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August 3, 2010 6:21 am | Comments

We say we exchange words when we meet. What we exchange is souls. -Minot J. Savage It was Monday evening. The shelves in the electronics department overflowed with different styles, prices, and brands of headphones, all displayed in sealed plastic cases. I was in the mood to buy but was baffled by the array of options in front of me.

Greed Can Mend a Broken Heart

July 28, 2010 7:58 am | by Kim Ukura, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

Greed drives innovation in industry. While I might not always like it, when it comes time for me to deal with a serious medical condition, I want as many treatment and non-treatment options on the table as possible. July 28, 2010 In “What Broke My Father’s Heart,” a piece in New York Times magazine a couple weeks ago, journalist Katy Butler writes about how an implanted pacemaker kept her father’s heart ticking long after the rest of his body was ready to go.

A Lonely Calling

July 26, 2010 7:15 am | by a Medical Resident | Comments

To walk along the water’s edge and be away from the hospital, even for a day, is relaxing. My breathing here is slower, deeper. When I look back on residency thus far, I can hardly believe how much has changed. Central lines slide into the internal jugular with ease; I slip breathing tubes just below the epiglottis and curve upwards into the vocal chords almost as often as I place a straw into a cold glass of iced tea.


Exclusive Q&A: Surgical Display Systems

July 23, 2010 1:17 pm | Sony Electronics | Comments

As surgery becomes less invasive, facilities must ensure they have the adequate imaging and surgical display technology for surgeons to perform these procedures. Here, Surgical Products speaks with Anne Bondulich, Marketing Manager for Surgical Products at Sony, who discusses new advances in surgical display systems and what facilities should know when purchasing this technology now and in the future.


Closing The Gap

July 23, 2010 8:02 am | by Amanda McGowan, editor | Comments

It’s clear among the surgical community that an increasing number of surgeons are embarking on the single port surgery approach. From the cosmetic benefit of virtually hiding the incision scar in the umbilicus to the potential for reduced pain and a quicker recovery, benefits of this new technique are becoming more apparent.


Data And Transparency Is Needed To Reduce Medical Mistakes

July 23, 2010 7:25 am | by John Toussaint, MD, and Roger Gerard, PhD | Comments

Admitting Error In a lean environment, doctors and nurses must allow mistakes to be visible in order to perform root-cause analysis and fix the process. But showing mistakes hits most medical providers in a vulnerable place—right in the collective fear of lawsuits and a highly conditioned need to be heroic.

A Letter To Patients With Chronic Illness

July 21, 2010 7:13 am | by Dr. Rob | Comments

Dear Patients: You have it very hard, much harder than most people understand.  Having sat for 16 years listening to the stories, seeing the tiredness in your eyes, hearing you try to describe the indescribable, I have come to understand that I too can’t understand what your lives are like.

Question The Meds

July 20, 2010 7:19 am | by GruntDoc | Comments

In my practice I try to apply some common sense, adopting a colleagues’ phrase “common things are common”. This is particularly useful in the diagnosis of new problems that have eluded diagnosis, and I apply a lesson learned from a fellow resident (a PharmD before med school) who told me: new problems, ask about new meds.


A Wild Frontier

July 20, 2010 7:13 am | by Amanda McGowan, editor | Comments

How image and video documentation is proving more valuable — inside the OR and out. July 20, 2010 The transition to HD in the OR has resulted in a need for better archiving solutions. Photo: Sony In today’s surgical environment, the reasons to record images and video are wide and varied.


Physician Burnout Harms Patients

July 19, 2010 7:56 am | Comments

Brainstorm: Temperature Monitoring

July 19, 2010 7:55 am | Comments

Maintaining adequate surgical patient temperature is imperative to a positive outcome. Here, Craig Fernandes, Director of Acute Care Marketing for DeRoyal discusses the importance of temperature monitoring in both pre- and post- surgical procedure areas. July 19, 2010 Temperature monitoring has become a required standard both pre- and post-procedure from a patient safety and a reimbursement perspective.

Why This Doctor Felt Compelled To Go To Haiti

July 16, 2010 7:26 am | by David Chong, MD | Comments

As the world watched the greatest athletes gather to compete in Vancouver, I was on a plane to Haiti. Just getting on the plane was quite a feat. After I received an urgent e-mail for volunteer doctors from the University of Miami’s Project Medishare field hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti during an overnight shift at New York’s Presbyterian hospital, I began to send frantic requests for coverage for the week.

Cancer In A Transplant Kidney, Is It The Doctor’s Fault?

July 14, 2010 6:50 am | by Amy Tuteur, MD | Comments

May you never be an interesting case. That’s a cautionary proverb familiar to medical professionals. While it’s bad to get sick, it’s much worse to get sick with something uncommon or unusual. The more fascinating a case is for doctors, the more difficult it is for patients.

Q&A: Surgical Tables

July 14, 2010 6:44 am | MAQUET Medical Systems USA | Comments

Rich Antoine, product manager for surgical tables at MAQUET, discusses with Surgical Products the latest developments in surgical tables, how they’ve evolved to accommodate bariatric patients, and what facilities looking to purchase new tables should know for the future.


When The Doctor Is The Patient, Humanism And Competency Matter

July 13, 2010 7:17 am | by Wendy Sue Swanson, MD | Comments

Over the past few weeks I’ve had ample opportunity to be on the other side. Not like some parents with chronically ill children or those with children who have suffered tragic illness. No, not like that; I am fortunate that hospitals aren’t a part of my family’s everyday (except for work).


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