New research was presented at the American College of Surgeons Annual Clinical Congress Sept. 30 to Oct. 4, 2012, in Chicago. The features below highlight just some of the studies that emerged from the conference.
ACS 2012 Feature Highlights
Falls increase the likelihood of hospitalization and mortality in older adults. However, falls have not been studied as a stand-alone risk marker for predicting surgical outcomes in this population. Read more.
Elderly patients with colorectal or bladder cancers are generally treated with chemotherapy and radiation rather than surgery because of risks associated with surgery. Advanced and minimally invasive surgical procedures may enable the elderly to experience fewer risks. Read more.
Some of the most common postsurgical complications involve the respiratory system and include pneumonia and ventilator dependency. Evidence is lacking on standard care for postoperative pulmonary complications. Read more.
News Releases from ACS 2012
For more information on these studies and others that were presented at the ACS 2012 Annual Clinical Congress, go to www.facs.org/clincon2012.