Surgery
WHO recommends 29 ways to stop surgical infections and avoid superbugs

WHO recommends 29 ways to stop surgical infections and avoid superbugs

Geneva: People preparing for surgery should always have a bath or shower but not be shaved, and antibiotics should only be used to prevent infections before and during surgery, not afterwards, according to new guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) that aim to save lives, cut costs and arrest the spread of superbugs. more

Complete sanitation of robotic surgical instruments virtually impossible

Complete sanitation of robotic surgical instruments virtually impossible

New York: It is virtually impossible to remove all contamination from robotic surgical instruments, even after multiple cleanings, according to a study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. more

US doctors report reconstructing new oesophagus tissue in a critically ill patient

US doctors report reconstructing new oesophagus tissue in a critically ill patient

Washington: Writing in The Lancet, US doctors report the first case of a human patient whose severely damaged oesophagus was reconstructed using commercially available FDA approved stents and skin tissue. more

Saline water cleans wounds better than soap and water

Saline water cleans wounds better than soap and water

New York: Although using soap and water has remained the standard practice of wound cleaning before surgery, this method is actually less effective than just using saline water, say researchers, including one of Indian-origin. more

Good communication in the operating room prevents patient complications

Good communication in the operating room prevents patient complications

Washington: In a recent study by psychologists and surgeons concerning elective, open abdominal surgeries conducted in 167 patients, communication by the surgical team that was relevant to the procedure was linked with a reduced risk of the development of surgical site infections, whereas irrelevant communication during the closing phase of the procedure was more

Radical action needed to train general surgeons to deliver basic cancer surgery

Radical action needed to train general surgeons to deliver basic cancer surgery

London: Over 80 percent of the 15 million people diagnosed with cancer worldwide in 2015 will need surgery, but less than a quarter will have access to proper, affordable surgical care when they need it, according to a study released on Monday by the King’s College London. more

Music played during surgeries may hinder communication and impact patient safety

Music played during surgeries may hinder communication and impact patient safety

Washington: Music is currently played in approximately 50 percent to 70 percent of surgical operations performed worldwide. more

‘When surgeons listen to their preferred music, their stitches are better and faster’

‘When surgeons listen to their preferred music, their stitches are better and faster’

Washington: A new study from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston shows that when plastic surgeons listen to music they prefer, their surgical technique and efficiency when closing incisions is improved. The study is currently available in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. more

Elective surgery associated with lower risk of death than drugs for ulcerative colitis treatment

Elective surgery associated with lower risk of death than drugs for ulcerative colitis treatment

Washington: Patients over 50 with ulcerative colitis (UC), a chronic disease of the colon, who undergo surgery to treat their condition live longer than those who are treated with medications, according to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The results are published in Annals of Internal Medicine. more

Patients with complications after major surgery more likely to survive if readmitted to the same hospital

Patients with complications after major surgery more likely to survive if readmitted to the same hospital

Washington: Patients rehospitalized with complications after major surgery are 26% more likely to survive if they return to the hospital where they had their operation compared to more