Jeffrey M. Levine MD | Geriatric Specialist | Wound Care | Pressure Ulcers - News on Dr. Levine's medical and consulting practice, and reflections on our healthcare system.

Archive for May, 2010

Geriatric Patients are Different

In 1981 I was an Internal Medicine intern rotating through a community hospital in New Jersey.  My job was to carry out the day-to-day patient care under the direction of the private docs.  I will never forget the first experience that showed me that geriatric patients are different, and helped me decide to pursue the specialty of geriatrics.  Sadie (not her real name) was a …Read More

How Much do Medical Residents Know about Pressure Ulcers?

The Answer:  Not as much as nurses!! This past weekend I presented a new study on how much medical residents know about pressure ulcers at the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, FL.  In our research we tested medical doctors in residency training at a major New York City hospital.  For those of us who do wound care on a day-to-day basis, our results …Read More

Clinicians Love the Pressure Ulcer Guide

The Pocket Guide to Pressure Ulcers, co-authored by myself and Elizabeth Ayello PhD, RN has become a hit with clinicians.  Published by the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA), we designed this book to be a handy quick reference for doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who need informa- tion on staging and identification of pressure ulcers and other wounds, and preliminary reviews are very encouraging.  The book …Read More

Memorial Shrine to a Closed Hospital

After servicing the Downtown Manhattan Community for 160 years, St. Vincent’s Hospital is now closed except for some outpatient services. I still go there for my wound care clinic, and passed by the old emergency room where I took the photos posted here. This is the shrine that spontaneously appeared in front of the boarded up ambulance bay doors. An emergency medical technician hangs around …Read More