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Total joint patients using fewer opioids to manage postop pain

Editor's Note Opioid use in total hip and knee patients decreased by one-third between 2006 and 2014, which reflects success in the use of a multimodal approach (ie, opioids plus additional pain management methods, such as peripheral nerve blocks and acetaminophen) to pain management, finds this study presented October 21…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 27, 2017
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Nonoperative treatment of appendicitis linked to higher death rate

Editor's Note Twice as many patients with appendicitis are being treated without surgery compared to 20 years ago; however, nonoperative management is associated with a higher death rate, finds this study presented October 26 at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2017 in San Diego. A total of  477,680…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 27, 2017
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Study: Cloth skull caps more effective than bouffant disposable caps in preventing airborne contamination

Editor's Note Surgeon’s cloth skull caps that expose small amounts of the ears and hair are not inferior to bouffant disposable hats that cover those features, finds this study presented October 25 at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2017 in San Diego and published online October 26 in…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 26, 2017
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Study: Acetaminophen helps reduce postop shivering

Editor's Note Administering acetaminophen (Tylenol) during surgery may help reduce the incidence of postoperative shivering, finds a study presented October 21 at the Anesthesiology 2017 annual meeting in Boston. A total of 37 patients scheduled for gynecologic surgery were randomly assigned to receive IV acetaminophen or a placebo after general…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 26, 2017
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Most hip fractures occur in warm months, indoors

Editor's Note Most elderly hip fractures occur during warm months, and a greater number happen indoors rather than out, finds this study presented October 23 at the Anesthesiology 2017 annual meeting in Boston. In this analysis of 544 hip fracture patients treated at The Hospital of Central Connecticut from 2013…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 25, 2017
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Standardized ambulatory surgery protocol reduces postop pain, ED visits

Editor's Note Standardizing clinical processes for outpatient hernia repairs reduced postoperative pain and unplanned returns to the emergency department (ED), finds this study presented October 23 at the American College of Surgeons 2017 Clinical Congress in San Diego. Researchers developed a standardized eight-step protocol that incorporated best practices and enhanced…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 25, 2017
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Joint Commission: New Sentinel Event Alert video on RSIs

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on October 25 announced a new Sentinel Event Alert video on Preventing Unintended Retained Foreign Objects, also known as retained surgical items (RSIs). The new video with Erin Lawler, a human factors engineer from the Joint Commission, explains how to maximize safety in the OR…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 25, 2017
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Bariatric surgery patients at risk for new prolonged opioid use

Editor's Note Bariatric surgery patients have a much higher rate of newly persistent postoperative opioid use than general surgery patients, finds this study presented October 23 at the American College of Surgeons 2017 Clinical Congress in San Diego. Of 14,063 bariatric surgery patients in the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative who…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 24, 2017
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FDA: SCA pharmaceuticals recalls certain lots of injectable products

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on October 21 announced the recall by SCA Pharmaceuticals (Little Rock, Arkansas) of various lots of injectable products.  The recall was initiated because of the potential for the products to contain microbial contamination.  Many of the recalled products are used in anesthesia,…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 24, 2017
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Patients overestimate postop pain they will experience

Editor's Note Patients significantly overestimate the amount of pain they will experience after surgery, which can cause unnecessary anxiety, finds a study presented October 21 at the Anesthesiology 2017 annual meeting in Boston. A total of 223 patients completed a questionnaire before and after surgery to evaluate the level of…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 23, 2017
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