Category Archives: Patient Safety

4 Types of Challenging Patients

Patients come in all ages, sizes, and personalities. As a locums physician, you may encounter patients that will question your medical abilities, expertise, and overall sanctity. The Journal of the American Academy of Neurology cited four types of challenging patients that may put your medic mind to the test: The Helpless Fanatic Certain patients will…
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Giving Patients Online Access to Lab Results: A Good Idea?

By: Dr. Ken Teufel Traditionally, physicians have been the first to see their patient’s laboratory test results. The patient usually comes into up the office for a follow-up appointment at which time the doctor explains the lab results, putting them into the context of the patient’s health condition. But what if the patient had immediate…
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The Patient Handoff: A Risk-Filled Few Minutes

By: Dr. Ken Teufel In football, what are the chances of a fumble when the quarterback hands off to the running back? In medicine, what are the chances of a '€œfumble'€ when one doctor hands off the patient to another doctor? Quite high in both situations, and becoming more frequent in medicine. The increasing fragmentation…
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Limited Work Hours For Physicians-In-Training…Or Not

By: Dr. Ken Teufel The battle lines were drawn a decade ago, but the controversy is far from being over.  A recent article in The Wall Street Journal returns to the question, “Should Medical Residents be Required to Work Shorter Shifts?” (February 19, 2013).  Here are some of the rules now governing their work schedules:…
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