Doctors have a lot to learn about long-term care."Duh," you say? Fair enough. But a newly published study and a just released book really drive the point home.
If there's one topic where I feel that healthcare publications tend to repeat themselves, it's around infection control.
Like sitting in a tub of hot cocoa on the shore of an enchanted mountain lake while listening to a choir of violin-wielding angels. That's about how it felt to spend some quality time last week at the LeadingAge conference in Denver.
It was a good — no, a great — day for Atul Gawande groupies Monday at the LeadingAge annual meeting in Denver.
The 2012 edition of the LeadingAge annual meeting and exposition kicks off Sunday in Denver and promises a wide variety of educations sessions, activities and special attractions for long-term care providers. Keynote speakers are Nobel Prize winner Tutu on Sunday, surgeon/writer Atul Gawande on Monday and MIT Technology AgeLab director Joseph Coughlin on Tuesday. More than 200 education sessions will be sprinkled in and around exhibition hall hours (12 to 3:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, as well as 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday).
There are few things I loathe more in the world than ice-breaking, "getting-to-know-you games." The problem is, though, I'm exactly the kind of person who often needs an icebreaker to get a conversation started, especially for conversations that are difficult to have.