During its May meeting, the AAOS Board of Directors adopted two new clinical practice guidelines—one on the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome and the other on the prevention of symptomatic pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients undergoing total hip or total knee arthroplasty. Joshua J. Jacobs, MD, chair of the Council on Research, Quality Assessment and Technology, presented the guidelines, which were developed by work groups appointed by the Guidelines Oversight and Evidence-Based Practice Committees. (See “How the guidelines came to be,” page 13.)
Many AAOS fellows have been eagerly anticipating release of the guidelines on prevention of symptomatic PE, in part because they believe current guidelines on preventing deep vein thrombosis do not properly address bleeding risks in orthopaedic patients. For fellowship reaction to the guidelines on prevention of symptomatice PE, see the interviews on pages 8 and 9.
To review the summary of recommendations for the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome, see page 12; a summary of recommendations for the guidelines on prevention of symptomatic PE can be found on page 10. For the complete guidelines and all supporting documentation, visit the AAOS Web site at www.aaos.org/research