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Australian hospital calls in the COPS to improve care of older patients(0)

March 4, 2021

As the world’s population ages, older people are increasingly presenting to the hospital with surgical problems that require assessment and management. Older patients face different challenges than their younger counterparts, including an increased risk of complications, death, and functional decline.1,2 The presence of frailty, cognitive impairment, and multiple comorbidities also contributes to poorer postoperative outcomes […]

Trials explore whether endocrine therapy can delay or avert surgery in low-risk DCIS

Over the last several decades, the widespread implementation and uptake of screening mammography has contributed to earlier diagnosis of breast cancer and improvements in breast cancer mortality. However, the screening has led to a significant rise in the detection of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), which is a pre-cancer of the breast. Much like invasive […]

Hospital aims to stop the clot in neurosurgery

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) occurrences are defined by a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE), or both. VTE affects nearly one in 1,000 people and contributes to 60,000–100,000 deaths annually.* Risk factors for VTE can be both hereditary and acquired. We have come to understand that patients who require surgery are at a higher risk […]

Preoperative radiotherapy for retroperitoneal sarcoma: Where do we go from here?

The role of radiation therapy (RT) in the management of retroperitoneal sarcomas has been a longstanding topic of debate among physicians, and institutional and individual preferences have led to significant variability and inconsistencies in its use.1 The presumed benefit of RT in the management of retroperitoneal sarcomas has been inferred from its local control benefit […]

Pediatric surgeons and gastroenterologists collaborate with outpatient community services to streamline outpatient gastrostomy tube placement

Gastrostomy tube (G-tube) placement is often a crucial component in a medically complex child’s care and one of the more common procedures performed at children’s hospitals; however, approaches to patient counseling and postoperative management for this procedure varies. Families often agonize over the decision and worry about their ability to care for their child after […]


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