Introducing a New Column—Risk Management

| October 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

John M. Morton, MD, MPH, FACS, FASMBS,

Clinical Editor, Bariatric Times; Chief of the Section of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, California, and Past President, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Dear Friends and Readers,

Welcome to the October issue of Bariatric Times. This month we are pleased to introduce a new column called “Risk Management.” This ongoing column is dedicated to providing information to our readers on managing legal risks associated with medical practice. The first topic tackled is one we see often in this internet-driven age—negative online reviews. Author Donna Vanderpool, MBA, JD, discusses what you should and should not do when faced with this problem.

In “Raising the Standard,” the column editors focus on team-based care, a common thread that runs through all elements of quality and enhanced recovery. They explain an initiative tested at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania, called ProvenCare® Bariatric, where the core principal is creating a culture that expects and insists on elimination of unwarranted variation as a patient-safety issue.

Sheehan et al describe the results of two Phase III, randomized, placebo-controlled trials that indicated lisdexamfetamine dimesyl (LDX) treatment is associated with improvement of functional impairment in the work/school, social life/leisure activities, and family life/home responsibilities domains, role impairment of individuals meeting Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) criteria for binge eating disorder (BED).

Hemen Muleta provides a literature review on smoking and bariatric surgery, focusing on the top two most popular surgical options, sleeve gastrectomy (SG) and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB). Overall, smoking is associated with both early and long-term complications after bariatric surgery.

Finally, we highlight the 2018 Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium (MISS 2018). I hope you enjoy reading this issue of Bariatric Times. Stay tuned for November’s issue, which kicks off Obesity Week 2018. See you in Nashville!


John M. Morton, MD, MPH, FACS, FASMBS

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