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Avoid Amputation At Encompass HealthCare & Watch Our Video

Posted on: December 8th, 2015 by Mindy Ruben No Comments

We avoid amputation by delivering the most sophisticated wound healing technology to our patients…all outside of a hospital, safely at our in-house wound treatment center.

At Encompass Healthcare, our patients have been able to avoid amputation because we have access to hospital-level technology without the hassles that hospitals present. Our sophisticated wound care technology includes treatments such as venous ablation, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, I.V. antibiotics, x-rays, special dressings and a home-like atmosphere that is anything but hospital-like!  (more…)

See Dr. Ruben’s Video On Refractory Osteomyelitis

Posted on: November 4th, 2015 by Mindy Ruben No Comments

Refractory osteomyelitis is a recurrent case of osteomyelitis.

This patient has recurring or refractory osteomyelitis of his lower jaw.

This patient has recurring or refractory osteomyelitis of his lower jaw.

Osteomyelitis is a fancy word for bone infection and refractory osteomyelitis can become a problem if untreated.

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Healthcare-Acquired Infections

Posted on: May 2nd, 2014 by Access Computer No Comments

According to the American Hospital Association, over 36 million patients are admitted to hospitals every year with healthcare-acquired infections. Presumably, these patients go to hospitals to get well, but one in 20 end up getting something else: an infection. Worse, one in nine of those infections result in death. (more…)

Remember Mumps?

Posted on: April 3rd, 2014 by Access Computer No Comments

Mumps is a virus–Encompass HealthCare and Wound Medicine[/caption]

After the recent mumps outbreak at the Ohio State University and its subsequent spread beyond campus and into the community, it’s a good time to review what you can do to avoid contracting the infection, and what you can do if you become infected.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mumps is a serious disease caused by a virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, and swollen glands. Mumps infection can lead to deafness, meningitis (infection of the brain and spinal cord covering), painful swelling of the testicles or ovaries, and, rarely, death.

Children should receive their first vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella at 12 to 15 months, and the second dose at 4 to 6 years.

Mumps is a highly infectious disease that spreads the same way as a cold or flu does — through respiratory droplets when someone coughs or sneezes. It’s recommended that patients have five days of isolation after diagnosis. That’s the time period when the disease is most infectious.

Two doses of the mumps vaccine offers immunity from the disease, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Two doses of the mumps vaccine offers immunity from the disease.

It’s difficult to isolate any disease within a crowded university setting, which may be one of the reasons why the OHU outbreak was so widespread. Plus, in one-third of cases, there are no symptoms. So the disease can be spread unknowingly.

There is no specific treatment; it’s a virus, so it doesn’t respond to antibiotics. Simply, it just has to run its course and generally resolves in one to two weeks.

During that time, patients should:

  1. Wash their hands frequently
  2. Cover their cough
  3. Stay at home if they’re sick to prevent spreading the disease.

Avoiding this infection is a function of when were you vaccinated, how many doses of the vaccine you received and whether you ever had an outbreak of this virus. Having two doses of the vaccine is the best way to prevent contracting the illness.

According to the CDC, all adults born during or after 1957 should have documentation of one dose of the vaccine. Adults at higher risk, such as university students, health care personnel, international travelers and persons with potential mumps outbreak exposure should have documentation of two doses of mumps vaccine or other proof of immunity to mumps.

In general, you’re considered to be immune to mumps if you’ve previously had the infection, or if you’ve been two-dose immunized against the disease. However, in the case of an outbreak, the CDC has issued guidance for considerations for use of a third dose in specifically identified target populations such as schools, colleges and healthcare settings.

 

New to the world of fermented foods?

Posted on: March 25th, 2014 by Mindy Ruben No Comments

What are fermented foods? Are they good for you?
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New to the world of fermented foods? Learn about the benefits of these foods in your diet, how they effective they are at supporting digestion and immunity, and overall wellness and disease-resistance.  (more…)

Hospital-Acquired Infections

Posted on: February 10th, 2014 by Access Computer No Comments

I got sent to The Front a couple of weeks ago. I call hospitals “The Front” because there are constant biological wars being waged there that infect over two million patients a year with hospital-acquired infections and kill over 100,000. (more…)

Owning Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Posted on: December 8th, 2013 by Access Computer No Comments

Owning Diabetic Foot Ulcers

We own diabetic foot ulcers like Lebron James owns anyone who covers him on the basketball court.  We have advanced knowledge of the game. We possess the mechanics. We’ve trained all our lives to produce at the highest levels of wound care. We’re driven to beat this insidious disease.

We own diabetic foot ulcers. There’s no foot ulcer that we haven’t been able to cure thus far.  That’s because sometimes the ulcer has little to do with the bandage that’s put on it and more to do with the malady underneath it.  That’s right….wound medicine goes a lot deeper than fancy bandaging.  It goes into usual unchartered territories like infection, edema, poor nutrition (or just not enough protein,) poor circulation, and repetitive trauma.

So the next time you hear about Encompass Healthcare‘s ability to heal a diabetic foot ulcer, think of our little “logo” guy on 6’8″ stilts, wearing the finest basketball court shoes money can buy.

 

4 Myths About Germs and Bacteria

Posted on: September 23rd, 2013 by Mindy Ruben No Comments

We have all heard wives tales regarding germs and bacteria.  How do you know what’s truth and what’s fiction?

At Encompass Healthcare, we can clear that up.  Let’s look at these 4 common myths:

Myth #1:  MRSA (Methacyllin Resistance Staph Aureous) On The Skin Makes People Sick.

The truth is that 50% of us have MRSA bacteria already colonizing on our skin.  That’s because our skin is our body’s first natural defense against the outside world and it’s normally teeming with bacteria. These germs are usually safe because your skin is your protection. It acts as a barrier to bacteria from entering the body. The only time this becomes a problem is when the skin is compromised by a cut or a wound, allowing the bacteria to enter into the bloodstream. Most of the germs living on our skin are, interestingly enough, staph and strep. And it’s okay for them to be there as long as you don’t suffer a cut, scrape or non-healing wound.

Myth #2:  Wearing Your Coat When Outdoors Prevents A Cold.

We’ve all heard our mothers say, “Don’t go outside without a coat or you’ll catch a cold!”  But the truth is you should wear a coat because you may get cold, not necessarily catch a cold. When studied by the New England Journal of Medicine, kids without coats did not catch colds, viruses, or any other bacteria-related illness by not wearing a coat outside in cold weather.  Viruses are contracted by contact or close contact with another person who has a virus or bacterial infection.

To prevent colds and other viruses from spreading, make hand-washing a priority.  This will help drastically reduce the incidences of colds and viruses. This is especially important when you’re among those known to have a cold, virus, or bacterial infection.

Myth #3:  Most Reported Deadly Bacteria Are Deadly.

When the news reports that an area has been hit by a deadly bacteria, it may or may not be true. The truth is that many deadly bacteria can be harmless and many harmless bacteria can be deadly. It all depends on your immune system. In fact, reports show that when a new virus hits, only 10% are really at risk, usually people aged two years and younger, or aged 65 years and older.  Most people can tolerate severe bacteria as long as their immune systems are reasonably healthy.

Myth #4 Every Respiratory Track Infection Requires Antibiotics

In reality, 95% of all respiratory infections are caused by viruses and the only “cure” is to allow our bodies to heal naturally. This is because viruses do NOT respond to antibiotics, which are used only to treat bacterial infections. Viral infections are controlled by our immune systems and simply need to “run their course.”  Most people who are in good health are able to fend off viruses with no problem at all. The only time antibiotics are used to treat respiratory infections is when the infection is caused by a bacteria. In those cases, a culture is taken to determine which bacteria to treat.

We hope that clears up some common misconceptions about germs and bacteria. Remember, don’t go outside in the cold without a jacket or you’ll get cold. And that doesn’t mean you’ll catch a cold.

 

Dr. Bruce Ruben Detroit Jewish News Article

Posted on: August 15th, 2013 by Mindy Ruben No Comments

The Dr. Bruce Ruben Detroit Jewish News Article in July features Dr. Bruce Ruben of Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, explaining Dr. Ruben’s unique outpatient wound care model in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

In this Detroit Jewish News article, we get an inside look at the all-encompassing wound care provided by Dr. Bruce Ruben and his staff.

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IV Antibiotics Cure Infection

Posted on: July 2nd, 2013 by Mindy Ruben No Comments

IV Antibiotics

At Encompass HealthCare, one of the ways in which we treat infection is with the use of IV antibiotics in our outpatient setting.  Patients no longer need to go to the hospital to get IV antibiotic therapy.  At Encompass HealthCare, we treat infections, fungi, and even use IV therapy to supplement nutrition when needed, all in our outpatient setting.

At Encompass HealthCare, we deliver a multitude of IV antibiotics for a variety of infections,  bacterial infections that can oftentimes delay wound healing.  In addition, we offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy to those patients who need additional help in healing wounds.  Our convenient, outpatient center allows our patients to get their IV infusions, antibiotics, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, wound debridement, and other infection healing modalities all here in our outpatient setting without enduring the hassles of hospitals.  Our patients get their treatment, go back to work, home, and resume their life all without staying in a hospital.

 

 

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