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ACGME duty hour reform not associated with change in general surgery patient outcomes

December 22, 2014

In a quasi-experimental study of general surgery patient outcomes, results showed implementation of the 2011 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education duty hour reform was not associated with a change in general surgery patient outcomes or differences in resident examination performance.

Researchers compared teaching and nonteaching hospitals using a difference-in-differences approach adjusted for procedural mix, patient comorbidities and time trends of general surgery patient outcomes 2 years before and after the 2011 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) duty hour reform. The main analysis consisted of 204,641 patients who underwent surgery at 23 teaching and 31 nonteaching hospitals participating in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality improvement Program. For the same period, the researchers assessed general surgery resident performance on the annual in-training, written board and oral board examinations.

Exactech launches new PEEK spacer system

December 22, 2014
Exactech recently announced its spine division has launched Octane Elevate, a polyetheretherketone spacer system for use in lumbar interbody fusion procedures. The…

IlluminOSS to begin FDA-approved trials of bone stabilization offering

December 21, 2014
IlluminOSS recently announced it has received conditional FDA approval to conduct clinical trials of the company’s new Photodynamic Bone Stabilization System.

FTC and EC grant clearance for Medtronic acquisition of Covidien

December 20, 2014
Medtronic recently announced it has received clearance from the Federal Trade Commission and conditional clearance from the European Commission for its proposed…
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Orthopedics, December 2014, Volume 37 Issue 12
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Barrack offers a perspective on use of mobile compression device for thrombosis prevention after TJA

December 15, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. — At the Current Concepts in Joint Replacement Winter Meeting, Robert L. Barrack, MD, shares his…
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