April 2006

ConsultsIn the LiteratureLegal

Medical Errors, Appropriate Dress for Physicians, Blood Cultures for Pneumonia Pts, and More

Rothschild JM, Landrigan CP, Cronin JW, et al. The critical care safety study: the incidence and nature of adverse events and serious medical errors in intensive care. Crit Care Med. 2005;33:1694-1700. Background: Critically ill patients require complex, immediate, high-intensity care, potentially placing them at increased risk of iatrogenic injury. The frequency and nature of adverse… [Read More]


An Internist in Iraq

What it’s like to practice hospital medicine in the military theater    


African Hope

OHAfrica brings antiretrovirals and compassion to hospital patients in Lesotho

The Birth of Percussion

Josef Leopold Auenbrugger: the inventor of percussion Who more appropriate to discover percussion in the human form than a Viennese-trained physician? Josef Leopold Auenbrugger invented the technique of percussing the patient’s chest in 1754, just two years before Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birth in 1756. The son of an innkeeper, Auenbrugger is said to have tapped… [Read More]

Pacemaker Rash

A24-year-old white female is admitted directly to the hospital by her cardiologist for a wound infection. She is a medical technology student who underwent a pacemaker implantation three weeks prior for persistent symptomatic bradycardia. She now complains of pain, redness, and swelling at the site of her pacemaker incision site. She reports fevers, chills, night… [Read More]