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Ebola, Leadership, and Responsibility

Ebola, Leadership, and Responsibility | Medical Blog

The response of our professional organizations and public health institutions has been scientifically correct and yet has been an abject failure in the eyes of the public.

Social Media Tips for Doctors

Social Media Tips for Doctors | Medical Blog

Recently, I was asked for personal advice on using Twitter. There are many articles out there that say we (physicians) don’t know how to properly use social media. Social media can be a very powerful tool in medicine. It can not only help us get medical information out there to our patients, but it can also help us connect with people, colleagues, and organizations to give us more visibility—whether for career advancement, media contacts, or just to get our voices heard.…

New Ebola Guidelines for Emergency Departments

New Ebola Guidelines for Emergency Departments | Medical Blog

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has been working with the CDC and the Emergency Nurses Association to establish procedures to help emergency personnel evaluate and manage emergency patients suspected of possible Ebola infection.  The CDC published the new guidelines for emergency departments during ACEP’s annual meeting where experts from across the country are meeting to discuss key issues, including Ebola.…

Wear a Hazmat Suit When Operating An Elevator?

Wear a Hazmat Suit When Operating An Elevator? | Guest Blog

In their quest to culture every object on planet Earth, researchers have found that hospital elevator buttons are more contaminated with bacteria than restroom surfaces.

Of 120 randomly cultured elevator buttons, 73 (61%) grew bacteria. Washroom surfaces were cultured 96 times with 41 (43%) showing microbial growth.…

Brothers and Sisters

Brothers and Sisters | Medical Blog

She was 16-years-old, a backseat passenger in a rollover car crash. The driver died at the scene, and the front seat passenger lay in the trauma bay opposite hers. She was awake and alert and very intoxicated. Her right leg was broken between the knee and ankle, but otherwise she had no major injuries.…

Rediscovering First Principles, or Grand Futile Gestures

Rediscovering First Principles, or Grand Futile Gestures | Medical Blog

"But she opened her eyes and spoke to me. Sometimes you need to make a grand futile gesture, just so you can sleep at night."

Ebola: Are We Prepared?

Ebola: Are We Prepared? | Medical Blog

"The CDC has done an excellent job passing its guidelines to ER’s and local health departments across the nation. But, these simply have not trickled down to those of us on the front lines."

Anesthesia vs. Surgery: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Anesthesia vs. Surgery: Can’t We All Just Get Along? | Guest Blog

"Anesthesia is one of the few specialties that you must consult and work with but have no control over who is assigned to your cases. "

A Closer Look at Medicare’s Doctor Payment Data

A Closer Look at Medicare’s Doctor Payment Data | Guest Blog

Why does the Wall Street Journal have to point out such flagrant outliers? What do they know about detecting these practices that Medicare could not do for itself?

Ruptures and Redo’s

Ruptures and Redo’s | Medical Blog

"The proposed guidelines may work in a big academic center or a multispecialty practice where the surgeon is salaried and has an assured referral base. For the solo private practitioner, turning away otherwise reasonable risk patients on the basis of weight alone is a nonstarter."

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