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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!

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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.

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Hospitals avoid morcellator for hysterectomies after FDA warning
Tampa Bay Times
Most Tampa Bay hospitals have halted a surgical technique used in many hysterectomies after a warning from the federal government that the procedure spreads an aggressive cancer in some women. Tampa General Hospital, BayCare Health System and the Florida Hospital system have joined institutions across the country in suspending use of a motorized blade called the power morcellator.

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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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What's a surgeon's role in an ACO? Not much so far, survey says
The Washington Post
Accountable Care Organizations have given little attention to surgery in the early years of the Medicare program, choosing to focus instead on managing chronic conditions and reducing hospital readmissions. That’s according to a case study and survey published recently in the journal Health Affairs. The authors conducted case studies at four ACOs in 2012 and sent a survey to all 59 Medicare ACOs in the first year of the program, with 30 responding.
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Turning a corner in stroke care
Medscape (free subscription)
As a neurosurgeon trained in cranial and endovascular neurosurgery, Dr. Khalessi greatly anticipates the International Stroke Conference (ISC) as an opportunity to engage the research community in advancing the care of patients with ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. Fortunately, the historic nihilism in stroke care is giving way to renewed optimism and focused progress in our treatment and understanding of cerebrovascular disease.
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Real-time feedback reduces rate of malpositioned thoracic pedicle screws
Healio — Spine Surgery Today
Providing real-time feedback to surgeons using neuromonitoring with pulse-train stimulation can help prevent the placement of malpositioned thoracic pedicle screws, according to study findings. In part one of a two-part study, researchers aimed to determine the success of using neuromonitoring with pulse-train stimulation to predict medially malpositioned thoracic pedicle screws. During the second phase, the researchers examined the benefits of providing feedback to surgeons on a regular basis during the procedure.
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Liposuction expert offers treatment for patients suffering from lipedema
Liposuction expert Dr. David Amron is one of the select surgeons in the nation to successfully treat lipedema (a.k.a. lipoedema), a potentially debilitating condition that causes abnormal accumulation of fat cells in the legs and sometimes arms. At his cutting edge facility located in the heart of Beverly Hills, the world-class surgeon is utilizing decades of liposculpture experience to help lipedema patients regain mobility, rebuild confidence, and put an end to their chronic pain.
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Electronic reminders help slash post-surgical thromboses
HeatthData Management
A multifaceted prevention program, including pre- and post-surgical electronic reminders to physicians, helped slash the rates of deep vein thromboses and pulmonary emboli. According to data published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, researchers at Boston Medical Center reported that they lowered the frequency of deep venous thromboses by 84 percent two years after the prevention efforts began, compared with the results two years before the program. The occurrence of pulmonary emboli fell by 55 percent in the same period, according to study authors.
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Increased demand gives orthopedic surgeons a golden opportunity to lead and take control
Healio — Orthopedics Today
To continue to provide expert and timely care, orthopedic surgeons need to improve the evidence base and change the shape and size of the workforce, according to a presenter at the 15th EFORT Congress – a combined program in partnership with the BOA. “The wind of change is here and we must change, I believe. If we don’t take the leadership and change, others such as politicians and mangers will. They will do it in a way that is unacceptable and unpalatable to us and actually I do not believe it will benefit our patients,” said Timothy Briggs at a 5 June symposium on international healthcare.
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Increase in number of total knee replacement surgeries, especially in younger adults, linked to obesity
Science 2.0
The number of total knee replacement (TKR) surgeries more than tripled between 1993 and 2009, while the number of total hip replacements (THR) doubled during the same time period. A study appearing in the June Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) found that an increase in the prevalence of ovrweight and obesity in the U.S. accounted for 95 percent of the higher demand for knee replacements, with younger patients affected to a greater degree.
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Doctor performs first US robotic kidney transplants using a revolutionary cooling technique
HIT Consultant
Dr.Mahendra Bhandari, CEO of the Vattikuti Foundation announced that the ongoing Foundation-funded robotic kidney transplant project has had the three first robotic kidney transplants successfully completed in Detroit. Robotic Kidney Transplantation with Regional Hypothermia was the first medical study in the world to use a novel method of cooling a donated kidney before it is placed in the patient.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Google Glass enters the operating room (The New York Times (opinion))
The 4 basics of medical malpractice (By Joan Spitrey)
Use of high-dose steroids for acute spinal cord injuries: 5 key observations (Becker's Spine Review)
Surgeons to attempt first ever suspended animation trials on humans (FOX News)
A device to control bleeding in brain surgery receives Phase 2 SBIR grant (MedCity News)

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