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Designed For Nuclear Meltdown

April 13, 2011 6:42 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Comments

A unique material tries to find its way into the hands of the brave rescue workers fighting to prevent Japan’s nuclear crisis. April 13, 2011 Exposure to ionizing radiation is believed to be dangerous for humans. The rays or particles can damage human tissue based on the exposure; typically, the more radiation, the more damage.


General Surgery, Acute Care Surgery & The Surgical Hospitalist

April 12, 2011 5:45 am | by Skeptical Scalpel, MD | Comments

As medicine adapts to the 21st century, new specialties arise. General surgery is seeing two new fields emerge. One is “Acute Care Surgery,” which encompasses three facets of general surgery—emergency surgery, critical care and trauma care. The other is the concept of a surgical hospitalist.

Hybrid Design

April 11, 2011 5:53 am | by Amanda Hankel | Comments

St. Joseph Hospital focused on universal use when choosing the imaging equipment for its hybrid suite. While every facility’s experience building a hybrid OR will be unique to them, learning from others who have completed their project, or are in the midst of it, can help facilitate the process.


The Doctors' Dining Room

April 11, 2011 5:52 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Comments

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. (attributed) - Pericles     Before I went to medical school, I worked as an orderly in a private hospital. It was not glamorous work, but I loved the people.

Brain-Controlled Prosthetic Arm

April 8, 2011 6:06 am | Comments

Ryerson biomedical engineering students Michal Prywata and Thiago Caires' prosthetic arm is controlled by brain signals, which is a first in medical prosthetics. Two Ryerson University undergraduate biomedical engineering students are changing the world of medical prosthetics with a newly developed prosthetic arm that is controlled by brain signals.

Is A Well-Rested Doctor A Better Doctor?

April 8, 2011 6:02 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

Recently, I saw a young friend who is training to be a surgeon. Extremely bright and the recipient of numerous medical school awards for her work with patients, she had been anxious as a student about the grueling hours she would face once she began working as a junior surgeon on the wards. Now she was laughing over those old fears.

Selecting And Wearing The Proper Face Mask

April 5, 2011 6:28 am | by Scott Harrison | Comments

An estimated 500,000 health care workers are exposed to electrosurgical, or laser smoke, annually1, also subjecting them to the toxic gases, vapors, bioaerosols and viruses that have been found within it. Considering the hazards of surgical smoke, it is hard to ignore the importance of wearing proper facial protection.


Doctors Who Want A Life

April 5, 2011 5:51 am | Comments

The Rise Of Desktop Medicine

April 4, 2011 5:57 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

Recently, a colleague lamented a change she had noticed among the young doctors at her hospital. “They are always in front of the hospital computers,” she said. “I never see them with patients, but I can always find them sitting at a terminal.” She paused for a moment, then added uncomfortably: “These days I probably spend as much time looking at the office computer as I do looking at patients.

More Transplant Organs When ICU Docs Help Care For Brain Dead Donors

April 4, 2011 5:56 am | Comments

More than twice as many lungs and nearly 50 percent more kidneys could be recovered for transplant operations if intensive care physicians were to work with organ procurement organization (OPO) coordinators to monitor and manage donor bodies after brain death has occurred, according to an analysis by UPMC and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine physicians that is now in the online version of the American Journal of Transplantation.

The Graveyard

April 1, 2011 6:59 am | Comments

I remember being told by a surgeon, while I was in medical school, that "you're not a real doctor until you've killed someone." I thought at the time (and still think) that there was a puerile bravado behind that admonition, but there is also a grain of truth. I have my own graveyard. Curiously, not all of its inhabitants are dead.

Tissue Implants In Spine Surgery

March 29, 2011 1:57 pm | by Paul R. Jeffords, MD, Co-Medical Director, Resurgens Spine Center, Resurgens Orthopaedics | Comments

When a surgeon is considering an implant, whether it be a synthetic implant or allograft tissue – transplant tissue from another human – there are multiple factors that the surgeon has to consider. The first and foremost is: What is the reason that the surgeon is using the implant? What goals does the surgeon want to achieve with implant of that particular material? For instance, if the surgeon is putting metal screws and rods into somebody’s back, , the question is, what is the benefit that screw and rod? What is it going to achieve for that patient? In the case of spine surgery, oftentimes, that means you’re restoring stability to the spine.

Hit By The Reality Of Cancer Treatment

March 29, 2011 1:54 pm | by Peter B. Bach, MD | Comments

Months into Ruth’s treatment for breast cancer, after she had completed her chemotherapy, she needed a break. So did I. We cobbled together our airline miles and made plans for a short break in the Caribbean. One long flight and then a change to a 10-seater and up in the air again. The small plane was hot and Ruth took off her Courtney Love travel wig.

Doctor Designs OR Cart: An Unusual Success Story

March 29, 2011 1:51 pm | The Harloff Company, Inc. | Comments

All Mark Rockoff, MD, wanted was an operating room cart that could safely transport and discard the needles and tubes he inserted before surgery, hereby eliminating the current inefficient system in every operating room for putting catheters into patients.  At the time, the needles and supplies were individually carried to each patient’s bedside, used to set up the lines for IV fluids and medications and arterial monitoring, then carried away again for proper disposal.

Surgical Buy-In When Discussing Informed Consent

March 29, 2011 8:02 am | by Jeffrey Parks, MD | Comments

Pauline Chen had a post in the New York Times recently about surgical informed consent . Informed consent is an important part of the surgeon/patient communication transaction. Surgeon reviews the proposed operation, the rationale behind it, and the possible complications. For example— a patient comes in with biliary colic.


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