In an observational study conducted at an academic medical center in London, researchers looked at factors involved in decision-making. The presumptive diagnosis of infection by the emergency department (ED) influenced decision-making by both medical and surgical admitting teams. Medical teams tended to use a multidisciplinary approach to antibiotic decision-making. Surgical teams often delegated antibiotic decision-making to the most junior members of the surgical team.
For children with recurrent throat infections, tonsillectomy leads to fewer throat infections and less school absence during the first post-operative year (as compared to similar children who did not undergo tonsillectomy). However, beneficial effects of surgery do not persist over time.
Web-based tool helps educate parents about possible risks of operations
October 10, 2016
For many of the most common U.S. pediatric operations, the new Pediatric Surgical Risk Calculator provides an individualized estimate of the chance of a young patient experiencing postoperative complications, according to research findings appearing online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The calculator is from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.
When experiencing repeated problems with surgical instruments that are broken, missing, or dirty, documentation of such problems is key to resolving the issue, says R. Stephen Trosty, JD, MHA, CPHRM, ARM, risk management and patient safety consultant in Haslett, MI.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assisted state and local health departments in the investigation of the following infection outbreaks stemming from drug diversion activities that involved surgical healthcare providers who tampered with injectable drugs.
Stryker Corp. in Kalamazoo, MI, recently announced the availability of SurgiCount Promise, a risk-sharing program that protects a hospital’s investment in the SurgiCount Safety-Sponge System with up to $5 million in product-liability indemnification and a rebate of the cost of implementing SurgiCount.