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June 2017 Issue
Special Post-Global Surgical Conference & Expo Issue
This June issue includes featured CE articles on new screening techniques and improved treatment options, including radioactive seed localization lumpectomy, for patients with nonpalpable breast lesions; and how early skin-to-skin contact in the OR facilitates the development of mothering behaviors, breastfeeding success, and newborn adaptation to extrauterine life. In addition, the Clinical Issues column addresses surgical smoke, hazardous medication assessment, electrosurgical device documentation, and explant policies.
Featured CE Articles
Implementing Skin-to-Skin Contact for Cesarean Birth
Early skin-to-skin (STS) contact in the OR facilitates the development of mothering behaviors, breastfeeding success, and newborn adaptation to extrauterine life. An institutional team performed a quality improvement project to implement a standard of care for STS contact in the OR during and after cesarean birth. Developing and using a standard of care to implement this evidence-based practice facilitated acceptance of this intervention among staff members.
Radioactive Seed Localization Program for Patients with Nonpalpable Breast Lesions
Providers can offer patients with nonpalpable breast lesions new screening techniques and improved treatment options, including radioactive seed localization lumpectomy. This treatment offers patients the potential for decreased tumor re-excision for positive margins near the surgical site, a lower volume of excised breast tissue, decreased operative time, convenient surgical scheduling, and less pain.
Clinical Issues - June 2017
This month’s Q&A column addresses the following topics: defining a small amount of surgical smoke, hazardous medication assessment, documentation of electrosurgical devices, and developing an explant policy.