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National health expenditures are projected to increase at an average annual rate of 5.4 percent for 2019 to 2028

National Health Spending Expected to Increase Through 2028

National health expenditures expected to represent 19.7 percent of gross domestic product by 2028
In a letter to the editor published online Feb. 25 in Surgical Infections

Anesthesia Procedure Outlined for Emergency Surgery in COVID-19 Patients

Fast induction of anesthesia with adequate muscle relaxation recommended to prevent cough
In an American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement

Recommendations Issued for Pediatric Abuse-Related Head Trauma

Recommendations for pediatricians include remaining vigilant for signs, consulting subspecialists
Management of elective surgical procedures in the setting of coronavirus disease 2019 is addressed in two sets of recommendations published by the American College of Surgeons.

Management of Elective Surgery Reviewed in Setting of COVID-19

Two sets of recommendations relate to management of elective surgery, triage of nonemergent operations
For patients undergoing mitral valve replacement

Frailty Predicts Adverse Outcomes After Mitral Valve Replacement

Index hospitalization costs almost doubled in frail patients and 30-day readmission more frequent
Management of cancer care during the coronavirus 2019 pandemic is addressed in a special feature article published online March 20 in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

Article Addresses Management of Cancer Care During COVID-19

Patient information should be provided; well visits should be rescheduled, transitioned to telemedicine
Scars from Mohs micrographic surgery for facial skin cancers are often longer than patients expect

Patients Underestimate Length of Mohs Surgery Scars

Physicians more accurately estimate scar length and can help set expectations
For patients with obesity

Bariatric Surgery Tied to Lower Long-Term Risk for Major CV Events

Reduction mainly due to decrease in myocardial infarction, but not in acute ischemic stroke
Women who take less opioid pain medication in the 24-hour period before being discharged from the hospital after a cesarean delivery also use less opioid medication during the four weeks following discharge

Opioid Use Prior to Discharge After C-Section Tied to Later Use

Level of opioid use within 24 hours predischarge linked to level of use for four weeks postdischarge
There are substantial sociodemographic disparities in the use of office-based orthopedic care and emergency department care for common

Sociodemographic Disparities Seen for Outpatient Orthopedic Care

Racial/ethnic minorities, people with lower incomes, publicly insured are less likely to receive office-based care