Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Surgery for May 2018. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.
FDA Approves First Artificial Iris
THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The first artificial iris has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for patients with aniridia.
ASHP: SVP, Injectable Opioid Shortages Threaten Patient Care
THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The widespread shortages of injectable opioids and small-volume parenteral (SVP) solutions are jeopardizing patient care and placing a strain on hospital operations, according to a report published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).
Worse Survival for BRCA Germline Mutation Carriers in Pancreatic CA
WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — BRCA1/BRCA2 germline mutation carriers with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) have worse survival after resection, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
Mortality Still High After Surgery for Congenital Heart Defects
FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Long-term mortality after congenital heart surgery is higher than that of the general population for all forms of congenital heart defects (CHDs), according to a study published in the May 29 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Congress Approves Bill Expanding Private Care for VA Patients
THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Patients served by the beleaguered Veterans Affairs health system may have wider access to private care, thanks to a bill approved Wednesday by the Senate. President Donald Trump is known to support the bill, which now awaits his signature.
Regional Anesthesia Tied to Lower Opioid Use in TKA, THA
THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Regional anesthesia is associated with a lower opioid consumption in both knee and hip replacement surgeries, compared to general anesthesia, according to a study published May 14 in PAIN Practice.
Global Variation in Personal Health Care Access and Quality
THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There is considerable global variation in personal health care access and quality, according to a study published online May 23 in The Lancet.
Post-Surgical Readmissions Higher Among Homeless Veterans