Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Shout Outs

Grand Rounds is  taking a break this week. If you would like to host a future edition of Grand Rounds send an email to Nick Genes (you can find his contact info at here).   The most recent edition can be found here at Medgadget.  Other editions can be found here on the Grand Rounds Facebook page.

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@movinmeat  wrote a post recently, A case study in applied ethics, which lead @inwhiteink to write an educational post on decisional capacity

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“Decisional capacity” refers to a person’s ability to make a decision for a specific clinical issue. This issue is usually related to treatment. After assessment, physicians can opine whether someone possesses or lacks decisional capacity for something specific: ……

Appelbaum and Grisso published an important paper that provides a four-point rubric to assess decisional capacity. (At only four pages, it is a short, high-yield article.) Most psychiatrists apply this rubric when assessing decisional capacity in medical settings. …….

Movin Meat’s followup post:  Ethics of refusing informed consent

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From twitter:   @Mtnmd The Twitter chat that killed Sermo http://bit.ly/ipw4au

Her link is to an article by Joe Hage which I encourage you to read:  The Twitter Chat that Killed Sermo | #MedDevice

I’m not a physician. I don’t play one on TV. And I’d never heard of Sermo, the largest online physician community in the US (boasting 120,000 members) until @HJLuks mentioned them the week before.

Mine was an innocent invitation to talk during last night’s #MedDevice chat (Thursdays, 8 pm EST).

Who knew it could unravel the company.  …….

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Yesterday NPR aired this story:  Army Nurse Helps Soldiers Heal From Burn Wounds

As part of NPR's ongoing series, 'The Impact of War,' guest host Allison Keyes explores one of the tragic consequences of combat - burn wounds. Such wounds can subject victims to a painful and unpredictable recovery. Army Lt. Col. Maria Serio Melvin shares her experiences at the military's largest burn center, the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX, where she treated service members injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars …………

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Some inspiring stories of healthcare workers during the Joplin tornado

H/T @Mtnmd -- 45 Seconds: Memoirs of an ER Doctor from May 22, 2011

H/T @SeaSprayOperating Through the Tornado

James D. "Dusty" Smith, MD, and his surgical team were midway through a routine case, the draining of a patient's infected hip, when the tornado hit St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., Sunday.  ……….

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From @scutmonkey, her piece on Psychology Today:  The Radical Notion that Doctors are People, Too

Though there are few subjects as immediate to my experience as that described in Gardiner Harris's article in The New York Times, "More Doctors Say No to Endless Workdays," (April 1st, 2011), perhaps the truest indication of my opinion on the matter may be the fact that, upon first glance at the headline, I didn't feel much need to read the rest of the article.  More doctors say no to endless workdays?  Well, of course we do.  Duh.  …..

Her tweet of the article led @DarrellWhite to tweet a link to his view on the same topic:  Residency Training and the Modern Physician

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H/T to @brainpicker and @ctsinclair for the link to this:  Anatomy made of LEGO (photo credit) 

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Last Tuesday (May 24, 2011) NPR celebrated Bob Dylan Turning 70.  Near the top of the story written by Linda Fahey is a button “Visit FolkAlley.com To Hear The Mix” which links you to a wonderful mix of Dylan music sung by Joan Baez, Tim O'Brien, Rosanne Cash, Jimmy Lafave, many others — and Dylan himself.  Thanks NPR.

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Threads has a nice article by Susan Khalje on Creating Perfect Bias Fabric Loops  (photo credit)

……..we decided that loops and buttons would be a cleaner alternative.

Here are a few samples to show you what we did:
We started with strips of bias-cut fabric, making a sample or two to determine just how narrow we wanted the finished loops to be. ……….

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