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Emergency Physicians Frequently Interrupted

May 17, 2010 6:56 am | by Grunt Doc | Comments

via CNN, an Australian study on interruptions in the ED: (CNN) – Interruptions in the emergency room may exact an unhealthy toll on patient care, a group of Australian researchers reported Thursday. The researchers, from the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, found that interruptions led emergency department doctors to spend less time on the tasks they were working on and, in nearly a fifth of cases, to give up on the task altogether.

Purchasing For The Future

May 17, 2010 6:55 am | by Response by Kyle Rudolph, Sr. Product Manager, Booms, Skytron | Skytron | Comments

Surgical Products asks manufacturers of equipment booms: What should surgical professionals consider of when purchasing equipment booms to ensure their OR is adaptable for future upgrades and updates? May 17, 2010 Booms play an important role in delivering many critical services to the Operating Room and more importantly supporting the surgical team.

Secrets Of Nursing: We've All Killed Somebody, Except When We Haven’t

May 14, 2010 7:18 am | by Head Nurse | Comments

  Every nurse fears killing someone. New nurses fear it the most, because they don't understand the safeguards in place to keep it from happening. Older nurses, if you get 'em liquored up and they trust you enough, will certainly have a story about something that seemed...off, that they didn't catch in time, and that led to a patient's death.

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TIMEOUT, Or Just A Waste Of Time?

May 12, 2010 8:19 am | by Stephen Lober, MD and Sean Berry, CNOR | Comments

Dr. Stephen Lober The surgical TIMEOUT is now a standard component of the Universal Protocol for the prevention of wrong-site surgeries.  In theory, it represents the last firewall between the patient and an untoward surgical mishap, acting as a final confirmation amongst the entire surgical team regarding what is about to transpire surgically.

Can Cancer Be Overdiagnosed?

May 11, 2010 7:40 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Comments

The patient returned to my clinic several years after her original thyroid cancer surgery. “The cancer blood test never went completely back to zero,” she told me. “We knew there was cancer in there somewhere. Finally, the new ultrasound machine found it! I guess it is time for more surgery!”  I guess.

Facility Improves On-Time Surgeries In 30 Days

May 10, 2010 7:06 am | Picis | Comments

Lahey Clinic Medical Center, located in Massachusetts, consists of a 328-bed academic medical center and ambulatory surgery center. Picis CareSuite high-acuity solutions have been used at these locations beginning with OR Manager in 2003, Extelligence and SmarTrack in 2004 and 2007, and Picis Perioperative Dashboard in 2008.

What You Don't Want To Think To Yourself Upon Entering A Room

May 10, 2010 6:59 am | by Head Nurse | Comments

"Hm. Where's all that blood coming from?" You especially don't want that to be your first thought when your patient is intubated and ventilated and Dipped and generally not terribly responsive. Moreover, you don't want that to be your first thought, because your second thought will invariably be, "Gosh.

Jumping The Gun 

May 7, 2010 7:36 am | Comments

By: Todd Neale, MedPage Today   I recently got back from the annual meeting of the American Society of Hypertension, where I witnessed a prime example of "getting ahead of yourself." In a press conference Monday discussing the next morning's late-breaking clinical trials session to close out the meeting, we heard preliminary results from a pivotal trial of the Rheos Baroreflex Activation Therapy system, which is being developed by CVRx for treating resistant hypertension.

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The Odor

May 5, 2010 8:17 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Comments

Thoughts of my first job rushed back into me as I pulled open the front door of the veterinary clinic. My son carried his sick cat past me and headed to the receptionist’s desk. I took a breath. “Oh my goodness,” I thought. “This place smells just like the animal hospital back home.

Defensive Medicine Worsens Patient Care And Raises Costs

May 4, 2010 7:51 am | by Roy Benaroch, MD | Comments

Health care in the United States costs too much, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change. Recent health care reform legislation doesn’t take any meaningful steps towards reducing or controlling costs. In fact, it explicitly forbids states from trying to curtail the costs of malpractice litigation in any way that would reduce lawyers’ fees.

Fueling The Anger Of Doctors

May 3, 2010 7:00 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

At a recent social gathering, a doctor friend who has been in private practice for almost 15 years revealed something that caused one physician to nearly choke on her drink, another to gasp in disbelief and the rest of us to stop what we were doing and gawk as if he had committed some grave social faux pas.

Top Hospital Ranking Doesn’t Mean The Best Medical Care

April 30, 2010 7:19 am | Comments

Hospital rankings matter. Specifically, those published in the US News & World Report carry additional weight. Hospitals use these numbers in advertising campaigns, and patients often choose hospitals based on these rankings. But does a high place really mean you’re getting better care? Not necessarily.

An Unforeseen Complication Of Electronic Medical Records

April 27, 2010 7:27 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

One afternoon several years ago, I found myself faced with an unexpected challenge while seeing patients in clinic. The hospital had just put in effect an electronic medical records system, or EMR, and along with the dozens of shiny new computer terminals installed in nursing stations on every ward came the promise of fewer missing charts, streamlined information and efficient work-flow patterns for all.

To Sleep Or Not To Sleep?

April 27, 2010 7:20 am | Comments

Algorithms manage sleeping patterns of astronauts, shift worker schedules. April 27, 2010 Shifting work schedules can wreak havoc on a person's ability to get enough sleep, resulting in poor performance on the job. Researchers funded by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) have developed software that uses mathematical models to help astronauts and ground support personnel better adjust to shifting work and sleep schedules.

Two Worlds Collide

April 26, 2010 6:36 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Comments

“ There’s a consult downstairs, Campbell. Go check it out and I’ll catch up with you later.”   “Sure, OK.” I was a third-year medical student fumbling through my first clinical rotations. The resident headed off to whatever he needed to accomplish and I trotted down the back stairwell.

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