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Red blood cell transfusion in cardiac surgery may increase risk of infection
Infection Control Today
The risk of postoperative infection appears to increase when patients receive red blood cell (RBC) transfusion during or after cardiac surgery, and greater attention to practices that limit red blood cell use could potentially reduce the occurrence of major postoperative infections, according to a study published in the June 2013 issue of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
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Surgeons should consider pathogen before infected knee debridement
Surgeons who choose debridement for an infected knee implant should also consider pathogen type in their decision-making process, as different methicillin-resistant diseases have various successes with debridement vs. implant removal, according to results of this study.
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.
Any questions? Click here or contact Linda Kotrba at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sebelius asks physician assistants for Obamacare outreach help
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asked a group representing nearly 46,000 physician assistants to help persuade uninsured Americans to sign up for coverage under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law.
Polish surgeons perform miraculous procedure
A Polish man has done the unthinkable – he received a new face. Unfortunately, the face transplant surgery didn’t come at his own will and was done out of necessity. The 33-year-old Polish man in question, had to receive the face transplant surgery after being disfigured in a workplace accident, and doctors termed this operation to have the fastest ever time frame.
Researchers closing in on printing 3-D hearts
Researcher Stuart Williams is not talking about a far-off, science-fiction effort when he describes how scientists here will create new, functioning human hearts — using cells and a 3-D printer.
The project is among the most ambitious in the growing field of three-dimensional printing that some say could revolutionize medicine.
Researchers find dying cells essential to muscle development and repair
Dying cells have long been considered debris that must be removed from the body to avoid causing tissue inflammation. However, the U.Va. research shows that a small number of myoblasts – precursor cells that develop into muscle tissue – must die to allow muscle formation.
PA program at CBU makes history
The Commercial Appeal
The Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program at Christian Brothers University (CBU) made history on May 4 in the University Theater when it coated its first cohort, marking a rite of passage for the students from didactic classroom and lab instruction to practical clinical training. Not only was this the inaugural PA White Coat Ceremony at CBU but it marks the first ever in Memphis.
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Risk of death '82 percent higher for a weekend operation'
People who have surgery towards the end of the week are more likely to die that those who have procedures earlier on, U.K. researchers have found.
A BMJ report into non-emergency operations in England found that people having operations on a weekend were 82 percent more likely to die than if they had operations on a Monday, although only a minority of planned operations take place on weekends
FDA gives clearance for Brivo Plus C-arm
GE Healthcare announced FDA 510(k) clearance of its latest Brivo Plus C-arm, now available in the U.S. With legacy OEC image quality and ease-of-use, the affordability and reliability of this new Brivo C-arm will offer a high quality, affordable option for basic surgical imaging. For more than four decades, GE Healthcare has been committed to delivering high-quality, innovative advances in the mobile surgical C-arm field - supporting successful surgeries throughout the world with easy-to-use technology.
The futuristic robot surgeons of 1982 have arrived
A futuristic technology hasn't really arrived until someone files a lawsuit against it. And in that case, the robot surgeon is here. Welcome to the future.
The da Vinci surgical robot (or, more accurately, its maker) was acquitted in the case of a man who died in 2012 after a botched robotic surgery four years earlier. The jury voted 10-2 in favor of Intuitive, the maker of the da Vinci, but you can rest assured this won't be the last legal battle for robot-assisted medicine.
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