Archive for July, 2011

VA Implements Nationwide Program to Reduce Hospital-Associated Infections

a medical team examines a checklist

VA has figured out a way to reduce central line infections by more than half at all 174 of its intensive care units. How’d they do it? The answer might surprise you.

VA Marks 81 Years of Service to America’s Veterans

plaque on a building wall

July 21 is the 81st Anniversary of the “Veterans Administration.” A 1930 executive order authorized the consolidation of Veterans programs and created a new independent administration within the federal government.

The Sun is NOT Your Friend!

Woman applying sunscreen to her shoulder

UV Safety Month — time to learn about ultraviolet rays and melanoma and carcinoma — why too much sun is dangerous.

You Gotta Have Heart

Men shaking hands

A 28-year-old Marine suddenly collapses half-way through a routine physical training exercise at Camp Pendleton. The accident landed Sgt. Jose Patino at VA’s Polytrauma Center in Richmond, Va., on a long and frustrating road to recovery from brain damage.

Recreational Therapy: Restoring Function, Recreating Lives

Group of Veterans around table

For America’s Veterans, therapeutic recreation promotes health and wellness along with reducing or eliminating activity limitations and restrictions caused by an illness or disabling condition.