Physician Burnout

Decision burnout is real. It needs to be taken seriously. Burnout is dangerous for our patients and staff. From AMA News: The prevalence of physician burnout during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic was 38.2%, the lowest ever recorded. By the end of 2021,...

New Covid Boosters are Here

The new Covid boosters are here. As the weather turns cold and people go indoors, I expect Covid cases to increase. So, #GetBoosted. From NYT: The new boosters are one of the last remaining weapons in America’s arsenal against the coronavirus, now that the country has...

Rainbow Colored Fentanyl – Not Good

From CBS News: The Drug Enforcement Administration issued an advisory Tuesday about an “emerging trend” of “brightly-colored” fentanyl pills being used to lure children and young people. What is often called “rainbow fentanyl” has...

More on Covid19

One of the things that we have intermittently discussed is the long term effects of Coid19. Tiredness and Muscle fatique can last for years. This is a new article in Lancet which demonstrates that over 50% of Covid19 survivors aren’t quite right over 2 years...

CT contrast shortage

Man, we are in trouble. Everyday there is a new shortage in the hospital. From ACS: The ACS is monitoring the recent shortage of intravenous contrast media reported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is encouraging collaboration with the American College of...

US Drug Overdose deaths are on the raise

Hello, it has been a long time. 🙂 From CNN – Annual drug overdose deaths have reached another record high in the United States as deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids surge to unprecedented levels. An estimated 105,752 people died of drug overdoses...

What test for Covid-19 should you use?

This can be confusing. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. Antigen tests. Genomic tests. Antibody tests. At-home tests. It can all seem overwhelming to patients already stressed by the many hard decisions entailed by living through a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic....

Medical Student wins $10k on Moraxella research

I thought that this was pretty cool. Research on Moraxella catarrhalis—an upper respiratory bacterium that exacerbates chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)—earned the top prize during the 2021 AMA Research Challenge. The research, lauded by judges for its...

Hospital Infections Increase

From Cambridge Press: In a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) ward in 2020, preventing a catheter-associated urinary tract infection was probably not always the foremost consideration for healthcare staff. Nurses and doctors were trying to save the lives of surges of...