Some time ago, I was jogging into the parking lot at The Meadowlands sports complex for a football game, and slipped on a patch of ice. I started to stand up, but immediately realized that this would not be possible -- for the next six months. Hey, that's the bottom of my foot looking up at me! What a creepy feeling in my stomach -- seeing my ankle turned inward so far that it is stuck at a 90 degree angle.
Ezra kindly responds to my post from Friday with a more reasoned stance than "just don't commit malpractice." His response, however, boils down to two main theses: Frivolous Lawsuits are not as common as generally thought, and Standardization can reduce the opportunity for error and thus decrease the frequency of medical malpractice suits.
"... [Former Delta pilot] Bill Mazzone, who flew jet airliners for 23 years, said it’s just as possible they got caught napping. "It’s kind of like being in an operating room. You know the physicians and the nurses…are listening to music, telling jokes, they’re doing what keeps them alert," he said.
By Pauline W. Chen, M.D. Published: Louise (not her real name), a scientist and avid runner in her 50s, first noticed the strange pangs under her right ribcage a few weeks before we met. Her CAT scan revealed a liver so riddled with islands of tumor that the radiologist called them “too numerous to count.
I was sitting in the office of Jim Paul, DO, a Buffalo, N.Y. internist a few months back. I was there working on a story, and after I had finished interviewing him, he said he had to make a few calls. I sat back and listened as he proceeded to call a number of his patients and check on their health status.
Several years ago, we attended Milwaukee Irish Fest , the annual musical and cultural experience of everything even remotely Irish. While wandering the grounds, we discovered the band, Schooner Fare , a trio of singer-songwriters from Maine that captivated us with their tight harmonies, their musicianship and their enthusiasm.
The surgical industry lost a great innovator this month, Rich Shafer, founder and inventor of the Cool Shirt system. Now his company, Shafer Enterprises, works to continue his vision of helping surgeons stay cool in the OR … October 23, 2009 The surgical industry lost a great innovator this month.
In early 2006, four years into running my current medical practice, doctokr Family Medicine, I got a call from my medical malpractice carrier. Just weeks before I’d received a notice that my malpractice rates could go up by more than 25%. The added news of a pending investigatory audit was chilling.
From recent procedural and technological advances in surgery, there is a strong indication that Single Port Surgery is increasingly being practiced in the OR. Manufacturers are increasingly working to provide technology to make single port surgeries easier and more efficient in the OR, and surgeons are consistently advancing the technique on the surgical patients.
by Jeff Reinke, editorial director Oil prices briefly rose above $80 a barrel early today, the first time it has hit this mark in 2009. Crude demand has remained sluggish this year as the global economy recovers from recession, but driving the spike is the economic fact that commodities like oil and gold are bought and sold in dollars, making them cheaper and more attractive to investors when U.
A Maine study outlines how two-way video and audio may address shortage of trauma care providers. and help surgeons avoid medical errors and unnecessary patient transfers According to trauma surgeons in a telemedicine program in Maine, telemedicine can help health care providers in rural areas stabilize and treat trauma victims when long distances or inclement weather prevents immediate transfer to an accredited trauma center.
by Pauline W. Chen, M.D. Published: One night during my training, long after all the other doctors had fled the hospital, I found a senior surgeon still on the wards working on a patient note. He was a surgeon with extraordinary skill, a doctor of few words whose folksy quips had become the stuff of department legend.
Infection control practices are getting tougher and even more crucial in today’s hospital environment. As hospitals and other medical providers take notice, their purchasing priorities are changing—and shifting to devices that will enhance safety for their patients and staff. A recent study by The Freedonia Group, Inc, a Cleveland-based industry research firm, says U.
Call me a nonconformist -- everybody else does. Yeah, I was the guy with long hair and a ZZ Top beard in college during the height of the “preppy” era. I even went so far as to sew an Izod alligator onto my flip flops just to be annoying. I suppose I haven't really changed. That's why I don't have a whole lotta use for books that paint physicians (or any group, for that matter) with a brush as wide as a '57 Caddy.