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.
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.
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.
Mary Hannon, Aspen Surgical Director of Marketing Falls are a leading cause of work-related injuries and deaths. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 235,419 falls occurred in 2009, with an estimated 579 of those falls resulting in fatality.
Parents the world over know the magic of McDonald's Happy Meals. There's something about the promise of a Happy Meal -- the way it's packaged, the free toy -- young families and especially kids find them irresistible. But anyone who's purchased one of these knows the reality: that toys within the Happy Meal are typically played with for no more than three minutes and the plastic tchotchkes are discarded faster than the accompanying 2% milk.
LED usage and advanced technology continues to shine in the OR. September 27, 2010 Since their introduction to the surgical market in 2007, light emitting diode (LED) surgical lighting has seen dramatic growth in the operating room. According to Joey Knight, Vice President of Sales at MAQUET Surgical Workplaces, in the approximately three years since LEDs have been available as lighting options for the surgical suite, the technology has claimed more than 50 percent of the market from the previous halogen technology, and projections for the future say that growth will only continue.
Recently, our class learned and practiced how to correctly ’scrub’ for surgery. During this little lab activity, we were all gowned up and washing our hands when a couple of classmates asked if I was going to be a surgeon. I said I didn’t really know yet, although I did find surgery pretty fascinating.
Last winter, in the middle of my intern year, I became Facebook friends with a young man who was dying in the intensive-care unit. An investment banker in his mid-20s, he thought he was healthy until a fluttering in his chest and swollen ankles took him to a doctor. Now he was in the I.C.U. with a rare cardiac condition and the vague possibility of a transplant.
Managing infectious fluid waste in the OR is a major concern for both patients and healthcare professionals. Fluid must be contained properly and disposed of safely to protect the staff and comply with the facility’s infection control policy. A fluid waste management system should be safe and efficient but still provide the user the ability to manage volume loss.
This year marks the 9th Annual Surgical Outreach Project to Vietnam by members of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS). Since the first project in 2002, the AOFAS surgeons have transformed the lives of more than 600 Vietnamese children and adults with lower extremity deformities and disabilities through corrective surgery.
“Are you giving up on me?” My patient looks at me severely. “There must be other treatment options! Aren’t there some experimental drugs out there? I have beaten this cancer twice before. Are you saying that I can’t beat it again?” No one can ever know with absolute certainty whether my patient's newly recurrent cancer might miraculously disappear with one more treatment.
Within days of being accepted into medical school, I started getting asked for medical advice. Even my closest friends, who should have known better, got in on the action. “Should I take vitamins?” “What do you think of this diet?” “Is yogurt good for me or not?” Each and every time someone posed such a query, I became immediately cognizant of one thing: the big blank space in my brain.
Videoconferences may be known for putting people to sleep, but never like this. Dr. Thomas Hemmerling and his team of McGill’s Department of Anesthesia achieved a world first on August 30, 2010, when they treated patients undergoing thyroid gland surgery in Italy remotely from Montreal.
Nearly one-third of Americans have experienced a Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI) or have a friend or relative who contracted one, according to a new survey from Xenex Healthcare. HAIs (such as C. diff, MRSA, staph infections and pneumonia) are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and while hospitals have stepped up efforts to prevent these deadly infections, more needs to be done.
Obese women who have bariatric surgical procedures before pregnancy were three times less likely to develop gestational diabetes (GDM) than women who have bariatric operations after delivery, according to new research findings published in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons .