What does it mean when our healers take their own lives? And why aren’t more people talking about physician suicide? Doctors have the highest suicide rate of any profession. In the United States, we lose a physician a day to suicide. That’s two to three entire medical school classes per year.
Surgery team fatigue and shift changes might spell problems for afternoon surgeries, and the time of day you have surgery can affect your outcome.
Here’s a story that illustrates how to operate on the wrong site. In a news article about some sanctions that the State of California imposed on certain hospitals for misdeeds, the following summary of one incident appeared. A six-year-old boy had to undergo a second surgery to remove a growth after a surgeon performed the wrong surgery on his tongue.
A recent study's main findings that readmissions were due to complications and the more complications a patient had, the more likely he was to have been readmitted, are not exactly earth-shattering. The press release and articles accompanying the paper’s publication were a little over the top.
Sure, complications matter, but numbers can deceive. Our most highly experienced physicians have likely had more complications than other medical colleagues, although their complication rate may be very low.
The Federal government has mandated the implementation of EMR in order for providers to be paid at the highest allowable rates and receive certain incentive pay for complying with EMR. EMR has the potential to provide increased patient safety and significant cost savings if developed properly. However, current EMR systems are not really ready for “prime time.”
Outgoing and incoming doctors carefully exchange important information about each patient to ensure that they are properly cared for through the next shift. But many hospitals don’t follow such a process, increasing the risk of medical errors.
Physician a burnout has great current interest. Many authors are worrying about burnout and therefore writing about this problem. What are the common root causes of burnout? Primarily burnout comes from loss of control and overwhelming undesirable activities. Burnout occurs when the job becomes overwhelming.
The electronic medical record (EMR) is here to stay. Its adoption was initially slow, but over the past decade those hospitals that do not already have it are making plans for implementing it. On the whole this is a good thing because the EMR has the ability greatly to improve patient care.
As new Medicare rules kick in, some 2,200 hospitals nationwide are facing financial penalties for high 30-day readmission rates for myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure and pneumonia. Medicare payments will be lowered by as much as 1 percent.
A recent paper in Annals of Surgery depicts the rate of resident remediation over a decade or so at six general surgery programs in California. The authors reviewed the records of 348 categorical general surgery residents and found that 107 (31 percent) required mediation with knowledge deficits the primary reason in 74 percent.
When I clicked on the “View Your Exam Results” link on the American Board of Anesthesiology website, I thought something rashly exuberant would engulf me. I thought that everyone in the lunch room would turn suddenly, throw their reheated pasta and cafeteria sandwiches high aloft with glee and balloons would gush from the cracks between the fluorescent lights on the ceiling as the whole world burst into song.
All parents have heard their kids complain that but for 1 or 2 percentage points, they would have achieved a higher grade. “This is so unfair! My average is 89.9999 and he is still giving me a B+!” Every kid should receive an A, of course, since psychologists are now professing that every kid is a prodigy in some new measure of intelligence.
After a week of medical school orientation, followed by two weeks in the classroom studying cellular organelles and biochemical pathways, our class was finally going to start the centuries-old rite of passage that is human gross anatomy. For many students, it will be first time seeing a dead body.
In the Wall Street Journal , surgeon Dr. Marty Makary discusses the alarming costs of medical errors and offers suggestions to improve the system. In medicine, particularly during the training years of residency and fellowship, young doctors are not given the opportunity or security to report shortcomings of their superiors.