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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?


The Friday Four: Man Found Dead In NYC Hospital Waiting Room

January 31, 2014 10:43 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 Callousness Of The Two Surgeons Is What Remains

January 30, 2014 9:21 am | by Jordan Grumet, M.D. | Comments

What remains after all these years is not the suffering caused by the particular medical malady, but the callousness of the two surgeons who treated me...                 


The Affordable Care Act Is Here And The Sky Has Not Fallen

January 29, 2014 9:23 am | by Brad Wright | Comments

Now that we’re into the real heart of the ACA, with the most key provisions now implemented as of January 1, 2014, what has really changed? Has the government prevented you from seeing any doctor you wish? Have your taxes gone up exponentially? Are you now paying more for healthcare and getting less? Has a “death panel” convened to decide your fate? Or has life, somehow, gone on much as it did before?

The Toxicity Of Medicaid

January 28, 2014 9:40 am | by Edwin Leap, M.D. | Comments

By way of disclaimer, many of my favorite patients are dependent on Medicaid.  I love them and I am happy to see them, whether for their child’s earache or their own pneumonia or injury.  Many people truly need the program, and it helps them … at least in the short term.  However, it is hurting medicine — both primary care and emergency care...


How The Affordable Care Act Will Affect Emergency Department Payments

January 27, 2014 9:11 am | by Cedric Dark, M.D., MPH | Comments

Many physicians are unsure about how the Affordable Care Act will affect their bottom line. This study attempts to provide an objective analysis of that important information for providers of emergency services. Based on these data, emergency physicians and hospitals serving large numbers of uninsured patients can expect to be paid more after implementation of the ACA...


New Guidelines For Healthcare Personnel Attire Are Short On Evidence

January 27, 2014 9:00 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

If I could ask the well-meaning folks at the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America one question, it would be, "Why issue guidelines if you have no evidence to base them on?"              


The Friday Four: Toddler Overcomes Health Issues To Become Internet Singing Sensation

January 24, 2014 11:54 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. This week's list features an adorable toddler, a politician, among others. Happy Friday!                     


Let’s Learn From No Child Left Behind: Measuring Quality In Healthcare

January 23, 2014 11:01 am | by Luis Collar, M.D. | Comments

Healthcare quality programs must limit unwanted variance (e.g. wrong therapy, unnecessary test), while retaining desired variance (e.g. patient preference, physician judgment) and accounting for inherent variance (e.g. genetic or socioeconomic determinants of health). Failing to recognize the need for this new paradigm will lead to problems, particularly as financial and therapeutic decisions are increasingly tied to quality...


Robotic Surgical Incident Reporting Leads To More Questions Than Answers

January 22, 2014 10:40 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Some questions simply lead to more questions. No questions lead to definitive answers without data and evidence leading the way. That thought came into my mind when I read a recent San Francisco Chronicle article about adverse-event reporting in healthcare, specifically as it relates to Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci robotic surgery system...


Report: Effort To Curb Health Costs Should Be ‘Led By The States’

January 21, 2014 9:33 am | by Julie Appleby | Comments

Governors and other state leaders have the leverage to slow rising health costs and should not wait for action by the federal government, a commission chaired by two former governors said in a report Wednesday...      


Expanding Surgical Residency Training Programs -- Good Idea?

January 20, 2014 11:29 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

I find it hard to believe that a hospital that has previously not had a residency program and has private practice surgeons who do nothing but operate can turn itself into a setting where surgical education is important...   


Public Awareness Of C. Difficile Must Rise

January 20, 2014 3:48 am | by Christian John Lillis | Comments

Most bacteria never have a breakout year. But when the nerve center for the nation’s fight against deadly diseases last fall ranked C. diff. first among the three most “urgent” threats to public health, an overdue spotlight shone on an epidemic that much of the press overlooked for decades...



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