What doctors wear: Do we care too much? What would you prefer your doctor to be wearing when examining and treating you or your loved ones? Most would likely reply with something along the lines of "it doesn’t really matter, as long as they are competent and do a good job.“ Except it does matter, apparently. So much so that there have been hospital/nation-wide policies surrounding the issue, and a recent surge in ...

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The role of alcohol in health costs Defined as someone “having the faculties impaired by alcohol, those of us who work in an acute healthcare facility are witness to many illustrious examples of drunk patients coming through our doors. Underaged kids passed out at a house party? Yup. Raging alcoholics who are brought into the ER at least once a week? Sure. Elderly women who secretly binges on wine ...

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An interesting story came across my desk recently. Apparently, some states in the U.S. have moved towards a punitive model in trying deal with medical errors and adverse outcomes – this particular story describes how Utah will no longer fund healthcare providers and hospitals for dealing with illnesses that resulted from avoidable errors and infections. On the surface, it kind of makes sense – one should be punished for ...

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It was my first ER shift in charge of the resuscitation area. Needless to say, my adrenaline and nerves were firing like crazy; being responsible for the sickest of the sick that rolls through our doors is a daunting task, especially since we were the local trauma center. The shift was going relatively well, and with only a few hours left I was beginning to breathe a sigh of relief. BEEP! There is ...

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