Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons October 2023
The October issue of the ACS Bulletin includes a cover story on the Surgical Metrics Project and Surgical Ergonomics Clinic at Clinical Congress 2023, as well as features on obesity and surgical complications, daily ethical challenges for surgeons, major awards presented at Clinical Congress, and breast cancer patients and smoking cessation.
Executive Director’s Update
Celebrating a 28-Century-Long Tradition in Surgery
Dr. Patricia Turner discusses the partnership of the ACS and US Department of Defense Military Health System that was launched in 2014 to improve surgical quality via organizational collaboration. She also details the new life that has been breathed into the Excelsior Surgical Society—a group for surgeons interested in the overlaps of military and civilian surgery.
Simulations in Ergonomics and Intraoperative Decision-Making May Help Change Culture of Surgery
The Surgical Metrics Project and Surgical Ergonomics Clinic present intriguing opportunities to anyone at Clinical Congress interested in knowing more about how to operate safely, optimize effectiveness, and sustain a productive career.
Study Clarifies Link between Obesity and Surgical Complications
The largest multicenter retrospective analysis to date linking obesity and surgical outcomes is shedding new light on complications and the opportunities for preoperative patient management. Researchers used the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program® database to examine outcomes in obese populations that were largely underpowered in prior studies.
Ethics Challenges Shape Patient Care and Surgeon Well-Being
Surgeons face clear challenges in contemporary healthcare, including growing administrative and economic burdens, workforce issues, and the continuing necessity of improving quality and safety. But some of surgeons’ most persistent dilemmas are often less described, less discussed, and more nebulous—the ethical challenges faced in daily practice.
It’s Never Too Late for Breast Cancer Patients to Quit Smoking
Smoking impacts surgical care across all specialties, with breast cancer being the most common cancer among women globally. “Surgeons can harness the teachable moment of an upcoming breast cancer operation to emphasize that preoperative smoking cessation can increase the success of the upcoming operation and enhance overall long-term cancer survival,” Dr. Monica Khattak and her coauthors wrote.
Handoff Strategies Should Feature Implementation Science, Contextual Factors
Special Section: Major Awards at Clinical Congress 2023
- Dr. Ronald Stewart Will Receive Distinguished Service Award
- Wangensteen Awardee Brings Impressive Ambition, Personal Insight to Cancer Care
- Dr. Sujana Chandrasekhar Will Be Honored with Inspiring Women in Surgery Award
- Seven Surgeons Are Honored for Volunteerism and Humanitarian Efforts
New SESAP 18 Advanced Offers In-Depth Content
Outpatient Vascular Standards Are Released
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