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Issue Highlights

 Online CE: What you need to know about thyroidectomy
Thyroid cancer is the most rapidly increasing cancer in women and the seventh most common cancer in this population. A thyroidectomy is usually performed to remove a malignancy, but is also performed for benign conditions such as goiters or Graves' disease. Earn 2.3 Contact Hours

 Online CE: Improving quality of life with FESS
Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) restores natural sinus drainage and function and is used to treat chronic rhinosinusitis. Learn more about how to best care for patients undergoing this common procedure. Earn 2.0 Contact Hours

 Craniofacial surgery: Making tough decisions
Craniofacial patients require specialized nursing care with a thorough understanding of the condition, surgical procedure, recovery, and possible complications. Careful attention to preoperative parent teaching and preparation is the basis for an optimal outcome.

 PONV management: Strategies that work
Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) are undesirable complications or adverse events associated with general anesthesia. Minimizing patient risk for PONV is essential to improving patient outcomes and patient satisfaction.

Cardiac Surgery
Poorer outcomes after 'off-pump' bypass surgery
Longer-term outcomes for people who had coronary bypass surgery without the use of a heart-lung machine, were worse than for those undergoing the conventional procedure. One year after surgery, about one in 10 patients getting the off-pump procedure had died, suffered major complications, had heart attacks or required repeat bypasses, compared to 7.4 percent of those who underwent operations using heart-lung machines, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. More
Transplant Surgery
Double-lung transplant better for long-term survival
Lung transplant patients who receive two lungs are twice as likely to live more than 10 years than patients who receive one lung are, Johns Hopkins transplant surgeons say. More

Bariatric Surgery
Bones may weaken after weight loss surgery
Patients lose bone density after weight loss surgery, and the more weight they lose, the greater the drop, new research shows. Evidence is mounting that weight-loss surgery may impair bone and mineral metabolism, researchers note in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. More

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Surgical Reports

 Surgery best option for carpal tunnel syndrome
Surgery is slightly better than non-surgical treatment for patients with carpal tunnel syndrome who don't have severe nerve damage (denervation), new research has found.
 Surgery is effective treatment for lumbar disc herniation
A study published in Spine magazine found that patients who underwent surgery for lumbar disc herniation achieved greater improvement in all primary and secondary outcomes as compared to patients who received a regimen of nonoperative treatment, including physical therapy and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
 Facial surgery may ease migraines
Facial surgery that targets and removes small portions of migraine-triggering muscle or nerve tissue may offer permanent relief for some people with the debilitating headaches, a new study suggests.

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 January issue

  • Complications of liposuction surgery
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Charcot foot

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