Category Archives: Patient Safety

Do Threats of Malpractice Suits Improve Patient Care?

The purpose of the United States medical malpractice system is to deter physician negligence, but is this always the case? A recent study by the American College of Surgeons seems to disagree. In fact, they found that state-to-state there was no direct correlation with the strength of legislation and improvement on patient outcomes. Furthermore, studies found that…
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Patient Safety Awareness Week

March 12th - March 18th marks Patient Safety Awareness Week. Did you know that one in ten patients develop a health care acquired condition during hospitalization and that 44,000 to 98,000 patient deaths a year are caused by medical error? This week serves as a dedicated time and platform to grow awareness about patient safety. Launching…
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Which Note Taking Method is Superior?

With the increasing popularity of electronic medical records (EMRs), the traditional handwritten note is becoming more and more scarce in offices. While many physicians have their own opinions on this tech-centered switch, a new debate has come about: narrative medical histories or checkboxes? Both narrative style notes and checkboxes have their own lists of pros and cons. Checkboxes…
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Should Doctors Allow Patients to Read Their Notes?

Something that has been somewhat taboo for years, allowing patients to read their notes is something that more and more physicians are saying, "Yes," to. Sometimes, a patient's ailments or conditions hinder their ability to understand or remember what was discussed during their appointment with their doctor. This can lead to patients that are unable to…
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The Art of Delivering Bad News

Breaking bad news is never easy. It is a difficult task that can take it's toll on a physician and requires a thick skin to be able to leave those feelings at the hospital once your shift ends. Shock. Silence. Tears. Anger. These are all things a doctor can expect to experience over the course of…
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Where Are Patients Going for Health Information?

In today's technology-centered society, nearly everything can be found online. Majority of people turn to internet research before almost every big decision, healthcare included. In fact, roughly 72% of internet users seek health information online. With the internet's vast pool of knowledge, there are numerous online sources patients can look to for health information. Some,…
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An Emergency Medicine Physician’s Twelve Days of Christmas

We all know and love the traditional "12 Days of Christmas" song, with its turtle doves and french hens, but for those in the healthcare industry, particularly emergency medicine, the twelve days leading up to Christmas may mean something a little different. With the holiday season well underway, emergency medicine physicians know to anticipate all types…
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The Doctor Will See You Now

Imagine: a world where artificial intelligence can transcribe office visits right as they’re happening. This is a reality for any doctor incorporating the Google Glass into their practice. This allows an examination to be viewed by a scribe thousands of miles away through a sleek, tiny lens. While some may believe that bringing additional technology in…
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Pain Patients Cut Off From Prescription Drugs

Earlier this year, the CDC released guidelines for prescribing opioids in response to the rapidly growing number of patients becoming addicted to prescription medication. Doctors like Dr. Ken weighed in on the subject, which you can read more about here. Since the release, reports detailing patients being abruptly cut off from their medication or having…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Overuse of Prescription Drugs a Growing Danger for Aging Americans

While prescription medications can provide relief to patients in pain, they can also lead to unintended consequences resulting from accidental misuse. Elderly patients are especially susceptible to this. Often seen by several providers, elderly patients can end up taking over a dozen prescribed medications a day, raising their chances of dangerous drug interactions and side…
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