EHOB Newsletter
Greetings from the Heart of March Madness!

As Indianapolis gets ready to host this year’s Final Four NCAA basketball tournament, we are mindful that as we celebrate these student athletes and marvel at their skill, agility, spirit and determination, we also want to celebrate the spirit and determination of patients, along with the skill and agility of their caregivers. There are many ill and injured individuals who inspire us every day with their strength and courage.

In our first blog post, we discuss the special attention that spinal cord injury patients require. They are especially susceptible to pressure ulcer wounds. A heightened vigilance of pressure ulcer prevention is needed for these patients as they struggle with many serious issues.

Our second blog post strongly encourages our country’s skilled and agile nursing staff to become advocates for palliative care, a practice that is proving to be invaluable in increasing end-of-life experiences for patients.

And, finally, a good reminder that even (or especially!) in the world of immersion therapy, it’s always a good idea for the buyer to beware!

Happy reading!

James G. Spahn, Founder and CEO
EHOB, Inc.
Spinal Injured
March, 3, 2015
Linda Lankenau, MSN, RN, CWON

"Over a lifetime, more than 60% of patients with spinal cord injury report developing a pressure ulcer. With improvements in care, a spinal cord injury no longer dictates a shortened life span, but complications of pressure ulcers are still a cause of significant morbidity and mortality." This was the opening statement from a recent NPUAP webinar; I thought it would be helpful to share highlights from it.

Be Savvy and Assertive
February 24, 2015
Shelley Lancaster RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN

Recently I went to my favorite running store to buy a special pair of super-deluxe shoes with maximum padding. I had done my homework and knew just what I wanted to buy. I’d talked to a friend who had switched to this type of shoe and was loving it. I had read some on-line reviews. Now I wanted a pair on my aging feet to see if they would do for me what they had for others. I’d survived the minimalist running shoe phase (as well as a few other phases over the years) and was now going for immersion therapy in my trail running shoes.

Palliative Care
February 17, 2015
Fran Demo, BSN, RN, CWON

In our modern world of rapidly expanding technologic advances in health care, patients are living longer with cancer, a variety of chronic illnesses, multiple comorbidities, including poor or non-healing wounds. Because there are treatments available, patients may agree to proceed with treatment recommendations not fully understanding the impact it may have on their lives and/or the lives of their families. In all probability the patient may not understand they have the right to opt out of a treatment. They may not understand or have the knowledge necessary to make choices about the healthcare they receive.


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