When Dr. Baruch Fertel took a job at the Cleveland Clinic in 2013 he knew he had a crisis on his hands. The nation was in the grip of an opioid epidemic and Ohio was ground zero. And Fertel quickly realized that hospitals were, in some respects, doing more harm than good, often prescribing someone who came in with an ankle sprain or other small injury 30 Percocets because it was the default in the electronic health record (EHR). “That’s a huge amount for something that maybe is a day or two,” said Fertel, the Director of Quality and Operations at the storied medical center.
NASSAU, Bahamas – We’ve heard it all before – stories of people dying and coming back to life – some claiming to have “died and gone to heaven,” others whose “life flashed before their eyes”, and even more bizarre, patients who have claimed to have had an out-of-body experience during surgery. Still, curious cats like me have wondered if there is some truth to these accounts.
In cultures around the globe, topics on death and end-of-life care can be uncomfortable or even taboo. There is a movement to make the topic of death more approachable—and it takes place over tea and desserts. “One popular argument is