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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 .


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.

It's Time

April 13, 2011 6:42 am | by Jeffrey Parks, MD, | Comments

I was asked to see a 95 year old lady with severe abdominal pain a few weeks ago. She had been admitted to the hospital with complaints of fatigue and chest palpitations. Suddenly one morning she developed severe, sharp abdominal pain. Her heart was racing in the 130's. The Xray technicians were just leaving her room when I arrived.

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.


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