Issue: Spring 2012 Vol. 7 - Issue 1
Scientific Reports
Reduction of Surgical Site Infections by Pre-Operative Eradication of the Staphylococus Aureus Carrier State: A Paradigm Whose Time Has Come
–Joseph M. Kontra, M.D.
Surgical infections can be reduced by preoperative eradication of the Staphylococcal carrier state. The protocol involves screening for staph carriers, using a specific skin prep, and applying intranasal antibiotic ointment.
Radiation Exposure in Trauma Patients
– Daniel Wu, D.O. 
The increasing use of CT scanning in trauma patients, particularly “whole body scanning,” has caused a substantial increase in radiation dose to injured patients.  
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– Anthony D. Montagnese, M.S., D.A.B.R.
The increasing use of diagnostic imaging makes it important to understand the scientific principles of radiation dose calculations, how radiation dose accumulates, and how it affects the body.
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Creation of a Dedicated Psychiatric Hospital Shortens ER Length of Stay for Mental Health Patients Referred from Regional Hospitals
– Leopoldo Vocalan, Jr., M.D., M.S. and James Hegarty, M.D., MPH
The opening of a Psychiatric Hospital in Harrisburg has permitted more rapid triage of mental health patients and shortened waiting times in the ERs of area hospitals.
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From the Editor’s Desk
Science and the Public Interest
– Lawrence I. Bonchek, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.C.
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Perspective from Hospital Administration
The Patient-Centered Medical Home; Vision to Reality

– Christine M. Stabler, M.D.
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Top Tips from Family Practice
Revised Guidelines for Management of Urinary Tract Infections in Infants
– Alan S. Peterson, M.D.
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