Lung Ultrasound (in the Critically Ill) Superior to CT: the Example of Lung Sliding

kjccm-2016-00955f1A recent article by Daniel A. Lichtenstein published in the Korean Journal of Critical Care Medicine (Korean J Crit Care Med 2017; 32(1): 1-8.) on comparing the use of ultrasound (US) for assessment and diagnosis of pneumothorax and whether it is superior to computerized tomography (CT).

Lung Ultrasound (in the Critically Ill) Superior to CT: the Example of Lung Sliding

Help Your Team Stop Overcommitting by Empowering Them to Say No

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A great article by Diana Kander on Harvard Business Review on empowering your team to say no!

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to please. In fact, we’re hardwired for it. But when we overcommit ourselves, we spend our time checking things off a list rather than actually creating value.

This problem has ramped up in recent years as likability has become a key determinant in landing jobs and other professional opportunities. But here’s the trouble with having a corporate culture built around likability: When people are afraid to turn down noncritical projects, good ideas get smothered. Without the ability to say “no” to low-level tasks in order to say “yes” to groundbreaking ones, people stop innovating.

Every company is in a value race. Not only do you have to create value for your customers, but you also have to do it before someone else does. Doing so requires the ability to say “yes” to truly great ideas — and, more importantly, to say “no” to all those good ideas that just aren’t good enough.

Here’s how to cultivate that mindset in your organization:

1. Establish a value assessment system.

2. Pay attention to warning signs.

3. Celebrate saying “no.”

4. Reward initiative.

Help Your Team Stop Overcommitting by Empowering Them to Say No

 

Great article on Harvard Business Review – Conflict-of-Interest Rules Holding Back Medical Breakthroughs..

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A colleague of mine recently posted a link to this article, but I also thought it was a pertinent read. I actually couldn’t agree more. Health departments need to collaborate with industry and clinician experts to improve health outcomes and patient safety. Time to get out of the silos and listen to experts that don’t always work within healthcare departments.

“The big public health problems that humanity faces today — including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and metabolic and infectious disease — will not be solved by either sector working in a silo. But the interface between the two has never been more tense. Legitimate concerns over conflict of interest that have resulted in overly extreme preventative policies are a central cause. It is time for all parties to revisit those policies and replace them with rules that recognize both true conflicts and true confluences of interest. They are essential to forging the strong collaborations that are worthy of society’s trust.”

Conflict-of-Interest Rules Are Holding Back Medical Breakthroughs