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Background There is sufficient evidence to support the use of hand-assisted laparoscopy for sigmoid, total, and proctocolectomy. As a result, the hand-assisted technique has gained acceptance for these relatively complex types of colorectal surgery. For right colectomy, the use of conventional...
Background To reduce cost, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services adopted a nonpayment policy for “reasonably preventable events” including hospital acquired urinary tract infection (UTI). Type of operation a patient undergoes could be an inevitable nonmodifiable risk factor in the...
Background There has been a repeal of the universal helmet law in several states despite definitive evidence that helmets reduce mortality, traumatic brain injury, and hospital expenditures. Opponents of the universal helmet law have successfully claimed that helmets should not be required...
Background Transplantation of genetically modified keratinocytes has been shown to accelerate wound healing. However, this method is labor-intensive and time-consuming. We have developed a new technique of intraoperative gene delivery to wounds that involves transplantation of transfected minced...
Background Trauma surgeons increasingly care for emergency general surgery (EGS) patients. The extent to which trauma center (TC) performance improvement translates into improved quality for EGS is unknown. We hypothesized that EGS outcomes in TCs would be similar to outcomes in non-trauma...
Background Although a risk score estimating postoperative mortality for patients undergoing gastric bypass exists, there is none predicting postoperative morbidity. Our objective was to develop a validated risk calculator for 30-day postoperative morbidity of bariatric surgery patients.
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