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When Surgeons Don’t Get The Care They Need

June 28, 2011 5:16 am | by Brian Goldman, MD | Comments

When you think of surgeons, you likely picture heroes deftly using scalpels to pull patients back from the brink. But sometimes, as much as surgeons want to save someone, they simply can’t. A new survey finds that some of the men and women doing amazing feats of medicine in the OR don’t think quite so highly of themselves.

When Learning Pathology, Real Color Is Difficult To Forget

June 27, 2011 6:56 am | by Shara Yurkiewicz | Comments

I’m starting to understand why graphic pictures on cigarette packs are so effective. We are studying pathology, which is the human body gone wrong.  The photos–taken from autopsies–are gross, meaning their structures can be seen with the naked eye.  Cirrhotic livers are littered with bumps and scars, the heart dies and leaves a band of black tissue behind, the lungs are stretched so far that they can’t pull in the air they need.

Hints For New Residents

June 22, 2011 6:04 am | by Skeptical Scalpel, MD | Comments

I was a general surgery residency program director for 24 years. I’ve seen them come and go. Here is some advice for those of you who are beginning residency training.

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What Big Hospitals Can Learn From Smaller Ones

June 17, 2011 2:48 pm | by Martin Young, MBChB, FCS(SA) | Comments

Every now and then a tonsillectomy patient bleeds after arriving back on the ward after surgery.  On this occasion, there was nothing remarkable in the event itself.

A Report Card For Doctors

June 17, 2011 6:24 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

A colleague who practices pediatrics recently bemoaned the fact that several insurers in his state no longer reimburse him for each medical service he performs. Instead, the insurers give his practice a budget for each patient, and he can earn more by meeting certain quality goals. “I’m all for quality,” he said, sighing.

Considering Economics & Ergonomics When Choosing Instrumentation

June 15, 2011 5:25 am | by Neil Grenham, Clinical Development Manager, Applied Medical | Comments

When a single incision approach is elected over a standard laparoscopic approach, many technical challenges present for the surgeon. Far too often, access devices are coupled with specialized instruments to overcome hurdles such as limited triangulation, restricted visualization, fixed port placement and limited procedural applications.

How Technology Intersects Medicine & Its Impact On Patients

June 15, 2011 5:22 am | by Alison McKnight | Comments

We are surrounded by technology. No matter where you go, you will find technology rearing its face, whether ugly and ungodly or tempting and beautiful. These advances have brought both good and evil to many professions, especially healthcare. Twenty years ago, you would not have found signs instructing people to turn off their cell phones in physician offices.

Hospital Inefficiencies During Surgery

June 14, 2011 5:45 am | by Anar Mikailov | Comments

I recently finished my surgery rotation at a Level 1 Trauma Hospital in Philadelphia and amidst the ephemeral eight weeks I quickly realized the immense demands of a surgical residency. So, as an avid technology enthusiast and a team member, I took note of inefficient workflows with potential for technology driven solutions.

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Choosing Between Medicine & Family

June 13, 2011 5:49 am | by Kevin Pho, MD              | Comments

The Unintended Consequences Of Algorithmic, Bureaucratic Medicine

June 10, 2011 6:26 am | by Buckeye Surgeon | Comments

Whenever someone is scheduled for an operation, the assigned nurse is required to fill out a "pre-op checklist" to ensure that all safety and quality metrics are being adhered to. Before the patient is allowed to be wheeled into the OR we make sure the surgical site is marked, the consents are signed, all necessary equipment is available, etc.

Disruption

June 8, 2011 5:34 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Comments

Make it a rule never to be angry at anything a sick man says or does to you. -Benjamin Rush, MD (1809) Thirty years ago, I heard dozens of stories about a memorable doctor. His daily outbursts in the hospital were legendary. No one wanted to get in his crosshairs, so people scattered when he was spotted coming down the hall.

Choosing Products For Single Port Surgery

June 7, 2011 6:13 am | by Kenneth D. Baker, M.D., Global Medical Director, Endomechanical and Intelligent Devices (EMID), Covidien Surgical Devices | Covidien | Comments

There are various factors to consider when choosing the proper tools to perform laparoscopic surgery through a single incision.  To date, the single-incision approach appears just as safe as traditional laparoscopy 1 . If performed correctly, studies show single-incision procedures have improved cosmetic outcomes compared to traditional laparoscopic approaches and there is a trend towards a reduction in postoperative pain, both of which are very attractive to patients.

What Will Be Your Legacy As A Physician?

June 7, 2011 6:12 am | by Francine Gaillour, MD | Comments

FDA Reminder: Thermogram No Substitute For Mammogram

June 6, 2011 5:59 am | Comments

FDA Reminder: Thermogram No Substitute For Mammogram Despite widely publicized claims to the contrary, thermography should not be used in place of mammography for breast cancer screening or diagnosis, states the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A mammography is still the most effective way of detecting breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages.

Minimizing The Costs Of Surgery

June 6, 2011 5:32 am | Comments

Surgery is expensive, there are no doubts about that. However, there are a few things a patient without insurance who desires surgery can do to minimize the costs as much as possible.

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