Surgery

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: SCAI 2017

New research was presented at SCAI 2017, the annual scientific sessions of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, from May 10 to 13 in New Orleans. The features in this activity highlight some of the studies presented at the conference.

Characterizing Operative Experiences of Pediatric Surgeons | Feature

A study has found that pediatric surgeons, once practicing, receive little exposure to many of the complex and rare cases for which they were trained. The findings raise important questions about maintaining competency for pediatric surgeons.

Delirium, Advanced Cancer, & ED Visits | Feature

Delirium is a serious cognitive disturbance in which patients have impaired thinking and awareness, and some studies suggest that the condition often goes unrecognized in EDs. “Few

Implementing In-Hospital 3D Printing | Feature

A team of surgeons is using low-cost, 3D-printed anatomical models to help trauma surgeons prepare for difficult surgeries. They have found that use of these models appears to significantly increase observer agreement in classifying acetabular fractures.

Is Outpatient Care Quality Improving Over Time? | Feature

More than a decade ago, landmark studies found that adults in the United States only received slightly more than half of the recommended healthcare services they should

Primary Hyperparathyroidism Guidelines | Feature

Primary hyperparathyroidism (pHPT) is a common clinical problem for which surgery has been deemed the only definitive treatment.

Assessing Appropriate Use of Vascular Access Devices | Feature

The Michigan Appropriateness Guide to Intravenous Catheters has been developed to help clinicians appropriately select vascular access devices. These efforts are important to limiting the risk of complications in critically-ill patients.

CME/CE: Guideline Update for Heart Failure Treatment | Feature

Experts in cardiology have updated a major guideline to reflect the addition of new types of drug options for heart failure (HF). With treatments for patients with HF expanding, there appears to be more hope than ever before for these individuals.

The Overuse of NSAIDs | Feature

Research suggests that despite widespread use, NSAIDs appear to be associated with several side effects when misused or overused that may make use of these medications dangerous in certain populations and in combination with other drugs.

An unusual cause of shoulder pain | Medical Blog

  A woman in Montréal underwent a total hysterectomy for ovarian cancer back in March, and from the moment she woke up from anesthesia, had shoulder pain

Statin & Aspirin Use Post-CABG | Feature

CABG is among the most commonly performed procedures to treat ischemic heart disease, but previous research suggests that the long-term benefits of this surgery are limited by failed patency of bypass grafts.

#PWChat Recap: Defensive Medicine & Related Costs | Feature

The Physician’s Weekly #PWChat series continued last night with an energetic discussion focusing on defensive medicine and related costs. It was co-hosted by Jeff Segal, MD, JD,

The Paradigm Shifts Needed in Healthcare | Medical Blog

There’s a lot wrong with healthcare today. Especially the medications they have now a days and all the side effects. Just like the prescription xarelto, check out

Defining Operative Emergency General Surgery | Feature

A national study has found that the vast majority of all operative volume, complications, deaths, and costs associated with emergency general surgery are attributable to seven procedures. The findings may help hospitals focus prevention efforts and quality improvement initiatives.

Postoperative Care With Online Portals | Feature

Online postoperative visits appear to be well accepted among patients and surgeons and tend to take less time to complete, according to a study. This approach also effectively identified patients who required further postoperative care.

Rate of Medication Errors Resulting in Serious Medical Outcomes Rising | News Brief

Researchers advise parents to keep medication logs and store all medications up, away, and out of sight.

Hernia Repair & Risk Reduction Programs | Feature

Previous research has shown that a significant proportion of patients who present to the hospital with a ventral hernia have modifiable risk factors, such as obesity, poor

Sex Bias in Surgical Research | Feature

A comprehensive analysis has found that sex bias appears to exist in human surgical clinical research. This disparity must be addressed in order to improve evidence-based medicine.

Acute Kidney Injuries & CABG | Feature

Patients who develop an acute kidney injury (AKI) during CABG appear to have significant morbidity and mortality risks. Considering these effects, clinicians should proactively identify at-risk patients and implement appropriate AKI risk-reducing strategies.

Reducing Opioid-Related Visits | Feature

Unintentional overdose involving opioids has become a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. “Notwithstanding, several interventions promoted to address opioid-related morbidity and mortality, but

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