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Enhanced recovery pathway for colorectal surgical patients improves outcomes, reduces cost

(American College of Surgeons) A protocol that standardizes care before, during, and after colorectal operations has reduced hospital stays by more than half, reduced complications by more than one-third, and cut costs up to $11,000 per procedure, according to study results presented yesterday at the American College of Surgeons 2017 Quality and Patient Safety Conference.

Monitoring fluid intake may help improve outcomes for bariatric surgery patients

(American College of Surgeons) A well-structured water distribution and documentation process led to increased water intake at one hospital.

'Strong for surgery' shows promise in reducing smoking rates for patients facing surgery

(American College of Surgeons) New ACS quality improvement program is linked to a two-thirds decrease in the rate of smoking in patients undergoing cervical and lumbar spine procedures.

Nipple-sparing mastectomy has low rate of breast cancer recurrence

(American College of Surgeons) Women with breast cancer who undergo nipple-sparing mastectomy have a low rate of the cancer returning within the first five years, when most recurrences in the breast are diagnosed, findings of a single-center study show.

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Receives Verification for Level I Trauma Center

The Level I trauma center at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center received verification from the American College of Surgeons, the organization that establishes criteria ensuring trauma care capability and institutional performance. Show More Summary

Delaying lymph node biopsy after melanoma diagnosis does not affect survival rates

(American College of Surgeons) Postponing lymph node biopsy more than 30 days after melanoma diagnosis doesn't adversely impact long-term clinical outcomes, according to new study findings published on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website.

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland Re-verified as a Pediatric Level I Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons

The trauma center at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland has been re-verified as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Verification by the ACS is the highest possible ranking for trauma centers and this re-designation recognizes the trauma center's continuing dedication to providing optimal care for injured pediatric patients.

Combined molecular biology test is the first to distinguish benign pancreatic lesions

(American College of Surgeons) When performed in tandem, two molecular biology laboratory tests distinguish, with near certainty, pancreatic lesions that mimic early signs of cancer but are completely benign. The lesions almost never progress to cancer, so patients may be spared unnecessary pancreatic cancer screenings or operations. Show More Summary

New guideline aims to reduce infections in total hip & knee replacement patients

(American College of Rheumatology) According to a new guideline released by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), the risk of joint infection resulting from total hip and...Show More Summary

Meet Tanner Nishioka. He's the unlikeliest of top draft picks, and probably smarter than you

The Boston Red Sox did not literally draft a brain surgeon on Tuesday. But we don’t need too much poetic license to make this a good story. Tanner Nishioka is smart — wicked smart, you might say. He just graduated from Pomona College, with a major in neuroscience, an academic All-American with...

San Francisco Surgeon Dr. Timothy Chuter Receives the 2017 Jacobson Innovation Award of the American College of Surgeons

Timothy A.M. Chuter, BM BS, DM, FACS, was honored with this international surgical award in recognition of his innovative role in the development of endovascular aneurysm repair.

San Francisco surgeon Dr. Timothy Chuter receives the 2017 Jacobson Innovation Award

(American College of Surgeons) The 2017 Jacobson Innovation Award of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) was presented to Timothy A.M. Chuter, B.M. B.S., D.M., F.A.C.S., at a dinner held in his honor in Chicago, Ill. Dr. Chuter is...Show More Summary

Trauma centers with American College of Surgeons verification have fewer complications

(American College of Surgeons) Major complications from injury -- and consequently a longer hospital stay -- are more likely for pediatric and elderly patients nationwide when treatment occurs at a trauma center not verified by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT), compared with an ACS-COT-verified center, according to new study findings.

'A grim reality': concern over longer waits for NHS operations

Patients are being left in pain and discomfort due to fiancial pressures facing NHS, says Royal College of Surgeons An increasing number of patients are having to wait more than six months for an operation in hospital, official NHS figures...Show More Summary

Children's Hospital Los Angeles Surgeon in Chief Henri R. Ford Receives Two Prestigious Honors

CHLA Surgeon-in-Chief Dr. Henri R. Ford earns an Honorary Fellowship to the Royal College of Surgeons of England and is elected president of the American Pediatric Surgical Association.

Surgeons call for review of safety standards in private hospitals

Royal College of Surgeons says safety fears should be made more transparent after conviction of Ian Paterson last month Unexpected deaths and safety fears in private hospitals should be made more transparent for patients in order to prevent more cases like that of the rogue surgeon Ian Paterson, the Royal College of Surgeons has said. Show More Summary

American College of Surgeons Supports Developing a National Trauma Action Plan

As Trauma Awareness Month progresses throughout May, the ACS Committee on Trauma today again voiced its strong support for implementing a National Trauma Action Plan to close the gaps in trauma care in the United States.

Assay of clotting ability accurately predicts need for transfusion in trauma patients

(American College of Surgeons) By combining a conventional laboratory measurement of blood clotting time (known as the International Normalized Ratio or INR) with a new test of blood clot strength, based upon thrombelastography (TEG®),...Show More Summary

Training surgeons to teach the public is effective in advancing bleeding control knowledge

(American College of Surgeons) Training surgeons in bleeding control techniques so that they can in turn train the general public is an effective way to disseminate bleeding control knowledge and teach skills, according to study findings published on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website.

Pancreatic cancer patients may live longer by traveling to academic hospital for operation

(American College of Surgeons) New study findings link traveling to an academic medical center for surgical removal of pancreatic or thyroid cancer with higher quality surgical care for both cancers.

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