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Resources by Topic: Surgery

Rural Surgery - A View from the Front Lines: “I Need to Transfer This Patient”
Describes the process of a patient transfer from a rural hospital to a larger hospital from the perspective of Mark Puls, a rural general surgeon and the vice chair of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Council for Rural Surgery.
Author(s): Mark Plus
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
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Where Are They? Examining General Surgery Workforce Issues
Describes challenges related to getting adequate data on the rural surgical workforce and what is needed to understand rural shortages.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Rural General Surgeon’s Partner: Rural Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists
Describes the role that Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) play in rural surgery.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Comprehensive Rural Population Health: Where is the General Surgeon?
Provides an overview of the role that general surgeons play, discusses the importance of surgical access, and describes efforts underway to attract students into the field and to train the rural surgical workforce.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Shortage of Rural Surgeons: How Bad Is It?
Features information on supply and demand in the rural surgery workforce, including reasons for current and expected shortages or maldistribution of surgeons. Explains the difficulties in interpreting available data, and offers ideas for accurately assessing surgical needs in rural areas.
Author(s): Mark W. Puls
Citation: Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 103(4), 52-55
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
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Overview of Operating Room Procedures During Inpatient Stays in U.S. Hospitals, 2014
Examines the characteristics, costs, and volume of operating room (OR) procedures in the inpatient setting, presenting data from U.S. hospitals in 2014. Includes a breakdown of inpatient stays with and without OR procedures, based upon metro or nonmetro (rural) patient residence.
Author(s): Kimberly W. McDermott, William J. Freeman, Anne Elixhauser
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Breast Reconstruction Surgery for Mastectomy in Hospital Inpatient and Ambulatory Settings, 2009-2014
Examines reconstruction surgeries for mastectomy among adult women over a 5-year period, with data by patient and hospital characteristics. Includes rural/urban data by location of patient residence and by hospital location.
Author(s): Adela M. Miller, Claudia A. Steiner, Marguerite L. Barrett, Kathryn R. Fingar, Anne Elixhauser
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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RS3--The Montana Rural Surgery Support System--Is a Model for Surgical Care in Rural CAHs
Features a clinically integrated surgery network model, designed to help rural surgeons provide complex surgical care with limited resources. Described as being easy to reproduce and applicable to almost all surgical subspecialties.
Author(s): David Sheldon
Citation: Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 102(10), 61-63
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
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Surgeries in Hospital-Based Ambulatory Surgery and Hospital Inpatient Settings, 2014
Provides national data on surgeries performed in hospital inpatient and hospital-based ambulatory surgery (outpatient) settings. Table 1 includes data for rural, urban teaching, and urban nonteaching hospitals.
Author(s): Claudia A. Steiner, Zeynal Karaca, Brian J. Moore, Melina C. Imshaug, Gary Pickens
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Rural Surgery: High Pressure but Rewarding
Describes the challenges, advantages, and rewards associated with practicing surgery in a rural area.
Author(s): Susan Long
Citation: Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 102(1)
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American College of Surgeons
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