Doctor’s Voice

Charges dropped against surgeon accused of assaulting nurse | Feature

Last month in this space, I wrote about “Things doctors should not do—like attacking their nurses” and included this story among others: “A surgeon at a Long

“Officials find NYC hospitals riddled with shocking violations.” | Feature

I know it’s only the New York Post, but that headline could not be more misleading: The article says that state health inspectors found “19 instances of

Four Dos and Don’ts for Physicians Looking to Grow their Financial Wealth | Medical Blog

Historically, the title of physician came with the near automatic assumption that the individual was or would be very wealthy.  As highly educated professionals, many have worked

Things doctors should not do—like attacking their nurses | Feature

Do not [allegedly] assault the nurses. A former nurse at a surgery center affiliated with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles is suing an ophthalmologist who, she

The Innovation Fetish | Medical Blog

There is a joke shared by statisticians, scrap dealers, and emergency medicine professionals about drivers. Despite the distribution curves of driving skill, the daily admissions to the

Things medical personnel should not do | Feature

Here are some tips from an experienced former provider—me. Nude Pictures… Do not take nude pictures of fellow employees. A woman unit secretary in the operating room

Video – Bringing 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hands From the Netherlands to Sierra Leone | Medical Blog

PW blogger Lars Brouwers, MD, discusses his trip to bring 3D printed hands and umbilical cord clamps to underserved populations throughout northwestern Africa in this exclusive video!

Calling Responsible Parties to Task for their Role in the Opioid Epidemic | Medical Blog

PW blogger and regular #PWChat Tweetchat co-host Linda Girgis, MD, FAAFP, take a thorough look at the opioid epidemic, including how we got to this point and what can be done to turn things around.

The Burnout Paradox: Why Are We Still Surprised? | Feature

If you go to medical school, you will be stressed—bigly. It should not come as a surprise. Two posts on the Kevin MD website highlight the problems

Going off the deep end about water | Feature

The latest water craze has generated a lot of discussion. The New York Times reported that some people in California [where else?] have started drinking “raw water”

Can Incident Reports Backfire? | Medical Blog

"Incident reports can be subpoenaed by hospitals train people what to write and not write in incident reports? I don't think so."

Three Ineffective Institutional Approaches to Quality Improvement in Healthcare | Medical Blog

Three of the leading organizational obstacles to effectiveness of quality improvement in healthcare are related to lack of internalization, lack of management support, and a punitive management attitude toward error.

Ordering unnecessary laboratory tests continues to be a problem | Feature

Unnecessary testing wastes money and can lead to further testing. Why does it occur? Almost 60% of medical personnel surveyed at a large academic medical center believed

Continuing Life Sustaining Therapy in the Face of Futility | Medical Blog

One of the most difficult challenges physicians encounter is assisting terminally ill patients who are nearing the ends of their lives. These patients and their families are

Surgeon sued for talking on cell phone during an operation | Feature

A surgeon took a Spanish language proficiency test while performing varicose vein surgery on a 70-year-old woman. The doctor said he had to take the test during

Why Doctors Are Losing the Public’s Trust | Feature

"The public is losing their trust in us. They see us as driven for profit. They feel we don’t listen to their concerns anymore and don’t care what they want or need."

3D Printing an Osteoporotic Mandible to Aid in Surgery | Medical Blog

Together with maxillofacial surgeon, Erik Nout, MD, DDS, PhD, I prepared a stereolithography file of the above 3D-printed mandible. Speaking about the 3D print, Dr. Nout says: “The 3D-printed

Patient satisfaction surveys are worthless | Feature

For several years, Medicare has tied hospital reimbursement to its definition of quality of care. Poorly performing hospitals can be penalized as much as 2% of their

3D Printing Aids Fistulotomy | Medical Blog

Dr. Brouwers, with the help of colleague David Zimmerman, MD, explains how 3D printing of a perianal fistula internal opening makes for easy assessment of treatment options and patient education.

3D Printing a Q Fever-Infected Aortic Aneurysm | Medical Blog

Aortic infection is a rare, but severe condition. Primary infection with Coxiella burnetii bacteria in patients with chronic Q fever is notorious in the southern part of

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