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'Heart team' pairs PCI and robotic CABG
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The hybrid procedure, with the da Vinci surgical robot system, enables cardiologists to perform percutaneous coronary intervention and surgeons to perform coronary artery bypass graft surgery in the same patient, often on the same day, which calls for a new way of evaluating patients. More



Woman gains ground in battle with flesh-eating bacteria
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Doctors say they'll be able to save part of the hands of a young Georgia woman battling flesh-eating bacteria, WXIA-TV in Atlanta reports. Aimee Copeland, 24, has lost a leg to the disease, WXIA reports. Doctors had said it was likely she would lose her other leg, too and, before now, predicted she'd lose her hands, according to WXIA. More

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Start planning now for the 12th Annual AASPA CME Meeting & Surgical Update
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We hope you will join us at the Hilton Suites Chicago/Magnificent Mile in Chicago for our 12th Annual AASPA CME Meeting, Sept. 27-30.

Join fellow Surgical PAs, PA educators, PA students, Pre-PA Students and surgical industry leaders at the 12th Annual Surgical CME, preceding the Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons!

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!

For more information, including on how to sponsor or exhibit at the meeting, go to www.aaspa.com.




Fundamental Critical Care Support course
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For 2012 the Society of Critical Care's Fundamental Critical Care Support Course. According to the SCC, this course is a two-day comprehensive course addressing fundamental management principles for the first 24 hours of critical care. It will prepare you for the first 24 hours of management of the critically ill patient until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged. It is also designed to assist the non-intensivist in dealing with sudden deterioration of the critically ill patient and to prepare nurses and other critical care practitioners to deal with acute deterioration in the critically ill patient.

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 Objectives
• Prioritize assessment needs for the critically ill patient
• Select appropriate diagnostic tests
• Identify and respond to significant changes in the unstable patient
• Recognize and initiate management of acute life-threatening conditions
• Determine the need for expert consultation and/or patient transfer and prepare the practitioner for optimally accomplishing transfer

For more information and to register, go to our website.


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Image-guided brachytherapy cuts hysterectomy rate
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Image-guided adaptive brachytherapy with concomitant chemoradiation for cervical cancer is "highly effective, with acceptable side effects," and is poised to dramatically change the treatment of cervical cancer in Europe and North America, according to two studies. More

Medicare overhauls hospital rules to cut red tape
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Hospitals will now have option of including advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and pharmacists as part of the medical staff under new rules governing hospital participation in the Medicare program. More

Brain surgery, live on Twitter
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Doctors at Houston's Memorial Hermann hospital have set the latest trend in science: live tweeting. Following on the heels of its live-tweeted open-heart surgery procedure — complete with graphic photos — the Twitter account of the Houston hospital gave amateur sawbones an up-close look at a brain operation performed by Dr. Dong Kim, a neurosurgeon who worked on the team that treated former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords after she suffered a gunshot wound to the head. More

Establishing a threshold for surgery in recurrent acute rhinosinusitis
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A study in Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery suggests a threshold for when to choose surgery over medical therapy for recurrent acute rhinosinusitis based on the patients' lost productivity in response to RARS and each treatment strategy. More

Children increasingly visiting emergency departments after ingesting batteries
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The number and rate of battery-related emergency department visits for children younger than 18 years nearly doubled between 1990 and 2009. The risks were highest for children younger than 5 years and often involved the small, coin-like batteries that power toys, games and watches and for younger children, according to a study published in Pediatrics. More

Robot makes stenting easier
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A remote controlled robotic system can safely and effectively guide implantation of coronary stents, a pivotal study found. More

Is combining hysterectomy and a tummy tuck safe?
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New research suggests that combining two very different surgeries — a hysterectomy and a tummy tuck — is relatively safe, with no major complications seen in 65 women who had both procedures at the same time. More

Higher failure rate with Riata leads affirmed
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St. Jude Medical's Riata implantable cardioverter-defibrillator leads — which have been recalled — are more likely to fail than other leads, a multicenter study confirmed. More

New light-powered eye implants use infrared pulses to restore sight
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A new generation of retinal implants could use light to provide power and data, potentially restoring vision in a less-invasive form than existing implants. Researchers at Stanford University previously described how such a system would work, and now they've designed implants that can receive infrared signals for power and information processing. More


 
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