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Use of TXA during spinal surgery reduces blood loss, transfusion rates

March 4, 2015

Researchers found using tranexamic acid during spinal surgery effectively reduced blood loss, the volume of blood transfused, the overall rate of transfusions and the postoperative partial thromboplastic time, according to study results.

Using three separate databases, the researchers conducted a search through October 2012 to identify relevant randomized, controlled trials involving the use of tranexamic acid (TXA) during spinal surgery. The researchers extracted and compared the mean differences of blood loss, blood transfusion and thrombotic complications for a TXA-treated group of patients with a placebo group and combined the data using random-effect meta-analysis. Six randomized, controlled studies comprising a total of 411 patients were included in the analysis.

CMS releases 2015 Quality Measures Report

March 3, 2015
CMS released the 2015 National Impact Assessment of Quality Measures Report, demonstrating that the nation has made significant progress in improving the health care…
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Preparing for ICD-10 implementation

March 3, 2015
KOLOA, Hawaii — At Orthopedics Today Hawaii 2015, Damian Novak, BS, MBA, discusses how orthopedic surgeons can begin preparing for the implementation of the ICD-10…
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Inferior offset glenosphere reduces scapular notching in RSA

March 3, 2015
Researchers found the incidence of scapular notching in reverse shoulder arthroplasty was reduced as a result of the inferior offset glenosphere created by a glenosphere…
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Study shows acupuncture patients have less back pain when less afraid of physical activity

March 3, 2015
Upon investigating the psychological covariates of longitudinal changes in back-related disability among patients undergoing acupuncture, researchers found…
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Gelatin Matrix Use Reduces Postoperative Bleeding After Total Knee Arthroplasty

Orthopedics, February 2015, Volume 38 Issue 2
Bleeding after total knee arthroplasty can result in significant morbidity and increases the need for blood…
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A Systematic Review and Adjusted Indirect Comparison of Oral Anticoagulants

A Systematic Review and Adjusted Indirect Comparison of Oral Anticoagulants

A Systematic Review and Adjusted Indirect Comparison of Oral Anticoagulants
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Steinmann talks studies of interest from ASSH

February 23, 2015
BOSTON — Scott P. Steinmann, MD, discusses the findings and clinical relevance to orthopedic surgeons of multiple…
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