A study in published in the Archives of Surgery uncovered more evidence that sleepy surgeons are a threat to patient safety--and the news is making its way through the mainstream media (and reaching your patients).
On average, a surgical resident gets 5.3 hours of sleep a day , according to a study of orthopedic surgical residents at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, with some residents only getting 2.8 hours a night.
What's even more alarming is that during a quarter of their waking hours, surgical residents' fatigue is akin to being legally drunk, meaning that they are functioning at 70% mental effectiveness (correlating with a blood alcohol level of 0.08%).
We wouldn't let a drunk physician into the operating room. Why would we tolerate a sleepy surgeon?
The threat of legal liability is a likely contributor to continued orders for unnecessary imaging tests, according to researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Radiology who
Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital received a million and half dollars in overpayments because the hospital didn't fully understand Medicare billing requirements, the Office of Inspector General
Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and Tel Aviv University are pushing forward on efforts to create an MRI-guided capsule that provides images of the digestive tract, a
While conventional wisdom holds that younger physicians might be more likely to adopt electronic health records, that's not necessarily the case, according to a recent study from Boston's Brigham and
In line with other reports that executive pay may be leveling off , CEOs at Massachusetts teaching hospitals witnessed lowered, although still respectable, compensation packages in 2009 compared to
Health IT changes can help bring medication reconciliation adherence to 98 percent, according to Partners HealthCare, which includes Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital in
Depending on which company you listen to, lack of prescription medication adherence costs between $250 billion and $300 billion annually. Pharmacy companies Express Scripts and CVS Caremark each
After slamming a couple of recent studies on attempts to engage patients in their own care through passive monitoring generously called "telemedicine," we find a study that deserves some credit at
Electronic patient registries can help medical device manufacturers track the safety of implantable devices and locate problematic units, according to new research on Massachusetts heart patients.