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How Family Affects Surgery Decisions

April 29, 2011 6:30 am | Comments

“Treat your patients as you would your own loved ones,” is advice taught throughout training in health care. Great advice. I use it constantly. Mr. Davis is dying of multiple organ failure in the ICU after exploratory abdominal surgery. His siblings and children trickle in from Florida and Montana.

Going From Blue To Green

April 29, 2011 6:30 am | Comments

By using sterilization containers instead of blue wrap, Winfield and her staff were able to reduce costs and environmental impact. When Kathleen Winfield became sterile processing manager at Lexington Medical Center in June of 2008, she felt inspired by several factors to ‘go green’ in her department.

The Exhaustion Of Emergency Physicians

April 27, 2011 6:44 am | by Jessica Freedman, MD | Comments

When I advise students about how to choose a specialty, I suggest that they seek out advice from physicians who are at least 10 years out of residency and leading the type of life they hope to have in the future. It is difficult, and perhaps impossible, to anticipate  in your late 20s or early 30s what practicing a certain specialty will be like when you are 40, 50, or 60.

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The Right Thing

April 27, 2011 6:39 am | Comments

Whether it’s in-house washing, cleaning and sterilizing, or third-party reprocessing, there are options available for hospitals to be environmentally-conscious in their instrument care processes. by Amanda Hankel April 27, 2011 According to Cheryl Schwanke, Senior Marketing Manager at SterilMed, Inc.

Achieving Green With LEDs

April 26, 2011 6:43 am | by Jim Nelson, director of Sales and Marketing, Enova Illumination | Enova Illumination | Comments

LEDs are light emitting diodes, solid state semiconductors releasing electrical energy in the form of photons or light.  LEDs have become tremendously popular in the last 10 years providing illumination for a broad array of applications from auto tail-lights to surgical lighting.

LED Surgical Lights Work To Create Green Environment

April 25, 2011 7:29 am | by Harold Koltnow, Senior Product Manager for Surgical Lights, Skytron | Skytron | Comments

The introduction of LED surgical lights has not only improved the ability of the surgeon to visualize the patient, but has also contributed to a cleaner, greener environment. First, and possibly most important to the OR staff, is that there are no bulbs to replace. Most halogen lights need replacement bulbs several times each year, wasting materials, time and money.

A Medical Malpractice System To Reduce Errors, Improve Quality

April 25, 2011 7:27 am | by Kevin Pho, MD | Comments

The Affordable Care Act does very little to reform the medical malpractice system. It only allocates $50 million to various pilot projects around the country.

Far From Home

April 22, 2011 5:54 am | Comments

When I hear somebody sigh, "Life is hard," I am always tempted to ask, "Compared to what?" - Sydney J. Harris     I recently was privileged to hear Dr. Claire Wendland describe two groups of medical trainees.   The first was a group of medical students from the United States spending time in the sub-Saharan African country of Malawi .

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Doctor Reprimanded After Patient Privacy Breached On Facebook

April 20, 2011 6:44 am | by Kevin Pho, MD | Comments

Patient privacy and social media use in health care often go together when reported in mainstream media. When physician blogs were a relatively new phenomenon several years ago, the majority of the media coverage focused on edge cases, where doctors inadvertently revealed patient information. Only a minority of the headlines focused on the positive aspects, such as how social media could, and should, be used to guide patients to better sources of health information .

Automating Matters Of The Heart: The LUCAS CPR Machine

April 20, 2011 6:41 am | by Matthew Morris-Cook | Comments

In our technologically oversaturated age, the plea for a more “human touch” has an almost nostalgic overtone. Be it wrinkled, flabby, feeble, or with a vague aroma of pharmaceuticals, most of us would prefer a hug from our grandma over even the most sophisticated, designed-for-optimal-embrace HugBot; yet, if grandma doesn’t get the hug quite right, or is a little too tired to give a good squeeze, we are rarely in danger of taking a stroll down a long tunnel of light.

Sexism & Surgery: A Surgical Leader Falters

April 19, 2011 6:20 am | by Skeptical Scalpel, MD | Comments

A well-known academic surgeon was “hoist with his own petard” via an unusual commentary he wrote in his capacity as editor of Surgery News, the official newspaper of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Lazar Greenfield, Emeritus Professor of Surgery at the University of Michigan and inventor of the Greenfield filter, a device used for prevention of pulmonary embolus (clots traveling to the lungs), was forced to resign his position as editor and also as president-elect of the ACS.

Sexism Charges Divide Surgeons’ Group

April 19, 2011 5:39 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

A Valentine’s Day editorial in the official newspaper of the American College of Surgeons has set off a firestorm of controversy that has divided the largest professional organization of surgeons in the country and raised questions about the current leadership and its attitudes toward women and gay and lesbian members.

Can Doctors Learn Surgical Skills On YouTube & Facebook?

April 18, 2011 6:05 am | by Martin Young, MBChB, FCS(SA) | Comments

I am a self-taught bass guitarist in a church band, and, to be honest, it sometimes shows. I know I need to improve my skills, but time commitments make formal lessons difficult. So two days ago I opened up YouTube and entered “bass guitar lessons” into the search box. 19,000 hits registered.

Introducing The First Intubation Robot

April 18, 2011 6:05 am | Comments

McSleepy developer uses "KIS" to increase precision and safety of intubation April 18, 2011 First there was McSleepy™. Now it’s time to introduce the first intubation robot operated by remote control. This robotic system named The Kepler Intubation System (KIS), and developed by Dr.

What ‘Big Medicine’ Means For Doctors And Patients

April 15, 2011 6:31 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

A colleague described a recent meeting at his hospital by saying that five years ago, most of the physicians in the room had been like him, independent owners of small group practices. Now a majority were employees of the hospital. “I’m a dying breed,” he said, “and it’s getting harder to survive.

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