What Are Surgeons Reading at Medscape?

John C. Hayes


December 28, 2011

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What Are Surgeons Reading at Medscape?

Surgeons had a strong clinical bent compared with some of the other medical specialties. Articles about appendix surgery were especially popular. Still there was room for other nonclinical topics. Scan our list of the most-read articles to see what you may have missed.

2. Wrong-Site Surgery Occurs 40 Times a Week

The Joint Commission is working with 8 hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers to provide a road map to reduce the risk for wrong-site surgery.

3. Routine Cholangiography During Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Commentary on a study on the utility of routine cholangiography during laparoscopic cholecystectomy from the British Journal of Surgery.

4. Causes of Short-term Mortality After Appendectomy

Although death is rare after appendectomy, this analysis indicates that the appendicitis itself is most often not the cause. So what are the contributing factors?

5. Burned Out? How Doctors Recover Their Spark

Many doctors feel demoralized, have lost their hope and ideals, and have emotionally disengaged from the practice of medicine. Here's how they reinvigorate themselves.

6. Ondansetron Linked to Arrhythmias, FDA Warns

The FDA is revising the drug's label to warn that patients with congenital long QT syndrome may run the risk for torsades de pointes.

7. Surgical Competence Today: What Have We Gained? What Have We Lost?

Is the complexity of modern surgical practice and the rigors of training for residents creating gaps in competency?

8. Is Contrast Needed for CT in the Diagnosis of Appendicitis?

This systematic review adds evidence that noncontrast CT provides sufficiently high accuracy in the diagnosis of acute appendicitis in adult ED patients.

9. FDA Approves New Drug for Chronic Anal Fissure Pain

The FDA has approved Rectiv™ for the treatment of pain associated with chronic anal fissures; the ointment has been in use in Europe and 34 other countries for some years.

10. Gel to Control Bleeding During Surgery Gets FDA Nod

LeGoo® gel allows surgeons to temporarily stop blood flow without clamps.


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