Skeptical Scalpel

Patients Clueless About Insurance Coverage | Medical Blog

The consequences of a lower-premium, higher-deductable policy are often misunderstood — so who is to blame?

Why I Wear a White Coat | Medical Blog

The topic of bacteria on white coats has been debated for years. I'm keeping mine. How about you?

Shorter Hospital Stays: Lessons from Disaster | Medical Blog

If patients can be discharged early prior to major disasters to make room for victims, could earlier discharge be done more often?

2012 VEITHsymposium: Pros and Cons of Multilayer Stent Technology to be Debated | Medical Blog

Belgian Device Being Marketed in E.U., Still Awaiting U.S. Approval.

What Do Interns Do When They’re on Call? | Medical Blog

Teaching and learning apparently account for only 2% of medical interns' time during a 14-hour call period.

44 Journals I’d Like to Read If I Had the Time | Medical Blog

The Skeptical Scalpel lists the many journals he's come across over the years that have piqued his interest.

Medical School Grading: Everyone Gets a Trophy | Medical Blog

Grading in medical school is an excellent example of what I call the “T-ball culture”: No one keeps score. All games end in a tie. Everyone gets a trophy.

Why Malpractice Claims Take Forever To Be Resolved | Medical Blog

Since defense lawyers are paid according to their billable hours, it seems to me that it is in their best interest to make a claim last as long as possible.

How to Lower 30-Day Hospital Readmission Rates | Medical Blog

The solution is quite simple — let the patients die.

Lawyers Dodge Malpractice Insurance; Should Doctors Follow Suit? | Medical Blog

Lawyers aren't required to carry malpractice insurance, and some hospitals are dropping the coverage. Is it time for physicians to take their chances too?

A Simple Mistake? | Medical Blog

While human errors were made in the tragic death of a 12-year-old boy, this event also fits James Reason’s “Swiss cheese model” of a complex series of occurrences that will take more than a new policy about notifying ED MDs about abnormal lab results to fix.

NY Hospital Installs Hand-Washing Cam | Medical Blog

A New York hospital has resorted to videotaping staff to monitor hand-washing. Why not investigate the reasons for non-compliance instead?

New Additions to the “Never Events” List | Medical Blog

Two more complications have been proposed as additions to the CMS “never events” initiative. Do you agree that all these events are 100% preventable?

A Shortage of General Surgeons: Coming Soon? | Medical Blog

There is already a shortage of general surgeons. The population of the US is growing and the supply of general surgeons is not. And no one is doing anything about this.

Whatever Happened to Personal Contact? | Medical Blog

Back in the day, physicians used to socialize more. Something is lacking when you aren’t able to attach a face to a name. Is this another reason why a lot of us don’t enjoy practicing medicine as much as we used to?

Physician Decision-Making: Damned If You Do… | Medical Blog

We are being criticized for runaway healthcare spending and encouraged to reduce unnecessary testing, yet also being sued for failing to order certain tests.

Pregnancy Among Women Surgeons | Medical Blog

Women surgeons still feel stigmatized about pregnancy during surgical residency training. Male residents can get sick or be injured and miss time. Should there be any reason to deal with pregnancy differently?

Complications & Collateral Damage | Medical Blog

Complications during surgery can significantly impact surgeons' psyches. Are you haunted by your own patient "graveyard"?

Words Mean What I Say They Mean | Medical Blog

Frustration over semantics in medicine: Why words like "non-compliant" have fallen out of favor.

Overuse of Proton Pump Inhibitors is Expensive & Dangerous | Medical Blog

Let’s talk about proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). These drugs, successors to the innovative H2 blockers, have revolutionized the treatment of gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and peptic ulcers.

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