Physician Burnout: A Deep Dive (Part II)

Physician burnout is one of the most concerning and least understood issues in the health care industry. We’re here to shed light on this alarming phenomenon. In the first half of our series on burnout, we explored the scope of the problem and explained why it’s getting worse. Now, we’ll show you how physician burnout impacts patients — and what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones. Physician Burnout and Healthcare Outcomes In a Stanford analysis of a national physician study, over ten percent of respondents confessed to committing major medical errors in the last three months….

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Physician Burnout: A Deep Dive (Part I)

Few professions are mentally or physically more taxing than medicine. Physicians, in particular, face long hours and considerable stress. With over one-quarter of doctors working between 61 and 80 hours per week, it’s easy to see why burnout is at an all-time high. In this two-part article, we’ll investigate the prevalence of burnout and the reasons behind its dramatic rise in the medical profession. How Common Is Physician Burnout? In 2016, the Mayo Clinic published a physician study in which 54.4 percent of respondents admitted to suffering at least one symptom of burnout in 2014. Sometimes, this burnout proves fatal;…

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Parents: Here’s How to Prepare for Flu Season This Year

It is officially flu season. Between the months of October and May, the influenza virus peaks and infects adults and children, although symptoms and severity may vary significantly. The flu is far more dangerous for younger children than the common cold, which is why the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges parents to prepare. Listed below are some helpful tips for parents during flu season: Get vaccinated. An annual flu vaccine is one of the most effective ways to protect your family from the flu. The vaccine has been proven to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization…

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Doctors Who Abuse Drugs And Alcohol: By the Numbers

The medical profession is notoriously stressful, especially for physicians and other high-level employees. Unfortunately, many self-medicate in hopes of managing the constant barrage of anxiety. This leaves both medical professionals and the patients they’re charged with protecting at risk. Below, we shed light on the scourge of drugs and alcohol in the health care industry: Prevalence of Abuse Abuse is shockingly common among doctors; in a notable study published in the American Journal on Addictions, 15.3 percent of surveyed physicians met diagnostic criteria for alcohol dependency. Likewise, research indicates that benzodiazepine and opiate abuse rates are higher among doctors than…

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Common Clerical Errors That Cause Medical Injuries: Part II

Clerical mistakes are one of the most common — and least reported — issues in the medical industry. In our last post on the relationship between clerical errors and medical mishaps, we discussed a few of the most common types of mistakes that can harm patients. Now, we dive in deeper with additional examples and statistics — several of which involve modern medical technology. Issues With Electronic Health Records Although designed, in part, with the intention of avoiding clerical issues, electronic health records (EHR) actually cause their fair share of mishaps. Often, these issues arise when transferring information from traditional…

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Common Clerical Errors That Cause Medical Injuries: Part I

Typically, when people picture medical malpractice, they think of obvious errors made during surgery. Often, however, the most harmful mistakes occur at completely unexpected points in the medical process. Clerical errors, in particular, are to blame for a shocking number of medical malpractice cases. Read on to learn about the most common types of clerical errors — and why they’re so dangerous: Mislabeling Whether it occurs in the lab or at the pharmacy, mislabeling can cause huge problems. This common error takes many forms; medical professionals may accidentally mislabel test results, diagnoses, or prescriptions. One wrong number or abbreviation can…

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The Latest on the Battle Against Antibiotic Resistance in Hospitals

Diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhea, and tuberculosis once posed a huge threat to ordinary Americans; according to the Centers for Disease Control, these three illnesses were responsible for a third of all deaths during the 20th century. Cancer and heart disease have since taken over as the top killers, but the threat of bacterial illness has by no means left. Today, experts fear the rise of superbugs — diseases resistant to antibiotics. These illnesses are of particular concern in hospitals, where close quarters and weak immune systems leave patients uniquely susceptible. Keep reading to learn where the medical community stands…

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When Doctors Get Sick: How They Navigate Medical Issues

Everybody needs a medical checkup from time to time — even highly-skilled doctors. While medical professionals can often spot symptoms that might escape those with less training, self-treatment is never recommended. Doctors face several obstacles in their quest for optimal personal health, as outlined below: Ceding Control Years of in-depth training may convince health care professionals that they know it all — and that they’re capable of working through medical problems without further assistance. In reality, however, many doctors specialize in a specific area of medicine (oncology or geriatrics, for example) and are therefore not qualified to treat all conditions….

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What American Doctors And Hospitals Can Learn From International Health Care Successes

The United States may be home to several of the world’s finest medical facilities, but it’s impossible to escape the fact that, in many ways, we lag behind other nations in terms of health care. Thankfully, success stories abound throughout the world. These triumphs grant hope that we too can improve outcomes. The following are just a few of the most promising developments in international health care: Rwanda’s Miraculous Health Care Transformation In just over two decades, Rwanda has transformed from a country torn apart by genocide to one of the world’s most remarkable health care success stories. This comes…

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The Dangers of Medical Record Hacking: What You Should Know

New threats emerge regularly in the health care community, but one of the greatest dangers looks little like you’d expect. It’s not an aggressive new form of cancer or an antibiotic-resistant illness: it’s the hacking of medical records. Healthcare data breaches have become increasingly common in recent years; a report from Protenus’ Breach Barometer suggests that the 477 reported healthcare breaches in 2017 impacted 5.579 million patient records. Experts believe that information obtained through medical hacks is actually more valuable than credit card data. Thankfully, medical providers finally appear to be rounding the corner on data security. Read more to…

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