When D., a woman in her mid-30s, learned that she was dying from complications of AIDS, she fully expected that her life would end in much the same way it had been lived: homeless, alone and among strangers. If it hadn’t been for Dr. Jason K. Alexander, a medical student at the time, she might have been right.
I’m a doctor. We get all the glory. And credit. And guess what? We only deserve part of it. I started out in medicine in the mid-80’s, volunteering at an ER. And the biggest shock to me was learning how much of what happens in a hospital is nurse territory. Doctors will see you anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes a day, depending on how sick you are.
The TLEMsafe model can be personalized for individual patients and surgeon can use it to enhance their preparations for surgery. June 4, 2010 Researchers from the University of Twente's MIRA research institute, UMC St Radboud and various other institutions have developed a highly detailed computer model of the musculoskeletal system of the lower half of the human body.
Surgical site infections (SSIs), and the human and monetary costs associated with these events, is a top concern for facilities across the country. While it’s important that a facility follows best practice approaches to infection prevention throughout the perioperative process, ensuring all efforts are made in the preoperative preparation period to prevent infection can help start every surgical case off on the right foot.
One afternoon during my surgical training, I received a call from an intern, a first-year doctor-in-training; she wanted me to place a central line, a specialized catheter inserted in a major vein for intravenous access. Because of the patient’s previous procedures, I would have to put his line in the subclavian vein, a vessel that courses along the top of the chest, precariously close to the lungs.
Today, surgical departments face increasing pressure to say compliant with instrument processing standards set forth by major accreditation agencies. Often, facilities need to buy more instruments to meet these standards, yet are challenged by budget constraints, lack of support from their surgical instrument providers and increasingly complex instruments.
I saw the note on the patient's chart before I opened the door: "patient is upset that he had to come in." I opened the door and was greeted by a gentleman with his arms crossed tightly across his chest and a stern expression. I barely recognized him, having only seen him a handful of times over the past few years.
What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing equipment booms to ensure their OR is adaptable for future upgrades and updates? May 31, 2010 A boom (Ceiling Service Unit) is one of the most critical component during OR renovation or new construction project.
We as doctors and patients as well as medicine as a whole have evolved over time. What used to be a simple conversation of between a doctor and a patient has turned into a melee of medical issues, legal issues, insurance and financial issues and not to mention the complicated ICD 9 and CPT code system.
What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing equipment booms to ensure their OR is adaptable for future upgrades and updates? May 28, 2010 When purchasing a boom, one of the main considerations should be the layout of the operating room and the best placement of the boom, in order to handle all the cases that will be done in that room for the perceivable future.
Recently, TYRX, Inc. announced that it received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance to market AIGISRx® ST, an antibacterial product for the surgical repair of damaged or ruptured soft tissue. Surgical Products spoke with Daniel Lerner, MD, a cardiologist and chief medical officer at the company about the new development, and why it works to help surgeons and surgical staff in their fight against hospital-acquired infection (HAI).
My closest connection to the world of design and development is my dad – an electrical engineer who now works designing the chips that go inside pacemakers and heart defibrillators. Whenever I’m home I’ll ask him about how his latest project is going, if he has any new patents pending, or if I’d recognize any of the stuff he’s working on.
Health care in the United States is struggling to redefine itself. We have been spending twice what other countries spend on health care, yet our citizens are less healthy. We now have legislation to create more or less universal insurance coverage, and we are about to embark on a technology-driven quest for quality and uniformity.
What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing equipment booms, to ensure their OR is adaptable for future upgrades and updates? May 25, 2010 To ensure that an equipment boom purchase will meet all future clinical needs: 1. Communicate with all stakeholders during the project planning stage.