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How To Select Surgical Residents: The Evidence

March 4, 2014 8:59 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

On Twitter a while ago, a medical student asked me how surgical program directors select new residents. Then a discussion arose among some academic surgeons on the same topic. Someone suggested that medical school grades were the best way to tell whether an applicant would be a successful resident. The fact is that we aren't really sure what the best way to choose residents is...


Merging Healthcare With Modern Communications Technology

March 3, 2014 9:48 am | by Carrie Yang, Senior Healthcare Analyst, Results Healthcare | Comments

Modern communications technology is starting to have a real impact on the way patients are managing their diseases and the delivery of healthcare. By collecting and transmitting real-time data, it is now possible to get a much better picture of a patient’s health and how it is changing. Electronic health records, too, enable more accurate information to be available to each provider involved in a patient’s care...


The Lesson Of Dr. Charles Dotter: Never Stop Innovating

February 28, 2014 9:56 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

It takes a certain type of person to challenge the status quo. It takes a truly exceptional person to make the status quo a thing of the past. Dr. Charles Dotter was blessed with both keen intelligence and a tremendous innovative spirit. His work, which includes performing the first percutaneous transluminal angioplasty 50 years ago this year, transformed the field of medicine. The effects are still felt by physicians and patients today...


Gallbladder Surgery Goes Back To The Future In China

February 27, 2014 9:25 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

Chinese surgeons claim taking out just the gallstones without removing the gallbladder works well for most patients. There were 65 patients with gallstones, 61 of whom underwent successful minimally invasive surgery for removal of just the stones leaving the gallbladder in place...


From The Other Side

February 26, 2014 10:40 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, Surgical Products | Comments

From a medical standpoint, this past year proved to be an overly interesting one for my youngest daughter. In January she underwent a minor outpatient procedure to remove a small cyst from under her eye. Although there were no short-term issues, her ophthalmologist was concerned about long-term effects if the cyst continued to grow. My eight-year-old was a champ the whole time...


We Are Training Physicians With An Eye Towards The Past

February 25, 2014 10:08 am | by Jon Coleman | Comments

How do you ask a person to be the last person to go through an education system that is failing them?  Yet we’re doing just that. Every day tens of thousands of medical student wake up to an education, and an education system, that is failing them...


Evidenced-Based Guidelines Today, Malpractice Tomorrow

February 24, 2014 5:39 am | by Karen S. Sibert, M.D. | Comments

We hold these truths to be self-evident: A hospital administrator with a clipboard is in search of a physician who isn’t following “evidence-based guidelines. Furthermore, there are fads in medicine just as there are in fashion — today’s ”evidence-based guidelines” may be tomorrow’s malpractice...

Universal Medical Licensing For Doctors -- A Good Idea That Will Never Happen

February 24, 2014 5:14 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

Some well-intentioned people at the Center for American Progress say that the concept of individual state medical licenses is outdated, and states should recognize each others' licenses. Universal medical licensing is a great idea, but it will never happen...


The Sad State Of The U.S. Emergency Care System

February 21, 2014 10:11 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

There are times when the results of an evaluation are difficult to interpret. There are other times when an assessment does not allow for any legitimate conclusions to be reached or opinions to be formed. However, the results of a recent evaluation of the nation’s emergency care system leave little room for debate. Spoiler alert: The system is not seen in a positive light...


Single-Incision Vs. Standard 4-Port Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (Part 2)

February 20, 2014 9:47 am | by sKE | Comments

Here's another paper that shows why reading only an abstract can sometimes be misleading. A prospective trial of 49 patients randomized to single-incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy (SILC) vs. 51 who had standard 4-port laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) found that average operative times were 63.5 ± 21.0 minutes for the SILC compared to 43.8 ± 24.2 minutes for those who had LC...


Five Straightforward Ways To Improve Patient Satisfaction In Hospitals

February 20, 2014 6:55 am | by Suneel Dhand, M.D. | Comments

Patient satisfaction and improving the hospital experience is being discussed in hospital boardrooms across the country. Now that financial reimbursements are directly tied to HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) survey scores, there is a significant incentive to do so...


Single-Incision Vs. Standard 4-Port Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

February 19, 2014 7:10 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

The saying used to be, "You can get any paper published if you have enough stamps." Now with electronic submission, you don't even need the stamps. A retrospective study comparing single-incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy (SILC) to standard 4-port laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) concluded that "SILC showed no disadvantage concerning risk profiles, operative times, or hospital stay." There are problems with this study... 


Why Hospitals Should Be Scared Of Cyberattacks

February 19, 2014 6:38 am | by Joe Flower | Comments

If you are a CEO or COO of a health care organization, and your IT people have been trying to get your attention, it’s time to have a serious sit-down with them. If they haven’t been trying to get your attention, it’s time to have a more serious sit-down with them, complete with charts and graphs and arrows on flip charts. Here’s why...


Antibiotics Instead Of Surgery For Appendicitis? No Way

February 18, 2014 9:16 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

A retrospective study from California claims that the nonoperative management of simple appendicitis may be safe and is worth studying further. Why am I not convinced? Because every time this subject comes up, the paper purporting to show that antibiotics are superior or even equal to surgical treatment is flawed...


Obamacare Is Considering Extending Individual Health Insurance Policies

February 14, 2014 1:16 pm | by Robert Laszewski | Comments

Is Obamacare unraveling? Rumors have been circulating in the marketplace all week that the administration was thinking of extending the individual health insurance policies that Obamacare was supposed to have cancelled for as much as three more years...



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