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AASPA board member, Roy Constantine, Ph.D., PA-C, Faculty, will be speaking during one of the SCCM webcasts.

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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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Cholesterol drugs may assist post-operative recovery
health24
Recovery time after surgery may be reduced for patients taking the cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins, according to a new study. The study's Irish researchers suspect that the drugs may affect the body's inflammatory response, reducing the amount of time surgical patients' wounds need to heal. And that seemed to be particularly true among people who tend to have healing complications.
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Outcomes good, costs less, as TAVR leaves hybrid OR for cath lab
Medscape (free login required)
Transcatheter aortic-valve replacement (TAVR) can be performed in a cath lab rather than a hybrid operating room, with substantial cost savings and no price in terms of worse outcomes. The paper addresses differences in transfemoral TAVR outcomes and costs, based not so much on the physical environment but according to the umbrella under which they are performed. In doing so, the researchers led by Dr. Vasilis Babaliaros, offer some of the first published evidence for moving transfemoral procedures, already performed predominantly by interventional cardiologists, into exclusively interventional turf — a shift long envisioned by the pioneers of these procedures.
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Study confirms benefit of surgical treatment for migraines
News-Medical
Dr. Oren Tessler, Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Medicine, is part of a team of plastic and reconstructive surgeons who report a high success rate using a method to screen and select patients for a specific surgical migraine treatment technique. More than 90 percent of the patients who underwent this surgery to decompress the nerves that trigger migraines experienced relief and also got a bonus cosmetic eyelid surgery.
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Work group passes epidural steroid injection consensus in response to FDA warning
Healio
In response to an alert statement issued in April by the regulatory division of the FDA, 14 organizations that form the Multi-Society Pain Working Group collaborated to develop recommendations on epidural steroid injections. The International Spine Intervention Society (ISIS), a member of the Multi-Society Pain Working Group (MPW), reported at its website, “ISIS feels that the alert was misleading in its message regarding the safety of epidural steroid injections and contained inaccuracies regarding the effectiveness of this procedure.”
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Surgeons perform 1st of its kind hepatitis C to hepatitis C kidney transplant
Health Feed
University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) surgeons performed what is believed to be the first kidney transplant in Utah using an organ from a donor with hepatitis C. The organ went to a recipient who also has hepatitis C, clearing the path for the recipient to now receive live-saving medications for the disease.

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More than 200 teeth removed from teen with rare condition
KWTX-TV
Dental surgeons in Mumbai, India said they were surprised by the number of teeth they had to remove from the mouth of a teenage boy with a rare condition. In all the surgeons removed 232 teeth. The 17-year-old boy has odontoma, in which a tumor grows under a gum and creates smaller tooth-like growths called denticles.

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Patients remain in danger from preventable errors
FierceHealthcare
Patients today are no safer from harm caused by preventable errors than they were 15 years ago, a leading healthcare expert testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging Thursday. In terms of error reduction and quality improvement, "[w]e have not moved the needle in any meaningful. demonstrable way overall," testified Ashish Jha, M.D., a professor at Harvard School of Public Health.

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It's not just about survival: Why some breast cancer patients opt for surgery on both sides
Forbes
Years ago, journalists who had breast cancer fought with words to inform other women with breast cancer that, in many cases, they didn’t need a mastectomy. Lumpectomy is sufficient, they pointed out. In 1990, the NIH published a consensus statement emphasizing the fact that for most women with small tumors, there is no survival benefit in lopping off the full breast.
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Surgeons perform 1st of its kind hepatitis C to hepatitis C kidney transplant
Health Feed
University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) surgeons performed what is believed to be the first kidney transplant in Utah using an organ from a donor with hepatitis C. The organ went to a recipient who also has hepatitis C, clearing the path for the recipient to now receive live-saving medications for the disease.
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Use of electronic reminders helps to reduce risk of surgical site infections
News-Medical
The use of electronic reminders such as text messages, emails or voicemails is highly effective at getting surgical patients to adhere to a preadmission antiseptic showering regimen known to help reduce risk of surgical site infections (SSIs), according to a first-of-its-kind study published in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Each year approximately 400,000 SSIs occur and lead to a death rate approaching nearly 100,000 according to data sources cited by study authors.
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Burnout common among transplant surgeons, study reveals
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Transplant surgeons often feel emotionally drained and overextended, which are red flags for burnout, a new study suggests. Nearly half of the transplant surgeons in the study reported having a low sense of personal accomplishment and four out of 10 admitted to feeling emotionally exhausted, researchers found. "Burnout is common in medicine, especially in high-pressure specialties like transplantation," study co-author Dr. Marwan Abouljoud, director of the Henry Ford Transplant Institute, said in a Henry Ford Health System news release.
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Near-infrared imaging helps make cancer glow to improve surgical outcomes
BioOptics
A team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has developed a new method to help surgeons see an entire tumor in a patient, increasing the likelihood of a positive outcome. Their approach relies on an injectable dye that accumulates in cancerous tissues much more so than normal tissues. When the surgeon shines near-infrared (NIR) light on the cancer, it glows, thereby allowing the surgeon to remove the entire malignancy.
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Minimally invasive method now available as treatment for lung cancer
The Sentinel
In February, Lynette Zeiders had just been diagnosed with breast cancer and was going through extra screening to make sure it hadn’t spread. That’s when her doctors found out that Zeiders — who is not a smoker — had lung cancer. “When you’re diagnosed with (breast cancer) from a biopsy, they do an ultrasound and an MRI to follow up to make sure that it hasn’t spread,” she said. “When they did the MRI, they saw the tumor in my right lung. So then from there, I had it biopsied, and they found out it was cancer, and they removed the lower portion of my right lung.”
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'Heart in a box': Pioneering device keeps donor organs alive outside the body
The Daily Mail
Transplant surgeons are using a pioneering technology that keeps a donor heart pumping outside the body. Dubbed the ‘heart in a box’, the device keeps the organ ‘alive’ from the moment it is removed until it is placed in a recipient. Traditionally, all donor organs are placed in a cool-box and surrounded by ice to prevent them deteriorating on their journey between hospitals. Not only does this extend how long a donor heart can be kept outside the body, but it allows specialists to assess if it is suitable for transplant.
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