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Tag: OR

Remember…

By Stefan V. Zachary, DO, FAOAO, MS From Dr. Mike Keith: “Remember, the operating room will take on your attitude. So if you want to be a butt-head….” I take a breath and remember this every day before I walk in to the OR….. Steve ZacharyUniversity of WisconsinMadison

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April 30: NYC Letters from the ICU

By Andrew D. Thomas, MD April 30, 2020 Friends,  After a string of night shifts, deliverance can arrive in any number of forms, this evening it took the shape of a chicken pot pie. Thank you, Serena!  After annihilating the pie, most of an associated chocolate cake outstripped even my ambition and so to the hospital […]

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What I Focus On

By Jennifer Wozniczka, MD My perspective as a female hand surgeon who has been in practice for about four years now is to simply say a “thank you” to all the women surgeons who led the way and who have made my path a whole lot easier to navigate by providing examples of what women […]

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Patient Safety Scenario #17: A Tale of Two Departments

This essay is the 17th installment of the monthly Patient Safety essays, produced by the Patient Safety Subcommittee of the Ethics and Professionalism Committee. The essays are written in the spirit of the aviation industry’s “Black Box Thinking”: in order to inform and improve our medical safety record, we need to analyze our errors. To read […]

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Patient Safety Scenario #14: Rocket Fuel

This essay is the fourteenth installment of the monthly Patient Safety essays, produced by the Patient Safety Subcommittee of the Ethics and Professionalism Committee. The essays are written in the spirit of the aviation industry’s “Black Box Thinking” in order to inform and improve our medical safety record. To read earlier essays and learn how to […]

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Waiting for Transfers

By Devesh Sharma, MD Working in a rural tertiary care hospital and being the only hand surgeon in an 80-mile radius is both challenging and interesting. After the enforcement of new state laws, prescription drug abuse has decreased significantly. But unfortunately, the use of methamphetamine has skyrocketed. So is the use of intravenous drug abuse […]

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Patient Safety Scenario #13: Errors in the Timeout

This essay is the thirteenth installment of the monthly Patient Safety essays, produced by the Patient Safety Subcommittee of the Ethics and Professionalism Committee. The essays are written in the spirit of the aviation industry’s “Black Box Thinking” in order to inform and improve our medical safety record. To read earlier essays and learn how […]

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Hand Surgeons Must Help

By James E. Clune, MD When we think of conservation in the operating room, time is our commodity. We try to limit turnover between cases, we make sure consents and equipment lists are ready at the time of the booking. During the procedure we limit the amount of excess motion in our hands and only […]

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