Tag: Emergency general surgery

Shift to outpatient, emergency services keeps rural hospitals afloat

Editor's Note More CEOs are considering rural emergency hospital (REH) designation, according to a February 12 article in Becker’s Hospital CFO Report. In January 2023, REH was established as a new Medicare provider type to enable struggling rural hospitals to continue operating with outpatient and emergency services only, instead of…

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By: Matt Danford
February 27, 2024
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Phone-based follow-up safe, effective for general surgery patients

Editor's Note Postoperative telehealth for general surgery patients is both safe and effective, according to a study published on December 22 in The American Journal of Surgery. The study consisted of a retrospective review of 1,075 veterans undergoing qualifying procedures at a medical center from June 2019 to September 2021.…

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By: Matt Danford
January 9, 2024
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Effects of race on operative, nonoperative management of emergency general surgery conditions

Editor's Note This study from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, examines whether the decision to operate or not operate for an emergency general surgery condition affects Black and White patients differently. A total of 556,087 Medicare patients (59,519 Black and 496,568 White) were included in the analysis. Overall, 165,932 (29.8%)…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 21, 2023
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Primary care visits linked to decreased postoperative mortality rates

Editor's Note Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, find lower mortality rates following emergency general surgery (EGS) in Black and White patients when exposed to primary care prior to the surgical procedure. The retrospective cohort study included 102,384 Medicare patients aged 66 or older who were admitted from the…

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By: Lindsay Botts
July 20, 2023
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ACS: Emergency General Surgery Verification Program verifies five hospitals

Editor's Note The American College of Surgeons (ACS), on July 10, announced the first five hospitals verified under its Emergency General Surgery Verification Program (ACS EGS-VP). EGS-VP is a surgical quality program created by ACS and the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma to help hospitals align resources and…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 12, 2023
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Five tips to preparing for emergency outpatient surgery

Editor's Note The Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Buzz on April 24 published five precautionary tips for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) to implement in order to “respond quickly and effectively” to emergencies during outpatient surgery. They are: Establish a culture of safety. Prior to a surgical procedure, conduct a comprehensive physical examination…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
May 5, 2023
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Nonoperative vs operative management of acute appendicitis in older adults

Editor's Note This study from the University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, finds that nonoperative management of acute appendicitis was associated with reduced complications in older but not younger patients. Included in the analysis was data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s National Inpatient Sample on 474,845 patients with…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 6, 2023
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Rates of surgical consultations for Black vs White patients after ED admission

Editor's Note In this study from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, researchers find that Black Medicare patients were less likely to receive surgical consultations than White Medicare patients after being admitted from the emergency department (ED) with an emergency general surgery condition. Of 1,686,940 Medicare patients included in the analysis,…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 13, 2022
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New standards for quality care in emergency general surgery

Editor's Note The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) on September 21 announced the launch of a new surgical quality program to help hospitals establish and maintain the highest standards in emergency general surgery. The Emergency General Surgery Verification Program focuses on…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 22, 2022
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