Archive for October, 2017

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – October 2017

Dr. Hoyt’s column provides an overview of the Metabolic Surgery Symposium, August 9–10 in Chicago, IL, which featured sessions on how surgeons’ understanding of morbid obesity and its treatment have evolved.

The COT's consensus-based approach to firearm injury: An introduction

The COT’s consensus-based approach to firearm injury: An introduction

Describes the ACS COT multilayered approach to reducing firearm-related injury and summarizes the epidemiology of these injuries, including associated costs for U.S. patients.

Figure 1. Timeline for development of a HVIP

Violence intervention programs: A primer for developing a comprehensive program for trauma centers

A primer on developing a sustainable hospital-based violence intervention program, developed by the ACS COT Injury Prevention and Control Committee, is summarized.

Figure 1. Level of priority the ACS should give to reducing gun-related injuries

Survey of the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors on firearm injury prevention: Consensus and opportunities

The results of a survey of ACS Board of Governors are summarized, including viewpoints on potential policies intended to enhance fire injury prevention programs.

Dr. Bonne attended a weekly victim services response meeting with the Wraparound staff, held at the iconic San Francisco City Hall. Staff from various violence intervention initiatives citywide meet weekly to coordinate services offered to victims of violence and their families.

Trauma surgeon uses traveling fellowship to learn about HVIPs

An Organ Traveling Fellowship awardee describes her experiences at a hospital-based violence intervention program and outlines the key role of job training and educational opportunities in the postdischarge phase.

OR door

To protect and serve: The ethical dilemma of allowing police access to trauma patients

The surgeon’s responsibilities when treating a patient who is remanded to police custody are discussed including a case study that highlights ethical factors to consider regarding law enforcement access to a patient.

American College of Surgeons

Statement on Lithium Batteries

The following Statement on Lithium Batteries was developed by the ACS COT Committee on Injury Prevention and Control at its June 2017 meeting.

American College of Surgeons

Statement on Opioids and Motor Vehicle Crash Prevention

The following Statement on Opioids and Motor Vehicle Crash Prevention was developed by the ACS COT Committee on Injury Prevention and Control at its June 2017 meeting.

Figure 1. Geographic CBO Coverage by Organization

The Merit-based Incentive Payment System for small and rural practices

Describes the challenges small and rural practices transitioning to Quality Payment Program may face and outlines reporting requirements to help these practices succeed in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

Rural Surgery

ACS advocacy efforts in 2017 that will affect rural surgery

Two legislative issues of importance to rural surgeons—the Ensuring Access to General Surgery Act and the Critical Access Hospital 96-hour rule—are summarized.

surgeons in caps in the OR

The surgical cap: Symbol, science, argument, and evidence

The surgical cap and its effects on patient safety in the operating room are examined.

ACS Clinical Research Program

Preventing colorectal adenomas in cancer survivors: An update on the PACES/S0820 trial

An update on the PACES/S0820 trial, including changes to the Data Safety Monitoring  Committee to enhance study accrual, is provided.

Figure 3. Resource Center

Local and global opportunities for member engagement

This month’s column focuses on the value of joining your local ACS chapter and of participating in Operation Giving Back.

Professor Haberal

Prof. Mehmet Ali Haberal receives Distinguished Philanthropist Award

The 2017 Distinguished Philanthropist Award will be presented to Mehmet Ali Haberal, MD, FACS(Hon), FICS(Hon), FASA(Hon), at Clinical Congress 2017 in San Diego, CA.

sound noise

Noise and distractions in the OR can affect patient, staff safety

Actions to reduce noise levels in the operating room are summarized.

National Cancer Database

The impact of financial barriers on access to quality care in breast cancer

Eliminating financial barriers and improving access to care will improve the health of individuals with or at risk for breast cancer.

Figure 1. Hospital discharge status

Irregular trauma: Trauma and atrial fibrillation

This month’s column examines the occurrence of injured patients with a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation in the National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB®) research dataset.

Quality & Safety Conference - Dr. Ko on stage

Inaugural ACS Quality and Safety Conference: Achieving quality across the continuum of care

This article summarizes the inaugural ACS Quality and Safety Conference, July 21−24 in New York, NY, which focused on a range of topics, including updates on the ACS NSQIP Adult and Pediatric programs, the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, and the Surgeon Specific Registry.

Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety

Making quality stick: Optimal Resources for Quality and Safety

A key component in the Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety manual is the five phases of surgical care and the surgeon’s responsibilities at each stage.

JACS

Coming next month in JACS and online now: Examining ACS NSQIP Surgical Risk Calculator accuracy for emergent and elective colorectal operations

A new JACS study examines the accuracy the ACS NSQIP Surgical Risk Calculator accuracy for emergent and elective colorectal operations.

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