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Issue Highlights

 Online CE: Preventing liposuction complications
Liposuction is performed as a stand-alone procedure or in conjunction with other surgical procedures such as facelifts, tummy tucks, and body lifts. Planning for liposuction includes proper patient selection, preoperative education, and medical optimization with cessation of anticoagulant and antiplatelet medications. Earn 2.0 Contact Hours

 Online CE: Preoperative communication to improve patient safety
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.

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

 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.

 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.

Surgical site infections
How can SSIs be reduced?
Almost half of all surgical site infections that occur postoperatively can be prevented, according to an editorial by a Virginia Commonwealth University physician published in the Jan. 7 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. More

Robotic surgery
Robot-assisted surgery cuts vasectomy time
University of Florida urologists have used robot-assisted surgery to cut about 20 minutes off average surgery time for conventional vasectomy reversal using a microscope. More

Bariatric surgery
Guide issues predictions for bariatric surgery�s future
The Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery has issued its prediction of trends for the future of bariatric (weight loss) surgery for 2010. Among the top ten trends is the forecast that the number of bariatric surgeries performed in the U.S. will increase, particularly among adolescents and diabetic patients. More

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Surgical Reports

 Home-laundered scrubs show contamination
A study comparing the aerobic bacterial bioburden associated with surgical scrub attire shows significantly greater contamination among home-laundered attire than scrubs laundered by the healthcare facility, scrubs sent out by the facility to a third-party company for laundering, or single-use/disposable scrubs.
 Surgery, radiation to treat brain metastases
Combination treatment for brain metastases-either surgery or stereotactic radiosurgery followed by whole brain radiation-has emerged as the preferred option, according to the first national evidence-based guidelines.
 Using a checklist to deal with the unexpected
Speaking about dealing with unexpected challenges in medicine, Atul Gawande - a surgeon who writes for The New Yorker when he's not at his day job at Harvard Medical School - relates a story about a man who came into an emergency room with a stab wound.

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 2010's March issue

  • AORN Congress issue
  • Repairing hiatal hernia
  • Skin integrity and pressure ulcers
  • MRSA eradication
  • Preventing unplanned hypothermia

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