I walked into Room 35 to find a three year-old lying on the hospital cot. Her father sat alongside her bed, whispering softly to her. The patient appeared quite tired, wiped-out even, and if it weren’t for her complacent eyes tracking my every move, I would have thought she might be sleeping.
What should surgical professionals consider of when purchasing equipment booms to ensure their OR is adaptable for future upgrades and updates? June 9, 2010 A key concept has been modularity. When purchasing equipment booms, the surgical professional has to consider whether the system is functionally flexible.
My recent post about Medicare allowing patients to use drug vouchers was met by a rousing reception. By crickets. It seems that some saw me as one who (gasp) trusted the pharmaceutical companies to do something good. Has Dr. Rob lost (what's left of) his mind?? Drug companies do everything with themselves in mind, and there are always strings attached.
What should surgical professionals consider of when purchasing equipment booms to ensure their OR is adaptable for future upgrades and updates? In a fast paced, quickly changing OR it is critical that all the components (including booms) be designed and constructed with as much “open architecture” as possible.
Using 3D scanning technology, engineers have developed a new treatment for severe cleft lip and palate that reduces the cleft width before surgery without inhibiting upper-jaw growth. June 7, 2010 One of the first babies to receive the new cleft lip and palate treatment, during his initial visit to Shriners Hospital.
When D., a woman in her mid-30s, learned that she was dying from complications of AIDS, she fully expected that her life would end in much the same way it had been lived: homeless, alone and among strangers. If it hadn’t been for Dr. Jason K. Alexander, a medical student at the time, she might have been right.
I’m a doctor. We get all the glory. And credit. And guess what? We only deserve part of it. I started out in medicine in the mid-80’s, volunteering at an ER. And the biggest shock to me was learning how much of what happens in a hospital is nurse territory. Doctors will see you anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes a day, depending on how sick you are.
The TLEMsafe model can be personalized for individual patients and surgeon can use it to enhance their preparations for surgery. June 4, 2010 Researchers from the University of Twente's MIRA research institute, UMC St Radboud and various other institutions have developed a highly detailed computer model of the musculoskeletal system of the lower half of the human body.
Surgical site infections (SSIs), and the human and monetary costs associated with these events, is a top concern for facilities across the country. While it’s important that a facility follows best practice approaches to infection prevention throughout the perioperative process, ensuring all efforts are made in the preoperative preparation period to prevent infection can help start every surgical case off on the right foot.
One afternoon during my surgical training, I received a call from an intern, a first-year doctor-in-training; she wanted me to place a central line, a specialized catheter inserted in a major vein for intravenous access. Because of the patient’s previous procedures, I would have to put his line in the subclavian vein, a vessel that courses along the top of the chest, precariously close to the lungs.
Today, surgical departments face increasing pressure to say compliant with instrument processing standards set forth by major accreditation agencies. Often, facilities need to buy more instruments to meet these standards, yet are challenged by budget constraints, lack of support from their surgical instrument providers and increasingly complex instruments.
I saw the note on the patient's chart before I opened the door: "patient is upset that he had to come in." I opened the door and was greeted by a gentleman with his arms crossed tightly across his chest and a stern expression. I barely recognized him, having only seen him a handful of times over the past few years.
What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing equipment booms to ensure their OR is adaptable for future upgrades and updates? May 31, 2010 A boom (Ceiling Service Unit) is one of the most critical component during OR renovation or new construction project.
We as doctors and patients as well as medicine as a whole have evolved over time. What used to be a simple conversation of between a doctor and a patient has turned into a melee of medical issues, legal issues, insurance and financial issues and not to mention the complicated ICD 9 and CPT code system.