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The Hippocritcal Oath

April 9, 2010 7:35 am | by Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS | Comments

I am a physician, and a neophyte political activist.  These are two separate titles that I keep wrapped up in two distinct packages.  When I graduated from medical school, I took an oath to care for my patients called the “Hippocratic Oath”.  One line from that oath proclaims, “I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone”.

Real Healthcare Rationing

April 7, 2010 6:32 am | by Kristina Fiore | Comments

Urologists have come up with better ways to bring attention to themselves. Some have advertised in urinals at baseball games. Others have lured patients for a vasectomy, promising a prescription of mandatory bedrest during March Madness. Dr. Jack Cassell, on the other hand, had to go create a national scandal.

Health System Improves Efficiency With Lean Management Solutions

April 7, 2010 6:27 am | Comments

After exploring several manufacturing companies and hospitals that were applying the Toyota Production System (TPS) to improve processes and eliminate “waste,” St. Joseph Heath System-Humboldt County in California developed their own focused commitment on improvement called “The Humboldt Way.

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If They Could Only All Be Taken To Rampart Hospital

April 6, 2010 7:09 am | Comments

Trauma surgery for me is a whole lotta non-operative care interspersed with occasional surgery for things like a ruptured spleen. This is because I don't practice in a large urban center, and most of the trauma patients I care for have suffered blunt force injuries rather than penetrating ones. For most of the non-physician population, the idea of trauma surgery is heavily influenced by television—shows like "E.

Sharps Injuries Increase In Surgical Settings After Passage Of National Needlestick Legislation

April 6, 2010 7:05 am | Comments

A recently-published study finds that many surgical teams and hospitals are not using devices and procedures proven to reduce the risk of accidental needle sticks in the OR. April 6, 2010 The operating room (OR) is a high-risk area for occupational sharps injuries and bloodborne pathogen exposure.

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Humans 

April 5, 2010 6:09 am | by Dr. Rob  | Comments

On the Facebook page of my podcast, I recently asked for readers to tell me some of the “war stories” they have from the doctor’s office. What are some of the bad things doctors do wrong? I quickly followed this with the flip-side, asking readers to comment on the best interactions that they’ve had with their doctors.

The Embryonic Heart: Imaging Life As It Happens

April 5, 2010 6:03 am | Comments

Kirill Larin, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at UH, works in his lab documenting the formation of the mammalian heart through a high-resolution, noninvasive imaging device, providing perhaps the best live imagery taken of the vital organ. Kirill Larin, assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the Cullen College of Engineering at UH, and his colleagues in the Texas Medical Center are documenting the formation of the mammalian heart through a high-resolution, non-invasive imaging device, providing perhaps the best live imagery taken of the vital organ.

Turning Away

April 2, 2010 8:20 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Comments

The e-mail message about my long-term patient was disturbing.   In retrospect, her initial cancer treatment had been nothing short of a miracle. A large tumor of the mouth was completely controlled with a limited surgery and radiation therapy. When her cancer recurred again a few years later, treatment again came to the rescue.

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A New Chance To Strengthen An Eroding Bond

March 30, 2010 6:25 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

At a wedding recently, I met a woman, a freelance photographer in her early 40s. She was intrigued by my work as a doctor and began asking me questions related to her own health. When she showed me a picture of herself with her four children, I realized why. This gaunt woman had lost almost 20 pounds in the month since the photo had been taken and, despite efforts to stop the weight loss, was still losing more.

Surgical Brainstorm

March 30, 2010 6:21 am | by Sheila Judge, Business Development Manager, Pressurecare for Trulife | Comments

What are some key considerations surgical professionals should make when purchasing patient positioning equipment? March 30, 2010 1.Identify the high-risk areas. Evaluating the patients current medical condition is vital as there are many intinsic factors (e.

What If Other Parts Of Life Were Like Healthcare?

March 29, 2010 8:27 am | by Dr. Rob | Comments

Healthcare is bizarre. Anyone who spends significant time in its ranks will attest to the many quirky and downright ludicrous things that go on all the time.  But I am not sure people realize just how strange our system is.  Perhaps it would be interesting to see what it would be like if other parts of our lives were like healthcare.

An Hour A Day 

March 26, 2010 6:14 am | by Crystal Phend, MedPage Today | Comments

  It took a few years of reporting on the copious health benefits of regular physical activity for me to decide that my sedentary job and utter lack of exercise was going to catch up with me. Of course it's worth the time and effort now to reduce my later risk of a heart attack, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and even cancer.

Safely Position Your Patients

March 26, 2010 6:13 am | by Peggy Forcelli, National Accounts Manager for Action Products, Inc., Medical Products Group | Comments

Compliance. Ensure your facility is following the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses’ (AORN) Recommended Practices for positioning the patient in the perioperative practice setting. As hospitals look at their statistics of hospital acquired pressure ulcers (HAPU), a new focus is turning toward looking at the surgical patient population and the realization that a certain percentage of these patients may have OR acquired pressure ulcers (ORAPUs).

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Considerations For Patient Positioning Products

March 24, 2010 8:16 am | by Greg Prentiss, Gel Product Manager, Innovative Medical Products | Comments

What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing patient positioning products? March 24, 2010 1. Patient Position. There are two main goals necessary when positioning the patient. The first is to provide access to the surgical site. This is reasonably straight forward with modern devices that provide secure positioning while allowing necessary motion specific to the procedure being done.

Risks And Benefits For Physicians Who Use Social Media/Web 2.0

March 23, 2010 7:28 am | Comments

From the newsletter of the AMA, AmMed News: "Social media behavior could threaten your physician reputation and job prospects. Less is more." How do you expect doctors to use social media more when they are "bombarded" with headlines like this? There is little on the positive aspects of social media in this particular article although the AmMed News has published some better, more nuanced and balanced, reports on social media use in the past.

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