Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Shout Outs

ACP Hospitalist is this week's host of Grand Rounds.   You can read this week’s edition here.

Good morning! You made it to our hospital's auditorium in time for Grand Rounds. I'm your attending physician. Before we visit the patients, we'll start with a few biology lectures. I hope you retain this information when we move on to teaching rounds.

For example, most of us need to know more about what chronic pain is and how to treat it. It's a very different beast than acute pain, but the subject wasn't taught enough while you were in med school. How to cope with pain is an important lesson.

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GruntDoc is kept us updated on the travesty of justice involving a nurse in west Texas who reported a doctor to the state medical board:  Updated and Bumped: CBS 7 – Your Eye on West Texas covering the Winkler County Nurse Trial

If you’re new to this story, the backgrounder is here.

The trial of Anne Mitchell, RN for doing her duty (reporting bad patient care to the Texas Medical Board) started 3 days ago.  I cannot find CBS’s coverage (if there was any) of Day 1, but there is pretty good coverage of days 2 & 3.

Winkler County Nurse found Not Guilty

A case that should never have been brought is now over.

Now, about that Civil suit

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GruntDoc is also one of the ER physicians quoted in Reader's Digest -- "10 More Secrets the ER Staff Won't Tell You"

“If three of your relatives are with you, only one of them needs to tell the story of your illness. I realize it’s validating for everyone to tell their version of events, but I’m not here to validate you.”

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2009 Medical Blog Awards (MedGadget).   

The winners for this year's awards are:

-- Best Medical Weblog:  Gary Schwitzer's HealthNewsReview Blog

-- Best New Medical Weblog (established in 2009):   SCOPE

-- Best Literary Medical Weblog:   StorytellERdoc

-- Best Clinical Sciences Weblog:   Life in the Fast Lane

-- Best Health Policies/Ethics Weblog:   The ACP Advocate Blog

-- Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog:   ScienceRoll

-- Best Patient's Blog:  Wheelchair Kamikaze

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H/T to @sandnsurf who shared this article on tweeter.  The same could apply to physicians.  >>  Lawyers and suicide - warning signs to help a colleague in crisis

1. Pay attention to suicide warning signs……….

2. Consider risk factors for suicide……..

3. Be prepared to ask questions and to listen……

4. Get help and advice: If, despite your best efforts, you remain concerned about someone, don't be sworn to secrecy, and don't take on the challenge alone. Get your friend to a mental health professional or call one yourself, call 911, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 or call the State Bar of Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program at (800) 343-8527. Your job is to get your friend the professional help he or she needs.

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I want to tell you about Robin’s 365 Project:  365 Days with Cushing’s Disease.  Here’s an excerpt:

Hidradenitis suppurativa....

I'm lucky.  Mine is "mild" compared to most.  Nonetheless, it's no fun.  In 1985, I saw a doctor because of it.  She told me to use white Dial soap and to lose weight. At that time, I hadn't gained very much weight.   Yes, 25 years ago.  And I'd had other symptoms of Cushing's, also, long before then. 

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A nice tutorial from Susan Khalje on Threads:  Working with Embellished Fabrics, Part I (photo credit)

This fantastic material inspires a tutorial about working with extremely embellished fabric. I'll take you through the process as I create a garment.

I'm going to break this project down into two sections. Part 2 will be covered in another post. Here, in Part 1, I'm going to explain how to:

1. Check the fabric to make sure the embellishments are securely sewn on
2. Attach an underlining
3. Remove the beads from the seam allowances of the side seams
4. Deal with the darts
5. Sew and catch-stitch the side seams
6. Prepare the lining

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Dr Anonymous’ guests this week will be Rhett and John from FireFighter Netcast  Come join us.

Upcoming Dr. A Shows (9pm ET)

2/25 : storytellERdoc
3/1 : Dr. A On Location
3/4 : Dr. Rob from Musings of a Distractible Mind
3/11 : EMS Podcaster Greg Friese

You may want to listen to the shows in his Archives. Here are some to get you started:

GruntDoc, Sid Schwab, Dr. Val, Kevin MD, Rural Doctoring, Emergiblog, Crzegrl, Dr. Wes, TBTAM, Gwenn O'Keeffe, Bongi, Paul Levy, John Halamka, and ScanMan

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