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2014 AASPA CME Meeting & Surgical Update
We hope you will join us Oct. 23-26, 2014 at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco, CA, for our 14th Annual AASPA CME Meeting.

Join fellow surgical PAs, PA educators, PA students, pre-PA students and surgical industry leaders at the 14th 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 Union Square in the heart of incredible San Francisco, CA.

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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 non-intensivist 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 non-intensivist 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 14th Annual AASPA CME Meeting at the Hilton Union Square, San Francisco, CA
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3-D printed livers guide transplant surgeons' hands
Healthline News
Three-dimensional printing is changing the surgical landscape, but implantable printed organs are still awhile away. First came X-rays, and then CT scans, and then MRIs. Now, technology is not only giving surgeons the best view yet of organs as complex as the heart and liver; it's also letting them hold exact replicas of the organs in the palms of their hands. Cleveland Clinic is among a handful of institutions in the nation using three-dimensional printing technology to create exact models of human organs. Surgeons at the medical center take an exact replica of a patient's liver into the operating room with them.
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Pennsylvania surgeons remove chain saw blade from tree trimmer's neck
The X-ray shows the chain saw blade embedded 2 inches into the left side of James Valentine's neck, perilously close to his carotid artery. Trauma surgeons removed the blade in an hourlong procedure. The 21-year-old South Side man had watched the buzzing saw kick back into him as he worked 15 feet off the ground in a Scotch pine. Miraculously, he sat in his bed at Allegheny General Hospital a day later with about 30 stitches and five staples in his neck and pledged to return to work next week at Adler Tree Service in West Deer, Pa.
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Intraoperative use vancomycin may increase incidence of some spine infections
Spine Surgery Today
Looking to reduce the rate of infection in spinal surgery patients, researchers studied the effects of patients who received crystallized vancomycin in their wound bed intraoperatively and found this practice may increase the incidence of gram-negative or polymicrobial spinal infections. “Spine surgeons should proceed with caution with the use of surgical site vancomycin for high-risk patients on a case-by-case basis,” George M. Ghobrial, M.D., and colleagues wrote in their study.
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Spanish surgeons perform successful double-arm transplant
Latin American Herald Tribune
A team of Spanish surgeons has successfully performed the second-ever double-arm transplant in Spain and the fifth in the world on a 41-year-old man who was having complications after being severely electrically burned. A team of more than 20 people took part in the 12-hour procedure at a hospital in Madrid.
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Hernia repair recovery often longer than expected
HealthDay News
People who undergo surgery to repair an abdominal hernia may underestimate how long their recovery will take, new research indicates. Although patients who have a hernia repaired using minimally invasive technology often expect to return to their normal daily routine quickly, a study found many of these people still feel pain and fatigue for up to a week after their procedure.
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Transplant drugs may help wipe out persistent HIV infections
Infection Control Today
New research suggests that drugs commonly used to prevent organ rejection after transplantation may also be helpful for combating HIV. The findings, which are published in the American Journal of Transplantation, suggest a new strategy in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Despite the effectiveness of antiviral therapies at suppressing HIV, the virus still persists indefinitely at low levels in infected patients who are diligent about taking their medications.

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Cosmetic surgeries top 15 million
Newsmagazine Network
More than 15 million cosmetic surgeries were performed in the U.S. last year, making 2013 the fourth consecutive year of growth for the plastic surgery industry. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), minimally invasive and surgical cosmetic procedures increased 3 percent from 2012 to 2013.

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Advancements in analytics and medicine must provide fruitful results for a pitcher's mechanics
In the weeks after the passing of iconic orthopedic surgeon Dr. Frank Jobe, his innovative ulnar collateral ligament surgery has unfortunately become a topic of constant conversation throughout spring training camps in Arizona and Florida. As the Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves and Oakland Athletics potentially deal with the losses of four starting pitchers to season ending surgeries, Major League Baseball and its 30 ball clubs are reminded once again of the harsh realities regarding the fragility of a pitcher’s elbow.

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Surgeons use Cyberknife robotic device for treatment of vocal cord cancer
Stephen Wiley, a lifelong cowboy from Terrell, has helped UT Southwestern Medical Center pioneer a new treatment for vocal cord cancer. Mr. Wiley volunteered to be the world's first known patient to be treated for vocal cord cancer with Cyberknife, a surgeon-controlled robotic device that destroys tumors with highly precise doses of radiation. Mr. Wiley, a yard driver for a manufacturing company who also raises horses on his own time, said he started waking up in the morning with a hoarse voice and thought it was nothing more than aging. It got continually worse, until one day he was reduced to a whisper.
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Delft training system for keyhole surgery provides greater insight into forces
Medical Xpress
Keyhole surgery is particularly difficult, so good training for surgeons is essential. Tim Horeman has improved several aspects of this training. He has demonstrated that force and motion measurements give an objective assessment of a surgeon's skills, and that direct feedback on the force applied enhances the learning effect.
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British surgeons fix man's face after he shatters every bone in fall
New York Daily News
After a harrowing four-story fall, doctors were able to put Jon Fenton back together again. The 27-year-old from Nottingham, England, shattered every last bone in his face when he tumbled from a balcony while on vacation in Barcelona, Spain, The Mirror reported. He believes he tripped over a chair, then fell over the balcony railing, landing on a concrete roof. Fenton broke both arms and both legs, smashed all his front teeth, and punctured a hole in the roof of his mouth — among an array of other injuries.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Surgeons will soon use suspended animation to revive gunshot victims (Digital Trends)
2 spine surgeons are three times safer than 1 (Medical Xpress)
In latest 3-D printer implants breakthrough, surgeons replace skull (MedCity News)
New strategy aims to reduce transplant rejection (By Sharee Ann Narciso)
PET eliminates approximately 50 percent of unnecessary surgeries in lung cancer patients (News-Medical)

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