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The Crude Therapy

February 28, 2011 5:48 am | Comments

Are Doctors Too Quick to Cut? Does the American medical culture rely too heavily on surgical treatments? Susan Love is president of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and clinical professor of surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Controlling A Computer With Thoughts

February 28, 2011 5:47 am | by University of Pittsburgh | Comments

New technology may one day help patients control assistive devices with their thoughts. Photo Credit: University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have been awarded funding for two projects that will place brain-computer interfaces (BCI) in patients with spinal cord injuries to test if it is possible for them to control external devices, such as a computer cursor or a prosthetic limb, with their thoughts.

Feeding The Nurses

February 25, 2011 6:35 am | by Theresa Brown, RN | Comments

I joke that nurses will do anything for food. Good food, bad food, healthy food, junk food — we’re not particular. Patients must understand that too, because they constantly bring us food.


The Devil Is In The Details

February 25, 2011 6:34 am | by David Mantey, editor PD&D | Comments

With a growing amputee population, two firms partner to design artificial limbs that use vacuum pumps to increase circulation, comfort, and quality of life. February 25, 2011 A new system for prosthetics eliminates excess motion and, since the vacuum pressure is high enough, converts perspiration from the socket to a vapor that seeps out through the pump back into the atmosphere—curing another ailment of the below-knee amputee community.

Improving Doctor-Patient Communication

February 23, 2011 4:53 am | by Paul Dorio, MD | Comments

When I was a medical student on my first clinical rotation, obstetrics, I was criticized for not using enough medical jargon when I spoke to the patients. I took that criticism as a compliment and have always attempted to speak clearly and without too much “inflation” of my terms.

Photos of the Day: Awake Brain Surgery

February 23, 2011 4:50 am | Comments

Chris Taber of Pedestal TV specializes in programm production using Polecam portable long-reach camera systems. He recently spent a day filming at Southampton General Hospital in England for the television show 'Surgery Live'.  Chris supplied and operated one of two Polecam rigs in the operating theater to explain the techniques used in 'awake brain surgery'.

Build It, Break It and Fix It

February 23, 2011 4:48 am | by Kim Ukura, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

"My experience is that engineers go into the medical field because they want to really make a positive difference to improve patient care, just like physicians," says Rich Mueller, chief technology officer for TransEnterix. The general surgery market hasn’t seen many market-disruptive technologies recently, and Rich Mueller wants to change that.


Should Medical Students Be Liable For Malpractice?

February 22, 2011 5:18 am | by Kevin Pho, MD | Comments

Should medical students receive immunity from malpractice liability? That’s an interesting question that’s raised in a bill from Arizona. According to the Arizona Daily Sun , State lawmakers are moving to keep patients injured by medical students from being able to sue them .


Choose The Right Shoe

February 22, 2011 5:18 am | by Jenifer Wynne, Co-Owner, SMD Wynne Corporation, | Comments

What should surgical professionals consider when choosing shoes to wear in the OR? Durability: To ensure maximum durability, the quality of manufacturing is very important.  A durable shoe should last years, so finding a durable shoe saves you time, money, and effort.

Surgical Glove Selection

February 18, 2011 5:29 am | by Pam Werner, RN, BSN, MBA, CNOR, clinical consultant for Ansell Healthcare Products LLC, | Comments

Surgical glove selection criteria are based upon a number of factors: Barrier protection. It is important to choose the right glove for the right task. For example, if you’re performing microsurgery, you may need a glove that is thinner that provides adequate barrier, but more tactile sensitivity and dexterity.


Does Watson Make Board Certification Exams Obsolete In Medicine?

February 18, 2011 5:28 am | by Kevin Pho, MD | Comments

Why Watson makes board certification exams obsolete in medicineLike most everyone else, I took a break from my evening chores the past few nights, and watched Jeopardy! IBM’s super-computer, Watson, was taking on Jeopardy! phenoms Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.  [SPOILER] The computer won handily.

A Doctor At The Funeral

February 18, 2011 4:13 am | by Danielle Ofri, MD | Comments

Death is a given in medicine. That truism, though, doesn’t offer much comfort when it’s your patient who has died. I was in clinic the other day, showing the ropes to a fresh-faced medical student, when a nurse leaned toward me and whispered that L.W. had died over the holiday weekend.

Hospitals Need Health Care Flight Crews

February 16, 2011 5:08 am | by John LaBine | Comments

What are the root causes of communication inefficiencies in hospitals?  Hovering around any given patient/case are many players, each with a huge variety of demands for his/her time, attention and presence.  And they know there are costs of certain outcomes (medical errors, stress, wasted nurse/physician time, etc.

Protecting Your Team

February 16, 2011 4:59 am | Comments

One of the most important considerations when choosing surgical apparel for the operating room is ensuring the surgical team has the correct level of protection appropriate to the procedure. An assessment of risk for fluid exposure, the anticipated length of time for the procedure and being informed on the standards which govern barrier protection all play a role in determining the appropriate level of protection.


The Hysterical ER Patient

February 15, 2011 3:23 am | by VeronicaB, MD | Comments

We’ve all had that hysterical patient. The one that comes in during a busy shift.  Grabbing at their head, their chest, their abdomen. Yelling out that they are in pain. You know the one. They makes the nurses’ eyes roll. They add to an already chaotic scene. Other patients stop to watch as the gurney rolls by.


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