- they suffer from stomach ulcers or bleeding (even if they’d had these conditions in the past);
- they suffer from high blood pressure;
- they have any form of kidney disease (because NSAIDs have been associated with kidney failure);
- they’ve ever had a stroke or transient ischemic attack.
The FDA also says people should avoid NSAIDs if:
- they’re undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery;
- they’ve been taking aspirin to protect against heart attack;
- they are women in the third trimester of pregnancy.
- Place Your Touch Screen Cell Phone in a Ziplock Bag
- Attach Your Keys to a Cork, So They Float
- Keep Money in an Empty Chapstick, Magic Marker (or even a diaper) for Safe Keeping
- Lie on a Fitted Sheet to Keep Out Sand
- Sneak Beer on the Beach by Hiding It in a Soda Cup
“Sitting in his surgical gown inside a large medical suite in Reston, Va., a Vienna man prepared for his colonoscopy by pressing record on his smartphone, to capture the instructions his doctor would give him after the procedure.
But as soon as he pressed play on his way home, he was shocked out of his anesthesia-induced stupor: He found that he had recorded the entire examination and that the surgical team had mocked and insulted him as soon as he drifted off to sleep.”What the patient recorded included the burned-out anesthesiologist expressing a desire to “punch [the patient] in his face to ‘man him up’ a little”. She also mocked the man for having a rash on his penis, joking that it was probably syphilis and calling him a “retard”. Read the whole shocking story and listen to the recordings used as evidence in the trial here. Then consider that it cost the medical group, the doctors and medical assistants named in the suit $500,000.00 in punitive damages awarded by the jury hearing the case brought by the patient.It is not a character flaw if one does become burned out on any job. It happens to everyone at one point or another in every career. It is a function of simply being human. It is how you handle those feelings that separates the true professional from the hack. Always remember that in your role as a medical assistant, you’re graced with the trust of every patient who relies on you for compassionate, professional treatment. Never take that trust lightly.
Consider young Joe Landolina, the 22 year-old who invented “VetiGel” when he was just 17. Vetigel, a gel applied directly to wounds, stops bleeding within seconds and heals wounds altogether in just minutes! Landolina invented the algae-based polymer in his gradfather’s lab and has parlayed his breakthrough into Suneris, a biotech company that manufactures the gel. Last week, Suneris announced that it will begin shipping VetiGel to veterinarians later this summer and the article suggests humans won’t be far behind.The implications for you Joe should be eye opening for you. Regardless of your age or the preconceptions about where you should be along your career trajectory at any age stories like this serve to illustrate that the only prerequisite for success in life is the drive to succeed and a healthy dose of sustained effort. You could become a medical assistant at age 21 as easily as you could at age 55. You could earn your certification as a nursing assistant beginning fresh out of high school or after having racked up decades of workplace experience before deciding (for whatever reason) to embark along a new career path.