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Archive for August, 2010

Saltzer Nurse Wins National Award

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Pat Herman, LPN, Immunization Coordinator for Saltzer Medical Group received national recognition from Merck Pharmaceuticals for the role she plays in promoting and supporting childhood immunizations.

 The Vaccine Service Recognition Award is given to only a few representatives nationwide that truly make an impact in the area of childhood immunizations.

 Pat was also recently recognized by the State of Idaho as IRIS Champion for her role in getting children’s vaccine information entered in the IRIS system.  IRIS (Idaho Immunization Reminder Information System) is designed to keep children on track with their immunizations, and in the past has been recognized  as an Immunization Champion.

The award presentation took place Wednesday, August 25th and was attened by nearly 100 people including Pat’s husband and two children.

Pat Herman, LPN and Merck Pharmaceuticals representative Kammie Hopstead

Saltzer Meridian

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Our Portico location, next to St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center has a variety of specialties.  Family Practice, Pediatrics, Neurology, Internal Medicine, OB/GYN

Virtual Colonoscopy vs. Traditional Colonoscopy

Monday, August 23rd, 2010


 CT colonography may eventually be a useful test, however, it has significant limitations.

  1. It is not as precise as colonoscopy in finding small polyps. More importantly, it will miss flat polyps or depressed polyps. These are important because they have a higher risk of becoming colon cancer.
  2. Approximately 35% of people who have routine screening colonoscopy will have polyps. Therefore, if they have had a CT colonography and polyps are found, they will need a colonoscopy anyway. Therefore, they will then have had two procedures, instead of one.
  3. Not uncommonly, other unexpected abnormalities are detected at the time of colonoscopy. Most of these would not be found on CT colonography.
  4. CT colonography is painful because of all of the air that is used to distend the colon. The air is not removed afterwards, as it is with colonoscopy. Therefore, CT colonography can be quite uncomfortable.
  5. CT colonography is less expensive than colonoscopy. However, if one ends up needing two procedures instead of one, it ends up being more expensive. Because of the way we do colonoscopies at Saltzer Medical Group without a facility fee, our costs are much less anyway than if procedures are done elsewhere, such as hospital or out-patient endoscopy centers.
  6. Within the last year, a federally appointed, blue-ribbon panel of health experts extensively reviewed  the issue of CT colonography being used for colon cancer screening. It’s recommendations were that it was not the best available test and, therefore, it would not be covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

For a downloadable, printable PDF of this article, click here.

My Rehab Journey (7)

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Yeah!  I got a thumbs up to start riding, which I did over the weekend, and I am walking  without crutches.  Still a way to go, but I am on my way.    My ankle flexibility is not where I would like it to be and I find myself compensating by bending my knee or hip in ways that are not normal, which is causing some pain in other areas of my body.  Maybe I should listen to my PT, Daranee and stop doing that.

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