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2014 AASPA CME Meeting & Surgical Update
We hope you will join us Oct. 23-26, 2014 at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco, CA, for our 14th Annual AASPA CME Meeting.

Join fellow surgical PAs, PA educators, PA students, pre-PA students and surgical industry leaders at the 14th 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 Union Square in the heart of incredible San Francisco.

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!

Click here to REGISTER NOW for best pricing!
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Register now for the 2014 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 14th Annual AASPA CME Meeting at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco.

Register today!
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Medical breakthrough: Bioengineered heart tissue
By Karen SC Ashley
For patients with heart damage, the best treatment option right now is an organ transplant. But even then, the patient waiting list for an organ donor is seemingly endless. To confound matters, patients can encounter complications after heart transplantation. With new research, the ideal solution — repairing the heart — may soon be possible. To mimic the heart's powerful mechanical action, scientists needed to engineer an artificial cardiac tissue similar in elasticity and biological properties to the native heart. And the breakthrough scientists have long been waiting for has arrived — 3-D-engineered heart tissue that beats.
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Improved scores after 3-column osteotomies show procedure's durability
Healio — Spine Surgery Today
The first long-term study of its kind showed that patients with spinal deformity who underwent 3-column osteotomies experienced significant improvements in the Oswestry Disability Index and Scoliosis Research Society scores at 5 years follow-up. “In summary, this is the largest study of 3-column osteotomy procedures with long-term follow-up. We found significant and sustained improvements in radiographic spinal alignment as well as patient reported outcomes. This study documents the durability of these complex spinal operations in terms of radiographic and outcome measures,” Kevin R. O’Neill, M.D., said in a presentation at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting.
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Surgeries shorter in outpatient surgery centers
HealthDay News via DoctorsLounge
Outpatient surgeries take less time when performed in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) compared to hospitals, according to research published in the May issue of Health Affairs. Elizabeth L. Munnich, Ph.D., from the University of Louisville in Kentucky, and Stephen T. Parente, Ph.D., M.P.H., from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, analyzed data on procedure length for surgeries performed in ambulatory surgery centers. The researchers found that ASCs provide a lower-cost alternative to hospitals for outpatient surgeries. Compared to procedures performed in hospitals, procedures performed in ASCs, on average, take 31.8 fewer minutes — a 25 percent difference relative to the mean procedure time.
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First operation streamed live with surgeon wearing Google glass
The Telegraph
A surgeon at The Royal London Hospital has become the first to broadcast online a live surgical procedure using a pair of Google Glass eyewear. The glasses, which the surgeons wears as normal, allows his view to be broadcast live and means the viewers can interact with him directly. The procedure, to remove cancerous tissue from the liver and bowel of a seventy-eight year-old man, was watched live by 13000 surgical students around the world from 115 countries on a computer or mobile phone, who also had the opportunity to put their questions directly to the surgeon.
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Integrating telemedicine and mHealth into the health system
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Many people think futuristic possibilities when they hear about telemedicine and mobile health, but the reality is that both will increase productivity and efficiency throughout the health system in the coming years. At the ATA 2014 Annual Meeting and Trade Show, healthcare colleagues were discussing how the alternative to face-to-face communication — telemedicine — has grown remarkably in the past few years and is continuing to do so.

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Surgical recording, viewing system debuts
Opthamology Times
Sony Electronics introduced its new recording and viewing system designed to capture and record full high-definition surgical video. Significant workflow gains are anticipated with the pairing of the Sony MCC-500MD medical video camera and the HVO-550MD medical recorder with DVD optical drive, according to the company.

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New AHA/ASA stroke secondary prevention guidelines
Medscape (free subscription)
he American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) has issued new guidelines on the secondary prevention of stroke. Published online May 1 in Stroke, the new guidelines emphasize the importance of blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, and exercise but also include some important new recommendations.

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Why telemedicine is the future of healthcare
By Jessica Taylor
Telemedicine is the hottest trend in the healthcare industry, and it is becoming more and more important to healthcare providers and patients around the world. According to medical professionals present at this year's ATA 2014 conference, telemedicine is the future of the healthcare industry. The trend is already backed by many hospitals and major health insurers, and the U.S. government recently endorsed telemedicine through Medicare and Medicaid.
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Surgical site infections associated with excess costs at Veterans Affairs hospitals
redOrbit
Surgical site infections (SSIs) acquired by patients in Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals are associated with costs nearly twice as high compared to patients who do not have this complication. The greatest SSI-related costs are among patients undergoing neurosurgery. SSIs are associated with increased complications and death. Treatment can include long courses of antibiotics, physical therapy, hospital readmissions and reoperations. Costs associated with SSIs after surgery have been under scrutiny since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid stopped paying for increased costs associated with SSIs after some surgical procedures because many of these infections are potentially preventable.
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Study: Weight-loss surgeries leap in Canada
CBCNews
Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, in Canada has jumped four-fold since 2006-07 and a new study says the healthcare system has made great strides to meet the demand. "One in 5 Canadian adults has obesity — and with those rates continuing to grow, so too will the need to understand the implications for the healthcare system," said Kathleen Morris of the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), which released a report Thursday about the massive surge in bariatric surgeries in the country.
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Surgeons and healthcare setting influence the type of breast cancer surgery women undergo
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Breast cancer is one of the few major illnesses for which physicians may not recommend a specific treatment option. North American women are more likely to opt for precautionary breast surgery when physicians do not specifically counsel against it, according to a new study. This research was presented at the American Society of Breast Surgeons Annual Meeting, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The research also demonstrates how clarity during consultations and the capability of clinical facilities also play important roles influencing a woman's breast cancer treatment choices.
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Research reveals pattern of neurocognitive risks in children with cochlear implants
News-Medical
Children with profound deafness who receive a cochlear implant had as much as five times the risk of having delays in areas of working memory, controlled attention, planning and conceptual learning as children with normal hearing, according to Indiana University research published May 22 in the Journal of the American Medical Association Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery. The authors evaluated 73 children implanted before age 7 and 78 children with normal hearing to determine the risk of deficits in executive functioning behaviors in everyday life.
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