Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Shout Outs

Dr. Pullen is the host for this week’s Grand Rounds! You can read this week’s edition here.

This week for Grand Rounds I asked for submissions of the best work from blogger’s sites in the last week or two, and promised to judge them on Olympic scoring of 0-10.   I also asked readers to submit posts from blogs other than their own (these have a *** after the score), and to agreed to give these submissions extra credit in the scoring.  …….  Thanks for your submissions, and keep up the great work.

Gold Medal for Content goes to  John Goodman’s Health Policy Blog he writes The HMO in Your Future.  He takes to task the march towards ACO’s and suggests that this is far from evidence based.  We do seem to be moving quickly towards ACO’s whatever that really means.   Check out this post at least to hear Aretha Franklin sing I Say a Little Prayer.  ……

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Kim, Emergiblog, is the host of the latest edition of Change of Shift (Vol 5, No 17 & 18)! You can find the schedule and the COS archives at Emergiblog. (photo credit)

Welcome to Change of Shift, the Double Edition!

Between traveling and the ENA Leadership Conference, the last edition Change of Shift was, shall we say, delayed. That’s the bad news.

The good news is I’m combining last week’s CoS edition with this week’s edition.

Be sure to read to the end for an important notice about the future of Change of Shift.

Let’s get started!

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Running Wildly pens a post probing the weaknesses in the Bullet Proof armor we use to protect our emotions at work.  ……………

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I am fascinated by story of Grant Achatz. He is a chef who was unfortunate enough to be diagnosed with stage 4 tongue cancer in 2007. In an effort to save his sense of taste, he chose to have chemotherapy and radiation rather than surgery. Even so, the radiation treatments burned his tongue and completely destroyed his taste buds. Go listen and read his interview with NPR --- Grant Achatz: The Chef Who Lost His Sense Of Taste

……Achatz's cancer is now in remission. After his treatment ended, his ability to taste came back — but slowly. His perception of different flavor combinations — sweet, salty, bitter — came back one flavor at a time.

"I started from zero, and the first thing back was sweet," he says. "So my palate developed just as a newborn — but I was 32 years old. So I could understand how flavors were coming back and how they synergized together. ... It was very educational for me. I don't recommend it, but I think it made me a better chef because now I really understand how flavor works." ……….

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I caught this story last week on the ABC evening news and was really impressed by the community who all joined in to help save this man: CPR Marathon: More Than Two Dozen Responders Resuscitate Neighbor for 96 Minutes

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Movin Meat has passed his donation goal of $15,000 for St. Baldrick’s, but if that doesn’t mean your donation wouldn’t be welcome.  I made a small donation, but would love to make a larger one if someone would like to help me help Movin Meat and  purchase this quilt.   Send me an email if you’d like to purchase it, but would like the tax write-off.  We’ll work out the details.

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A  team from Arkansas Children’s Hospital led by Dr. Lisa Buckmiller is on a trip to Kenya.  Their blog Change of Face – Bridging the Gap is chronically the trip.  (photo credit)

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