Eye Opener’s Week in Review
From the Editor: Today marks the end of week two as “guest” editor for the Eye Opener. I can tell you that the title “editor” is a misnomer. When it comes to the Eye Opener and its panel of bloggers, very little (if any) editing takes place. Consistently, our blawgers provide you with timely and topical posts. This week was no different. Let’s take a retrospective look at what the “Eye Opener” offered this week (and, of course, a sneak peek at the week ahead.)
– Jason Penn, Guest Editor
(Many thanks to Jason and all those back at the firm, who helped get the word out on some great topics this past week while I’ve been wrapping-up week #2 of the trial from hell…….Brian Nash)
While the loss of sleep is rarely a topic on Gray’s Anatomy (or any made-for-television medical drama), it is a genuine quandary for non-actor, medical residents. This past Monday, Theresa Neumann explored the ACGME’s limitations on the hours worked by medical residents in the United States. As Theresa explained, the overall maximum hours per week will not change; it remains at 80 hours. One big change is the limit on the maximum continuous duty period for first year residents; this will be decreased from 24 to 16 hours. It will remain 24 hours for residents after their first year, but recommendations include “strategic napping.” Curious about the other changes? Read more…
Sleep isn’t only important for medical residents; it is also important for the smallest members of our families. As Sara Keogh explained on Tuesday, Maryland is considering regulations to ban the sale of crib bumpers. For many years, more and more emphasis has been placed on infants sleeping in safe cribs without any additional “stuff” in them. This has included the elimination of lots of former nursery staples. Baby blankets, stuffed animals, pillows and other loose items have been banned from the crib by safety experts for years. As requirements for cribs have required slats that are closer together, the utility of using a bumper to help a child from getting stuck between crib slats has been eliminated. More recently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has developed even newer crib safety standards, including eliminating the use of drop-sides, and warned against the use of sleep positioners. Yet, despite the advice to put babies to sleep only on their backs in cribs empty of everything except a well fitting mattress and fitted sheet, many parents and caregivers persist in using other items in cribs. Now, with an increasing number of deaths associated with crib bumpers, Maryland is considering a stronger stance. Read more…
By: John Stefanuca
On Wednesday blogger Jon Stefanuca broke out his calculator: bootcamp style. In the state of Maryland, there is a cap on the damages that can be awarded. But what happens when a jury returns a verdict in excess of the statutory amount? Mathematics and law intersect.
To see the results, and a detailed explanation of how it all works, you can read more ….
With the death of the always controversial Jack Kevorkian, we revisited a post by Theresa Neumann. Breathing a little life into the post (pun intended), Theresa provides an excellent primer for readers that are facing end of life situations. The differences are nuanced and can be difficult to understand at a most difficult time. Are you sure you know the difference between palliative, end-of-life and hospice care? Read more…
When Humpty Dumpty fell, they were able to put him back together again. Because our lives are nothing like a children’s nursery rhyme, when we fall, we get hurt. A head injury is particularly serious. Have you ever bumped your head and developed a “goose-egg?” It’s truly amazing how fast that big bruise under the skin grows. That bruise, or hematoma, is from a broken blood vessel, usually a vein. The pressure from the swelling helps with clotting, along with the blood’s own clotting factors. This types of hematoma typically takes a week or more to go away. If it’s on the forehead, it’s often followed by one or two “black eyes.” That’s because the blood tends to spread along tissue planes, and gravity notoriously pulls everything downward causing it to pool in the eye sockets, where the blood cells degrade and their components are reabsorbed by the body. Unlike a fairy tale, however, this goose-egg can be serious. Read more…
Sneak Peak of the Week Ahead:
As I told you at the beginning, the Eye Opener’s writers continue in their efforts to provide you with timely and topical blogs for your reading pleasure. As evidenced by the above, this past week was no exception. The Eye Opener and its writers are excited about the week ahead too! Here’s a sneak peak of what’s in store for you:
- Service dogs for children: more than just a pet
- Changes in Sunscreen: will regulation prevent cancer?
- HIV Patients: Increased risk for developing cancer
- Legal Boot Camp is back in session and Part III of our Cerebral Palsy tutorial.
Wishing You and Yours a Great Week Ahead!
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