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February 2018
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Changes in prevalence of needlestick injuries, protection practices, and attitudes over 12 years

Editor's Note Though needlestick injuries and exposure to bloodborne pathogens continue to be significant hazards for surgeons and nurses, concern about risk is declining, and the true conversion risk is underestimated, this study finds. A survey was distributed to 358 medical students and 247 department of surgery staff at an…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 19, 2018
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Factors linked to outcomes, costs after pediatric lap chole

Editor's Note Surgeon volume of adult general surgical procedures was significantly associated with lower morbidity and costs after pediatric laparoscopic cholecystectomy in this study. Of 3,519 laparoscopic cholecystectomies performed in pediatric patients, the overall morbidity rate was 3.9%. High-volume general surgeons had an odds of all-cause morbidity that was 68%…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 19, 2018
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Total joints present increasingly attractive option for ASCs

The migration of total joint replacements for knees and hips from inpatient hospital ORs to hospital outpatient departments and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) is spreading. On November 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) bolstered the trend when it approved the removal of total knee arthroplasty (TKA)…

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By: Leslie Flowers
January 19, 2018
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Meta-analysis supports ‘weekend effect’ for surgical patients

Editor's Note Postoperative mortality rises as the day of the week of elective surgery approaches the weekend and is higher after admission for urgent/emergent surgery on the weekend, this meta-analysis from the University of Calgary finds. The analysis included 10 studies that involved about 6.7 million patients having elective procedures…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 17, 2018
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Patient preference for surgery, antibiotics to treat appendicitis

Editor's Note In this survey, most respondents chose surgical rather than nonsurgical treatment for acute appendicitis. Of 1,728 respondents, 85.8% chose laparoscopic appendectomy, 4.9% chose open appendectomy, and 9.4% chose antibiotics alone as treatments for themselves. For their child, 79.4% chose laparoscopic appendectomy, 6.1% chose open appendectomy, and 14.5% chose…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 16, 2018
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Education brochure helps surgical patients improve opioid disposal

Editor's Note Dissemination of low-cost patient education brochures improved disposal of unused opioids after surgery, this study finds. The study involved 334 patients−164 who did not receive the brochure and 170 who did receive it. Patients who received the brochure informing them of appropriate methods for disposal were twice as…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 12, 2018
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FDA: Class I recall of Certitude Delivery System

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on January 11 classified the recall by Edwards LifeSciences (Irvine, California) of its Certitude Delivery System as Class I, the most serious. The system is used for delivery of the Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter aortic heart valve. The recall was issued because…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 12, 2018
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Growth predicted for minimally invasive spine surgery market

Editor's Note A Healthcare Market Reports analysis predicts the minimally invasive spine surgery market will see a compound annual growth rate of 7.57% through 2020, the January 4 Becker’s Spine Review reports. The increasing incidence of spinal disorders is boosting the market, and a key market trend is the minimally…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 8, 2018
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Research report predicts growth for arthroscopic devices market

Editor's Note A Persistence Market Research report predicts the global arthroscopic devices market will exceed $1.7 billion by 2022, with a 5.1% compound annual growth rate, according to the January 3 Becker’s Spine Review. A rising demand for minimally invasive procedures and an increasing geriatric population are the main contributors…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 5, 2018
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Joint Commission changes requirements for independent pathologists

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on January 3 announced that it is no longer requiring hospitals, critical access hospitals, or ambulatory care organizations to credential and privilege pathologists who provide diagnostic services through independent reference (contract) laboratories. The Joint Commission says accredited organizations can safely presume that pathologists who work…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 4, 2018
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