Monthly Archives: February 2015

New study finds same patient mortality rates for experienced and new surgeons

Thoracic Surgery_Orthopedic Surgery_Neurosurgery_All Surgery EXCEPT PlasticAdditional study needed to affirm consistency of findings to latest surgeon training practices, other factors, say researchersThere is no statistical difference between the patient mortality rates of new and experienced surgeons a study using a newly developed statistical methodology and conducted by a research team comprised of medical doctors and statisticians has found.Because surgical training was radically changed in recent years–including a reduction of six to 12 months of training time–and other factors, the research team said further study will be needed to ensure the findings generalize.Researchers involved in this study are Dr. Rachel R. Kelz, associate professor of surgery; Dr. Jeffrey Silber, professor of pediatrics, anesthesiology and critical care; Paul Rosenbaum, professor of statistics; and Sam Pimentel, a doctoral student in statistics–all of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Distraction techniques may reduce pain, anxiety during conscious surgery

Emergenc Medicine_Surgery_Anesthesiology_PsychiatryFor some surgical procedures – such as the removal of varicose veins – the patient remains awake. Though safe, the patient can experience some pain and anxiety. But in a new study, researchers from the University of Surrey in the UK say simple methods of distraction could help ease such experiences.To reach their findings, published in the European Journal of Pain, Prof. Jane Ogden and colleagues enrolled 398 patients who were due to undergo varicose veinsurgery.For this type of surgery, patients typically remain awake, receiving only a local anesthetic.The researchers note that previously, patients have reported unfamiliar feelings, sounds and smells during the procedure. Some have also reported feeling a burning sensation, while others have said listening to conversations about the procedure between the surgeon and nurse makes them feel uneasy. Patients have also reported feeling anxious during the surgery.

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