TCA Members Get Discount Off Online Courses, Live Webinars
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 06:46 PM

The Texas Chiropractic Association is excited to announce its partnership with CE online provider CCEDSEMINARS

CCEDSEMINARS is offering TCA members discounts off its ever-expanding catalogue of online courses and live webinars – another benefit of TCA membership.

TCA members will save 10% off online courses and live webinars from 1-9 hours (promo code TCA1) and 20% off courses and webinars of 10 hours or longer (promo code TCA2).

The calendar of February and March 2016 live webinars is as follows:

Why Can’t We Just Forget About Medicine and Just Do Our Own Thing? Idenfitifcation
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 12:00 AM

For those who promote “Let’s forget organized medicine and just do our own thing,” what will you do about those who espouse the following policies?

Comment:  To the AMA you will never be a physician unless you graduate from one of their medical or osteopathic schools.  And if you work in a hospital setting you have to "specifically and simultaneously declare" yourself to be a "non-physician."  Physicians do not have to make any similar declarations in the eyes of organized medicine, nor do they desire to limit such identification issues only to the hospital setting.

Excerpt:  AMA affirms that a physician is an individual who has received a “Doctor of Medicine" or a "Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine" degree or an equivalent degree following successful completion of a prescribed course of study from a school of medicine or osteopathic medicine.

Avoid Surgery: Chiropractic
Written by American Chiropractic Association   
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 12:00 AM
TCA 2016-2017 Executive Officers
Monday, February 08, 2016 12:00 AM

Every January, the Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA) conducts its nominations and plans for election of its three statewide executive officer positions:  president, vice president and secretary/treasurer. If nominations result in more than one candidate, an election is held to elect from the nominated candidates. If only one candidate seeks nomination, then the election is not carried out. The deadline for nominations for the 2016-17 executive officers closed on Jan. 31, with only one nominee for each office.

TCA's 2016-2017 executive officers  will be:

  • President – Tyce Hergert, DC, Southlake
  • Vice President – Max Vige, DC, League City
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Devin Pettiet, DC, Tomball.

The executive offices of the TCA are volunteer positions that require a significant commitment of time, energy and resources to carry out.  Thank you to all of the men and women of the TCA who volunteer to work to make the chiropractic profession in Texas the best that it can be.

The Critical Quality Measure: Patient Safety
Written by Editor   
Sunday, February 07, 2016 12:00 AM

Nearly 400,000 deaths per year due to preventable medical errors.  How can healthcare take steps to ensure that patient safety is maximized, patient risk is minimized, and patient outcome is optimized?  

When the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued its report on patient safety, To Err is Human, in 1999, jaws dropped: the highly respected institute found that 100,000 U.S. hospital patients a year died due to preventable medical errors.

A more recent estimate published in 2013, based on more current data using more sophisticated methods, put the number somewhere between 200,000 and 400,000, most likely at the higher end.

The author of this report notes that he came to medicine after years of practicing law. When I started internship, I found the culture of medicine odd.  For example, there was the crash cart, which is immediately rushed to the scene of every "code." Every week, someone carefully checked each cart to make sure all the items required by the ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) algorithms to conduct a code were in place, sealed, and all the drugs were current. Nurses and doctors were required to memorize those ACLS algorithms, and were tested periodically. Yet there was no ACLS booklet attached to the cart. You were just supposed to know. The mental checklist was supposed to be automatic. 

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