratory distress or infection present

Cancer

What is cancer?

Cancer is a group of many related diseases that begins in cells, the body's basic building blocks. To understand cancer, it is helpful to know what happens when normal cells become cancerous. The body is made up of many types of cells. Normally, cells grow and divide to produce more cells as they are needed to keep the body healthy. Sometimes, this orderly process goes wrong.
New cells form when the body does not need them, and old cells do not die when they should. The extra cells form a mass of tissue called a growth or tumor.

What can MedSide do for Patients with cancer?

Our services may include but are not limited to:

  • Observation and assessment
  • Management and evaluation
  • Education on Disease Process
  • Patient and family education and counseling
  • End stage life support
  • Nutrition management
    • Tube feedings
    • Parenteral nutrition
    • Enteral nutrition
    • Hydration therapy
  • Medication management
    • Injections
    • Infusion therapy
  • Pain management strategies
    • Traditional methods to control pain
    • Alternative methods to control pain
    • Control of side effects from pain medications
    • Proper repositioning to reduce pain
  • Symptom control measures
  • Urinary catheter care
  • Wound care
  • Ostomy care
  • Psychosocial support
  • Oxygen management
  • Ongoing physician communication and coordination of care
  • Assistance in cases of decreased ability to perform Activities of Daily Living

Hypertension

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension is another term for High Blood Pressure. Hypertension is diagnosed as a measure of 140/90 or higher on three separate occasions. Hypertension is called the "silent killer" because, typically, there are no obvious symptoms.

What can MedSide do for Patients with Hypertension?

Our services may include but are not limited to:

  • Observation and assessment
  • Management and evaluation
  • Education on Disease Process
  • Patient and family education and counseling
  • Nutrition management and education on cardiac healthy diet/dietary restrictions
  • Medication education and management
  • Alleviation of stressors and stress reduction factors
  • Education on risk factors
  • Assessment of further cardiac abnormalities
  • Lab collecting and reporting to physician
  • Ongoing physician communication and coordination of care
  • Home safety and emergency education
  • Assistance in cases of decreased ability to perform Activities of Daily Living

Stroke Recovery

Congestive Heart Failure


What is CHF?

Also called Heart Failure, CHF is the condition in which the heart muscle becomes weakened and lacks the strength to adequately pump blood throughout the body. As a result of this poor circulation, blood and fluid begin collecting in organ tissue. The term "heart failure" should not be confused with cardiac arrest, a situation in which the heart actually stops beating.

What can MedSide do for Patients with CHF?

Our services may include but are not limited to:

  • Observation and assessment
  • Management and evaluation
  • Ongoing cardiac assessment
  • Education on Disease Process
  • Patient and family education and counseling
  • Nutrition management and education on low salt diet/dietary restrictions
  • Education on fluid intake and restrictions
  • Medication education and management
    • Diuretic therapy
    • Electrolyte replacement
  • Home safety and emergency education
  • Ambulation technique
  • Transfer technique
  • Weight monitoring
  • Lab collecting and reporting to physician
  • Ongoing physician communication and coordination of care
  • Assistance in cases of decreased ability to perform Activities of Daily Living

Diabetes Management

What is Diabetes?

Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas — an organ that lies near the stomach — makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugars to build up in your blood.

What can MedSide do for Patients with Diabetes?

Our services may include but are not limited to:

  • Observation and assessment
  • Management and evaluation
  • Education on Disease Process
  • Nutrition management and education on Diabetic diet/dietary restrictions
  • Assistance in cases of decreased endurance and loss of extremity sensation
  • Medication education and management
    • Pre-fill insulin syringes
    • Insulin administration
    • Pre-fill pill box
    • Management of oral hypoglycemic medications

Osteoporosis

What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become thin and are more likely to break. It affects about 25 million Americans, most often women over the age of 60, although men are also affected.

What are some of the risk factors?

  • Personal history of fracture after age 50
  • Current low bone mass
  • History of fracture in a close relative
  • Being female
  • Being thin
  • Estrogen deficiency as a result of menopause, especially early or surgically induced
  • Abnormal absence of menstrual periods (amenorrhea)

What can MedSide do for Patients with Osteoporosis?

Our services may include but are not limited to:

  • Observation and assessment
  • Management and evaluation
  • Education on Disease Process
  • Patient and family education and counseling
  • Home safety and emergency education
  • Education on proper nutrition
  • Medication education and management
  • Restorative therapy (physical, occupational and speech)
  • Assistance in cases of decreased ability to perform Activities of Daily Living

Wound Care

What is a wound?

Wounds are openings in the skin usually caused by cuts and scrapes. Another type of wound is a pressure ulcer (also known as bedsores) which is skin damage caused by pressure while a patient is sitting or lying for a period of time.

What are the Risk Factors?

Anyone at any age or at any time can get a general wound. Pressure ulcers however do not occur on such a broad spectrum as general wounds.

Some risks include people who are:

  • Bedbound
  • Chair-bound
  • Confused
  • Thin and frail
  • Comatose
  • Unable to control urine flow or bowel movements

What can MedSide do for Patients in need of wound care?

Our services may include but are not limited to:

  • Observation and assessment
  • Management and evaluation
  • Education on proper nutrition
  • Wound dressing changes
  • Patient/caregiver education on proper dressing change techniques
  • Wound care supplies used in care
  • Education on universal precautions and infection control
  • Assistance in cases of decreased ability to perform Activities of Daily Living
  • Education on wound prevention for at-risk groups

Fall Prevention

Why is fall prevention important?

As people get older, physical changes, health conditions and the medications that are used to treat certain conditions make falls more likely. In the United States, falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. Fall-prevention strategies can reduce or eliminate the likelihood of a fall and injury.

What can MedSide do to help our patients avoid falls?

Our team of clinicians can provide the following interventions:

  • Our physical therapist can conduct home safety assessment
  • Therapists can recommend interventions and techniques for removing home hazards
  • Therapists can assess and recommend appropriate assistive devices and adjust them to fit the patient
  • Therapists will develop an exercise and/or walking program to maintain muscle strength and balance
  • Nurses will conduct a review of medications to reduce the possibility of side effects such as dizziness, sleepiness, or fainting

Orthopedic Rehabilitation

What is orthopedic rehabilitation?

Orthopedic rehabilitation, or rehab, is a doctor-supervised program to help people recover from musculoskeletal injuries, diseases or surgeries. This includes conditions that affect the muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and other connective tissues. Some examples of common orthopedic procedures include partial or total joint replacement, hip or knee arthroscopic surgeries, cervical or lumbar spine surgeries, shoulder and rotator cuff surgery, surgery to stabilize and heal a broken bone and many others.

What can MedSide do to help our patients recover after orthopedic surgery?

Our team of clinicians can provide the following interventions:

  • Physical therapy will evaluate and establish goals to minimize the adverse effects of surgery such as pain and swelling as well as to restore normal movement, flexibility and function
  • The therapist and patient will work together to establish functional goals related to resuming normal activities of living and preventing an injury from recurring
  • The therapist will design an exercise program tailored specifically to patient’s needs and abilities
  • The therapist will instruct the patient on the proper use of assistive devices if any are needed
  • Occupational therapy will evaluate the patient and provide tools and techniques on how to safely complete activities of daily living such as getting dressed, preparing meals, complete bathing or toileting.
  • Occupational therapy will recommend appropriate adaptive equipment if any is needed for safe recovery.