August 21, 2019 |  0
I lost my dad a couple of years ago to bladder cancer at age 86, but the truth is, he had already been quietly slipping away from us for several years into the twilight of Alzheimer’s Disease. More recently, I have watched my friend Sheri struggle with the challenges of being a full-time caregiver for […]
By Nagendra Gupta, MD
June 13, 2019 |  2
In a medical malpractice lawsuit, the entire lawsuit – including the plaintiff’s allegations as well as the physician’s defense – is structured around the patient’s medical record. It has been proven beyond doubt that a well-written note can go a long way in formulating a good defense against lawsuits. Your documentation is not only a piece of […]
By Leif Hass, MD
April 12, 2019 |  1
By: Leif Hass, MD, Hospitalist, Sutter Health, Oakland, CA I rush into the room at 4:30 p.m., hoping for a quick visit and maybe an early exit from the hospital; I had been asked to see Mr. Bryant in room 6765 with sigmoid volvulus. “Hey, Dr. Hass, my brother!” he says with a huge smile. […]
March 23, 2019 |  0
In many ways, the word “teamwork” brings to mind some dusty images of baseball or WWII. In some ways, this word has turned in to a clichéd trope used constantly in every arena – who is on your “team,” how to communicate with your “team,” etc. Hospital medicine as often been called a “team sport” […]
February 11, 2019 |  7
“Why are you yelling? Get the f* out of my face!” I was relieved. I was worried about her, having been brought in by ambulance seizing. My resident said she was not waking up for him, which we hoped was just post-ictal, but we were not sure yet. “Oh good! You are gonna be just […]
January 8, 2019 |  0
Florence Nightingale, in her seminal 1859 Notes on Nursing textbook, reminded nurses about the importance of not waking hospitalized patients up. It is not surprising that years later, the American Academy of Nursing, through the Choosing Wisely™ campaign, recommended that hospitalized patients not be woken for routine medical care to protect their sleep, citing numerous […]