Sweat poured down Fenol’s body as he writhed in pain on a stretcher in a southern Haiti emergency room. Two days earlier, a motorcycle crash caused massive trauma to his abdomen. His internal injuries had precipitated multi-organ failure and shock, and he had lost precious…

Around a third of the global disease burden is surgical, but relatively little is known about the accessibility to surgical treatments in sub-Saharan Africa. A new study sheds some light, detailing how to better estimate access to surgery and factoring in geographic access…

Improved surgical care is a gateway to sustainable development, fostering healthy populations, and thus productivity and economic growth, writes writes Emmanuel Malabo Makasa, a surgeon and diplomat working in Zambia. 70% of the global population lacks access to safe,…

ORs are dominated by intricate social subcultures, such as embedded hierarchies and gender dynamics that both fuel and alleviate conflict.A study observing social exchanges in 200 surgeries found there was more cooperation in the OR when the attending surgeon worked…

Spain’s opt-out system of presumed consent for organ donation is lauded for the country’s unrivaled organ donation rates. Other countries are quick idealize an opt-out transition to boost rates, but Spain’s infrastructure and culture are the much bigger determiners of its…

Since the West African Ebola outbreak, a slew of guidelines and a vaccine have surfaced to fight the disease. Right now, a robust response is underway to curb the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s latest outbreak. Yet official surgical guidance from the WHO and the US CDC…

Malignant hyperthermia, a rare complication of general anesthesia, is often fatal without treatment.

In Brazil, a hard-won free health care system for all accommodates patients’ “right to beauty” with low-cost and government-subsidized plastic surgeries. With 1.2 million plastic surgeries a year, Brazil is the second largest consumer of plastic surgery. Many patients say…

The rise of effective medications saw global malaria deaths drop an estimated 60% from 2000-2015—but markets flooded with fake chloroquine and artemisinin are slowing progress against the disease in the hardest-hit African countries, write the University of Canberra’s…

Weapons like the military-style AR-15 rifle, which the 19-year-old Parkland school shooter bought legally, are designed to kill. Their bullets travel 3,000 feet per second, 2-3 times the speed of many common handguns. When they don’t kill, the injuries they cause are beyond…