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Comparison of Outcomes of Antibiotic Drugs and Appendectomy (CODA) Trial: What you need to know

Oct 05, 2020

Written by Physician's Weekly blogger, Skeptical Scalpel The short-term results of the CODA trial have just been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. This study of over 1500 patients r...

A Swedish Physician Reacts to Sweden's COVID-19 Response

Sep 23, 2020

As I got up to leave the conference room, I was nauseated. I was on an international meeting for neurosurgeons when a case was presented by my colleagues from the Netherlands of a 4-year-old who had s...

Part II: Avoiding Liability in Telemedicine: HIPAA & Informed Consent

Sep 20, 2020

That you are a responsible covered entity under HIPAA and a fiduciary for the privacy of your patients’ PHI do not decrease with telemedicine. In fact, it is a setting in which you want to be very c...

Unusual Cases Part 7: Growing Hair...and a Guidewire

Sep 14, 2020

Written by Physician’s Weekly blogger, Skeptical Scalpel   I Can’t Stomach This One An elderly man with a long history of a left inguinal hernia had several months of upper abdominal...

Legacy of the Plague

Sep 08, 2020

“Blessings for all you do.” “You Rock!” They arose from the grass on the median strip and stood there, beautifully askew in summer’s early morning mist; dozens of them. Created by loca...

A COVID Love Note from a Mother Physician

Sep 02, 2020

The following was originally posted at becomebraveenough.com.   The media right now is reporting the division of "sides" people are taking when it comes to the pandemic. Political agenda...

What Is the Optimal Dosing of Daptomycin for VRE Bacteremia?

Sep 02, 2020

The following was originally posted by Jasmine Marcelin, MD, to the University of Nebraska Medical Center Division Infectious Diseases blog.   This month’s #PharmToExamTable questi...

Non-Physician Hospital CEO Cut after Participating in Surgery

Aug 31, 2020

Last week on Twitter I asked this question: The 130 (2.5%) of 5,213 respondents who said they would allow a CEO to make a skin incision highlight the unscientific nature of Twitter polls. Restr...

Diversity in Medicine: An Innovative Approach to Resident Physician Recruitment

Aug 18, 2020

Welcome to a new blog by Philomena Asante, MD, MPH, that will highlight a healthcare institution, medical educational program, or professional medical organization striving to promote diversity, equit...

How to Get Around a State’s Cap on Pain and Suffering

Aug 16, 2020

Written by Physician's Weekly blogger, Skeptical Scalpel Since 1975, California has had a $250,000 cap on pain and suffering in medical malpractice cases. A recent case illustrates how a plaintiff...

Q&A: Underlying Principles of Payment

Aug 14, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has put many practices under great stress as far as payments as patients lose insurance coverage or cannot cover bills. However, it is essential to remember that the underlying pri...

Practicing a New Kind of Primary Care in COVID-19 America

Aug 13, 2020

Helping patients practice self-care and embracing telehealth to build a new model.   The devastation of the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our healthcare system—and our private me...

Covid Times Get Stranger and Stranger

Jul 30, 2020

After learning that several players on the Miami Marlins baseball team had tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, the team went ahead with a scheduled game on Sunday, July 26. How did they make the d...

COVID-19 Dramatizes the Value of Rediscovering the Power of House Calls

Jul 23, 2020

Homebound patients have always faced daunting logistical and financial challenges in finding basic care. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic, which particularly devastated America’s nursing homes, has painfu...

Acute appendicitis: Will a novel endoscopic “organ-sparing” approach change the treatment paradigm?

Jul 15, 2020

by Skeptical Scalpel, Physician’s Weekly Top Blogger Will a novel endoscopic “organ-sparing” approach change the treatment paradigm? I say a resounding “NO.” An opinion piece with the ...

The New Normal in Food Safety & Regulations

Jul 07, 2020

Food and food-related safety have come to the fore in recent times. There are a whopping 362K online searches on “food safety” since January, with per-day mentions rising up to 60K, which is 70% h...

Unusual cases Part 6: Surviving Bizarre Perforations

Jul 01, 2020

by Skeptical Scalpel, Physician's Weekly Top Blogger One patient, two complications A patient who was to undergo a robot-assisted right nephrectomy because of recurrent pyelonephritis suffer...

It Is Time to Assess Sexual Health in Women With Lung Cancer – The SHAWL Study

Jun 30, 2020

The Lung Cancer Registry has launched a landmark new survey on the impact of lung treatments on women's sexual health. The aim is to explore the magnitude of the problem and provide researchers and cl...

Worst Ever COVID-19 Screening Idea for Airports

Jun 30, 2020

Written by Physician’s Weekly blogger, Skeptical Scalpel In a June 3rd Washington Post article about recent changes in airport screening practices, risk management expert Bruce McIndoe discus...

A Virus Is Killing My People, And I Can’t Even Tell Them

Jun 29, 2020

I am worried. Every day for over a month, I saw tens of thousands of black people around the country marching in protest of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless ot...

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