October 2016

AAOS announces CEO retirement, guidance for infection control and fragility fractures

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in October announced that its CEO, Karen Hackett, will retire in April 2017.

During her 14-year tenure as CEO, Hackett has overseen a staff of 250 employees, an annual budget of $60 million, and the opening of AAOS’s orthopedic headquarters in Rosemont, IL. Prior to joining AAOS, she served as the COO and executive vice president of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

She’s received various awards for her AAOS work. In 2009, Hackett won the Association Forum of Chicagoland’s Samuel B. Shapiro Award, which recognizes CEOs for accomplishments in association management. In 2011, she was inducted into the Orlando-based University of Central Florida College of Business Hall of Fame.

AAOS in September approved appropriate-use criteria (AUC) specifying when to consider antibiotic administration prior to various dental procedures to prevent infection of orthopedic replacement joints or implants.

The AUC, available through the AAOS OrthoGuidelines website (orthoguidelines.org) and app, includes questions for clinicians to gauge risk related to the type of dental procedure, given the patient’s implant status and overall health. There are 64 scenarios, each with an antibiotic appropriateness rating from 1 to 9, determined by a 14-member voting panel of orthopedic surgeons, dentists, oral surgeons, and epidemiologists. Specific antibiotics and dosage are provided for scenarios when antibiotic treatment is recommended.

Also in September, the AAOS published a revised position statement on orthopedic care of patients with fragility fractures, created in conjunction with the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA), and the International Geriatric Fracture Society (IGFS).

Physicians should proactively screen, monitor, and, if necessary, assist in getting treatment for elderly and other at-risk patients for osteoporosis following an initial bone fracture to prevent subsequent fractures, according to the revised position statement.

Read the full statement at aaos.org.

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- Emily Delzell

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