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Looking forward – August 2015(Comments Off)

August 1, 2015

An annual memorial service at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, gives faculty and residents an opportunity to remember patients who recently died and to express how the experience personally affected them.

The importance of detailed documentation in ICD-10

Guidelines for transitioning to the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), including information about clinical documentation implementation programs are provided in this month’s column.

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Resources for optimal patient care: EBDS and patient education programs

This month’s column highlights Evidence-Based Decisions in Surgery (EBDS) and the College’s patient education programs—two College-based resources aimed at helping members deliver optimal patient care.


PACES trial: Evaluating the effectiveness of eflornithine and sulindac in preventing colon adenomas

The S0820 Preventing Adenomas of the Colon with Eflornithine and Sulindac (PACES) study seeks to determine whether two drugs that have shown early promise can significantly lower the risk of secondary colorectal polyp or cancer for these survivors.

Addressing surgeon fatigue and sleep deprivation

Contributing factors that can result in surgeon fatigue, including insufficient staffing and extended workdays, are summarized in this month’s column, as are suggestions for preventing this condition including implementing a fatigue management plan.

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