Emergency! The Problems Facing the U.S.’s Most Stressful Department Part II: Too Crowded to Operate

Part II: Too Crowded to Operate               There’s nothing like adding more bodies in a room to making an already hectic environment nearly impossible to function in. Unfortunately, this is commonly the case in U.S. emergency departments; a study from the American Hospital Association found that 62% of hospitals feel they are at or [...]

By | October 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Death with Dignity: When complications arise, who should call the shots?

             Since the Death with Dignity Act passed in Oregon in 1997, 1,545 people have been given lethal prescriptions under the act, and 991 of those patients died from them.[1] While many casual proponents of the act see Death with Dignity (DWD) as a painless, immediate end to a terminal situation, from a moral, medical, [...]

By | October 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What gets Physicians Sued?

It all comes down to communication, thoroughness, and attention to detail Of doctors older than 55, 61% have been sued at least once.[1] Malpractice payouts have been climbing in recent years – reaching $3.9 billion in 2014 – and many wonder why these numbers are climbing.[2] While medical errors may be a top guess, the [...]

By | October 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Emergency! The Problems Facing the U.S.’s Most Stressful Department Part I: The Plight of the ED Nurse

Emergency! The Problems Facing the U.S.’s Most Stressful Department Part I: The Plight of the ED Nurse   Over the past decade, the CDC reports that the number of patients in emergency departments across the country has risen by 20%, yet the number of available emergency centers has fallen by 15%.[1] Already one of the [...]

By | October 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mobile Devices and Medicine: The Disadvantages of Instantly Available Information Part 2

As discussed in the previous post, smartphones and tablets can be very beneficial in a medical setting. However, many valid concerns exist when it comes to regulation, effectiveness, and security on these devices. Healthcare is under strict security compliance standards, but many of these laws, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of [...]

By | October 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment