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Don't forget to register for the 15th Annual AASPA CME Meeting!
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!
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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 will be held before the 15th Annual AASPA CME Meeting at the Hilton Suites Chicago/Magnificent Mile.
- 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.
New percutaneous aortic heart valve does not require open surgery
The Medical News
Loyola University Medical Center is the first center in Illinois to implant a new percutaneous aortic heart valve that does not require open heart surgery. The device is called the CoreValve®Evolut R System. It is deployed with a catheter, which is inserted into an artery and guided to the heart. Once in place, the artificial valve takes over the function of the diseased valve. The system is much less invasive than open surgery.
Push to vaccinate healthworkers is on
Hospitals must count vaccination rates for anyone who works for any part of one day in the healthcare facility between Oct. 1 and March 31. That includes everyone from volunteers and clerical workers to healthcare providers and executives. Organizations then report their rates to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Healthcare Safety Network for public reporting, which began late last year for 2013–2014, on Hospital Compare.
Surgeons implant knee cartilage grown from patient's own cells
Doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are the first in Ohio to use a tissue implant made from a patient's own cells to treat knee cartilage damage. Healthy cartilage is crucial to the smooth and painless mobility of most joints, and has limited capacity to repair itself after injury.
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Waves of change: Helping staff navigate the turbulent tides of healthcare
By Christina Thielst
With an emphasis on reducing costs while improving quality and access, the transformation of the U.S. healthcare delivery system is creating additional pressure at the point of care — the encounters between clinicians and their patients. While change is due, it also requires balance and support for those who are caught at the crux as new models of care are being rolled out and payment models are still being developed and implemented.
"Research shows that healthcare workers as a whole are in poorer physical and mental health than other occupations," said Simon Fox, CEO of Adventures in Caring Foundation.
Non-ablative fractional laser could treat scar contracture
Treatment with a dual wavelength non-ablative fractional laser may result in the functional improvement of scar contractures, according to a case study published online in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. Researchers present a case study of a 28-year-old female with extensive scarring after a traumatic injury to her right lower extremity. She had limited range of motion due to scar contracture. The researchers found that following six treatments with a non-ablative fractional resurfacing device with two wavelengths, there was 50 to 75 percent improvement in scar texture and discoloration.
Ablation system may double survival in Stage 3 pancreatic cancer
Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News
Irreversible electroporation, an emerging ablative technique in cancer treatment, may prolong survival in patients with locally advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma, with the latest survival rates nearly double those of historical controls, according to a new study.
In a study presented at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Surgical Association, surgeons reported that patients treated with irreversible electroporation (IRE), in addition to conventional chemotherapy and radiation therapy, survived for a median of 23 to 28 months after treatment.
Alternative procedure to radical mastectomy investigated
Oncology Nurse Advisor
A revolutionary procedure has been developed that is an alternative to radical mastectomy. This procedure is an above the muscle, single-stage procedure that preserves the nipple, areola, and surrounding skin.
The procedure was developed by Elizabeth Hopkins, an aspiring physician and premedical student at Florida Atlanta University in Boca Raton, who has spent more than 640 hours shadowing Hilton Becker, M.D., a local plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Along with Jeffrey Lind II, M.D., they described their procedure in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Patient satisfaction is a poor surrogate for quality of care in brain surgery
Patient satisfaction is a very poor proxy for quality of care comparisons in elective cranial neurosurgery. Because deaths are rare events in elective cranial neurosurgery, reporting of surgeon or even department-specific mortality figures cannot differentiate a high or low level of the quality of care.
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