Ten years ago, a national panel of health care experts released a landmark report on medical errors in the American health care system. Published by the Institute of Medicine , “To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System” estimated that as many as 98,000 people died in hospitals each year as a result of preventable mistakes.
You have been cancer free for two years now. Congratulations! That was a terrible time. The whole time I was getting treatment, things were absolutely terrible! Just terrible! What do you mean? In what way? On top of everything else, we lost all of our friends! We were totally alone through all of the treatment.
Hans Patrick Griesser’s story "WHAT'S MORE AFFORDABLE THAN FREE?” was a runner up in the MedGadget’s Medical Sci-Fi Writing Contest. December 18, 2009 “No, Grandma. It's a reverse pinch.” “What does that mean?” she asked. “It's like you're spreading it out to zoom in.
I sat in the cargo bay of a Marsplane, somewhere over the depths of Valles Marineris. We had received a distress call from a field geologist gathering samples- or rather, from his suit. He wasn't talking, and that by itself was a bad thing. The only option was to send a medic, and the only way to get to him in time was in the rocket-powered aircraft MARSEC (the Mars Expoloration Corporation) used to drop supplies to outposts across the vast planet.
As I sit here in a medical innovation conference, I find myself becoming more and more angered by one of the speakers. A man with an MBA and fancy title from PriceWaterhouseCoopers is lecturing us about how doctors are essentially money-grubbing, change-resistant, quality-care avoiding “pains in the you-know-what,” obstructing progress in healthcare reform and blocking technology adoption.
One morning as a medical student on the surgery service, I learned about a patient who had been hemorrhaging on the operating table the night before. The intern who had assisted during the operation took great pains to describe every detail of the failed efforts of several senior surgeons and the final, ultimately lifesaving, maneuvers of the department chairman.
In a question-and-answer session, Rick Schultz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. in Stow, OH, discusses what to expect in terms of operating room purchasing in 2010. December 14, 2009 Surgical Products: How do you see OR purchasing changing in 2010 vs.
We do ten before lunch. We cut them. We tag them. We place them in a small pyramid so they don’t roll off the tray. “Whoo,” says Charles, as he pulls off his mask. The top one is still beating, and I look at it a while before pulling off my own. The patient gets up, and he looks too, and we’re all just staring as the heart slows and then stops.
December 8, 2009 I feel like an anthropologist. I may have discovered an artifact that holds the clue to the cause of the obesity epidemic. It's my grandmother's china. It's nothing special -- just your inexpensive white dishware dating back to the 1940s -- but it's different in many ways from china today.
Site marking is an essential part of the preoperative process to prepare the surgical patient. Currently, surgical associations mandate a time-out to verify the correct surgical site and surgery,[1,2] which is meant to eliminate wrong-site surgery.[3–5] According to the Joint Commission, site marking should be within the surgical field after draping and that the time-out be performed just before surgical incision.
Preventable medical errors are a critical driver of healthcare costs, both in human and financial terms, so it's in everyone's best interest to improve systems and processes. Quality is always less expensive; government payers and health plans have recognized this and are holding providers accountable by refusing to pay for "never events" such as wrong-site surgery and healthcare-acquired infections.
The difference between a good total joint and a great total joint replacement is initially small, but over time the difference can be significant. A good total joint might last 10 years, but a great total joint could last 30 years. Being a total joint surgeon is a profession with little or no room for error in every single hand movement.
Should there be a premium added to physician compensation for on-call coverage after hours, or are Medicare rates enough? This appears to be the central question between two competing hospitals in Longview, Texas where a $300,000 stipend was paid to a cardiology group by one hospital and not the other for cardiology on-call coverage.
Surgical Products talks with Joan Blanchard of AORN about the importance of hand hygiene and a new initiative to engage and recognize nurses around the country for exemplary hand hygiene compliance. To raise awareness of the deadly risks associated with poor hand hygiene and encourage best practices among nurses and other healthcare professionals, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and 3M Infection Prevention have joined in an initiative to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in the surgical setting.
Top 10 lists are back! I forgot about this kind of post, and a reminder by a reader is bringing them back. They are really a fun and easy kind of post to write, so you may see a fair number of them (read: Rob is getting lazy). I thought I’d start back with some suggestions for disgruntled patients (or gruntled ones, for that matter) to make their doctor’s day much worse.