In this large survey of hospitalists, 40% reported that their patient volume exceeded safe levels at least once a month, the that high volume often affected their ability to fully discuss treatment options, delayed admits or discharges, affected their ability to safely cross cover patients, or affected their ability to adequately hand off patients. Many also reported high volumes affected their utilization of tests, readmission rates, patient satisfaction, and quality of care. Hospital medicine programs need to continue to monitor workload, to ensure too high workloads do not result in care detriments for patients (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 […]