Skeptical Scalpel

Mystery solved: Keep your white coats. And your sleeves. | Medical Blog

My research staff recently came across a paper that directly addressed this problem. As they say on the Internet, “The results will make your jaw drop.” The

Patient Dies 90 Min After Live Broadcast Surgery | Medical Blog

"Was the delay in deciding to open influenced by the presence of an audience of 100 surgeons expecting to see a laparoscopic liver resection?"

The Opioid Epidemic: What Was the Joint Commission’s Role? | Medical Blog

"This set the tone for clinicians—patients are always to be trusted to report pain accurately."

Should Doctors Wear White Coats? The Debate Continues | Medical Blog

An infectious disease fellow at the Harvard Medical School is convinced that white coats are covered in bacteria and cause infections. But in a post on a

Caribbean invasion: Medical school turf wars | Medical Blog

"Medical school tuition has outpaced inflation by 6 times. I agree with the chancellor. I don’t think human illness is a commodity to be sold in the marketplace."

Lipo Blunders, Yet a 4-Star Doc Rating | Medical Blog

“My specialty that I love to do is the Brazilian butt lift. I'm known to be very aggressive when it comes to liposuction.” - Dr. Omulepu

A New View Debates Antibiotics for Appendicitis | Medical Blog

Here’s what Jane E. Brody, New York Times Personal Health columnist, had to say about surgeons who think appendicitis should be treated with an operation. “This is

EMR notes: Copy and paste, done in haste, what a waste | Medical Blog

"It doesn’t matter what is written in a chart unless something goes wrong."

Florida teen impersonates a doctor…again | Medical Blog

"The lad isn't merely a PhD. He says he has a Psy D, an MD, and the following degrees: HHP-C and AMP-C. Both Google and I don't know what those two stand for."

Doctor Operates on the Wrong Child | Medical Blog

"I will wager that a root cause analysis will find that a proper timeout did not take place."

FIRST Trial: Patients Not Harmed When Surgical Residents Work Flexible Hours | Medical Blog

"The issue has been hotly debated, but prior to the FIRST Trial, limited data existed about what is worse for patient care—tired residents or frequent handoffs of patient information."

Is Burnout Talk Causing More Burnout? | Medical Blog

"There is certainly much to be depressed about in medicine...But could it be that the more stories written about burnout and depression, the more burned out and depressed doctors become?"

Surgeon Convicted of Manslaughter Wins Right to Appeal | Medical Blog

"Should this conviction be overturned, it will be another blow to the "Captain of the Ship" doctrine, which assumes that a surgeon is responsible for everything that happens to his patient."

Why Hospital Rankings are Bogus | Medical Blog

"That one hospital in New York that made Leapfrog's top hospitals list? It’s Harlem Hospital, an inner city institution with nearly all Medicaid and uninsured patients. In 2012, Consumer Reports ranked it one of the worst in the US for patient safety, readmissions, and infections. Is it really one of America's top 98 hospitals?"

The Ultimate Resident Evaluation | Medical Blog

Maybe we should adopt a modification of Deloitte’s system for our resident evaluations. Faculty must respond yes or no to this statement: “I would let this resident operate on me.” If the answer is “no,” why should we let that resident operate on anyone?

Mass. General Hospital on the Hot Seat | Medical Blog

"At a time when surgeons are experiencing intense scrutiny regarding complications, double booking cases at one of the most prestigious hospitals in the country is troubling."

Baffling Deficiency of New ICD-10 Codes | Medical Blog

How is there a code for drowning and submersion due to falling or jumping from burning water-skis but not one for elevator injuries?

Two Ways to Deal with ED "Frequent Flyers" | Medical Blog

"He returned a third time that night. When he became aware of the man's presence again, a doctor entered his cubicle and punched him in the abdomen. The patient was not injured."

Surgeon Scorecard Thoroughly Dismantled | Medical Blog

Back in July, an organization called ProPublica released its Surgeon Scorecard, which attempted to give patients a way to compare surgeon performance. While the effort was well-intended,

Is there a Nursing Shortage or Not? | Medical Blog

"We predict that by 2025, there will be 'doing nurses' (DNs) at the bedside and 'charting nurses' (CNs), who will sit at nursing stations all day and document what the doing nurse is doing. "

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