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iPad app helps surgeons in the operating room, gives digital overlays of key blood vessels
MedCity News
As augmented reality technology improves, you're going to see it in use everywhere — including the operating room. German research institute Fraunhofer MEVIS has created an app that lets surgeons use the iPad as a real-time viewfinder during surgeries. Not only does the app let doctors better plan their operations, but it also gives them digital overlays of key blood vessels.
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2013 AASPA CME Meeting & Surgical Update
We hope you will join us Oct. 3-6 at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town in Alexandria, Va., for our 13th Annual AASPA CME Meeting in 2013.

Join fellow surgical PAs, PA educators, PA students, pre-PA students and surgical industry leaders at the 13th 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 Alexandria Old Town in the heart of historical Old Town Alexandria, Va.

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 for the 2013 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 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 will be held before the 13th Annual AASPA CME Meeting at the Hilton Old Town Alexandria. Register today!
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Healthcare costs climb moderately
The New York Times
Premiums for employer-provided health insurance have increased by relatively modest amounts this year, according to a new survey, a further sign that once-torrid healthcare inflation has abated for now. The average annual premium for a family rose 4 percent in 2013, to $16,351, according to the survey results released by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Annual premiums for individual policies purchased through an employer rose 5 percent, to $5,884.
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Cancer surgeries lead to 'alarming' number of complications but fewer deaths
National Post
There are more complications among cancer patients who undergo surgery but fewer deaths, indicates a study published in the online scientific journal British Medical Journal Open. Complications include blood clots, pressure sores, infections and respiratory problems.
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MRI Interventions device impresses Boston surgeons
Memphis Business Journal
Memphis-based MRI Interventions’ ClearPoint device was used for the first time as a navigation device by a Boston surgical team to complete a laser ablation procedure. The ClearPoint device, used in conjunction with an MRI machine, was used at the procedure at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to treat a right frontal brain tumor. Laser ablation is performed by targeting a specific area of the brain to deliver a burst of energy to the target, destroying it, but not impacting the surrounding area in the brain.
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ICD-10 implementation requires planning now, CMS advises
McKnight's Long-Term Care News & AssistedLiving
Healthcare providers should start preparing for the fall 2014 implementation of ICD-10 codes, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services experts advised during a webinar. ICD-10 codes will replace ICD-9 codes on Oct. 1, 2014. They apply to all Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act-compliant healthcare provider reports, including MDS 3.0.

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3-D printed splint for toddler's windpipe saves his life
Medical News Today
Researchers from the University of Illinois, the Institute of Genomic Biology (IGB), and the University of Michigan developed a 3-D printed splint, which was sewn around Kaiba's tracheotomy tube in order to expand his collapsed windpipe and provide support for tissue growth.

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Doctor performs 1st Google Glass-equipped surgery
PC Magazine
Dr. Rafael Grossmann, of the Eastern Maine Medical Center, recently performed his first Google surgery with Google Glass in tow. As far as we can tell, it's also the first such Google Glass-equipped surgery in the device's history — complete with a corresponding Google...

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Barton on cutting edge with surgeries
Lake Tahoe News
No longer are multiple incisions necessary for hysterectomies or gall bladder removal. Barton Memorial Hospital performed its first single-site hysterectomies.
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Tissue Regeneration Systems nabs $4.6 million to improve facial surgeries
Xconomy
Tissue Regeneration Systems, a startup with offices in Kirkland, WA and Ann Arbor, MI, has raised $4.6 million to see if it can come up with a product to make life a little easier for patients who need significant bone replacement as part of complex facial and jaw surgeries.
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Surgeons evaluate combined surgery technique to remove cancerous tumors from rectum
News-Medical.net
Surgeons at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine are evaluating a new, combined surgery technique to remove cancerous tumors from the rectum. The hybrid technique uses the body's natural opening to remove malignancies and diseased tissue while also performing reconstruction.
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More doctors accepting Medicare patients
USA Today
The number of physicians accepting new Medicare patients rose by one-third between 2007 and 2011 and is now higher than the number of physicians accepting new private insurance patients, according to a Department of Health and Human Services report obtained by USA TODAY.
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You should have surgeries on Monday
British Medical Journal
The study suggests a higher risk of death for patients who have elective surgical procedures carried out later in the working week and at the weekend.
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