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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 http://goo.gl/fGDmS:
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: http://lifeinthefastlane.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/CXR-DRSACBCDE.png
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. http://goo.gl/xobBm
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 http://goo.gl/gJltj:
- 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 http://goo.gl/CTJc6
Skeptical Scalpel: The report of "10 Shocking Medical Mistakes" by CNN has a few mistakes of its own: http://goo.gl/oglRX
How to harvest the medical research with "snowballing" and "pearl growing" search strategies http://goo.gl/gEsdQ
A Brief Social Media Guide for Authors of Medical Resources http://goo.gl/6n17e
Dr. Wes: Third Party Central http://buff.ly/LaRjyE
Blood substitutes: Working to Fulfill a Dream - FDA Voice blog http://buff.ly/LaRE4q