Recent Features

How has United Airlines done since the doctor was manhandled? | Feature

  Three months ago I blogged about the doctor who was dragged off a United plane in Chicago and the airline’s response to the incident. The CEO

Physicians Practice: How to Engage in Difficult Discussions With Staff | Feature

The author of this article is Catherine Hambley, PhD, an organizational psychologist who leverages brain science to promote effectiveness and positive change.  Of the many challenges physicians

A Closer Look at Leftover Pain Drugs | Feature

A survey has found that many parents hold onto their child’s leftover pain drugs. The findings highlight the need for healthcare providers to talk with parents and guide them on what to do with these medications after they are no longer needed.

Statin & Aspirin Use Post-CABG | Feature

CABG is among the most commonly performed procedures to treat ischemic heart disease, but previous research suggests that the long-term benefits of this surgery are limited by failed patency of bypass grafts.

#PWChat Recap: Defensive Medicine & Related Costs | Feature

The Physician’s Weekly #PWChat series continued last night with an energetic discussion focusing on defensive medicine and related costs. It was co-hosted by Jeff Segal, MD, JD,

Defining Operative Emergency General Surgery | Feature

A national study has found that the vast majority of all operative volume, complications, deaths, and costs associated with emergency general surgery are attributable to seven procedures. The findings may help hospitals focus prevention efforts and quality improvement initiatives.

Dr. MedLaw: Assumption of the Risk | Feature

“If a patient chooses to come to me for medical care and I explain the risks and they agree to the treatment then how can they turn around and sue me. Aren’t they agreeing to those risks?”

Postoperative Care With Online Portals | Feature

Online postoperative visits appear to be well accepted among patients and surgeons and tend to take less time to complete, according to a study. This approach also effectively identified patients who required further postoperative care.

Physicians Practice: 5 Ways for Physicians to be Role Models | Feature

The author of this article Sue Jacques, a professionalism expert who specializes in medical and corporate civility.  Physicians are expected to exemplify professional conduct and make smart

Managing Risk Associated with Contaminated Heater-Cooler Devices Used in Cardiac Surgery | Feature

Between 2010 and 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received 32 Medical Device Reports of patient infections associated with heater-cooler devices and 25 of these cases were reported during 2015 alone.

Making the Case for Suicide Screening in Emergency Departments | Feature

Universal suicide risk screening in the ED appears to be feasible and may increase the detection of people at risk, according to a study. EDs are encouraged to tailor suicide screening protocols to their available resources in order to optimize outcomes.

Follow-Up & Drug Adherence After Acute Myocardial Infarction | Feature

Older patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) appear to have poorer adherence to their post-discharge medication regimens if they go longer periods of time before being followed up. Delaying outpatient follow-up after AMI may worsen outcomes for this patient group.

Hernia Repair & Risk Reduction Programs | Feature

Previous research has shown that a significant proportion of patients who present to the hospital with a ventral hernia have modifiable risk factors, such as obesity, poor

Sex Bias in Surgical Research | Feature

A comprehensive analysis has found that sex bias appears to exist in human surgical clinical research. This disparity must be addressed in order to improve evidence-based medicine.

Identifying Elder Abuse in the Emergency Department | Feature

Elder abuse is increasingly common among patients presenting to the ED. Developing screening protocols and using a multidisciplinary team-based approach may improve the detection and care of elder abuse in EDs.

Conference Highlights: IAS 2017 | Feature

New research was presented at IAS 2017, the biennial International Aids Society Conference on HIV Science, from June 23 to 26 in Paris. The features below highlight some of the studies that emerged from the conference.

Acute Kidney Injuries & CABG | Feature

Patients who develop an acute kidney injury (AKI) during CABG appear to have significant morbidity and mortality risks. Considering these effects, clinicians should proactively identify at-risk patients and implement appropriate AKI risk-reducing strategies.

Reducing Opioid-Related Visits | Feature

Unintentional overdose involving opioids has become a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. “Notwithstanding, several interventions promoted to address opioid-related morbidity and mortality, but

#PWChat Recap: The Drivers of Increasing Healthcare Costs | Feature

Physician’s Weekly and Dr. Linda Girgis hosted their continuing #PWChat series on Wednesday, June 21. The topic discussed was the increasing costs in healthcare, and what the

Is Your Operating Room Fit for Successful Outcomes? | Feature

Research has shown that maintaining a sterile field in the operating room (OR) is crucial to achieving successful outcomes in joint arthroplasty. Most ORs are fitted with

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