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Study: Stroke surgery overused in sick, older patients
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According to a new study, 1 in 5 people who get artery-clearing surgery to prevent a stroke are likely too old and sick to live long enough to benefit from the procedure. Surgery to prevent stroke, called carotid endarterectomy, involves opening an artery in the neck and scraping away fatty deposits that can block the flow of blood. More



Computer models help doctors bring boy's head down to normal size
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Doctors used computer modelling to plan skull surgery for 7-year-old Dawa Titung, who was born with hydrocephalus, a condition in which too much fluid fills the space between the brain and the skull. The condition causes the still-forming skulls of children to expand around the fluid, causing the head to grow too large. More

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Discount deadline for the 12th Annual AASPA CME Meeting & Surgical Update is July1
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We hope you will join us at the Hilton Suites Chicago/Magnificent Mile in Chicago for our 12th Annual AASPA CME Meeting, Sept. 27-30.

Be sure to register by July 1 to receive a discount.

Join fellow Surgical PAs, PA educators, PA students, Pre-PA Students and surgical industry leaders at the 12th Annual Surgical CME, preceding the Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons!

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!

For more information, including on how to sponsor or exhibit at the meeting, go to www.aaspa.com.




Fundamental Critical Care Support course
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For 2012 the Society of Critical Care's Fundamental Critical Care Support Course. According to the SCC, this course is a two-day comprehensive course addressing fundamental management principles for the first 24 hours of critical care. It will prepare you for the first 24 hours of management of the critically ill patient until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged. It is also designed to assist the non-intensivist in dealing with sudden deterioration of the critically ill patient and to prepare nurses and other critical care practitioners to deal with acute deterioration in the critically ill patient.

Course Purpose
• To better prepare the non-intensivist 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 non-intensivist 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 Objectives
• Prioritize assessment needs for the critically ill patient
• Select appropriate diagnostic tests
• Identify and respond to significant changes in the unstable patient
• Recognize and initiate management of acute life-threatening conditions
• Determine the need for expert consultation and/or patient transfer and prepare the practitioner for optimally accomplishing transfer

For more information and to register, go to our website.


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New surgery tries a device to treat stubborn heartburn
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When medications aren't enough to control the unpleasant symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux, surgery is sometimes necessary. A new procedure done with no incisions is being promoted as an alternative to conventional surgery. More

Auto industry lean techniques boost morale and teamwork in the operating room
University of Michigan Health System via Science Codex    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For a year and a half, the University of Michigan Health System turned one of its head and neck surgery practices into a laboratory. The goal: to see if "lean thinking" techniques pioneered by the auto industry could be applied to the operating room in ways that simultaneously improved service for patients as well as improved overall efficiency. The answer was a resounding, "Yes." More

Surgical site infections more likely in patients with history of skin infection
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People with a past history of just a single skin infection may be three times more likely to develop a painful, costly — and potentially deadly — surgical site infection when they have an operation, according to new Johns Hopkins research. More

Curing diabetes via surgery, without weight loss
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If proven, bariatric surgery may help people with Type 2 diabetes who are less obese, overweight or even of healthy weight. And it might be effective against the currently incurable Type 1, or "juvenile," diabetes, too. More

5 spine surgeons on common misconceptions from patients
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Here are five spine surgeons discussing the most common misconceptions patients have when coming into their office. Ask Spine Surgeons is a weekly series of questions posed to spine surgeons around the country about clinical, business and policy issues affecting spine care. More

Researchers: May be best to stent all blocked arteries
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In patients with non-ST segment elevation acute coronary syndromes, outcomes of percutaneous coronary intervention were worse with incomplete revascularization than complete, researchers found. More


 
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