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How Should Residents Spend Their Time?

May 6, 2014 10:38 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

As everyone knows, residents are now restricted to working 80 hours per week. One of the lesser known side effects of this work hours limitation is the drastic loss of educational conference time. Since at least one third of the residents must now go home after morning rounds, afternoon conferences are no longer possible. Most residency programs now devote part of at least one morning per week to dedicated educational time...

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What Keeps Nurses Going Strong In Spite Of Everything?

May 6, 2014 10:17 am | by Martie Moore, R.N., MAOM, CPHQ, Chief Nursing Officer, Medline | Comments

The emotional and professional demands on nurses are greater than most of us can imagine. Patient population on the rise. Staffing shortages. Ethical issues. Compassion fatigue. Bullying. Despite these factors, nurses find a way to stay passionate, energized, and dedicated. Medline is marking National Nurses Week with stories from the field...

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Antibiotics Instead Of Surgery For Appendicitis? I'm Still Not Convinced

May 5, 2014 9:10 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

Two recent papers have added more fuel to the debate about whether appendicitis can be managed without surgery. The first paper is a prospective observational study from Italy involving 159 patients over the age of 14 who were thought to have uncomplicated appendicitis. Nonoperative management with oral antibiotics was planned for all of the patients...

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Repeal (What?) And Replace (With What?)

May 1, 2014 11:25 am | by Jane M. Orient, M.D., Executive Director of Association of American Physicians and Surgeons | Comments

The Republican “repeal and replace” slogan sounds simple and appealing, but gets very complicated when you get to the next step. “Repeal” generally means “repeal ObamaCare,” which is often immediately qualified:  “except for the parts we like.” The problem is that the parts you like depend on the parts you, or your fellow Americans, don’t like...

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Transparency Is Here, And It’s Hunting Season On Doctors

April 29, 2014 9:36 am | by Margalit Gur-Arie | Comments

It’s hunting season for all doctors, and you will not save your neck, or your specialty, by joining in the hunt for other species...                                 

Patient Satisfaction Is Underrated

April 28, 2014 7:59 am | by Justin Berk | Comments

Through three years of medical school, I’ve seen disgruntled physicians repeatedly slam the recent movement toward patient satisfaction. In our family medicine clinic, a copy of Dr. William Sonnenberg’s essay “Patient Satisfaction is Overrated” hangs on the door to remind attendings, residents, and students of the unfair pressure to keep patients happy despite their demand for antibiotics, imaging studies, or narcotics...

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There Are No Quick Fixes To Hospital-Acquired Infections

April 25, 2014 8:21 am | by Peter Pronovost, M.D., PhD | Comments

Recently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued two reports that are simultaneously scary and encouraging. First, the scary news: A national survey conducted in 2011 found that one in every 25 U.S. hospital patients experienced a healthcare-associated infection...

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Teaching (Or Lack Of It) In The Operating Room

April 24, 2014 10:33 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin Otolaryngologist | Comments

I groaned.  "Don't make me operate with him again! I assisted him in surgery just last week!" I was low man on the totem pole and there was no point arguing. All of the residents and fellows kept track of the rotation and I knew it was, indeed, my turn. "What torture!" I whimpered as trudged off to the operating room...

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Will Automation Affect Surgeons' Skills?

April 24, 2014 9:28 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

Although it has been known for over two years, news outlets are again reporting that automation is degrading pilots' skills. I blogged about this back then as part of a comparison of pilots to surgeons. My point was that surgeons did not have autopilots to rely on in the operating room. This new report has prompted some to wonder whether robotic surgery will lead to deterioration of surgeons' skills...

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SSIs: A Problem With No Quick Fix

April 22, 2014 11:04 am | by Beth Young, BSN, RN, CIC, Infection Preventionist, GOJO Industries, Inc. | Comments

As we wait for randomized, controlled clinical trials of new interventions and products, it’s imperative that we implement all the components of evidence-based bundles that have been proven to prevent surgical-site infections...   

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Your OR Could Use Some Work

April 21, 2014 11:02 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

A similar experience takes place when you are looking to make improvements to your home space or OR space. Tough questions must be asked and answered, and no project – great or small – will be successful without a properly-formed plan that’s the end result of an effective thought process...

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Confidently Control Infectious Fluid Waste

April 17, 2014 9:48 am | by Candace L. Samudio, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR | Comments

Hospital acquired infections are a constant concern. They harm both the patient and/or the staff member who was exposed. They also have a very negative financial impact on the hospital. How often are we asked if we are doing everything we can to protect our patients, and ourselves as healthcare workers, from the hazards of a hospital acquired infection?

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Change Is Not Always For The Better

April 16, 2014 10:34 am | by Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD | Comments

Recently, I took a respite from my concerns about the Affordable Care Act, which I left simmering in the crockpot while I was re-visiting the Kingdom of Cambodia. Most people visit Cambodia for a brief trip to Siem Reap to experience the magnificent ancient temples at Angkor Wat, the symbol adorning its flag...

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A New Take On Surgical Navigation

April 16, 2014 10:23 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

“Good enough” is never enough in today’s modern healthcare landscape. Nothing illustrates that concept better than the latest efforts from a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The group published information highlighting its work to improve surgical navigation through the development of a unique computer algorithm meant to improve patient safety...

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What Are The Prospects For Graduates Of Offshore Medical Schools?

April 12, 2014 11:16 pm | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

A year ago in a post about law school applications decreasing, I speculated about whether a similar phenomenon would occur with medical schools. In that post, I commented on the impending problem of too many medical school graduates and not enough residency training positions...

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