AAOS Now, May 2019
Getting Through the Night: Tips for Handling Trauma on Call
E This is a two-part series reporting on “Top Tips” Instructional Course Lectures from the AAOS 2019 Annual Meeting. Part two will appear in the June issue and cover tips from AAOS President Kristy L. Weber, MD, on assessing “Lumps, Bumps, and More.”
New First Vice-President Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, Speaks of an Empowering Academy
During an address at Your Academy 2019 at the AAOS 2019 Annual Meeting, Academy First Vice-President Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, emphasized the central role AAOS plays in enabling and empowering orthopaedic surgeons to provide high-quality, high-value care to patients. “Our Academy, through its educational, advocacy, and research activities, provides each of us the skills required and environment necessary to provide the highest-quality and compassionate care for our patients,” Dr. Bosco said.
What to Do When—Not If—You Must Care for Patients Following a Mass Casualty or Disaster Event
During the President’s Symposium at the AAOS 2019 Annual Meeting, former AAOS President David A. Halsey, MD, hosted a session that provided education on best preparedness practices in the face of a mass casualty or disaster event. “Nearly every day it seems, some place in our country and around the world [is] affected by incidents resulting in mass casualties,” Dr. Halsey said. “We can’t choose the best time and ideal place for such events.
Inpatient Opioid Use Should Guide Discharge Prescribing in Surgery Patients
A retrospective review found that inpatient opioid use may be an effective guide for safe and effective opioid prescribing when orthopaedic surgery patients are discharged. The approach could help limit overprescribing and decrease early postoperative habituation, tolerance, and refill needs. Trevor Grace, MD, an orthopaedic surgery resident at the University of California, San Francisco, presented the study during the AAOS 2019 Annual Meeting.
Immediate Past President David A. Halsey, MD, and Board of Directors Challenged the Status Quo
At the Your Academy 2019 event during the AAOS 2019 Annual Meeting, David A. Halsey, MD, addressed the audience with the question he posed at the beginning of each Board meeting over which he presided: “Will the decisions we are about to make improve the professional practice environment for our individual members?”
Cultural Competence Is a Continuous Learning Opportunity
The population is increasingly diverse, and physicians likely interact with patients whose cultures and life experiences differ from their own. This could impact patient-physician interactions and communication. During a career development session at the AAOS 2019 Annual Meeting, Hassan R.
Take Charge of Your Professional Online Reputation
The tools doctors use in practice are changing with the times, as are the ways patients choose their clinicians. During a career development session at the AAOS 2019 Annual Meeting, Christian Veillette, MD, MSc, FRCSC, assistant professor at the University of Toronto, discussed how orthopaedic surgeons can manage their online reputations. “Online reputation” encompasses an entire online presence, including results from a Google search.
Is Age Just a Number? Considerations for Tapering or Stopping Practice
What happens to a surgeon with age? During a career development session at the AAOS 2019 Annual Meeting, R. Dale Blasier, MD, FRCS(C), MBA, of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Ark., discussed how aging wears on a surgeon and provided guidance on when—and whether—to retire from practice. “The effects of aging affect how we work,” he said. Beyond physiological changes that come with age (e.g.
Study Finds Advantage with Dual-screw Nails for Subtrochanteric Fractures
A study comparing single-screw cephalomedullary nails (CMNs) and dual-screw reconstruction nails (RNs) in the treatment of subtrochanteric fractures found a significantly higher reoperation rate in patients treated with CMNs versus RNs. The retrospective cohort study was presented at the AAOS 2019 Annual Meeting by Austin Heare, MD, of Regions Hospital, St. Paul, Minn.
Little Benefit for Akin Osteotomy in Hallux Valgus Surgery Beyond the Cosmetic
A study presented at the AAOS Annual Meeting looking to gauge the added value of Akin osteotomy in hallux valgus corrective surgery has found no benefit to the procedure, such as improved function, beyond a more appealing aesthetic result. Although the Akin phalangeal osteotomy is commonly utilized to enhance the clinical appearance of the great toe in hallux valgus surgery, it is unclear whether this additional procedure also improves postoperative patient-reported outcomes.