Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Patient Care

Our Most Important Social Media Metric: You.

By Robert Press | July 21, 2014 | Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14072118/e3a68e72-3c43-41a7-a479-25bd24554af9.png

Social media has been around for about two decades now, believe it or not. The concept of it dates back all the way to 1994, with the now largely defunct GeoCities — which most of the technologically-inclined members of my generation used to build at least one very, very ugly... Read more

Exploring the Human Microbiome

By John Shea | July 2, 2014 | Comments PENN-Med_SPRING_2014_F3b_LR-1

Like many people, I have gone through life without paying much attention to my gut –- except, that is, for the times my stomach gave unmistakable indications that it was upset. Most of the time, what was happening inside said stomach remained unknown. On the whole, it was out of... Read more

Gentle Support for Perinatal Loss

By Sally Sapega | June 20, 2014 | Comments Bereavement box -- contents

Losing a baby, either before or shortly after birth, is devastating. Patients often feel completely alone in their grief, feeling that no one can understand what they’re going through. HUP’s bereavement support group tells them otherwise. Families share stories, coping mechanisms, and challenges. “We want them to know that they... Read more

Taking a Look "Inside Penn Medicine"

By Sally Sapega | June 16, 2014 | Comments IPM-publications-blog-photo-new

Penn Medicine is a vibrant community of students and health-care professionals. Get a glimpse into what’s happening in this world of education, clinical care and research through our internal newsletters, located on the “Inside Penn Medicine” homepage and in print editions throughout UPHS. You can also subscribe to get news... Read more

A New Focus on Elder Health Care

By Sally Sapega | June 2, 2014 | Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14061315/721bbae2-575a-45c0-a530-3b64b222cb1b.png

GRNs Krista Walsh (r.) and Colleen Hogan walk with patient John Fitzpatrick to help him prevent losing physical strength during hospitalization. Hospitalization has a greater cognitive and physical impact on geriatric patients than on those who are younger. Indeed, more than 40 percent of the elderly suffer from delirium while... Read more

Penn Dermatology Efforts Help Push Tanning Bed Legislation Through

By Kim Menard | June 2, 2014 | Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14053020/9ed5f88c-7012-4ab8-beb1-1e21342f9f45.png

Tanning in all forms is dangerous. A concerted effort by a cadre of Penn Medicine dermatologists has helped push legislation forward to prevent skin cancers by restricting access to tanning beds, one of the major drivers of the increased incidence of skin cancer in the United States. Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

An Anniversary to Remember

By Greg Richter | May 12, 2014 | Comments Photo

Debbie and Jack McColgan’s love for one another was evident to many at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) well before the couple’s 38th wedding anniversary last month. At HUP for more than 100 days, Jack battles large B cell non Hodgkin’s lymphoma, with radiation, chemotherapy, and other... Read more

Lab Week 2014

By Karen Kreeger | May 8, 2014 | Comments Lab Week 2014 Rock Your Pride logo

Late last month Penn Med observed Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, a time to celebrate the hard work and dedication of the 600-plus lab professionals in more than 30 laboratories across the health system.

Leape's Conclusion: Health Care's "Culture of Disrespect"

By John Shea | April 18, 2014 | Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14041819/0f8c70fe-51b0-4347-a3a5-c5bcde6f9b2c.png

Lucian Leape, MD There are not many people who could address a gathering of medical professionals associated with one of the most highly regarded academic health systems in the country and talk to them about their part in a pervasive “culture of disrespect.” Talk to them, that is, and not... Read more

More Photos from Around Penn Medicine

By Robert Press | April 14, 2014 | Comments

In late February, Penn Medicine’s Heart and Vascular Center joined forces with the City of Philadelphia to wrap up American Heart Month by offering free cardiovascular screenings for city employees. The screenings, which included blood pressure screenings, cardiac risk assessments, peripheral vascular screening and abdominal aortic aneurysm screens, are preventive... Read more

Pocket-sized Medicine: Bringing Real-time Tests to Homebound Patients

By Kim Menard | April 2, 2014 | Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14040219/b1f163cf-ed1d-4f1b-af44-607ce8dc1b36.png

Thanks to innovations that have miniaturized medical devices, care providers on the go - from home care visits to busy outpatient practices - can get more and more real-time feedback at the patient's bedside. Read more

2014 Facts and Figures Shows Penn Medicine’s Expanding Footprint

By Greg Richter | March 28, 2014 | Comments Facts-cover-2014

In the 2014 edition of Penn Medicine’s annual Facts and Figures report, readers can find numerous achievements in research, education, and patient care from the past year. Highlights from this year’s text include Penn Medicine continuing as one of the nation’s top recipients of National Institutes of Health funding, the... Read more

A Rare-fied Friday at the End of Every February

By Karen Kreeger | February 27, 2014 | Comments image from http://aviary.blob.core.windows.net/k-mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp-14030517/8e9c0f27-2e6d-453a-9c54-f890d88b9907.png

Rare Disease Day is an annual event to raise awareness with the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives. Read more

Master Clinicians, Then and Now

By John Shea | February 24, 2014 | Comments

Last year, all three of the University of Pennsylvania Health System’s hospitals were recognized by U.S. News & World Report as among the top 10 hospitals in Pennsylvania. To achieve that kind of recognition, it follows that Penn Medicine has plenty of highly skilled clinicians. A new program, supported by... Read more

"Nothing About Me, Without Me" - HUP's Patient/Advisory Council Leaders Help Clinicians Reframe Patient Encounters

By Kim Menard | February 10, 2014 | Comments

The co-chair of HUP's Patient and Family Advisory Council recently opened the eyes of clinicians to a whole new way of looking at interactions with patients. Anita McGinn-Natali recounted her experience as a caregiver during the battle she described as "our cancer journey" during her husband Clark's successful battle with oral cancer. Read more

Obscure Neurologic Diseases Discovered at Penn to be Focus of New Center

By Kim Menard | January 29, 2014 | Comments

The Penn team that discovered a series of related conditions involving autoimmune responses impairing neurological function is taking the program one step further by opening the Penn Center for Autoimmune Neurology. Read more

Memory May Fade with Dementia, but Artistic Abilities and Benefits Carry On

By Kim Menard | January 15, 2014 | Comments image from http://aviary.blob.core.windows.net/k-mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp-14012016/3cf16bf8-7ddb-4dfa-857b-ca584c507608.png

Since it is possible for Alzheimer's patients to create art, researchers are investigating whether art therapy improves symptoms or quality of life. A new review of studies assessing art interventions from Perelman School of Medicine researchers found that art creation and appreciation activities may improve Alzheimer's disease patients' mood, activities of daily living, quality of life, and even caregiver distress. Read more

Penn Medicine Year in Review 2013

By Jessica Mikulski | December 30, 2013 | Comments

With 2014 just around the corner, the Penn Medicine Department of Communications is taking a look back at the many highlights and achievements of our faculty, staff, and students in 2013. From landmark breakthroughs in medical research to system-wide growth, moving forward with new leadership to celebrating milestone accomplishments in...

A Day in the Life at Penn Medicine

By Robert Press | December 16, 2013 | Comments

Each autumn, the University of Pennsylvania showcases its myriad activities — scholarly and otherwise — in a photo project called A Day in the Life. One day a year, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., everybody at UPenn is invited to submit photographs of what they're up to at any...

Out of the Exam Room, and Into the Classroom

By Katie Delach | October 14, 2013 | Comments Picture 004

In an effort to continue raising the bar on our quality of care and help faculty to refine their leadership and development skills, Penn Medicine’s Center for Clinical Ethics Mediation is providing courses aimed at arming clinicians with the skills necessary to facilitate conflict resolution at the bedside. In the health care setting, “conflict” can arise when there are miscommunications over a patient’s medication regimen, differing opinions regarding a course of treatment, cultural differences, etc. The courses offered through the Center for Clinical Ethics Mediation take faculty and staff out of the exam room and into the classroom where, through a series of role-playing exercises, they are able to experience firsthand what it’s like walking in their patients’ shoes. Read more

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