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  THIS JUST IN April 12, 2010  
Caesarean rate reaches all-time high

Officials are reporting that the Caesarean section rate in the United States reached 32% in 2007, the highest yet.

Practice patterns and SSIs: Is there a link?

A new study presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests that closely investigating the number of variables in practice patterns could be the key to lowering SSIs in spinal surgery.

Risk for kidney stones doubles after gastric bypass

A significant number of gastric bypass patients with no history of kidney stones showed high urine oxalate and low urine citrate in a recent cross-sectional study.

Preventing unplanned hypothermia

Nurses who care for patients along the perioperative continuum must assess the potential for hypothermia during patient-care routines and make efforts to prevent and treat hypothermia a priority.

OR Communication: Help or hindrance?

The institution of the “time-out,” the World Health Organization’s checklist, and other communication techniques were designed to help the OR team deliver better patient care, avoid errors, and improve the surgical experience. Take this survey and let us know if these techniques are helping your facility, or have we gone overboard with precautions without much improvement? We'll publish the results in an upcoming issue of the journal.

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Online CE: Maintaining skin integrity in the OR

A pressure ulcer can affect the length of hospital stay for surgical patients, increase costs for the patient and the healthcare system, and predispose the patient to additional complications such as bacteremia, squamous cell carcinoma, osteomyelitis, and sepsis.
Earn 1.9 Contact Hours

Online CE: Nissen fundoplication for repair of hiatal hernia

The most common procedure to correct hiatal hernias is the Nissen fundoplication, which is meant to strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter, restore the intra-abdominal esophagus, reconstruct the diaphragmatic hiatus, and reinforce the lower esophageal sphincter.
Earn 2.0 Contact Hours

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