This retrospective cohort study evaluates differences across hospitals in the costs of care for patients surviving perioperative complications after major inpatient surgery.
This study evaluates the association between hospital characteristics and surgical site infection measures.
This nationwide retrospective cohort study describes patterns of episodes of diverticulitis before surgery and factors associated with earlier interventions using inpatient, outpatient, and antibiotic prescription claims.
This cross-sectional analysis investigates the potential effects of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative on net margins among Medicare patients undergoing colectomy at a tertiary care hospital.
This review of discharge abstracts from the California Office of State Health Planning and Development reports that weekend discharge after major surgery is not associated with higher 30- or 90-day readmission rates.
This retrospective cohort study found that patients who underwent segmental colectomy and sustained a period of intraoperative hypothermia were no more likely to develop a surgical site infection than those who were normothermic. See also the Invited Commentary by Stamos.
This retrospective multivariate regression analysis shows that laparoscopic colectomy results in a significant reduction in health care costs and utilization in the short- and long-term postoperative periods.
This study was designed to calculate the projected cost savings that could be possible with the increased use of minimally invasive surgery in hospitals.
This study reports that rigorous risk-adjusted surgical quality assessment can be performed solely with objective variables. By leveraging data already routinely collected for patient care, this approach allows for wider adoption of quality assessment systems in health care.
This study shows that low UV light exposure is associated with an increased rate of diverticulitis admissions and greater seasonal variation and supports a role for vitamin D in the pathogenesis of diverticulitis.
Based on a pilot sample of hospitals that participate in both the NHSN and the ACS NSQIP programs, colon surgical site infection rates from the 2 programs should not be used interchangeably to evaluate hospital performance and determine reimbursement. See the Invited Commentary by Hawn.
Gandaglia et al evaluate the role of the surgical approach on the risk for surgical site infections (SSIs) in a large cohort of patients undergoing open and minimally invasive surgery. See also the Invited Commentary by Kim and Smaldone.
Reames and coauthors determine whether variations in failure to rescue contribute to socioeconomic disparities in mortality rates after major cancer surgery.
Krell et al determine the reliability of risk-adjusted morbidity and mortality for hospital performance profiling using clinical registry data from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. See also the invited commentary by Rhoads and Wren.
Regenbogen et al review and classify the primary data published since 2000 that are guiding decision making, technical considerations, and the outcomes of surgery for sigmoid diverticulitis.
Juo and colleagues used the US Nationwide Inpatient Sample database to examine the outcomes and costs of open, laparoscopic, and robotic colectomies before and after propensity score matching across the 3 surgical approaches. James Yoo, MD, provided an invited commentary.