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Dispelling pain myths

Read up on the latest evidence-based best practices in pain management.

The dangers of postop abdominal distention

The rapid response team scrambles to save this patient.

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.
neurologic

Act fast when new neurologic deficits arise

Alert clinicians take immediate steps to eliminate a life threatening epidural hematoma.

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...

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...

FDA announces recall of Stryker cutting guide for TKA

On April 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Stryker Orthopaedics has recalled ShapeMatch Cutting Guides, used in total knee arthroplasty...

Study: High patient satisfaction not linked to surgical quality processes

A study of 31 hospitals in JAMA Surgery found that patient satisfaction was not associated with performance of surgical process measures such as antibiotic...

Higher percentage of BSN nurses associated with lower rates of postsurgery mortality

The March issue of Health Affairs includes “An increase in the number of nurses with baccalaureate degrees is linked to lower rates of postsurgery...

A new surgical intervention for reflux treatment

Learn about LINX, a surgical procedure for treating chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Stemming the rising tide of acute kidney injury

By obtaining a thorough history and conducting a careful assessment, you can help patients avoid this condition.