Sunday, December 14, 2008

Shout out to FNC's Isadore Rosenfeld, MD

I am an avid viewer of Fox News Channel's Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld.

Every Sunday morning, I make sure that I am in front of the television set to FNC at 9:30 a.m. CT (10:00 a.m. ET) for "Sunday morning house calls." He is a very wise and remarkable doctor.

He is even more wise to me because this morning (12-14-2008), Dr. Izzy discussed "hospitalists."

Oh, I wish I could have reached into the television and hugged Dr. Izzy.

The good doctor explained that all patients should demand that their own clinical and private physicians retain control over patients' care in the hospital.

I agree with Dr. Rosenfeld, it is perfectly fine for the hospitalist to watch you during the admission. But, your private doctor should not be out of the loop. And your private physician should make every significant decision about your medical care while your are an inpatient.

We all need to stop being shy and intimidated by the process. I recognize that the patient is ill and vulnerable when they are in the hospital. That is hardly the time to expect a person to make demands! And even some family members are intimidated and vulnerable.

Because the patient and his or her family may be entirely too stressed and vulnerable to make demands that the personal (in some cases, admitting) physician maintain primary decisions about the course of the admission, the entire hospital program model must be corrected to require that all treating physicians be informed about the admission and, further, that hospitalist cooperate with primary physicians.

It is all about patient safety and continuity of care to ensure a successful medical outcome.

Hey everyone --- be sure to tune into Dr. Rosenfeld next (and every) Sunday!!

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