A Little Something About the Critical Care Unit

Critical caring medicine is used to provide life or organ support to patients who are critically ill or injured and require special monitoring. These patients normally suffer from respiratory or airway compromise, renal failure blood instability, or the effects of many organs failing. Patients who have not been stabilized to the point where they do not require intensive monitoring after a major are also given critical care.

This idea of critical caring has been developed as a crucial area of caring for a patient as medical technology and medicine advances. The critical care units first came after world war two to care for patients that required close monitoring and care. In those days, the patients that were most in need of care were located closest to the nursing station while the others were located further away. As a result, the patients were rotated constantly dependent on the need and the availability of beds.

Critical care nurses deal with the response of humans to life threatening traumas. To become a critical care nurse all that is required is for you to be a registered nurse (RN) and trained, obtaining a critical nursing certification is not a must. However, majority of the employers prefer nurses who have been certified in the field, as these nurses would have the skill and knowledge required for the job. To become certified a nurse must provide care for patients who are critically ill for at least 2 years and then they take the exam.

A critical care nurse is required to work under the nursing supervisor and care for the patients to which he or she has been assigned to. The tasks involves performing treatments, dispensing all medications and maintaining accurate and complete records for each patient. This nurse should be able to identify when a patient in critical care is experiencing complications, and be able to operate the different equipments in the critical care unit. This nurse is also required to help the doctors carry out procedures and treatments which is inclusive of sterile treatments.

It is recommended that each critical nurse be assigned 2 patients at most, however this may not be what happens in some hospitals depending on their staffing number. Hospitals in the United States can have up to 24% of the beds that are available for critical care patients. In this unit special and comprehensive care is provided 24/7. The rooms are built with glass walls to facilitate the constant supervision of the patients. In most cases the unit may have specified visiting time, with the visitors being restricted to family members only, so as to allow the staff to work at their optimum level without the influences from outside, compromising the care given.

Critical care doctors treat conditions that are threatening a patient’s life, organ or limb. This area is a medical specialty because it is necessary to provide instantaneous diagnosis along with managing urgent aspects of the patient’s injury or illness. Doctors in the unit must have a wide field of knowledge inclusive of trauma management, surgical skills, airway and cardiac life-support. The medicines used in critical care, include both general medicines and specialized medicines which are used to diagnose conditions and stabilize the patient.

Jobs in the $120 Billion Dollar a Year Childhood Obesity Prevention Industry

According to recent government sources America spends over $120,000,000 (that’s Billion with a B) dollars annually on childhood obesity and related issues. That is to say we spend about the same on obesity as we’re spending on the Iraq war and we’re losing because the problem is getting worse not better. Not only that, we can’t pull out of this one even if we wanted to, which means we have to take a stand and fight.

Only One Percent

In this light I’d like to suggest that we take a mere ONE PERCENT of that $120 billion dollars and REDIRECT IT INTO A WAR ON CHILDHOOD OBESITY designed to naturally immunize kids against obesity for life, eliminate this plague within one decade, save the American taxpayer trillions over the same time period, immediately create 20,000 GOOD PAYING JOBS (400 per state), and improve the life quality and productivity of millions of kids from sea to shining sea.

Let’s Do the Math

Check out the math. One hundred twenty billion times one percent equals $1,200,000,000 (one point two billion dollars). If we paid each childhood obesity prevention specialist an average of $60,000 each we could hire 20,000 of them nationwide. This works out to be an average of 400 new childhood obesity specialists per state who would in turn work with schools, park districts, Boys and Girls Clubs, YM/WCA’s, and churches who are interested in helping their kids naturally immunize themselves against obesity for life.

Starting With Kindergartners

If we did nothing more than start with kindergarten classes across each state using simple height adjustable pull up bars together with a technique called leg assisted pull ups to help students learn to physically pull their own weight, 90% of all kindergartners would be naturally immunized against obesity for life by the end of the school year because kids who can do pull ups are NEVER OBESE. The other 10% would also be well on their way toward natural self immunization. Repeat this scenario for 10 straight years and childhood obesity would be ancient history like polio or the black plague.

2,000,000 Kids Annually Immunized Against Obesity

Let’s examine the possibilities in a little different way. Let’s say that each new specialist worked with (supported) only 10 other adults (teachers, park district, Boys and Girls Club, or pre-school employees) who in turn worked directly with at least 10 kids. Under those conditions we would naturally immunize 40,000 kids (10 X 10 X 400 = 40,000) against obesity for life in each state annually against obesity for life. Nationally that figure would be 2,000,000 kids who would be naturally immunized annually.

10,000,000 Kids Annually Immunized Against Obesity

But these figures are very conservative, the worst case scenario. Let’s say instead that each new specialist worked with 10 schools each week (one in the AM and one in the PM), and each school averaged 50 kindergartners. Under these conditions the number of kids naturally immunized against obesity for life annually explodes to 200,000 kids per state and 10,000,000 nationally.

And under those conditions childhood obesity would be completely eliminated in one decade or less, saving American taxpayer trillions, and making the lives of millions of American kids meaningful and productive in a way that they currently are not.

Meaningful Work Instead of Meaningless Repetition

One final note here is that the 20,000 jobs that we could create immediately with NO NEW MONEY, by redirecting what we’re currently spending in a productive direction, would create meaningful jobs that not only pay well and produce a humongous return on our nation’s investment in the personal infrastructure of our kids, but the childhood obesity prevention specialists themselves will know they’re doing something worth doing, something important, something that will make a difference in the lives of kids and parents across the USA, and maybe the world.

How to Build Muscle Fast: Quick Tips to Jumpstart Your Training Right on Track

Physically conscious people always try to seek for ways on how to build muscle fast. Downing muscle-building pills, drinking weight gainer shakes, hours of endless workout and outrageous diets- these are just a few outlandish acts men and women do in hopes of building muscles in a jiffy.

For those who choose to go about on how to build muscle fast, there is a relative procedure that, unfortunately, does not include any short-cuts. Increasing muscle mass is not something that happens overnight; rather it is a long continuous process. An effective workout routine, if partnered with discipline, dedication and perseverance, will definitely produce great results. Ample stimulation of the muscles must be rooted on perseverance and on a disciplined workout routine. If this is acted upon with diligence, and is executed with precision and consistency, then all these could definitely contribute to fast muscle build-up.

How to Build Muscle Fast: Feel Your Muscles Grow
Free weights, push-ups, pull-ups and weight training – these are all fairly appropriate in increasing muscle density because multifaceted movement that stimulates the most muscles is the best way to get the fastest result in increasing muscle mass. For instance, squats are known to hit not just the thigh muscles, but also work the calves. The intensity of this particular exercise can be felt at the very tip of your toes.

Likewise, bicep curls not only work the arms but the biceps, forearms and wrists, as well. Consistency must be kept rhythmic with a full range of motion as weight is added on- once the muscles are well oriented.

How to Build Muscle Fast:
Proper Scheduling of Workout Routine; a Must When Building Muscles Fast
When you are able to formulate a precise and detailed workout routine, pay-off is quite apparent, when you are trying to increase muscle mass. However, formulating a plan on how to double your muscle’s mass should not be rested on how often you should do your exercise routines. One must gain ample sleep because the muscles need rest to rebuild and to repair for the next day’s workout. Muscles should not be overworked as this can result to fatigue. An exercise routine must not merely focus on hitting all areas of the body at once.

If you structure your workout appropriately, and consistently follow them, you’d be sure to get those massive muscles in no time. A total body workout is the best way to go about on how to build muscle fast. If you schedule and structure your workout sessions properly, muscle gain will definitely follow in no time.

How to Build Muscle Fast:
The Benefits of Instilling a Healthy Diet in Building Muscles

The human body must be supplemented with the healthiest and the most nutritious food. To meet the daily nutritional needs of the body, one must be disciplined enough to consume foods that will build and strengthen muscles, such as proteins, like: fish, nuts, meats and poultry.

Proper diet will surely assist the body into gaining strength and mass. The less chemicals, additives and preservatives found in your diet – the better. In short, you must consume less of the junk foods, like: chips, chocolates, cakes and sweets, rather, you should engorge yourself with an increased amount of veggies, fruits, milk and wheat-based food. This is the best way to address the ever so elusive dream of how to build muscle fast.

If all these are observed,you are well on your way in achieving your dream, and finally satisfying your question on how to build muscle fast. With enough discipline, consistency and persistence, muscle mass will be achieved in due time. Ultimately, your body will become bigger, stronger and sexier!

Being Your Own Kind of Beautiful: Learning to Appreciate Yourself

While shopping at one of my favorite boutiques, I ran across this adorable little trinket that had a modest inscription on it that read: “Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful”. The timing was perfect for me to receive this message because I had just recently decided to end a long-term friendship that had become severely dysfunctional and was weighing me down emotionally. Like most people who experience an end to a long-term friendship, whether it was a positive experience or not, the finality of the split left me feeling relieved and out of sorts all at the same time. Feeling beautiful was probably the last thing on my mind at the time because the “friendship” had become so offensive to my psyche. It felt like an all-out assault to my spirit in an attempt to systematically convince me that I had nothing to offer. Yet, when I read the caption on the little ornament that day in the boutique, it spoke to me in a way that I cannot describe. I felt like my soul had just awakened by a fierce inspiration! I thought how wonderful it would be if each of us could feel the same reassurance that I felt that day by simply taking a step back and appreciating our own God given beauty! Not just the physical beauty, but our entire beautiful self, inside and out. I reflected on how important it is never to give anyone control over our perceptions of ourselves because God created each of us in his own image and He did not make any mistakes on any of his creations!

Even though we know in our heart that we are uniquely designed by God, we all at some point in our life have fallen victim to allowing ill-intentioned “friends” or that nagging voice in our head that try to persuade us that we are less than. In so doing, we fail to fully appreciate our own individuality and the marvelous qualities that we have to offer. Not recognizing or appreciating our own unique beauty is similar to the inference in the quote by Alice Walker that says: “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it”, (The Color Purple). That may be putting it a bit bluntly, but sometimes we need a candid wake-up call. The same concept applies to how we view ourselves, not just how we view a color somewhere in a field. Even though we get the point, I have noticed that women in particular repeatedly fall into the trap of comparing themselves to others and not embracing their own beauty. Physical beauty has become such the end all, that many people have such blind envy of others because of their physical appearance that they have no regard to the personal struggles someone might be going through, despite how well put together they may appear on the outside. In spite of this and as straightforward as it may sound, if each of us would begin to practice being our own kind of beautiful, then we would realize that each of us is beautiful just the way we are.

At any rate, although physical attractiveness can be quite enticing, outer beauty is fleeting. Therefore, a person’s character, morals and values should be the factors that true beauty should be judged. These core traits are not merely handed down through great genetics and more importantly; they never fade away. Remember the old saying, pretty is as pretty does? If someone is lacking in these three intrinsic fundamentals, then it really does not matter what they look like on the outside. Physical beauty has no correlation at all to the goodness or essential quality of a person. OK, for those who may be a little harder to persuade maybe we can take gradual, baby steps toward adopting this revolutionary standard of looking at beauty. For the sake of compromise, let’s say the new standard of judging beauty can consist of a combination of both physical and inner characteristics. However, in all fairness the fundamental core of who a person is should at least carry a higher weighted average than what the person looks like. Fair enough? Well, until this notion becomes widely accepted, which quite frankly may take an act of God; I will suggest a few simple ideas to help remind everyone to honor God by simply being your own kind of beautiful on the inside and out.

One way to practice being your own kind of beautiful is to celebrate your God given gifts and beauty. The fact that each and every person on this earth is uniquely designed, down to our personalized fingerprints, is astounding! Whether it is an internal or physical characteristic that makes you uniquely beautiful, you should focus on just one trait at a time and celebrate it. We have so much to be thankful for, so celebrating one thing at a time can be as simple as showing gratitude for having that distinctive attribute. Once you begin to do this on a regular basis, you will begin to naturally appreciate how wonderfully designed you are. For example, I have always been into physical fitness, sometimes more than others, but overall I have been blessed that God has made me physically strong and healthy. Although I could have chosen to sit around and focus on someone else’s physical attributes, I have chosen to celebrate my own. As such, I joined a hiking club and push my physical endurance to the limit on a regular basis by hiking through rugged terrain to reach altitudes that I never thought I would reach by foot. A couple of added benefits are that for one I meet interesting, like-minded people and in addition I am keeping physically fit by doing something I enjoy. If you have never been hiking, you cannot imagine the beauty that can be seen from the vantage point from atop a mountain. For miles on end, there is the beauty of nature, including speckles of purple in a field of flowers. I thank God each day for giving me the physical ability to be able to do these types of physical activities; particularly after having been bound to a wheelchair for several months after an injury. I celebrate my blessings every chance I get by putting my gift to use. The more I use it, the more physically and mentally strong I become. You will be surprised at how doing simple things like this can help you discover your blessings which you may have overlooked in the past because you have spent so much time comparing yourself to someone else. So, get out there and keep it moving by discovering or rediscovering your beautiful self!

This brings me to my next piece of advice that I will offer to you to practice being your own kind of beautiful which is to stop comparing yourself to others, period. Many times, no matter what our station is in life or how many compliments we receive from others, we somehow still feel like we fall short in comparison to someone else. What I have discovered is that a person will not be able to fully appreciate their own beauty if they continue to try and emulate someone else’s beauty. It is irrational to look at the external beauty of someone else and feel envious. First of all, envy is a sin and secondly physical beauty is fleeting, so why even bother. So, instead of comparing yourself to others you should thank God for creating you in his own image. On this subject, I want to share how moved I was by a speech given by Iyanla Vanzant entitled, “You Matter”. In it she stated something that really grabbed my attention regarding the whole concept of how wasteful it is to compare yourself to others. In her speech she said, “It is an act of violence to compare yourself to other people”. That is such a powerful statement! In order to fully appreciate the full force of this statement, you have to take a moment and absorb its significance. If you really think about it, not only is it an act of violence, it is also irreverent to compare yourself to others which in a way marginalizes your own beauty and uniqueness. Ironically, I found this concept also works in the reverse as it reminds me not to look at others with such a critical eye and to appreciate the fact that they too are uniquely designed by God. Psalm 139:14 says, ‘I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well”.

One final suggestion that I will impart on the subject of being your own kind of beautiful is that it is important to appreciate and not emulate others’ beauty. It is one thing to admire a person’s beauty, however, you have completely crossed the line if your adoration of another leaves you feeling demoralized. Fortunately, there is a healthy balance between celebrating your own beauty and appreciating others’ beauty; particularly without feeling jealousy which is a by-product of emulation. The most confident women are those who embrace their own beauty and can appreciate others for their beauty in a healthy way. This confidence is reflected in many ways such as being graceful in how you carry yourself as it will reflect in how you view others. As the saying goes, “Elegance is [the only] beauty that never fades”. As I stated earlier, beauty is unique to each individual and it does not always mean physical beauty. Yes, it is important to strive to be your best self, inside and out. However, you do not have to jeopardize your self-worth in the process by impersonating others. That is why it is important to check yourself from time to time to ensure you keep a healthy balance between appreciating versus emulating others. Feeling confident in who you are and what you have to offer will allow you to appreciate others at a greater level for who they are without feeling envious by trying to imitate them.

In summary, because each of us is uniquely designed by God, we all have an abundance of reasons to appreciate and celebrate our own beauty. Of course, beauty can be viewed in many ways either inner, outer, or a combination of both. We can begin the transformative thinking of being our own kind of beautiful by actively celebrating our own uniqueness one trait at a time. Once we begin to do this, we will become comfortable in our own skin and will be able to appreciate others for their beauty without allowing jealousy or envy to invade our space. No one has a right to try to make you feel that you have nothing to offer. As Iyanla Vanzant stated in her speech, “You Matter”. You do not need anyone to define you or to complete you because God has already done an awesome job at that. Embrace this concept and live it on a daily basis. In other words, start each day by boldly being your own kind of beautiful!

Twenty Facts About Autism You’ll Want to Know

Since Autism Speaks’ foundation in 2005, the organization has helped the nation and the world better understand autism and better ways to treat the condition. Here are some facts about autism that Autism Speaks has brought to the forefront:

1. The number of people discovered to have autism has grown rapidly over the past 10 years.

In 2005, the number of people diagnosed with autism was only one in 166. Ten years later, the numbers of people who have been diagnosed with the condition have grown to one in 68, more than a 100% increase over the past decade.

2. Direct screening studies suggest that the number of people with autism may be higher than one in 68.

In a recent study conducted in South Korea, Autism Speaks-funded researchers discovered that every one in 38 children had autism. Most of these children had not been diagnosed before this study. The organization is now negotiating with the CDC in the US to perform a similar study using direct screening in United States classrooms.

3. Reliable diagnoses of autism in children can be made by the age of two.

Earlier diagnosis and subsequent intervention can improve outcomes. Autism Speaks is making early screening available to more people, particularly among communities who have been underserved in years past.

4. With a top-quality early intervention, a child’s brain development and brain activity can show improvement over time.

Because there is a degree of plasticity in the brain, the earlier the intervention, the better the chance that it will have a positive impact on the brain’s development. On a practical level, such interventions will help reduce the need-and the subsequent cost-of extensive behavioral and educational support during childhood.

5. For people with autism, behavioral therapy can change their lives for the better.

Research shows solid evidence of the benefits of behavioral therapy. With this evidence, Autism Speaks has been able to push through new laws in 38 states that mandate that healthcare coverage pay for the costs of behavioral therapy for people with autism. Those people and their families, once denied needed treatment, are now making progress.

6. Approximately one-third of people with autism are nonverbal.

For this reason, Autism Speaks supports research and development of new devices to assist these people to communicate. The organization has donated these assistive communication devices to many thousands of families affected by autism.

7. Assistive communication devices can encourage speech in many children who are nonverbal.

Research sponsored by Autism Speaks found that some children with autism who haven’t spoken by the age of 5 do not necessarily stay nonverbal for the remainder of their life. Some can learn to speak-and assistive devices help them with this process.

8. Autism-related gastrointestinal issues are real.

Research conducted by the Autism Treatment Network has discovered that 50% of children affected by autism have gastrointestinal disorders of various kinds. In fact, the pain from these disorders can cause behavioral symptoms to worsen. Autism Speaks has created treatment guidelines for pediatricians who treat children with autism as well as tools for parents to use in dealing with these issues experienced by their children.

9. Sleep disorders are common in people with autism.

Though sleep disorders occur often in individuals with autism, they are treatable. Autism Speaks has sponsored research that has provided evidence-based tool kits for parents to help their children overcome these disorders. They have also provided medical guidelines for clinicians who treat sleep disorders in people with autism.

10. Epilepsy occurs in nearly one-third of people with autism.

Though they have the potential to be dangerous, not all seizures are obvious to the untrained eye. Special testing is essential in autism health care to rule out epilepsy in people affected by autism.

11. Autism can be a whole-body condition.

Because people with autism have an increased incidence of sleep disturbances, GI disorders, and epilepsy, Autism Speaks recommends that doctors use the “whole-person approach” when providing health care to people with autism.

12. Personalized treatment can now be guided with the aid of whole genome sequencing.

The MSSNG program sponsored by Autism Speaks has changed the future of autism treatment. By performing genome sequencing on thousands of families affected by the condition, researchers receive actionable information that can help them develop new, more focused medications for autism.

13. The environment plays a significant role in causing autism.

A few years ago, experts thought that autism was entirely hereditary. After more research, the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange, a branch of Autism Speaks, discovered that influences that are non-hereditary contribute about half of the risk of a child developing autism.

14. Research has identified a few of the environmental factors that can give rise to autism.

If a mother has had an infection or has been exposed to air pollution during her pregnancy, the risk of her child developing autism increases. Prospective mothers who take prenatal vitamins prior to conception and continue to take them after they become pregnant can reduce the risk of their child developing autism.

15. Almost 50% of people with autism have a tendency to bolt or wander off.

Autism Speaks funds programs to prevent people with autism from wandering or bolting. They also educate first responders about these tendencies in people affected by autism.

16. Bullying affects almost two-thirds of children who have autism.

Together with the National Center for Learning Disabilities, Autism Speaks has raised awareness of bullying children who have special needs.

17. Eighty-four percent of adults with autism still live in their parents’ home.

Autism Speaks has petitioned government officials, both federal and state, to enact policies that will provide more options for living arrangements for adults affected by autism.

18. Almost half of 25-year-old adults who struggle with autism have never had regular paid employment.

In partnership with employers and educators, Autism Speaks continues to advocate for more support for young adults with autism at both vocational and post-secondary institutions, as well as for employment opportunities for them following graduation.

19. Every year, 50,000 teenagers either graduate from high school or become too old to receive school-based services for autism.

Autism Speaks works with private and public institutions to support individuals with autism as they make the transition to adulthood. With their support, these individuals can share their many valuable gifts with their communities.

20. The cost faced by families affected by autism over one person’s lifetime is usually between$1.4 million to $2.4 million.

Depending upon if the person with autism also has an intellectual disability, these costs can increase or decrease. Early diagnosis and quality interventions, along with support when people with autism make the transition into adulthood, can help to decrease these costs considerably.