One of my favorite patients died last week. My reaction to this was not quite what you would think: I smiled. No, I didn't smile because of his death; I smiled because of his life. I smiled because I got to be a part of that life. His death wasn't his tragic end, it was the exclamation point to his life.
The march is on across the American healthcare landscape to implement electronic health records that also function as decision-support systems. These “advanced” electronic health records will both provide centralized records and assist providers in making care decisions such as implementing therapy and utilizing evidence-based practice on the individual patient level.
A few weeks ago Apple announced an event to be scheduled on January 27th, at 10am. The invitation read, “Come see our latest creation.” Most of the tech community has all but assumed this event will be used to launch the much anticipated and hyped Apple tablet. The hype machine has reached fever pitch, with analysts and bloggers salivating at how this Apple product will "revolutionize" the Tablet platform, similar to what the iPhone did for the mobile phone.
Early this year, TransEnterix plans to launch its SPIDER™ Surgical System, a completely new and innovative platform to facilitate minimally invasive surgery in the OR. In an exclusive interview, Surgical Products talked with Todd M. Pope, CEO of TransEnterix about the development of this technology and how the company is looking to create a ‘new class of surgery’ as procedures continue to become less invasive.
When a reader responded to Dr. Zoe Kiren Deol’s column in Monday’s First Cuts e-newsletter it sparked her to write another column in response. I think you did a great job explaining your thoughts on medicine today. I am a general surgeon in my 35th yr of practice and trying to decide when to retire.
Not long ago, a friend confessed that her son, who spends much of his free time volunteering at a children’s hospital and who is applying to medical school, has been particularly anxious about his future. “His test scores are just O.K.,” my friend said, the despair in her voice nearly palpable.
Dr. Shawn M. Garber, MD, FACS, is the Director of the Long Island Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery and New York Bariatric Group in New Hyde Park, NY. He also works as Chief of Bariatric Surgery and Chief of Mid-Level Practitioners at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, NY.
By Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS Back in the day (oh how I hate the fact that I am old enough to say that!), there was one question that never entered my mind as I made my way through medical school. That question was, “Do I want to practice medicine?” Today, it is a different story.
Surgical gowns and drapes are crucial materials to maintaining infection control practices and keeping surgical patients and staff safe. Choosing the right materials for your facility is important in terms of budget and safety. In the January/February issue of Surgical Products , we asked manufacturers of these materials: What are the top three considerations surgical professionals should make when purchasing surgical gowns and drapes? Here Jay Hexamer, General Manager of Global Medical Supplies for Kimberly-Clark Health Care answers that question.
I have been asked this question many times over the past 20 years. Many who asked the question thought I would have an immediate answer. This is a fair expectation due to my career as a head and neck surgeon and in my teaching role at a well known university.
Last month I reported on the defense verdict in the case of a Bellingham woman left with brain damage as a result of a surgical complication. The case bothers me, and for the past few weeks I’ve been asking myself “Isn’t there a better way?” Medicine is not a perfect science nor is the human body a perfect organism.
by Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS This morning, I am sitting in front of my computer, drinking my coffee, and chatting with a good friend from my surgical residency days named Chris. Chris is helping me with a humanitarian project that I am currently working on. I am designing solar and wind powered units that can run a small surgical clinic in a remote area, or in areas of disaster relief.
As purchasing professionals are faced increasing pressures to buy the lowest priced products, yet maintain high-quality, making the right purchasing choice for surgical gowns and drapes is especially important. These materials are crucial to maintaining infection control practices and keeping surgical patients and staff safe.
The argument that you need the "laying on of hands" to practice medicine is an old and tired argument that simply has no credibility … - Rashid Bashshur, PhD, Director of the University of Michigan Telemedicine Center The family legend goes like this: When my grandfather’s tonsils became infected yet again, the doctor rode out to the farm in his horse-drawn carriage toting his surgical instrument set.
A prospective, randomized trial shows significantly better patient outcomes in selected surgical procedures within 30 days wen ChloraPrep is used preoperatively, compared to Povidone-iodine. January 12, 2010 Data published in January 2010 in The New England Journal of Medicine demonstrates that use of CareFusion’s patient preoperative skin preparation ChloraPrep® (2 percent chlorhexidine gluconate and 70 percent isopropyl alcohol) reduced total surgical site infections (SSIs) by 41 percent, from 16.