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Dr. MedLaw Q&A: Friends & Family

May 02, 2020

Written by Dr. MedLaw Just about everyone who works at our family practice office (PA’s, an RN and clerical staff) is also a patient there. Needless to say, many of them are accessing their own r...

Facing Unique Primary Care Challenges During the COVID-19 Crisis

May 01, 2020

If you’re a primary care physician, chances are that your practice has changed considerably during the COVID-19 pandemic.  For all of us in the healthcare community, our lives, and the practice of ...

Medicolegal Issues During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Apr 23, 2020

Written by Dr. MedLaw These are extraordinary times with extraordinary challenges but even within this unique framework the principles that doctors need to follow remain familiar. Let’s look a...

What We Heard When We Asked Patients About their Care Experience

Apr 23, 2020

Modern healthcare is drowning in data, and burdened by quality, safety, financial, and operational metrics, but few relate directly to how patients experience their care. This has a direct bearing on ...

9 Myths About Coronavirus: Pointers to Help Better Inform Your Patients

Apr 23, 2020

As a physician, patients come to you seeking accurate information. Right now, myths about COVID-19 swirl around the internet. You need to set the record straight. The following nine myths expose the d...

Why We Need the Lede, in Both Journalism & Medicine

Apr 22, 2020

In journalism, the “lede” is the first part of a news story. A good lede will entice the reader to read more. It contains the key points and gives the general idea of the article. Ledes are also c...

Mental Health Experts Worry Social Isolation Could Lead to Uptick in Suicide Attempts

Apr 16, 2020

By now, many people have accepted social distancing as the new normal — but it still creates significant strain. Patients with existing mental health disorders may face an increase in symptoms, and ...

CPR in COVID-19 Patients Has a Low Survival Rate

Apr 13, 2020

The overall 30-day survival rate for COVID-19 patients receiving CPR was 4 (2.9%) patients, but only 1 (0.7%) had a favorable neurologic outcome at 30 days and just 18 (13.2%) patients achieved return...

He smiled to comfort his COVID-19 patient - then he realized his mask was leaking

Apr 10, 2020

(Editor's note: Attention to expletives in 4th and 9th paragraphs that some may find offensive.) By Nick Brown NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sam remembers the moment he realized he could no longer smile ...

Why We Need the Lede, in Both Journalism & Medicine

Apr 09, 2020

In journalism, the “lede” is the first part of a news story. A good lede will entice the reader to read more. It contains the key points and gives the general idea of the article. Ledes are also c...

The Weekly Corona with Dr. Raquel Lamarche

Apr 09, 2020

The following was originally posted by Jasmine Marcelin, MD, to the University of Nebraska Medical Center Division of Infectious Diseases blog.   As our institution, state, country,...

Dr. MedLaw Q&A: Friends & Family

Apr 08, 2020

Written by Dr. MedLaw Just about everyone who works at our family practice office (PA’s, an RN and clerical staff) is also a patient there. Needless to say, many of them are accessing their own r...

Why We Need the Lede, in Both Journalism & Medicine

Apr 05, 2020

In journalism, the “lede” is the first part of a news story. A good lede will entice the reader to read more. It contains the key points and gives the general idea of the article. Ledes are also c...

Mortality rate of COVID-19 patients on ventilators

Mar 30, 2020

Written by Physician's Weekly Blogger, Skeptical Scalpel Although at the time I wrote this over 33,000 people had died from COVID 19 infections worldwide, the numbers of patients dying in intensive...

Treatment Options for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): A Continuously Evolving Discussion

Mar 26, 2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 started in December 2019 in Wuhan, China and has since spread around the globe, infecting nearly 500,000 people and resulting in more than 22,000 deaths (at writing), and the ...

Forging Past Fear During COVID19

Mar 23, 2020

The following was originally posted on March 22, 2020 by PW blogger Kelly Cawcutt, MD, to her personal blog site, paragonfire.com.   Writing has been an outlet for me as long as I can rem...

Barbecue grill brush bristles found in odd places

Mar 18, 2020

With spring almost here, it’s time to start barbecuing again. It may be one of our few diversions if we are still staying home. Before you get out that wire brush to clean off last year’s grill me...

The Elements of Doctor-Patient Privilege

Mar 12, 2020

There are some societal goals that are considered so important that the law gives them extra protection.  The ability of a penitent person to confess to a clergy member or of spouses to speak honestl...

Addressing Global Infectious Diseases With Dual Infectious Diseases/Critical Care Medicine Fellowships

Mar 12, 2020

The discipline of infectious diseases is ever-growing, with a spectrum of practice pathways adopted by ID physicians, including sub-specialized fields of expertise in public health, hospital epidemio...

Antimicrobial Stewardship & Sepsis – A Great Debate

Feb 27, 2020

The following was originally posted by Kelly Cawcutt, MD, to the University of Nebraska Medical Center Division of Infectious Diseases blog. Optimal management of sepsis has long-been a holy gr...

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