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ACS in the News 2012

December 2012

God’s Surgeons in Africa
The Atlantic, December 28, 2012

“ ‘You hate to use the term bang for the buck,’ Thomas Crabtree, a reconstructive surgeon based in Hawaii, told me, ‘but, very often, there's at least a chance for a very high level of efficiency when you're doing this type of work.’ Crabtree went to Stanford Medical School and trained in plastic surgery at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He spent 20 years in the military, and now serves as a senior medical advisor to the Pacific Command. In 2007, Crabtree was given a military volunteer award from the American College of Surgeons for his humanitarian work.”

Among their peers:  Peer review can prove tricky for rural surgeons
Modern Healthcare, December 15, 2012

“In Kansas, the state medical society coordinates a service to assemble peer-review panels when it becomes difficult to do so because of ‘local considerations, small staff size or other considerations,’ according to the Kansas Medical Society website. One physician who has participated in that service is Dr. Tyler Hughes, chairman of the American College of Surgeons' Advisory Council for Rural Surgery.”

November 2012

Simple measures cut infections caught in hospitals
USA Today, November 28, 2012

“A project at seven big hospitals reduced infections after colorectal surgeries by nearly one-third. It prevented an estimated 135 infections, saving almost $4 million, the Joint Commission hospital regulating group and the American College of Surgeons announced Wednesday. The two groups directed the 2 1/2-year project.”

Combine trauma, emergency surgery to save thousands
Fierce HealthCare, November 9, 2012

“Hospitals looking to improve surgical care quality while lowering the cost of emergency surgical care should take a page from Loma Linda University Medical Center. The California hospital found success with an acute care surgery model that combined trauma and emergency general surgery into one 12-hour in-house shift service, according to research in the November issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.”

October 2012

After the diagnosis: Do you travel for treatment?
Columbus Dispatch, October 28, 2012

“Patients with certain cancers are apt to do better at a cancer center that has significant experience with that kind of cancer, said Dr. David P. Winchester, medical director of the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.”

Need Surgery? You Might Have to Get Healthier First
The Informed Patient | Wall Street Journal, October 22, 2012

A program to help patients improve their health status before undergoing a surgical procedure, and championed by Thomas Varghese, MD, FACS, was profiled by Wall Street Journal columnist, Laura Landro. 

“Mr. Rice's surgeon, Thomas Varghese, is medical director of a program in Washington state, Strong for Surgery, which has joined with partners including the American College of Surgeons to provide preoperative checklists focusing on risk factors that can be modified before surgery.” 

Weekend Web: New Trauma App
NBC Chicago, October 7, 2012

The ACS Committee on Trauma’s new ATLS app was recently featured as a technology advance on the show “Weekend Web” that aired October 7, on the Chicago NBC-TV affiliate. Karen Brasel, MD, FACS, and Will Chapleau, RN, EMT-(P) explained some of the app’s new applications for delivering trauma care content to mobile devices. 

Surgeons Report Progress Against Dangerous Hospital Infection
ABC News Online, October 4, 2012

"[I]n findings the 2012 Annual American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress in Chicago, surgeons report success using a medicine called intestinal alkaline phosphate (IAP) to prevent C. difficile infections in tests on mice."

Rural Colon Cancer Patients Fare Worse
HealthDay News, October 3, 2012

"Colon cancer patients in rural areas of the United States are more likely to die than those in cities, a new study reports.The study also found that rural patients with colon cancer tend to be diagnosed at a later stage and are less likely to receive chemotherapy or thorough surgical treatment. The study..[was]..scheduled for presentation Wednesday at the American College of Surgeons' Annual Clinical Congress in Chicago." 

Smallpox virus may help treat deadly form of breast cancer
Daily Mail, October 2, 2012

"A relative of the small pox virus may be an effective weapon against one of the deadliest forms of breast cancer, researchers say. Laboratory tests showed that more than 90 per cent of triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) cells treated with the vaccinia virus were destroyed within four days....The findings were presented today at the American College of Surgeons' Annual Clinical Congress in Chicago."

September 2012

Surgeons issued guidelines for seniors' care
Modern Physician, September 28, 2012

“Prompted by statistical findings that the growing population of seniors in the U.S. is aging increasingly with complex and advanced medical conditions, the American College of Surgeons and the American Geriatrics Society developed a set of 13 guidelines to steer the preoperative care of surgical patients age 65 and older.”  

When Surgeons Leave Objects Behind
New York Times Blog, September 24, 2012

“In recent years, new technology and sponge-counting methods have made it easier to remedy the problem. But many hospitals have resisted, despite the fact that groups like the Association of Operating Room Nurses and the American College of Surgeons have called on hospitals to update their practices.”