In this prospective cohort of 301 ICU patients who died, 77% had autopsies performed to determine the percentage with histopathologic evidence of candida pneumonia. Half of those autopsied had histopathological evidence of pneumonia, and half of those also had prior evidence of candida in lung secretions (either tracheal aspirate or BAL). None of the patients had evidence of candida pneumonia (yeast invasion in lung tissue). The isolation of candida from the lung secretions of critically ill patients rarely indicates candida pneumonia (abstract).
Have you ever wondered if there’s a correlation between Gore-Tex® (Think: rain jacket material) and Social Media? No!? Well, I have… It turns out there may be more commonality between these topics than what one might imagine. You see, Bill Gore (the company’s founder and CEO) recognized a particular number in his manufacturing plants: 150. […]
I just heard. A colleague, a man of integrity and warmth, a hard-working physician with ideals, ethics and many valued contributions, has taken his own life. His perspectives may have differed from mine at times, but every interaction was infused with respect. He was a good man. Much has been written about the rate of […]
The question of appropriate ward garb is a problem for the ages. Compared to photo stills and films from the 1960s, the doctors of today appear like vagabonds. No ties, no lab coats, and scrub tops have become the norm for a number (a majority ?) of hospital-based docs—and even more so on the surgical […]