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Dr. Bruce Ruben Praises Caregivers – Our Teammates

Posted on: August 22nd, 2018 by Access Computer No Comments

At Encompass HealthCare and Wound Medicine, we are keenly aware that our “customers” are not only our patients. We know that along with each patient there is at least one caregiver who is devoted to the physical and mental health of the patient. In some cases, there is an entire team of caregivers. These can be the adult children of the patient, hired nurses, friends or other relatives. And our staff at Encompass knows that this is not an easy job.

Being a caregiver can often feel like a lonely, thankless job. Having a caregiver charged with advocating for the patient is an important asset in the health field. In fact, our doctors and other medical professionals at Encompass see each caregiver as part of our own team. We all have the health of our patients as our top priority and we are dependent on a good relationship with each caregiver.

Encompass HealthCare & Dr. Ruben Salute the Caregivers

Research shows that caregivers manage better if they feel confident about handling the daily hassles of caregiving. The relationship between caregiver, patient, healthcare professionals and family members is such an important relationship and one that must be respected at all times.

Our hearts go out to the many dedicated souls who are serving as caregivers for our patients. We pledge to continue working with you to help ensure the good health of our patients. Additionally, we commend you for all you do. We know that even if you don’t always feel the gratitude, the patient and the patient’s family members are grateful for you. At Encompass HealthCare, we know that we couldn’t do it without you. Thank you!

Why Self-Care is So Important

Posted on: May 22nd, 2018 by Access Computer No Comments
At Encompass HealthCare and Wound Medicine, we know how important both self-care and the role of caretaker is to our patients. On a daily basis, we salute those men and women who take care of our patients by driving them to doctor’s visits at Encompass, ensuring they are eating properly, doling out their medication and advocating for them. Whether the caregiver is a hired professional, a family member or a friend, we recognize the sacrifice these individuals are making on behalf of another soul.

What Defines Self-Care?

This month, however, we want to focus our blog post on another issue that is of utmost concern for our patients at Encompass. The role of self-care in your daily health regimen. After all, no one cares about you more than yourself. You might rely on a caregiver for some daily functions and tasks, but there are many ways that you can provide self-care management to ensure a healthy lifestyle for yourself that is free from disease, infections and wounds.
Some tips for self-care include living a healthy life by trying to only eat healthy foods, get enough sleep, exercise regularly and take only the doctor’s prescribed doses of your medicines. Regardless of your age, it’s important to manage stress and go for regular medical check-ups.
Additionally, one of the most important aspects of self-care that Dr. Bruce Ruben at Encompass HealthCare encourages is to practice good hygiene. Good hygiene is important for social, medical, and psychological reasons in that it not only reduces the risk of illness, but it also improves the way others view you and how you view yourself. Dealing with infectious disease, Dr. Ruben cannot stress enough the importance of good hygiene on a regular basis as a key principle in self-care for his patients.

Social Interaction is Self-Care

Believe it or not, another aspect of self-care is social interaction. Studies have shown that individuals who live sociable lives live longer. See friends and family members to build your sense of belonging. You can also join a variety of different support groups to make new friends. Encompass HealthCare can recommend some local support groups and social clubs to help keep you active and involved.Self-care is important value at Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan
Finally, hobbies are an integral part of healthy self-care. Try to do something you enjoy every day, whether it be exercising, dancing, going to a movie, taking a walk, watching a favorite TV show, working in the garden, painting or reading. You should also find ways to relax, like meditation, yoga, getting a massage, taking a bath or walking on a local path.
It is our strong desire at Encompass HealthCare and Wound Medicine that our patients live long and healthy lives. We know you can’t do that on your own. It takes a village of caretakers, support team and physicians. However, self-care management is also a very critical component of your healthy life.

Wound Care & Diabetes

Posted on: September 9th, 2014 by Mindy Ruben No Comments

THE INTERSECTION OF WOUND CARE & DIABETES

Robert Striks, Special Writer, Encompass HealthCare and Wound Medicine

I’m diabetic. I have type-2 diabetes. At 53, I’ve battled it for 22 years now. I’m typing this because I’m sorry to say that I’ve reached a dubious stage in this disease.

Learn more about the link between diabetes and wound care--Encompass Healthcare, Michigan

Learn more about the link between diabetes and wound care–Encompass Healthcare, Michigan

I’m where the disease is making its presence known at the farthest reaches of my body. The tips of my toes. The soles of my feet. Places beyond the larger arteries to the smallest capillaries. Diabetes lives there and loves “de-nerving” those extremities.

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Learn How To Avoid Frostbite

Posted on: January 27th, 2014 by Mindy Ruben No Comments

Learn How To Avoid Frostbite In Cold Temperatures

Learn how to avoid frostbite and hypothermia this brutal winter. Encompass HealthCare Medical Director Bruce Ruben M.D. imparts valuable preventative tips in the following article.  (more…)

Encompass HealthCare Celebrates Its Third Anniversary

Posted on: January 22nd, 2014 by Mindy Ruben No Comments

Encompass HealthCare and Wound Medicine, celebrates its third anniversary healing pressure sores, diabetic foot ulcers and other serious wounds using the latest treatments and technologies.
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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.

 

5 Benefits To Outpatient Wound Care

Posted on: October 19th, 2013 by Mindy Ruben No Comments

What are the benefits of outpatient wound care? PLENTY!
Most people wouldn’t want to be caught dead in a hospital and for good reason. That’s where all the really bad germs hang out. You know, the antibiotic resistant germs. The ones they can’t extinguish with a simple shot of anything.

They’re called “nosocomial infections” and you get exposed to them simply by getting treated in a hospital setting. So if you have a choice on where to get your wound care, it’s a good idea to get treated as far away from the hospital as you can, preferably in an outpatient setting where there are naturally less antibiotic resistant germs and less carriers of those germs.

Here are five great benefits to getting your wound care outside of the hospital:

1. No hospital = No Hospital-Borne InfectionsOutpatient wound care avoids superbugs like MRSA, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Okay, I think you’ve got this one by now. But just to illustrate a point, imagine there’s a patient with the nasty Clostridium Difficile (aka: C-Diff) bacteria a few doors down during your stay in the hospital. We’re talking life-threatening diarrhea. C-diff is a hospital-borne infection. Now, the guy who stocks the examination gloves for every room is in your room to stock the gloves. He does so by taking gloves out of a box and shoving them into the glove container mounted on the wall. But look! He’s not wearing gloves himself! And he’s been in the C-diff room right before yours! Is he unknowingly contaminating the gloves in your room with life-threatening diarrhea things? Gloves that are going to touch you?  There. Now, I’m sure you got this one.

Butterfly needles are used in our outpatient wound care center, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

At Encompass HealthCare, we use extremely thin butterfly needles. Most times, they’re pain free.

2. Not All IV Needles Are Alike. Neither Are IV Infusions.

In an outpatient wound care facility like Encompass HealthCare, we use very small 23-gauge butterfly needles to access veins. The needles are so thin that they often cause no pain at all. Hospitals like to use wider gauge needles like 18-gauge and 21-gauge. Hospitals are also more likely to install a “port,” which is a semi-permanent tube imbedded into the body. The thinking is you won’t have to be re-stuck every day, and that it’s easier to get your IV that way. The problem is a port is just an open tunnel where bacteria can breed that leads directly into the vein. So stick with the outpatient wound care center, no pun intended.

3. Outpatient Wound Care Facilities Are More Convenient.

Frankly, I can only speak for Encompass HealthCare here, but not only are we open seven days a week, (you can do that when you don’t have tons of overhead like a hospital,) but you can usually park within 50 feet of your treatment area.  That means you can get in quickly, get your treatment, and then get on with your life faster. The same goes for hyperbaric oxygen treatments. Just try to schedule HBOT treatments at the hospital. There’s nothing convenient about it. Flexibility = 0. Did I mention that in our outpatient wound care center you can get your treatment, bandage changes and doctor’s visit all in the same appointment? Now that’s convenient.

4. Outpatient Wound Care is More Personalized.

If you’ve ever spent a couple days in the hospital, you know what “continuity of care” is not. It’s the night shift not understanding what happened with you on the day shift. Different days, different nurses, different doctors, different skill levels…

In an outpatient center, you see the same faces every day and they get to know you. Your goals, your preferences…they know which veins are good and which veins they should avoid. Sorry, you just can’t get those kind of provider/patient relationships in a big hospital. They don’t have the time and the provider-to-patient ratio is constantly shrinking.

Did I mention the complimentary protein smoothies for our patients? That’s right. Protein and nutrition are very important elements in wound care. And you’re more likely to find that kind of attention to detail in an outpatient wound care facility.

5. We Have Tape, Only None Of It Is Red.

Sure, we have forms to fill out. Once. But after that, there is very little bureaucracy in outpatient wound care. That leaves the patient with only one job: to get better. We don’t bog you down with a binder of discharge papers when you leave, either. Oh, you might get one piece of paper with instructions. Maybe a free sample of our favorite wound cleansing soap and a loofa to apply it with. But our goal is always to put the care in wound care.

That’s especially easy to accomplish when you’re not tied down by a hospital.

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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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Increase Your Protein and Wound Healing With Fish?

Posted on: April 8th, 2013 by Mindy Ruben No Comments

INCREASE YOUR PROTEIN AND WOUND HEALING BY EATING FISH?

Is it possible to increase your protein and thus, improve wound healing?

Yes! Wound healing can be enhanced with good nutrition, especially higher levels of protein when faced with very serious wounds.

Halibut and many other “white” fish contain healthy doses of protein at near zero fat levels. Find your Omega 3’s, 6’s, and 9’s and ensure good wound healing by making sure you get enough protein. Try out this recipe below.

 

INGREDIENTS:

6 oz. halibut (or other fish such as whitefish, cod, flounder)

2 T. cilantro

1T. olive oil

1 T. lime juice

salt, pepper

 

Preheat oven to 425 F.  Brush fish with olive oil and and squeeze lime juice over fish.  Sprinkle with cilantro and bake approximately 12 minutes or until done.

They called me “Wounddoc.”

Posted on: March 14th, 2013 by Access Computer No Comments

They called me “wounddoc,” long before I became a doctor.

The residents in my college dorm called me “Wounddoc” because I had every kind of bandage, ointment and over-the-counter medicine known to man. Gauze, ACE bandages, steri-strips, surgical tape, splints — I practically ran an urgent care out of my dorm room.  (more…)

 

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