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What To Do After You Make A Medical Error

October 1, 2013 9:31 am | by Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Comments

While caring for Ms. A overnight, I made the incorrect decision to administer a cardiac medication to treat her disease that is known to increase the risk of bleeding during surgery.  Given her need for the operation, the benefit of providing this medication to safely temporize her heart condition in the short-term did not outweigh the risk of delaying the intervention that she ultimately needed. I made the wrong call...

Medical Errors And Deaths: Is The Problem Getting Worse?

September 30, 2013 9:39 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

Medical errors are a real problem. I won't deny that. It was bad enough when the often-quoted Institute of Medicine figure that 98,000 deaths per year in the U.S. are caused by medical errors was in vogue, but now a paper in the Journal of Patient Safety states that adverse medical events result in 210,000 to 400,000 deaths per year and 10 to 20 times those numbers of serious harms...

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Wearing Her Heart On Her Sleeve

September 27, 2013 9:34 am | by Bruce Campbell, M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin Otolaryngologist | Comments

As a profession, we physicians are rarely accused of being overly empathetic despite the oaths we swear as we enter our careers (“May I see in all who suffer only the fellow human being…”). Even when we strive to be consistently caring, our execution often falls short, yielding to the pressures of our own lives and the need to get long lists of tasks accomplished...

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After A Creutzfeldt-Jakob Exposure, Should Patients Be Told?

September 26, 2013 9:37 am | by Timothy Lahey, M.D. | Comments

The question then is whether there is something, anything, to be gained from knowing that somewhere deep in the brain a rampaging misshapen protein with an appetite for global domination is quietly, mercilessly, taking apart the very substance of who you are. Or not. Personally I would rather live without that kind of shadow hanging over me...

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Three Stories Of Surgeons That I Find Disturbing

September 25, 2013 9:34 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

An orthopedic surgeon from New York reportedly has 261 malpractice suits against him. He has been accused of performing “phantom” and unnecessary operations. In one case, he supposedly performed a knee reconstruction, and the patient died of a pulmonary embolism the same day. A post-mortem examination allegedly showed no evidence of a reconstructed knee...

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Google Glass Could Help Rural Surgeons

September 20, 2013 3:18 pm | by Editor | Comments

India is the perfect place for Google Inc.’s wearable computer Google Glass, according to the first surgeon in the country to perform an operation wearing the optical device. J.S. Rajkumar, a tech-savvy laparoscopic surgeon at the Lifeline Multi Speciality Hospital in the southern city of Chennai, on Tuesday carried out two operations wearing Glass, which uses a tiny, voice-controlled, Wi-Fi-enabled computer on the face...

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A Prank In The OR Backfires

September 20, 2013 12:58 pm | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

An anesthesiologist at a California hospital pasted stickers simulating a mustache and teardrops on the face of a hospital employee while she was having surgery on a finger. According to the LA Times, the doctor said, "I thought she would think this is funny and she would appreciate it..."

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The Role Of Physicians Is Set To Evolve Again

September 20, 2013 9:45 am | by A Country Doctor | Comments

Talking with an insurance doctor, who denied a vertebroplasty for my patient with a spontaneous compression fracture, I started thinking about the dilemma of defining what a doctor-patient relationship is. The managed care industry, on its own, redefined the doctor-patient relationship many years ago, and now the Internet and the government are continuing the transformation...

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How Physicians Can Fight Obstructivism Over Obamacare

September 19, 2013 10:23 am | by Bob Doherty | Comments

Soon, millions of uninsured Americans will be able to enroll in qualified private health insurance plans offered through their state marketplaces, with federal dollars to help them afford it. Yet instead of this being a cause for celebration by Obamacare’s supporters, and perhaps grudging acceptance (if not acquiesce) by its foes, the political fight over the law’s future continues to rage...

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Is This The Most Bizarre Bad Doctor Of All?

September 18, 2013 9:35 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

There seems to be no shortage of bad doctor stories going around right now. Just when you thought you'd heard the worst, along comes another. A "cosmetic surgeon" in California has lost his license to practice medicine and has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2010 death of a 61-year-old woman during a 10-hour liposuction procedure being done in his office...

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The Affordable Care Act Ignores Simple Issues Of Human Nature

September 17, 2013 12:07 pm | by Edwin Leap, M.D. | Comments

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare, is law.  And its implementation is moving along slowly, but steadily. You have to give credit to the folks who believed in it, whether grass-roots supporters or highly placed politicians.  They rammed it down the American gullet like a lead ball down the muzzle of a Hawken rifle.  The problem is, once it goes off, the whole thing is going to explode...

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Painting In The OR: The Evolution Of Surgical Preparation

September 17, 2013 10:02 am | by David Gelber, M.D. | Comments

One would never guess that a frequent activity in the OR is painting. I’m not referring to the application of paint to the walls of a room or house. The painting I’ve seen is limited to the patient and his or her body parts. I suppose the first application of “paint” would be the initial scribble placed by the surgeon, marking the surgical site... 

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Google Glass For Medicine: Four Reasons Why It Could Be Disastrous

September 16, 2013 9:22 am | by Matthew Katz, M.D. | Comments

The buzz is that Google Glass will transform medicine.  But unless it’s carefully vetted it could be a disaster for patients, clinicians, and hospitals.  Until the FDA or research confirms its safety, Google Glass is banned from my clinic as a privacy and medical practice hazard. Here are four reasons why.

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What Post-Surgical ER Visits Say (Or Don't Say) About Quality Of Care

September 13, 2013 11:24 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Correlation doesn’t always indicate causation, but there are times when certain statistical data deserves another look. According to a recent study from the University of Michigan, nearly one in five older adults who have common operations will end up in the emergency department within a month of their hospital stay.

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We Need Tools To Meaningfully Interpret Health Data

September 12, 2013 9:23 am | by Peter Alperin, M.D. | Comments

We need the tools to collect all of the information in one place — a virtual clearinghouse where people can see and review all of the data that is being collected about them. Not only do they need to make sure that it is accurate, but also they could take the opportunity to get a glimpse into what others know about them, something amazing in its own right.

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