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Low-grade infections a growing problem in shoulder, elbow surgeries
Postoperative, low-grade infections in the shoulder and elbow are becoming a growing problem in orthopedic surgeries, a speaker reported today at the 16th Annual EFORT Congress. Robert Hudek, M.D., of Rhön-Klinikum AG, Bad Neustadt an der Saale, Germany, reported postoperative infection rates have increased from 0.4 percent to 3.8 percent for the entire spectrum of procedures in shoulder and elbow surgery, according to a press release.
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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.

Register today!


New mastectomy strategy could reduce second surgery rate for breast cancer patients
Medical Daily
Partial mastectomies are one of the risk-reducing surgeries women with breast cancer can undergo. However, researchers presenting during the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago said 20 to 40 percent of patients who elect this procedure have “positive margins.” These margins refer to the cancer cells on the edge of the tissue removed — and if surgeons removed beyond that tissue, it could reduce the rate of women having to receive a second surgery.
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How distractions cause stress and impede your ability to function
By Michael S. Haro, Ph.D.
If you are easily distracted, your level of stress likely rises with these distractions. In this state, your potential for making poor decisions and mistakes increases. Leaders and managers constantly face their share of distractions, so it's important to know how to handle them in the appropriate manner.
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Meniscus preservation is key first step of cartilage repair
Meniscus preservation in surgery is the critical first step in cartilage repair, according to a presenter at the 16th EFORT Congress, here. “Meniscus and cartilage are an eternal couple because they live together and hopefully for very long time. They do affect each other,” Henning Madry, M.D., said. “We have a very strong association between the status of cartilage and meniscal lesions.”
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Work-life balance in healthcare: Addressing the system
By Catherine Iste
Why is achieving work-life balance as a healthcare professional so difficult? As noted in the first part of this three-part series, it is difficult for everyone to agree on what work-life balance really is. As pointed out in the second article, many of the characteristics that draw a person into the profession are the same ones that keep them from addressing their own needs. In this article, we will acknowledge another seemingly obvious issue that fundamentally affects work-life balance: the system.
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Medical millirobots offer hope for less-invasive surgeries
Seeking to advance minimally invasive medical treatments, researchers have proposed using tiny robots, driven by magnetic potential energy from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners. Aaron T. Becker, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Houston, said the potential technology could be used to treat hydrocephalus and other conditions, allowing surgeons to avoid current treatments that require cutting through the skull to implant pressure-relieving shunts.
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Dermatologic surgeons performed 9.5 million procedures in 2014
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery announced that dermatologic surgeons performed almost 9.5 million medical and cosmetic procedures in 2014, according to survey of association members. There was a 21 percent increase in skin cancer treatments and in several cosmetic categories compared with 2012 figures, but overall figures remained consistent with figures from 2013, according to a press release. Skin cancer treatments were the most performed procedure, with 3.08 million performed by American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) members, which confirmed the growing incidence of the disease, the release stated.
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Surgery may improve quality of life in unrelenting diverticulitis
Medscape (free login required)
For patients with persistent or recurring diverticulitis, elective resection improves quality of life more than conservative management of the disease, results from the DIRECT study suggest. "Elective resection is significantly better in terms of quality of life, despite surgery-related risks," said Marguerite Stam, M.D., from the Meander Medical Center in Amersfoort, the Netherlands.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Researchers solve mystery of deadly transplant infection (Medical Xpress)
How to avoid health system staff turnover and employee poaching (By Scott E. Rupp)
ASBS: Less invasive mastectomy technique holds promise (MedPage Today)
Plastic surgeons find association between carpal tunnel syndrome and migraine headache (News-Medical)
FDA approves raplixa for controlling bleeding during surgery (Anesthesiology News)

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