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Fall Prevention
Fall Prevention

When it comes to falls – “I’m the winner!”fall prevention

I was speaking with an older patient and his wife and touched on the topic of home safety and falls.  The patient has Parkinson’s disease and is particularly at risk for falls.  When I asked how he was doing with falls, he didn’t miss a beat by stating, “I...

Cast Disease – is it still an issue?
Cast Disease – is it still an issue?

How has internal fixation changed our thinking about cast disease?Hans_Wilennegger

Immobilization is one of the primary tenants of injury management.  But prolonged immobilization can result in problems.  Cast disease describes the problems associated with immobilization of an injury with rigid casting or prolonge...

Reliability of ABI testing
Reliability of ABI testing

More questions for an old vascular testABI testing

I was at a wound care conference several weeks ago and got into a conversation with a colleague regarding ABI testing.  ABI stands for ankle brachial index, sometimes also called an ankle brachial pressure index or ABPI.  An ABI is used to ascertain and quant...

What’s the best hands-free speaker for the operating room?
What’s the best hands-free speaker for the operating room?

Music in the OR?Music in the OR

What’s the mood in an OR?  A lot of times, the mood in an operating room is set by the choice of music played during a surgical case.   Some surgeons are classical buffs.  Others show tunes.  I’m a jam band kind of guy.  So as the surgeon, I usually get to choose the music.  When w...

Durable Medical Goods (DME) - what should they cost?
Durable Medical Goods (DME) - what should they cost?

DMEs – a $300 dollar hammer?plantar fasciitis night splint

Durable medical goods are items that your doctor would often dispense from his or her office.  In other cases, durable medical goods might be purchased from a home health supply company.  Examples of durable medical goods include a walking cast, a night splint, a bedsid...