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Weekend doctor: Telehealth

By Michelle Kindle, RN,BSN
Bridge Home Health & Hospice
Today, there are roughly seven million older adults striving to be independent, yet have difficulty leaving home and do not want to put stress on family members. Telehealth is a method of remote health care provided in the home to improve access to quality care, reduce hospitalizations and lower costs.

Recently, telehealth applications have expanded to improve access to care and communication, especially for remote, vulnerable, or marginalized populations.

Weekend doctor: Chronic pain

By Thomas Kindl, MD
When hearing the term “chronic pain,” many people can quickly mention a friend or family member who had to stop their favorite hobby because of it.

Chronic pain varies in intensity and frequency, affecting over 100 million Americans. Some experience chronic pain constantly, while others only feel it in episodes. Though many people have heard of it, few can accurately define the condition and fully understand the effects chronic pain can have.

Dr. Mushtaq Ashraf joins Hematology & Oncology Associates

Mushtaq Ashraf, MD, has joined the medical team of Hematology & Oncology Associates, part of Blanchard Valley Medical Practices. Dr. Ashraf will see patients at The Armes Family Cancer Care Center located at 15900 Medical Dr. South, Findlay.

Dr. Ashraf received his medical degree from the University of Karachi’s Dow Medical College. He then completed his internal medicine residency at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center and his medical oncology fellowship at the University of Toledo Medical Center.

Dr. Clara Rimmer Joins Blanchard Valley Medical Practices

Dr. Clara Rimmer has joined Blanchard Valley Medical Practices. Dr. Rimmer will be a provider at Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine of Northwest Ohio, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System. She provides a variety of pulmonary care services, specializing in individualized asthma therapy and tobacco cessation.

Dr. Rimmer received her medical degree from Albany Medical College  and her medical degree from Albany Medical College. She completed her internal medicine residency and pulmonary & critical care fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Weekend doctor: Intubation vs. Tracheostomy

By Emily Dulgar, RN
Birchaven Village
When you hear a physician say that you or a loved one needs to be intubated or needs a tracheostomy, it is important to understand the purpose of these and how they differ.

A tracheostomy (trach) is a procedure in which a doctor surgically makes an incision in the trachea, sometimes called the “windpipe.” Tracheostomy procedures are performed when there is an obstruction in the airway and intubation is medically not possible, a patient has inefficient oxygen delivery or has problems with secretions.

 ‘Allergy, Asthma & Lung Health’ presentation Sept. 12

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) will host “Allergy, Asthma & Lung Health,” a presentation of the “Live and Learn” series, to educate the community about allergens affecting the lungs as well as asthma triggers and symptoms. 

This event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Marathon Auditorium of Blanchard Valley Hospital, 1900 S. Main St., Findlay. A boxed lunch will be provided during the event.