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Do we need a law that protect healthcare providers if they disclose or confess medical errors?

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Central to correcting medical errors is accepting one first, if it did happen. Improvement in healthcare delivery will only happen if we learn from our mistakes and make concrete, active steps to rectify it. This is what we actually do during mortality and morbidity conference- analyze medical events and cases to help improve delivery of healthcare services. The health care…

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Loyal patient watchers..

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I was doing my usual morning rounds last tuesday when a watcher of one of my patients approached me before I saw their patient in his bed. This watcher mentioned that someone went inside their patient’s room and asked questions that raised the curiosity of the family. The watcher spoke a different dialect and though…

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Challenge and fun of developing a clinical pathway

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When evidence based medicine (EBM) came to the halls of PGH  during my residency training, I was one of those few who “liked” its surge because of its “collaborative” approach and  ‘standardizing” effect on treatment protocols for a specific disease.  So honing my skills on study appraisals was a consequential habit I gained even into…

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Should new technologies in medicine threaten one’s (old) practice?

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In one community where I practice, no hospitals offered diagnostic procedures like CT Scans or MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). Thus the current practice is to immediately transfer the patient to a nearby hospital with such capabilities. This, in spite of the fact that medical professionals here can actually perform the needed medical procedure after the CT was done. This…

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Should health care professionals in developing countries have a social media presence?

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The short answer is yes, they  should. Consider this: The Philippines, a developing country, is the social networking capital of the world. It tops the list of nations who uses Facebook. Or before Facebook, Philippines also topped the list of nations using Friendster. 1. Philippines > Facebook: 93.9% > Twitter: 16.1% > LinkedIn: 1.9% > Internet Use:…

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