The new Great White Platinum
have the fol-
lowing notable features:
-- Higher Weight Capacity: 600-
pound patient vs. 500-pound patient
-- Three axes of movement
-- Handle design allows for better
control of the patient’s leg
-- Handle design protects against
accidental release of leg
-- Overlapping Pad design to secure-
ly hold leg in boot
-- Flexible boot to accommodate dif-
ferent size patients
Care Exchange Workstations
has enhanced its line of
Care Exchange Workstations to provide highly
efficient clinical workflows as physicians inte-
grate new technology in the exam room. The
new offerings include wall mounted and AC
powered options. Midmark’s wall mounted Care
Exchange Workstations provide caregivers with
the form and function of mobile units in a space-
saving design ideal for healthcare environments
where a mobile technology platform is not an
option. They offer adjustable height monitors
and keyboards in a variety of configurations.
The keyboard tray can be designed to rotate up
and out of the way or come toward the user an
additional four inches for improved use and ergonomics. The AC powered
Care Exchange Workstations support a shift up to 12 hours before needing to
be recharged. Two long-lasting battery options are available, including a tra-
ditional sealed lead acid (SLA) battery or a lithium ion phosphate (LiFe) bat-
tery. The workstation features a compact base design that allows physicians to
easily maneuver it between exam or patient rooms.
Decappers are used to remove
crimped aluminum seals from
vials in a safe manner with
little effort. Seals are removed
by simply gripping the seal
using a tipping or rolling
motion. They are available
in five standard sizes with or
without color coded latex free
cushioned grips. The product
is constructed of stainless
steel construction with a life-
recently found myself pondering how time, expe- rience, and added knowledge have affected how I approach sports fandom. More specifically, I
thought about how these factors have altered how I
assess and appreciate my favorite players on my most
My fandom used to be so simple and innocent.
I chose my favorite local players based on the most
subjective of criteria. All it took was seeing a head-
turning highlight of a Milwaukee Buck or Brewer
on Sportscenter or stumbling upon a Green Bay
Packer in a pack of football cards. I, like many other
kids, developed interests, attachments, and obsessions for the most inexpli-
cable reasons. Now looking back, I can’t question my thought process because
my enthusiasm for my favorite teams and players was both earnest and true.
My approach toward sports fandom couldn’t be more different these days.
I pore over traditional box score statistics and advanced metrics alike. I read
countless articles and blogs to glean valuable information for a reasoned opin-
ion about a particular player. While it’s certainly a more mature approach to
appreciating sports, at times it feels… well… dissatisfying. The emotion is
gone. The innocent joy is gone.
I feel like it can be easy to fall out of love with something when one always
approaches it with fact-based analysis or objective thought. As strange as it
may sound, it’s quite possible to over-think or over-analyze something to the
point where it becomes unlikeable or unappreciable.
This doesn’t just apply to my sports fandom. It also applies to my career.
After all, isn’t it easy to measure one’s professional success by a quantifiable
criterion such as money? But is there any real, lasting satisfaction in that?
I’d venture to say most of us were asked “What do you want to be when
you grow up?” at some point during our formative years by one or more
well-meaning adults. I’d also guess none of us responded by citing salary sta-
tistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics or pontificating about the return on
investment to be gained from a doctoral degree. To be fair, I wanted to (quite
literally) grow up to be a 6-foot-10-inch power forward for the NBA’s Orlando
Magic. I didn’t need the BLS to tell me I was going to be filthy rich, nor did I
need a doctoral degree to achieve this lofty (read: impossible) career goal.
For surgeons and medical professionals, it’s important to recall, re-embrace,
and celebrate the subjective reasons for undertaking a career spent in the OR.
They are the reasons that cannot be quantified to anyone who took a different
career path. But they matter just as much as dollars, cents, job security, and
perks. It’s easy to explain what a great salary and tremendous benefits can do
to improve one’s quality of life, but they aren’t the only variables that deter-
mine sustained satisfaction and happiness in the field of medicine.
Many people consider a job as a means to make money. Others, however,
consider it a calling. With that in mind, what does a career in medicine mean
What's your take?
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