Imagine, you are the pilot of a 747, getting ready to land the plane at LAX (pilot speak for Los Angeles International Airport), your ear phones are strapped on, you are talking to the tower, verifying your landing instructions, going through the check list, lowering the landing gear, adjusting the fuel mixture, and just as you throttle back– “Excuse me, captain, but the passenger in 12B really needs to go to the bathroom even though the no smoking sign is on.
0 Medical practice is a big business. Conservative estimates put the total cost of medical malpractice at nearly $35 billion annually and, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report, nearly $5 billion is paid in claims each year. With an average claims payment of about $300,000 and up to 50% of that going to the lawyers representing the patient, its not surprising that practically every show on cable television has at least one advertisement imploring patients who have suffered practically any bad outcome to contact a lawyer immediately for “the compensation they deserve.
0 This story (from the NY Times) about the young palliative care physician in New York who died at age 38 from metastatic breast cancer is pretty harrowing. Dr. Desiree Pardi was a rising star, apparently, in the field of palliative care medicine. She was first diagnosed with cancer at age 31 and battled the recurrences with surgery and chemotherapy while maintaining a full work schedule over the subsequent 7 years.
0 We're stretched so thin, right now. No new hires in sight. Look at this list of patients: 22 of 'em, all over 70, eight "new's" among them, every one with tons of medical issues. Didn't get out of here until 10:30 last night. Then back at it at 8 (am) this morning. I'm telling you, I hate it.
What are the top three considerations surgical professionals should make when purchasing surgical cameras & videos system? April 16, 2010 1. Sensitivity. While some would argue resolution is the #1 consideration, sensitivity may rank higher. The surgeon must see details to make accurate decisions, but needs to see those details in a wide variety of contrast conditions.
There is a secret that very few in the western hemisphere are privy to: there is peace in the Middle East. Its name is Jordan. A small country of only 35,000 square miles and a little over six million people, Jordan is situated in a contentious neighborhood comprised of Syria to the north, Iraq to the west, Jerusalem to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south.
The iPad has finally been released and we’ve got our hands on one so we can provide the medical community a healthcare perspective of the device.
What are the top three considerations surgical professionals should make when purchasing surgical cameras & video systems? I believe image quality should be the first and foremost important consideration when choosing a new surgical camera. That being said, it’s not always easy or a good idea to choose a camera based on the manufacturers specifications.
In “The Hostile Hospital,” from the Lemony Snicket “Series of Unfortunate Events” books, the three young orphans at the center of the story visit the fictitious Heimlich Hospital, where Babs, the head of human resources, asks them if they know what the most important work done in a hospital is.
I am a physician, and a neophyte political activist. These are two separate titles that I keep wrapped up in two distinct packages. When I graduated from medical school, I took an oath to care for my patients called the “Hippocratic Oath”. One line from that oath proclaims, “I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone”.
Urologists have come up with better ways to bring attention to themselves. Some have advertised in urinals at baseball games. Others have lured patients for a vasectomy, promising a prescription of mandatory bedrest during March Madness. Dr. Jack Cassell, on the other hand, had to go create a national scandal.
After exploring several manufacturing companies and hospitals that were applying the Toyota Production System (TPS) to improve processes and eliminate “waste,” St. Joseph Heath System-Humboldt County in California developed their own focused commitment on improvement called “The Humboldt Way.
Trauma surgery for me is a whole lotta non-operative care interspersed with occasional surgery for things like a ruptured spleen. This is because I don't practice in a large urban center, and most of the trauma patients I care for have suffered blunt force injuries rather than penetrating ones. For most of the non-physician population, the idea of trauma surgery is heavily influenced by television—shows like "E.
A recently-published study finds that many surgical teams and hospitals are not using devices and procedures proven to reduce the risk of accidental needle sticks in the OR. April 6, 2010 The operating room (OR) is a high-risk area for occupational sharps injuries and bloodborne pathogen exposure.
On the Facebook page of my podcast, I recently asked for readers to tell me some of the “war stories” they have from the doctor’s office. What are some of the bad things doctors do wrong? I quickly followed this with the flip-side, asking readers to comment on the best interactions that they’ve had with their doctors.