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Predicting The Surgeons's Future

August 27, 2010 5:56 am | Comments

"I can predict the future. No, this doesn’t involve a crystal ball, Ouija board, or looking at the entrails of a freshly slaughtered surgical intern. My limited skill gives me a little insight into how general surgeons will be treated - and, more importantly, how they will respond to such treatment.

5 Steps For Proper Instrument Care

August 27, 2010 5:43 am | Steris Corporation | Comments

Richard Schule, director of clinical education, STERIS Corporation www.steris.com 1. Identify the original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and consult their instructions for use (IFU). According to FDA label requirements, the IFU provides the customer with cleaning and sterilization requirements.

Balancing A Surgeon’s Beliefs With The Needs Of The Practice

August 24, 2010 7:30 am | by Peter J Polack, MD, FACS | Comments

Not long ago, we interviewed a physician for possible partnership in our practice. After showing him around our town, some of us partners had dinner with him to discuss business. He was a quite pleasant fellow, well trained, and seemed to be a good ‘fit’ for our practice. As dessert was being served, he said he needed to get one more thing off his chest: he prays aloud in the operating room before starting each surgical case.

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Online Nurse Continuing Education Tool Sees Success

August 24, 2010 7:30 am | Comments

Kathy Carlson discusses how online continuing education programs such as Nursing CE Portal provides perioperative nurses affordable and accessible continuing education. Surgical Products: Can you provide some background on Nursing CE Portal? How did it start and how long has it been available? Carlson: It started out as a friend’s idea.

Instrument Care

August 23, 2010 6:18 am | by Ralph Basile, Jr., Vice President of Marketing, Healthmark Industries Company, Inc | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Comments

How can surgical professionals ensure they maximize the use of their surgical instruments with proper care? 1. Stringing instruments in decontam for more effective cleaning. By stringing the instruments with a wide stringer, the instrument, including the hinges, is completely open and exposed to water and cleaning solution in the instrument washer.

When Doctors Admit Their Mistakes

August 23, 2010 6:17 am | by Pauline W. Chen, M.D. | Comments

One afternoon, I overheard a nurse asking another physician how she was feeling. The physician, a young woman known throughout the hospital for her cheery disposition and sunny bedside manner, looked ashen. She smiled weakly in response and insisted that nothing was wrong. “She’s lying,” the nurse whispered to me as the doctor walked away.

Pancreas Envy

August 20, 2010 7:21 am | by Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS | Comments

I will never understand some surgeons’ fascination with the pancreas. What happened to them in childhood that made them yearn for the approval of such a shallow organ? One of my colleague’s eyes light up like a Christmas tree at the mere mention of a pancreas.

Caring For Your Instruments

August 20, 2010 7:21 am | by Gary Jordan, President, Medisafe America | Medisafe America Llc | Comments

How can surgical professionals ensure they maximize the use of their surgical instruments with proper care? August 20, 2010 As recently indicated in ST79:2006/A2:2009; “The written recommendations of the device manufacturer should always be followed.  The reusable medical device manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that the device can be effectively cleaned and sterilized.

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Law Requires Hospitals To Inform Breast Cancer Patients Of Reconstruction Options

August 18, 2010 7:11 am | Comments

While breast reconstruction after a mastectomy is covered by insurers in New York, many poor, minority, and less educated women do not seek out the procedure. Now, NY Gov. David A. Paterson has signed into law a bill that is aimed at reversing this trend. "A disproportionate number of women who are at a socioeconomic disadvantage do not get breast reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy for one of several reasons.

Consider The Family’s Perspective In The Treatment Plan

August 18, 2010 7:10 am | by John Trahanas | Comments

She was not my patient. Actually, she was nobody’s patient, she was just a wife; she was “the family.” She was a rough, stern looking woman, and with good reason as she had weathered many difficult times. Her husband had been severely demented for many years; however, it was only in the past few months that he required such intensive inpatient care.

Maximize The Use Of Your Instruments

August 17, 2010 7:57 am | by Dan Cusack, Superior Surgical, LLC | Comments

Maximizing the use of surgical instruments and ensuring many years of productive and satisfactory performance starts with caring for your instruments. New Instruments - Newly purchased instruments must be cleaned, lubricated and autoclaved immediately before use. Proper Use - Instruments are designed for a specific purpose and should be used only for that purpose Water and Stainless Steel - Tap water contains minerals that can cause staining.

Doctors Need To Become Whistleblowers After Medical Error

August 17, 2010 7:55 am | by Martin Young, MBChB, FCS(SA) | Comments

Perhaps the most important principle in practicing medicine, drummed into medical students and junior doctors time and time again, is to do no harm.  Our medical interventions and treatments can be given either too early, too late, or inappropriately, with sometimes terrible and tragic results.

Human Patient Simulation Center Facilitates Medical Device Development

August 16, 2010 8:08 am | Comments

Designing and developing medical devices is a challenging business, and as America’s health care system evolves, Battelle creators are busy innovating new products. But the hurdles of the industry get higher all the time. That’s why Battelle turns to a hometown neighbor to get the process started easily.

Alarm Fatigue Can Cause Mistakes And Harm Patients

August 16, 2010 8:07 am | by Kevin Pho, MD | Comments

The hospital is never a quiet place. Walk through the wards on a typical day, and you’ll hear a cacophony of alarms, bells, and other tones coming from both computers and medical equipment. American Medical News recently discussed so-called “alarm fatigue.”  They cite a study showing find that “16,934 alarms sounded in [a medical] unit during an 18-day period.

How Good Are Foreign-Trained Doctors?

August 13, 2010 7:17 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

One night during my training, over dinner in the hospital cafeteria, a fellow resident and I had a discussion about the situation of one of our professors. Known for his blistering teaching sessions, this senior surgeon possessed the uncanny ability to sniff out lapses in memory or judgment among doctors-in-training.

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