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Duration of adjuvant therapy for stage III colon cancer: No longer one size fits all

Clinical trial findings in the IDEA collaboration are summarized to determine possible duration of adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with stage III colon cancer.

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Dr. Pellegrini receives Seattle Business Leaders in Health Care Lifetime Achievement Award

Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI(Hon),FRCS(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), a Past-President of the American College of Surgeons, is the recipient of  Seattle Business magazine’s 2018 Leaders in Health Care Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Making quality stick: Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety: Lifelong learning: A key responsibility of the individual surgeon

This excerpt from Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety underscores the importance of lifelong learning.

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Surgeon credits trauma system he helped to create with saving his life

The experiences of a trauma surgeon turned patient reveal the high level of care he received through the Arkansas Trauma System—a network he helped to create.

JACS

Coming next month in JACS and online now: Have the recent modifications of operating room attire policies decreased surgical site infections? A NSQIP review of 6,517 patients

A review of operating room attire policies published in an upcoming issue of JACS concluded that stringent attire polices do not reduce surgical site infection rates.

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Making quality stick: Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety: Collaboration and guidelines can lead to better outcomes

This excerpt from Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety summarizes the exciting development of  surgical QI collaboratives.

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Joint Commission now citing individual hand hygiene failures

Whenever Joint Commission surveyors observe an individual’s failure to perform hand hygiene in the process of direct patient care they now must cite the incident as a deficiency.

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Eileen Metzger Bulger, MD, FACS, is new Chair of the ACS Committee on Trauma

Eileen Metzger Bulger, MD, FACS, who was appointed the next ACS Committee on Trauma Chair in October 2017, begins serving in this role in March.

Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety

Making quality stick: Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety: Using data analytics to improve patient care

This excerpt from Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety summarizes the essential role of registries in providing clinically relevant data necessary to improve patient care.

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Coming next month in JACS and online now: One thousand pediatric liver transplants during thirty years: Lessons learned

A study published in an upcoming issue of JACS presents lessons learned from the largest reported single-center experience of pediatric liver transplants.

Joint Commission publishes 2018 National Patient Safety Goals

The 2018 National Patient Safety Goals are summarized, particularly as they relate to the Universal Protocol for Preventing Wrong Site, Wrong Procedure, Wrong Person Surgery.

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TQIP annual meeting shares best practices, advances in trauma care

Topics covered at the 2017 TQIP meeting in Chicago, IL, are summarized, including an overview of ACS-military partnerships, teamwork essentials for trauma teams, and updates on TQIP and COT initiatives.

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Coming next month in JACS and online now: Empowering postsurgical patients to improve opioid disposal: A before-and-after quality improvement study

A study published in an upcoming issue of JACS found that dissemination of an educational brochure improved disposal of unused opioids after surgery.

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Making quality stick: Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety: Individual disciplines working together in an increasingly regulated environment

This excerpt from Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety describes some of the external regulatory pressures facing health care professionals and underscores the importance of a commitment to accountability and transparency to meet these demands.

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A trauma surgeon on trial

Lessons learned from a trauma surgeon who was sued for a lack of “reasonable care and diligence,” including his experiences during the trial process, are shared.

The Joint Commission

Study shows postimplementation audits lead to improved enhanced recovery pathway compliance

An auditing process showing the benefits of enhanced recovery pathway programs, including reduced length of stay for patients, is described.

Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety

Making quality stick: Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety: Creating a culture of high reliability

This excerpt from Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety describes strategies, such as patient safety reports and root-cause analysis, which can be used to cultivate a culture of patient safety.

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Coming next month in JACS and online now: Critical underreporting of hernia mesh properties and development of a novel package label

A study published in an upcoming issue of JACS addresses underreporting of mesh properties and describes new standardized label development.

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Are handoff communications a common problem for your OR team?

The factors contributing to handoff communication failures are defined as are practical solutions for curbing handoff miscommunication.

Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety

Making quality stick: Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety: The SQSC and credentialing and privileging processes ensure sustainability of standards

This excerpt from the Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety manual describes the role of the surgical quality and safety committee and the importance of standardized credentialing processes.

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