BrightStar Care - February 2019

filtration system. Of course, if the tap water in your area has been contaminated, bottled water is a safer alternative. However, in most circumstances, bottled water is no healthier than tap water.


Cracking Your Knuckles Causes Arthritis

The connection between knuckle-cracking and arthritis came from studies where participants self- reported their habits. Modern medical research has shown these results to be false. The official stance from the John Hopkins Arthritis Center states, “There is no evidence that cracking knuckles causes any damage such as arthritis in the joints.” Still, chronic knuckle- cracking can lead to reduced grip strength, so you might want to break the habit anyway.

With an extensive amount of external stimuli for nurses — heart rate monitors, pages, sensors, patient requests, etc. — it’s easy to have something important fall through the cracks. This complication has become such an everyday reality for so many hospital workers that the term “alarm fatigue” is now a common diagnosis for many mishaps. According to reports from the Cleveland Clinic, the desensitization caused by the variety of noises is involved in 44 percent of undetected cardiac arrests. When 1 in 4 patients does not survive hospitalized cardiac arrest, the necessity for proper recognition is even more pivotal. Hospitals around the country are taking note of this epidemic and implementing a new practice that could prevent any future avoidable deaths. Centralized patient monitoring allows for dedicated viewers outside of medical locations to oversee patients in real time. Through sensors, high-definition cameras, and other advanced equipment, accurate data on blood pressure and heart rate can be collected by a remote observer. With this focus on individual patients, detection rates have skyrocketed and helped save lives across the country. A 2016 study demonstrated a 93 percent survival rate for patients in hospitals who applied centralized monitoring. New advancements in this technology have yielded further positive results, making the possibilities for 2019 even more exciting. This new wave could be the future of making hospitals safer than ever. Is it right for you?

You’ve probably heard these myths for years, but just because something is common knowledge doesn’t mean it is true. With information so easily available, always take the time to research the facts, especially when it comes to your health.

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• 6 egg yolks • 3 tablespoons sugar • 1 poundmascarpone cheese • 1 1/2 cups strong espresso, cooled • 2 teaspoons dark rum • 24 packaged ladyfingers • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate shavings, for garnish 1. In a large mixing bowl, use a whisk to beat together egg yolks and sugar until thick and pale, about 5 minutes. 2. Addmascarpone cheese and beat until smooth. 3. Fold in 1 tablespoon of espresso. 4. In a small, shallow dish, combine remaining espresso with rum. Dip each ladyfinger intomixture for 5 seconds. Place soaked ladyfingers at the bottomof a walled baking dish. 5. Spread half of the mascarpone mixture on top of the first layer of ladyfingers. Top with another layer of ladyfingers and another layer of mascarpone. 6. Cover and refrigerate 2–8 hours. 7. Remove from fridge, sprinkle with chocolate shavings, and serve. INSTRUCTIONS

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