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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.

Register today!


Researchers solve mystery of deadly transplant infection
Medical Xpress
When Harlan Dorbin passed away from a rare infection one month after his successful lung transplant surgery, his surgeon turned to Dorbin's sister and made a promise. "I told her I would get to the bottom of this," said Ankit Bharat, M.D., a thoracic surgeon and surgical director of the Northwestern Medicine lung transplant program. "It was a perfect operation yet this infection caused an abnormal buildup of ammonia that a person's body can't sustain. It's rare but it's almost always fatal. No one knew the cause or how to prevent it. This simply wasn't acceptable to me."
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ASBS: Less invasive mastectomy technique holds promise
MedPage Today
A newer form of mastectomy was associated with survival rates comparable with more invasive techniques, and the first long-term population-based study on post-mastectomy breast reconstruction showed one operation is rarely enough, according to studies presented at the American Society of Breast Surgeons' (ASBS) 2015 annual meeting. A literature review from 1991 to 2014 revealed that nipple-sparing mastectomy (NSM) was associated with marginally better survival rates compared with modified radical mastectomy (MRM) and skin-sparing mastectomy (SSM).
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Better diabetes blood sugar management leads to fewer eye surgeries
HealthDay News
Intensive management of Type 1 diabetes can reduce the risk of having a diabetes-related eye surgery by nearly 50 percent, according to a new report. But even for people who couldn't meet the very stringent blood sugar targets set for the study participants, just a 10 percent improvement in hemoglobin A1C — a two- to three-month estimate of average blood sugar levels — led to a 35 percent reduction in the risk of diabetes-related eye surgery, the study found.
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Plastic surgeons find association between carpal tunnel syndrome and migraine headache
Plastic surgeons at UT Southwestern Medical Center have demonstrated for the first time an association between migraines and carpal tunnel syndrome, with migraines more than twice as prevalent in those with carpal tunnel syndrome as those without, according to the study. Researchers found that 34 percent of patients with carpal tunnel syndrome also reported migraines, compared to 16 percent of patients reporting migraines without carpal tunnel syndrome.
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Surgery for terminal cancer patients still common
Medical Xpress
The number of surgeries performed on terminally ill cancer patients has not dropped in recent years, despite more attention to the importance of less invasive care for these patients to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. But new research from UC Davis also finds that the morbidity and mortality among patients with terminal cancer has declined because surgeons are selecting to operate on healthier patients.
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How to avoid health system staff turnover and employee poaching
By Scott E. Rupp
Staffing shortages and turnover problems have become two of healthcare's biggest problems. Not only is finding quality talent a problem, keeping it is, causing concerns for hiring managers and recruiters in the current healthcare economy. According to Health eCareers, turnover of hospital staff continues to be high, which results in big expenses for the organizations.
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Cardiothoracic physicians-in-training don't provide suboptimal care
Science Codex
When educating medical students or residents to perform highly technical procedures, there is always a challenge to balance the educational mission with maintaining quality results and optimal patient care. This report compared outcomes of cardiac surgery residents to those of attending physicians in performing coronary artery bypass grafting. It found no differences in patient outcomes or graft patency between the residents and attending surgeons.
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FDA approves raplixa for controlling bleeding during surgery
Anesthesiology News
The FDA has approved both Raplixa (fibrin sealant, ProFibrix BV) and the RaplixaSpray device (The Medicines Company) for controlling mild to moderate bleeding during surgery. Raplixa is indicated for use in adults to help control bleeding from small blood vessels when sutures, ligature and other standard surgical techniques are ineffective or impractical, according to the FDA. Raplixa contains fibrinogen and thrombin. When this biological product is dissolved in the blood, it causes a reaction between these two proteins to form blood clots to help stop the bleeding.
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Study shows surgeon's experience may be a contributing factor for non-small cell lung cancer patients
Medical Xpress
Researchers at McMaster University explored whether a surgeon's expertise influences procedural choice. The results of a new study of more than 8000 non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients undergoing surgical resection by 124 physicians showed that surgeons who perform more surgeries are less likely to perform high-risk pneumonectomies.
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