Surgeons Debate Management of Small Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors

San Diego—With the widespread use of advanced imaging techniques, incidental diagnosis of small pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors has greatly increased in recent years, leading to many challenging clinical decisions.

The ‘Sandwich Generation’: Are Gen-Xers Still Feeling the Squeeze?

This series explores several generations and how they are growing and changing. This conversation began almost 20 years ago as we anticipated the influx of millennials.

NSAIDs, Likely New Culprit in C. diff

Researchers might have found a new link to Clostridioides difficile (formerly Clostridium difficile): the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).


New Group Aims To Give Voice to Women in Medicine

Katherine Gerull was tired. As a third-year medical student at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, she was tired of hearing comments about the career choices that she and her female colleagues had made.

Inadequate Nursing Knowledge About Pain Hinders Effective Pain Management

Las Vegas—A pain survey of 425 nurses found that for many statements, more than 50% of respondents answered incorrectly.

Surgeons Offered Guidelines to Reduce Postoperative Opioids

Two sets of guidelines on opioid prescribing after surgery—intended to aid surgeons in individualizing treatment and avoid providing excessive quantities of opioids—have been developed according to different approaches: one based on the patient’s analgesic requirement before discharge, and the...

Improving Reimbursement: Time for a New Approach?

San Diego—The complexities surrounding health care reimbursement in the United States have prompted some health systems and hospitals to rethink their billing models.

Antimicrobial Stewardship Combined With ID Consult Best for S. aureus Management

Antimicrobial stewardship combined with an infectious disease consultation improved the outcomes of bacteremic patients.

Overlapping Surgery Shown Safe, But With Caveats

The common but controversial practice of overlapping surgery has been found to be safe, with two exceptions: patients deemed preoperatively to be at high risk for death or complications and those undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, according...

Battling Physician Burnout at the Institutional Level

A lifelong Buddhist with a daily meditation practice, Sharmila Dissanaike, MD, a professor and the chair of surgery at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, in Lubbock, is often invited to speak to physicians about meditation and other mindfulness...

7 Winning Strategies for Equipment Negotiation

Purchasing medical supplies is a costly proposition for hospitals. A 2018 analysis found that hospitals could save about $25 billion—or $11 million per hospital—annually along the supply chain, which includes the purchase of medical equipment.

Opioid Overdose Now Leads to More Deaths Than Motor Vehicle Accidents

Americans are now more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than from a motor vehicle accident, according to the annual Odds of Dying...

Society Shines Spotlight on Hernia Mesh Safety Issues

Las Vegas—In a first for the 22-year-old organization, the Americas Hernia Society brought together surgeons, scientists, mesh manufacturers and lawyers in a packed room at...

Deadly Staph Infections Remain Threat In Hospitals and Communities

Staph infections were associated with almost 20,000 deaths in health care and community settings in 2017, according to the CDC.

4 Steps Every Provider Must Take Before Prescribing an Opioid

Patients in pain who rely on opioids for analgesia and improved function deserve access to safe and effective medication; to deprive them of optimal pain...