As many of you may know, on April 11, 2019, Ethicon notified all U.S. customers they were initiating a voluntary recall of specific lots of Ethicon manual circular staplers, Intraluminal Stapler (ILS). This decision was based on an increase in the rare occurrence of the device having insufficient firing stroke to break the washer and completely form staples. This recall does not impact any of Ethicon’s other surgical staplers or other products. 

Surgical site infections are classified into three categories based upon the location and depth of infection. These include superficial, deep and organ surgical site infections.

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If you have not yet registered for the ASCRS 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting, you have until Thursday, May 16, to secure your spot online. You can still register after this date but will have to do so on site. Register now.

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Presented by:
Liliana Bordeianou, MD, Boston, MA
Eric Weiss, MD, Weston, FL
Joseph Carmichael, MD, Orange, CA

This free webcast on the new ASCRS Enhanced Recovery Program (ERP) Guidelines addresses physiologic principles behind preoperative carbohydrate loading, the medications used in multimodal analgesia (MMA), and strategies for prophylaxis of post-operative ileus (POI). Instruction is given on how to implement ERP at learner’s institutions and on the benefits for all elective colorectal surgery patients, including those undergoing complex operations to reduce sub-optimal post-operative patient outcomes.

To watch the recording: Log in as an ASCRS member or create a nonmember account, then go to the online learning center. Look for the recording link on the left side of the LMS home page. 

This activity is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Merck & Co.

Registration is now open for the ASCRS 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting. Click here for more information.

ASCRS is seeking volunteers to serve on ASCRS committees for the 2019-2020 year beginning in June 2019. In nearly all cases, Committee volunteers serve 3-year terms. Serving on a committee is one of the best ways to get involved and to make an impact in the field of colon and rectal surgery.

We invite you to indicate your interest in up to three ASCRS committees by taking a few minutes to complete the Call for Volunteers Survey. Your response is due March 1, 2019.

The 2019 Physicians Compensation Survey is underway. The scope of the survey is to collect and report market compensation and production benchmarks for colorectal surgeons, with detailed information on practice characteristics, physician demographics, clinical activities, income levels, compensation plan structure, and benefits. Click here to learn more.