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June 2014

Left Untreated, Moderate Aortic Valve Stenosis Has High Mortality Risk

June 30, 2014

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Although valve replacement is indicated when aortic valve stenosis (AS) is severe, experts have struggled with crafting evidence-based recommendations in the presence of mild or moderate AS, which has led to inconsistent practices and surgical guidelines.

Automated Calculator Accurately Estimates Venous Thromboembolism Risk

June 27, 2014

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Although the Caprini Thrombosis Risk Assessment Tool is widely used and well validated, many surgeons struggle to implement it appropriately and accurately when automated calculators are unavailable.

Prophylaxis Protocols Improve Post-op Venous Thromboembolism Outcomes

June 25, 2014

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By emphasizing early postoperative mobilization alongside mandatory venous thromboembolism (VTE) risk stratification and concurrent electronic prophylaxis recommendations, hospitals can significantly reduce the likelihood of VTE complications among surgical patients.

Factors that Contribute to Deep Infection in Shoulder Replacement Surgery

June 24, 2014

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Although shoulder replacement is less common than hip or knee replacement, aging Baby Boomers are undergoing the surgery at increasing rates, and one of the unintended, challenging consequences is deep infection.

How to Best Handle Cases of Bad Aorta

June 13, 2014

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Although patients who would have been considered high risk 10 years ago can now successfully undergo percutaneous cardiac intervention, those with severe sclerotic lesions in the ascending aorta still present a challenge to surgeons.

Restoring Function in Severed Fingertips

June 10, 2014

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When accidents result in the loss of fingertips, surgeons are often called in to determine whether reattachment is possible and, more importantly, whether hand function can be restored.

Trends in Negligent Treatment of Distal Radius Fractures

June 03, 2014

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The high volume of distal radius procedures combined with an elevated risk for adverse outcomes such as malunion, loss of radial length, inclination, and volar or dorsal angulation make surgeries in the forearm ripe for malpractice claims.