We are surrounded by technology. No matter where you go, you will find technology rearing its face, whether ugly and ungodly or tempting and beautiful. These advances have brought both good and evil to many professions, especially healthcare. Twenty years ago, you would not have found signs instructing people to turn off their cell phones in physician offices.
I recently finished my surgery rotation at a Level 1 Trauma Hospital in Philadelphia and amidst the ephemeral eight weeks I quickly realized the immense demands of a surgical residency. So, as an avid technology enthusiast and a team member, I took note of inefficient workflows with potential for technology driven solutions.
Whenever someone is scheduled for an operation, the assigned nurse is required to fill out a "pre-op checklist" to ensure that all safety and quality metrics are being adhered to. Before the patient is allowed to be wheeled into the OR we make sure the surgical site is marked, the consents are signed, all necessary equipment is available, etc.
Make it a rule never to be angry at anything a sick man says or does to you. -Benjamin Rush, MD (1809) Thirty years ago, I heard dozens of stories about a memorable doctor. His daily outbursts in the hospital were legendary. No one wanted to get in his crosshairs, so people scattered when he was spotted coming down the hall.
There are various factors to consider when choosing the proper tools to perform laparoscopic surgery through a single incision. To date, the single-incision approach appears just as safe as traditional laparoscopy 1 . If performed correctly, studies show single-incision procedures have improved cosmetic outcomes compared to traditional laparoscopic approaches and there is a trend towards a reduction in postoperative pain, both of which are very attractive to patients.
FDA Reminder: Thermogram No Substitute For Mammogram Despite widely publicized claims to the contrary, thermography should not be used in place of mammography for breast cancer screening or diagnosis, states the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A mammography is still the most effective way of detecting breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages.
Surgery is expensive, there are no doubts about that. However, there are a few things a patient without insurance who desires surgery can do to minimize the costs as much as possible.
A few years ago during a visit home, my mother interrupted me as I was recounting the details of a transplant operation I’d done a week earlier. For as long as I’ve been a doctor, my mother, who owns a small business, has queried me about my long work hours, usually punctuating her questions with sympathetic clucks and gentle exhortations to eat more of the Taiwanese food she has prepared.
A team of researchers from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute have developed a teleoperated robot that will greatly improve the way prostate cancer is detected and treated. igus® donated parts to the project at no cost, including DryLin® linear guide systems and iglide® plastic plain bearings, which facilitate the robot’s motion.
Dr. Kevin Kikta was one of two emergency physicians on duty at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, MO on Sunday, May 22 when an EF-5 tornado struck the hospital. June 1, 2011 You never know that it will be the most important day of your life until the day is over.
Q: How has instrument maintenance changed in the past few years? A: In the past, it was very difficult -- if not impossible -- to understand the full circle of instrument utilization, including the number of sets in inventory, how often they had been used in the OR, were the correct manufacturer’s instructions available for the technicians when processing instruments, when was the last time any of the instruments or sets had been repaired, who had touched the sets during processing and where they had traveled before being used on a patient.
Tom Kerr of Pittsburgh will never forget the long-distance call from his elderly mother, who was in a hospital in the Cleveland area with a broken leg. She phoned her son, more than 100 miles away, because no one in the hospital was answering her call button. Mr. Kerr quickly called the hospital operator, tracked down the floor nurse and asked for someone to check on his mother.
In this Tuesday April 26, 2011 photo a medical worker stores blood units at the National Center for Hematology and Transfusion in Sofia. It's a grim reality for patients and families in Bulgaria, a struggling EU nation where donors are troublingly scarce, hospitals are strapped for funds and blood traders -- mainly Gypsy, or Roma, men -- are thriving.