Archive for May, 2018

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – May 2018

Dr. Hoyt describes watershed moments that have supported universal access to quality surgical care and introduces this issue of the Bulletin, which will be disseminated at the  WHA 71.


Cross-cutting health: Global surgery, obstetrics, anesthesia, and the World Health Organization

This article describes the pivotal events in 2015 that established the need for access to surgical and anesthesia care around the world and identifies the five WHA 68.15 areas of focus aimed at providing this care.


Countries and colleges collaborate to improve access in Oceania and Southeast Asia

The Asia-Pacific response to the WHA Resolution 68.15 is outlined, specifically collaborative programs intended to enhance access to surgical and anesthetic care.


The Royal Colleges of Surgeons in the U.K. and Ireland: A common vision for global surgery

Identifies the efforts of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons in the U.K. and Ireland to address disparities in surgical care in low- and middle-income countries, as well as the benefits of collaborating with COSECSA in training and retaining local surgeons.


COSECSA collaborates to address surgical shortages in sub-Saharan Africa

The College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa’s plans to address surgical workforce issues in sub-Saharan Africa are outlined, including its goal to graduate 500 surgeons by 2020.


WFSA describes its vision for implementation of WHA 68.15

Describes the goals of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologist  to support access to safe surgical and anesthetia care, particularly as they relate to four program areas: advocacy, training, safety, and research.


Obstetrics and gynecology in global health: Lessons learned for advancing public health to achieve universal health care

Models for building academic and professional association partnerships to improve surgical and obstetrical care are described as are NSOAP’s five domains for improving access to quality care, specifically as they relate to the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality.


West African College of Surgeons and its role in global surgery

The West African College of Surgeons diplomate programs and their role in curbing workforce shortages in West Africa are described, as are the organization’s strategies for implementing WHA resolutions.


ACS: Global engagement for the care of the surgical patient

This article describes the ACS mission to support global surgical education, ensure access to quality surgical care, and develop trauma systems and education worldwide.

Capitol dome

2017 state legislative update: Lawmakers engage on MOC, trauma funding, and other issues

State legislative priorities for the ACS in 2017, including Maintenance of Certification, trauma funding, and video taping of operations,  are summarized.

What Surgeons Should Know About...

The 2018 inpatient-only list

Provides an update on the Medicare inpatient-only list—which refers to procedures identified by CMS as typically provided in the inpatient setting and therefore not paid under OPPS—is provided.

NSQIP Case Studies

Texas Children’s Hospital introduces standardized protocol to reduce pediatric baclofen pump infections

The Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, sought to address a comparatively high rate of implant-related infections by implementing a quality improvement plan following an analysis of pre- and post-protocol implementation outcomes of infection and complication rates.


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.

Dr. Gillies

The Great War and the evolution of plastic and reconstructive surgery

The early growth of plastic and reconstructive surgery, and the influence of World War I military tactics on the development of the specialty, are discussed.

broken glass

Stemming the tide of violence

The ACS and The Joint Commission’s perspectives on the issue of violence prevention, including education, trauma system development, and establishing processes to ensure patient and employee safety, are summarized.

Hospital Discharge Status

A slice in time: Lower extremity compartment syndrome

This month’s column examines the occurrence of lower extremity compartment syndrome in the NTDB® research dataset.

ACS News

Report on ACSPA/ACS activities, February 2018

This report describes the recent activities, initiatives, and business matters of both the ACSPA and the College as of February 2018.

Dateline DC

Dateline: DC—May 2018

Provides an update on ACS efforts to reduce the administrative burdens on surgeons, including the new Stop Overregulating My OR (SOMO) initiative.

ACS News

Members in the news

The newsworthy accomplishments of ACS members are summarized.

ACS News

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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