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Surgical Error: The Difference Between Mistake And Complication

March 7, 2011 4:04 am | by Martin Young, MBChB, FCS(SA) | Comments

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.

Achieving Barrier Protection

March 4, 2011 5:20 am | by Kathleen Stoessel, RN, BSN, MS, Senior Manager in Clinical Education at Kimberly Clark Healthcare | Kimberly-Clark Health Care | Comments

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.

The Doctor Who Knew Too Much

March 4, 2011 5:20 am | by Peter B. Bach, MD | Comments

“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.


PHOTOS OF THE DAY: Liver Transplants

March 2, 2011 5:09 am | Comments

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.

The Sign

March 2, 2011 5:06 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Comments

“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.

Gastric Bypass Is Not A Shortcut To Treat Obesity

March 1, 2011 4:21 am | by Michael Kirsch, MD | Comments

Bringing The Promise Of Networking To Minimally Invasive Surgery

March 1, 2011 4:19 am | Pointe Conception Medical | Comments

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.


The Crude Therapy

February 28, 2011 5:48 am | Comments

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.


Controlling A Computer With Thoughts

February 28, 2011 5:47 am | by University of Pittsburgh | Comments

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.

Feeding The Nurses

February 25, 2011 6:35 am | by Theresa Brown, RN | Comments

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.

The Devil Is In The Details

February 25, 2011 6:34 am | by David Mantey, editor PD&D | Comments

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.

Improving Doctor-Patient Communication

February 23, 2011 4:53 am | by Paul Dorio, MD | Comments

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.

Photos of the Day: Awake Brain Surgery

February 23, 2011 4:50 am | Comments

Chris Taber of Pedestal TV specializes in programm production using Polecam portable long-reach camera systems. He recently spent a day filming at Southampton General Hospital in England for the television show 'Surgery Live'.  Chris supplied and operated one of two Polecam rigs in the operating theater to explain the techniques used in 'awake brain surgery'.

Build It, Break It and Fix It

February 23, 2011 4:48 am | by Kim Ukura, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

"My experience is that engineers go into the medical field because they want to really make a positive difference to improve patient care, just like physicians," says Rich Mueller, chief technology officer for TransEnterix. The general surgery market hasn’t seen many market-disruptive technologies recently, and Rich Mueller wants to change that.


Should Medical Students Be Liable For Malpractice?

February 22, 2011 5:18 am | by Kevin Pho, MD | Comments

Should medical students receive immunity from malpractice liability? That’s an interesting question that’s raised in a bill from Arizona. According to the Arizona Daily Sun , State lawmakers are moving to keep patients injured by medical students from being able to sue them .


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