Universal Nutrition Screening Urged for COVID-19 Patients

Nutrition experts are urging providers to screen all COVID-19 patients for malnutrition, based on recent data showing that infected patients’ mortality rates spike significantly in the presence of suboptimal feeding.

The Way of the Wound

All surgeons and many other physicians create and treat wounds. General surgeons were once the masters of the care of both physical and, sometimes, emotional wounds.

Surprise Medical Bills: An Overview

More than $28,000 to remove an appendix, almost $94,000 for spinal surgery, over $500,000 for lifesaving dialysis treatment—these figures represent just a few of the unexpected medical bills patients have received, according to Kaiser Health News’ “Bill of the...

Pelvic Packing With REBOA May Provide Lifesaving Hemorrhage Control

In patients with unstable pelvic fractures, resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) could be a lifesaving temporizing measure and a bridge for both resuscitation and pelvic packing.

When a Cough Can Kill: How Hospital HVACs Fight COVID-19

At a hospital in Wuhan, China, a group of investigators swiped swabs over high-touch areas such as trash cans, bed handrails and computer mice, all of which tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.

COVID-19 Patients Don’t Need ‘Just in Case’ Antibiotics

More than half of patients hospitalized with suspected COVID-19 in Michigan during the state’s peak months received antibiotics soon after they arrived, just in case they had a secondary bacterial infection. However, only a handful had a bacterial coinfection. 

Hospital Transmission of COVID-19 Rare

Transmission of COVID-19 in the hospital setting appears to be rare, said researchers who reviewed the spread of the disease among hospitalized patients in the Northeast during the spring surge.

Awareness Key to Preventing OR Fires, Other Mishaps

The combination of oxygen, heat sources and alcohol-based skin preparations has the potential to cause fires that could harm patients and OR staff, a speaker said during the annual meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons,...
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Hospital Transmission of COVID-19 Rare

Transmission of COVID-19 in the hospital setting appears to be rare, said researchers who reviewed the spread of the disease among hospitalized patients in the Northeast during the spring surge.

Antibiotics Found Noninferior to Surgery In Randomized Appendicitis Trial

In a large randomized trial comparing surgery with antibiotics in adults with appendicitis in the United States, antibiotics were noninferior based on 30-day health status.

The OR Carries Reproductive Risks: Here’s How to Mitigate Them

There are risks that accompany a career in surgery. For example, studies have shown that female surgeons have higher rates of infertility and pregnancy complications, and not just because surgeons tend to have babies later in life.

OR Management Digital Edition - Winter 2020

The Winter 2020 Digital Edition of OR Management News

Optimizing Surgical Forecasting, Predictive Scheduling for the OR

The pandemic has already cost U.S. hospitals billions of dollars. To stabilize their financial situation and regain their financial footing, hospital leaders are leaning hard...

Can Silver Heal Wounds?

The patient’s wound was large, complicated and painful. The 68-year-old man came to see wound care expert George J. Koullias, MD, a vascular surgeon at...

My Worst Surgical Error

As surgeons, we love to be busy in the OR. We tend to compete on our volume of cases and boast about the number of...