Fingertip Blood Sensor May Save Valuable Time for Trauma Patients
CHICAGO (December 29, 2014): A tool that surgeons use for monitoring a patient’s blood level in physicians’ offices may also save valuable minutes in medical decision-making for critically injured trauma patients, according to study results published in the January 2015 issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS).
Malnutrition Is an Important Predictor of Long-Term Survival in Older Patients Undergoing the Whipple Procedure for Benign Pancreatic Diseases
CHICAGO (December 5, 2014): Malnutrition is an important factor predicting long-term survival in older patients undergoing pancreaticoduodenectomy (Whipple procedure) to treat benign tumors and cysts of the pancreas as well as pancreatitis, according to new study results published in the December issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
[ACS NSQIP® data study]
Geriatricians and Surgeons Develop Guideline for Prevention and Treatment of Postoperative Delirium in Older Patients
CHICAGO (November 26, 2014): A new guideline is available to help health care providers prevent and treat one of the most common postoperative complications in older patients, delirium, which is an episode of sudden confusion. The Clinical Practice Guideline for Postoperative Delirium in Older Adults was developed by the American Geriatrics Society, in collaboration with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and other organizations participating in the AGS Geriatrics-for-Specialists Initiative whose representatives participated in a multidisciplinary panel of experts.
[ACS Continuous Quality Improvement collaboration]
More Than Half of Obese Patients Opt Out of the Bariatric Surgical Procedure Process Despite Being in a Publicly Funded Health Care Program
CHICAGO (November 3, 2014): Studies have shown that bariatric operations can alleviate chronic health issues like diabetes and arthritis for extremely obese people. Now the University Health Network researchers are trying to determine why many patients who are referred for a bariatric operation do not ultimately have the procedure performed, despite being in a publicly funded health care program.
More High-Risk Surgical Patients Are Choosing Breast Reconstruction Procedures after Mastectomy
CHICAGO (September 30, 2014): Using National Cancer Data Base data, researchers have found that the number of breast cancer patients undergoing immediate breast reconstruction operations after mastectomy has grown steadily over the past 15 years, especially in women once considered high risk.
Bariatric Surgical Center Accreditation Linked to Improved Rates of Patient Survival and Fewer Postoperative Complications
CHICAGO (September 3, 2014): Patients who underwent weight loss operations in recent years, when most bariatric surgical centers were accredited, had fewer postoperative complications and better survival rates than patients who had bariatric procedures performed before a national movement toward facility accreditation. These findings suggest that accreditation of bariatric surgery centers contributes to improved safety for patients who undergo weight loss operations and saves lives.
Electronic Reminders Can Help Patients Prevent Surgical Site Infections
CHICAGO (August 1, 2014): Electronic reminders are highly effective at getting surgical patients to adhere to a preadmission antiseptic showering regimen known to help reduce the risk of SSIs.
Surgical Treatment for Metastatic Melanoma of the Liver Increases Overall Survival in a Select Group of Patients
CHICAGO (June 30, 2014): Surgical resection markedly improves survival among metastatic melanoma patients whose disease is isolated to a few areas in the liver, according to new study findings published in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons
. These results mark a departure for melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer, that is most often considered fatal once it has spread to the liver and then, not amenable to surgical treatment.
Surgeons Report Fewer Postoperative Deep-Vein Blood Clots Using Risk-Based Preventive Measures
CHICAGO (June 2, 2014): Surgery patients are much less likely to get a blood clot in the lower extremities or lungs if they receive preventive treatment based on their individual clotting risk, in addition to walking soon after the operation. Results from a surgical quality improvement study, appearing in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons,
indicate that the odds of this common and potentially life-threatening postoperative complication steadily declined after the implementation of a multicomponent prevention program in a hospital’s department of surgery.
[ACS NSQIP® data study]
Medicaid Expansion Increases Use of Specialty Operations in the State of New York
CHICAGO (May 7, 2014): Researchers in the department of surgery at the University of Michigan have found that expanding access to Medicaid in New York State increased beneficiaries’ use of subspecialty surgical services. The study, published in the May issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons
, presents a model at the state level that shows expanding access to Medicaid successfully provided patients who did not have previous access to certain surgical procedures with access to these operations.