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Followups and Links of Interest

A few things that caught my eye these last few weeks:

OR-Live offers live and archived webcasts of more than 600 surgical procedures.

From the NEJM:
This spring the U.S. Supreme Court in Baze v. Rees1 will rule on the constitutionality of the three-drug regimen currently used for lethal injection in most state executions. The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits punishment that is "cruel and unusual." The central question before the Court in Baze is whether the use of sodium thiopental, pancuronium bromide, and potassium chloride violates that constitutional prohibition.
The Marpac 980 Sound Screen & SleepMate Sound Conditioner. Highly recommended.

I previously asked if there were any free, HIPAA-complaint patient-physician email systems available. As far as I can tell, there's only one, and the site is named iMedicor. It also offers CME, a dictation service, and a system that allows secure communication between physicians. A review will follow.

Alcohol hand rubs alone are not enough to curb hospital infections.

Depressed and burned out residents make 6.2 times as many errors.

Jay Parkinson is awarded quote of the week: "Today’s doctors are like feral children found living in their own little communication wilderness."

And the unlikely saga of a medical checklist has a happy ending -- ""The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) – part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – has concluded that Michigan hospitals can continue implementing a checklist to reduce the rate of catheter-related infections in intensive care unit settings (ICUs) without falling under regulations governing human subjects research."

(Also posted on The Efficient MD.)
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