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Published: August 7, 2017

  • Nominate your facility for an ORX award There's still time to nominate your facility for a 2017 OR Excellence award. The deadline to submit your entry is Tuesday, Aug. 15 — one week from today. We'll feature the 7 winners in Outpatient Surgery Magazine and host them at OR Excellence, Oct. 11-13 at the Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas.
  • When surgeons ask patients to stop smoking Turns out that getting surgeons directly involved in the messaging around cigarette cessation is very powerful, according to a new study that found a big drop in smoking rates over 5-year period when surgeons get involved in helping spine surgery patients quit smoking before their operations. "Strong for Surgery," a new presurgical health optimization program adopted by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), has been linked to a two-thirds decrease in the rate of smoking in patients undergoing cervical and lumbar spine procedures.
  • 3D models reduce orthopedic case costs Patient-specific 3D models may help surgeons overcome steep learning curves — and, in turn, reduce case costs — for complex orthopedic procedures, according to a study of pediatric patients being treated for complex hip deformities. Patients treated by a single surgeon using a 3D model for pre-operative planning were compared with those who were treated by the same surgeon without using a 3D model, as well as those treated by 2 senior surgeons without the use of a model. On average, both surgical time and fluoroscopy time decreased in cases during which 3D modeling was used. Researchers say the time reductions translate into a cost savings of $2,700 per surgery, compared with the $2,200 for a moderately priced 3D printer.
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