Best of Medical Blogs - weekly review and blog carnival

The “Best of Medical Blogs - weekly review and blog carnival” is a weekly summary of the best posts from medical blogs. Feel free to send your suggestions to my email at Best of Medical Blogs (BMB) is published every Tuesday, just like the old Grand Rounds.

New mnemonic for CXR Interpretation: DRS ABCDE (Doctors ABCDE)

Life in the Fast Lane: Many people would be familiar with the ABC method to interpreting CXRs: Airways, Breathing & Bones, Circulation.The mnemonic DRSABCDE can used as a simple, yet comprehensive, approach to CXR interpretation

D – Details
R – RIPE (Assessing The Image Quality): Rotation, Inspiration, Picture, Exposure (Penetration)
S – Soft Tissues And Bones
A – Airway & Mediastinum
B – Breathing
C – Circulation
D – Diaphragm
E – Extras: ETT, CVP line, NG tube, ECG electrodes, PICC line, chest tube

Why not grab a copy of the “Basic CXR Interpretation” flow chart and put it up in your clinic:

Routine physical exam and screening tests rarely yield valuable information

From Dr. Centor’s blog: Doing a routine exam rarely yields valuable information in the absence of symptoms. Doing routine screening tests rarely yields value information.

Tips for wearing flip-flops from Cleveland Clinic

From the Health Hub blog from Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Brian Donley talks about avoiding flip-flop related injuries this summer

- Don’t wear flip-flops if you’re going on a long walk.
- Don’t buy flip-flops with soles that freely bend or twist.

With expectations set high, "it’s hard, perhaps impossibly hard, to be a good doctor", says the former BMJ Editor-in-Chief Richard Smith

Skeptical Scalpel: The report of "10 Shocking Medical Mistakes" by CNN has a few mistakes of its own:

How to harvest the medical research with "snowballing" and "pearl growing" search strategies

A Brief Social Media Guide for Authors of Medical Resources

Dr. Wes: Third Party Central

Blood substitutes: Working to Fulfill a Dream - FDA Voice blog

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