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Single-Incision Vs. Standard 4-Port Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

February 19, 2014 7:10 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

The saying used to be, "You can get any paper published if you have enough stamps." Now with electronic submission, you don't even need the stamps. A retrospective study comparing single-incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy (SILC) to standard 4-port laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) concluded that "SILC showed no disadvantage concerning risk profiles, operative times, or hospital stay." There are problems with this study... 


Why Hospitals Should Be Scared Of Cyberattacks

February 19, 2014 6:38 am | by Joe Flower | Comments

If you are a CEO or COO of a health care organization, and your IT people have been trying to get your attention, it’s time to have a serious sit-down with them. If they haven’t been trying to get your attention, it’s time to have a more serious sit-down with them, complete with charts and graphs and arrows on flip charts. Here’s why...


Antibiotics Instead Of Surgery For Appendicitis? No Way

February 18, 2014 9:16 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

A retrospective study from California claims that the nonoperative management of simple appendicitis may be safe and is worth studying further. Why am I not convinced? Because every time this subject comes up, the paper purporting to show that antibiotics are superior or even equal to surgical treatment is flawed...


Obamacare Is Considering Extending Individual Health Insurance Policies

February 14, 2014 1:16 pm | by Robert Laszewski | Comments

Is Obamacare unraveling? Rumors have been circulating in the marketplace all week that the administration was thinking of extending the individual health insurance policies that Obamacare was supposed to have cancelled for as much as three more years...


The Friday Four: Surgeon Creates 3D-Printed Pelvis

February 14, 2014 9:40 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

The Friday Four seeks to highlight some of the people behind some of the interesting stories I stumble upon during my daily search for relevant content. Discussed this week: A Pennsylvania nurse accused of helping her terminally-ill father commit suicide, a 14-year-old boy's inspirational message in the snow brings joy to several hospital patients in Chicago, and more. Happy Friday!


Does Obamacare Really Kill Jobs?

February 13, 2014 9:22 am | by Brad Wright, PhD | Comments

Those who think that the Affordable Care Act is bad for business have seized on a recent report–specifically the part about the projected decline of 2 to 2.5 million full-time-equivalent workers — to claim that their concerns about the “job-killing healthcare law” have been vindicated. But that’s not the real story...


Infection Control Versus Psychology: To White Coat Or Not

February 12, 2014 11:07 am | by Michael Edmond, M.D., MPH | Comments

As you enter your next patient’s room, bare below the elbows in your freshly laundered scrubs, stop for a split second and imagine yourself sporting a shiny white coat in all of its radiant splendor with a Superman logo blazing above the chest pocket...


Physician Burnout: The Additive Effect Of Bureaucracy On The Psyche

February 11, 2014 9:31 am | by Sid Schwab, M.D. | Comments

In trying to understand my own burnout, “control” (or lack thereof) is a dominant theme. This is nothing new. In fact, I doubt I’m unearthing bones not already thoroughly analyzed. But I can give instructive personal examples...    


Inside The First Scandal In Patient Safety

February 10, 2014 9:50 am | by Bob Wachter, M.D. | Comments

In a remarkable number of cases of medical errors, it’s clear — again, in retrospect — that there were signs that something was amiss, but they were ignored. The reasons are manifold: I was just too busy, things are always glitchy around here, I didn’t want to be branded a troublemaker by speaking up…. Part of the work of patient safety has been to alert us to this risk, to get us to trust our internal “spidey-sense..."


The Friday Four: The Man With The Bionic Hand

February 7, 2014 11:09 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

The Friday Four seeks to highlight some of the people behind some of the interesting stories I stumble upon during my daily search for relevant content. Happy Friday!                           


The Rising Threat Of Superbugs

February 7, 2014 10:22 am | by Dr. Hudson Garrett, Senior Director, Clinical Affairs, PDI | Comments

Bacteria will inevitably find ways of resisting the antibiotics that are developed, which is why aggressive action is needed now to keep new resistance from developing and to prevent the resistance that already exists from spreading. Hospitals should collaborate with the facility’s clinical pharmacy department, infection preventionists, and pharmacy and therapeutics committee to closely monitor trends and take action as necessary...


Surgical First Assists’ Role In Addressing Physician Shortage

February 6, 2014 9:39 am | by Lars Thording, Vice President of Marketing and Public Affairs, Intralign | Comments

Everyone understands there are many factors that need to be addressed to be able to better serve our future surgical patient’s needs, but qualified physician extenders will be critical in getting us there...       


Suture Removal In The Mid-21st Century

February 5, 2014 9:36 am | by Bruce Campbell, M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin Otolaryngologist | Comments

"The future of robotic surgery can be determined only by probing the possibilities. To ignore the potential for extending the boundaries and safety of surgical care with robotic technology seems unwise." -- Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons...


Four Reasons Why Hospitals Can Be Very Dangerous Places To Be

February 4, 2014 9:32 am | by Robert Pearl, M.D. | Comments

A hospital can be a very dangerous place to be. Here are four frightening risks hospitals pose, along with their causes and some easy-to-implement solutions that could save hundreds of thousands of lives each year...       


What Is A High Risk Patient?

February 3, 2014 9:40 am | by Fred N. Pelzman, M.D. | Comments

Under the current patient-centered medical home paradigm, being labeled a high-risk patient is an advantage. Lots of resources will be poured into your care. People will be calling you at home all the time, helping make sure you take your medicines, get your tests done, see your specialists, come back for follow-up. But who would want to be labeled high risk?



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