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Administering Medications [electronic resource]

Assisting with or directly administering medication is an important role of the personal caregiver and carries significant responsibility. In fulfilling this role effectively and safely, the caregiver becomes a vital member of the health care team. This program introduces safe and responsible medication practices. Topics include the Five Rights principles of medication administration, proper routes of administration, and the various techniques of managing and manipulating medicine consumption. Students will learn how to address the effects of medications-including intended effects, side effects, and allergic reactions-and how these should be documented.
2009; 2006

Emerging Diseases [electronic resource]: Prions and Viruses

In an increasingly global society, disease outbreaks are on the rise-and so is the need for epidemiology expertise. This program introduces students to vital information regarding the transmission, clinical features, diagnosis, treatment, vectors, prevention, and control of several communicable diseases. Students receive vital information on zoonotic diseases such as SARS, Rift Valley fever, and avian influenza, including steps typically taken to manage and mitigate the spread of these illnesses. Creutzfeld-Jacob disease is also discussed. An experienced virology specialist discusses the science behind each of these diseases and current efforts to combat them.
2009; 2008

Mesothelioma [electronic resource]: Hidden Threat

Prolonged exposure to asbestos-or, in some cases, even moderate contact-can lead to a devastating cancer called mesothelioma. This program examines the specific causes of the disease while presenting case studies involving a variety of patient experiences. Viewers learn how mesothelioma occurs when malignant cells form in the protective sac, or mesothelium, covering many internal organs. Dr. Harvey Paas of the NYU Langone Medical Center and Dr. John Costanzi of Lone Star Oncology Consultants explain diagnosis methods and newly developed treatments, while male and female patients describe the hazards that may have caused their cancers and what they are doing to survive and thrive.
2009; 2008

Cancer Pain [electronic resource]: Easing the Agony

More than 10 million people around the world live with cancer pain, which can persist even after successful treatment. This program presents case studies of cancer survivors who have confronted ongoing, debilitating pain; it also features commentary from experts and highlights pain therapies-those available today and those on the horizon. Dr. Gail Cooney of the Hospice of Palm Beach County, Florida, overviews palliative medical advances and the use of the Wong-Baker FACES pain scale, while Valarie Worthy, a nurse and breast cancer survivor, discusses the problem of pain denial. Dr. Richard Payne, Professor of Medicine and Divinity at Duke University, also contributes expertise.
2009; 2008

Fantastic Voyage [electronic resource]: Nanotechnology and Space-Age Medicine

Given the limits of today's medical technology, a three-year trip to Mars would place astronauts in grave danger. Thus, NASA has divided its attention between outer and inner space, aiming to create self-sufficient nanomedicine by the year 2020. This program studies health care research driven by that goal. With exciting animation sequences and conversations with top-level experts, the video introduces microbivores, respirocytes, dendrimers, and other innovations designed to search out and destroy diseases in the earliest stages. Interviews feature NASA scientists Dr. Kathie Olsen and John Hines; nanotech pioneers Dr. Ralph Merkle and Dr. Carlo Montemagno; and cancer expert Dr. Carol Dahl.
2009; 2002

Feel Good Again [electronic resource]: 25 Ways to Stop the Pain

Pain is everywhere. Ten million Americans suffer from back pain, 8 million have fibromyalgia, and 40 million are living with chronic headaches-not to mention the millions who must cope every day with arthritis, restless leg syndrome, and aching muscles. This collection of 25 video clips features new drugs, procedures, and alternative therapies helping to fight the pain "pandemic." With an average length of 90 seconds, each mini-case study functions as a visual aid for instructors as well as physicians or medical support staff who want to increase communication with patients.

Patient Safety [electronic resource]

Research shows that patients who take a proactive attitude toward even the simplest of medical procedures can greatly reduce the risks of a hospital stay. This program explores that idea in detail, illustrating ways for hospitalized individuals-regardless of their background or education level-to monitor what is happening to them and make sure all appropriate safety measures have been taken. Viewers will learn how to maintain basic awareness when facing surgery, anesthesia, IV's, medication, and more. Commentary from Dr. William Hendee of the National Patient Safety Foundation and Dr. Lucian Leape of the Harvard School of Public Health is included.
2008; 2006

Electronic Health Records [electronic resource]

Whether they are needed to ensure properly dispensed prescriptions, monitor a patient's recovery, or make an urgently needed diagnosis, accurate health records are crucial to a patient's safety. This program highlights the important work of health information technicians and shows how electronic health records can help make medical care both safer and more efficient. In-depth commentary on medical information technology and its challenges comes from Dr. David Bates, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Dr. Don Detmer, Professor of Medical Education at the University of Virginia. Both are leading experts in medical informatics.
2007; 2006

Dirty Doctors [electronic resource]: Hygiene in the Hospital

Every year, hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting patients develop an infection during a hospital stay. Using hidden cameras, this program ventures into supposedly state-of-the-art hospitals and exposes procedural lapses that place lives at risk. Dr. Michael Gardam, director of the University Health Network's Infection Prevention Unit in Toronto, shows viewers how easily microbes can be spread and points to physicians as frequently negligent agents of MRSA and other illnesses. Case studies include a former athlete whose agility and strength are gone and a woman who contracted a paralyzing infection while giving birth. The program also illustrates methods for improving conditions and procedures.
2009; 2007

Safety in the Workplace [electronic resource]: Health Care Facilities

As anyone who runs a business or administers employee health plans knows, serious hazards in the workplace mean serious barriers to productivity. Focusing on the health care industry, this program shows the best ways for workers to avoid muscle pulls, bone fractures, and other injuries. It features demonstrations of a wide variety of safety measures designed to eliminate job-related accidents and harmful mishaps. Topics include lateral transfers and repositioning, lifting safety, ambulating guidelines, safety standards for bathroom and shower facilities, fall prevention and mitigation, daily safety activities, and bedside assistance. Includes proper body mechanics for lifts and belts, sliding boards and discs, and canes and walkers, as well as correct posture while standing for long [...]

The Big Picture [electronic resource]: The Army Medical Service Corps

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Brooke Army Medical Center, a state-of-the-art facility in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, where specialists are trained in more than 100 military occupational specialties to support professional physicians. This video from the National Archives and Records Administration shows this important facility and the highly skilled and dedicated Medical Service Corps soldiers who perform the clinical, scientific, administrative, and leadership functions essential to the efficient and effective accomplishment of the Army's health services missions.

Advance Care Planning [electronic resource]: Preferences for Care at the End of Life

In our society where so much attention is devoted to the immediacy of daily life, issues like serious illness and death are never easy to think about or discuss. But ignoring these topics can have devastating consequences. This program tells how a growing number of people - both young and old - are taking a proactive role through a process known as advance care planning. The process includes completing a living will and a medical power of attorney, and considering organ-donation options.

Food Allergies [electronic resource]

What's the difference between an allergy, a sensitivity, and an intolerance? Why do some schools have peanut-free zones? Can people have adverse reactions to artificial dyes? In this program an expert presents information on the most common food allergens, covering their symptoms, tests used to diagnose them, and the range of treatments available. People with celiac disease discuss good alternatives to gluten, and a young man who is lactose intolerant explains why it isn't so hard to avoid pizza and ice cream when sticking to a special diet.

Breaking the Wall of Pain [electronic resource]: How Ethnography Can Help to Identify the Hidden Epidemic of the Global South

From public health to history and anthropology, African historian Julie Livingston takes an innovative stance on improving conditions for African patients and clinical staff, particularly those dealing with cancer and issues of pain and palliation. With Fulbright-Hays and Rutgers University fellowships, Livingston has built her body of work on over a decade of research, mainly in Botswana, exploring questions of disability, chronic illness, aging, suicide, personal debt, caregiving, disgust, and citizenship. In this 2010 Falling Walls lecture video, this committed ethnographer conceptualizes the human body as a moral condition and shows the ethical implications of the different "pain relief politics" existing in the global South and North.

Lost Child? [electronic resource]: Living With an Intellectual Disability

For a person with an intellectual disability, social communications and interactions can sometimes be limited or difficult. "We don't always know how to get the feelings out," says Alyssa Ruzzin, whose life is the focus of this film. Coping with the challenges of an intellectual disability compounded by epilepsy, she is an inspiring speaker and a forthright advocate for the rights of people with special needs. Over the course of this documentary filmed by her brother, viewers are given an opportunity to learn more about Alyssa's rich interior life as well as her struggles and triumphs as she deals with going to work, being in a relationship, and other day-to-day activities. By opening up to Greg and his camera, Alyssa is hopeful that she "might be helping people realize what goes on [...]

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Hans Rosling - the Good News of the Decade

Hans Rosling reframes ten years of UN data with his spectacular visuals, lighting up an astonishing - and mostly unreported - piece of front-page-worthy good news: we're winning the war against child mortality. Along the way, he debunks one flawed approach to stats that blots out such vital stories.

Body Wars [electronic resource]: Disease and the Hygiene Hypothesis

Despite the highest sanitary and medical standards, diseases once extremely rare in developed nations are now on the rise. Has ultra-hygienic living unwittingly made us the enemies of our oldest allies? This program examines compelling evidence for the "hygiene hypothesis," which suggests that indiscriminate war on all microscopic organisms may be bad for our health. Immunologists, epidemiologists, microbiologists, gastroenterologists, and environmental health experts comment on dramatic increases in allergies, auto-immune diseases, and inflammatory bowel diseases. Case studies of asthma, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis, and eczema illustrate radically new approaches to treatments.
2006; 2001


Documentary on women's contribution in the health sector of Bangladesh.
Clemons (Stacks)

Vietnam Nurses, With Dana Delany [electronic resource]

In this Emmy Award - winning documentary hosted by Dana Delany - Nurse Colleen McMurphy from the classic Vietnam War drama China Beach - eight nurses describe the horrors they faced in-country, the emergency care they provided at surgical and evacuation hospitals, the deep emotional scars they sustained while diligently doing their jobs, their return home to less than a hero's welcome, and their ongoing efforts to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition, graphic period photos and footage provide background on and insights into the Vietnam era, while a segment on the creation of the Vietnam Women's Memorial in Washington, D.C., poignantly captures the sense of closure that many of these female veterans felt at the monument's dedication - selfless women who served their c [...]

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Vikram Patel - Mental Health for All by Involving All

Nearly 450 million people are affected by mental illness worldwide. In wealthy nations, just half receive appropriate care, but in developing countries, close to 90 percent go untreated because psychiatrists are in such short supply. In this TEDTalk, mental health care advocate Vikram Patel outlines a highly promising solution: training members of communities to give mental health interventions, empowering ordinary people to care for others.