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Researchers identify the most effective operating room infection control practices

(American College of Surgeons) A new study of Texas hospitals has determined two areas that work best for operating room infection control procedures.

Wales: number of people waiting more than a year for surgery up 400%

Labour-led Welsh government under fire after Royal College of Surgeons reveals number in year ending March 2017 was 3,605, up from 699 in 2013 The Labour-led Welsh government’s management of the health service has attracted fresh criticism...Show More Summary

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center Receives Trauma Center Verifications from the American College of Surgeons

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center has been verified as a Level I Adult and a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma (COT).

Researchers identify recommendations in new effort to improve surgical patients' recovery

(American College of Surgeons) Collaborators in a new nationwide program for hospitals designed to improve the recovery of surgical patients have identified their first set of evidence-based recommendations: a care plan for colon and rectal surgical procedures. Show More Summary

ACS Releases New Manual to Guide Surgeons in Leading Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Efforts

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has announced the release of a new manual, Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety, to guide surgeons in leading surgical quality improvement and patient safety efforts in their institutions, departments, and practices.

Autographed photo of Einstein sticking out his tongue sells for big bucks

2 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

This photo of Albert Einstein has been an old favorite of geeks-of-all-stripes for years. I remember my much older brother Mark, a scientist and surgeon, had a huge poster of it on his wall in college. An original print of the photo,...Show More Summary

Mental health visits spike prior to burn injury, indicating opportunity for intervention

(American College of Surgeons) In a new study examining the relationship between mental health and burn injury, researchers note that burn injuries may be preventable through increased access to high-quality mental health care. The study's findings also show that burn injury victims experience significantly increased rates of self-harm after their injuries.

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.

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