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What works: Measuring acuity on a medical-surgical unit

The escalation in the complexity of med-surg patients has resulted in the need for a bedside tool that measures acuity. Such tools have been...

Surgical intervention for adults with intractable, drug-resistant epilepsy

Remember the first time a patient had a seizure on your shift? Chances are, it took you by surprise and gave you a good...

The dangers of postop abdominal distention

The rapid response team scrambles to save this patient.

Caring for patients with metabolic syndrome

A precursor to serious complications, this dangerous condition is on the rise among Americans.

Protocol reduces complications for complex spinal surgery

A team approach reduces rates of major complications for complex spinal reconstructive surgery by two thirds, according to a report in Spine Deformity. The...

Quality-improvement initiative: Classifying and documenting surgical wounds

Interprofessional collaboration promoted a successful initiative to improve wound classification.

Study: Smoking increases risk of complications after colorectal surgery

A study published in the Annals of Surgery has found that smoking increases the risk of complications after major colorectal surgery; current smokers were...

Study: High glucose in patients with diabetes increases risk of dehiscence after surgery for...

A study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reports that preoperative and postoperative hyperglycemia and elevated A1c in patients with diabetes increases the risk...

Enhancing patient outcomes with sequential compression device therapy

Use sequential compression devices effectively to help achieve the best possible outcomes for patients.

Study: Delayed transfer to ICU increases mortality risk

A study that will be presented at the ATS 2013 International Conference has found that delayed transfer to the ICU in patients who are...

Implementing bedside shift report

Implementing bedside shift report improved communication with patients and families.

Postoperative delirium after cardiac surgery associated with cognitive decline first year after surgery

Patients who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting or valve-replacement surgery and who developed postoperative delirium had a significant decline in cognitive ability during the...

New abdominal surgical set clears FDA

On April 30, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is allowing marketing of the Percutaneous Surgical Set, the first instrument...