Surgery

Block the pain: A nursing perspective on an opioid-sparing approach

Understanding types of regional anesthesia helps ensure optimal patient outcomes. Takeaways Regional nerve blocks limit the use of opioids in patients after surgery and are being used more frequently. Nursing considerations and interventions are required...

Care and collaboration equal successful organ donation

Nurses can work with the organ donation team to meet patients’ wishes and optimize donation benefits. Takeaways: Nurses and other healthcare disciplines must be knowledgeable about organ donation. Early identification of a potential organ donor...

Preventing postoperative pulmonary complications

Using ERAS and I COUGH to improve outcomes. Takeaways: Postoperative pulmonary complications are costly and responsible for extended hospital stays and mortalities. Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) are multimodal evidence-based guidelines aimed at reducing stress,...

New microscopy technique can be used to study the progression of wound healing

A new microscope developed by researchers at the DSK Center for Optical Molecular Imaging has the ability to track collagen that helps in wound healing and can visualize blood vessel distribution around the wound. The...

New findings may help solve the mystery of anesthesia

Despite the everyday use of anesthesia by health professionals, it is still a scientific mystery. Scientists from Scripps Research conducted a study in order to better understand the mechanisms of general anesthetics. Researchers used nanoscale...
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An overview of neuraxial anesthesia

Please visit the ANA’s website to take the CE: https://www.nursingworld.org/continuing-education/an-overview-of-neuraxial-anesthesia/ Understand the basics so you can effectively manage your patients. Takeaways: Neuraxial anesthesia is the administration of medication into the subarachnoid or epidural space to produce...

Wound dehiscence

Detect and report warning signs to save lives. Takeaways: Dehiscence of abdominal surgical wounds is a medical emergency and requires immediate action to reduce further complications. Knowing who is at risk and the early signs...

Efficiency: ASCs vs. hospital outpatient departments

A recent study from The American Journal of Surgery analyzes the efficiency of operating rooms in hospital-owned ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) and hospital outpatient departments (HOPs). The study examined 220 procedures performed in the researchers’...

New research in the prevention of venous thromboembolism

By American Nurse Today Editorial Staff Research Objective A recent study examines the use of intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) to prevent venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients who are at high-risk for the condition after surgery. Methodology The open, blinded, randomized...

Innovative end-to-end total arthroplasty care

An improvement project reduces surgical site infections. Takeaways: Establishing an end-to-end care process involves collaboration with the patient, clinical coach (family/support system), the multidisciplinary team, and all the facilities involved. Reducing surgical site infections starts...
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FDA clears new robotically-assisted surgical device

On Oct. 13, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the Senhance System, a new robotically-assisted surgical device (RASD) that can help facilitate minimally invasive surgery. Read more via Fda.gov.

Strategies for managing “weekend effect” of surgeries

According to a study in Annals of Surgery, the following resources can help address the fact that patients who undergo urgent surgeries on weekends to experience longer hospital stays and higher mortality rates and...
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Preventing surgical-site infections

  Surgical-site infections (SSIs) can lead to increased postoperative stays, higher readmission rates and healthcare costs, and poorer health outcomes. In a 2014 study, SSIs tied with pneumonia as the most common infection in hospitals,...