DID YOU KNOW:
Your “Basic Life Support For Healthcare Providers” certification card is unique. The AAMA will grant 4 Clinical AAMA CEUs per 2 year card issued within your current recertification period. They ask that you send a copy of the front and back of the card(s) for entry.
Email Address: Continuing Education <ContinuingEducation@aama-ntl.org>
SOURCE: Nick Mickowski
Continuing Education and Membership Manager
American Association of Medical Assistants®
COLD or FLU
What is the difference between a cold and the flu?
The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. Flu can have very serious associated complications.
How can you tell the difference between a cold and the flu?
Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can tell if a person has the flu.
What are the symptoms of the flu versus the symptoms of a cold?
The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems.
(Effective March 1, 2018.)
Medical assistant—Fees and renewal cycle.
(1) Credentials must be renewed every two years on the practitioner’s birthday as provided in chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 2.
(2) The following nonrefundable fees will be charged for medical assistant-certified, medical assistant-hemodialysis technician, and medical assistant-phlebotomist credentials:
|Title of Fee||Fee|
|Late renewal penalty||75.00|
|Expired credential reissuance||55.00|
|Verification of credential||25.00|
(3) The following nonrefundable fees will be charged for a medical assistant-registered credential:
|Title of Fee||Fee|
|Late renewal penalty||60.00|
|Expired credential reissuance||40.00|
|Verification of credential||25.00|
8 Ways Your Coworkers Are Getting You Sick, And How To Stop It
George R.R. Martin’s favorite threat, “Winter is coming,” doesn’t hold a candle (or tissue box) to the harsher, scarier reality: Cold and flu season is coming.
Surveys reveal that 90 percent of office workers showed up to work sick in 2013, meaning the office is an ideal place for bacteria sharing — and spreading.
To stop sickness from (literally) going viral in your office, we’ve partnered with Mucinex® to look at eight cold and cough crimes that your deskmates are committing. Let’s put an end to them, once and for all.
- They Skip Flu Shots
According to the CDC, only 34 percent of healthy 18- to 64-year-olds got their flu shot in 2013. And since droplets from coughing, sneezing or talking can spread as far as six feet, this alarming statistic might just explain why there was a larger proportion of flu cases last year. Do your part to prevent OOO (out of the office) requests from skyrocketing by scheduling your annual flu shot this year — and encouraging your coworkers to do the same!
- They Don’t Wash Their Hands
Normally, this is just a common courtesy. But during cough and cold season, this is a matter of life or death (or at the very least, staying healthy and getting sick). A coworker’s handshake could transmit everything from the common cold to MSRA if they fail to do their due diligence. Perhaps it’s time you reinstitute the fist bump which spreads fewer germs!
- They Show Up To Work When They’re Ill
Your coworkers may think they’re doing your boss and fellow employees a service by battling sickness to show face at the office. Newsflash: They’re not! By continuing to come into the office despite feeling lousy, work ethic is compromised. Findings show that a sick person’s productivity levels plummet, costing employers more than it would if they just took a sick day. So tell your coworkers to take one for the team and take their germs home with them.
- They Use the Office Gym
The fact that your deskmate probably isn’t even healthy enough to exercise isn’t the point. The point is that germs thrive at the gym. By handling equipment used by many people in quick sequences — like dumbbells, treadmill dashboards and bike seats — your coworkers could be compromising the health of dozens (or more!) in your office building. Stay off the treadmill after anyone who erupts in a coughing fit steps off…and wash your hands after, like, a lot.
- They Construct Desk Tissue Pyramids
Sure, seeing your coworker get up every 5 minutes to discard a used tissue is annoying, not to mention disruptive. But letting tissue mountains pile up on their desks will only contribute to spreading more germs in the long run. Ask them to keep their germs to themselves by discarding tissues immediately after use, and stay at least 6 feet away from the contaminated area — er, desk surface.
- They Borrow Your Keyboards, Phones, Pens Or Other Equipment
During cold season, don’t let anyone borrow your office equipment or use your desk while you’re out. A virus in snot can live up for 24 hours. So if they sneeze, then touch something that’s yours, they could inadvertently send you straight over the 98.6-degree mark.
- They Drink From the Water Fountain When They’re Sick
If your officemates have even a mild case of the sniffles, it’s best they completely avoid the office drinking fountain. Studies have found 62,000 colony-forming units (CFUs) of bacteria per square inch on cafeteria water-fountain spigots, meaning they’re a hotspot for spreading germs … and that you should bring your own bottled beverages to work in the case that your sniffly friends ‘forget.’
- They Cough in the Kitchen
Kitchen sinks are dirtier than most bathrooms, with more than 500,000 bacteria per square inch (and that’s just in the drain). Just as dirty are refrigerator and microwave handles, touched by office workers on a daily basis. If your sick coworker feels the need to inflict their germs near where food lives, don’t follow their lead…unless your mission is to wipe down everything they touch with an antibacterial solution.
In the Spotlight
Heart Disease and Women: Do You Know Your Numbers?
Eighty percent of heart disease and stroke events may be prevented
Throughout the day, women receive plenty of reminders – cell phones chirp to confirm appointments and calendar alerts cue upcoming meetings, but the month of February has a life-saving reminder: it’s American Heart Month.
The American Heart Association is asking women: “Do You Know Your Numbers?” as a way to bring focus to the numbers around Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI). These numbers are important because they will allow you and your health care provider to determine your risk for developing cardiovascular disease by atherosclerosis. (The good news is that My HealtheVet offers you a way to track most of these numbers.
Heart Disease in Women
One in three women die from cardiovascular diseases and stroke each year, killing about one woman every 80 seconds. An estimated 44 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular diseases.
Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke; however, 80 percent of heart disease and stroke events may be prevented by lifestyle changes and education.
Symptoms of a Heart Attack in Women
The symptoms of heart attack can be different in women versus men, and are often misunderstood – even by physicians. Fewer women than men survive their first heart attack. Women also have a higher lifetime risk of stroke than men.
Many women think the signs of a heart attack are unmistakable, like feeling as though an elephant is sitting on your chest or intense tingling in your arm. Heart attack signs for women can be subtle and sometimes confusing. Like men, the most common heart attack symptom for women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely than men to experience other heart attack signs, such as:
Shortness of breath
Nausea or vomiting
Back or jaw pain
Dizziness or fainting
Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the center of the chest
Pain or discomfort in one or both arms
Breaking out in a cold sweat
Challenge Yourself this February
Schedule a Visit to talk with your provider about your numbers: weight (body mass index (BMI), waist circumference), blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and family medical history. Discuss your risk factors – from personal habits and life style to family history.
Ask the Right Questions! Discussing your numbers with your provider should be an informative and comfortable experience. Do you know what questions to ask? Here are a few examples to get you started:
Can you explain each number to me and what it means?
What do you think about my current medication regimen?
Should I be concerned about anything?
Should I be concerned about anything in my family history?
Can you recommend a diet and exercise regimen?
Renew your commitment to making small lifestyle changes that can lower your risk for cardiovascular diseases and reduce symptoms, such as briskly walking a few times a week, which could reduce the risk of coronary events in women by 30 to 40 percent, or talking with your provider about the right diet to manage your numbers, such as eating fruits and vegetables while cutting back on added sugars.