This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.
Advertise in this news brief.

  Text Version   RSS   Subscribe   Unsubscribe   Archive   Media Kit August 04, 2015

Home   About   Membership   Education & Resources   Publications   AASPA APP   Contact Us



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!


This brain surgeon simulator is not a game
In the mid-1980s, Ronald Reagan sparked a media storm with his now-infamous Strategic Defense Initiative. It was a multi-billion dollar defense program, coined “Star Wars” by the media, because it proposed the future of America’s anti-missile defense system was putting lasers in space. His vision of futuristic, earth-orbiting laser weapons rode on the promise of “surgical precision” — the laser as lightsaber against the Soviet threat. Of course, the SDI never happened. Reagan’s ambition was ridiculed as unrealistic and unscientific. It was too much like George Lucas’s space opera to be believable.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

CMS answers ICD-10 FAQs for healthcare providers
RevCycle Intelligence
ICD-10 implementation will begin on Oct. 1, 2015, and as such, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) announced that, in order to ease the transition, they will be flexible when filing claims that do not use specific enough codes. On July 27, the organizations released a frequently asked questions list regarding the guidance.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

CHOP surgeons successfully complete world's first bilateral hand transplant on child
Surgeons at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) joined with colleagues from Penn Medicine recently to complete the world's first bilateral hand transplant on a child. Earlier this month, the surgical team successfully transplanted donor hands and forearms onto eight-year-old Zion Harvey who, several years earlier, had undergone amputation of his hands and feet and a kidney transplant following a serious infection.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Click here
to visit AASPA archive page.

Are robot surgeons in the operating theatre as safe as they could be?
Medical Xpress
A study has revealed that robotic surgery was involved in 144 deaths and 1,391 injuries in the US during a 14-year period. While this may seem a cause for concern, considering there were 1.7m operations carried out during the same period, this is very few indeed. Of course there is always the possibility of complications occurring in surgery, with or without robot involvement. But as robotic procedures become more common, health service users have a reason to wonder what these machines do and how complications can occur, so that we can try to prevent them in the future.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Surgeons describe positive outcomes in kidney cancer patients treated with robotic IVC thrombectomy
Surgery is required when cancer of the kidney causes a Level III thrombus, or clot, to develop in the major vein leading back to the heart. Traditionally this complicated procedure, inferior vena cava (IVC) thrombectomy, is performed using a large open incision, primarily because the vein is often difficult to reach. In an article published in The Journal of Urology®, a team of surgeons describe the first cases in which this procedure has been successfully performed robotically, using only seven small incisions and four robotic tools.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Cutting junior doctors' hours may not lower risk of surgical deaths
Restrictions on U.S. medical residents’ hours implemented in 2011 don’t appear to have significantly lowered the risk of death or serious injury from surgery, a recent study suggests. Researchers compared data on surgical outcomes one year before the duty hour reforms and two years afterwards for five specialties: neurosurgery, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics, urology and vascular surgery. While rates of death and injury did decline over the study period, the changes were so small they might have been due to chance.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Wound closure more effective when surgeons listen to their preferred music
Medical News Today
All over the world, you will find surgeons listening to music as they operate. Some studies say this can help them relax and reduce stress. However, until now, there was no evidence to suggest it may also help them close their incisions more effectively.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Real-time imaging of lung lesions during surgery helps localize tumors and improve precision
Medical Xpress
More than 80,000 people undergo resection of a pulmonary tumor each year, and currently the only method to determine if the tumor is malignant is histologic analysis. A new study reports that a targeted molecular contrast agent can be used successfully to cause lung adenocarcinomas to fluoresce during pulmonary surgery. This enables real-time optical imaging during surgery and the identification of cancer cells. The results are reported in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, the official publication of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS).
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Star Trek-style skin-healing technology could be the end of chronic wounds (Medical Xpress)
Special glasses make cancer glow, helping surgeons (Newsmax)
'Surgeon scorecard' measures docs by complications (USA Today)
Handheld device for surgeons could turn off pain (Popular Science)
Risks revealed in bariatric surgeries (Denver Business Journal)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.


AASPA Newsline
Colby Horton, Vice President of Publishing, 469.420.2601
Download media kit

Jessica Taylor, Senior Medical Editor, 469.420.2661   
Contribute news

This edition of AASPA Newsline was sent to ##Email##. To unsubscribe, click here. Did someone forward this edition to you? Subscribe here -- it's free!
Recent issues
July 28, 2015
July 21, 2015
July 14, 2015
July 7, 2015

7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063