KevinMD posts of the week, ending February 6, 2011

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

1. Physician blogs, doctors on Twitter and a malpractice trial. You are in the middle of a deposition. Plaintiff’s lawyer asks, “Do you blog or tweet?”

2. Patient safety lapses in the hospital. Lack of adequate communication during these transitions led to a delay in changing the patient’s IV and failure to administer a medication for three days.

3. Why is there a gender gap in physician salaries? The gender gap in physician salaries is not related to specialty choice or work hours.

4. Kids with allergies can die in school. When you read about people trying to ban peanuts on planes or if you get a note sent home from school asking you not to include certain products in your child’s lunchbox, go ahead and be annoyed. Then take a minute to realize that we are just trying to keep our children alive.

5. Health reform repeal will lead to single payer, Medicare for all. Should Conservatives succeed in repeal, that, ironically, would be the first steps towards a Medicare for all, single payer system, which would be an infinitely worse proposition for them.

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