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Infection Control Versus Psychology: To White Coat Or Not

February 12, 2014 11:07 am | by Michael Edmond, M.D., MPH | Comments

As you enter your next patient’s room, bare below the elbows in your freshly laundered scrubs, stop for a split second and imagine yourself sporting a shiny white coat in all of its radiant splendor with a Superman logo blazing above the chest pocket...


Physician Burnout: The Additive Effect Of Bureaucracy On The Psyche

February 11, 2014 9:31 am | by Sid Schwab, M.D. | Comments

In trying to understand my own burnout, “control” (or lack thereof) is a dominant theme. This is nothing new. In fact, I doubt I’m unearthing bones not already thoroughly analyzed. But I can give instructive personal examples...    


Inside The First Scandal In Patient Safety

February 10, 2014 9:50 am | by Bob Wachter, M.D. | Comments

In a remarkable number of cases of medical errors, it’s clear — again, in retrospect — that there were signs that something was amiss, but they were ignored. The reasons are manifold: I was just too busy, things are always glitchy around here, I didn’t want to be branded a troublemaker by speaking up…. Part of the work of patient safety has been to alert us to this risk, to get us to trust our internal “spidey-sense..."


The Friday Four: The Man With The Bionic Hand

February 7, 2014 11:09 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

The Friday Four seeks to highlight some of the people behind some of the interesting stories I stumble upon during my daily search for relevant content. Happy Friday!                           


The Rising Threat Of Superbugs

February 7, 2014 10:22 am | by Dr. Hudson Garrett, Senior Director, Clinical Affairs, PDI | Comments

Bacteria will inevitably find ways of resisting the antibiotics that are developed, which is why aggressive action is needed now to keep new resistance from developing and to prevent the resistance that already exists from spreading. Hospitals should collaborate with the facility’s clinical pharmacy department, infection preventionists, and pharmacy and therapeutics committee to closely monitor trends and take action as necessary...


Surgical First Assists’ Role In Addressing Physician Shortage

February 6, 2014 9:39 am | by Lars Thording, Vice President of Marketing and Public Affairs, Intralign | Comments

Everyone understands there are many factors that need to be addressed to be able to better serve our future surgical patient’s needs, but qualified physician extenders will be critical in getting us there...       


Suture Removal In The Mid-21st Century

February 5, 2014 9:36 am | by Bruce Campbell, M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin Otolaryngologist | Comments

"The future of robotic surgery can be determined only by probing the possibilities. To ignore the potential for extending the boundaries and safety of surgical care with robotic technology seems unwise." -- Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons...


Four Reasons Why Hospitals Can Be Very Dangerous Places To Be

February 4, 2014 9:32 am | by Robert Pearl, M.D. | Comments

A hospital can be a very dangerous place to be. Here are four frightening risks hospitals pose, along with their causes and some easy-to-implement solutions that could save hundreds of thousands of lives each year...       


What Is A High Risk Patient?

February 3, 2014 9:40 am | by Fred N. Pelzman, M.D. | Comments

Under the current patient-centered medical home paradigm, being labeled a high-risk patient is an advantage. Lots of resources will be poured into your care. People will be calling you at home all the time, helping make sure you take your medicines, get your tests done, see your specialists, come back for follow-up. But who would want to be labeled high risk?


The Friday Four: Man Found Dead In NYC Hospital Waiting Room

January 31, 2014 10:43 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

The Friday Four seeks to highlight some of the people behind some of the interesting stories I stumble upon during my daily search for relevant content. Happy Friday!                    

The Callousness Of The Two Surgeons Is What Remains

January 30, 2014 9:21 am | by Jordan Grumet, M.D. | Comments

What remains after all these years is not the suffering caused by the particular medical malady, but the callousness of the two surgeons who treated me...                 


The Affordable Care Act Is Here And The Sky Has Not Fallen

January 29, 2014 9:23 am | by Brad Wright | Comments

Now that we’re into the real heart of the ACA, with the most key provisions now implemented as of January 1, 2014, what has really changed? Has the government prevented you from seeing any doctor you wish? Have your taxes gone up exponentially? Are you now paying more for healthcare and getting less? Has a “death panel” convened to decide your fate? Or has life, somehow, gone on much as it did before?

The Toxicity Of Medicaid

January 28, 2014 9:40 am | by Edwin Leap, M.D. | Comments

By way of disclaimer, many of my favorite patients are dependent on Medicaid.  I love them and I am happy to see them, whether for their child’s earache or their own pneumonia or injury.  Many people truly need the program, and it helps them … at least in the short term.  However, it is hurting medicine — both primary care and emergency care...


How The Affordable Care Act Will Affect Emergency Department Payments

January 27, 2014 9:11 am | by Cedric Dark, M.D., MPH | Comments

Many physicians are unsure about how the Affordable Care Act will affect their bottom line. This study attempts to provide an objective analysis of that important information for providers of emergency services. Based on these data, emergency physicians and hospitals serving large numbers of uninsured patients can expect to be paid more after implementation of the ACA...


New Guidelines For Healthcare Personnel Attire Are Short On Evidence

January 27, 2014 9:00 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

If I could ask the well-meaning folks at the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America one question, it would be, "Why issue guidelines if you have no evidence to base them on?"              



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