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Physicians Coping After A Medical Error

May 11, 2011 6:35 am | by Jock Hoffman | Comments

A failed treatment, a surgical complication, a medical error, a patient death. When the going gets tough, even the toughest clinicians should get help. Physicians and nurses who feel personally responsible for a medical error or a patient’s injury face an immediate quandary—their next patient.

How To Use An iPad During Surgery

May 10, 2011 5:16 am | by Felasfa Wodajo, MD | Comments

The iPad has received a significant amount of attention in the health care arena since its introduction last year. The attraction is fairly obvious; it is a portable, lightweight, powerful computing device with an intui-tive interface and a large library of built-in applications. In fact, major medical schools such as Stanford and University of California, Irvine have made decisions to provide iPads to all incoming medical students this year.

World’s Smallest Video Camera Designed For Endoscopy

May 10, 2011 5:16 am | Comments

Less than 1 mm in diameter, the camera is used for medical endoscopic procedures. May 10, 2011 Medigus Ltd. (TASE: MDGS) has developed the world’s smallest video camera - just 0.99 mm in diameter. These miniature cameras are manufactured from materials suitable for human medical procedures.

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Sustainability In The OR

May 9, 2011 5:52 am | by David Church, Marketing Product Manager, Booms and Lights, Stryker Communications | Stryker | Comments

With LED surgical lights, there are several factors that add to their high level of sustainability and reduced environmental impact. Specific LED lights and their features that contribute to the following factors should be considered when purchasing new LEDs.   Efficient Energy Use: Reduced power consumption is an obvious benefit to LED technology.

The Sustainability & Environmental Impact Of LEDs

May 9, 2011 5:51 am | by David Church, Marketing Product Manager, Booms and Lights, Stryker Communications | Stryker | Comments

With LED surgical lights, there are several factors that add to their high level of sustainability and reduced environmental impact. Specific LED lights and their features that contribute to the following factors should be considered when purchasing new LEDs.   Efficient Energy Use: Reduced power consumption is an obvious benefit to LED technology.

Physician, Heel Thyself

May 9, 2011 5:49 am | Comments

It was morning rounds in the hospital and the entire medical team stood in the patient’s room. A test result was late, and the patient, a friendly, middle-aged man, jokingly asked his doctor whom he should yell at. Turning and pointing at the patient’s nurse, the doctor replied, “If you want to scream at anyone, scream at her.

Work Hour Regulations For Interns: Friend Or Foe?

May 6, 2011 7:13 am | by angienadia, MD | Comments

On the night of October 4, 1984, a young girl named Libby Zion was admitted to New York Hospital in Manhattan for fever, agitation and strange jerking movements. No one knew that her death the next morning would, 27 years later, drastically change the quality of physician training, for better or worse.

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LED Lighting Considerations

May 4, 2011 6:21 am | by Alan Campbell, Product Manager, CHROMOPHARE, BERCHTOLD, Corp. | Berchtold Corporation | Comments

LED lighting’s most unique “green” aspect is its potential to reduce power consumption in the OR. Older halogen lights consume over 200 Watts of power per light head.  Some recent halogen designs consumed as much as 400 Watts of power each.  Halogen lights require more input power simply because this filament-based (incandescent) technology is much less efficient at turning electrical energy into light than LED.

Driving MIS

May 3, 2011 5:49 am | by Amanda Hankel | Comments

How robotic surgery is driving the trend toward minimally invasive surgery and what it could mean for the future. May 3, 2011 The potential benefits of minimally invasive surgery have been widely publicized and discussed. Less blood loss, scarring, pain and a shorter hospital stay have all warranted the development of less-invasive procedures in recent years.

Should Your Doctor Be on Facebook?

May 3, 2011 5:48 am | by Danielle Ofri, MD | Comments

Should Nurses Be Fired For Fatal Medication Errors?

May 2, 2011 5:48 am | by Kevin Pho, MD | Comments

How Family Affects Surgery Decisions

April 29, 2011 6:30 am | Comments

“Treat your patients as you would your own loved ones,” is advice taught throughout training in health care. Great advice. I use it constantly. Mr. Davis is dying of multiple organ failure in the ICU after exploratory abdominal surgery. His siblings and children trickle in from Florida and Montana.

Going From Blue To Green

April 29, 2011 6:30 am | Comments

By using sterilization containers instead of blue wrap, Winfield and her staff were able to reduce costs and environmental impact. When Kathleen Winfield became sterile processing manager at Lexington Medical Center in June of 2008, she felt inspired by several factors to ‘go green’ in her department.

The Exhaustion Of Emergency Physicians

April 27, 2011 6:44 am | by Jessica Freedman, MD | Comments

When I advise students about how to choose a specialty, I suggest that they seek out advice from physicians who are at least 10 years out of residency and leading the type of life they hope to have in the future. It is difficult, and perhaps impossible, to anticipate  in your late 20s or early 30s what practicing a certain specialty will be like when you are 40, 50, or 60.

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