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Instrument Maintenance

May 31, 2011 6:42 am | by Jamie Carruthers, Director of Marketing , Surgical Instruments of CareFusion | Comments

Q: How has instrument maintenance changed in the past few years?  A: In the past, it was very difficult -- if not impossible -- to understand the full circle of instrument utilization, including the number of sets in inventory, how often they had been used in the OR, were the correct manufacturer’s instructions available for the technicians when processing instruments, when was the last time any of the instruments or sets had been repaired, who had touched the sets during processing and where they had traveled before being used on a patient.


Tuning In To Patients’ Cries For Help

May 31, 2011 6:40 am | by Tara Parker-Pope | Comments

Tom Kerr of Pittsburgh will never forget the long-distance call from his elderly mother, who was in a hospital in the Cleveland area with a broken leg. She phoned her son, more than 100 miles away, because no one in the hospital was answering her call button. Mr. Kerr quickly called the hospital operator, tracked down the floor nurse and asked for someone to check on his mother.

Blood For Sale

May 27, 2011 5:04 am | Comments

In this Tuesday April 26, 2011 photo a medical worker stores blood units at the National Center for Hematology and Transfusion in Sofia. It's a grim reality for patients and families in Bulgaria, a struggling EU nation where donors are troublingly scarce, hospitals are strapped for funds and blood traders -- mainly Gypsy, or Roma, men -- are thriving.


Five Hot Spots Where Medicine & Technology Will Converge

May 27, 2011 4:56 am | Comments

Medicine and technology are converging in patient care at a faster pace than most people realize.   May 27, 2011 Space age advancements from point-of-care health technologies like telemedicine to medical robots performing surgery are fast becoming commonplace in many hospitals.

Doctors And The ‘D’ Word

May 27, 2011 4:54 am | by Danielle Ofri, MD | Comments

When I was a first-year medical student, I earned a few extra dollars by working the 4 p.m.-to-midnight shift in our hospital’s nursing office, where I scheduled private-duty nurses. One evening, about 9 p.m., a nurse called to inform me that her patient had “expired” and that she would need to be assigned to a different patient for the next day.

Cutting Hospitalizations To Reduce Errors

May 25, 2011 5:44 am | by David Cundiff, MD | Comments

Leave 'No Thing' Behind

May 25, 2011 5:42 am | by Amanda Hankel | Comments

A surgeon discusses why retained surgical items occur, and what needs to be done to prevent this problem. May 25, 2011 For the past 10 to 12 years, Verna Gibbs, MD, a general surgeon at San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and professor of clinical surgery at the University of California-San Francisco, has been pondering the issue of retained surgical items (RSI).

A Challenging Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Case

May 24, 2011 5:36 am | Comments

By Alfons Pomp, MD, FACS, FRCSC Leon C. Hirsch Professor, Vice Chairman, Department of Surgery, Chief, Section of Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery                                     Weill Medical College of Cornell University New York Presbyterian Hospital May 23, 2011 Twelve years of doing laparoscopic weight loss surgery permits a surgeon to have a robust series of memorable cases.


Finding The Patient In A Sea Of Guidelines

May 24, 2011 5:33 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

Every Friday morning, the patient, a homeless man in his 60s, lumbered into one of our exam rooms, slipped off the running shoes he wore like bedroom slippers and gingerly lifted his swollen legs so we could remove the medicated bandages and examine the raw wounds on his inner ankles. Those baseball-size leg ulcers were only one of his many medical problems.

Bumps In The Road

May 23, 2011 6:35 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Comments

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. -Robert Burns     Her eyes were lowered, and she would not meet my gaze. I was certain I knew why.   I skimmed her chart and reviewed my notes. “How have you been doing since your last clinic visit?” I asked.

Interesting Bariatric Case

May 17, 2011 12:49 pm | by Dr. Frank Borao, MD, FACS, Surgical Director, Bariatric Surgery Program, Monmouth Medical Center | Comments

This was a female patient, about 40 years old, who had a prior gastric bypass done by another institution. About eight years later, she came to us with chest pain, nausea, vomiting and a bowel obstruction. When we worked her up, we realized she had a herniation of her gastric pouch and Roux limb into the posterior mediastinum.

Transfusing A Jehovah’s Witness During Surgery

May 17, 2011 12:45 pm | by Neil Baum, MD | Comments

I was in practice about five years and was about to do a radical nephrectomy on a patient. I met with the patient and his son in my office and the son informed me that he and his father were Jehovah’s Witnesses and that he didn’t want his father to receive any blood or blood products before, during, or after surgery.

How Malpractice Hurts Doctors & Their Future Patients

May 17, 2011 5:59 am | by Kevin Pho, MD | Comments

Challenging Bariatric Cases

May 17, 2011 5:58 am | by  Leonardo Claros, M.D., Chief, Bariatric Section, Medical Director, Bariatric Surgical Program, Saint Luke's Health Network, Allentown, PA | Comments

What was one of your most challenging bariatric surgery cases? How did you handle it, and what advice do you offer fellow surgeons facing a similar case? May 17, 2011 One of the most challenging cases I had to deal with was a female with a previous history of gastro esophageal reflux that underwent a laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication five years prior.

Docs Dealing With Negative Online Reviews

May 16, 2011 7:01 am | by Kevin Pho, MD | Comments

Whenever I speak about social media to doctors across the country, I often get asked, “How do I deal with a negative online review? ” Here’s one way not to handle it: sue the patient writing the review.


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