Lactation Consultant: Medication and Breastfeeding

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Posted on 25th October 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

When I was pregnant I was paranoid about taking any type of medication.  After my son was born I was just as concerned and stayed away from taking most medications.  It wasn’t until I came down with the flu that I was forced to consider taking medication while breastfeeding.  Here is some valuable information about taking medication if you are breastfeeding or just want to learn more about how to become a lactation consultant.

1.    Take only necessary medications when necessary.  At some point you may catch a cold.  Before you reach for the over-the-counter cold medicine, determine its necessity. Antihistamines are only minimally effective at relieving cold symptoms.

2.  Try non-drug therapies.  Instead of using analgesics, try relaxation techniques, massage or warm baths.  Cough, cold and allergy products can be substituted with saline nose drops, cool mist, or steam.  The use of anti-asthmatics can be reduced by avoiding known allergens, especially animals.  Instead of laxatives, eat high fiber meals, prunes, lots of fruits and vegetables.  Drink hot liquids with breakfast and water throughout the day.

3.  Choose the lowest recommended dose of medication.  Avoid extra-strength and long-acting preparations.  Also avoid combination ingredient products.

4.  Avoid breastfeeding when the peak drug concentration is greatest in milk.  It is best to breastfeed before you take a dose of medication.  Peak drug concentrations occur about one to three hours after an oral dose.  This is easier to do if you are taking drugs with short half-lives.

5.  Administer the drug before your infant’s longest sleep period.  If your baby sleeps longest in the evening, take your medication before you put baby to sleep.  This is especially useful when taking long-acting drugs.

Phlebotomy: The Heart Structure

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Posted on 25th October 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

The heart is the most important part of the circulatory system.  It is responsible for pumping blood throughout the body and is located in the thoracic cavity, between the lungs.  The apex or tip of the heart points down and to the left of the body.

Slightly larger than a man’s closed fist, the heart is a four chambered muscular organ.  It is slightly hollow and is surrounded by a fluid sack called the pericardium.  The pericardium wall has three distinct layer- the epicardium, myocardium and endocardium.  The epicardium is the thin outer most layer.  It is often filled with fat, especially in older people.  The middle layer, the myocardium is composed mostly of muscle.  It forms the bulk of the heart and is the layer that contracts.  The endocardium is the thin inner layer of the heart that lines the heart chambers and covers the fibrous skeleton of the valves.

The heart is composed of four chambers.  The upper chambers of the heart are the called atria.  The lower chambers of the heart are called ventricles.  Functionally, the atria are receiving chambers for blood returning to the heart from the circulation.  These small, thin-walled chambers only need to contract minimally in order to push blood into the lower ventricles.  The ventricles make up most of the volume of the heart.  They are the discharging chambers of the heart and are considered the actual pumps of the heart.  The right ventricle pumps blood into the pulmonary trunk.  The left ventricle ejects blood into the aorta.

Lactation Consultant: How to Know When A Baby is Full

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Posted on 22nd October 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

If you breast feed your baby, it can be difficult to determine just how much milk he is getting.  Fortunately, the milk production is based works by the principle of supply and demand.  The more your baby demands, the more milk your body will produce according to baby’s needs.  I learned this through my lactation consultant training, an important allied health field.

Babies usually feed for at least 10 minutes on each side the first few days following their birth.  It is common to have to nurse on both sides.  You can tell that your baby is feeding correctly when you see his lower jaw moving steadily.  Usually when baby is full, he will fall asleep or stop sucking and remain contentedly awake.  If he cries or fusses, before offering more milk, try burping baby.  He may have gas.    It can be convenient to burp baby before switching sides.

You will notice after baby eats that your breasts may feel softer and less tense.  Another sign that baby is getting enough milk is the amount of soiled diapers he produces.  Breast-fed babies tend to have runnier stool compared to bottle-fed babies.

If you think that your baby is not being satisfied with your milk production consult with your pediatrician.  In some instances, stress and anxiety can cause you to have insufficient milk production.  Ensure that you are drinking a lot of water, eating a balanced diet and getting adequate rest. There are also many over-the-counter lactation teas available that can help to increase your milk production.

How Did Homeopathy Begin?

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Posted on 22nd October 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

A German physician named Samuel Hahnemann founded homeopathy around 200 years ago.   He was an apothecary physician whose development of homeopathy was considered contrary to the practice of medicine at the time.  Medicine 200 years ago consisted of the use of leeches, bloodletting, strong purgatives, and highly toxic preparations containing heavy metals.  He was very concerned with these popular medical practices and set out to find alternative methods.

Hahnemann began to experiment with cinchona bark in the treatment of malaria.  He found that when he took high doses of the bark he would experience symptoms that were very similar to those of malaria.  He coined the term ‘proving’ to describe this approach to testing certain substances.  With the help of healthy volunteers, he was able to outline three principles of homeopathy that are still used today.

Principle 1:  If a healthy person takes large doses of a substance and reacts with symptoms of an illness, then that substance can be used in an unhealthy person who suffers from the same illness for relief.

Principle 2:  The minimal dose of the substance should be used to prevent toxicity.  This idea is completely contrary to current scientific knowledge.  Hahnemann initially used high doses of substances but found that this often led to toxic side effects.  He then used a process called “potentization” to dilute and refine his doses.

Principle 3:  A patient should only use a single remedy or substance at any one time.

Pharmacy Technician

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Posted on 19th October 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

pharmacy technicianOne of the most necessary an important allied health careers that you can choose is that of a pharmacy technician.  These people are an essential part of any pharmacy, whether it is in a standalone pharmacy or a pharmacy in store or a hospital, making it a one of the most wide spread allied health careers in the United States.
Some of the duties of a pharmacy technician are:
•    Preparing the claim forms for insurance
•    Maintaining the profiles of patients
•    Completing transactions at the cash register
•    Answering the telephone
•    Inventorying medications which are sold over the counter
•    Knowing what the latest medications are and whether or not they are available.
•    Retrieving orders for prescriptions
•    Weighing, pouring, measuring, and counting medications and tablets
•    Mixing medicine
•    Choosing a correct container for a prescription
•    Making labels for prescriptions
Some of the places that people in this one of the most sought after allied health careers are:
•    Medical shops
•    Hospitals
•    Mail order or retail pharmacies
•    Personal and health care shops
•    Nursing homes
•    Facilities that provide assisted living
Another reason that people like about this allied health career is that it doesn’t take very long at all to become a pharmacy technician- anywhere from six months to two years..    There is also flexibility in this career – some pharmacy technicians work full time or part time, and sometimes they are required to work either on the weekend or overnight.
If you are looking at different allied health careers, you might enjoy becoming a pharmacy technician and making a difference in a pharmacy near you.

Cardiovascular Technician: Responsibilities and Job Description

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Posted on 18th October 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

Cardiovascular TechnologistSomeone who has had a family member with problems with their heart may have spoken to their cardiovascular technician and wondered what it is like to have that kind of job.

If you are someone who is possibly considering becoming a cardiovascular technician and you want to know some more about what they do, here is a rundown of the responsibilities and job description for a cardiovascular technician.

What a cardiovascular technician is that they help doctors with tests to diagnose heart problems and they also keep an eye on the data on a monitor during procedures.  There are also specialties that cardiovascular technicians can pursue, such as invasive cardiology, echocardiography, or vascular technology.  Most of the jobs that the technicians have are found in a hospital environment.

For people who are considering this career, they should know that it’s physically demanding, because it’s often up to the technician to maneuver a patient during any kind of treatment, along with setting up and transferring equipment which is very heavy.  It’s also very emotionally draining, because of their patients’ fragile health state.

Cardiovascular technicians are in high demand and they make a very big difference in the lives of patients. However, it’s important that anyone who is considering this career take a look at themselves and see whether or not they can handle the physical and emotional demands of the career.  If so, that is great. Otherwise they might want to consider another career in the field of allied health.

A Special Allied Health Field – The Field of Veterinary Technician

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Posted on 14th October 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

Do you love animals? Do you want to help them and assist a veterinarian in making them better? Then maybe you might want to look into the allied health field of veterinary assistant.  If you choose to study this particular allied health field of how to become a veterinary technician, then some of your duties would be:

•    Examine the animals and give them food and water
•    Disinfect and clean the work areas and cages
•    Sterilize the surgical and laboratory equipment
•    Provide care after an operation
•    Administer topical or oral medication
•    Prepare any samples for the laboratory to examine while being supervised by either a veterinary tech or a veterinarian
One of the nice things about being a veterinary assistant is that you don’t have to have any formal training – a lot of your training is going to be done on the job.   It’s the perfect job for someone who loves animals and this allied health field promises to continue to grow for the next six years.
If you are intrigued about this allied health field, you might be interested to know that three years ago, the average salary for a veterinary assistant was more than $20,000.
Veterinary assistants are a big part of the veterinary field and they are someone that veterinarians cannot do without. Whether they are helping with a birth, helping care for an animal after surgery, or preparing necessary samples for the laboratory, veterinary assistants are there to give the animals that they care for comfort and care.   It takes a special person to go into this particular allied health field.

Salary Expectations for Nuclear Medicine

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Posted on 8th October 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

As it is with more than one allied health field, the nuclear medicine salary is determined by a lot of factors.  These factors are what are considered when a nuclear technician’s salary is being discussed upon hire.  If you are wondering what you can expect to earn if you choose to enter the allied health field of nuclear technician, the information below is going to give the information that you are looking for.
•    Entry Level – The national average in the United States for a nuclear technician that has anywhere from 1-4 years experience is from $40,834 -$65,985.
•    Middle Level – For someone in the United States with 5-9 years experience is anywhere from $54,653 – $80,165.
•    Advanced Level – For a nuclear technician who has ten to twenty years’ experience goes anywhere from $59.796-$77,143.
•    Geography is another factor which can help to determine a nuclear technician’s salary.  When someone is employed in a larger city, like Boston or Miami, they have a good chance to earn more money.  For example, in Miami last year the salary ranged from $66,000 – $138,500.  In Boston, the salaries ranged from $57,391-$95,833.
Along with having a good salary, nuclear technicians are very high in demand.  The growth rate is supposed to continue from now until the year 2016.  If you are looking for a good job that you can make a lot of money with and that has some lasting power, choosing the allied health field of nuclear technician may be a good idea for you.

LPN Classes and Courses: An Overview

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Posted on 6th October 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

LPN ClassesIf you are thinking about becoming a licensed practical nurse, one of the things that you will need to do is to take some LPN classes.  But what does taking LPN classes and courses involve?
First of all, an LPN will complete a nursing program that lasts for 1 to 2 years which leads to a certificate, associate degree, or diploma. This will involve studies in communication, pharmacology, anatomy, and patient care, along with a lot of time in the clinic.  Certificate and diploma programs are the most popular ways to become an LPN, although people who choose these paths are going to be more prepared if they want to pursue nursing degrees which are more advanced, such like a BSN.
Courses are often offered online, at night, or on the weekends so the time to take the classes is quite flexible.  A lot of the programs are going to offer skills such as patient comfort and care, collection of data, medication administration, and taking vital signs.   Most of the schools also offer IV medicine administration, phlebotomy,  and IV infusion.  Other classes might also include adult health, fundamentals of nursing, first aid, obstetrics, physiology, psychology, pediatric health, and anatomy.
After the person has completed the program successfully, the nurse has to pass something known as the NCLEX-PN, which is an exam regulated by the state in order to earn her or his license. Fortunate for nurses who move, the majority of states accept LPNs who got their license in another state without doing anything further.

Why To Become a Dental Hygienist

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Posted on 5th October 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

become a dental hygienistOne of the jobs that is mentioned a lot on the television is a dental hygienist.  But why do people become a dental hygienist?  If you are looking for a new job to train for, why is this something that you should pursue?
There are several reasons why you should become a dental hygienist and why a lot of people choose to pursue this career.
•    In Demand – The first reason that a lot of people choose to pursue the job of a dental hygienist is because it’s a skill that is in demand. People want to know that when they are training for a job that they are getting skills that they are actually going to use without having to worry about finding a job.
•    Short training time – The second reason is that you are going to spend a relatively short amount of time training, needing only 2-3 years and still being in the medical field.
•    Salary – The final reason that people decide to become a dental hygienist is because they know that dental hygienists make good money.  Four years ago, the average salary was $30 an hour.
As you can see, there are three good reasons why people choose to become a dental hygienist.  That is why there are so many dental hygienist schools and training programs and that is why there are advertisements on the Internet and television encouraging people to become a dental hygienist. It’s a smart career choice in a time when people are looking for jobs.