Monthly Archives: November 2012

Osteoporosis – latest news

Are NHS only ones not worried?

Cases of Osteoporosis seem on the increase, yet the NHS seem  unconcerned with the rise in problems this causes.

Listening to Dr. Stone, a GP with many cases in his ‘patch’, he gave out shocking statistics:  1/3rd of all Trauma beds are used for those with osteoporosis fractures;  Women have a 1 in 2 risk of getting the disease;  Men are ‘lucky’ – their risk is 1 in 5.

Exercise has been proven to help ward off consequences, and a group has asked Chelsea and Westminster Hospital to set up exercise classes for those with this disease.  But this hospital seems totally uncorned about doing anything to help, even to the point of brushing off patients’ suggestions that the hospital offer preventative exercise classes (as they do in Europe).  Hospital just says WHEN patients present with a fracture, due to Osteoporosis, they can deal with this on the wards (at a cost of at least £12,000 per patient).  They have budget for dealing with fractures;  NOT for preventing them.

Recently an elderly patient (over 80) was refused an urgent operation at Chelsea and Westminster when she fractures a hip, so the family called a private ambulance to take her off for an urgent operation.

Bone loss is NOT an inevitable part of the ageing process.

Help is at hand;  the French company Yoplait are committed to helping you and your bones.  It is possible to prevent, or mitigate the problems of Osteoporosis (not for everyone perhaps, but exercise certainly helped me reduce bone loss) and I am now taking Vitamin D supplements on prescription.  The French company, Yoplait, have launched a fortified yoghourt on the British market, aimed at this problem.

They wanted to find an easy and tasty way to do this. And came up with Calin +.  This is a new yoghourt product (lots of good milk) which has  100% of the Vitamin D Recommended Daily Allowance, along with being rich in calcium – all in one pot! And it tastes great!

Recommended daily allowance (RDA) = 5 µg  and the yoghourts comes in a range of 3 popular flavours: Strawberry, Cherry and Vanilla Flavour

Background Info

  • Calcium is needed for the maintenance of normal bones
  • “Vitamin D contributes to normal absorption/ utilisation of calcium
  • “Vitamin D contributes to the maintenance of normal bones
  • “Protein contributes to the maintenance of normal bones

And it’s made by a French company;  Here they seem to take prevention more seriously than perhaps we do.

Latest from top US Research

If you have been diagnosed with osteopenia or low bone mass,  the top-rated US resarch centre, Johns Hopkins, has just issued a report What You Should Know About Osteopenia can help you reverse osteopenia and prevent osteoporosis.

The report provides the latest thinking of the causes and treatments for osteopenia or low bone mass, and explores in depth the current debate over who should be treated for low bone density and when. You’ll learn about healthy bone development … the process of bone turnover … how to maintain healthy bones … the most effective nondrug measures to prevent or reduce bone loss … and answers important questions that get to the heart of fracture risk.
For more information,  www.johnshopkinshealthalerts.com

Cut-price care in NHS?

R. C. N. Shock Report

English: Royal College of Nursing HQ, Cavendis...

English: Royal College of Nursing HQ, Cavendish Square.  Rod Ward

The R.C. N. (Royal College Nursing) has commissioned a report to examine the training system for nurses, following a string of stories of appalling care.

NHS patients “are receiving an unacceptable level of care” from what the R.C.N. calls a ‘growing army of unqualified health care assistants who have taken over nursing roles’, an independent commission warns.

Some nursing is boring and repetitive, and a growing number are of H.C.A. (Health Care Assistants) are being trained to carried out basic  low-paid jobs by low-paid and unqualified assistants.   H.C.A. are employed for simple tasks, but are not currently trained to spot many warning signs, such rapid changes in body temperature or dehydration.

Over 6,000 trained nurses have been lost to the NHS workforce since the last election, even though nursing has grown more complex and specialised in the last decade.

Recommendations

The report recommends training all H.C.As to at least NVQ Level 3 standard;  the non-academic equivalent of A-levels, to ensure they reach an acceptable level of competence.

How to recognise HCAs

Visiting Gran in the local hospital;  whom do you talk to about their care?

Once, Sister was to be found behind her desk, fully in charge of ‘their’ ward.

Now, since the egalitarian movement which stripped all nursing staff of badges of distinction, such as caps, belt badges, etc.  it is difficult to differentiate between HCAs or Nurses.

When Gran is first admitted she will probably have a properly qualified nurse looking after.  Grab the Nurse Now;  ask questions; and realise this is probably your last chance of getting an informed response.

Then, you take your chance with an HCA.  Some can be brilliant – but often they haven’t a clue.  That’s when you actually manage to find one to talk to.   Sister?  You’ve got to be joking.  Last time I tried to talk to someone about 90-year old relative’s care, I waited three days to see Sister, until I worked out that the hospital was on an economy drive, and had ‘suspended’ the post of person-in-charge of a 24-bedded ward.

Solution?

Mind you, there is nothing to stop you paying yourself for a private nurse to look after Gran.  Officially they are not supposed to carry out medical tasks, but I have yet to hear a friend say ‘their’ nurse was stopped from helping Gran.

What we must realise is that nursing is like any job – you have to be qualified, and then you can nurse wherever your qualifications take you.

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