School tragedies affect us all. Trauma doesn’t differentiate or discriminate, it is an equal opportunity life-changer. The age of acceptable violence, educational adversity, and classroom chaos appears to be upon us. It can materialize from seemingly nowhere, disguised as normal or blatantly obvious.The personal toll is unfathomable, recent memories still smolder, the mental and emotional devastation is too raw to scar. The true cost of a deadly school assault is immeasurable, its long-term effect on the lives of survivors remains a topic of ongoing research.Calculating the cost of murderous destruction to any institution or entity would be traumatic enough, but unraveling the irrational threads of reason surrounding a school attack defies logic and intellectual objectivity. It is an emotional earthquake of the first order. Overcoming the immediate aftershock of such an occurrence requires time, understanding and support.As a country, we’ve been overexposed to the visual reality of the bloody scene. Reconciling the act of terror has, unfortunately, become a litany of patented responses to the horror played out in person, on TV, and on social media. How then, do we confront the unseen repercussions of displaced education? How does a learning environment return to normal with the terrifying sights and sounds of blood-spilling rage still reverberating in students’ ears?Scott Poland, President of the National Association of School psychologists, says administrators play a key role in setting the tone for helping staff and students in the event of tragedy. They must give all involved an opportunity to express their own emotions.Managing emotions arising from the death of a classmate or friend can be difficult, near impossible for some. “The key thing is for the teacher to acknowledge the emotion he or she is feeling and to give students permission for a range of emotions,” Poland advises. “Too often, teachers and principals deny students the chance to vent. The curriculum needs to be set aside in certain classes, and in a small school, perhaps every class.”Classroom shootings, once rare and for the most part unthinkable, now seem to permeate the school year on a monthly basis. The first five months of 2018 have seen 16 shootings occur from Florida to Los Angeles and in cities across the country. It would make tragedies like these somewhat easier to understand and classify if their motivations could all be squeezed neatly into a box labeled ‘bullied kids’, but it’s not that easy.While bullying has always been part of the outlying social fabric of education, historically, grievances were mostly settled outside the classroom, either off school grounds or in some obscure outdoor location. In an earlier, less deadly time, the bike-rack area was commonly the designated ‘resolution’ zone where scores were settled, be them over girls, arguments or perceived slights.What a difference a couple decades can make. Since the end of the 20th-century, the number of deaths resulting from mass shootings at US schools has surpassed the number of killings that occurred in the entire previous century. Since 2000, sixty-six people have lost their lives in twenty-two mass shootings, compared to fifty-five victims in twenty-two school attacks since the first reported shooting in 1940, and continuing to 1999. That doesn’t include gang-related issues.With modern life in the new millennia came changing societal factors extending beyond school walls. What would seem a simple, reasonable and straightforward response to unacceptable horror besetting our schools and neighborhoods, has instead morphed into a national discussion more centered on special interests and politics, rather than on the core social contributors of mental health, adolescent gun access, family dysfunction and increased disregard for conflict resolution.Antonis Katsiyannis of Clemson University, lead author of a report in the Journal of Child and Family Studies, submitted this statement, “One alarming trend is that the overwhelming majority of 21st-century shooters were adolescents, suggesting that it is now easier for them to access guns and that they more frequently suffer from mental health issues or limited conflict resolution skills.”The impact of these life-changing calamities is still playing out on campuses throughout the United States. While politicians debate and researchers investigate, the most positive reaction appears to be emanating from people affected the most, the students. The ‘school massacre generation’ will be voting soon, some already doing so.From those votes may materialize the reasoned, yet forceful voice of a generation determined to destroy the link between education and mass death. To expect solutions to otherwise present themselves based on today’s cultural reality is to expect smoke from a fire that does not exist.
Current medical profession challenges that hinder patient education:
low reimbursement rates
medical malpractice risk
need to market
time consuming education seminars
increasing demand on staff
and more.These pressures affect patient care and treatment outcomes. Patient Education Systems were developed to overcome these challenges and help health care specialists provide better care for their patients.Research studies assert the need of convenient and effective web-based educational platforms for patientsHealth specialists need methods to provide education to their patients. The best proven solution is a web-based educational platform that produces consistently high levels of learning retention. Listed below are just a few research excerpts that demonstrate the advantages of using this advanced educational approach.Computer-based patient education has been shown to be very effective in improving knowledge and clinical outcomes. Lewis, D. Computers in Patient Education, Computers , Informatics, Nursing 21(2):88-96, 200350% of research participants reported that using the internet made them feel more satisfied with their treatments. Leaffer, T, Gonda, B. The Internet: An underutilized tool in patient education. Comput Nurs 1996; 14:235-23869% of patients admitted to not reading the consent form before signing it. Lavelle-Jones, C. Factors affecting quality of informed consent. BMJ 1993;306:885-89050% of U.S. adults or 90 million Americans have difficulty understanding health information.The Institute of Health’s statisticsFour rock solid benefits of online patient education
Save money and time: requires minimal staff time, allows reallocation of valuable resources, reduces the frequency of marketing seminars, decreases the first office visit length, reduces the number of patient revisits
Enhance patient satisfaction: serves your patients well, engages your patients into the health process, provides tailored, comprehensive educational courses, better manages your rapidly increasing number of patient records
Improve risk management: reduces exposure to frivolous litigation, assesses patient comprehension, tracks patient participation, enhances informed consent process
Expand business reach: captures new patients from a wider geographic area, qualifies your prospective patients, personalizes and deliver your marketing messages, promotes your services online, optimizes the competitiveness of your website
Who can benefit?Surgical practices of single and multiple surgeons, medical groups, hospitals, insurance carriers, and other entities in the medical field.