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Virtual Press Activities Schedule

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Monday, October 5

All times are CDT

11:00–11:30 am

Press Conference

Antibiotics for Appendicitis? Results of the First Large-Scale U.S. Trial

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The use of antibiotics for the treatment of acute appendicitis has been studied in several European randomized control trials with mixed results. This session provides an update on the evidence surrounding antibiotics for the treatment of appendicitis in anticipation of the results of the first large-scale U.S. trial from the CODA Collaborative, published online ahead of print October 5 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Citation: A Randomized Trial Comparing Antibiotics and Appendectomy for Appendicitis (CODA). NEJM. DOI:10.1056/NEJMoa2014320

David R. Flum, MD, MPH, FACS, Seattle, WA
Giana H. Davidson, MD, MPH, FACS, Seattle, WA

Tuesday, October 6

1:00–1:40 pm

Press Briefing

When and How to Quit Cigarettes, Vaping, and Marijuana before Surgery

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Legal recreational marijuana use is growing, and millions of adults use tobacco and e-cigarettes regularly, but a panel of surgeons knows these various types of smoking can be risky for patients facing surgery. The reasons why pre-surgery smoking can be harmful along with tips on how to quit to prepare for an operation will be discussed. 

Jonah Stulberg, MD, PhD, MPH, FACS, Chicago, IL
Malcolm M. DeCamp, MD, FACS, Madison, WI
John Daly, MD, FACS, MD, FRCSI (Hon), Philadelphia, PA
Thomas K. Varghese, Jr., MD, MS, MBBS, FACS, Salt Lake City, UT

3:00–3:30 pm

Press Briefing

Addressing the Social Determinants to Reduce Firearm Violence (ISAVE)

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Taking a public health approach to reduce death, injury, and disability from firearms, the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma is focusing on understanding the root cause of violence to develop prevention strategies. Its new taskforce, Improving Social Determinants to Attenuate Violence (ISAVE), will be introduced.

Eileen Bulger, MD, FACS, Seattle, WA
Ronald M. Stewart, MD, FACS, San Antonio, TX
Rochelle Dicker, MD, FACS, San Francisco, CA