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Issue Highlights

 Online CE: Preventing liposuction complications
Liposuction is one of the most common surgical procedures performed by plastic surgeons. According to the latest American Society of Plastic Surgeons statistics, over 245,000 liposuction procedures were performed in 2008, making it the third most common plastic surgical procedure behind breast augmentation and rhinoplasty. Earn 2.0 Contact Hours

 Online CE: Preoperative communication to improve safety: A literature review
Preoperative communication is a valuable tool and further research should justify ongoing efforts to make it an integral part of the perioperative process. From the nursing perspective, the available evidence suggests that nursing support for preoperative briefings is essential. Earn 2.1 Contact Hours

 Better pain relief in the PACU
Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage. The treatment of pain in the PACU may vary depending on how the nursing staff is integrated into the postoperative multidisciplinary team.

 Bariatric surgery: Putting the squeeze on obesity
When compared to behavioral and pharmacologic treatment of obesity, bariatric surgery offers significantly more weight loss, improvement in comorbidities, and reduced mortality.

 Avoid the pressure of compartment syndrome
Compartment syndrome may require a patient to undergo an emergency procedure and nurses must know how to quickly assess patient history and mechanism of injury to improve patient outcomes.

 Charcot foot: New treatments, better outcomes
New and better surgical treatment options have recently become available for Charcot neuroarthro-pathy that indicate an increased likelihood of salvaging the limb.

Bariatric surgery
Experts warn against teen gastric band surgery
A new Australian study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, has found obese teenagers who have gastric band surgery lose more weight than those on a diet, but critics warn the procedure is risky and should only be used as a last resort. More

Ocular surgery
Post-LASIK infectious keratitis is a rare, sight-threatening complication that requires diligent care, according to a large study. More

Obstetric surgery
Revisiting VBAC guidelines for women with three or more prior caesareans
New research to be published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has found that women with three or more prior caesareans who attempt vaginal birth have similar rates of success and risk for maternal morbidity as those with one prior caesarean, and similar overall morbidity (adding vaginal births and emergency caesareans together) as those delivered by elective repeat caesarean. More

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Surgical Reports

 Fish oil supplements increase need for platelets with cardiac surgery
Patients who take omega-3 fatty acid fish oil supplements before cardiac surgery might be more likely to need platelet transfusions than would those who do not, according to results of the first study to assess the risk for increased perioperative bleeding among cardiac patients taking these supplements.
 Stem cells may improve heart bypass results
Patients who received bone marrow stem cell transplants during coronary bypass surgery experienced "excellent long-term safety and survival," say German researchers, who also noted the first promising results for stem cell transplantation during mitral valve repair.
 Study finds patients may benefit from high-volume hospitals for cardiovascular procedures
New research published in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons finds that while popular hospital rating systems can help identify high-quality hospitals for cardiovascular operations, patients can achieve similar outcomes by seeking care at high-volume hospitals closer to home.

Stay Tuned
Coming in OR Nurse 2010's March issue

  • Nissen fundoplication for repair of hiatal hernia
  • Maintaining skin integrity in the OR
  • Stop SSIs in their tracks

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