Most Incisional Hernia Readmissions Occur After 30 Days

One of every five patients who underwent an incisional hernia repair in the United States was readmitted to the hospital within a year, with most readmissions occurring after the 30-day benchmark commonly used to track health care utilization, according...

Key Steps for Infection Prevention In Ambulatory Surgery Centers

The global coronavirus pandemic has spotlighted the need for infection prevention programs that minimize communicable diseases while providing functional environments for surgical services.

Are the Towels in Your Hospital Really Clean?

Several years ago, a group of investigators set out to answer that question. They collected three cleaned towels from 10 Arizona hospitals, submerging each towel in buffered peptone water to extract microbes. They wrung out each towel, collected the...

How Early Was COVID-19 in the U.S.?

The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported on Jan. 19. However, the novel coronavirus may have arrived and begun spreading domestically in December.

Novel Technique Could Minimize COVID-19 Risk During Tracheostomy

Surgeons at Berkshire Medical Center developed a novel barrier to potentially decrease the risk for COVID-19 transmission during tracheostomy.

IV Vitamin C, Ozone Shown Effective Against COVID-19

Intravenous vitamin C and intravenous ozone are two simple, synergistic and low-cost adjuvant therapies that have been found to be effective for managing COVID-19 in patients who have just been hospitalized, according to an article in Revista Espanola de...

A Tribute to Health Care’s First Responders

In my June 2020 column, I briefly reviewed 14 prior major pandemics and epidemics. In the recorded histories of these events, doctors and other health care personnel were always “first responders,” often at great personal peril.

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...

OR Management Digital Edition - Fall 2020

The Fall 2020 Digital Edition of OR Management News

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,...

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...

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...