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PHA: Preventive Health Assessment.

Discussion in 'Military Medicine' started by DiveMD, Feb 28, 2007.

  1. DiveMD

    DiveMD Giggity giggity!!! Physician 7+ Year Member

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    I was “counseled” yesterday by some HM3 during my yearly PHA. What’s up with that? I was expecting at least nurse practitioner. Is this the way we care for the world's finest warriors? HM3's? :scared: Please opine…
     
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  3. backrow

    backrow 60% of the time it works everytime Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

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    I had a fat nurse tell me that I was not in the best of health because I was not getting enough servings of vegetables each day. I needed seven and my two were just not enough. My other favorite quote from the day was telling me that my sleep habits were not healthy and I needed at least 8 hours of sleep each day, and how dare I stay up all night some nights.

    Gotta love it. Rumor has it that this was instituted after there were a couple deaths just after/during a PRT in the past few years. I have no way of substantiating that information though.
     
  4. Galo

    Galo Senior Member Physician 7+ Year Member

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    a buddy of mine almost got sent to alcohol counseling because he made the mistake to say he drinks a beer when he gets home. I think he was at least told by a nurse.
     
  5. USAFdoc

    USAFdoc exUSAFdoc 5+ Year Member

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    in my experience, PHA were the most "pencil-whipped" item I had ever seen.
    We had 18 yo techs going over these medical records, missing all kinds of info. It was also a far too common situation for me to be seeing a soldier for his retirement physical...........find his BP to be 190/99..............review his chart (retirement physicals were one of the few times you would regularly have a chart for an appt)................and see that he has had hypertension for nearly his entire career....and NEVER treated.......22 yrs of HTN and never treated..........PHAs on a regular basis, and never treated.

    Happy retirement soldier (sorry to say your life expectancy may be a little shorter that you might expect :( :mad: :( :mad: )
     
  6. backrow

    backrow 60% of the time it works everytime Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

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    Oh almost forgot, but USAFDoc reminded me of it

    They do miss stuff, I'm pretty sure that as a 28 year old I am more than due for a lipid panel because I've never had one. Did the nurse send me for one at my "Preventative Health Appt" nope, but I sure did need to get another HIV test done. Whew, glad we got that one.:cool:
     
  7. pgg

    pgg Laugh at me, will they? Moderator 10+ Year Member

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    Yeah, they're unqualified cogs in a rusty, poorly designed machine. My PHA a couple months ago was true comedy of errors, inefficiency, incompetence, and gundecking. It's a good thing there's nothing wrong with my health.
     
  8. DiveMD

    DiveMD Giggity giggity!!! Physician 7+ Year Member

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    Ironically, it takes around 1 hr and 45 min (+/- 15 min) to finish a "PHA" in my command. I can knock out 4-6 full physicals in the same amount of time ( in normal pace)…:eek:
     
  9. Mabassow

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    lol, I just did my PHA a few days ago and I was in and out in less than 10 min. In fact, it took me longer to fill out the paperwork.
     

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