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Published: February 13, 2017

  • A bundled approach to reducing SSIs The use of "surgical bundle" seems to significantly reduce the rate of surgical site infections in colon surgery, according to a new study published in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. The study of more than 3,300 surgeries at 37 hospitals in Turin, Italy, from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2012, explored the effects of 5 bundled items — infection risk index calculation, pre-operative shower, trichotomy, antibiotic prophylaxis and body temperature control — on prosthetic hip surgery and colon surgery. Although the application of the bundle was not statistically associated with a decreased risk of infection in hip surgery, it did result in "a protective factor" in colon surgery.
  • Thyroid surgery enhancement ENT surgeons at the LSU Health New Orleans have improved upon a technique they developed to remove the thyroid gland through an incision made behind the ear, The original technique, which was developed to avoid leaving the surgery's telltale scar on the front of the neck, was done by highly specialized surgeons using robotic assistance. The recent tweak to the procedure now allows for a safe and accessible surgery that's reproducible by well-trained thyroid surgeons who use standard instrumentation.
  • Medical ethics guide updated after 50-plus years The American Medical Association has released a new edition of the iCode of Medical Ethics, the culmination of an 8-year project and the first update in more than 50 years. Designed to address new technologies, evolving expectations and shifting priorities, it can be ordered online.
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