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Published: May 22, 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 Memorial Day (Monday, May 29), 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.
  • Predicting extended length of stays in PACU The use of general anesthesia, longer scheduled case duration, and the presence of conditions such as hypertension and morbid obesity may help to identify patients at higher odds for extended length of stay in the post-anesthesia care unit, according to researchers from the University of California at San Diego. The study, published in Anesthesia & Analgesia, also showed that surgical subspecialties such as otolaryngology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology and plastic surgery had decreased odds for extended length of stay in PACU when compared with the likes of general surgery and gynecology, both of which put the patient at a higher risk of post-operative nausea and vomiting.
  • New weapon against C. diff in development An enzyme in the drug ribaxamase may help protect patients from Clostridium difficile without disturbing the diversity of the gut microbiome. In a randomized clinical trial, the drug reduced the incidence of C diff., by more than 70%, compared with placebo, according to the company developing the compound.
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