Saturday, November 11, 2017

Tent Camping Considerations for First-Timers

Todd Belok earned a master’s degree in biomedical science from Drexel University in Philadelphia. Now, he works as a mental health technician at Temple University Hospital-Episcopal Campus. When he is not working, Todd Belok likes to go camping.

If you have never gone camping in a tent, these three tips may help make your experience memorable for the right reasons:

1. Before you set off on your trip, make sure you know how to set up your tent. Test yourself by setting up the tent in your yard. Assembling your tent at home will also let you check to make sure the tent is in good condition.

2. Warmth is crucial to enjoying your night, and a tent is nothing but a thin layer of fabric separating you from the elements. A sleeping bag is a must, but also consider taking blankets to lay both on top of you and underneath you. You are always better off having too many blankets than too few.

3. If you need silence to sleep, consider taking a pair of earplugs. Any noise outside may keep you awake, from a dog barking in the distance to nearby fellow campers.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Importance of Quality Running Shoes

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania mental health technician Todd Belok serves patients at Temple University Hospital. Previously, he assisted at the Children’s National Medical Center as a patient care technician and at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington as a psychiatric technician. Outside of work, Todd Belok enjoys running and biking to stay in shape. 

Running is a great way to maintain both physical and mental health. Running shoes can carry expensive price tags, but quality shoes can help you sidestep blisters, rubbing, and sore feet or shins. 

Most sports stores have qualified salespeople or mechanized gait tests to help you identify what kind of shoe you should use for any sport, including running. The shoe you select should account for your unique degree of pronation, or the degree to which your foot rotates during a run. Some runners rotate too much and others don’t rotate enough - the proper shoe can correct this imbalance.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Recent Advances in Emergency Medical Service Care

Todd Belok serves as a mental health technician at Temple University Hospital - Episcopal Campus in Philadelphia. In addition to his work in mental health services, Todd Belok possesses several years of experience as an emergency medical technician (EMT) and remains interested in developments in emergency medical services (EMS).

EMS care has changed dramatically in the United States over the last several years. Improvements in technology and best practices allow EMTs to provide a higher standard of care than they could in years past, and better technologies continue to emerge.

Ambulances are now better equipped to handle serious emergencies. Many emergency vehicles are equipped with X-ray and ultrasound equipment as well as automated CPR machines and other lifesaving devices.

Many vehicles can even transmit data to the emergency room, preparing doctors before the patient arrives. This is a dramatic change from the manual CPR and improvised equipment of previous decades.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Communicating with the Psychotic Patient


Todd Belok serves as a mental health technician at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, where he works with a diverse inpatient population. In that position, Todd Belok has cultivated an ability to communicate with all types of patients, including those suffering from psychosis.

Patients in a psychotic episode may be difficult to reach in conversation. They are likely to be experiencing delusions or hallucinations, as one of the hallmarks of psychosis is an apparent break from reality.

The most important thing to remember is that these experiences seem very real to the patient. They are, moreover, extremely persistent and do not respond to logic or reason. It is not advisable to attempt to convince the patient that his or her beliefs are false, as this tends to engender mistrust.

Instead, the caregiver or loved one can respond to the emotional reality of the situation. It is possible to acknowledge the patient's fear, sadness, or anger without mentioning the false beliefs that underlie it. If the patient will allow a change of topic, the caregiver can redirect the conversation to a neutral subject, such as the weather, sports, or entertainment.

The caregiver can also strive to ease the patient's mind by removing sources of stress from the environment, so that the patient can relax as much as possible. Meanwhile, the caregiver and others in the household should take care to avoid any confrontation and should show concern for the patient's emotional and physical well-being. This helps the patient to feel cared for without drawing attention to the psychosis.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department Holds Cancer Fundraiser

A mental health technician at Temple University Hospital, Todd Belok is also dedicated to offering emergency medical assistance. Todd Belok has been an EMT since 2008, and he uses his skills to give back to the community as a volunteer EMT for the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department (CHVFD).

For over 100 years, the CHVFD has utilized volunteer firefighters to protect the citizens of Capitol Heights, Maryland. The department also does community service and fundraising for other worthy organizations. Over the Christmas 2015 season, the CHVFD held a fundraiser to support the Firefighter Cancer Support Network and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in their fights against cancer.

The fundraiser centered around the Tree of Courage, a Christmas tree memorializing loved ones who have lost the battle with cancer. The tree was named after the CHVFD’s fire engine Courage, which is painted pink to raise awareness of breast cancer. For each ornament placed on the tree, a $5 donation was made to the cancer-fighting groups, for a total of $500.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Pitching Rules for Kickball

Todd Belok joined the Temple University Hospital Episcopal Campus in Philadelphia as a mental health technician in 2015. Apart from overseeing patient activities at the hospital, Todd Belok leads a physically active lifestyle. He enjoys cycling and is part of a local kickball league.

The sport of kickball resembles American baseball in a number of ways, both in regards to the dimensions of the playing field and the basic rules of the game. However, one of the most significant differences between kickball and baseball involves how pitches are delivered. In kickball, players must roll the ball underhand while pitching. While there are few restrictions on style and delivery beyond this stipulation, pitches must bounce at least twice before reaching the kicker.

As is the case in baseball, a referee determines whether a kickball pitch is a ball or strike. The strike zone is described as one foot on either side of home plate and no more than 12 inches from the ground. Any ball that is bouncing as it crosses home plate must return to the ground within one foot of the plate. If a kicker attempts to kick a ball that does not enter the strike zone and misses, the pitch is considered a strike. If the kicker attempts to make a play on a pitch that has not bounced twice or entered the strike zone, it can still be called a strike.

Three strikes results in an out for the kicker, while a kicker who draws four balls is rewarded with a walk. Any ball that fails to reach the strike zone or bounces fewer than two times before crossing the plate is ruled as a ball. Unlike baseball, a foul ball is never considered a strike. Should the kicker ever intentionally contact a live pitch with his or her hand, the kicker is automatically ruled out.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Game of Thrones at the Primetime Emmys

Todd Belok has worked as a mental health and medical technician for the last eight years. When he is not working as a mental health technician at the Temple University Hospital Episcopal Campus Todd Belok enjoys following television shows like Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones.

Since HBO premiered the first season of Game of Thrones in April of 2011, the series has evolved into one of the most critically acclaimed TV shows of recent times. Over the last five years the series has garnered more than 500 award nominations and taken home nearly 200 prizes, including a number of Primetime Emmy Awards and Golden Globes.

Game of Thrones took home two Emmys in 2011, including a win for Peter Dinklage as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. The first season generated an additional 11 nominations at the Emmys. By 2015, the show’s presence at the Emmys had increased dramatically. Games of Thrones took home 12 Primetime Emmy Awards, breaking the record of nine wins set by The West Wing in 2000. The series received another 12 nominations for 24 total nominations. A few of the show’s 2015 wins included another award for Dinklage as a supporting actor, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for David Nutter’s work on the episode Mother’s Mercy, and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for the same episode.