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Issue Highlights

 Online CE: Managing the difficult airway
While airway management is commonplace in the surgical setting, the difficult airway is linked to adverse outcomes, including hypoxic brain injury and death. Every instance of airway management has the potential to be challenging and should be viewed as a critical event. Earn 2.1 Contact Hours

 Online CE: Endoleaks: A persistent problem
Endoleaks are a serious complication of endovascular repair for aortic aneurysm. OR nurses should know the types of endoleaks, methods of detection, prevention, and treatment to improve patient outcomes. Earn 2.6 Contact Hours

 Get the blood pumping
Cardiac tamponade, or pericardial tamponade, is a syndrome resulting from the accumulation of fluid in the pericardial space. When the accumulating fluid significantly elevates the pressure on the cardiac ventricles, the heart is unable to properly fill the cardiac chambers.

 Sign off on casting
Cast application has often been perceived as a benign therapeutic modality for the orthopaedic patient population. While successful outcomes of casts and cast application are the norm, there are considerations and complications of casting that may affect the OR nurse.

Robotic Surgery
Robotic surgery gains acceptance
As physicians become more familiar with the systems' advantages, drawbacks and overall capabilities, robots may become more prevalent in the OR. More

Transplant Surgery
Multivisceral transplant survival rates improve with new treatment
Survival rates have improved with the advent of innovative surgical techniques, novel immunosuppressive protocols, and better postoperative management, said researchers at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute in a study published in the October issue of Annals of Surgery. More
Surgical Oncology
Surgery improves late-stage breast cancer
Women whose breast cancer is diagnosed late, when it has already spread to other parts of the body, live about a year and a half longer if their breast tumor is surgically removed, researchers report. More

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Surgical Reports

 Surgery fires spur need for guidelines
ECRI Institute, a nonprofit health research agency, estimates that there are 50 to 100 fires out of the more than 50 million surgeries performed in the United States each year. Such fires kill one to two people annually, and 20% of patients suffer serious, disfiguring injuries, according to ECRI, which investigates medical procedures and devices.
 Study shows quality focus reduces surgical complications and disparities of care in U.S. hospitals
Hospitals participating in the American College of Surgeons' National Surgical Quality Improvement Program have shown significant improvement in patient mortality and morbidity and are preventing 262-524 complications per hospital, per year, according to a new study in the September issue of the Annals of Surgery.
 Full moon fails to foil surgeries
A study published in Anesthesiology concluded that contrary to myth, moon phases, time of day or night, and time of year donít affect heart surgery outcomes.

Learning Center

Hospital Acquired Conditions: Learn strategies to prevent Surgical Site Infections:
The recent CMS mandate presents challenges to you, your patients, and the hospital. Reducing the incidence of hospital acquired conditions, including surgical site infections, catheter-related bloodstream infections and pressure ulcers is not only critical to patient care, it is crucial to minimizing the financial impact on the hospital. Learn strategies to help prevent Hospital Acquired Conditions through free CE credit, webcasts and more

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Stay Tuned
Coming in OR Nurse 2009's November issue

  • Functional endoscopic sinus surgery
  • Thyroidectomy
  • PONV

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