Monthly Archives: September 2015

  • Encore Post: ICU-Acquired Weakness – Powerlessness in Recovery

    Note:  A busy week, so no new post, but enjoy this encore of one of my most-read posts from 2014. Recently, The New England Journal of Medicine published an article about ICU-acquired weakness. The authors explore the physiological (neurological) outcomes of having an critical illness, being administered strong medications, being intubated, and otherwise being unable to move. Nerves atrophy

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  • What Medication Cannot Do for Patient Pain and Suffering

    “Do you hurt?” asks the bear to the mouse. “No. Not body hurt. But, my fear hurts,” says the mouse. “Does fear bleed?” asks the bear. “Yea…but the blood of fear is invisible and in every part of my being,” says the mouse. “Does it hurt everywhere?” asks the bear. “More than everywhere…” answers the

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  • 5 Ways To Be More Present for Your Patients

    Since recorded music was introduced, we have been able to capture a single performance of music forever, assuming that every time we listen to the recording, we hear the same thing. Yes, whatever is recorded does not inherently change. However, we change. How we listen, the circumstances under which we choose to listen, and what

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  • The Patient Experience As a Work of Art

    How many ways do we try to quantify and qualify the patient experience? HCAHPS and other satisfaction surveys are far from exact or even understandable.  We cannot fully understand or easily predict why any patient answers any particular question in any particular way. Even the term “patient satisfaction” does not define the nature of being a

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