Monthly Archives: January 2013

Acute HCV survelliance in the US: How’s it going?

Not very well actually. First some definitions from the CDC: Clinical Description of Acute HCV “An acute illness with a discrete onset of any sign or symptom* consistent with acute viral hepatitis (e.g., fever, headache, malaise, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, … Continue reading

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CAVC–THOMAS V. SHINSEKI-IT DOESN’T ADD UP

Saint Mary Schoelen sends us this bit of a Judicial Hanky Panky remand. All I see it doing is  teaching the BVA and the raters to be honest when passing out their thirty pieces of silver. “Honest” meaning thorough and … Continue reading

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How multi-dose vials (MDVs) and insulin pens can be contaminated with HCV

Patient-to-patient contamination with multi-dose vials This is how I interpret the image above: 1.  Syringe and needle draw fluid from a multi-dose vial (MDV).  A patient with HCV is injected.  Microscopic blood cells can backflow into the syringe. 2.  Needle … Continue reading

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PRE-VALENTINE HUMOR.

News and film from member WYn Wn . Just in time for the Six o’clock report on the Left Coast. About an hour after Last Call at the VFW bar, several old geezers were checking out their buddy’s new apartment. … Continue reading

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OraQuick® HCV Rapid Antibody Test

This should be in every doctor’s office.  It was used in Exeter, NH during the recent HCV outbreak.  It’s FDA approved to detect HCV in fingerstick blood or whole blood with results in 20 minutes.   HCV rapid test Reimbursement & … Continue reading

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COGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION IN VETS

Remember the milk commercial where the gal says “I can’t believe you didn’t tell me.” and the husband says “Is this about the time I did in prison?” Member Tom of USS Long Beach fame sends us this classic… A … Continue reading

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CAPITALIZING ON THE INSULIN PEN

Remember good ol’ boy Rahm “The Rahmrod” Emanuel of Casa Blanca Fame? He was the White House chief of staff in the President’s first administration. He was best remembered for his famous election plaint “Never let a good catastrophe go to waste”. … Continue reading

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SENATOR SEEKS TESTING OF VETS

Member John of Vermont sticky stuff sends us this. Senator Schumer (D-NY) came out today and advocated for Vets. More specifically, in light of the sanitary protocols breakdown at the Buffalo VAMC, he suggested it might be a good idea … Continue reading

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FOOTLOCKER– APRÈS VIETNAM

When I returned home, the Air Force decided they didn’t like me anymore. I had gone native and no longer shined my shoes after two years in the sticks. Hair was another issue which became a deal breaker. We parted … Continue reading

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AFGE OUTTAKES

An AFGE photographer just sent me this outtake he was getting ready to throw away. Fortunately he decided immortalizing one of VA’s finest Human Resources managers on celluloid was almost a crime to pass up. Hence I received this. Apparently the … Continue reading

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