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Doctors saved lives, if not legs, in Boston
The New York Times
So many patients arrived at once, with variations of the same gruesome leg injuries. Shattered bones, shredded tissue, nails burrowed deep beneath the flesh. The decision had to be made, over and over, with little time to deliberate. "As an orthopedic surgeon, we see patients like this, with mangled extremities, but we don't see 16 of them at the same time, and we don't see patients from blast injuries," Dr. Peter Burke, the trauma surgery chief at Boston Medical Center, said.
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C. diff room infection plummets with dedicated disinfecting teams
Enhanced disinfection methods employed daily by cleaning crews specifically educated in attacking Clostridium difficile dramatically reduce the presence of the notoriously resilient organisms in infected rooms, finds a study published in the May issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.
Post-surgical complications contribute to hospital revenue
Medical News Today
Post-surgical complication contribute significantly to hospital profit margins, says a new study published in the journal JAMA. Is that why hospitals are slow to implement changes to reduce post-surgical complication rates?
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Boston bombing amputees face tough, costly recovery
Loa Angeles Times
Victims who lost limbs in the Boston bombing may struggle to find a "new normal," but recent major medical advances can help.
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2013 AASPA CME Meeting & Surgical Update
We hope you will join us Oct. 3-6 at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town in Alexandria, Va., for our 13th Annual AASPA CME Meeting in 2013.
Join fellow surgical PAs, PA educators, PA students, pre-PA students and surgical industry leaders at the 13th 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 Alexandria Old Town in the heart of historical Old Town Alexandria, Va.
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!
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4 factors that influence physician compensation
Becker's Hospital Review
A variety of factors impact physician compensation, and according to a recent survey from MGMA, there are significant differences in how physicians are paid in academic settings versus private practice and integrated delivery systems.
More than two-thirds of surgeons are 'employed'
HealthDay News via Physician's Briefing
There is a substantial shift in practice environment occurring among surgeons in the United States, with more surgeons becoming employees, according to a study published in the April issue of JAMA Surgery.
The impending doctor shortage: Do you really need a doctor anymore?
By Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
The fallout and unintended consequences of the Affordable Care Act continues. With so many more people being brought into the "insured" category with the expansion of Medicaid across the country, the very real concern is that there will instantly be a doctor shortage. Since it takes at least seven years to take college graduates and make them fully accredited doctors, the doctor shortage can't be fixed immediately. So how is the U.S. coping with the doctor shortage? Here are a few approaches.
Study: Racial disparity in head and neck cancer outcomes
Among Medicaid beneficiaries diagnosed with head and neck cancer, considerable racial disparities exist in treatment patterns and survival, according to a study published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
Study: Patient satisfaction may not be a good indicator of surgical quality
Kaiser Health News
You may have found your doctor to be a great communicator, your hospital room clean and quiet and your pain well controlled. Yet a study finds these opinions are not barometers of whether your hospital's surgical care is any good.
Full thyroid removal may be best in Graves' disease
Removing the whole thyroid lessens the chance of hyperthyroidism recurrence in Graves' disease compared with partial thyroidectomy, but it also leads to increased temporary hypoparathyroidism, researchers found.
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