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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!

Click here to REGISTER NOW for best pricing!
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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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Study: Anesthesia complications drop by half
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Anesthesia-related complications in the United States have fallen by more than half, while the overall death rate has remained the same, a new study indicates. Researchers analyzed data from more than 3.2 million cases of anesthesia use between 2010 and 2013, and found the rate of complications decreased from 11.8 percent to 4.8 percent. The most common minor complication was nausea and vomiting (nearly 36 percent) and the most common major complication was medication error (nearly 12 percent).
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Robotic adnexal surgeries may have more complications than laparoscopic
2 minute medicine
Adnexal surgeries such as oophorectomy and cystectomy have seen a fairly dramatic increase in procedures performed with the use of robotic assistance. Due to their relative lack of complexity, they have been considered a reasonable setting for surgeons to gain experience with the robotic platform. However, many studies aiming to demonstrate the improved effectiveness and safety of robotic-assisted procedures have been inconclusive.
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Childhood immunization guidelines needed for cardiopulmonary bypass
Healio
Immunization guidelines need to be developed for children with congenital heart disease before and after cardiopulmonary bypass, according to findings presented at the 2014 AAP National Conference and Exhibition. “Congenital heart disease (CHD) occurs in approximately 1% of live births, making heart defects the most common birth defect,” the researchers wrote in the abstract.
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CDC will offer more Ebola training to Healthcare workers
The New York Times
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the agency would take new steps to help hospital workers protect themselves, providing more training and urging hospitals to run drills to practice dealing with potential Ebola patients. In response to the news that a healthcare worker in Dallas had contracted Ebola, a spokeswoman said the agency would also issue more specific instructions and explanations for putting on and removing protective equipment and would urge nurses and doctors to enlist a co-worker or “buddy” to watch them do so.
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Study: Anesthesia complications drop by half
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Anesthesia-related complications in the United States have fallen by more than half, while the overall death rate has remained the same, a new study indicates.

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What is the future of limb transplant surgery?
By Alan Kelsky
The ethics of transplanting life-saving organs such as the heart, lungs and liver from people who died in a trauma accident is well established. So are the life-saving gifts of a kidney or part of a liver from live donors. Without these extraordinary medical advances people die.

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3-D-printed replica brains used to guide life-changing pediatric surgery
Product Design Engineering News
It seems the applications for 3-D printing are endless. Now, to add to the ever-growing collection of awesome 3-D-printed goodies, medics have used the famous additive manufacturing technology to produce replicas of infants’ brains in order to practice life-saving but risky surgical procedures.

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Caldolor reports favorable inflammatory response results in laparoscopic cholecystectomy surgery patients
Pharmaceutical Business Review
Cumberland Pharmaceuticals (CPIX) has announced that preoperative intravenous ibuprofen improved overall quality of recovery in patients undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy surgery. These results will be presented at the American Anesthesiology 2014 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. The investigator study was completed at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Rutgers University and New York Methodist with Alex Bekker, M.D., Ph.D., as the primary investigator.
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Multi-center study compares clinical performance of AAA procedures in virtual environment
News-Medical
University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center and Simbionix recently launched a multi-center, randomized study comparing the clinical performance of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) procedures with and without prior rehearsal in a virtual environment for physicians. The study investigates the clinical related performance and cost analysis of AAA procedures performed using standard protocols compared to procedures performed with prior rehearsal. A total of 11 sites across the country are enrolling up to 150 patients who have chosen to have elective endovascular AAA repair.
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Aesthetic procedures following bariatric surgeries may help improve long-term results
News-Medical
Patients who have plastic surgery to reshape their bodies after bariatric procedures are able to maintain "significantly greater" weight loss than those who do not have surgery, according to a new study by Henry Ford Hospital researchers. "As plastic and reconstructive surgeons, we are encouraged by the idea that improved body image can translate into better long-term maintenance of a healthier weight, and possibly a better quality of life for our patients," says Donna Tepper, M.D., a Henry Ford plastic surgeon and senior author of the study.
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Study: Robotic surgery brings higher costs, more complications
The Wall Street Journal
In the latest study to question the value of robotic surgery, researchers from Columbia University found that the technology costs significantly more and has a higher rate of complications than regular minimally invasive surgery for removing ovaries and ovarian cysts. Last year, the same researchers reported that robotic surgery for hysterectomies was more costly, and brought no better outcomes, than regular laparoscopic surgery. Separately, a small study published in July found that robotic surgery for bladder cancer was no better than laparoscopy at reducing complications.
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Preoperative ultrasound imaging of thyroid cancer essential to preventing additional surgeries
Healio
The use of comprehensive preoperative imaging enables complete initial surgical removal of thyroid cancer and associated metastases from cervical lymph nodes, according to the American Thyroid Association’s Statement on Preoperative Imaging for Thyroid Cancer Surgery. In the recently released statement, Michael W. Yeh, M.D., and colleagues from the Surgical Affairs Committee of the American Thyroid Association outlined the importance of preoperative imaging in ensuring complete initial surgery and avoiding the need for reoperation.
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