June reading round up

Quick question: Am I the only one wondering how we got to be 6 months into the year?

For June, I’ll start with something that’s a personal favorite because I am so proud of our team for this accomplishment.  The print version of our CLABSI reduction project came out in May. We’ve surpassed 1000 days last week- and I’m just going to say if a burn unit can get to zero, your ICU can too.

This article on systematic implementation of geriatric consults on a trauma service is food for thought in the burn world as well (really, all of acute care surgery), particularly the improvement in planning that occurs. Of course, sometimes we get those patients who are younger than 70 chronologically with physiology that belies that…

This Academic Medicine article discussing opportunities for new general surgery programs is timely as a group of us work with the ACS on GME and workforce issues, and was first-authored by a mentee.  Great work, Ashley! Now if we could just conjure up the funding for the training programs; we know that we need the capacity.

And last, two essays.  First, this lovely “Welcome, Intern” essay from the Journal of GME. It aligns perfectly with the #dearintern effort some of us have made on Twitter in the last couple of years. And second, an essay from JAMA on how unconscious bias impacts those around us when it happens- and it does.

Happy June!