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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.

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In lumpectomy for breast cancer, taking out a bit more reduces OR revisits
Author Elaine Schattner writes: A few years ago, I was nearly shocked to read that nearly 1 in 4 women who choose lumpectomy for breast cancer wind up having a second operation. A significant number go on for a third surgery. In that NIH-funded analysis in JAMA, over 8 percnet of women who initially chose lumpectomy went back to the operating room for a mastectomy.
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Despite warnings, mesh use for prolapse on the rise
Urology Times
Despite the FDA’s warnings about health risks associated with the use of surgical mesh for transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP), use of the device is increasing, according to a study of POP patients in New York state. At the same time, risks of reinterventions within 1 year and post-surgery urinary retention continue, said the authors of the study, which was published online in BMJ.
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For some oncologists who choose un-wisely: 'trouble'
Medscape (free login required)
Only a minority (14 percent) of surgeons in the Untied States inappropriately order body imaging tests for early breast cancer patients between their diagnosis and date of surgery, according to an analysis of a national database. The tests (PET scans, CT scans, and bone scans) — targeted by the 2012 ASCO Choosing Wisely campaign — are not recommended for staging because the chance of disease spread in this setting is very low, said lead study author Allison Lipitz-Snyderman, Ph.D., from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
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High-tech monitors, cool gadgets help spark a healthcare revolution
USA Today
VideoBrief As the world becomes more digitized, the healthcare industry is racing to keep up, sparking an explosion of new digital technology geared to improving patient care. Most visible to patients is the move to electronic medical records, or EHRs, by healthcare professionals and hospitals in an effort to streamline record-keeping and meet federal guidelines. But that's only one of dozens of new tech advances that are designed to make life better for the ill, elderly and disabled.
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Computer brain surgery simulation is genuinely gelatinous
Popular Science
When you look at a diagram or model of the brain, everything looks to be in its place. Long-term memories are stored in the prefrontal cortex, the cerebellum takes care of balance, the parietal lobe integrates sensory information. But when neurosurgeons slice into the squishy mess that is your brain in order to do things like take out tumors, there are no such labels.
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Robotic arms take hold in the operating room
Hartford Courant
Not quite two weeks after having partial knee replacement surgery at Hartford Hospital in February, Martin Ethier took a ride to New Hampshire, where he climbed into a John Deere loader. "I made it back just in time for therapy," Ethier said. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests that people take nearly six weeks to recover fully from this type of surgery.
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Implantable antibiotic-laden sponges help prevent sternal wound infections during cardiac surgery
Cardiac surgeons often "crack open" the flat bone that forms the middle front section of the chest, known as the sternum, in order to reach important structures. When a sternal wound infection (SWI) occurs, serious complications and even death may result. Implanting antibiotic-laden sponges between the sternal halves before closure has been adapted to prevent infections. While a recent report questioned this practice, a meta-analysis in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, the official publication of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, clearly established that the sponges do work.
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As weight loss surgery booms, so do surgeries for hanging skin
Reuters via Business Insider
In recent years, as weight loss surgeries have been on the rise, so have procedures like tummy tucks, breast lifts, thigh lifts and upper arm lifts, which are usually associated with significant weight loss, according to new data from the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS). “We’re seeing exponential growth in concurrent surgeries, and we’re realizing that this is really a continuum of care for these patients,” said ASPS President Dr. Scot Glasberg, a private-practice plastic surgeon based in Manhattan, New York.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    New mastectomy strategy could reduce second surgery rate for breast cancer patients (Medical Daily)
How distractions cause stress and impede your ability to function (By Michael S. Haro, Ph.D.)
Work-life balance in healthcare: Addressing the system (By Catherine Iste)
Surgery may improve quality of life in unrelenting diverticulitis (Medscape (free login required))
Meniscus preservation is key first step of cartilage repair (Healio)

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