The fall issue of The Ochsner Journal includes a collection of diverse articles focused on women’s and children’s health. Introducing the section are brief updates from the chairs of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics at Ochsner, and the articles—contributed by authors from around the world—include original research, contemporary updates, and case reports.
An important research article contributed by Dr. Bobby Nossaman and colleagues suggests that the type of anesthetic technique and the amount of intraoperative fluids administered during cesarean delivery have important effects on postpartum hospital length of stay and adverse events.
In another women-focused research article, Dr. Michael Ingber and colleagues studied the outcomes of midurethral sling procedures in women with severe obstructive lower urinary tract symptoms and concluded that midurethral slings are not only safe but also result in dramatic symptom improvement in the majority of patients.
Complementing the editorial mix in the fall issue, the abstracts from Ochsner’s Twelfth Annual Research Day are presented, along with the annual Research Update by Dr. Richard Re, the Introduction to Research Day by Dr. Sohail Rao, and photos of the winners of the Research Day competitions.
Finally, August 2015 marked the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Editor-in-Chief Dr. Ron Amedee looks back on the dark days in the aftermath of the storm and celebrates the remarkable recovery of our city and the Ochsner Health System.