Good healthcare should be as proactive as it is reactive. Why wait until someone is sick before trying to give them the help they need? This logic undercuts much of modern medical research, ranging from studying bacterial infections to providing updated flu vaccines during the cold season. A company that wants to ensure everyone up and down the ladder is benefiting needs to actively consider prevention when it comes to healthcare. Sick, tired and poorly invested employees not only suffer in the long-term, your business can take a serious financial hit it may not be able to recover from.
The human body is a complex piece of hardware. No single person reacts the same way to any given form of medication and updates are being made on a rolling basis to prevent allergic reactions, complications or a lack of results entirely. Over two million people in the United States will become infected with resistant bacteria every year, meaning prevention is always on the back of doctors’ minds. What factors contribute to so many different reactions to medication? This is what blood analysis services and pharmacogentics are for.
The common cold and the flu are both widespread and frustrating illnesses that see similar, and dissimilar, approaches in medicine. Every year anywhere from 5% to 20% of the American population will come down with the flu, creating tens of thousands of hours worth of sick days across the nation. Infected adults are able to pass on the flu beginning one day before symptoms actually develop to seven days later. The flu is best known for not just causing a fever and chills, but nausea, diarrhea and sometimes vomiting.
While the flu can be protected against through updated vaccinations, the common cold still has no cure. Small businesses and large companies alike will actively spread awareness concerning this illness to help employees and customers remain healthy. This includes, but is not limited to, encouraging a healthy diet, establishing strict hand-washing regimens and reminding people to cough into the crook of their elbow whether or not they’re feeling ill. Drug screening is another measure that can be used to promote better health.
Employees that are suspected of taking drugs, medically necessary or otherwise, need to provide urine tests to ensure they’re still fit to work for their company. There are four processes that take place once a drug is administered. There’s absorption in the body, distribution throughout all major functions, the effect of a changed metabolism and the remains left in excretion. A person’s genetics is just one of many factors that determines how their body functions during all four processes. Heroin is able to be detectable in urine for up to two days, while oxycodone can be found after three days or so.
The Surgeon General has recently state both alcohol and drug abuse cost the American economy over $740 billion annually. As of 2015 over nine million drug urine tests were positive in the American workforce. Similarly, the misuse of antibiotics cost the American healthcare system over $20 billion. Methods as complex as pharmacogenetics testing prevention and flu vaccine promotion all have the same intent in mind. This is to keep businesses running, employees working smoothly and customers safe from illness.
When you take a proactive stance, you nip common problems in the bud and pave the way for a gift that keeps on giving.