By Jeannette Wick
Though hospital stay duration was once used as a surrogate outcome for surgical recovery, the increasing popularity of short-stay surgery has eliminated that measure, making it harder for hospitals to track recovery trajectories and more difficult for surgeons to plan physical, psychological, and social postoperative courses for prospective patients.
Implementation of an enhanced recovery after surgery colorectal program is feasible in a community hospital setting and significantly improves outcomes, according to a study published online July 23 in JAMA Surgery.
By Jackie Syrop
During the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act, more than 10 million Americans gained health insurance coverage.
There has been a decrease in the number of uninsured following the open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, according to a report published online July 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
For patients undergoing cardiac surgery, the strongest predictors of stroke up to two years postoperatively include advanced age, history of stroke, and peripheral vascular disease, according to a study published online July 21 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.
Aspirin may be less preferable to other anticoagulants following hip fracture repair, but may be favored after elective knee or hip arthroplasty, according to a meta-analysis published online July 17 in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.
Physicians should be aware of the prevalence and serious consequences associated with use of counterfeit medical devices, according to a letter to the editor published online July 20 in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.
Blood donations to the American Red Cross are down substantially, and the agency says an "emergency situation" could arise within weeks.
For women with stage I or II breast cancer without a BRCA mutation, contralateral prophylactic mastectomy is associated with an absolute 20-year survival benefit of less than 1%, according to a study published online July 16 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute
For women undergoing hysterectomy by morcellation, the prevalence of uterine cancers is 27 per 10,000, with increased prevalence with advanced age, according to a research letter published online July 22 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.