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New license agreement: Surgeons may soon 'see around corners'
A first-of-its-kind endoscope that allows surgeons to see around obstructions and generate real-time 3D images while performing surgery, may soon be a reality thanks to a recent license agreement made between The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and EndoPodium, a minimally invasive surgical technology company based in San Diego, California.
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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!
Calling all artists! Enter AASPA's 1st T-shirt design contest
Try your hand at creating the AASPA official 2013 conference T-shirt! The winner will receive a free 2013 AASPA CME Conference registration ($550 value). All entries must be submitted by July 1 and follow all design guidelines stated here.
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Metal poisoning subject of Stryker hip replacement lawsuit
Injury Lawyer News
Louise Bezely filed a Stryker hip replacement lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Chicago). In her claim, the plaintiff says that the Rejuvenate system she had implanted in 2010 failed prematurely, causing her to suffer serious complications and injuries that required painful revision surgery. She alleges that the defendant marketed, promoted and sold the Rejuvenate device without disclosing the risks associated with the hip replacement system.
Hepatitis B-infected health care professionals gain stronger protection under recent DOJ settlement
Association of Corporate Counsel
In March 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) settled the first lawsuit of its kind with a New Jersey medical school over claims that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) by excluding two Hepatitis B-positive applicants. The DOJ settlement was largely based on new guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) in 2012, which brought the existing 21-year-old policies in line with current medicine, and affirmed that HBV infection should not be cause for stopping or excluding providers from training or practicing in health care professions. The new CDC guidelines, in conjunction with the Justice Department settlement, have provided HBV-positive health professionals with a pair of powerful tools to combat discrimination.
Guidelines issued to prevent infection with dental work
Practitioners might consider discontinuing prophylactic antibiotics for patients with prosthetic implants undergoing dental procedures, and these patients should be encouraged to maintain appropriate oral hygiene, according to clinical practice guidelines approved by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.
Revolutionary brain surgery performed in Texas
Brain surgery has become less invasive thanks to the revolutionary technology that is being utilized by Peter M. Shedden, MSc., M.D., FRCS(C), FACS, medical director of the Neuroscience Center, St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital. With a minimally invasive new approach, brain abnormalities can be removed by the revolutionary surgical instrument, BrainPath by NICO Corporation. The approach allows neurosurgeons to access deep-seated lesions of the brain.
Q&A: Staying competitive in a robust healthcare market
Becker's Hospital Review
Even with steep competition, Main Line Health continues to grow, improve and stay relevant in the competitive healthcare environment under the leadership of John Lynch III, or Jack, as he's known to all Main Line employees. Mr. Lynch has served as the system's president and CEO since 2005. Here, Mr. Lynch shares Main Line's strategic imperatives and how he keeps the system — and his leadership skills — up to snuff in today's competitive healthcare environment.
New laser system to help surgeons drill through skull with increased safety
Brain injuries and strokes can sometime require surgeons to relieve pressure on the brain by drilling burr holes through the skull using a trephine. The device is straight out of the good old days of medicine when surgical tools and torture implements were made by the same manufacturers. Yet, while even dentistry has moved on, performing burr hole craniotomies is still very much a manual cranking operation prone to causing injury and even leading to meningitis.
5 ways hospitals can use robots
If you’ve been waiting for the day when robot doctors will cut you open, monitor you recovery, and keep you company in your hospital room, you won’t have to wait much longer. “We’re in the first inning of a nine-inning exercise. The average patient walks in a hospital and is not touched by robotics. That’s going to change in 10 years,” said John Simon, a partner at Boston-based investment firm Sigma Prime Ventures.
Laser cataract surgeries in 4 infants uneventful
The first 4 reported cases of infant cataract surgery with a femtosecond laser demonstrated that the laser has "great potential" to make these challenging surgeries easier and more predictable, German ophthalmologists report in an article published in the May issue of the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
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