Search Tag: Surgery

Executive Health Management

Ratings Sites Enable Online Surgeon Comparison

2015 18 Jul

Two new web sites provide "ratings" of surgeons based on analysis of data on surgical complications rates and patient outcomes. These ratings are intended to help patients and their families in finding the right surgeon for an operation. SurgeonRatings.org , run by the nonprofit Consumers' Checkbook/Center for the Study of Services, only lists surgeons... Read more

Executive Health Management

Resident Duty Hour Limits Don't Improve Surgical Patient Safety

2015 14 Jul

A retrospective study published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons shows that work hour restrictions for resident physician, revised in 2011 mainly to reduce fatigue-related errors, have not decreased postoperative complication rates in several common surgical specialities. "Our finding suggests the ACGME reform is not meeting... Read more

Executive Health Management

Some Preoperative Tests Still Common Despite Low Value

2015 14 Jun

While guidelines from professional associations have sought to discourage use of certain preoperative tests considered to be of low value and high cost, there have been no significant changes over a 14-year period in the rates of several kinds of these pre-surgical tests. The findings are from a new study by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center... Read more

IMAGING Management

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Men Benefit from Ultrasound Screening

2015 13 Jun

Men benefit from one-time ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) in terms of reduced risk of dying, fewer abdominal aorta ruptures and avoidance of emergency surgery, according to a systematic review of worldwide data on AAAs. No such evidence is available for women, say researchers from the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency... Read more

Cardiology Management

Post-Operative Atrial Fibrillation Increases Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

2015 22 May

A Loyola University Medical Center study has found that post-operative atrial fibrillation (POAF) can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke during the first 12 months after surgery. The findings have been reported in the Journal of Urology. While previous studies have found that POAF occurs in around 3 to 12.3 percent of major non-cardiac surgeries,... Read more

Executive Health Management

5 Billion People Lack Access to Surgery

2015 29 Apr

According to a major international study published in The Lancet , two thirds of the world's population have no access to basic surgery and anaesthesia — more than double the number in previous estimates. This means millions of people are dying from treatable conditions like appendicitis, fractures, or obstructed labour. The study shows that five... Read more

IT Management

Software Improves Accuracy of Spinal Surgery

2015 14 Apr

A software program that can be easily integrated with current procedures allows surgeons to better distinguish between vertebrae during spinal surgery. The first clinical evaluation of the LevelCheck software, which won an award from the North American Spine Society for Spine Technology of the Year, indicate that it achieves 100 percent accuracy in... Read more

ICU Management

Lab Tests and Ultrasound Improve Appendicitis Diagnosis

2015 22 Feb

According to researchers, combining data from two standard diagnostic tests commonly obtained in children evaluated for abdominal pain can help physicians to identify those patients who need surgery for appendicitis; those who may be admitted for observation; and those who may safely be discharged home. The findings are published online in the Journal... Read more

Executive Health Management

Tool Predicts Risk of Chronic Pain After Surgery

2015 22 Feb

A study has developed a new scoring system that helps physicians identify patients’ risks of chronic pain after surgery. Researchers needed to predict this risk at the time when surgery is being planned. Hence, they created a new planning tool that they could use prior to surgery. This is a crucial stage when doctors plan measures to be taken to prevent... Read more

Executive Health Management

Geriatric Consultations Improve Outcomes for Elderly ER Patients

2015 19 Feb

Patients over the age of 65 who need surgical treatment for traumatic injuries benefit from early consultation with a geriatrician, according to an article in press in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . Since older patients struggle with different difficulties following traumatic injury, including cognitive functioning, family support... Read more