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Published: August 21, 2017

  • Win a free stay at ORX If you've ever wanted to do Vegas in style, now's your chance. Register for OR Excellence (Oct. 11 to 13 at the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa) by Aug. 31, and you'll be entered into a drawing for great prizes, including spa gift certificates, room upgrades and the grand prize: a complimentary 3-night stay in a Red Rock Signature Suite for ORX. Plus, you'll take advantage of the $100 early-bird price discount and secure your room in the heart of the conference action.
  • Buffalo VA issues infection risk notice to patients The Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center is notifying 526 patients that the use of an improperly cleaned endoscope may have put them at risk of infection. Medical center officials saying a hospital employee may not have followed manufacturer's instructions for reprocessing. "Notification does not mean veterans were infected," medical center officials said in a brief statement in which they characterized the risk of infection as "very low." The VA will offer screening to the patients at no charge.
  • Post-op antibiotics don't help after colorectal surgery A study in the journal Diseases of the Colon & Rectum suggests that antibiotic administration after colorectal surgery provides no benefit. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., found a 5.7% infection rate among 493 patients who were given post-op antibiotics (in 2012 and 2013), and a 5.3% infection rate among 472 patients who were not (in 2014 and 2015 after a policy change).
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