This month’s issue features coverage of a study of outcomes of common operations in critical access hospitals. The findings suggest that these smaller, rural hospitals are competitive with larger medical centers in costs and postop complications for appendectomy, cholecystectomy, colectomy, and hernia repair.
Don’t miss Dr. Tyler G. Hughes’s report on his visit with colleagues of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He found some differences and many striking similarities when it comes to challenges faced by surgeons.
The April feature, “Operating with Pain” (2016, p. 1), provoked comments from readers on personal experiences and recommendations around the topic of pain and workplace injury. A sample of these responses can be found on p. 4.