it’s working!

maybe it’s just a coincidence…new attitude with a busy week…but i really feel positive. had a great day in manchester!

i have seen a few interesting news articles, interesting in different ways~~i’m posting them in full~~just scroll down if you get bored~~that’s what i do

What Happens to Your Facebook Profile When You Die?

By DAN FLETCHER Dan Fletcher Wed Oct 28, 4:30 pm ET

In an Oct. 26 (Become a fan of TIME on Facebook.)

 The company decided to publicize the policy because of a backlash caused by a new version of the site’s homepage that was rolled out on Oct. 23, which includes automatically generated “suggestions” of people to “reconnect” with. Within days of the launch, Twitter users and bloggers from across the Web complained that some of these suggestions were for friends who had died. “Would that I could,” complained a user on Twitter before ending her tweet with the hash tag #MassiveFacebookFail.

 “We understand how difficult it can be for people to be reminded of those who are no longer with them, which is why it’s important when someone passes away that their friends or family contact Facebook to request that a profile be memorialized,” Kelly said in the post. To discourage pranksters, Facebook does require proof before sending a profile down the digital river Styx. Family or friends must fill out a form, providing a link to an obituary or other information confirming a user’s death, before the profile is officially memorialized. Once that is completed, the user will cease showing up in Facebook’s suggestions, and information like status updates won’t show up in Facebook’s news feed, the stream of real-time user updates that is the site’s centerpiece. If relatives prefer not to have the profile stand as an online memorial, Facebook says it will remove the account altogether. (Read: “How to Manage Your Online Life When You’re Dead.”)

 Better publicizing memorialized profiles is an attempt by Facebook to answer lingering privacy concerns. Canadian privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart investigated the company in July and issued a report that asked Facebook to explain certain areas of its privacy policy, including policies regarding the profiles of deceased users. In response, the company promised to issue a new privacy policy that better articulates how user information is treated postmortem and offered the commissioner an outline of its memorializing policy, nearly three months before the blog post explained it to users. Spokeswoman Anne-Marie Hayden says the privacy commissioner was “quite pleased” with Facebook’s response to the office’s concerns and says the commissioner will review the detailed version of the site’s new policy, expected in late October. (See what happens when parents join Facebook.)

Facebook’s attempt to clearly state its policy is prudent, as other social-networking sites have struggled with the question of users’ deaths. MySpace in particular has had a difficult time with digital rubbernecking – during the site’s heyday, a handful of well-trafficked blogs specialized in matching MySpace profiles directly to obituaries and posting the pairings online for all to see. By sealing profiles to family and friends and removing profiles from search results, Facebook assuages users’ fears that they’ll be fodder for online voyeurs in the event of their untimely demise – hopefully putting the issue to rest.

let’s face it, “social networking”  is part of life now……

Study Says Chronically Ill May be Happier If They Give Up Hope

Released: 11/2/2009 12:05 AM EST
Source: University of Michigan Health System

 Newswise — Holding on to hope may not make patients happier as they deal with chronic illness or diseases, according to a new study by University of Michigan Health System researchers.

“Hope is an important part of happiness,” said Peter A. Ubel, M.D., director of the U-M Center for Behavioral and Decision Sciences in Medicine and one of the authors of the happily hopeless study, “but there’s a dark side of hope. Sometimes, if hope makes people put off getting on with their life, it can get in the way of happiness.”

The results showed that people do not adapt well to situations if they are believed to be short-term. Ubel and his co-authors – both from U-M and Carnegie Mellon University — studied patients who had new colostomies: their colons were removed and they had to have bowel movements in a pouch that lies outside their body.

At the time they received their colostomy, some patients were told that the colostomy was reversible — that they would undergo a second operation to reconnect their bowels after several months. Others were told that the colostomy was permanent and that they would never have normal bowel function again. The second group – the one without hope — reported being happier over the next six months than those with reversible colostomies.

“We think they were happier because they got on with their lives. They realized the cards they were dealt, and recognized that they had no choice but to play with those cards,” says Ubel, who is also a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine.

“The other group was waiting for their colostomy to be reversed,” he added. “They contrasted their current life with the life they hoped to lead, and didn’t make the best of their current situation.”

The research was published in this month’s edition of Health Psychology.
Ubel was joined in the research by Dylan M. Smith, Ph.D., a research specialist at the Ann Arbor VA Health Services Research and Development Center and a U-M psychologist; Aleksandra Jankovic, of U-M’s Center for Behavioral and Decision Sciences in Medicine and George Loewenstein, professor in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University.

Loewenstein said these results also may explain why people who lose a spouse to death often recover better emotionally over time than those who get divorced.
“If your husband or wife dies, you have closure. There aren’t any lingering possibilities for reconciliation,” Loewenstein said.

Ubel said health professionals find it easier to deliver optimistic news to patients even when they believe the prognosis is unfavorable, justifying it by assuming that holding on to hope was better for the patient.

Said Loewenstein: “It may be easier for a doctor to deliver a hopeful message to a patient, even when there isn’t much objective reason for hope, but it may not be best for the patient.”

“Hopeful messages may not be in the best interests of the patient and may interfere with the patient’s emotional adaptation,” Ubel says. “I don’t think we should take hope away. But I think we have to be careful about building up people’s hope so much that they put off living their lives.”

The research was funded by the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development. Smith was supported by a career development award from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

i think we all do that to some degree….put life on hold waiting for this, that …..or the other thing to happen so life can begin…..

this last article is directly related to the prject i am working on…once again today my boss alluded to what could be the outcome of this project….going beyond the previous research, getting published and influencing other projects worldwide….

Making operations smoother and safer

By Jane Elliott
Health reporter, BBC News

Lists are better run under the new system

At first sight an airline pilot, a car plant worker and a hospital surgeon would appear to have little in common.

But the NHS is learning from the aviation and automotive industries as it introduces new safety protocols to reduce the risk of accidents in the operating theatre.

Whether it is hitting a tropical storm at 36,000 feet or negotiating an expected emergency in the middle of open-heart surgery, advance planning and a calm and ordered environment can make all the difference.

It is a message NHS chiefs are keen to disseminate across the health service, and they have made a start with a new scheme from The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement called ‘The Productive Operating Theatre’.

Good results

The early results from the six trial hospitals have been positive.

Trevor Dale, a retired airline pilot, who helped advise the test sites, said even little changes could make a big difference.

One 5-6 minute briefing could save us up to an hour a day
Janet Henry

“If we knew we would be flying through turbulence we could plan for that in advance,” he said.

“We could then brief the cabin crew in advance, rather than waiting until they had the trolleys ready to serve the drinks and meals.”

He said that operating staff could ensure they were similarly prepared.

“Things such as getting equipment ready and making sure that if a procedure means there is likely to be significant blood loss that there are cross-matched supplies ready in advance.”

These simple things seem obvious to outsiders, but health workers admit that without an overview little things such as extra blood, ensuring patients are given anti-blood clot stockings and blood thinning drugs can slip through the net.

Professor Lord Darzi, the former health minister, said Productive Theatre, launched across the NHS in England in September, offered much.

“As a surgeon I know how vital a role a well organised operating theatre plays in ensuring a calm setting in a high pressurised working environment,” he said.

“The operating theatre is a place where lives are transformed and saved and by taking simple steps to optimise the working environment, and where staff can continuously improve the quality of patient care.”

Learning from industry

Health workers found simple things like holding a briefing meeting each day before operations start – and a de-brief at their end – can make a real difference.

Some have also implemented a check list system for each individual patient.

And in some hospitals the time taken to get patients to and from theatre has been sharpened up.

Janet Henry, theatre manger/matron at the West Middlesex University Hospital Trust, said her hospital had noticed considerable time savings.

Check list
Patient details are extensively checked

“One 5-6 minute briefing could save us up to an hour a day,” she said.

She said staff focused on making little changes, such as juggling lists to ensure the right equipment was ready for each operation.

“We had equipment for keyhole surgery, but because of the increase in this type of surgery there was increase in pressure on it.

“So we discussed who had priority over the equipment and changed the list, rather than waiting until the patient was on the operating theatre and then realising there were going to be delays.”

Hugh Rogers, a consultant urologist and a senior associate at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, said he too had noticed great improvements.

He said the fact that the health professionals involved in a patient’s care came together to talk things through was a real step forward.

“We did not really do that before, but now everyone knows what is going on,” he said.

“Everyone is on the same page. As a result everything runs really smoothly and there are no surprises.”

For instance, a group meeting previewing one morning’s schedule for surgery revealed that a particularly complicated procedure was due up first.

By juggling the list around the team was able to slot in another case while the anaesthesia was prepared for the longer procedure.

Production line

Mr Rogers said his team had been particularly inspired by the concept key to any good motor industry – the smooth production line.

But instead of putting car components together, his team was focused on getting patients to and from theatre in the most effective fashion.

“We try to avoid the risk of cancelling the operations because of overruns,” he said.

“For instance, in orthopaedics we have found that the best time to send for the patient is the minute they start to close the wound.”

Claire Bradford is theatre matron at the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, another of the pilot sites.

She said the introduction of individual patient checks had had a transformative effect on the working day.

“Everybody now expects it to happen and we are prepared for every eventuality,” she said.

“It does make the day go better and we have avoided error.”

i apologize for this being long with too much reading but i hope you find one or more of these articles interesting…comments???

 please comment!!!!!

5 thoughts on “it’s working!

    • they studied people who had colostomies which in itself is not a life threatening condition…but it’s a really good example of facing something really unpleasant but learning to liv with it.

      i worked some outpatients who had tracheostomies…some were really doing well and coping and others were anxious and living like recluses…

      i’m not saying it’s easy but hoping and waiting for them to be reversed is not really the answer either

  1. was wonderong about the facebook one.. it must be like calling the same number and never getting an answer or the answering machine…

    all the rest.. ‘I’m learning….’

    • yep, everyone is going to have to leave a list of passwords and who will have access after they die!!!!

      i do think it would be disturbing having a thing on the side suggesting someone as a friend knowing they had died….

  2. that’s a really great trio of articles! i never thought about the FB thing…. i guess i will have to write my password into my will (along with all the others associated with so many other online items).

    i find it so true, the second article… lately i read a lot of stuff about how everything in our lives is by our own choice, and you just have to be optimistic and expect joy and happiness and ye shall receive. but life is just not like that. i have watched my daughter (and myself and my husband) handle accepting that she has a chronic medical condition that will most likely be lifelong and progressive. my husband’s family acts as if it is something that will go away, but this does not help any of us. accepting what is can be so important than false hope that will not play out. when she accepted she could no longer pursue a life as a dancer, she moved on to other interests and to a blossoming social life, and has truly never been happier.

    thank you for the interesting assortment — what a window into the ideas catching your thoughts 🙂

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