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February 2019

Why patients should care about Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)
Richmond Times-Dispatch, February 12, 2019

"The concept was started in the early 2000s in Europe; I was a National Clinic Adviser during its implementation. It’s now a standard of care in the U.K. Recognizing its benefit to patients, ERAS is now championed by the American College of Surgeons and taking hold in the U.S. ever since its introduction here in 2010."

Battle tested: Ottawa's tactical paramedics are using war-zone developed gear
Ottawa Citizen, February 9, 2019

"Battlefield lessons quickly translated into civilian use. It took only a few years for what is called 'pre-hospital trauma life support' to be endorsed by the American College of Surgeons, said Forestier, who works occasionally in the emergency room at the Queensway-Carleton Hospital."

More Nevadans Are Learning To Treat Gunshot Wounds
KUNR, February 4, 2019

"A few months later, the American College of Surgeons—a group of more than 80,000 surgeons worldwide—formed the Hartford Consensus under the guidance of Jacobs. Their work led to the creation of Stop the Bleed, which has adapted military protocols for treating injuries."

When Is the Surgeon Too Old to Operate?
New York Times, February 1, 2019

"A 2016 statement from the American College of Surgeons, for instance, recommended physical, visual and neurocognitive testing for older surgeons — but on an entirely voluntary basis, with no requirement that they disclose the results."

January 2019

Rates of HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer rising regardless of sex, race
Healio, January 29, 2019

"Faraji and colleagues analyzed data from the National Cancer Database on patients diagnosed with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma of the oropharynx between 2010 and 2015 who had available data on HPV status."

CS/HIPEC Deemed Safer Than Other High-Risk Cancer Surgeries
Cancer Therapy Advisor, January 25, 2019

"A comparative outcome analysis of more than 30,000 patients from the the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Project (ACS NSQIP) database who had undergone either cytoreductive surgery/hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (CS/HIPEC) or specific high-risk cancer surgery showed lower surgical complication rates with the former procedure.1 This article was published online on January 4, 2019, in JAMA Network Open."

Race May Matter for Liver Transplant Success
U.S. News & World Report, January 15, 2019

"After accounting for other factors, the researchers concluded that a race-matched transplant independently predicted improved overall survival. Specifically, matched-race transplant recipients had a 34 percent better chance of long-term survival, while black patients who received a liver from a white donor had a 53 percent increased risk of death.

This survival advantage for race-matched liver recipients did not become apparent until one year after transplant, according to the study. The results were published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons."

Column: To better treat patients, hospitals should keep the family close
Tampa Bay Times, January 2, 2019

“Social health has a significant impact on physical health. An analysis of multiple studies conducted by Yale University researchers found that social interaction helps patients recovering from coronary artery disease or bypass surgery. The more a patient felt supported by his social network, the more quickly he recovered.

A separate study published by the Journal of the American College of Surgeons found that patients with smaller social networks were more likely than their peers with larger networks to stay in the hospital for longer than a week.”