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When The Nurse Disagrees With The Doctor

October 15, 2010 6:38 am | by Theresa Brown, RN | Comments

A recent conversation with a physician at my hospital was laced with tension about the different roles of doctors and nurses. “When you get down to it,” he told me, “Patients come to me for care, Theresa, not you.” Both of us were called away before we could talk more, but his words have been ringing in my head ever since.

Selecting A Fluid Management System

October 13, 2010 7:17 am | by Bill Merkle, MD Technologies inc. | MD Technologies, Inc. | Comments

The following important factors and recommendations are provided to assist in selection of a fluid management system for your facility.   Important Factors Infection prevention should have highest priority in performing medical procedures. Risk of exposure to infectious fluids increases with each added step in disposal process.

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Food Addiction: Cheesecake-Eating Rats And Obesity As A Mental Illness

October 13, 2010 7:16 am | by Michele R. Berman, MD | Comments

In a 2007 Editorial in the American Journal of Psychiatry, Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the U.S. National Center on Drug Abuse (NIDA), asked if obesity should be included as a brain disorder in the upcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5, expected in 2012). She posed this question based on mounting evidence that foods can trigger behavioral and physiological processes that are similar to or overlapping with those caused by classic drugs of abuse.

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Study Points To Advantages Of RF Sponge Detection

October 12, 2010 6:56 am | Comments

During the American College of Surgeons annual Clinical Congress and Exposition held last week in Washington, D.C., the results of a study funded by RF Surgical Systems offered some interesting findings related to the use of radio frequency technology and how it can help prevent sponges from being left in the body after surgery.

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Telemedicine Via iPhone

October 12, 2010 6:55 am | by SHADOWFAX | Comments

  I was seeing a youngster on a recent Sunday morning, an aspiring linebacker, playing the local Pop Warner football league who had injured his right fourth finger in a tackle gone awry.  It was kind of an ugly fracture -- angulated, rotated, and involving the growth plate. (Salter-Harris II, for those keeping score at home.

A Well-Developed Sense of Denial

October 11, 2010 6:37 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Comments

Inside every patient, there’s a poet trying to get out. My ideal doctor would ‘read’ my poetry. my literature. – Anatole Broyard "When did you first notice the sore?" I ask the newly diagnosed cancer patient. I was taught in medical school that a thorough history includes information on the "duration of symptoms.

Purchasing Considerations For Fluid Waste Control

October 8, 2010 10:53 am | by Bruno Mombrinie, President, AVEC Scientific Design Corporation www.avecscientific.com | AVEC Scientific Design | Comments

High Quality. Products that are highly absorbent and provide effective coverage are the key to ensure infection control and staff safety.  High quality mats have the thick fibers to capture and lock in fluids.  Only these mats will effectively reduce the amount of contaminated fluid left behind and lessen the risk of slips and falls.

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Medical Student Distress And The Risk Of Doctor Suicide

October 8, 2010 6:50 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

October 7, 2010 Several years ago, I learned that a physician in a town not too far from where I was practicing had committed suicide. Neither I nor my hospital colleagues knew him, but according to the story we heard, he was the father of young children, was respected by doctors and patients alike and had struggled privately with mental illness since medical school.

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Fluid Waste Control

October 4, 2010 3:12 pm | Boehringer Laboratories Inc. | Comments

What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing fluid waste control products to ensure infection control and staff safety in the OR? Kevin Klocek Marketing Manager www.boehringerlabs.com October 6, 2010 Suction is used in the OR not only for surgical field clearance but also airway management, blood salvage and tissue stabilization.

Nurses Are The Greatest Ally Of Medical Students

October 4, 2010 7:52 am | by Shawn Vuong | Comments

Besides the fact that I am going to marry one, I want to say that nurses are the greatest ally to the medical student. “Nurses can make or break you.”  I don’t remember where I read this quote, so I do not know who to give the credit to, but the quote is true.  Nurses talk about doctors and medical students all of the time.

Second Skin

October 4, 2010 7:52 am | by Amanda McGowan | Comments

The hands are one of, if not the, most important surgical tool. Protecting them with the right surgical glove is necessary for patient and staff safety, as well as a procedure’s overall success. October 5, 2010 Infection control and patient and staff safety standards demand surgical team members to don gloves for protection against bloodborne pathogens and other infection risks.

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Purchasing Fluid Waste Products

October 4, 2010 6:55 am | Multisorb Technologies | Comments

Russell D’Anna Business Development Leader, Spill Control Multisorb Technologies, Inc. www.multisorb.com October 4, 2010 There are several key points to remember when purchasing fluid waste control products to prevent occupational exposure when capturing the bio-waste inside of OR unit suction canisters.

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The Day That Medicine Broke Her And Destroyed Her Innocence

October 4, 2010 6:54 am | by Jordan Grumet, MD | Comments

I was a third-year medical student in the first week of my obstetrics rotation. The obstetrics program was known to be high-pressure, its residents among the best. Mostly women, they were a hard-core group–smart, efficient, motivated–and they scared the heck out of us medical students.

Paying Doctors For Patient Performance

October 1, 2010 6:51 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

Not long ago, a fellow doctor told me that his local health care insurers, in an effort to improve care and rein in costs, had been evaluating physicians and paying them according to their “quality ranking.” With “pay for performance” reimbursement, doctors who had, for example, managed more timely follow-up and achieved better test results with their diabetic or hypertensive patients would rank more highly and earn more in financial bonuses than physicians whose patients failed to meet the insurers’ guidelines.

Prevent Infection And Keep Staff Safe

October 1, 2010 6:51 am | by Kathy Sheerin Vice President of Marketing, Flagship Surgical, LLC www.flagshipsurgical.com | Flagship Surgical, LLC | Comments

What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing fluid waste control products to ensure infection control and staff safety in the OR? October 1, 2010 The two biggest concerns in every OR are the prevention of infection and the safety of the workers.

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