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AAAASF welcomes new facilities in 2015
AAAASF is pleased to welcome new facilities into its community, including two international locations. Please help us recognize these clinics and providers who have made the commitment to quality that is embodied by AAAASF certification.
AAAASF recognizes January and February donors to educational foundation
AAAASF Educational Foundation
Dr. Robert Singer and the AAAASF Educational Foundation appreciate the donations made to AAAASF Educational Foundation in January and February. Their donations will help support important educational programs for medical facilities, health care providers and patients, as well as provide public safety information. The donors are:
|Howard Alfred, MD
||Michael A. Levine, MD
|Steven Bansbach, MD
||Cathie Murray, RN, BSN
|April Brewer, RN, BSN
||Stanley Okoro, MD
|Saqib Chaudhry, MD
||Jayshree Patel, MD
|Stephen Earnhart, CRNA
||Nancy Staffeld, RN, BS, MHA
|Monte Jay Goldstein, MD
||Birendra N. Tandan, MD
|Ken Leeman, OT
||Melody Van Allen, RN
You may make a donation today by mailing to AAAASF Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 9500, Gurnee, IL 60031, by calling the AAAASF office at 888-545-5222 or by emailing Adriana@aaaasf.org.
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Tweaked technique for tough nasal-tip rhinoplasty
Cosmetic Surgery Times
In rhinoplasty, nasal tip bulbosity is one of the most difficult problems to correct. A recent paper published in Aesthetic Surgery Journal, however, suggests that a tweaked suture technique can help to improve outcomes.
Why plastic surgeons are the only doctors who can cure some migraines
We still don't know what fundamentally causes migraines, and most are considered incurable. But for a small number of sufferers, surgery can make severe, chronic migraines disappear forever. This is as close as modern medicine has yet come to a cure, and it's thanks to an Ohio-based plastic surgeon, Dr. Bahaman Guyuron.
Google Glass shows promising uses in plastic surgery
The "wearable technology" Google Glass has a wide range of possible applications in plastic surgery — with the potential to enhance surgical training, medical documentation and patient safety, according to a special paper in the March 2015 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS
Listening: A how-to guide for group practice administrators
We've all heard it before: We are supposed to listen. We know we need to listen to our staff so we can understand their needs and concerns and then help solve the problems so we can accomplish the practice goals. But knowing and doing are very different. How do you really listen to your team?
Thin is in — for OR equipment, that is
Signs it might be time to slim down (not you, your OR equipment): To get to the OR, you have to weave through a labyrinth of C-arms and towers double-parked in the hallway. Rooms feel crowded and congested, more like warehouses than surgical suites. To get to the patient on the table, you have to navigate an obstacle course of equipment, climbing over carts, hopping over cords and crawling under monitors.
Creating safe, energy-efficient operating rooms
Health Facilities Management
Proper environmental control, while not always obvious, is essential to the effective and cost-efficient operation of a facility. Its role in the operating room is particularly critical in servicing patients, meeting the needs of personnel, adhering to regulatory compliance and achieving overall operational cost savings.
States lift nurse practitioner hurdles amid doctor shortage
An increasing number of states are eliminating hurdles for patients who want easier access to treatment from a nurse practitioner, with Nebraska joining 19 other states by granting patients "full and direct" access to these advanced degree nurses.
Rural hospitals get billions in extra Medicare funds
The Associated Press via Modern Medicine
A law that allows rural hospitals to bill Medicare for rehabilitation services for seniors at higher rates than nursing homes and other facilities has led to billions of dollars in extra government spending, federal investigators say.
UI's new online nursing program benefiting rural hospitals
To address the transition from school to direct care, the University of Iowa College of Nursing has helped create an online curriculum for newly licensed registered nurses to earn educational credits as they enter the workforce.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS
Cryotherapy may heal injuries, slow signs of aging
Consumers are catching on to a cool new trend: kryotherapy, which requires spending time in a "cryosauna" that's cooled to -264 degrees. The method is not new, but it is said to reduce inflammation, improve athletic performance and even slow signs of aging.
Fluorescent probe may hold key to early detection of osteoarthritis
Dorothy L. Tengler
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in the U.S. Approximately 27 million adults have reported being diagnosed with OA by their physicians. However, a big challenge in properly assessing OA is that radiographic X-rays do not indicate the level of pain or allow physicians to directly see the amount of cartilage loss.
Spider venom has strong painkiller potential
Dorothy L. Tengler
Chronic pain is a serious health problem that affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. A new study in the British Journal of Pharmacology suggests that spider venom could lead to a more effective treatment for the millions suffering with chronic pain.
ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS
New 100-bed super speciality hospital opens doors
"Expediting new developments and raising the bar on quality are the twin areas that the UAE government is focused upon when it comes to health care," Minister of Health Abdul Rahman Mohammad Al Owais said while inaugurating a new 100-bed super speciality hospital by Aster DM Healthcare at Mankhool, Dubai.
Mayo readies services to draw patients from China
On the second floor of the H3 Plaza in Rochester, Minnesota, workers install baseboard trim to prepare for the city's first international concierge service. In a couple of months, the space will house the offices of MediSun, a Chinese company setting up a door-to-door service for Chinese patients traveling more than 6,000 miles for treatment at Mayo Clinic.
British hospitals head to Portugal, Eastern Europe to solve nursing crisis
Your Local Guardian
Hospitals in Epsom and St Helier, in the U.K., are looking to Portugal and Eastern Europe to help fill the 300 nursing vacancies that currently exist.
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