Essential Insights On Surgical Management Of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Crystal L. Ramanujam, DPM, MSc, John J. Stapleton, DPM, FACFAS, and Thomas Zgonis, DPM, FACFAS | 11,491 reads | 0 comments | 11/21/2014

Diabetic foot ulcers can lead to an array of complications including osteomyelitis and soft tissue infection. Surveying the research and relying on clinical experience, these authors provide a guide to surgically managing diabetic foot ulcers to reduce the risk of re-ulceration and complications.

Current Insights On The Pathophysiology And Management Of Frostbite Blisters

Kristine Hoffman DPM | 3,860 reads | 0 comments | 11/28/2014

There is a wide spectrum of frostbite injuries, ranging from those with minimal soft tissue loss and no long-term sequelae to disastrous injuries with severe necrosis resulting in major amputations. Several factors influence the severity of frostbite injuries and these factors include temperature, humidity, wind chill factor and length of exposure.

Keys To Pain Management In A Sports Medicine Practice

Richard L. Blake, DPM | 6,219 reads | 0 comments | 03/23/2015

Dealing with pain in a sports medicine practice can be a very difficult, challenging and frustrating process. The patients want to get better as soon as possible. Some have high pain thresholds and some have low pain thresholds. Let us take a closer look at approaching common types of pain in these patients, dealing with good pain versus bad pain, and getting the athlete moving forward toward a complete recovery.

Knowing The Consequences Will Help Prevent Staff From Breaking The Rules

Lynn Homisak PRT | 986 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/2014

“Just wait until your father gets home!” It wasn’t often that my mom had to resort to threats like this but when she did, my brothers and I were aware there would be consequences for our negative actions or poor behavior. Like it or not, Dad’s punishment always taught us a lesson, which was never do that again or suffer the consequences. It did not take us long to know the difference.

Are You Aware Of When Your Staff Goes The Extra Mile?

Lynn Homisak PRT | 942 reads | 0 comments | 10/30/2014

I overheard a baseball player say to his teammate (with the coach in earshot), “Coach only sees what he wants to. He only sees the times I miss the ball!” The coach turned to his player and assured him that coaches do see everything.

“Then why, Coach, do I only hear it when I do something bad or really good?” the player asked. “What about all the plays I contribute on a regular basis that helped to make this team the best in our league? Don’t you ever notice those everyday things?”

Are You Really Listening To Your Staff?

Lynn Homisak PRT | 1,104 reads | 0 comments | 09/05/2014

Truth … I enjoy my work. Part of that is because it offers the opportunity to meet and speak with hundreds of doctors and staff who are fresh out of school, decades in practice and everywhere in between. This happens sometimes in person in their offices and at seminars; other times during phone conferences, emails or webinars. Regardless of our surroundings, typically, the same combination of speaking and listening takes place. It’s called communication. Everyone likes to be heard, but the question is: how well do you listen?

Why It Is A Smart Move To Have A Risk Management Checklist

Lynn Homisak PRT | 1,818 reads | 0 comments | 03/18/2015

How often do you think about risk management? How much importance do you place on having adequate safeguards in your practice to prevent unwanted incidents? I suspect your malpractice insurance company wants it to be a top priority for you but is it?

How To Be ‘Management Smart’ To Improve Your Practice

Lynn Homisak PRT | 1,898 reads | 0 comments | 08/05/2014

I have not met a doctor yet who wanted to work harder, not smarter. Now more than ever before, we need to be more resourceful. It is necessary to find better ways to pinch our pennies, cut our overhead, eliminate unnecessary spending, operate more efficiently and better manage cash, staff, time, systems and marketing.

It is time to reassess and think positively at the same time. Necessary changes can lead to innovative ideas, which lead to renewed, more effective efficiencies. Keep an open mind and read on for some simple tactics.

Current Insights On Perioperative Management Of Anticoagulation Therapy

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS | 4,692 reads | 0 comments | 08/12/2014

Increasingly, the podiatric physician must perform surgery on patients receiving anticoagulant therapy. Decisions on the perioperative management of anticoagulation represent a balance among concerns regarding postoperative hematoma, excessive bleeding and patient safety with consideration of the reasons why the patient started on anticoagulant therapy.

Getting Staff Buy-In On Great Ideas For Your Practice

Lynn Homisak PRT | 2,857 reads | 2 comments | 01/09/2014

“2014 … the Year of the _________.” If you Google it, you will find a wide range of suggested fill-in-the-blanks from “horse” to “family farming” and everything in between.