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Archive for April, 2011

The Faces of a Generation Deserve Attention

An Essay by Dr. Jerry Winakur [This essay written by author and physician Jerry Winakur is reprinted with permission from Caring for the Ages, a publication of the American Medical Directors Association.  Dr. Winakur is Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where my exhibit, Aging Across America, was shown this past winter in the Briscoe Library.] For the …Read More

The Myth of the Mechanical Fall

Recently on hospital teaching rounds a medical resident presented an elderly man who fell.  The patient suffered no fall-related injuries but was diagnosed with pneumonia and congestive heart failure.  The resident called the event a “mechanical fall,” and the interns and residents nodded in agreement regarding the assessment and plan.   When I questioned the young doctor, he did not ask about gait and balance, did not …Read More

MDS 3.0 Section M: Skin Conditions: What the Medical Director Needs to Know

This article was published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA), volume 12, #3, pages 179-183, March 2011. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released the new Resident Assessment Instrument version 3.0, which went into effect October 1, 2010. The intention of the revised Resident Assessment Instrument is to improve health-related quality of life and care planning, and incorporate evolving …Read More