Archive for October, 2016

M. Boyd Gillespie, MD, MSc, FACS, performing the first Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation device implantation in South Carolina since its FDA approval in April 2014. Dr. Gillespie was assisted by otolaryngology–head and neck surgery residents and fellows wearing various types of OR attire at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Looking forward – October 2016

Dr. Hoyt’s column describes the importance of professional operating room attire and summarizes key protocols, such as proper covering of the head during invasive procedures, supported by College leadership.

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Young surgeons speak up: Stringent OR attire restrictions decrease morale without improving outcomes

The results of a study assessing surgeons’ reactions to operating room attire restrictions conducted by the YFA of the ACS are described in this article, as are the possible effects of these restrictions on patient safety.

MIPS: Composite Performance Score Year 1: Weight by Category

The new Medicare physician reimbursement system: Building the Quality Payment Program

This article highlights the early stages of implementation of the Quality Payment Program under the MACRA and how it will likely affect surgical practice.

ACS Committee on Trauma pledges to make zero preventable deaths a reality

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s latest report on translating military medicine experience to civilian trauma care is summarized in this article and suggestions are provided for trauma community collaborations to make zero preventable deaths a reality.

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Get out the vote: Make a difference on issues of critical concern to surgery

Candidates and incumbents supported by the ACS Professional Association’s political action committee are the focus of this article, which also summarizes the College’s pre-election education resources.

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Two decades of humanitarian surgical outreach and capacity building in Kurdistan

This article describes the health care issues that affected the people of Kurdistan after decades of Iraqi dictatorship and the role ACS Fellows played in developing a sustainable health care system in this region.

Statement on distractions in the operating room

The following statement on distractions in the operating room was developed by the ACS Committee on Perioperative Care and approved by the ACS Board of Regents at its June 2016 meeting.

Statement on documentation and reporting of accidental punctures and lacerations during surgery

The following statement on documenting and reporting of accidental punctures and lacerations during surgery  was developed by the ACS Committee on Perioperative Care and approved by the ACS Board of Regents at its June 2016 meeting.

Statement on operating room attire

The following statement on operating room attire was developed by the ACS task force on operating room attire and approved by the ACS Board of Regents at its July 2016 meeting.

Revised statement on health care industry representatives in the operating room

The revised statement on health care industry representatives in the operating room was developed by the ACS Committee on Perioperative Care  and approved by the ACS Board of Regents at its June 2016 meeting.

Revised statement on the prevention of unintentionally retained surgical items after surgery

The revised statement on the prevention of unintentionally retained surgical items was developed by the ACS Committee on Perioperative Care  and approved by the ACS Board of Regents at its June 2016 meeting.

Revised statement on safe surgery checklists, and ensuring correct patient, correct site, and correct procedure surgery

The revised statement on safe surgery checklists and correct patient, site, and procedure was developed by the ACS Committee on Perioperative Care and approved by the ACS Board of Regents at its June 2016 meeting.

Revised statement on sharps safety

The revised statement on sharps safety was developed by the ACS Committee on Perioperative Care and approved by the ACS Board of Regents at its June 2016 meeting..

Revised statement on surgical technology training and certification

The revised statement on surgical technology training and certification was developed by the ACS Committee on Perioperative Care and approved by the ACS Board of Regents at its June 2016 meeting.

Rural surgery and the volume dilemma

The debate over the relationship between volume and outcomes for rural surgeons is the focus of this month’s column.

Figure 1. NRG Oncology NRG-GI002 Schema

NRG GI002: Moving the needle toward TNT in locally advanced rectal cancer

The approach, aims, and eligibility criteria of the NRG Oncology TNT clinical trial are summarized.

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Maximize your visibility and the benefits of Fellowship with the My Profile Web page

This month’s column highlights the ACS Member Profile—which allows users to manage CME credits, link to the ACS Communities, and contact ACS leaders—as well as the Surgeon Specific Registry, which allows users to track cases and outcomes.

Workplace bullying is a real problem in health care

This month’s column underscores the challenges related to bullying and workplace violence and its effect on patient care.

Figure 1. hospital discharge status

Stairway to heaven

This month’s column examines the occurrence of escalator injuries in the NTDB research dataset for 2014.

Dr. Haik

In memoriam: Barrett G. Haik, MD, FACS

Barrett George Haik, MD, FACS, director of the Hamilton Eye Institute, died unexpectedly July 22 at the age of 64.

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