American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

News from Clinical Congress 2020

Access Clinical Congress 2020

Clinical Congress Daily Highlights

The Clinical Congress Daily Highlights is your go-to source for key session recaps. The newsletter enhances the educational program of Clinical Congress by providing recaps of cutting-edge sessions and video interviews Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. This year, we’re also introducing a peer-to-peer format, where surgeons interview their colleagues about relevant topics featured during the program. 

No matter your specialty area, the Daily Highlights offers unique insights and perspectives that you won’t want to miss. Check your inbox twice daily and follow online using #ACSCC20.

Clinical Congress News is the online home of the Clinical Congress News—with daily updates Sunday to Wednesday during the annual meeting. Visit the news site to read about sessions and resources available through the premier annual meeting for surgeons, surgery residents, medical students, and members of surgical teams.

Clinical Congress 2020 Press Releases

Science and Research News

Addressing social causes of violence will be key to reducing firearm deaths, American College of Surgeons task force says
Improving Social Determinants to Attenuate Violence (ISAVE) task force calls on medical community to take a public health approach to addressing firearm violence 

American College of Surgeons panels warn vaping and marijuana use before an operation can be harmful
Surgeons urge patients to stop tobacco, e-cigarette and marijuana use to reduce surgery risks

Antibiotics treat appendicitis as well as an appendectomy in the short term for most patients
But keeping your appendix not the best option for all, say researchers of the large, U.S. “CODA” trial, whose results are highly anticipated

All members of military surgical teams can benefit from military-civilian partnerships
Military-civilian partnerships promote readiness and optimal patient care among military trauma teams, not just individuals

Female Spanish-only speakers get screening mammograms less often than other women
Researchers used national database to study impact of language barriers in women of recommended screening age

Pregnant women and their fetuses have better outcomes after immediate surgery for complicated appendicitis
A nationwide analysis suggests that surgery may be safer and more effective than nonsurgical treatment of a ruptured or abscessed appendix during pregnancy

STOP THE BLEED® training has saved lives from Sierra Leone to Connecticut
Participants retained knowledge from the course and demonstrated a willingness to help in a bleeding emergency according to two new studies 

Hospitals serving primarily minority patients follow breast cancer surgical recommendations at similar rate to other hospitals
Researchers used National Cancer Database data to find minority-serving hospitals offer a strong level of evidence-based care when accredited by the Commission on Cancer 

Surgery for benign breast disease does not impair future breastfeeding capability
One of the first studies to focus directly on breastfeeding after prior breast surgery finds the vast majority of young women can lactate and breastfeed

Virtual follow-up care is more convenient and just as beneficial to surgical patients as in-person care
Surgeons find that shifting to virtual visits could be a way to improve patient-centered care, satisfy busy patients.

Program to improve outcomes for geriatric surgery patients shows promise in a hospital setting
Beta test of American College of Surgeons Geriatric Surgery Verification Program in reveals reduced delirium, shorter hospital stays for aging veterans

Study shows need for balance in post-surgery opioid prescribing guidelines
Guidelines have successfully reduced opioid prescriptions, but a small group of surgical patients may still need more pain control than previously anticipated

New artificial intelligence models show potential for predicting outcomes in trauma and liver transplantation
Machine learning streamlines massive amounts of data to support provider decision-making at the point of care for motor vehicle crash victims and patients awaiting a liver transplant

Transportation barriers to surgical care may increase the likelihood of emergency surgical intervention
Using geographic information systems, researchers find disproportionate public transportation burden on minority neighborhoods.

American College of Surgeons Association News

Winston-Salem trauma surgeon Dr. J. Wayne Meredith installed as the 101st President of the American College of Surgeons

Illinois surgeon Hilary A. Sanfey, MB BCh, MHPE, FACS, honored with 2020 Distinguished Service Award of the American College of Surgeons

Boston surgeon Susan Miller Briggs, MD, MPH, FACS, honored for inspiring women in surgery

Captain Frank K. Butler, Jr., MD, receives Distinguished Military Lifetime Achievement Award from American College of Surgeons

Honorary Fellowship in the ACS to be awarded to nine prominent surgeons from around the world

American College of Surgeons honors three members with Surgical Volunteerism Awards