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Sensing Savvy

Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA

Roger DeLong is an engineer who also has over 20 years of experience as a certified clinical perfusionist. In his current role at Transonic Systems, he taps his expertise in both fields to design and create surgical measurement devices.

Recent Posts

Should Surgeon Work Hours Be Capped?

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Sep 5, 2018 8:33:00 AM

There’s no doubt about it: professionals who are overworked and suffering from sleep deprivation are less efficient and more likely to make mistakes than those who work shorter hours and take time off between shifts to rest and recharge. This is why airline pilots, railroad engineers and commercial truck drivers all have caps on the number of hours they can work without time off.

However, when it comes to surgeon work hours, the concept of capping is much more controversial.

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6 Locum Tenens Myths Debunked

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Jul 25, 2018 9:00:00 AM

An increase in staffing shortages has put the demand for locum tenens on the rise. Healthcare facilities need extra members to support their current staff or fill in for a physician on leave.

Becoming a locum tenens is a great option for a physician seeking more control over their schedule, pay rates, and vacation time. But many practitioners are on the fence due to pervasive myths about the locum tenens’ lifestyle. Below, we’ve debunked six myths to help you decide if a locum assignment is right for you. 

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Musculoskeletal Disorders in Surgeons: What to Know

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Jun 4, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Surgeons and interventionalists are facing a potential “impending epidemic” concerning musculoskeletal disorders in surgeons as demonstrated in a study by the JAMA Surgery study in December 2017.

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5 Interesting Stats on Physician Happiness

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on May 29, 2018 6:19:00 AM

More than 15,000 physicians participated in Medscape’s annual physician lifestyle survey. While the majority of physicians expressed happiness and satisfaction, certain specialities had more favorable results. The stats below provided a more thorough overview of physician happiness.

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Topics: Cardiothoracic

Doctor Complaints: What's Behind Them?

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on May 7, 2018 6:55:00 AM

Doctor complaints are a predictable yet stressful part of being a medical professional. The causational factors of complaints are mostly ones that physicians can proactively control, like their level of friendliness and courtesy, or the ability to be professional and empathetic. But according to a study recently released in JAMA Ophthalmology, an uncontrollable determinant, physician age, has emerged as a significant contributor to unsolicited patient complaints.

The good news is that if you’re an older physician, you have a much less likely chance of having your patient file a complaint against you. Researchers from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee reviewed 1,392 doctors and found that increased physician age correlated to a decreased number of patient complaints. The median age for a participating physician was 47, with 9% of physicians over the age of 71. Those over 70 had the least amount of complaints, as well as a longer mean time before patients filed a complaint. On the flip side, another study found that having an older physician is associated with a higher patient mortality rate.

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3 Ways a Checklist can Help Improve Patient Communication

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Mar 5, 2018 6:15:00 AM

Checklists are an invaluable tool that help us organize priorities and processes, and accomplish important tasks in an intentional order. Almost ten years ago, doctors from John Hopkins University created a checklist for central line insertion that resulted in a 70% decrease in central line-related infections. Since then, checklists have become ubiquitous in the medical field, leading to successes like global reductions in surgical morbidity and mortality, and improving the quality of care overall. A recent study found that hospitals who used the World Health Organization’s Surgical Safety Checklist had a drop of 22% in post-operative deaths.

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Topics: patient communication

Should Patients Be Allowed to Record Doctors?

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Feb 14, 2018 7:06:00 AM

It’s no secret that today’s smartphones can store a lot of valuable information. What you may be surprised to learn is that patients are often recording their doctor visits.

In fact, according to research from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, it’s likely that at least one patient out of your last 10 has recorded their visit.

Whether it’s a routine appointment or a surgical procedure, the practice of recording doctors is a debated issue. That’s why it’s so important to understand both sides of the issue before saying yes.

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Topics: patient communication

How to Prepare for a Locum Tenens Assignment

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Jan 10, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Working locum tenens can have several benefits for you regardless of your specialty. In fact, according to NALTO, the National Association for Locum Tenens Organizations, locum tenens is one of the fastest growing career paths for physicians today, and for good reason. Practicing locum tenens can help prevent burnout and can be less stressful than permanent positions. Not only that, it can provide more flexibility for family or personal needs.

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Topics: locum tenens

Top Impacts on Physician Productivity

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Nov 22, 2017 8:00:00 AM

As a physician, your time is valuable, and vast amounts of it are required to build strong, trusting relationships with patients. But most physicians are constantly performing a balancing act between patient care and the mounting demands of an increasingly complicated healthcare system — and when one side gets too heavy, your productivity inevitably suffers a major dip.

Acclimating to newer technology combined with the multiple pitfalls of physician burnout equal extra weight guaranteed to throw off even the most seasoned healthcare professional. If you pile on the negative impact to your earnings, the equilibrium of your practice becomes significantly compromised. Here we look at what affects physician productivity, and some solutions for righting the scales.

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The Future of Medicine: Artificial Intelligence, Physicians and Patients

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Nov 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Doctors worry that artificial intelligence (AI) will replace physicians and surgeons. Visions of robots performing surgery, doing routine checkups and coordinating care without humans are common imaginings of the future with AI. But new and developing technologies are instead showing us a future that has AI and humans working side by side, giving us more reasons than not to welcome AI in the healthcare field.  

According to a study from The New England Journal of Medicine, we are facing a whopping global shortage of 4.3 million doctors and nurses. Poorer countries feel this scarcity more acutely while countries like the United States suffer more in terms of rising healthcare costs and less doctor-to-patient contact. AI technologies promise not only to respond to the growing gap, but also help the more human aspects of health care thrive in considerable ways.

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