Welcome to Grand Rounds, a weekly gathering of medical people interested in sharing their best writing from the past week. I was there in the beginning, back in 2004, when Grand Rounds first started. Some might say that makes me old, but I prefer the term old school.Scattered among excellent posts are flashbacks to the old school world of 2004 in which Grand Rounds was first conceived. To add some extra relevance I’ve visited some of my favorite medical blogs and mined them for good stuff. Here we go, Old School Grand Rounds, a nod to 2004 when it all began, with some of my homies lending their street credibility:
Welcome to this edition of Change of Shift, the blog carnival by, about and for nurses! We have old friends, new bloggers and few “editor’s choice” picks thrown into the mix. Enjoy!
This week I thought about those experiences and my conversation with Pete after reading a study about pediatric cancer patients, their parents and informed consent in the current issue of Academic Medicine. Investigators at the Cleveland Clinic found that after a single day-long training session, doctors were better at eliciting questions and clarifying comments than doctors who had not been trained. Moreover, when researchers later interviewed the parents, they found that parents who had spoken with trained physicians were more likely to have a better understanding of the consent itself.
When the appendix isn't where it's supposed to be, the classic appendicitis symptoms are anything but, noted Peter Mattei, MD, a general and thoracic surgeon at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.He saw his first appendectomy in a situs inversus patient as a resident."Pain on the left side is the first thing that makes you rule out appendicitis," he said, and that misdirection can delay diagnosis, potentially long enough for rupture to occur.
If a doctor orders too many tests and treatments, it can be easy to blame greed, or the fear of a malpractice suit. But blogging physician Jeffrey Parks argues that the problem has deeper roots.
The Child Life and Education department at ACH just celebrated the fifth birthday of its animal assisted therapy program at ACH, also known as T.A.I.L.S. (Therapeutic Animal Interventions Lift Spirits). Since the program began, 22 certified dogs have taken part in the program, helping to brighten patients’ days at ACH as well as assist in their therapy. All participating
dogs are specially trained and certified through the Delta Society. Each Tuesday and Wednesday, a pre-selected dog and his or her trainer visit the hospital and participate in group sessions. Patients can also receive one-on-one visits in their rooms.
Our first project will be based on a Chimney Sweep album quilt in the Museum’s collection. This sweet 1853 quilt, pictured left, is believed to have been made for a bride by her friends in Sumter, South Carolina. Click for more information about the original quilt.Please consider participating in Phase One of the project by making a quilt block. Click here for the instructions. Please send us your block no later that August 31. Your time and contribution are so greatly appreciated. View contributed blocks
9/3 : Brandice Schnabel author of Columbus Groove (9:30pmET)
9/5 : Saturday Night
9/10 : Dr. A Show
9/17 : Dr. A Show