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June 2018
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Type 2 diabetes linked to hip fracture risk

Editor's Note A statistically significant association was found between type 2 diabetes and the risk of hip fracture in this study. Researchers analyzed 158,984 patients with and without diabetes. The incidence of hip fracture in diabetics was 2.3% using the competing risk with death methodology (Fine-Gray models) and 2.6% using…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 30, 2018
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First penis transplantation completed in the US

Editor's Note Surgeons at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, completed the first successful penis transplantation in the US in a patient who had a subtotal penectomy for penile cancer. Operative reinterventions were needed on postoperative days 2 and 3 for hematoma evacuation and skin eschar debridement. At 3 weeks, no…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 26, 2018
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ASA: Anesthesia drug shortages affecting patient care

Editor's Note The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) on April 25 reported that a national drug shortage of injectable opioids and local anesthetics is negatively affecting care received by patients under anesthesia. An informal survey of 2,500 ASA members, found that 98% are now experiencing drug shortages at their institutions,…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 26, 2018
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Study: Procedures performed by older surgeons have lower mortality rates

Editor's Note In this study, non-elective surgical procedures performed by older surgeons (aged 50 and up) had lower mortality rates than those performed by younger surgeons, and mortality rates did not differ significantly by surgeon gender. A total of 892,187 Medicare patients who had one of 20 common types of…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 26, 2018
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NewYork-Presbyterian opens world-class center for ambulatory care

Editor's Note NewYork-Presbyterian on April 24 announced the opening of the David H. Koch Center, a world-class ambulatory care center that provides a seamless patient experience from diagnosis to treatment. The approximately 749,000 square foot facility includes services such as outpatient surgery, interventional radiology, diagnostic imaging, and infusion services as…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 26, 2018
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EHR capabilities influence patient satisfaction

Editor's Note A Black Book market survey found that 92% of patients younger than 40 expressed dissatisfaction if their providers did not offer them complete medical records, and 85% wanted more telehealth options, the April 23 Healthcare Informatics reports. A total of 88% of respondents blamed the hospital systems directly…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 25, 2018
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FDA issues Safety Alert for magnetic resonance-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy devices

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on April 25 issued a Safety Alert that provides preliminary information concerning magnetic resonance (MR) thermometry reliability with MR-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy (MRgLITT) devices. The FDA is evaluating data that suggests potentially inaccurate MR thermometry information can be displayed during treatment,…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 25, 2018
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Effect of stringent OR attire policies on SSIs

Editor's Note Implementation of stringent OR attire policies that included full coverage of ears and facial hair did not reduce surgical site infection (SSI) risks in this study. Researchers compared American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program data of all patients undergoing surgical procedures 9 months before implementation…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 24, 2018
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Deadline for ASCQR program web-based measures fast approaching

Editor's Note The submission deadline for all Ambulatory Surgery Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) program web-based measures is May 15, 2018, the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association reported on April 24. ASC-8: Influenza Vaccination Coverage among Healthcare Personnel is reported through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network.…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 24, 2018
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Association of postop readmission with quality

Editor's Note One-third of postoperative readmissions are unlikely to reflect problems with surgical quality, this study finds. Readmissions with diagnoses that were considered associated with surgical quality accounted for 25,521 of 39,664 readmissions (64%) at a VA medical center between October 1, 2007 and September 30, 2014. The proportion of…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 23, 2018
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