I read a lot online, not only blogs but several regional and national newspapers. My favorite items from the past weeks are listed below, and reveal some of my odder interests.
Illegal immigration is a politically charged subject, and this article in the NYT focuses on the inequities of hospital care for immigrants, both legal and illegal in status. No matter where you stand on the issue of illegal immigration, there is a lot of food for thought in this piece.
I found this article via a link on Movin' Meat's blog. Until reading this piece I'd never heard of Dr. Copass, but he sounds like--dare I say it?--a maverick. He's endured a lot of criticism about his resistance to modernizing the Emergency Medicine residency at his hospital, but there's something in the way he is described that reminds me of Dr. Santell. I'd like to meet Dr. Copass. Doctors like him are a dying breed.
As a hospitalist, I see a lot of older people with hip fractures after a significant fall. I agree with this article's assessment of the need for aggressive rehabilitative efforts for minor falls to prevent recurrence.
- Get ready--Dr. Happy tells of his ten patient night shift. I agree this is an example of why hospitalist programs are worthwhile.
- Shadowfax reminds us all how to code for critical care. A helpful review for both ER and hospitalist physicians alike.
- Scalpel or Sword describes some patients who actually want to be admitted to the hospital all the time.
- Ramona Bates describes skin changes and pannus reduction after major weight loss at Suture for a Living.
- Bongi explains why he's special, and why he's not.
- A Country Doctor Writes describes an interesting case of renal failure presenting with recurrent car wrecks.
- The Rural Blog discusses a study comparing child health in rural versus urban communities.