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· Code Blue - a writer's guide to hospitals, including the ER, OR, and ICU

· The Phoenix Prescription

· Body Trauma - a writer's guide to wounds and injuries

· A Little Truth About Ermergency Rooms

· How do you choose a surgeon?

· When Patients and Doctors Don't Hear Each Other

· What if Your Characters Get Sick?

· Is Hastening Death Ever Right?

· Good news for smart patients

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Body Trauma - a writer's guide to wounds and injuries

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Who am I? Your advocate for safe surgery
4/24/2015 4:48:02 AM
I'm moving forward with my interests in providing useful information to those of you who may need an operation in the near future. Quality is on the minds of most surgical organizations, but it doesn't seem to filter down to the folks who need it. That's my job going forward.
It seems I have an incurable need to pass on information. I guess it's the teacher instinct in me. Probably why I just received another major teaching award from Tufts University School of Medicine (Wow! Was that not subtle self-promotion!) Probably has little to do with what I know. What does anyone really know in a world that's spinning so fast with information? That's a future blog - how quickly information doubles and how we in health care don't manage it so well.

As my surgical practice slows down, I find my urge to teach and prepare not only my medical students and residents, but also you, the folks who want to know more about what really goes on in the operating room and its environs. There's a huge bottleneck at that ill-defined place where scientific publications could be modified and stripped of the medspeak gobblygook and offered to you in basic terms. Don't misinterpret this to mean 'dumbing down'. That would be a true insult. I mean to create real meaning so you can ask the appropriate questions of your surgeon and other providers.

If you're going to enter a modern high tech hospital, especially for surgery, you need to be prepared. You need a personal care team to watch out for your best interests. And you need to be sensitive to news that there's a breakthrough your favorite scary disease. Be cautious. Be vigilant. Be a little suspicious.

Going forward I'm going to continue to pick specific, focused topics of interest for surgical patients. All of the twenty-odd awards for teaching remind me that there is a larger audience for surgical and related information that is as under-served with good medical information as segments of our population are with basic health care. I feel I should devote more time in helping. I think about connecting with you as a second career. Fortunately, I don't have anyone placing a filter between me and my material on this blog.

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More Blogs by David W. Page
•  Who am I? Your advocate for safe surgery - Friday, April 24, 2015  
• Why Might Your Operation be Cancelled? - Monday, April 06, 2015
• Beware of Open Breast Biopsies - Monday, March 02, 2015
• Hospital failure events - Monday, February 02, 2015
• End of year thoughts on patient advocacy - Tuesday, December 23, 2014
• SAFE SURGERY - Fifty facts you need to know if you are having an operation - Monday, September 22, 2014
• A new ebook on groin hernias is on its way - Thursday, August 07, 2014
• When Surgeons Blog About Themselves - Monday, May 05, 2014
• The First Fifty Things You Need to Know If You Are Having Surgery - Friday, January 24, 2014
• A New Medical Information Project - Monday, December 30, 2013
• Distracting Trainees in the OR - Wednesday, March 13, 2013
• LessTraining Time, Less Fatigue, No Improvement in Patient Safety - Wednesday, February 27, 2013
• Texting, emails, videos - why your doctor doesn't know who you are? - Monday, January 14, 2013
• Should I Ask For Robotic Surgery? - Tuesday, June 05, 2012
• What's the best hernia repair? - Tuesday, August 23, 2011
• Hospitals in July - beware - Tuesday, June 28, 2011
• I'm back - Monday, June 20, 2011
• Off Shore Medical Schools - Wednesday, March 17, 2010
• Why Jonny Can't Operate - Sunday, February 07, 2010
• A Big Operation is an Opportunity for Smokers - Wednesday, December 16, 2009
• Can You Find a Doctor? - Tuesday, September 15, 2009
• Boasting time - Friday, June 26, 2009
• July's Coming to Your Hospital - Wednesday, June 24, 2009
• Training doctor work hours - Tuesday, May 26, 2009
• What's a SPEDI recovery from surgery? - Monday, May 11, 2009
• NOTES? - Thursday, May 07, 2009
• Your surgeon's abilities - Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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