As a medical student and later during my residency, I trained for some time in a medical center known for its research and clinical trials. Every week, patients with rare diseases and cancers that had not responded to standard therapy arrived from all over the country, eager to try something new, even if the efficacy of the treatments had not yet been proven.
This new microcamera is no larger than coarsely ground salt, which is why it fits perfectly into the tip of the endoscope. (© Awaiba GmbH) There have been medical gloves and shavers for one-timeuse for a long time. In the future, there will also be disposable endoscopes for minimally invasive operations on the human body.
One of the benefits, or aberrations, depending on your point of view, of the fee-for-service model is that we surgeons are remunerated for correcting our mistakes and complications. At first glance this seems wrong. But perspectives differ, and when a doctor has to deal with serious, undeserved complications and is self-employed he deserves to be compensated adequately.
When choosing barrier fabrics such as surgical gowns and drapes for the OR, protection, safety and comfort are three key considerations. 1. Protection. Perioperative personnel need to be protected from splash, splatter, and the transfer of infectious pathogens via blood and body fluids.
“You know more than you should.” It was Saturday, three days after the surgeon’s gentle but unmistakable pronouncement that my wife, Ruth, had breast cancer. I was on the phone with a longtime colleague who was trying to talk me out of my gloomy mood. He reminded me that as a physician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York who only takes care of patients admitted to the hospital, I often see only those who are critically ill.
In this photo taken Feb. 12, 2011, Matthew Rosiello, 21, is aided by his mother Randy as she checks his surgically placed catheter at their home in New York. Matthew is waiting for a liver transplant and is connected to port-a cath throughout the day. Soon after telling him it was time for a liver transplant, doctors gave Matthew more tough news: he wasn't likely to get one any time soon in his home state of New York.
“Give, give, give — what is the point of having experience, knowledge, or talent if I don’t give it away? Of having stories if I don’t tell them to others? … It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world, and with the divine.” - Isabel Allende My office is not unusual.
With the rise of minimally invasive surgery, imaging in the OR has become increasingly important. Furthermore, the ability for facilities to manage the image data captured is crucial. To meet this need, Pointe Conception Medical (PC Medical) in Santa Barbara, CA, has developed the EndoHub™ Hardware and EndoPresence™ Software Suites.
Are Doctors Too Quick to Cut? Does the American medical culture rely too heavily on surgical treatments? Susan Love is president of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and clinical professor of surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.
New technology may one day help patients control assistive devices with their thoughts. Photo Credit: University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have been awarded funding for two projects that will place brain-computer interfaces (BCI) in patients with spinal cord injuries to test if it is possible for them to control external devices, such as a computer cursor or a prosthetic limb, with their thoughts.
I joke that nurses will do anything for food. Good food, bad food, healthy food, junk food — we’re not particular. Patients must understand that too, because they constantly bring us food.
With a growing amputee population, two firms partner to design artificial limbs that use vacuum pumps to increase circulation, comfort, and quality of life. February 25, 2011 A new system for prosthetics eliminates excess motion and, since the vacuum pressure is high enough, converts perspiration from the socket to a vapor that seeps out through the pump back into the atmosphere—curing another ailment of the below-knee amputee community.
When I was a medical student on my first clinical rotation, obstetrics, I was criticized for not using enough medical jargon when I spoke to the patients. I took that criticism as a compliment and have always attempted to speak clearly and without too much “inflation” of my terms.