“Are you giving up on me?” My patient looks at me severely. “There must be other treatment options! Aren’t there some experimental drugs out there? I have beaten this cancer twice before. Are you saying that I can’t beat it again?” No one can ever know with absolute certainty whether my patient's newly recurrent cancer might miraculously disappear with one more treatment.
Within days of being accepted into medical school, I started getting asked for medical advice. Even my closest friends, who should have known better, got in on the action. “Should I take vitamins?” “What do you think of this diet?” “Is yogurt good for me or not?” Each and every time someone posed such a query, I became immediately cognizant of one thing: the big blank space in my brain.
Videoconferences may be known for putting people to sleep, but never like this. Dr. Thomas Hemmerling and his team of McGill’s Department of Anesthesia achieved a world first on August 30, 2010, when they treated patients undergoing thyroid gland surgery in Italy remotely from Montreal.
Nearly one-third of Americans have experienced a Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI) or have a friend or relative who contracted one, according to a new survey from Xenex Healthcare. HAIs (such as C. diff, MRSA, staph infections and pneumonia) are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and while hospitals have stepped up efforts to prevent these deadly infections, more needs to be done.
Obese women who have bariatric surgical procedures before pregnancy were three times less likely to develop gestational diabetes (GDM) than women who have bariatric operations after delivery, according to new research findings published in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons .
It’s been more than a decade since the seminal report “To Err is Human” by the Institute of Medicine. The report made waves when it estimated that 1.5 million people are affected by medical errors and that nearly 100,000 die annually as a result of medical errors. Some of those numbers have been debated, but there is no doubt that medical error is a significant issue in medicine that needs to be addressed.
The patient, in her late 50s with failing kidneys, had come to the hospital for what she and her doctors thought would be a simple procedure preparing her for dialysis. But instead of returning home the next day, the woman ended up in the hospital for nearly half of my internship. Her procedure went awry, she landed in the intensive care unit, and over the course of the next six months she returned at least a dozen more times to the operating room, all failed attempts to right what had gone so terribly wrong.
Dr. Neal Sikka, an Emergency Medicine physician at George Washington University, has a six-month study underway examining how accurately Emergency Medicine practitioners at George Washington University Hospital can diagnose wounds from patient generated cell phone images. Sikka told the Washington Post that it’s currently the largest (mobile health) study to look at acute wound care.
First, let me disclose to anyone who doesn't know me that if you cut me open, I bleed green and gold and cheese for the Green Bay Packers. Because of this, and not despite this, I have remained one of Brett Favre's biggest fans through the good times and the bad. I wish the best for him personally.
What if patients could walk into the pharmacy and get a self diagnostic test for conditions that currently require clinical laboratory testing? Or what if patients could get a an instant test result relative to their post-surgical condition after being treated for cardiac disease or breast cancer? Cambridge Consultants, a product development firm, has reportedly launched the technology for enabling a new generation of high-sensitivity, rapid diagnostic tests that can be self-administered in “near-patient” settings either in conjunction with medical professionals’ guidance, or at home.
Healthcare workers throughout the country daily face the growing pains of the transition from paper charts to electronic medical systems. Not only are there frustrations within each system, every hospital seems to have selected a different EMR. When I was a medical student at UCSD, I was exposed to four separate EMR’s (Epic, PCIS, CPRS, Centricity) during my rotations at various San Diego hospitals.
Hearing loss. Blurry vision. Repetitive Strain Injury. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. One might think these injuries were referencing the long-term effects of a career in manufacturing or construction. However, the reality is that these conditions, which could also be referred to as iPod ear, texting tendonitis or Blackberry wrist, are the results of increased mobile device use.
Orthopedic surgeons who have an ownership interest in a specialty hospital or ambulatory surgery center are more likely to schedule patients for procedures, a study published in the August issue of Archives of Surgery showed. Patients of these doctor-owners were significantly more likely to have carpal tunnel surgery, rotator cuff repair or arthroscopic knee surgery than patients whose physicians didn't have an ownership interest in an outpatient facility, according to Jean M.
Earlier this summer a friend revealed that for the last nine years she has been a patient in a concierge, or boutique, primary care practice. For $350 each month, she is guaranteed around-the-clock access to her doctor, appointments within 24 hours of calling, longer office visits and the kind of personalized attention and care coordination she felt was missing with all her previous doctors.
I got a flat tire this weekend. There were clues that I chose to ignore – the alignment going out suddenly, the steering wheel jiggling when I drove – but the sudden thwacking sound as I sped down I-20 was a clue I couldn't ignore. I pulled off, then unknowingly stood in a fire ant bed while I changed my tire.