Medical History: How the World Responds to Pandemics

COVID-19 has thus far killed an estimated 375,000 people and infected another 6 million, both numbers gross underestimates expected still to increase.

Surgical Smoke: A Risk Too Real to Ignore

Mounting evidence indicates that surgical smoke, the byproduct of procedures using electrocautery and other heat-producing devices, may pose a serious risk to health care workers.

Pandemic Puts Pressure on Innovators to Speed Up AI, ‘Smart’ PPE and Other Medical...

Nearly 20 years ago, David Bray, PhD, was working as the information technology chief for the CDC’s Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program, when he noticed a strange anomaly: In China, the price of garlic had risen nearly 10-fold.

Teleflubbies

In the wake of this entire COVID-19 tragedy, there was this tiny glimmer of hope, and this was the birth of telemedicine. For many years, physicians have tried to make telemedicine a part of routine medical care. Telemedicine has been...

FDA Warns Some Hand Sanitizers Contain Toxic Methanol

Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol are experiencing a variety of symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system and death.

Preventing Burnout During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The multiple stresses people are currently experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic will result in a secondary epidemic of burnout and stress-related absenteeism in the latter half of 2020.

Should You Send Your Kid to School?

As COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to rise across the country, America is grappling with a difficult question: Should children return to a physical classroom in the fall?

Is Surgery Ready For Telemedicine?

The coronavirus pandemic has transformed the use of telemedicine. Before COVID-19 hit, many surgeons did not consider remote visits an option because of poor reimbursement and concerns about HIPAA compliance.

Oral, IV Acetaminophen Equally Effective for Rib Fracture in Elderly

New Orleans—Elderly trauma patients, an ever-increasing population, may experience just as much pain control from oral medication as from IV acetaminophen, according to new research.

Study Quantifies Time Spent on Electronic Health Records

Ask any surgeon how much time they spend on their hospital’s electronic health record and the answer is likely to be the same: too much.

Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection: Predicting Mortality and Limb Loss

Known colloquially as “flesh-eating bacteria,” necrotizing soft tissue infections carry significant morbidity and mortality, but the risk for death is dropping, according to data presented at the 2020 Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Annual Scientific Assembly.

OR Management Digital Edition - Fall 2020

The Fall 2020 Digital Edition of OR Management News

Living in a Virtual World

Over the past several months, a multitude of medical organizations have either canceled or postponed their 2020 iterations. For some of these professional societies, planning...

Post-Op NSAIDs Not Linked To GI Bleeding

Increased risk for gastrointestinal bleeding was not related to use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) following joint surgery, according to a new study.

ERAS Surprise: Protocol Falls Short on Outcomes, Cost for Colon Resection

Enhanced recovery after surgery protocols are associated with reduced hospital length of stay, fewer complications and lower costs, but one institution found no improvement in...