Volume 15 - Issue 6 - June 2002

Editor's Perspective »

Are Docs Getting Too Cozy With Drug Companies?

By Jeff Hall, Editor | 1618 reads | 0 comments

Sometimes, it’s the subtle comment that gives you pause. Shortly after giving a lecture at a recent conference, a DPM found out that a particular company had sponsored the series of lectures he had participated in and he expressed regret. “If I had known (the company) was sponsoring the lecture, I would have mentioned their product.”
Then there are the more outrageous examples of drug company influence, like the one captured in an éxpose on ABC’s Primetime earlier this year. On the program, a doctor revealed that he had received approximately $10,000 worth of freebies from var



New Products »

Charting The Course

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As a sign of the technology times, MediNotes recently introduced the most updated version of its Charting Plus software. The Charting Plus Version 4.2 features updated components and enhanced functionality for all your electronic medical recordkeeping.
Some of the revisions to the software include new ways to format note text, an enhanced chief complaint section and tables that you can now lay out in rows and columns. New customization allows you to add new folders to the Object Explorer and referral letters now have custom layouts. An image and graphics tool allows you to store digital ima



Technology In Practice »

CompuMed: A Pain-Free Alternative For Anesthesia?

By Gina DiGironimo, Production Editor | 3393 reads | 0 comments

Many patients are fearful of the pain and pinching associated with syringes and needles. Often, the anticipation of the anesthetic needle causes more discomfort and distress than the procedure itself. Milestone Scientific recently introduced an alternative to the traditional anesthetic needle injection that may reduce the pain and anxiety needles cause.
The CompuMed system delivers computer-controlled anesthesia, which you can regulate. The system features a slow injection mode and a fast injection mode. The company says the system’s microprocessor automatically delivers safe and effective



Feature »

Six Ways To Achieve Practice Excellence

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 9378 reads | 0 comments

Do enough people know about your practice? Do enough primary care doctors know about your practice? Are you getting enough referrals or are most of them going to the DPM two blocks over? Several DPMs and a podiatric assistant say you have to be skilled in patient empathy, excel at staff relations and be a savvy marketer, among other things, if you want to build and sustain a thriving podiatric practice.



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Secrets To Treating Stress Fracture Of The Ankle

By Amol Saxena, DPM, and Andrew Cassidy, DPM | 150434 reads | 0 comments

Stress fractures in and around the ankle are most often due to repetitive stress. These injuries are often underdiagnosed and may be misdiagnosed as “shin splints.” In fact, the symptoms may persist for an extended period before the diagnosis of a stress fracture is even made. One reason for this is these types of injuries are often sports-related. Athletes, in general, may have a higher pain threshold and continue to exercise, which can exacerbate symptoms.
At the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, we see a predominantly athletic population in our sports medicine department. Our goal is not



Feature »

How To Diagnose And Treat Pressure Ulcers

By Tamara D. Fishman, DPM | 11134 reads | 0 comments

Currently, over 34 million Americans are age 65 and over. This figure is expected to double to over 68 million by the year 2030. As a result, there has been a tremendous growth in nursing homes and the related federal regulations that oversee these facilities. Pressure ulcers are particularly problematic in this patient population. According to the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) guidelines, the incidence of pressure ulcers (often referred to as bedsores) in long-term care facilities was estimated to be as high as 23 percent in 1989.
Pressure ulcers (also called decubitus