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2014 Physician Compensation Report Highlights

2014 Physician Compensation Report Highlights | Medical Blog

A newcomer snatched a spot in the top 3 highest earning specialties – check out which one in our summary of Medscape’s 2014 annual compensation report!…

Patient Falls Off OR Table: System Error?

Patient Falls Off OR Table: System Error? | Guest Blog

Human error. Creating more meetings and rules that are unlikely to be followed will not solve the problem of a staff with a "can't do" attitude.

Do Hospitals Profit From Surgical Errors?

Do Hospitals Profit From Surgical Errors? | Guest Blog

It depends on what you read.

A study of over 34,000 surgical procedures performed at a hospital system in Texas showed that 1,820 (5.3%) patients suffered complications. Charges for patients with complications who had private insurance resulted in significantly higher contribution margins (revenue minus variable expenses) to hospitals by some $39,000 compared with patients without complications.…

The Evolution of Medicine | Guest Blog

Source: BestMedicalDegrees.com

Modern medicine has helped lead to a surge in average life expectancy, which was only about 36 in the late 1800s. With humans routinely living into their 100s, advances in medical science are to thank. Let’s take a journey through the history of medical advancements.…

Emergency Homeopathic Medicine: A Parody

Emergency Homeopathic Medicine: A Parody | Guest Blog

This sketch–from the fourth episode of season three of “That Mitchell and Webb Look,”  a British television sketch show starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb–suggests what might happen if emergency physicians only used homeopathic medicine.…

Should All Surgeons Undergo Video Assessment?

Should All Surgeons Undergo Video Assessment? | Guest Blog

A superb study by the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative showed that the more skilled surgeons were, the better were their outcomes.

Surgeons submitted a video of their choice depicting their performance of a laparoscopic gastric bypass. Since it was self-selected, it was presumably their best work.…

Neurosurgeons Successfully Implant 3D-Printed Skull

Neurosurgeons Successfully Implant 3D-Printed Skull | Medical Blog

When a Dutch woman with a rare condition needed a new skull, surgeons 3D-printed one for her and put it on her brain like a cap.

An entire human cranium can now be added to the growing list of 3D-printed body parts that includes a fingertip, a hand, prosthetic eyes, arms, a jaw, and even a new foot for a duck.…

12 Lead “Hooper’s” Trick

12 Lead “Hooper’s” Trick | Medical Blog

This is Hooper’s Trick, an easy way to associate leads and locations on a 12 lead ECG/EKG.

Source: Emergency Medical Counsel.…

Surprising Results of Three Studies

Surprising Results of Three Studies | Guest Blog

I like studies that question accepted practices. I also like to question studies that question accepted practices. [See this post about discrediting discredited practices.]

Here are three studies with surprising and thought-provoking results.

A few years ago, the idea of rapid response teams surfaced.…

Surgical Site Infection Rates: Good or Bad?

Surgical Site Infection Rates: Good or Bad? | Guest Blog

Postoperative acute care visits for clinically significant surgical site infections (SSIs) occurred within 14 days after 3.09 of every 1,000 ambulatory operations performed and within 30 days in 4.84 of every 1000 operations, according to a study, published in a recent issue of JAMA.…

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