Workers’​ Compensation Claims Continuing to be a Burr Under Your Saddle? We Have the Solution!

muc web useEmployers: We can help reduce your workers’ compensation incidents and related costs by 20% – 47%!

We are proud to announce our partnership with Safety Solutions AEI Group. Contact us today to learn more about a unique program that will help reduce injuries to your employees and lower your total healthcare costs.  

Control of claim incidents begins with the hiring process. Hire the most qualified employees to reduce injury exposure. Let us illustrate how to put your company on a claim incident reduction track, expedited rehab protocols based on a conditional post offer of employment test battery criteria the new hire passed contingent on hiring, returning the injured worker back to pre-injury status, reality based quantified RTW program with the potential of reduced disabilipatty rating.

If your claim incidents are increasing from high-risk high-demand job requirements, Marque offers Physical Ability Testing to all our Employer clients. Physical Abilities Tests (PAT) are comprehensive evaluations for the new hire candidate based on their physical ability as it relates to the specific requirements of the job. The testing cost is staggeringly low compared to the ongoing claim costs, related settlement costs, litigation and workers' compensation premium costs.

Marque Medical is the exclusive PAT provider partner with the Safety Solutions AEI Group. EEOC, ADAA compliant, the transfer of legal liability to an independent unbiased, unrelated third party.

Marque Medical’s partner SAFSOL/AEI has demonstrated 20% - 47% reduction in workers' compensation incidents and related costs.

Let us help you lower your total  medical spending.  It costs nothing to learn how we can help reduce your claim incidents and claim costs.

Your next move for cost savings begins here.  Contact us at info@marquemedical.com and look for a new message every month on improving your hiring process and reducing employee related costs.

 

Q. and A. with Dr. Kiskila- This Month’s Topic: Ear Wax

Dr. kiskila webAre you asking your co-workers to repeat themselves?  Having problems hearing on the conference call or in meetings?  You may have an ear wax build-up.  Learn more here!

Question- Dr. Kiskila, what is ear wax?

Answer- Ear wax (cerumen) is a natural lubricant that the ear produces which helps aid hearing conduction.

Question- How does ear wax occur?

Answer- As the body produces ear wax, it moves in the ear canal and eventually falls out. New wax production kicks the old wax out, but sometimes the old wax collects in the ear canal and causes wax build up or cerumen impaction.

Question- What are the symptoms of excessive ear wax build-up and how do I know if I have it?

Answer- Decreased hearing, ear fullness, pressure or irritation and ear discomfort are common symptoms of cerumen impaction. Ear wax buildup may occasionally present as ear pain. Cerumen impaction is identified by visual inspection of the ear caearnal with an ear scope called an otoscope. Obstruction due to ear canal disease, narrowing of the ear canal, overproduction of wax, or the failure of wax to migrate to the ear opening are other reasons cerumen impaction can occur.

Question- Does ear wax build-up negatively impact my hearing?

Answer- Cerumen accumulation usually causes no symptoms, but in some cases, if wax gets impacted it can lead to hearing loss, ear fullness, itching or pain. It can cause dizziness, vertigo, cough or ringing in the ear (tinnitus). Decreased hearing is often the most common symptom of cerumen impaction.

Question- What are the treatment options for ear wax removal?

Answer- Ear wax removal is not recommended for patients without any symptoms. For those with symptoms due to cerumen accumulation, ear wax drops can be used to soften the wax, and irrigation and mechanical removal with a curette or suction is sometimes used.

Question- How do I prevent getting ear wax?

Answer- For those who get recurrent wax build up, use an ear wax softening drop three times a week to soften the wax and aid in the normal elimination mechanisms. Patients with chronic impaction should be referred to an ear specialist (ENT), and so should people with perforated ear drums, history of ear surgery, ear discharge, necrotic tissue, or persistence of ear complaints after wax removal.

The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.

 

What is Dry and Secondary Drowning? By Your Marque Team

muc web useAre you at work while your kids are at the beach or pool?  You may come home to a child who is not feeling well.  Know the signs of dry and secondary drowning.

Dry and secondary drowning are two different respiratory conditions that can occur after accidentally inhaling water. Due to reduced lung size and capacities, children are much more prone to getting these conditions after having been around large bodies of water. As summer moves forward and more and more families continue to attend local beaches, pools, and lakes, doctors continue to highly recommend water safety and close monitoring of young children during and after any water activities.

Both dry and secondary drowning can occur after inhaling water into the lungs. While both conditions can be detrimental to the lungs, they affect the respiratory system in slightly different ways. With dry drowning, the vocal cords and airway become inflamed after inhaling a sum of water. In secondary drowning, the lungs get inflamed due to accumulation of fluid that was accidentally inhaled. Due to the inflammation that the lungs or airway experience, both conditions can easily develop breathing complications. When breathing becomes compromised, oxygen available to the body is reduced. As a result, common symptoms are produced which include: fatigue, headache, lightheadedness, altered moods, chest pain, and shortness of breath. As complications progress, it is vital that one gets treated soon. If such symptoms occur, it is highly recommended that the ill be seen by a physician as soon as possible.

Common treatments for dry and secondary drowning include close monitoring, IV medication therapy, adry drowningnd oxygen support. If dry or secondary drowning is suspected, medical help will be needed immediately. To protect young children from inhaling water, close monitoring and supervision should always be practiced. While the likelihood of such conditions is very low compared to the classic wet drowning that usually occurs, cases have been reported and occurrences do tend to slightly increase during the summer seasons.

References

Gardner, A. (n.d.). Dry drowning and secondary drowning: causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/children/features/secondary-drowning-dry-drowning

Pearn, J. H. (1980). Secondary drowning in children. British Medical Journal, 281(6248), 1103–1105.

The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.

 

 

The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil by Barbara Misisavath

Barbara Misisvath webLook and feel great at work!  Learn about the many benefits of coconut oil...

Coconut oil has a delicate taste and is used for many health reasons. Its benefits include skin care, hair care, weight loss and many more. Not all coconut oil is the same however. In order to get the health benefits listed, you must get organic virgin coconut oil, not the refined oil.

Skin Care: Coconut oil makes a great moisturizer for your legs, arms, hands, and elbows. You can also use it on your face as well, but this isn’t recommended for those with oily skin. It also delays the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of skin due to aging. It can also help soften cracked heels. Just apply a thin layer to your heels at bedtime, put on socks and continue doing this on a nightly basis until your heels are smooth.

coconut oilHair Care: Coconut oil can help keep your hair healthy and gives your hair a shiny look. It also significantly reduces protein loss from hair when applied before or after shampooing. This result occurs with damaged as well as healthy hair. The unique structure of lauric acid, the main fatty acid in coconut oil, can penetrate the hair shaft in a way that most other fats can’t.

Weight Loss: Coconut oil is very useful to reduce hunger and food intake. It contains short and medium chain fatty acids that help to take off excessive weight. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system.

Healing and Infections: When applied to infected areas, coconut oil forms a chemical layer that protects the infected body part from external dust, air, fungi, bacteria and viruses. Coconut oil works very well on bruises because it speeds up the healing process of damaged tissues.

Dental Care: Coconut oil can be a powerful source against bacteria in the mouth that causes dental plaque, tooth decay and gum disease. In one study, swishing with coconut oil for 10 minutes reduced these bacteria as effectively as rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash.

Help Relief from Insect Bites: Coconut oil’s anti-inflammatory properties can help relieve the pain or itch caused by insect bites or stings. It may also reduce swelling and decrease risk of infection. To try this, gently rub a small layer onto the bite and cover with a bandage.

Remove Stains: Coconut oil can be used to get rid of stains, including spills on carpets and furniture. Combine one part coconut oil with one part baking soda and mix into a paste. Apply to the stain, wait five minutes and wipe it off.

Make Wood Furniture Shine: Coconut oil may help keep your furniture looking shiny and well cared for. Also, to bringing out the beauty in natural wood, it seems to act as a dust repellent. It also has a pleasant, delicate smell, unlike other furniture polishes that contain strong smell.

I recommend having plenty of coconut oil on hand because you never know when you might need it!

The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.

 

 

 

Skin Cancer- Know the Signs by Lauren Mitchell

Lauren MitchellEven if you don't work outdoors, it's important protect your skin and know the signs of skin cancer.

Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells, often developing on areas of the skin frequently exposed to the sun. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.  Ninety percent of skin cancers detected early enough can be cured. Prevention and/or early treatment of skin cancer is critical to living a long, healthy life.

There are multiple types of skin cancer:

Actinic Keratoses (AK): AK is made up of dry, scaly patches or spots that are precancerous. They often appear on the head, neck, hands, and forearms. AK can progress to a type of skin cancer called Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC), so treatment is crucial.

render_sunBasal Cell Carcinoma (BCC): BCC is the most common type of skin cancer. BCCs appear to be a flesh-colored, pearl-like bump or a pink patch of skin. BCCs develop after years of skin being left unprotected. If left untreated, BCC can travel to the surrounding tissue and grow into the nerves and bones, causing serious damage and disfigurement.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC): SCC is the second most common type of skin cancer. SCC often appears to look like a red, firm bump, scaly patch, or a sore that heals and then re-opens. SCC can grow deep in the skin and cause serious damage and disfigurement.

Melanoma: Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. It often develops in a mole or appears as a dark spot.

The “ABCDEs” are characteristics used by dermatologists to classify melanomas:
A = Asymmetry (one half is different than the other half)
B = Border (an irregular, scalloped, or poorly defined border)
C = Color (varying color; has shades of tan, brown, black, white, red, or blue)
D = Diameter (usually bigger than 6mm, but can be smaller)
E = Evolving (a mole or lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in appearance)

If you notice a spot that changes or is changing, itches, or bleeds, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor.

Who is at risk?

Your skin type is a major factor in your risk for skin cancer. People with darker skin (more pigmentation) have more natural protection from the sun. However, people with darker skin can still get skin cancer.

What causes skin cancer?

UV radiation from sunlight and the lights used in tanning beds are the leading cause of skin cancer. Due to skin cancers that develop on skin not ordinarily exposed to sunlight, there could be other varying factors, such as being exposed to toxic substances or having a weakened immune system.

What is the treatment?

Treatment for skin cancer can include surgery, other forms of local therapy, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy.

What can you do to prevent skin cancer? 

  • Frequently check your body head to toe for any skin abnormalities.

  • Try to stay out of direct sunlight, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.

  • Avoid tanning and UV tanning beds.

  • Wear protective clothing, including hats and sunglasses.

  • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day.


scWithout proper protection, the rays of the sun have the potential to endanger your skin, and possibly your life. Protect the skin you’re in!

For more information, visit www.skincancer.org.

 

The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.

 

Ankle Sprains by Gabriela Gamino

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Whether you play on your company's softball team or just choose to take the stairs instead of the elevator, an ankle injury can occur at the most unlikely time.  Learn more here!

Summertime is the perfect time to enjoy all sorts of fun sports. People of all ages tend to increase their activity.  If they participate in games, sometimes it can get a little competitive. Unfortunately, it is also a time in which we see an increase in sports-related injuries, such as ankle sprains. An ankle sprain is described as an injury that occurs when the ankle rolls, twists, or turns in an awkward way (Mayo Clinic). An ankle sprain can happen so fast; the player is running with the ball and the next second, they are on the ground. They complain of ankle pain and while most are able to walk off the field, others may need more help. Next, there is swelling of the ankle joints along with some bruising. It is very important to carefully remove the shoe from the affected foot before the swelling gets too severe. It’s important to start treating the ankle with a process called RICE:



Rest- Keep off the ankle as much as possible.

Ice- It is very important to ice the area for the first 24 to 72 hours. This helps with the pain and swelling.

Compression- The perfect way to compress the ankle is with an ACE bandage to prevent further swelling.

Elevation- Raising your ankle every 2 to 3 hours is a good way of preventing further swelling as well as bruising.

These tips will work until you can take the child or teenager to their doctor. The doctor may order an X-ray to rule out any broken bones. Parents can use over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen to help with pain and inflammation. The doctor may recommend a rehab treatment to follow so that healing can be quick and efficient. Soon, your child will be back on the field doing what they love.

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The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.

 

 

Fluids and Hydration by Vanessa Fitzgerald

Vanessa webAre you feeling tired and sluggish at work and having a hard time performing at optimal level? You may be dehydrated!

How Important are Fluids?

Approximately 60 percent of your body weight is water. As you exercise, fluid is lost through your skin as sweat and through your lungs when you breathe. If this fluid is not replaced at regular intervals during exercise, you can become dehydrated.  Dehydration can become a serious medical issue if it's not treated in a timely manner.

When you are dehydrated, you have a smaller volume of blood circulating through your body. Consequently, the amount of blood your heart pumps with each beat decreases and your muscles do not receive enough oxygen from your blood. Soon exhaustion sets in and performance suffers unless you replace the fluid you have lost. Proper fluid replacement is the key to preventing dehydration and reducing risk of heat injury.

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Symptoms of Dehydration are:

  • Constipation

  • Decreased urine output

  • Dizziness or lightheaded

  • Dry skin

  • Headaches

  • Sleepiness or fatigue


 

Severe Dehydration Symptoms are:

  • Dry mucous membrane, particularly around the mouth

  • Fever

  • Little or no urination

  • Rapid breathing

  • Rapid heartbeat

  • Sunken eyes

  • Very dry skin


 

How Can You Prevent Dehydration?

The best way is to maintain body fluid levels is by drinking plenty of fluids. Thirst is not an accurate indicator of how much fluid you have lost. If you wait until you are thirsty to replenish body fluids, then you are already dehydrated. Most people do not become thirsty until they have lost more than two percent of their body weight. And if you only drink enough to quench your thirst, you may still be dehydrated. Keep a water bottle available and drink as often as you want, ideally every 15 to 30 minutes.

Additional Tips to Hydrate:

  • Drink a beverage that contains a small amount of sodium and other electrolytes

  • Avoid carbonated drinks, which can cause gastrointestinal distress and may decrease the fluid volume

  • Avoid beverages containing caffeine and alcohol due to their diuretic effect


 

The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.

 

Workers’​ Compensation Claims Continuing to be a Burr Under Your Saddle? We Have the Solution!

muc web useEmployers: We can help reduce your workers’ compensation incidents and related costs by 20% – 47%!

We are proud to announce our partnership with Safety Solutions AEI Group. Contact us today to learn more about a unique program that will help reduce injuries to your employees and lower your total healthcare costs.  

Control of claim incidents begins with the hiring process. Hire the most qualified employees to reduce injury exposure. Let us illustrate how to put your company on a claim incident reduction track, expedited rehab protocols based on a conditional post offer of employment test battery criteria the new hire passed contingent on hiring, returning the injured worker back to pre-injury status, reality based quantified RTW program with the potential of reduced disabilipatty rating.

If your claim incidents are increasing from high-risk high-demand job requirements, Marque offers Physical Ability Testing to all our Employer clients. Physical Abilities Tests (PAT) are comprehensive evaluations for the new hire candidate based on their physical ability as it relates to the specific requirements of the job. The testing cost is staggeringly low compared to the ongoing claim costs, related settlement costs, litigation and workers' compensation premium costs.

Marque Medical is the exclusive PAT provider partner with the Safety Solutions AEI Group. EEOC, ADAA compliant, the transfer of legal liability to an independent unbiased, unrelated third party.

Marque Medical’s partner SAFSOL/AEI has demonstrated 20% - 47% reduction in workers' compensation incidents and related costs.

Let us help you lower your total  medical spending.  It costs nothing to learn how we can help reduce your claim incidents and claim costs.

Your next move for cost savings begins here.  Contact us at info@marquemedical.com and look for a new message every month on improving your hiring process and reducing employee related costs.

 

Physical Ability Testing by Catherine Moon

cathy moon no bkgrndMarque Medical now offers Physical Ability Testing to all our Employer clients.  Physical Abilities Tests or otherwise known as "PATs" are comprehensive evaluations of the patient's / employee's physical ability as it relates to thpate specific requirements of the job description. Some providers offer similar programs however, not all PAT programs are alike and there are several hues of PAT programs out there, but not all meet federal and state hiring guidelines. It is therefore very important that when considering PATs that all these aspects are reviews and covered before spending needless money on a PAT program that isn't compliant.

Therefore, we at Marque Medical are excited to announce that we have engaged with Safety Solutions Group, to develop and create your next PAT program. For further information please contact Catherine Moon at cmoon@marquemedical.com.