Surgical/Anesthesia

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February 2019
Home Surgical/Anesthesia

Use of ‘hot spotting’ to identify high-cost surgery patients

Editor's Note Because a subset of patients are responsible for a disproportionate share of Medicare spending, targeting high-cost patients (ie, “hot spotting”) for cost containment efforts would be an effective strategy to reduce costs in surgical patients, this study finds. Using Medicare claims data from 2010 to 2013, University of…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 14, 2019
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Study: Measuring patient steps after surgery predicts LOS

Editor's Note Using Fitbit activity monitors to improve assessment of daily ambulation, this study found that each step taken towards 1,000 steps the day after major surgery resulted in significantly lower odds of a prolonged hospital length of stay (LOS). This analysis of 100 patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 13, 2019
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FDA warns of link between breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on February 6 posted a letter that was sent to healthcare providers to increase their awareness of the association between all breast implants, regardless of filling or texture, and breast implant associated-anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). As of September 30, 2018, the…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 13, 2019
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Less anesthesia during surgery doesn’t prevent postop delirium in older patients

Editor's Note Closely monitoring of brain activity with electroencephalography (EEG) and minimizing anesthesia in older patients during surgery had no significant effect on the occurrence of delirium after surgery, but it was linked to lower 30-day mortality, this study finds. In this analysis of 1,232 older surgical patients, researchers assigned…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 12, 2019
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Study: Outcomes with overlapping surgery

Editor's Note This study from a large academic medical center finds that the practice of overlapping surgery does not expose patients to increased risk of negative outcomes. Data on operative procedures from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2015 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, were used to compare…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 11, 2019
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Use of regional anesthesia in ambulatory arthroscopic knee surgery and ACL reconstruction

Editor's Note Adductor canal nerve block (ACB) provides modest analgesic benefits after ambulatory arthroscopic knee surgery, including improved relief for rest pain for 8 hours and reduced opioid consumption for 24 hours, this meta-analysis finds. However, ACB did not provide any analgesic benefits and did not improve any outcomes, compared…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 24, 2019
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Joint Commission reinstates volume requirement for stroke center certification programs

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on January 23 announced that it is reinstating the individual mechanical thrombectomy volume eligibility requirement for the Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TSC) and Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) certification programs. The Joint Commission is also implementing a revised volume requirement in 6 months that expands which physicians…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 24, 2019
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Medtronic recalls nearly 157,000 dual-chamber pacemakers

Editor's Note Medtronic published an urgent recall on January 7 for a subset of its dual-chamber pacemakers because some may temporarily lose their ability to pace the heart. The recall affects 156,957 devices distributed worldwide between March 10, 2017, and January 7, 2019, under the brand names Adapta, Versa, and…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 23, 2019
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Automated text messages improve joint replacement outcomes

Editor's Note An automated text messaging system increased patient engagement with home-based exercise and promoted faster recovery after knee and hip replacements, this study finds. In this analysis of 159 patients (83 controls, 76 intervention) having total knee or hip replacement surgery, those receiving timely texts showed improvement in the…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 22, 2019
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Robotics expanding rapidly in orthopedics, spine

Editor's Note The Healthcare Quarterly report by Moody’s Investors Service shows the orthopedics and spine sectors increasingly performing robotic-assisted procedures, the January 18 Becker’s Spine Review reports. This is resulting in strong growth for device firms with major investments in these specialties, particularly Medtronic with its Mazor robotics platform for…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 22, 2019
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