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"How I Do It"

July 20, 2011 6:35 am | Comments

Surgeons discuss their unique hernia repair techniques. July 20, 2011 Posterior Components Separation Technique Alfredo M. Carbonell, II, DO, FACS, FACOS Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery Chief, Division of Minimal Access and Bariatric Surgery Co-director Hernia Center Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center University of South Carolina School of Medicine - Greenville The traditionally popularized Ramirez components separation technique (CST) is an excellent operation that has enjoyed renewed interest and popularity with the complex issues of infected and complicated abdominal wall hernia scenarios seen today.

How To Implement An iPad In The Hospital

July 20, 2011 6:34 am | by Iltifat Husain, MD | Comments

How do you implement the iPad in the hospital setting for patient care and properly distribute it to a large group of physicians — all at once? The University of Chicago’s Internal Medicine residency program tried this last year, and came up with a great blueprint for others to see.

Rebuilding To Recycle

July 19, 2011 5:50 am | by Amanda Hankel, editor | Comments

For Greg Wallace, the term ‘refurbished’ equipment that is often used in the medical industry should really be rephrased to ‘rebuilt.’ “Refurbished implies a museum-quality restoration,” says Wallace, the owner of H&S Medical, a company that services and rebuilds equipment such as surgical tables and sterilizers.

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Should Hospitals Be Run by Doctors?

July 19, 2011 5:50 am | by Tara Parker-Pope | Comments

Are the best hospitals run by medical doctors or business managers? The conventional wisdom is that doctors should focus on patient care, and managers with a business or administrative background are better suited to running the day-to-day operations of a hospital. Among the nearly 6,500 hospitals in the United States, only 235 are run by physician administrators, according to a 2009 study in the journal Academic Medicine.

Can A Hospital Dress Code Prevent Infection?

July 18, 2011 6:32 am | Comments

A Canadian hospita l has just issued a lengthy dress code for its employees. It mandates that personnel in patient care areas “…must wear hospital-issued [emphasis theirs] garments (uniforms, scrubs, lab coats)…” and such garments cannot be worn outside of the hospital.

Managing Pharmaceutical Waste

July 18, 2011 6:31 am | Comments

An interview with Dave Swenson, R.Ph., vice president of marketing for Pyxis dispensing technologies at CareFusion July 18, 2011 Q.  How serious is the issue of pharmaceutical waste? A.  Every year, U.S. hospitals purchase more than 4 billion vials, bottles and ampoules containing hazardous materials and generate more than 84,000 tons of hazardous waste.

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Addressing OR Challenges Through Smart Instrument Purchasing

July 15, 2011 5:03 am | by Robert Edelstein, CEO, Millennium Surgical/SurgicalInstruments.com | Comments

Hospitals and ASC staff face frustrations, from reduced budgets to obscure instrument requests to mergers and hurriedly-added specialties.  One solution:  Find an informed supply partner. July 15, 2011 Hospital ORs and ASCs (ambulatory surgery centers) must confront more than their fair share of challenges in the current healthcare environment.

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When Hospital Overcrowding Becomes Personal

July 15, 2011 5:02 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

Early in my residency, I realized that like Pavlov’s Russian dogs of yore, the other surgeons-in-training and I had developed a conditioned response to our electronic pagers. Our blood would rush and our breath disappear at the sight of one five-digit extension on our beeper’s screen.

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Waste Diversion

July 12, 2011 6:09 am | by Interview by Amanda Hankel | Comments

Lars Thording, Stryker Sustainability Solutions Stryker Sustainability Solutions, formerly Ascent, is one of the leading third-party medical device reprocessing organizations in the United States. The company’s reprocessing and remanufacturing programs help more than 1,800 hospitals divert thousands of pounds of medical waste from landfills.

Restricting Attending Physicians’ Work Hours

July 11, 2011 7:29 am | by Felicity Billings, MD | Comments

Dr. Lewis didn’t sleep last night. All day he stood, heavy in full surgical scrub with a human heart in his hands, replacing damaged valves and calcified arteries until the heart beat on its own again. After he finished, there were a few hours before the transplant to get some dinner, to call home.

When Nurses Make Mistakes

July 11, 2011 6:55 am | by Theresa Brown, RN | Comments

This year, a Seattle nurse named Kim Hiatt committed suicide. Ms. Hiatt’s death came nearly seven months after she had given an unintended overdose to an infant heart patient, a medical error that was said to have contributed to the child’s death days later. Ms. Hiatt had been a nurse for 27 years and had often cared for the 8-month-old girl during the child’s stay in the pediatric intensive care unit of her hospital.

It’s In The Materials

July 11, 2011 6:55 am | Comments

According to Rob Albert, Vice President of Pharmacy Marketing at B. Braun Medical, Inc., there are materials present in healthcare products today that can be harmful to the environment and to patients. Materials such as Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and Di-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), often found in infusion therapy products, were removed from the company’s products because of their potentially harmful effects.

Doctors Are People, Too

July 5, 2011 10:44 am | by Michelle Au, MD | Comments

More doctors say "no" to endless workdays? Well, duh. July 5, 2011 Though there are few subjects as immediate to my experience as that described in Gardiner Harris's article in The New York Times , "More Doctors Say No to Endless Workdays," (April 1st, 2011), perhaps the truest indication of my opinion on the matter may be the fact that, upon first glance at the headline, I didn't feel much need to read the rest of the article.

Zeroing In On Plastics

July 5, 2011 10:44 am | Comments

by Amanda Hankel, editor Healthcare facilities in the U.S. generate approximately 6,600 tons of waste per day. Of that waste, approximately 15 to 20 percent can be attributed to plastics. Of those plastics, approximately 85 percent of them are free from patient contact1.

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