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Published: October 23, 2017

  • New opioid prescribing guideline The University of Michigan has developed Opioid Prescribing Recommendations for Surgery in an effort to minimize the number of pills that are prescribed to control patients' pain after 11 commonly performed surgeries. The recommended number of pills are based on actual maximum opioid use gathered from data and surveys from surgery patients across the state of Michigan.
  • Improved care for geriatric patients Considering geriatric-specific risk factors in addition to conventional risk factors could help optimize surgical outcomes for older patients, according to a new study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The report focuses on cognitive and functional outcomes that impact quality of life, instead of issues related to serious morbidity, in order to align surgical care with the goals of elderly patients.
  • Post-op antibiotic resistance Patients who are given antibiotics before low-risk surgery are not at an increased risk for antibiotic-resistant infections after surgery, a study out of Columbia University Medical Center has found. This finding could inspire surgeons who previously refrained from using antibiotics pre-op to change their procedures to include antibiotics before surgery.
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