People + Practice: The Ochsner Journal Summer Issue

The articles in the summer issue of the Ochsner Journal address a wide variety of medical topics in keeping with the Journal’s eclectic people + practice focus on medicine.

This issue’s Bioethics in Practice column is a timely look at “Ethical Issues in the Care of Transgender Patients.” The column opens with a clinical scenario in which medical personnel confusedly treat a transgender patient disrespectfully and then discusses the application of the ethical principles of autonomy, nonmaleficence, beneficence, and justice specifically in terms of the transgender patient population.

This focus on respectful and inclusive care is a systemwide initiative at Ochsner. In fact, in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s recently released 2017 Healthcare Equality Index, 6 Ochsner facilities are rated as “Top Performers” in terms of policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of LGBTQ patients, visitors, and employees.

The summer issue also features 2 original research articles, 3 literature reviews, and 7 interesting cases, ranging from reconstructive surgery on a child’s nose to a rare case of infective endocarditis caused by a Staphylococcus lugdunensis infection.

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