The authors debate how much information should be included in the informed consent, and they use the case of resistant Mycobacterium chimaera found in the LivaNova PLC Stockert 3T heater-cooler system as a case-in-point.
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In Global News: Endocarditis in Illicit Drug Users, ERAS Cardiac Surgery Consensus Statement, and NSCLC Upstaging
May 4, 2018
Patient Care and General Interest An article in the New York Times looks at the ethical dilemma of performing surgery for endocarditis in illicit drug users whose addictions go untreated.
Retrieval of Severe Acute Respiratory Failure Patients on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: Any Impact on Their Outcomes?
May 3, 2018
The latest on portable venovenous ECMO in a cohort in which half of the subjects died after a resource-intensive treatment. The results of the relevant EOLIA trial are keenly awaited.
Beware of E-mails Soliciting for Articles: Journal Hijacking Is a New Menace for Academics Worldwide
March 19, 2018
A hijacked journal is a legitimate scientific journal that offers print-only version, for which a bogus website has been created by a malicious third party fake publisher for the purpose of fraudulently offering research scientists the chance to rapidly publish their paper online with publication fee.
February 24, 2018
An alarming list of some crazy things our colleagues have done in the recent past.
January 22, 2018
An interesting article from a popular UK newspaper, reflecting perhaps the views of members of government and public in confining UK medical graduates to largely low-paid work for five years after graduation, on the socialist principle that the public has paid for their education (they pay quite a lot themselves as well, and end up in debt).
January 8, 2018
A very brief editorial on frailty as a risk factor. In the time of weighing transcatheter interventions versus variable access surgical options, quantifying this physiological concept is of major importance for the cardiac teams and, importantly, the autonomy of the patient.
January 3, 2018
Video and a readable digest of a talk in a Harvard meeting, especially interesting in its scepticism on prevention.
January 2, 2018
A sobering editorial, read last May at the AATS, that discusses at length the ethics of ventricular assist as a super expensive therapy seen from the principle of fairness.
November 29, 2017
An interesting dilemma posed by a tattoo providing advanced care directives.