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2015 AASPA CME Meeting & Surgical Update
We hope you will join us Oct. 1 – 4, 2015 at the Hilton Suites Chicago/Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois, for our 15th Annual AASPA CME Meeting.

Join fellow surgical PAs, PA educators, PA students, pre-PA students and surgical industry leaders at the 15th Annual Surgical CME, preceding the Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons!

This exciting, hands-on surgical meeting will be held at the fabulous Hilton Suites Chicago in the heart of incredible Chicago.

If you are looking for a qualified surgical PA, this is the ideal venue to fill that position. For industry exhibitors looking for "high touch face time" with surgical PAs, this is the ideal meeting for you!

Register now for the 2015 FCCS — Fundamental Critical Care Support
Management principles for the first 24 hours of critical care. Two-day course — 16 hours of CME and Certificate of Completion and card.
    Course Purpose
  • To better prepare the nonintensivist for the first 24 hours of management of the critically ill patient until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged.
  • To assist the nonintensivist in dealing with sudden deterioration of the critically ill patient.
  • To prepare house staff for ICU coverage.
  • To prepare critical care practitioners to deal with acute deterioration in the critically ill patient.
Course will be held before the 15th Annual AASPA CME Meeting at the Hilton Suites Chicago/Magnificent Mile.

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SGR fix will freeze doc salaries, plastic surgeons' group says
Modern Healthcare
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is breaking from the pack of healthcare organizations that support a new plan to pass a permanent repeal of Medicare's sustainable growth-rate formula. Instead, the society is voicing its opposition to what it calls a 10-year pay freeze incorporated into the proposal. “Right now, this bill to us is a bill that everyone is just rushing to sign to get this SGR thing out of the way,” said Dr. Scot Glasberg, president of the society.
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Patients who receive ablation during mitral valve surgery have less episodes of atrial fibrillation
Patients with atrial fibrillation who received ablation while they were already undergoing surgery to correct a leaky heart valve had fewer episodes of atrial fibrillation a year later compared to patients who had the valve surgery alone, according to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session. The patients who received ablation along with mitral valve surgery had no more deaths, adverse cardiac events or hospitalizations than patients who only received the valve surgery alone, but they were more likely to require a pacemaker.
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For some face-lift chains, future doesn't look pretty
The Wall Street Journal
The mass marketing of plastic surgery is starting to show its age. Lifestyle Lift, a nationwide chain of about 50 cosmetic-surgery centers, abruptly shut its doors earlier this month, laying off nearly 400 employees, its spokeswoman said. Its founder, Dr. David Kent, is “exploring a number of strategies,” according to his lawyer, which could include filing for bankruptcy or an infusion of new capital to restart the brand.
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Study: No differences seen in ACDF safety or effectiveness based on surgical setting
Investigators demonstrated in an award-winning study that anterior cervical discectomy and fusion procedures to treat degenerative conditions of the spine that were performed at an ASC were as effective as those performed in the inpatient setting and showed similar complication rates, as well. The investigation showed that anterior cervical discectomy and fusion procedures (ACDF) performed at an (ASC) can also be less costly when compared with the same procedure performed at an inpatient facility.
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Outpatient thyroidectomy: Pros, cons and precautions
What are the current issues and concerns with outpatient thyroidectomy? That’s the topic JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery examined in the October 2014 issue with clinical reviews and invited commentary from subject experts. In the journal’s Clinical Review and Education section, David L .Steward, M.D., reported that up to 65 percent of all thyroidectomies are now done as outpatient procedures, and high-volume surgeons have very low complication rate with these surgeries. Among the benefits he identified are cost, patient satisfaction, and a good safety record.
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Telehealth's true success starts behind the scenes
By Karen R. Thomas
For the last few years, telehealth has been one of the biggest buzzwords in the healthcare industry. With recent predictions indicating that the number of patients using telehealth will hit 7 million by the year 2018, businesses are scrambling to create devices that can keep up with the high demand. Telemonitoring technologies make it possible for healthcare providers to monitor symptoms and measure vital signs remotely, and they also make it easier for patients, employees and others to manage their own healthcare better and more affordably.
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Collaboration of geriatricians, surgeons can improve geriatric quality-of-care
The collaboration of geriatricians and surgeons can help improve geriatric quality-of-care for older trauma patients, according to study results. Using 33 previously-validated care-process quality indicators from the Assessing the Care of Vulnerable Elders study, researchers reviewed the medical records of 76 geriatric consults and 71 control group patients to measure quality of care (QOC) before and after implementation of the geriatric consult-based intervention.
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Researchers find topical TXA in total joint replacement lowers blood transfusion use
Medical Xpress
Orthopedic surgeons from The Miriam Hospital have conducted a cost-benefit analysis of topical tranexamic acid (TXA) in primary total hip and knee arthroplasty patients that revealed a 12 percent transfusion rate reduction — from 17.5 percent to 5.5 percent — with no significant difference in complication rates. In addition to reducing the risk for postoperative bleeding and transfusion following total joint replacement, use of topical TXA enabled approximately 9.3 percent more patients to be discharged to home rather than to a skilled nursing facility.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Hip replacements are on the rise (U-T San Diego)
Surgeons must grasp influence of certain factors on CCS management, mortality (Healio)
Minimally invasive surgery gives new hope for spinal problems (The New Indian Express)
Having surgery in the US? Here's the risk you'll face (Tech Times)
Diverticulosis and diverticulitis: When is surgery prudent? (HCPLive)

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