Surgery

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...

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...

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...

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: 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...

Study: Surgical checklist reduces 30-day morbidity

Using a surgical safety checklist, including providing comprehensive training on it, significantly decreases 30-day morbidity, according to a study in the Journal of the...

Moving the Sharps Safety Agenda Forward: Consensus Statement and Call to Action

Note: This Consensus Statement and Call to Action was drafted by members of the steering committee* for the conference "Tenth Anniversary of the Needlestick...

Adding NP to inpatient surgical team can reduce emergency department visits

A study published in Surgery found that adding a nurse practitioner (NP) to an inpatient surgical team reduced unnecessary emergency department visits by 50%....

Improved surgical communication reduces communication breakdowns

An intervention to improve surgical communication led to “significant reductions in potentially harmful communication breakdowns” according to May’s Annals of Surgery. Ready more at...