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Sorting Things Out

January 4, 2010 5:29 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin Otolaryngologist | Comments

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. -Albert Einstein     Holiday music plays in the background as I scan my Cancer Center clinic schedule for the day. Most of the names are familiar. There will be three or four new patients that I have never met, a few that are coming to the office for postoperative wound checks, a few that are returning for routine cancer survivor visits, and a few that have noticed alarming new symptoms.

Optimizing Supply Management In The Surgical Suite

December 22, 2009 6:42 am | Comments

Ensure OR efficiency with the right storage solutions to manage your facility's surgical supplies December 22, 2009 The surgical suite is one of the most expensive departments in a hospital. Accounting for and sufficiently storing and tracking inventory of the multitude of supplies—from instruments to tissues implants and more—is crucial to the efficiency of the OR, and to the overall profitability of the hospital.

Occam’s Razor, Resharpened

December 22, 2009 6:32 am | by Mike Rainone | Comments

Sometimes, out of the blue, comes a reminder that the best solutions to a problem are not necessarily the most complex. The Franciscan Friar William of Occam said it best about 700 years ago in the form of the principle of parsimony, which we now know as Occam’s Razor.

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High-Definition 3D Getting Closer To The OR

December 21, 2009 5:53 am | Comments

LG Display Co., Ltd., an innovator of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) technology, announced this month the world’s first commercial launch of a 3D LCD panel boasting full-HD resolution. What does this mean for surgeons and surgical teams? As Medgadget reports, the launch of this technology makes it more and more likely that 3D technology will soon be a common modality to view volumetric, live images in radiology rooms and in the OR.

Holding Doctors Accountable For Medical Errors

December 21, 2009 5:45 am | by Pauline W. Chen, M.D. | Comments

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.

Impact

December 18, 2009 5:14 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Comments

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.

What’s More Affordable Than Free?

December 18, 2009 5:13 am | by Hans Patrick Griesser | Comments

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.

Mars Rescue

December 15, 2009 11:55 am | by James H. Dawdy | Comments

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.

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Is Medicine No Longer a Calling?

December 15, 2009 6:42 am | by By: Dr. Val, Medpage Today | Comments

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.

Lessons From the War Zone

December 14, 2009 5:27 am | by Pauline W. Chen, M.D. | Comments

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.

2010 Purchasing Perspectives

December 14, 2009 5:14 am | Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. | Comments

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.

HeartPlus

December 8, 2009 9:43 am | by Evan Perriello | Comments

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.

My Grandmother's China

December 8, 2009 6:15 am | by By: Liz O'Brien | Comments

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.

Does Skin Marker Type Prevent Erasure Of Surgical-Site Markings?

December 8, 2009 6:09 am | by Mean differences in grayscale contrast by skin preparation | Comments

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[6], site marking should be within the surgical field after draping and that the time-out be performed just before surgical incision.

Medical Errors, Malpractice And Healthcare Reform

December 7, 2009 6:10 am | by David B. Nash, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.P.; Alexis Skoufalos, Ed.D. MedPage Today | Comments

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.

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