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Confidently Control Infectious Fluid Waste

April 17, 2014 | 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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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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Why So Many Americans Believe In Healthcare Conspiracy Theories

April 12, 2014 11:03 pm | by Deceased, M.D. | Comments

That old phrase, “Just because you’re paranoid does not mean that you’re crazy,” came to mind. I don’t think any amount of medical education would convince these people otherwise. Simply because the fundamental flaw in their thinking is based on trust not on logic. And it does not take a genius to realize that there are all kinds of reasons not to trust medical care these days...

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Doctors Should Be More Like...

April 8, 2014 10:15 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

Doctors are unique. None of us is perfect, but despite the occasional bad apple, most of us are doing the best we can for our patients under difficult circumstances...                 

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Virtual Reality, Telehealth, And The Future Of Healthcare

April 4, 2014 9:26 am | by Jay H. Sanders, M.D., Chief Wellness Officer, Remain Home Solutions | Comments

With Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR, the maker of the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift – and its implication for “virtual house calls” – the U.S. healthcare system seems poised to make a powerful shift toward the telehealth model. According to some experts, 50 percent of face-to-face doctor consultations can be easily handled via virtual reality devices...

A Match-Day Lament: 'We Will Rank You Very Highly'

April 3, 2014 10:26 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

A medical student and I were discussing his experience with this year's resident matching process. He told me he had interviewed at 18 programs and ranked 17 of them. He matched to a categorical five-year general surgery position at his sixth choice hospital and was satisfied...

Placing Hospital Patients In Suspended Animation Is (Almost) A Reality

March 30, 2014 9:26 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

The concept sounds like it was ripped directly from a Hollywood movie script. Doctors at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh will test out an innovative emergency technique, one which will call for knife-wound or gunshot victims with life-or-death injuries to be cooled down and… get this… placed in suspended animation to aid treatment efforts...

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This App Could Prevent 1,600 Deaths Every Day

March 26, 2014 10:18 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Comments

A new app, called The Phone Oximeter and created by LionsGate Technologies, is designed to track blood oxygen levels via a light sensor that can be attached to the patient’s finger. Once the rapid diagnosis is complete, the app can guide diagnosis and management of the problem...

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If You Like Your Scam, You Can Keep It: The Attack On Out-of-Network Doctors

March 25, 2014 10:23 am | by G. Keith Smith, M.D. | Comments

Employer groups (self-funded plans) are carving out more and more medical services from carrier/PPO groups, and are directly contracting with facilities like ours. As prices fall and quality soars, all patients will benefit, even those who are not beneficiaries of these employer plans...

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Building Confidence In Kenya One Surgical Case At A Time

March 24, 2014 10:51 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin Otolaryngologist | Comments

I was part of a group of U.S. surgeons traveling to Eldoret, Kenya, seeing patients and helping the Kenyans ENT surgeons learn surgical techniques. Our two-week mission allowed us to work across the table from Kenyan colleagues, discussing surgical approaches, demonstrating techniques, and reviewing all aspects of surgical care...

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Should Medical School Be Shortened To Three Years?

March 21, 2014 9:44 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

I say, "No." Here's why. There is way too much to learn in three years. Unless medical education is radically changed, it will be impossible for students to memorize all the unnecessary stuff they still have to memorize, complete all their clerkships, and move onto the next phase—residency training...

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Effective Post-Surgical Pain Management

March 20, 2014 9:25 am | by Dr. Theresa Bowling, Chairman Of The Department Of Anesthesiology, Stamford Hospital | Comments

Most patients coming to Stamford Hospital for surgery are focused on what will take place in the OR and give less thought to what happens immediately afterward. However, the healing that begins in the hours and days following surgery is a key step on the road to recovery...

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Healthcare's Drug (Shortage) Problem

March 19, 2014 9:21 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Hospital group Premier Inc. conducted a survey that found hospitals are losing quite a bit of money thanks to ongoing shortages of much-needed medications ($230 million per year – on average – from 2011 through 2013)...             

What’s New In The FDA’s 2015 Budget?

March 18, 2014 9:07 am | by William Tootle, Director – Office of Budget, FDA | Comments

A few days ago, President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Message to Congress, which included a high-level summary of his proposed funding for the FDA. Then the White House is out with the full budget, complete with all of the nitty gritty details...

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A Surgical Procedure’s Risks, Unmentioned

March 17, 2014 9:46 am | by Jane E. Brody | Comments

Surgical techniques, however, are not subject to the stringent approval process that drugs go through. And as with drugs, problems with new procedures may not become apparent until after they have been used many hundreds or thousands of times...

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Preserving Antibiotics For Future Generations

March 17, 2014 9:38 am | by Neil Fishman, MD and Kenneth Sands, MD, MPH | Comments

Despite all the benefits of antibiotics their overuse has, in less than 100 years, led us to a point where we need to be seriously concerned about the efficacy of antibiotics in the future. Antibiotic resistance is considered one of the most critical public health and patient safety threats facing us today...

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