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200 years of surgery reviewed

Author Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, has written a fascinating article on the history of surgery for The New England Journal of Medicine. Read more....

Myasthenia gravis: An update

Learn more about this common disorder of neuromuscular transmission and its affects on patients

Use of bone morhphogenetic proteins not associated less reoperation for lumbar stenosis

A study in February’s Spine reports that use of bone morhphogenetic proteins (BMP) in spinal fusion surgery for older adults with lumbar stenosis reports...

Team training reduces surgical morbidity

The Veterans Health Administration Medical Team Training program, designed to improve teamwork between nurses and physicians, significantly decreased surgical morbidity according to a study...

Women have better outcomes than men after major GI surgery

Women who undergo major gastrointestinal (GI) surgery are less likely to die in the hospital than men according to a retrospective analysis of 307,124...

Bariatric surgery does not reduce mortality in men

A study in JAMA reports that bariatric surgery did not decrease mortality in patients with a mean age of 49.5 years who were followed...

Medical-surgical value analysis aims high above the bottom line

Standardization of medical-surgical products across hospitals and health systems can have significant benefits in cost savings, employee satisfaction, and the quality of patient care....

Teaching ostomy patients to regain their independence

Make sure your ostomy patients leave the hospital with the knowledge and skills they need.

Psychiatric emergencies in med-surg patients: Are you prepared?

Rodney, age 47, was admitted to the hospital 2 days ago with rib and femur fractures and facial contusions. He appears well nourished and well groomed.

Counterfeit surgical mesh

On March 11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about counterfeit surgical mesh being distributed under C. R. Bard/Davol brand name....

Pulse oximetry: An essential tool for the busy med-surg nurse

Pulse oximetry helps med-surg nurses meet the challenge of caring for the greater numbers of acutely ill patients they're seeing.

Peril on Periphery

Peripheral arterial disease is all too common - and all too often goes unrecognized.

Mitral valve repair: A new choice

Learn the advantages of repairing a mitral valve instead of replacing it.