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Understanding: Does Your Doctor “Get” You?

Does Your Doctor “Get” You? So I’m at a restaurant, about to order my favorite salad with a slight twist: ...
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I Spend 90 Days Of My Life On Hold!

If I added up all of the time I’m on hold, I bet it would total 3 months. It’s true, ...
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“Mom, There’s Nothing To Eat!”

“Mom, There’s Nothing To Eat In The House!” How many times have we heard our kids say this? Still huffing and ...
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Why Protein is Important for Healing Wounds

What’s protein got to do with it? A day doesn’t go by that I’m not bombarded with information on the ...
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Barrier-free facilities are necessary for the disabled Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump.

Providing Barrier-Free Treatment for Disabled Patients

One of the most heartbreaking scenes in Forrest Gump is when Lieutenant Dan is coming to grips with the loss ...
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“Doctor’s Office, Please Hold”–Is This Patient Care?

Patients want care. They want to feel better. Most people who go to a doctor’s office have a medical malady and they are ...
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Loss of Independence: A Wound That Heals With Time and Patience

Loss of Independence: A Wound That Heals With Time and Patience Enjoy this blog about unfortunate feelings surrounding loss of ...
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The Encompass Home is featured in the online edition of DBusiness, Detroit’s premier business magazine.

The Encompass Home houses wound-healing patients The Encompass Home is featured in the online edition of DBusiness, Detroit’s premier business ...
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4 infections, described by Dr. Bruce Ruben, at Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

What Are The 4 Infections And How Do We Treat Them?

Read my latest blog entitled “The 4 Infections You Need To Be Aware Of…(And How To Treat Them) at MD.com ...
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Vein problems can present in several ways, Encompass Healthcare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan

Dr. Ruben’s Venous Insufficiency Article

Dr. Ruben’s Venous Insufficiency Article explains this condition thoroughly in his Woundsource article here. Venous Insufficiency: blood and other fluids ...
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Avoid Amputation At Encompass HealthCare & Watch Our Video

We avoid amputation by delivering the most sophisticated wound healing technology to our patients…all outside of a hospital, safely at ...
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See Dr. Ruben’s Video On Refractory Osteomyelitis

Refractory osteomyelitis is a recurrent case of osteomyelitis. This patient has recurring or refractory osteomyelitis of his lower jaw. Osteomyelitis ...
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Soluble and Insoluble Dietary Fiber: What’s the Difference?

Carbohydrates in the form of fiber is an important component in wound healing and healthy nutrition. Soluble and Insoluble Dietary ...
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Stasis Ulcer Information from Dr. Bruce Ruben

Overview of Venous Stasis Ulcers A stasis ulcer is a breakdown of the skin (ulcer) caused by fluid build-up in ...
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Inky & Pocket, our WoundDogs at Encompass HealthCare and Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan

Inky and Pocket

Inky and Pocket, the WoundDogs at Encompass HealthCare, are members of the beloved staff at the outpatient wound care center ...
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Quinoa is a great protein, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

The Skinny on Quinoa

By Rob Striks, Special Writer for Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine The problem with writing about quinoa is there are ...
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Wound care & diabetes-related foot ulcers are linked, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Wound Care & Diabetes

THE INTERSECTION OF WOUND CARE & DIABETES Robert Striks, Special Writer, Encompass HealthCare and Wound Medicine I’m diabetic. I have ...
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Smoking is discouraged at Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

SMOKING DELAYS WOUND HEALING

We all know that smoking is bad for you. In fact, it’s just about the worst thing you can do ...
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Food Substitutions

No Substitute For Substitutions by Rob Striks, Special Writer Encompass HealthCare and Wound Medicine Spaghetti squash is a great substitute ...
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Courage

I learned about courage at an early age when my dad taught us how to fight. He said that our ...
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Patient Compliance

PATIENT COMPLIANCE AND THE DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP by Rob Striks, Special Writer Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine  “That’s a team, gentlemen, and ...
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I.V. patient, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan

HOW TO BE A PATIENT

By Rob Striks, Special Writer Encompass HealthCare and Wound Medicine I’m a senior patient, but not in terms of age ...
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Hand washing is one step in preventing healthcare-acquired infections, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Healthcare-Acquired Infections

According to the American Hospital Association, over 36 million patients are admitted to hospitals every year with healthcare-acquired infections. Presumably, ...
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Telehealth, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Telehealth Can Give Patients Better Care | Support Solutions

See on Scoop.it – Nutrition Telehealth is more likely to achieve better and faster health outcomes, and gives patients more ...
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Necrotizing fasciitis ("flesh-eating" disease) is treated at Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Read Dr. Ruben’s Article on “Flesh-Eating Disease” (Necrotizing Fasciitis): the Truths and the Fallacies

The term “flesh-eating” disease (necrotizing fasciitis) is a scary and often misunderstood term. Read Dr. Bruce Ruben’s article here to understand ...
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Mumps, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Remember Mumps?

Mumps is a virus–Encompass HealthCare and Wound Medicine After the recent mumps outbreak at the Ohio State University and its ...
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Fermented foods, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

New to the world of fermented foods?

What are fermented foods? Are they good for you? See on Scoop.it – Nutrition New to the world of fermented ...
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We avoid hospital-acquired infections, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan

Hospital-Acquired Infections

I got sent to The Front a couple of weeks ago. I call hospitals “The Front” because there are constant ...
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Safely Succumb to Chocolate – KORR Medical Technologies

Enjoy your chocolate…in moderation. Enjoy your chocolate as long as it’s in moderation–Encompass Healthcare and Wound Medicine, Michigan. See on ...
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Dr. Bruce Ruben awarded compassionate doctor award, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan

Congratulations to Dr. Bruce Ruben! He Has Been Awarded Compassionate Doctor Award, One of Only Three Percent to Receive Honor!

Congratulations, Dr. Bruce Ruben! Vitals physician rating site has just awarded Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine’s Dr. Ruben with a ...
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Hospitals are no place to rest, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

The Hospital Is No Place to Rest

The Hospital: No Place to Rest. Lesson #1: Shhhh!! If hospital personnel could act like they’re in a library, maybe ...
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Dr. Ruben gives tips on how to avoid frostbite, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Learn How To Avoid Frostbite

Learn How To Avoid Frostbite In Cold Temperatures Learn how to avoid frostbite and hypothermia this brutal winter. Encompass HealthCare ...
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Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan celebrates its third anniversary.

Encompass HealthCare Celebrates Its Third Anniversary

Encompass HealthCare and Wound Medicine, celebrates its third anniversary healing pressure sores, diabetic foot ulcers and other serious wounds using the ...
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Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine treats bed sores like these, West Bloomfield, Michigan

What You Ought To Know About Bed Sores

Bed Sores? What are they and how are they treated? See on Scoop.it – Pressure Sores Bed sores are a ...
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Skin grafts may be needed in cases of hypothermia, at Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Benefit for UMD Student Who Suffered Extreme Hypothermia, Needs Skin Grafts – KSTP.com

Skin grafts might be necessary in cases of hypothermia See on Scoop.it – Wound Healing Tips Benefit for UMD Student ...
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Patient guide by Dr. Bruce Ruben helps inform, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Wound Care Patient Guide Published by Dr. Bruce Ruben!

Wound Care Patient Guide Published by Dr. Bruce Ruben Medical Director Dr. Bruce Ruben has just been published, citing an ...
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Nutrition labels can be a bit confusing for many of us, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Reading Food Nutrition Labels

Nutrition labels can be a bit confusing for many of us. How can we decipher all of the confusing nutrition ...
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Maintaining dignity and respect is a mantra here at Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

We’re A Designated Dignity Zone.

Encompass HealthCare is a Designated Dignity Zone. “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” -Plato  We ...
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We heal diabetic foot ulcers, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Owning Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Owning Diabetic Foot Ulcers We own diabetic foot ulcers like Lebron James owns anyone who covers him on the basketball ...
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Butterfly needles are used in our outpatient wound care center, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

5 Benefits To Outpatient Wound Care

What are the benefits of outpatient wound care? PLENTY! Most people wouldn’t want to be caught dead in a hospital ...
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Bacteria, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

4 Myths About Germs and Bacteria

We have all heard wives tales regarding germs and bacteria.  How do you know what’s truth and what’s fiction? At ...
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Dr. Bruce Ruben Detroit Jewish News article,Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Dr. Bruce Ruben Detroit Jewish News Article

The Dr. Bruce Ruben Detroit Jewish News Article in July features Dr. Bruce Ruben of Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, ...
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Encompass Healthcare & Wound Medicine in West Bloomfield is the premier infection & wound care facility in Detroit. Dr. Bruce Ruben

Metro Detroit Wound Care: 6 Reasons to Choose Encompass

6 Compelling Reasons To Choose Encompass HealthCare for your Wound Care With our aging population exploding alongside a big increase ...
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IV antibiotics, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

IV Antibiotics Cure Infection

IV Antibiotics At Encompass HealthCare, one of the ways in which we treat infection is with the use of IV ...
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Treating lymphedema, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan

Treating Lymphedema Successfully

TREATING LYMPHEDEMA SUCCESSFULLY: A CASE STUDY Treating lymphedema successfully in our outpatient setting has allowed patient M. Silver to begin ...
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Wound healing nutrition, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Wound Healing Nutrition

Wound Healing Nutrition Shaved Bean and Asparagus Salad  (Photo credit: Cara Lyons) At Encompass HealthCare, wound healing nutrition is vital for ...
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A new model for wound care, Dr. Bruce Ruben at Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

A New Model For Wound Care: New Mobility Magazine Features Dr. Bruce Ruben in April Issue

A New Model For Wound Care by Dr. Bruce E. Ruben. Read about the new model of wound care as ...
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Increase your protein & wound healing with healthy food like fish, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Increase Your Protein and Wound Healing With Fish?

INCREASE YOUR PROTEIN AND WOUND HEALING BY EATING FISH? Is it possible to increase your protein and thus, improve wound ...
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The Wounddoc Bruce Ruben, M.D. at a press shoot, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan

They called me “Wounddoc.”

They called me “wounddoc,” long before I became a doctor. The residents in my college dorm called me “Wounddoc” because ...
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Giddy from healing, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Giddy From Healing

Giddy from healing? I’ve noticed a very specific stage in the healing process for most patients. The last corner is ...
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Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan has virtually no employee turnover.

Employee Turnover

Employee Turnover? Never Tasted One. Employee turnover is something we’ve never experienced at Encompass Healthcare since our inception in 1990 ...
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No pressure means no pressure at all.

Offload For Healing

Offload your wound: no pressure whatsoever. Is offloading really important? Do you follow your doctor’s orders to the T? Or, ...
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Empathy at Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Empathy

Empathy is our motivation. Kitty Carpenter is our office facilitator. She’s also one of our top empathizers. She feels for ...
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Kitty, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Kitty is amazing!

Kitty is amazing at Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine. Kitty is Amazing It’s not hard to describe our Kitty. Without ...
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Listening to our patients, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Listening and Wound Healing

Listening and Wound Healing It’s unfortunate they don’t teach you how to listen in elementary school.  I’m thinking 4th, 5th and ...
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The wound care war at Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Winning the Wound Care War

WOUND CARE WAR Winning the wound care war care leads us into the wonderful world of healing. Here, you’ll learn how ...
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