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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.

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Management principles for the first 24 hours of critical care. Two-day course — 16 hours of CME and Certificate of Completion and card.

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  • 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.
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Google Glass enters the operating room
The New York Times (opinion)
Before scrubbing in on a recent Tuesday morning, Dr. Selene Parekh, an orthopedic surgeon at Duke Medical Center, slipped on a pair of sleek, black glasses — Google Glass, the wearable computer with a built-in camera and monitor. He gave the Internet-connected glasses a voice command to start recording and turned to the middle-aged motorcycle crash victim on the operating table. He chiseled through bone, repaired a broken metatarsal and drilled a metal plate into the patient’s foot.
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A device to control bleeding in brain surgery receives Phase 2 SBIR grant
MedCity News
A medical device developer got a big boost in its efforts to develop a surgical sealant for brain surgery. Endomedix received a $1.49 million Phase 2 Small Business Innovation Research grant to help control bleeding for surgical procedures, according to a company statement. It received the grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The funding will go towards safety studies, in vivo performance studies, and developing an applicator device. The sealant is a hydrogel that includes two processed biocompatible polysaccharides. They are simultaneously mixed and sprayed onto a surgical site.
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3-D printers help surgeons hone their skills on replica body parts
The Sydney Morning Herald
On the table sits the trachea of a 12-month-old child. Mitch Finlayson lifts it between two fingers, and smiles. The plastic model, an accurate re-creation of a windpipe and bronchial tree, was created with a 3-D printer using scans from a patient at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. It will be used to train pediatric surgeons in bronchoscopy, a procedure in which a tiny camera is guided through the bronchial tubes into the lungs.
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Children undergoing anesthesia, surgery rest easier with parents close by
Medical Daily
Anesthesia always accompanies a sense of risk, and for parents, having their children undergo an operation can be a very stressful situation. Researchers have found that both children and parents report much lower anxiety levels when the parent is present during the operation, as opposed to separating children from their parent at the operating room entrance. The most recent findings were presented by a team of researchers from the Hospital de Sagunto in Spain during this year’s Euroanaesthesia meeting in Stockholm.

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Integrating telemedicine and mHealth into the health system
By Jessica Taylor
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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Medicare to now cover sex-change surgery
The New York Times
Medicare may no longer exclude sex-reassignment surgery from coverage, a government appeals board ruled recently. It said the current exclusion was “no longer reasonable” because the surgery is safe and effective and can no longer be considered experimental. The decision, handed down by a Department of Health and Human Services appeals board, reverses a Medicare policy in place since 1981. It comes as a small but growing number of university health plans and large companies have started covering gender transition services, and could signal further changes since many health plans follow Medicare’s lead on coverage.
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Use of high-dose steroids for acute spinal cord injuries: 5 key observations
Becker's Spine Review
Gregory D. Schroeder, M.D., of the department of orthopedic surgery at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, along with physicians from the University of British Columbia in Canada and Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics in Chattanooga, Tennessee, investigated the use of high-dose steroids for acute spinal cord injuries and published their findings in Spine.
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Surgeons to attempt first ever suspended animation trials on humans
FOX News
Suspended animation: It’s a common concept used in science fiction, in which doctors preserve humans’ lives by suspending them between life and death. But now, the seemingly fictional idea may soon become a medical reality. According to a report in New Scientist, researchers at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are set to perform the first ever human clinical trials utilizing suspended animation later this month. Surgeons involved in the research will perform lifesaving surgery on 10 critically wounded patients, who will have been drastically cooled down to the point where their bodily functions have almost ceased.
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Surgeons can now do brain surgery through the nose
Live Science
Before mummifying someone, the ancient Egyptians would remove the deceased's brain through the nose. Today, neurosurgeons can operate on brain tumors using a similar method. Gaining access to tumors in the pituitary gland and other regions at the skull base — the bony ridge behind the nose and eyes — is difficult, because these areas are close to critical nerves and blood vessels linked to the brain, head and spinal cord. Traditionally, removing these tumors required a large incision, known as a craniotomy, which leaves scars and can requires a lengthy recovery period.
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The 4 basics of medical malpractice
By Joan Spitrey
One of every healthcare provider's biggest fears is being named in a lawsuit. Although most did not go into the healthcare profession with the intent to harm, sometimes harm does occur. Often the only way to determine if harm was negligent is through the civil court system and, in extreme cases, the criminal courts. For a patient or family member to seek litigation, four components of medical malpractice must be met for the case to be viable. Every state has different civil litigation procedures; the general process is the same. This article aims to assist the reader in understanding the basic components that make up a medical malpractice case.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Medical breakthrough: Bioengineered heart tissue (By Karen SC Ashley)
Improved scores after 3-column osteotomies show procedure's durability (Healio — Spine Surgery Today)
First operation streamed live with surgeon wearing Google glass (The Telegraph)

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