January 5, 2018
Today’s Top Story

Study: Fall history may predict fracture risk for certain patients

Data from a study published online in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research suggest that an older male patient’s previous fall history may predict incident fracture, independent of Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX) probability. The researchers reviewed prospectively collected data on 4,365 elderly men in the United States, 1,823 elderly men in Sweden, and 1,669 elderly men in Hong Kong from the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men Study cohorts. At follow-up ranging from mean 8.7 years (Sweden cohort) to mean 10.8 years (U.S. cohort), they found that past falls predicted incident fracture at any site, major osteoporotic fracture, and hip fracture. The researchers write that relationships between past falls and incident fracture remained robust after adjustment for FRAX probability.

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Study: Following THA, radiography may increase radiation exposure to radiosensitive organs

A research study published in the Jan. 1 issue of the Journal of the AAOS compares radiation exposure to radiosensitive organs for patients undergoing radiography with native hips and total hip arthroplasty (THA) implants. The authors conducted a cadaver study with detection probes placed at six locations: stomach, sigmoid colon, right pelvic wall, left pelvic wall, pubic symphysis, and anterior pubic skin. Compare to native hip, they found that THA was associated with up to 3 times the radiation exposure to radiosensitive organs when using automatic exposure control and up to approximately 1.5 times with a manual protocol.

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FDA announces recall of one lot of AuroMedics Pharma Ampicillin and Sulbactam for Injection USP

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is announcing a voluntary recall of one lot of AuroMedics Pharma Ampicillin and Sulbactam for Injection USP, 1.5 g in a Single-Dose vial. Lot AFO l 17001-A, expiration date December 2018, contained glass particles. The affected Ampicillin and Sulbactam for Injection lot is packaged in a carton containing 10 vials, NDC: 55150-116-20. The product can be identified as a “clear vial stoppered with grey rubber stopper and sealed with aluminum seals having a royal blue color polypropylene disc.” The manufacturer shipped the entire lot to wholesalers and/or hospitals nationwide on Feb. 9, 2017.

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Study: How well do those involved in high school sports understand concussion?

Data from a study published in the December issue of the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggest knowledge gaps regarding concussion among individuals involved with high school sports. Members of the research team conducted a prospective, cross-sectional survey of 115 noncontact and contact sports participants (age 13 to 19 years), 15 coaches, and 132 parents. They found that females, healthcare workers, and parents displayed stronger concerns for potential long-term sequelae of concussion, while athletes were most concerned about return to sport. Participants with higher perceived concussion knowledge tended to be slightly older and more educated, were more likely to be healthcare workers, and scored higher on knowledge questions. The researchers found that most participants could identify potential concussion sequelae, but only 86 (34.3 percent) identified a concussion as a brain injury.

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DOJ collected $2.4 billion from healthcare industry in FCA cases during 2017

Healthcare IT News reports that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recovered more than $3.7 billion from False Claims Act (FCA) cases during 2017. Of that, $2.4 billion involved the healthcare industry, including drug companies, hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories, and physicians. DOJ reports that it has collected more than $56 billion in FCA cases since 1986.

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Your AAOS

AJRR announces new educational blog

The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR)—an initiative of AAOS—is now offering a free educational blog to help improve orthopaedic care through the collection, analysis, and reporting of hip and knee arthroplasty data. The blog will be updated each Wednesday and will cover a variety of topics, including:

  • best practices
  • news alerts
  • research findings on quality initiatives
  • other relevant issues in the orthopaedic field

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January AAOS Now is available online

AAOS members will soon receive the print edition of the January issue of AAOS Now, but the electronic edition is already available on the AAOS Now website and on iOS and Android devices through the AAOS Access app. This month’s issue includes a look at 3D printing and orthopaedic devices, an article on new performance measures for carpal tunnel syndrome and appropriate use criteria for hip osteoarthritis, a roundtable discussion on approaching retirement, and much more.

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Read “Can 3D Printing Revolutionize Orthopaedic Devices?”…

Read “Board Approves Performance Measures for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Appropriate Use Criteria for Hip OA”…

Read “Approaching Retirement with Dignity and Foresight”…

Learn more about AAOS Now in the Access app…

Call for volunteers: Women’s Health Advisory Board

Jan. 25, 2018, is the last day to submit an application for chair of the Women’s Health Advisory Board. This board advocates for and serves as a resource on sex and gender differences in musculoskeletal health. Applicants for this position must be active fellows with in-depth knowledge and experience in women’s musculoskeletal health issues.

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