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Organ Donation in the ED

Emergency physicians (EPs) are at the forefront of efforts to save patients or preserve options for organ donation for those who cannot be saved. On average, 18 Americans die every day while waiting for transplantable organs. Studies suggest that identifying potential organs for donation early from the ED may help increase organ procurement.…

A Look at Pregnancy-Related Attrition in General Surgery

A study has found that there appears to be no association between female sex and pregnancy-related attrition. Child rearing also did not negatively impact the quality of training. With institutional support, having children during surgical training can and should be accommodated.

Hip Fracture in Older Adults

As life expectancy continues to increase in the United States, the number of elderly people and those with chronic health conditions like osteo¬≠porosis is also rising. The number of people older than 65 is expected to increase from 37.1 million to 77.2 million by the year 2040.…

Tackling Binge Drinking With Text Messages

A study has found that using a text-message intervention may help reduce binge drinking and the number of drinks consumed per day in young adults with past hazardous drinking patterns after they are discharged from the ED.

STS 2015

New research was presented at STS 2015, the annual meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, from January 24 to 28 in San Diego. The features below highlight some of the studies that emerged from the conference.…

Postoperative AFib After Cardiac Surgery

New onset postoperative atrial fibrillation appears to occur in a significant number of cardiac surgery patients and is associated with an increased risk of additional complications, including death. Efforts are needed to reduce the incidence in order to optimize outcomes and reduce associated costs.


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Hello Darkness My Old Friend

"Somehow my worth as a person has gotten all mixed up with my worth as a surgeon. There seems no separation or balance anymore."

Can Patients Chew Gum Immediately Before Surgery?

"There has been long-standing debate about the subject of whether using gum and hard candy should be treated the same as ingesting a regular meal."

A Question About Today’s Standard of Care

"Is it acceptable for postop care to be handled by the surgical PA with medical management by the Hospitalist?"

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