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More middle-aged Americans are getting hips replaced
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
More and more middle-aged Americans are replacing their hips damaged by severe arthritis — a surgery that used to be largely reserved for elderly people, a new study reports. Researchers found that between 2002 and 2011, the rate of hip-replacement surgery nearly doubled among Americans ages 45 to 64. By 2011, those middle-aged patients accounted for over 42 percent of all hip replacements nationally — up from 34 percent in 2002.
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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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INDUSTRY NEWS


Tech vs. technique — What wins the battle when it comes to surgeries?
The Science Times
Ever think that those younger doctors with their new-fangled ways aren't nearly as good as the seasoned pros? Well while you might think that the veterans have the advantage, researchers are now saying that in the battle of old versus new it's technique not technology that wins the race. In fact, if properly done, new techniques hold far greater possibilities for improvement than older techniques, and the new surgeons learning these techniques directly in school may be the the best adept to their correct implementation.
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Google and Johnson & Johnson team up to build robot surgeons
NBC News
Google is teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to build robots that can help surgeons in the operating room. The alliance announced this week is between Ethicon, a medical device company within Johnson & Johnson, and Google's Life Sciences division. "The companies will bring together capabilities, intellectual property and expertise to create an innovative robotic-assisted surgical platform capable of integrating advanced technologies with the goal of improving health care delivery in the operating room," according to the announcement.
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Hospitals, surgeons may underestimate 30-day readmissions after TKR by 25 percent
Healio
Research based on a survey of patients participating in the FORCE-TJR consortium indicates that hospitals and surgeons who care for total knee arthroplasty patients may underrate their 30-day readmission rates by 25 percent. “In this sample of patients from varied practice settings across the United States, approximately one in four readmissions following total knee replacement occurred at an outside hospital,” David C. Ayers, M.D., said.
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Penn surgeons develop new tools to identify joint replacement patients at risk for serious complications
News-Medical
Orthopedic surgeons from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have developed two new prediction tools aimed at identifying total hip and knee replacement patients who are at-risk of developing serious complications after surgery. The first tool identifies patients who have risk factors that should disqualify them from undergoing same-day (outpatient) or short-stay (overnight) total hip and knee replacement procedures, opting instead for traditional recovery pathways in the hospital.
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Higher volume of scoliosis surgeries linked to reduced reoperation rates
Medical Xpress
Adolescent patients who need scoliosis surgery may benefit most from going to a hospital that performs a high volume of the procedures, according to new research from NYU Langone spine surgeons presented March 24 at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2015 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. Researchers looked at a New York State database of hospital discharges and identified 3,928 surgeries for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, and found reoperation rates were significantly lower among surgeons who perform a high volume of the procedures.
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Affordable Care Act faces more hurdles in coming months
By Rosemary Sparacio
The Affordable Care Act has survived one repeal attempt in the Supreme Court, as well as more than 50 repeal attempts by the House of Representatives and the Senate. However, President Barack Obama's signature legislation faces yet another significant challenge to its existence. In the current case before the Supreme Court (King v. Burwell), a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs this June would essentially cut off the healthcare law's tax credits/subsidies in roughly two-thirds of the states.
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2 surgical methods safe, effective for healing distal femur fractures
News-Medical
A team of orthopedic surgeons from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found that modern technology for healing distal femur fractures is as safe and effective as its more established alternative, without a potential shortfall of the older approach. The team found that when done correctly, there are no significant differences between the two approaches — "locked plating" and "non-locked plating" — in terms of healing rates, need for corrective surgery, or hardware failure.
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Most women with early-stage breast cancer avoid extensive lymph node removal
Medical Xpress
A new study of women with early-stage breast cancer finds that surgeons no longer universally remove most of the lymph nodes in the underarm area when a biopsy of the nearby lymph nodes shows cancer — a major change in breast cancer management. The study, which evaluated data from 2.7 million U.S. breast cancer patients, is published as an "article in press" on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website in advance of print publication later this year.
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