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CV physician assistants offer safe, efficient surgical care
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Physician assistants work safely and efficiently as assistant surgeons during cardiac surgery, according to a small, single-site retrospective study. In an accompanying commentary, a cardiothoracic surgeon describes cardiovascular physician assistants as "our invaluable surgical partners in every sense of the word" who are not adequately recognized by hospitals and payers. More



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Fundamental Critical Care Support course
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According to the Society of Critical Care, this Fundamental Critical Care Support 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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Nerve handling key to avoiding chronic pain after hernia surgery
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One in 6 patients who reported chronic pain six months after an open inguinal hernia repair still suffers from chronic pain 10 years later, according to a prospective German study reported at the Fifth International Hernia Congress. Others develop late-onset pain, even after five years. More

Study: Having a trainee surgeon in operations is safe
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When a surgeon-in-training, or resident, takes part in an operation, the patient's risk of serious complications appears to be no greater than normal, according to a recently published U.S. study. More

Surgeons perform two TAVR procedures at Toledo Hospital
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Minimally invasive surgery is one of the biggest trends in health care as a safer alternative to major surgery. One of the newest procedures, approved this year by the Food and Drug Administration, is Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement. TAVR is a new option for high-risk patients with failing heart valves who are not candidates for open-heart surgery. In July, cardiovascular surgeons at ProMedica Toledo Hospital performed the first TAVR procedure in northwest Ohio. More



Could new device be the future of suture?
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Johns Hopkins undergraduates invented an abdominal suturing tool, called FastStitch, to guide the placement of stitches and guard against the accidental puncture of internal organs. The student inventors have described their device as a cross between a pliers and a hole-puncher. Although the device is still in the prototype stage, the team has already received recognition and raised more than $80,000 this year in grant and prize money to move their project forward. More

Breast implant scandal spurs UK cosmetic surgery review
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Nose jobs and cosmetic procedures face increased scrutiny in the U.K. after at least 490 British women were forced to undergo surgery to remove faulty French breast implants. The U.K. Department of Health is reviewing the cosmetic surgery industry and may tighten rules, according to a statement from the government. National Health Service Medical Director Bruce Keogh will lead the effort, which will examine whether people have the right amount of information before undergoing procedures and how to ensure patients get appropriate care after surgery, the department said. More

Mom seeks heart transplant for autistic son
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A Pennsylvania woman whose autistic adult son was not recommended for a heart transplant said she wants to bring more attention to the decision-making process so that those with ailments or disabilities are not passed over without careful consideration. More
 

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