How Clean Are The Surgical Instruments In Your OR?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
2/27/12 | 2986 reads | 0 comments
It could never happen to you, right? I was shocked to hear the NBC News investigation that revealed that there are increasing incidences of dirty surgical tools ending up in our ORs. How could this even happen? We have all seen the used tools be whisked away from our OR back tables, specked with blood, bone and other bodily detritus, only to return the next time in the triple-packed sterilization packs. How could bacteria survive the process? Read More.

Blog Readers Argue About Board Certification: Is It Fair Or Another Way To Discriminate?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
1/3/12 | 7162 reads | 17 comments
When I think about subjects that cause controversy, my last blog topic, “Making Interprofessional Education a Priority to Improve Podiatric Parity,” ( ) would not be at the top of my list. However, for some readers, it met the qualifications for controversy and they started a verbal parry over what I had said. Read More.

Making Interprofessional Education A Priority To Improve Podiatric Parity

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
11/29/11 | 2756 reads | 6 comments
Much like John Lennon challenged, “Imagine all the people sharing all the world.” Can you imagine a medical educational system that encompasses MDs, DOs, RNs, PTs and all of the other healthcare providers, including DPMs? Imagine how productive it would be to teach other professions what a podiatrist is capable of doing with his or her education and three year training models, using real life cases to illustrate this model. Read More.

Are You Smarter Than A Podiatric Medical Student?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
10/28/11 | 2920 reads | 0 comments
The television show Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? is a popular one. I suppose viewers like to see how much knowledge they have retained or forgotten in the years since their elementary school days. Read More.

Where Do Those Patients Go Once We Lose Them To Follow-Up?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
8/9/11 | 2770 reads | 4 comments
At a recent teaching conference I attended, after all of the formal lecturing was over, my colleagues and I made a real discovery about where patients go when they disappear from your practice and why. Haven’t you always wondered? That day, we were discussing the topic of Morton’s neuroma and the best treatment protocols. Do you perform alcohol sclerosing of the nerve, thereby killing the nerve? Do you decompress the nerve, thereby freeing it to recover (hopefully)? Do you inject cortisone in the hopes of calming the nerve, allowing it to become less inflamed temporarily? Read More.

What I Learned From My Patient Horror Stories

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
6/17/11 | 3601 reads | 0 comments
We all have these patient horror stories and we usually share them after one drink too many. These stories fall into one of three categories: bragging, laughing or crying. However, if we stop there, we have missed the point. These are the best cases to learn from. Please share some of your own and tell us what you have learned from yours. It is the professional version of “I will show you mine if you show me yours.” The Crying Case: Pseudomonas Resulting From A Submerged Cast Read More.

Building A Better ‘Mousetrap’ For NPWT

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
4/28/11 | 3662 reads | 1 comments
The proof that a perfect solution has been achieved is when you don’t see a lot of other products on the market for a particular problem: it’s called building the better mousetrap. It seemed like KCI’s Vacuum Assisted Closure therapy (VAC® therapy) was just that for more than a decade. I had been a believer for multiple reasons as a wound care provider and unfortunately as a patient with a large abdominal wound. How often on the foot do we see wounds of the size and depth of an abdominal wound? Never. Read More.

What Kind Of Surgeon Are You: Functional Or Structural?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
3/2/11 | 3011 reads | 3 comments
This is an interesting question and a timely one. This is what separates orthopedic surgeons from many podiatric surgeons but it is a distinction that our profession is close to losing. Recent changes to the CPME 320, the Council on Podiatric Medicine’s “rule book” that governs residency programs, reduced the emphasis on biomechanics and medicine in residency programs. Our new foot and ankle surgeons are becoming more structural and less functional. Are you unfamiliar with the terms? Let me explain. Read More.

Can A Dress Shoe Really Mimic A Sports Shoe?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
1/14/11 | 7410 reads | 1 comments
Have your patients been Oprahsuaded? I had not seen that word until recently. However, it makes perfect sense when you realize that Oprah Winfrey, the one woman powerhouse who just started her own network, can make a simple remark about a product and cause it to surge immediately to the top of best selling lists around the world. Shoes are no exception. Maybe it is my move from South Texas to Southern California but I have been hearing a lot lately about women patients who are reluctant to wear tennis shoes when prescribed to do so. They want a more fashionable alternative. Read More.