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Hospital volume of SAVR linked to better patient outcomes for TAVR

Editor's Note Hospitals with high volumes of surgical aortic valve replacements (SAVRs) are more likely to be fast adopters of transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures (TAVRs), and accumulating SAVR and TAVR caseloads is associated with better survival after TAVR, this study finds. Using Medicare data on 60,538 TAVR procedures performed…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 5, 2018
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FDA: Class I recall of Cardiosave Hybrid and Rescue IABPs

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration on November 2 identified the recall by Maquet Datascope Corp/Getinge Group’s Cardiosave Hybrid and Cardiosave Rescue Intra-aortic Balloon Pumps (IABPs) as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of the potential for the autofill process to malfunction or fail during…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 5, 2018
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Becoming more sensitive to knee pain increases risk of persistent pain

Editor's Note Becoming more sensitive to pain (ie, pain sensitization) is an important risk factor for developing persistent knee pain in osteoarthritis, this study finds. Researchers followed 852 patients over 2 years who had or were at risk of knee osteoarthritis but were free of persistent pain at the beginning…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 1, 2018
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Minimally invasive surgery for early-stage cervical cancer linked to worse survival

Editor's Note In this study, minimally invasive radical hysterectomy was associated with worse overall survival and higher recurrence rates than open abdominal radical hysterectomy for women with early-stage IA or IB cervical cancer. Of 631 patients analyzed: Minimally invasive surgery was associated with a three-fold increase in disease progression. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 1, 2018
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ACS NSQIP recognizes 83 hospitals for “Meritorious” surgical outcomes

Editor's Note The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) on October 31 recognized 83 hospitals for achieving “Meritorious” outcomes for surgical patient care in 2017; 568 hospitals were eligible. ACS NSQIP-participating hospitals are required to track outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical outcomes and analyze…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 1, 2018
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Effect of prehabilitation program on abdominal surgery patients

Editor's Note Colectomy patients participating in a preoperative prehabilitation program had positive physiologic effects and experienced fewer complications, this study finds. The prehabilitation program−Michigan Surgical and Health Optimization Program (MSHOP)−engages patients in four activities before surgery: Physical activity, pulmonary rehabilitation, nutritional optimization, and stress reduction. For the study, patients were…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 30, 2018
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AAAHC launches 3-year Advanced Orthopaedic Certification program

Editor's Note The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) announced on October 25 that it has launched an Advanced Orthopaedic Certification program for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) performing total joints and spine procedures. The 3-year certification program was designed by an expert panel of practicing orthopaedic and spine professionals…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 30, 2018
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FDA: Class I recall of CyPass Micro-Stent Systems

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on October 24 classified Alcon Research’s recall of its CyPass Micro-Stent Systems as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of the risk of corneal endothelial cell loss with the system, which is used in conjunction with cataract surgery…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 30, 2018
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Joint Commission: Cardiac certifications available to all hospitals

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on October 24 announced that beginning January 1, 2019, any hospital wanting to pursue the Advanced Certification in Heart Failure or Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification will no longer have to be accredited by the Joint Commission. The Joint Commission says it is making this change…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 26, 2018
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ACS NSQIP participation demonstrates sustained benefits in colorectal surgical outcomes

Editor's Note Most complications of colorectal resection steadily decreased and early hospital discharges increased over 10 years of participation in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP), finds this study presented October 24 at the American College of Surgeons 2018 Clinical Congress in Boston. Of…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 25, 2018
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