ACS in the News

Editor’s note: Media around the world, including social media, frequently report on American College of Surgeons (ACS) activities. Following are brief excerpts from news stories published from March through July 2014 that mention key ACS programs and initiatives, including research findings that appear in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. To access the news items in their entirety, visit the online ACS Newsroom.

Outcomes pioneer memorialized nearly 74 years after his death
Modern Healthcare, July 23, 2014

“The grave of a Boston surgeon considered by many to be the pioneer advocate for tracking patient outcomes and acknowledging medical errors was memorialized Tuesday by the American College of Surgeons.

“Dr. Ernest Codman [FACS] criticized by colleagues of his time for wanting to increase transparency, died in 1940, and his grave in a Cambridge, Mass., cemetery remained unmarked for nearly 74 years. More than a century after he introduced new concepts to drive improvements in healthcare outcomes, patient-safety experts say there’s still a long way to go. ”

10 Changes in Surgery in 25 Years
U.S. News & World Report, July 15, 2014

“The American College of Surgeons says it has seen reduced infections during the past few years thanks to new standards in care, such as decreasing operating room traffic and using chlorhexidine for preoperative baths. The Joint Commission created an implementation guide for hospitals that defines effective practices for better surgery outcomes. In Tennessee, for instance, a 10-hospital collaborative reduced complications and saved $2.2 million per 100 cases and saw a significant reduction in site infections, according to a study published in 2012 in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.”

Surgeons tout benefits of Google Glass in operating room
FierceMedicalDevices, July 7, 2014

“A group of surgeons dubbed ‘Glass Explorers’ looked at applications for the wearable device in the operating room, such as integrated imaging, communicating with other surgeons, training new physicians and creating patient safety checklist apps. The surgeons found that using Glass in surgical procedures improved their concentration and allowed them to share [a] first-person perspective with other physicians or trainees, according to a recent article in the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons.”

Surgery for Melanoma Liver Mets Can Prolong Survival
Medscape, July 3, 2014

“Patients who can undergo complete surgical treatment of melanoma liver metastases should consider this option, say oncologists from California. In their experience, hepatic resection for metastatic melanoma significantly improves survival over medical treatment alone, they report in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.”

Trauma surgeons want more people trained to assist in mass casualty incidents
Catholic Health World, May 13, 2014

“The efforts of the Hartford Consensus are having an impact. The American College of Surgeons and the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association, two of the organizations that helped drive the Hartford Consensus, say more than 36,000 police officers in Los Angeles [CA], Philadelphia [PA], Houston [TX], Phoenix [AZ], Dallas [TX], New Orleans [LA], Tampa, Fla., and Washington, D.C., will receive bleeding control kits and training this year.”

Expanding Medicaid increases access to subspecialty procedures: Researchers
Modern Healthcare, May 8, 2014

“Dr. Aviram Giladi, a University of Michigan [Ann Arbor] plastic surgery resident, and colleagues examined the records of 185,526 adults between ages 19 and 64 who underwent one of three surgical procedures between 1998 and 2006. The study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Plastic Surgery Foundation.”

Urologists Urged to Shape Health Policy—With Eye on Quality
OncLive, May 5, 2014

“‘Reform really needs realistic input,’ said the speaker, David Hoyt, MD, [FACS,] executive director of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). ‘It needs to be framed by what works. We are the ones that provide Congress that concept of what really works. We have got to participate in the regulatory phase; it is our mid-ship opportunity, and ultimately our patients depend upon it.’”

Find a cancer-patient support group near you
The Seattle Times, April 20, 2014

“Fortunately, this lapse in the continuum of care has been recognized by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, by cancer-center-accrediting programs such as the Commission on Cancer and by government agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control, which support cancer-control programs including the Survivorship Task Force. The result is that supportive services are increasingly available with cancer treatment.”

No Surgery Required for Children’s Appendicitis
Yahoo! Health, April 17, 2014

“A research team tested whether appendicitis in children could be treated effectively with antibiotics, avoiding the serious procedure and recovery period associated with surgery…. This study was published April 12 in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.”

Marathon bombing prompts police to carry tourniquets
USA Today, April 17, 2014

“While the Boston tragedy served to accelerate the new equipment distribution, the series of mass-casualty shootings—especially the 2012 Connecticut elementary school massacre—started an examination last March of crisis response led by the American College of Surgeons, the FBI, the Major Cities Chiefs Association and other groups.”

ACS NSQIP Formula May Predict Readmission Risk After Surgery
Medscape, April 3, 2014

“Existing formulas used to identify patients at high risk for postsurgical complications may also prospectively identify patients at high risk for unplanned readmission after surgery, according to a recent study. Among patients deemed to be at very high risk for complications, defined as a risk higher than 15% based on the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) model, the odds of readmission were 10-fold greater than those of patients considered to be at very low risk.”

Safe Surgery Checklist Suggested At Recent Seminar
WLTX 19 TV, April 3, 2014

“Representatives from the American College of Surgeons and the state’s hospital association are working to make surgery safer. Today they hosted a surgical health care forum to start up a community discussion on improving patient care. The safe surgery checklist includes procedures and patient identification, briefing the operating team and instrument protocol….By implementing the safe surgery checklist experts say they expect more than 500 lives per year in South Carolina to be saved.”

How to reform the Medicare physician payment system
Boston Globe, March 25, 2014, Opinion Page, by Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, FACS, President-Elect, ACS

“Over the last year, a group of congressional leaders have led a bipartisan, bicameral, and inclusive process to reach consensus on how to repeal SGR [surgical growth rate] and reform the Medicare physician payment system. They allowed the members of the medical community, including my organization, the American College of Surgeons, to work as partners with them to help resolve this difficult issue.”

The Doc Fix Broke—Health Care Edge: Brought to you by FixMedicareNow.org and the AMA
National Journal, March 5, 2014

“Auditors concluded that the county should contract with the American College of Surgeons to undertake a comprehensive assessment of its trauma care system and look at ways to better serve areas including Malibu, the eastern San Gabriel Valley, and large swathes of the Antelope Valley that don’t have nearby trauma centers.”

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