New Scoring System May Help Identify Surgical Patients at Greatest Risk for Pulmonary Complications
CHICAGO (July 26, 2015–4 pm CT): Physicians have developed an analytical tool to identify surgical patients at risk for costly respiratory complications, which may help hospitals avoid those complications and their related costs as Medicare and commercial payers exert increasing pressure on them by eliminating payment for patient complications that occur after operations and may extend hospital stays.
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Texas Children’s Hospital Cuts Waitlist Times for Pediatric Heart Transplant Patients
CHICAGO (July 26, 2015–4 pm CT): Long waitlist times often lead to a higher risk of death for children awaiting heart transplantation. However, the team at Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, cut wait times by revising their waitlist protocols for donor heart size and patient severity status and presented results at the 2015 ACS NSQIP® Conference.
Surgical Teams Reduce Urinary Tract Infection Rate by Focusing on Catheter Use in the Operating Room
CHICAGO (July 26, 2015–4 pm CT): Surgical teams at Northwestern Memorial Hospital are decreasing the UTI rate by paying scrupulous attention to the use of catheters before and immediately after operations. Their efforts are believed to be among the first reported in the country to target UTI prevention in the OR by decreasing catheter utilization.
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ACS NSQIP Data is More Accurate than Administrative Data for Measuring Surgical Patients Outcomes
CHICAGO (July 26, 2015–4 pm CT): According to two new studies presented today by researchers at the 2015 American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) National Conference in Chicago, ACS NSQIP provides more accurate data than administrative data for driving surgical quality improvement in hospitals.
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Surgeon Ratings Need to Be a Shared Responsibility
CHICAGO (July 22, 2015): ACS strongly believes that patients and their families deserve to have meaningful information available to assist them in selecting the right surgeon and responds to two public interest groups who launched websites promising to assist with surgeon evaluation.
ACS Partners with NAEMT in the Development and Release of a Civilian Training Course on Hemorrhage Control Techniques
CHICAGO (July 9, 2015): ACS has partnered with NAEMT to develop a medical preparedness course that empowers bystanders to become immediate responders to mass-casualty events.
National Program to Improve the Quality of Geriatric Surgical Patient Care Announced by American College of Surgeons and John A. Hartford Foundation
CHICAGO (June 11, 2015): The American College of Surgeons and John A. Hartford Foundation announced they will conduct a four-year initiative that will lead to improved care of older surgical patients through a standards and verification program for hospitals. The Geriatric Surgery Verification and Quality Improvement Program will produce a framework generalizable to all hospitals—regardless of size, location, or population served—to improve the quality of care they provide to older adults undergoing surgery.
Boston Surgeon Joseph P. Vacanti, MD, FACS, Receives the 2015 Jacobson Innovation Award of the American College of Surgeons
CHICAGO (June 5, 2015): Joseph P. Vacanti, MD, FACS, received the 2015 Jacobson Innovation Award of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) at a dinner held in his honor Friday, June 6. Dr. Vacanti, the John Homans Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, is also the director of the Laboratory for Tissue Engineering and Organ Fabrication, the codirector of the Center for Regenerative Medicine, and the chief of pediatric transplantation, at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.
New Rapid-Deployment Plasma Protocol for Trauma Care Effectively Treats Patients Quicker in the Emergency Room
CHICAGO (May 28, 2015): Traumatic injury is the leading cause of death among people under age 45, but if trauma physicians could deliver plasma to these injury victims within minutes of their arrival in the emergency room, more of them would stand a better chance of survival.
Safety and Effectiveness of Weight Loss Operations for Children Featured on New Recovery Room Podcast
CHICAGO (May 22, 2015): The Recovery Room, a podcast produced by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), has released a new episode addressing how bariatric operations effectively treat obesity in pediatric and adolescent patients.