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Cancelling Surgery: When The Show Can’t Go On

February 1, 2013 1:16 pm | by Kate O'Reilly, M.D. | Comments

It’s showtime.  No need to worry.  This is just another routine performance.  I can do this.  All I need to do is get on stage, do my dance, and wait for the curtain to fall.  Then move on to the next stage and do it all again.


When Should Physicians Hire An IT Consultant?

January 30, 2013 9:49 am | by Rosemarie Nelson | Comments

According to recent Medical Group Management Association surveys more than 50% of physicians used the services of a healthcare consultant or firm at least once in the previous 3 years. But did they have to? Was it a smart move?


Just 'Cause It's New And At Mayo Doesn't Mean It's Better

January 29, 2013 11:49 am | by Gary Schwitzer | Comments

I’m a big fan of Minnesota Public Radio and usually a big fan of their healthcare news coverage. They’ve done some bold and innovative coverage in recent years. But when I heard (on the radio) and saw (online) MPR’s story, “Prostate cancer scan advance helps Mayo doctors with early detection,” I saw some red flags immediately.


Do Starbucks Employees Have More Emotional Intelligence Than Your Physician?

January 25, 2013 6:47 pm | by Editor | Comments

Why are Starbucks employees often better at responding to their clients’ emotional needs than experienced physicians?  It comes down to training.


Half Of What We Teach You

January 25, 2013 11:52 am | by Editor | Comments

We searched for information in older textbooks with trepidation, fearing encounters with long-discarded details and theories. We marveled that previous generations of physicians had never been taught tobacco and cancer were somehow linked to each other. How could they have not known? And then there were changes we encountered in surgery.


Many Suffer Chronic Pain After Breast Cancer Surgery

January 23, 2013 11:57 am | by Editor | Comments

About one-quarter of women who've had breast cancer surgery have significant and persistent breast pain six months after the procedure, a new study finds. Women with breast pain before surgery were most likely to have long-term breast pain after the operation, according to the study recently published in the Journal of Pain.


Health Care Reform - Gangnam Style

January 23, 2013 11:30 am | by Lisa Suennen | Comments

"I read an article the other day about a new company called Rap Genius. The company consists primarily of a website that relies on crowdsourcing to explain rap lyrics ... this company is missing the number one market opportunity: explaining healthcare speak to the masses."


Dear Patients: Thank You

January 22, 2013 12:18 pm | by Maria Yang, MD | Comments

Thank you for nearly kicking me in the face when I tap on your knees to test your reflexes. Thank you for peeing all over me after I remove your diaper.Thank you for answering questions that, in any other context, are completely obnoxious and rude.


Weight Staying Off After Bariatric Surgery

January 21, 2013 12:30 pm | by Editor | Comments

Experience at a single center showed an average of 47 percent excess weight loss in patients followed for more than 10 years after LAGB. A review of published studies revealed a mean excess weight loss of 54 percent at 10 years and beyond for patients treated with LAGB or Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB).


Tobacco, Obesity Focal Points For President's Second Term

January 21, 2013 10:38 am | by David Pittman, MedPage Today | Comments

The second term of an Obama administration will be marked for implementing key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but the president also wants to focus on lowering tobacco use and obesity rates.


I Was Sued And Lived To Tell The Tale

January 18, 2013 9:15 am | by Natasha Deonarain, M.D. | Comments

A few years ago, I was sued. I know what it’s like to live with fear, up close and personal. And I know what it feels like to lose.


How Secure Messaging, Email Benefit Patients And Improve Outcomes

January 16, 2013 9:14 am | by David Chase | Comments

Physicians underestimate the fact that opening up a digital channel to facilitate post visit, post-surgery, etc. comments and questions can and does provide a very real ROI if you dive into the typical workflow pattern that evolves when a patient calls with questions.


Organ Recipients Need Strong Partnerships With Their Doctors

January 15, 2013 10:06 am | by Anabel Stenzel | Comments

After years of being followed by many specialists – endocrine, pulmonary, infectious disease, dermatology, GI, oncology, ophthalmology -I’ve witnessed how easily a fragmented specialty approach can result in a lack of communication between providers. I then realized the incredible value of my primary care physician. They served as the birds-eye view of my health and looked down the lens of the bigger picture, to views that specialists often overlooked.

The Surgery Gods Can Be Your Best Friend Or Your Worst Enemy

January 14, 2013 9:23 am | by David Gelber, M.D. | Comments

They can shine their face upon you and keep the common bile duct from sneaking away from its normal position to a vulnerable  point directly behind or even lateral to the gallbladder, or, if angry, can command the ureter to adhere to the back wall of the colon, leaving it vulnerable to division by sloppy surgeons. These gods can be vindictive if not properly appeased.


Health Systems Need Not Be Fallible

January 9, 2013 9:30 am | by Kenneth Lin, M.D. | Comments

All people are fallible, and health professionals no less so than others. But medicine is usually less forgiving of simple mistakes. A technically perfect surgery is a disaster because it was performed on the wrong body part. A patient develops a life-threatening infection because a doctor forgot to wash his hands.



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