Category: Physician’s Perspective

Emergency care for elderly can be dangerous

In 2005, when physician Kevin Biese was a medical resident in Boston, a 92-year-old woman with a urinary tract infection arrived by ambulance at a hospital emergency room. Her behavior — confusion and lethargy — suggested she also was suffering

Why the Doctor Is Crying in Bohemian Rhapsody

Published on November 16, 2018 Louis M. Profeta MD I spoke recently at Marian University School of Medicine, one of those “older doc speaks to younger doc” career path kinda talks. I explained how I really didn’t know shit about

A doctor was sued for malpractice. He tried to fight it. It cost him nearly everything.

Scott Plantz remembers the exact date he received notice he was being sued for medical malpractice. His wife, Cynna, gave birth to their only child that day in 2009. They had spent five years and more than $100,000 on in

New schedule II prescription forms required starting January 1

Texas physicians will be required to use new schedule II prescription forms beginning January 1, 2019. The new forms are now available from the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP). After January 1, official schedule II prescription forms that were issued before

When an Iowa Family Doctor Takes On the Opioid Epidemic – The New York Times

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — A newborn had arrived for his checkup, prompting Dr. Nicole Gastala to abandon her half-eaten lunch and brace for the afternoon crush. An older man with diabetes would follow, then a pregnant teenager, a possible case of

This E.R. Treats Opioid Addiction on Demand. That’s Very Rare. – The New York Times

OAKLAND, Calif. — Every year, thousands of people addicted to opioids show up at hospital emergency rooms in withdrawal so agonizing it leaves them moaning and writhing on the floor. Usually, they’re given medicines that help with vomiting or diarrhea

The Cognitive Dissonance of Narcotic Prescribing by Dr. Edwin Leap – EdwinLeap.com

I know a bit about the opioid epidemic ravaging America.  My wife and I grew up in West Virginia and follow the news from home. I practice emergency medicine in rural South Carolina, and have worked in Georgia, North Carolina, Kentucky

The Joys of Rural Practice by Dr. Edwin Leap – EdwinLeap.com

I practice in the rural, northwest corner of South Carolina, also known as “The Upstate.”  It is a place of expansive lakes, white-water rivers and the mist covered foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The area includes thousands of acres

Life & Limb: In Rural E.R. by Dr. Edwin Leap – EdwinLeap.com

Today we welcome a new columnist, Edwin Leap, M.D. His column, “Life & Limb,” will show rural America from the perspective of an emergency-room physician. Dr. Leap is medical director of the emergency department in a rural hospital in North Georgia. He’s

Creative Solutions to the Rural Doctor Shortage

I was recently at a meeting where some very influential physicians were discussing a question that I’ve been thinking about for a while: how do we find medical staff for rural emergency rooms and hospitals? It’s a tough question, because,

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