Many of our patients are on ventilators, but people who aren't familiar with these devices might have some questions. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), ventilators are "machines that act as bellows to move air in and out of your lungs. " The physician sets the pressure and amount...Read more
About: Joan Vaughn
I’m Joan, and I know home care from the inside out. I’ve navigated my daughter through 24/7 home care nursing and managed her PCA’s. I’ve helped my parents move into (and out of) assisted living, Medicare episodes, skilled nurse visits, home health aids, and PCAs. Sandwiched in all of that, I’ve helped coordinate home care equipment and supplies, physical therapists, occupational therapists, county workers, and medications (oh, the medications). I know emergency departments, children’s hospitals, cancer wards, cardiac floors, and specialty units. I can recite health insurance policies (and call their bluff). I know a lot of other things in life too, like Shakespeare, where to sit to see a great sunset over a lake, how to keep myself healthy, how to read a profit/loss statement and state statutes, when to use a comma, and that gratitude is one of the keys to success. So I’m going to have this blog and write about home care from time to time. I’ll include topics like current legislation, professional boundaries in a tricky environment, and being a caregiver. I’ll also post some guest blogs from clients and nurses. Join me in the conversation.
Recent Posts by Joan Vaughn
This week (April 1-7) is Medication Safety Week! Medications, properly administered, are an important part of the care we provide to our patients. This overview from National Today offers some insight into the history of the holiday and some fun FAQs. Thanks to Janelle M, our Director of Nursing, for providing some key...Read more
This week, we want to recognize Brain Injury Awareness Month, which is happening this March! The Brain Injury Association of America is hosting events online and in-person throughout the month to raise awareness and build community. The BIAA specifies that "An acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury to the...Read more
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