March 7 reading round-up

With this having been a non-clinical week for me (which definitely means catching up on everything!), I figured that a little round up of what’s caught my attention in the literature would be appropriate.

Justin Dimick’s great work on composite measures for bariatric surgery performance.  This week was the inaugural #igsjc on Twitter, and participation was terrific.  Thanks for Andrew Wright for moderating, to Justin for being our “guinea pig” author, and to the amazing group of people who made this new on-line journal club get off of the ground.

This systematic review examining what practices actually work to reduce surgical adverse events.  As a critical care surgeon, I was gratified to see that there is scientific basis for our involvement in post-operative care.

Use of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample to evaluate the impact of insurance status on sepsis mortality.  Perhaps another argument for full implementation of the ACA and universal coverage?

Procalcitonin is not helpful in the diagnosis of infection in burns.

And, last but not least, as faculty we need to be good role models in how we respond to medical error.  The excellent work on professionalism from Gerry Hickson’s group at Vanderbilt continues.

In the non-surgical world, the Iditarod enters day 6 today.  In my usual fashion, I am completely obsessed with the canine athletes and their human teammates.  I’m hoping that it is finally Aliy Zirkle’s year after her 2nd place finishes in 2012 and 2013.