AAOS Now, Februrary 2011
New pediatric guideline on OCD knee
Board approves “Diagnosis and Treatment of OCD Knee” Osteochondritis dissecans of the knee predominantly affects adolescent and young adult patients. Many of these patients are involved in athletics, and this condition can have a dramatic impact on them. OCD can lead to pain, swelling, mechanical symptoms, and inability to continue to play sports. The affected knee may progress to degenerative arthritis while the patient is still young.
Improving quality with a high-risk spine protocol
Northwestern Memorial Hospital implements a major spine quality initiative High-risk spine surgery refers to a surgical procedure with prolonged duration and large anticipated volume of blood loss, or one who is performed on a patient that has significant medical comorbidity prior to surgery. For example, revision surgery and surgery to correct adult spinal deformity are frequently considered high-risk spine surgeries.