Medical blog posts of the week, ending November 28, 2010

Here are the top posts from this past week, based on the number of times they were viewed.

1. Why EHRs aren’t meaningful to doctors and hospitals. Electronic health record (EHR) advocates in Washington don’t seem to get it.

2. Cardiothoracic surgery has a shortage of surgeons. The specialty’s big time claim to fame, the CABG (coronary artery bypass graft), surgery was on a huge decline.

3. Breast cancer transforms a doctor in training to patient in an instant. During my third year of medical school I was performing a routine breast exam, more for practice than anything else.

4. Healthcare murders as a patient safety issue. How many murders did you have in your hospital last year? Did they involve sporadic or serial killers?

5. When does the duty to provide emergency medical care end? Hospitals know that medical care decisions often have legal consequences, which makes it all the more important to know what the law requires.

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