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Flu Season is Upon Us

As the temperatures begin to slowly drop and the wind starts rustling the colorful leaves of the trees, Autumn comes with a not-so-fun gift: The Flu. Kids are back in school and are bringing home all types of germs, while office environments can be a fun place for the Flu to make it’s rounds. That said, we’ve put together a guide on how to approach Flu Season like a pro!

 

Prevention

One of the most common pieces of advice that doctors have for preventing the flu is getting a flu shot. While the flu shot doesn’t 100% guarantee that you won’t get the flu, Dr. Brandies in an article from the NY Times states that “the vaccine’s [also] been shown to reduce the severity of influenza, [while] it also reduces colds and other illnesses in young, healthy working adults”.
Shots don’t feel good, but neither does the flu!

Other precautions you’ll want to take in avoidance of the flu are to:

  • Wash your hands frequently. We use our hands for everything and our hands carry a ton of germs. You’ll definitely want to use antibacterial soap to make sure you’re getting rid of any signs of the flu.
  • Keep disinfectant wipes at home and on-the-go. Wipe your commonly used hard surfaces at home often and pack some wipes to go to wipe down the inside of your car, desk at work or the cart at the grocery store.
  • Get adequate sleep! The more fatigued your body is, the less effective your immune system is going to be in attacking any viruses.

I Tried Fighting Off the Flu, but I’ve Been Defeated. Now What?

Although you have done everything in your power to try and prevent the flu, you were no match to defeat it. Now, you’re (hopefully) at home and looking for a speedy recovery. Here are some things that will help speed things up:

  • Fluids. Water, fruit juice and tea are highly recommended!
  • Rest. Hey busy-bodies, this means you, too!
  • Humidity. A humidifier will be your best friend if you’re having any trouble breathing through dryness and mucuc.
  • Fever-Reducers. Whether you take OTC medication to reduce your inner temp or you simply put a cold, wet rag over your forehead, make sure to try and get your temperature down when it rises to fight off the virus.
  • Lozenges. Sucking on lozenges helps coat an itchy and sore throat. You can also consume a spoonful of honey by itself or in a cup of tea to soothe your throat.
  • Salt & Water. Gargling salt and water helps ease inflammation in your throat and loosens mucus, as well.
  • Ginger. Put it into your tea or soup. This helps you sweat out the toxins in your body, which is helpful when you have the flu. Ginger is also helpful for settling upset stomachs, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and cold sweats.
  • Essential Oils. Put essential oils in your bath or put a few drops on a hot/cold compress to rest on your forehead or chest.

The After-Math

After you’ve fought long and hard to get rid of it, you finally overcame the flu and are finally starting to feel like a functioning human being again.
You’ll want to get rid of the flu once and for all and to do that, you’ll want to do a power clean around the house.

Here’s what you’ll want to make sure to disinfect, throw in the wash or even throw out after the virus is out of your system.

  • Your bedding and sick clothes
  • Your toothbrush
  • Towels
  • Commonly Touched Surfaces ( Counters, door knobs, railings, light switches, etc.)
  • Electronic devices
  • Your steering wheel
  • Anything else you came into contact when you were under the weather.

We sincerely hope you and your loved ones don’t come into contact with the flu at all this holiday season.
Remember to make your way to the doctor’s office if your flu begins to escalate. The KPG Healthcare team wishes you a fantastic and safe weekend ahead!

Until next time!


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Technology Impacting the Healthcare Industry

It is year 2018 and technology has come a long way in making our lives easier and honestly, a bit more entertaining. Amongst the face-scanning iPhones, self-driving vehicles and 3-D printed houses, technology has also entered various industries on a global level to increase precision and effectiveness as needed. We see this tech evolution making a huge impact in the healthcare industry, where nurses are able to give patients a higher chance at a longer life in parts of patient care that weren’t an option before. Here are some different angles of how tech and nursing are getting along:

Tech in ICU

Karen Higgins, nurse of 28 years and past President of the Massachusetts Nurses Association chimes in on technology being an essential advancement for ICU patients:

“People ask me what is the biggest change in nursing over the years, and my answer is advancements in both technology and medications and also the patients themselves. Many of the patients I care for in the ICU would not be alive 10 or 20 years ago. New technology and medications are wonderful in that they give more patients a chance to survive and live longer[…]” –

Tech and Nursing Education

Brittney Wilson, BSN, RN, also known as The Nerdy Nurse expresses that while technology advances in healthcare are a given, nurse education needs to catch up:

“Technology improves the practices of medicine, and nursing. It will continue to advance year after year. In order to prepare students to handle such changes, nursing education needs to evolve accordingly. Embracing these new technologies enables us to become nursing professionals who are prepared to provide the best possible patient care.”

Electronic Health Records

USA TODAY in an article called, Career Advice: 4 Ways the Nursing Profession is Changing talks about the benefits of Electronic health records(EHR):

“Electronic health records (EHR) systems have become the norm, making updated patient data accessible instantly. And non-invasive diagnostic tools have started taking hold as well, changing how nurses interact with patients. Nurses need to be tech-savvy, from the latest medical technology to mobile phone apps that can help them organize their schedules and coordinate patient care.”

To reiterate the benefits of taking health records into the digital space, Elika Salimi, 3rd Year Health Scholar at HOAG Hospital states,

“I’ve seen the positive impact that having an electronic medical record system has had at HOAG hospital and the healthcare industry overall. Sharing information about patients amongst providers is easier and more efficient than ever, which directly results in optimum patient care.”

A Second Set of Eyes

An article on The Gypsy Nurse called The Latest Trends and Technology in Nursing 2018 talks about hospitals implementing technological command centers to serve as a second set of eyes for nurses:
“Inspired by NASA, many hospitals are implementing command centers that serve as a ‘mission control’ for all of the services and functions related to patient care.  Today’s nurses are finding themselves able to interact with a second set of eyes and also have help in managing daily bottlenecks.

 

It’s fascinating to see how technology being implemented into our industry can impact so many different levels of our industry besides directly with the patient. However, the truth we can all agree on is that despite all of the tech upgrades to the industry, tech will never come before the compassion and instinct that serves as the lifeline of the healthcare industry.

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KPG Healthcare Spotlight: Pablo Di Carlo

This week we’re coming at you with another awesome Recruiter Spotlight. Meet the one and only Pablo Di Carlo! Pablo is a Senior Manager Recruiter here at KPG, as well as an awesome team member to work with. Pablo’s philosophy as a Senior Manager Recruiter is that in order to be a great consultant, one must understand the Providers’ perfect work scenario and then work above and beyond to achieve it, while taking the time to understand each individual’s goals and career path. We couldn’t have said it better, Pablo!

 

To get to know Pablo a little bit better, we had a Q&A session with him. Check it out!

 

What’s your favorite thing about being a Healthcare Recruiter?

Having the opportunity to help Providers everyday by making positive differences in their lives. This can be by increasing their overall compensation or helping them attain a better work/life balance.

 

What differentiates KPG?

Commitment, passion and dedication to our Providers and Clients. I can say that KPG is by far the best organization that I have been a part of in my career.

 

Tell us your favorite memory from being a part of the KPG team?

Our last Christmas Party was a blast! It was great meeting everyone’s extended families and the employee organized theater entertainment was phenomenal.

 

Tell us about a Provider that made a difference in your life.

There have been many Providers that have made in impact in my life, but one in particular was going through a very hard time with an ill family member and I was able to help throughout this time with their employment and commitments. It is very rewarding when business relationships become personal relationships and I am able to help in any way that I can.

 

What, in your opinion, can an applicant do to stand out?

I think having a positive attitude is the key to everything. Experience, education and credentials of course play a big part, but the differentiator is a positive and open minded approach to all potential opportunities.

 

Where’s your favorite place to travel?

All-Inclusive Caribbean destinations with my wife and two kids.

 

Let’s talk food. What’s your favorite cuisine?

I love food! I don’t have one particular cuisine that I prefer. I like trying different foods from all cultures and enjoy them all!

 

What is an interesting fact about you?
I am ambidextrous and can write perfect with both hands!


Writing with both hands!? What a talent to have, Pablo!
We love showing off our awesome KPG Recruiters and hearing about their favorite parts of their job makes us so incredibly happy.

We’ll catch you next time. Until then, make sure to keep up with us on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter!

The KPG Healthcare Team

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