Archive for June, 2018

In My Hands

Looking forward – June 2018

Establishing a patient-surgeon relationship that is built on trust is the focus of this month’s column.

Achieving zero preventable deaths

Achieving zero preventable deaths: A model of a military-civilian medical training partnership

A partnership between a civilian and military surgery department is described as are the innovative trauma care advancements that result from these collaborative efforts.

ATLS 10th Edition

ATLS 10th edition offers new insights into managing trauma patients

Chapter-by-chapter content updates in the ATLS 10th edition are summarized, including key revisions to shock, thoracic, head trauma care, and other topic areas.

A surgical team performing a mastectomy in the new UHM OR

Scaling-up surgical care in rural Haiti

Partners in Health and Zanmi Lasante’s efforts to enhance surgical services in central Haiti are outlined.

Governors Survey

2017 ACS Governors Survey: Ergonomic injuries and their prevention

The results of a survey of ACS Board of Governors are summarized, including viewpoints on physicians coping with ergonomic injuries and their prevention.

Capitol Hill

ACS trauma agenda advances on Capitol Hill

A summary of ongoing trauma-related legislative activity for the 115th congressional session is provided, including the Mission Zero Act, PAHPA, and Stop the Bleed.

Coding and Practice Management Corner

Frequently asked questions about CPT coding

Frequently asked CPT coding questions—covering a range of procedures—and their correct responses are the focus of this month’s column.


Immunotherapy in solid tumors

The role of precision immunotherapy in treating solid tumors is summarized.

A Look at The Joint Commission

Advancing health equity in hospitals

Strategies for achieving health care equity, which contributes to improved surgical outcomes, are outlined.

NTDB Data Points

Through the barricade: Blunt diaphragm injuries

This month’s column examines the occurrence of blunt diaphragm injuries in the National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB®) research dataset.

ACS News

Registration open for ACS Quality and Safety Conference, July 21–24

The goals of the 2018 ACS Quality and Safety Conference are outlined, including the meeting’s theme and registration information.

Dateline DC

Dateline: DC—June 2018

This month’s column provides an in-depth look at the College’s advocacy efforts related to the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act.

ACS News

ACS, other organizations concerned with patient safety offer recommendations on OR attire

The ACS and other stakeholders have developed a consensus on recommendations for operating room attire, specifically ear and hair covering.

Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS)

Coming next month in JACS and online now: Evaluating the effect of margin consensus guideline publication on operative patterns and financial impact of breast cancer surgery

A study in an upcoming issue of JACS finds that surgical and financial outcomes are improved with implementation of the consensus guideline on margins for breast conservation surgery.

ACS seal

Your ACS benefits: ACS Committee on Diversity offers diversity resources

The ACS Committee on Diversity has released new resources to support surgeons with challenges related to diversity and cultural competency.


Chapter news

ACS chapter meetings, events, and award presentations are summarized.

Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety

Making quality stick: Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety: The effects of disruptive behavior, mentoring, and coaching on quality improvement

This excerpt from Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety examines two behaviors exhibited by surgeons—disruptive behavior and mentorship—and their effect on quality of care.

ACS Seal

Editor’s note

Correction for the April Bulletin cover story on “Excellence in surgery” photo.

ACS News

ACS in the News

This summary provides excerpts from external media outlets covering ACS activities and initiatives from February through April 2018.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Health Policy Scholars for 2018 selected

A total of 18 surgeons will attend the Leadership Program for Health Policy and Management in June at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.


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