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Ambulatory Surgical Unit

Ambulatory Surgical Unit This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. Abstract To the Editor.—In February, Saltzstein et al (Arch Surg 108:143, 1974) presented the case for doing more surgery on an ambulatory, nonadmission basis, and the editorial by Chester B. Rosoff, MD (Arch Surg 108:141, 1974), urged that further steps be taken in that direction. Such a further step is possible and practical in those simpler cases not involving general anesthesia; they often can be done in a physician's office with a minimum of personnel, equipment, time, or effort. Where exposure is easy, blood loss negligible, and nothing shocking done, the only possible criticism to simplified office surgery is that one might expect to have a high incidence of infection. Therefore, I reviewed 100 of my office surgery patients, involving 117 procedures, and found only one definite infection, a stitch abscess, and a couple of suspected ones that responded to warm soaks. Procedures included ganglion cysts of the wrist, vasectomies, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Surgery American Medical Association

Ambulatory Surgical Unit

Archives of Surgery , Volume 109 (1) – Jul 1, 1974

Ambulatory Surgical Unit

Abstract

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. Abstract To the Editor.—In February, Saltzstein et al (Arch Surg 108:143, 1974) presented the case for doing more surgery on an ambulatory, nonadmission basis, and the editorial by Chester B. Rosoff, MD (Arch Surg 108:141, 1974), urged that further steps be taken in that direction. Such a further step is possible and practical in those simpler cases not...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1974 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0004-0010
eISSN
1538-3644
DOI
10.1001/archsurg.1974.01360010098028
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Abstract

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. Abstract To the Editor.—In February, Saltzstein et al (Arch Surg 108:143, 1974) presented the case for doing more surgery on an ambulatory, nonadmission basis, and the editorial by Chester B. Rosoff, MD (Arch Surg 108:141, 1974), urged that further steps be taken in that direction. Such a further step is possible and practical in those simpler cases not involving general anesthesia; they often can be done in a physician's office with a minimum of personnel, equipment, time, or effort. Where exposure is easy, blood loss negligible, and nothing shocking done, the only possible criticism to simplified office surgery is that one might expect to have a high incidence of infection. Therefore, I reviewed 100 of my office surgery patients, involving 117 procedures, and found only one definite infection, a stitch abscess, and a couple of suspected ones that responded to warm soaks. Procedures included ganglion cysts of the wrist, vasectomies,

Journal

Archives of SurgeryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jul 1, 1974

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