Posts Tagged ‘Checklists’

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April 9th, 2010

Podcast 82: Checklists save lives — lots of lives. Becoming a clinical automaton.

Repetitive tasks, like making sure to wash your hands after seeing each patient, may seem like drudgery, but they save patients’ lives. This week we talk with Prof. Elizabeth Robb and Sir Brian Jarman about their success at chopping hospital mortality rates with simple checklists. Sir Brian has offered to monitor your hospital’s stats for […]


April 2nd, 2010

Podcast 81: When should you start screening for type 2 diabetes?

A large-scale computer simulation based on NHANES data plotted the most cost-effective strategy, which turns out to be to start screening before middle age and to repeat every 3 to 5 years. We talk with the first author of a Lancet paper that details the findings. Interview-related link: Physician’s First Watch summary of the Lancet paper News-related links: […]


January 18th, 2009

Podcast 26: Dr. Wayne A. Ray talks about the dangers of sudden cardiac death from antipsychotic drugs

NEJM published a paper this week detailing the risks of sudden cardiac death in those taking both typical and atypical antipsychotic drugs. We talk with the paper’s first author Dr. Wayne A. Ray of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. If you would like to comment or offer an idea for a future podcast, please call […]


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