Smoking & drinking means higher surgery risks, but health coaching before surgery could help

Two habits are riskier than one when it comes to surgery-related problems, according to a new study of cigarette and alcohol use before an operation. A second study shows coaching about drinking-related surgical risks in the weeks before their operation helped patients cut their drinking in half on average.

Northwestern Medicine Taps Douglas R. Johnston, MD, to Lead Cardiac Surgery

Nationally recognized cardiothoracic surgeon, Douglas R. Johnston, MD, has been named surgical director of Northwestern Medicine’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute and chief of the division of cardiac surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

ACS awarded grant to develop resources for older adults with cognitive impairments undergoing surgery

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) to develop comprehensive educational resources to improve surgical care and outcomes for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias who are undergoing surgery.

New Emergency General Surgery Verification Program releases inaugural standards for quality care in emergency general surgery

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) announced the launch of the Emergency General Surgery Verification Program (EGS-VP), a new surgical quality program that will help hospitals establish and maintain the highest standards in emergency general surgery.

Mount Sinai Awarded $11.6 Million Grant to Launch Comprehensive Center for Surgical Innovation and Expand Mount Sinai BioDesign

In a move that has the potential to change the future of surgery, advance quality care, and bring economic growth to New York City, Mount Sinai Health System announced today the launch of the Comprehensive Center for Surgical Innovation (CCSI).

Study: Tonsil/adenoid removal, appendectomy account for most post-surgery pediatric ED visits

Just six pediatric procedures from two pediatric subspecialties accounted for most post-surgery hospital and emergency department (ED) visits in a comprehensive analysis led by researchers at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The study was published online in August in JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association.)

Hackensack University Medical Center Offers Innovative Nonsurgical Treatment for Knee Pain Nerve-Freezing Approach Reduces Need for Opioids

Hackensack University Medical Center physicians are now offering ioverao, a handheld device that is applied in the doctor’s office before knee replacement surgery to relieve postoperative knee pain, as well as to reduce the chronic pain of knee osteoarthritis. This cryotherapy treatment has been shown to decrease patients’ use of opioids and restore mobility by reducing stiffness and discomfort.

Fireworks Safety: Tips for Parents

Fireworks can be fun, festive—and very dangerous. Here’s are tips on howto keep your family safe. Fireworks have long been a popular part of the Fourth of July. But while fireworks are bright and festive, they can also be dangerous—for children, teens and even adults. According to SafeKids Worldwide, more than 3,000 children under the age of 15 are sent to emergency departments each year in the U.

Penn Medicine Awarded $9 Million to Advance Study of Technology that Lights Up Lung Cancer Tumors

Building on Penn Medicine’s years of research and use of imaging technology that illuminates tumor tissue—helping clinicians more easily detect and remove it—the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has received a five-year, $9 million research grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to push the field forward, particularly for lung cancer patients.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles: The Best Care for Kids in California and the West Coast

U.S. News has again ranked CHLA as the top children’s hospital in California and in the survey’s Pacific U.S. region—which encompasses Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. CHLA also made the publication’s annual Honor Roll of Best Children’s Hospitals for the 14th consecutive year—every year since its inception—finishing No. 8 in the United States in this showcase of the nation’s leading destinations for pediatric medical care.

Hospital Infantil de Los Ángeles: La mejor atención para niños en California y el Pacífico de los EE.UU.

U.S. News ha clasificado de nuevo al CHLA como el mejor hospital pediátrico en el estado de California y en el Pacífico de los Estados Unidos, una región que abarca los estados de Alaska, California, Hawái, Oregón y Washington. El CHLA también se encuentra en el cuadro de honor anual de la publicación de los mejores hospitales para niños por decimocuarto año consecutivo, todos los años desde el inicio de la clasificación, en donde obtuvo el puesto n. 8 en los Estados Unidos en esta muestra de los principales destinos del país para la atención médica pediátrica.

Spinal anesthesia associated with more pain, prescription analgesic use after hip surgery compared with general anesthesia

A randomized controlled trial (RCT) comparing spinal versus general anesthesia for hip surgery found that spinal anesthesia was associated with worse pain immediately after surgery and higher rates of pain reliever prescriptions at 60 days. However, differences in pain, satisfaction, or mental status between the two interventions seemed to diminish at 60, 180, or 365 days after surgery. The findings are published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Americans More Likely to Seek Surgical Care During a Pandemic if They and Hospital Staff are Vaccinated

Americans are more likely to have surgery during a pandemic such as COVID-19 if they are vaccinated, the hospital staff are vaccinated, the surgery is urgent or lifesaving (as opposed to elective), and the surgery is outpatient (i.e., not requiring an overnight stay), according to a new study published in Vaccine.

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Program at University Hospitals Recognized with Patient Engagement Best Practice Award

An innovative program at University Hospitals is yielding notable results, creating shorter hospital stays, less use of opioids, fewer post-surgical infections and lower costs for patients. Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) recently won the Patient Engagement Best Practice Award from the Ohio Patient Safety Institute for 2021.

Delays in surgery for advanced esophageal cancer result in significantly worse survival than early surgery

Delays in surgery for esophageal cancer did not appear to have much impact on patients’ relative survival for early-stage cancer compared with patients who had surgery early, but they did reduce the relative survival rate by almost half for patients with more advanced disease.

CU Innovation Center for Veterinary Clinical Training Provides Simulated Training to Hone Students’ Skills before They Give Real Treatment

Chula opens a state-of-the-art innovation center for veterinary students to practice their clinical skills with a simulated and modern lab classroom to hone students’ skills and develop their expertise and a space for international training to promote veterinary and medical education.

Pain in the Neck? New Surgical Method Could be Game-changing

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is widely used to treat spinal disorders. The fusion involves placing a bone graft or “cage” and/or implants where the surgically removed damaged disc was originally located to stabilize and strengthen the area. The risk factors for cage migration are multifactorial and include patient, radiological characteristics, surgical techniques and postoperative factors. A study is the first to evaluate the effect of the range of motion, cage migration and penetration using variable angle screws and cervical spine models. The plate developed and tested by the researchers provided directional stability and excellent fusion, showing promising clinical outcomes for patients with degenerative cervical spine disease.

New HSS Study Finds Hip Replacements on the Rise Among Adolescents Under 21 Years of Age

A growing number of adolescents in the United States are undergoing total hip replacement surgeries, according to new study findings from researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City. The results were presented today at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) annual meeting in a poster titled “Use of Total Hip Arthroplasty in Patients Under 21 Years Old: A U.S. Population Analysis” and recently published in The Journal of Arthroplasty.

New commentary paper highlights costs of defects in surgical care and calls for elimination of defects in value

A commentary, published in the Nov. 3 issue of the journal NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery, highlights how defects in surgical care could be diminished or eliminated for the benefit of patients and to lower costs in American health care spending.
Using colorectal surgery to provide examples and national estimates of the costs of defects in surgical care, the paper summarizes a holistic approach to eliminating defects in surgical care and offers a framework for centers of excellence for removing them. The paper estimates that defects in colorectal surgery cost the American health care system more than $12 billion. The authors discuss eight areas (or domains) of defects that waste money and/or contribute to lower value in care for colorectal surgery patients.