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Outside The Comfort Zone

February 12, 2010 6:22 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Comments

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing. -GB Shaw After over twenty years working as a head and neck cancer surgeon, much of what I do has become routine. Even the operations that once kept me awake at night or the procedures that required a trip to the library are just part of a day’s work.

Purchasing Surgical Mobility Equipment

February 9, 2010 12:25 pm | HoverTech International | Comments

Considering purchasing new equipment for your OR related to surgical mobility? Patient transport and transfer products, as well as mobile surgical equipment such as carts, need to be safe and efficient for your surgical staff and patients. So, we asked manufacturers of surgical mobility equipment: what should OR staff members consider when purchasing this equipment? Here, Katie Kramer, Marketing Communication Manager at HoverTech International offers her advice related to surgical patient transfer equipment.

When The Patient Can’t Afford The Care

February 8, 2010 1:24 pm | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

During my training, I took care of a man in his 50s with a devastating surgical complication: His abdominal incision had split open a week after an emergency operation. Even after we had taken him back to the operating room, sewn the deepest layer of his abdominal wall closed and treated the infection that had caused his wound to fall apart in the first place, he still had a three-inch long crevice along the middle of his belly.

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Exclusive: Infection Prevention

February 8, 2010 5:02 am | by Robert Edelstein, president, Millennium Surgical Corp. | Comments

How to achieve compliance to increasingly robust standards for improved patient safety, risk reduction and staff safety. February 8, 2010 The trend over the last five years has been a continued, dedicated effort to establishing standards and steps for improving patient safety.

Do You And Your Patient Speak The Same Language?

February 8, 2010 5:02 am | Comments

By Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS Most every physician I know has hilarious stories of doctor-patient encounters where the patient, when asked his or her medical history, had trouble conveying the name of a medication or procedure that they had taken or had undergone.  I distinctly remember my first such encounter with medical translation.

Risk Factors For Severe Adverse Outcomes In VHR

February 2, 2010 6:56 am | Comments

According to an abstract in the September 2009 issue of the supplement to the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, ventral hernia repair (VHR) has been identified as one of 10 general surgery procedures responsible for over half of complications and extended hospital stays. The researchers included Brook V Nelson MD, Fengming Tang MS, Philip Jones MS, John Spertus MD, MPH and Kimberly Brown MD, of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, St.

The Foreign Body That Didn’t Exist

February 2, 2010 6:55 am | by GruntDoc | Comments

Except, of course, that it did… A patient comes in with the entirely understandable complaint of “I have a fishbone lodged in my throat”. Came straight from dinner to the ED. When I ask a stupid question I’m given a stupid answer: “It feels like…a fishbone…”.

Where East Meets West In Modern Medicine

February 1, 2010 5:20 am | Comments

By Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS When my good friend, Amy, called to tell me that her new house in the Chicago suburbs had been broken into, I didn’t realize that was only half of the problem.  The other half was that she had also injured her neck and was losing sensation and strength in her right hand.

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Titan Looks To Take The Next Step In Robotic Surgery

February 1, 2010 5:19 am | by Interview by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Comments

Reiza Rayman, MD is the president of Tital Medical and holds a destinctive PhD in robotic surgery.. Reiza Rayman MD, is the president of Titan Medical and also holds a distinctive PhD in robotic surgery. This rare combination of knowledge and perspective has helped spearhead what may be the first significant competitor to Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci® surgical system.

Inspiring

January 29, 2010 8:00 am | by Dr. Rob, MedPage Today | Comments

One of my favorite patients died last week. My reaction to this was not quite what you would think: I smiled.  No, I didn't smile because of his death; I smiled because of his life.  I smiled because I got to be a part of that life.  His death wasn't his tragic end, it was the exclamation point to his life.

Electronic Health Records And Liability: What Happens When The System Fails?

January 29, 2010 6:06 am | by By: Satish Misra and Iltifat Husain, MedPage Today | Comments

The march is on across the American healthcare landscape to implement electronic health records that also function as decision-support systems. These “advanced” electronic health records will both provide centralized records and assist providers in making care decisions such as implementing therapy and utilizing evidence-based practice on the individual patient level.

Will Apple Tablet Affect Healthcare?

January 29, 2010 5:58 am | by By: Iltifat Husain, MedPage Today | Comments

A few weeks ago Apple announced an event to be scheduled on January 27th, at 10am.  The invitation read, “Come see our latest creation.”  Most of the tech community has all but assumed this event will be used to launch the much anticipated and hyped Apple tablet. The hype machine has reached fever pitch, with analysts and bloggers salivating at how this Apple product will "revolutionize" the Tablet platform, similar to what the iPhone did for the mobile phone.

TransEnterix Looks To Enter Into New Class Of Surgery

January 29, 2010 5:51 am | by Interview by Amanda McGowan | Comments

Early this year, TransEnterix plans to launch its SPIDER™ Surgical System, a completely new and innovative platform to facilitate minimally invasive surgery in the OR. In an exclusive interview, Surgical Products talked with Todd M. Pope, CEO of TransEnterix about the development of this technology and how the company is looking to create a ‘new class of surgery’ as procedures continue to become less invasive.

Dear John

January 27, 2010 5:56 am | Comments

When a reader responded to Dr. Zoe Kiren Deol’s column in Monday’s First Cuts e-newsletter it sparked her to write another column in response. I think you did a great job explaining your thoughts on medicine today.  I am a general surgeon in my 35th yr of practice and trying to decide when to retire.

Do You Have The ‘Right Stuff’ To Be A Doctor?

January 26, 2010 7:21 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

Not long ago, a friend confessed that her son, who spends much of his free time volunteering at a children’s hospital and who is applying to medical school, has been particularly anxious about his future. “His test scores are just O.K.,” my friend said, the despair in her voice nearly palpable.

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