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 covering research and activities from the ACS Clinical Congress 2015, which took place October 4–8 in Chicago, IL. To access the news items in their entirety, visit the online ACS Newsroom.

Risk calculator does not alter surgeons’ choice to operate

Medscape, October 15, 2015

“The surgical risk calculator, developed by the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program [ACS NSQIP®], has a ‘high degree of predictive ability,’ according to study investigator Greg Sacks, MD, a surgery resident from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a research fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program.”

Helmet use reduces odds of head injuries in cyclists by 58%

Yahoo! News, October 12, 2015

“Urban cycling is a growing trend, but not all new cyclists are choosing to wear a helmet on their journeys. A recent American study may help convince the reluctant as it shows that this indispensable accessory can help save lives and prevent head and face injuries….Their study was presented October 8 during the 2015 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.”

Intermountain saves $2.5 million with blood-tracking initiative

FierceHealthIT, October 8, 2015

“An initiative at Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare to reduce blood transfusions helped the 22-hospital system cut costs by $2.5 million over two years while significantly reducing hospital-acquired infections and mortality, according to research being presented this week at the 2015 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.”

Surgeon’s experience tied to success of thyroid removal: Study

US News & World Report, October 8, 2015

“Patients who undergo thyroid removal may be less likely to suffer complications if their surgeon performs many such surgeries each year, a new study says…. The study was scheduled for presentation Wednesday at the annual meeting of the American College of Surgeons in Chicago.”

Colonoscopy findings fade quickly from memory

US News & World Report, October 8, 2015

“The percentage of patients who remembered the date of their last colonoscopy to within one month was 94 percent after two months, 42 percent after one year, 30 percent after two years, and 28 percent after four years, according to the study presented this week at the annual meeting of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in Chicago.”

Surgery may raise survival with advanced melanoma: Study

US News & World Report, October 8, 2015

“According to the study, nearly one in four patients had surgery to remove the mass from their abdomen. Patients who underwent the surgery lived more than twice as long as those who received drug treatment alone—18 months versus seven months, on average, the researchers reported.

The study was to be presented Thursday at the annual meeting of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in Chicago.”

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