Routine preoperative testing before elective surgery can cause anxiety for patients, delays or cancellations of procedures, expenses, and even potential harm when the results are false-negative or false-positive, says Girish P. Joshi, MBBS, MD, FFARCSI, professor of anesthesiology and pain management, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas.
Implementation of a pre-surgical intervention that included screening for the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, treating patients who were positive for this bacteria, and the administration of antibiotics based on these culture results was associated with a modest reduction in S. aureus surgical site infections.
In preparation for the conversion to ICD-10, the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases, you should “review and compare current ICD-9 reimbursement policies for both your commercial and Medicare payers,” according to the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association.
Imagine a hand-held electronic device — accessible, portable, and nearly universal — that could reduce pain and discomfort for patients, and allow doctors the freedom to use less powerful and potentially risky medications to complement anesthesia.
Patients with atrial fibrillation who stopped taking blood thinners before they had elective surgery had no higher risk of developing blood clots and less risk of major bleeding compared to patients who were given a “bridge” therapy, according to research led by Duke Medicine.
More than 60,000 pieces of paper each month no longer need to be printed, copied, and stored in offsite record storage locations, due to electronic signatures being implemented in registration areas at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
CMS has extended the reporting deadline for quality reporting measure ASC-8 Influenza Vaccination Coverage among Healthcare Personnel until Aug. 15, 2015, the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association says.