Atul Gawande on end-of-life choices - October 7th, 2014

Jon Stewart interviewed Atul Gawande on this book “Being Mortal”.  Gawande reports that a group of cancer patients choosing palliative care at end of life lived 25% longer than those choosing more severe medical care.  The study was of stage 4 lung cancer patients.  The discussion of end-of-life tradeoffs started with the statement that 17% of people die at home and most die in other institutions.  There was some mention of his previous book, “Checklist Manifesto” which sounds like a book we need to pick up.  The importance of planning medical checklists can be and will be followed is important.

Hospital-acquired infections - August 2nd, 2013

In the United States alone, hospital borne illnesses reach to more than 1.7 million and 99,000 of them die every year. In Europe, nosocomial infections result to 2/3 of their 25,000 annual deaths. Severe nosocomial illnesses vary from bloodstream infections, UTI and pneumonia. And since many of their causative bacteria are antibiotic resistant like the gram-negative types, they can be hard to manage. However, it is interesting to note that 1/3 of hospital borne diseases can be prevented.