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September 25, 2014

As Doctors Lose Clout, Drug Firms Redirect the Sales Call

[The Wall Street Journal] SAN DIEGO—Kendall French used to pitch drugs to doctors who could prescribe them. But many of those doctors now work for hospitals that don’t give them final say over what is on the menu of medicines they can pick. So when the GlaxoSmithKline PLC saleswoman began plugging two new lung-disease drugs […]
September 2, 2014

Big Data Peeps At Your Medical Records To Find Drug Problems

[NPR] No one likes it when a new drug in people’s medicine cabinets turns out to have problems — just remember the Vioxx debacle a decade ago, when the painkiller was removed from the market over concerns that it increased the risk of heart attack and stroke. To do a better job of spotting unforeseen risks […]
August 22, 2014

In Redesigned Room, Hospital Patients May Feel Better Already

[The New York Times] PLAINSBORO, N.J. — Can good design help heal the sick? The University Medical Center of Princeton realized several years ago that it had outgrown its old home and needed a new one. So the management decided to design a mock patient room. Medical staff members and patients were surveyed. Nurses and […]
May 13, 2012

Tweeting Live Medical Procedures

Using Twitter to broadcast a live surgical procedure: educational or ethically dubious? There are obvious concerns with the practice such as the invasion of privacy or potential for error/adverse events due to the broadcast.…

October 5, 2009

Slapping Docs' Hands for Not Washing Them

That’s the recommendation from the master of medical checklists Peter Pronovost of Johns Hopkins University and Robert Wachter of University of California at San Francisco, says the WSJ Health Blog.…

March 24, 2009

The Hospital That Pays Together Stays Together

What do you do when your hospital is in budget trouble and layoffs are expected? Well, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the department heads open their wallets and decide to pony up some of their own hard earned money to keep their departments afloat.…

March 10, 2009

Ethics by Checklist

Published last Friday in British Medical Journal, Daniel Sokol asked this question, “If you were a patient, would you prefer your medical team to use an ethics checklist?”

Washington Hospital Center already uses one apparently as a sort of “crib sheet” for the standard set of ethical issues that arise in the hospital, reports Sokol.…

September 1, 2008

Will We Ever Learn in New Orleans?

According to reports on CNN News this morning, the most critical of patients in New Orleans area hospitals remain there with fingers crossed that the generators hold out long enough for Hurricane Gustav to pass.…

January 22, 2008

Out with them, out with them all!

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that a health care group got an early jump on Spring cleaning:

Administrators at SMDC Health System saw them as virulent, insidious and cause for an all-out eradication campaign in its four hospitals and 17 clinics throughout northern Minnesota and Wisconsin.

January 22, 2008

AJOB article at center of focus on hospital ethics consultation

American Medical News, an AMA publication, recently took a look at the state of ethics consult services in hospitals — and it found a lot of unease.

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July 5, 2012 12:51 pm

Hospital nurses less likely to show respect to patients at end of life (Nursing Times)

Hospitals have been accused of letting down dying patients after a survey found that staff are less likely to show dignity and respect to people at the end of their lives than their counterparts in hospices.