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AAAASF President honored at The Aesthetic Meeting 2015
AAAASF
Dr. Foad Nahai was presented a career achievement award during The Aesthetic Meeting 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on May 16. The meeting is an annual gathering of the world's leading aesthetic plastic surgeons. Dr. Nahai currently serves as president of the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities and is a professor of surgery at Emory University in Atlanta. Celebratory refreshments were served inside the AAAASF booth during the meeting's exposition.
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AAAASF recognizes April donors to educational foundation
AAAASF Educational Foundation
Dr. Robert Singer and the AAAASF Educational Foundation appreciate the donations made to AAAASF Educational Foundation in April. These 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:

  • Sandy Barrera, RN
  • Monte Jay Goldstein, M.D.
  • Janice Izlar
  • Andrew Levy, PT
  • Terri Link, MPH, BSN, RN, CNOR, CIC
  • Doris McFarlin, RN, BSN
  • Cathie Murray
  • Darrell Ranum
  • Nancy Staffeld, RN
  • Birenda N. Tansan, M.D.
  • Gary Woessner, MA-CC, MBA, CAS

    You may make a donation today by mailing to AAAASF Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 9500, Gurnee, Illinois 60031, by calling the AAAASF office at 88-545-5222 or by emailing Adriana@aaaasf.org.

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    Olympus mounts defense over deadly outbreaks tied to medical scopes
    Los Angeles Times
    Under fire for selling a medical scope linked to superbug outbreaks, Olympus Corp. is pushing back against its critics and says the design of its product isn't necessarily the sole cause for infections. U.S. health officials have determined that recent bacterial outbreaks were tied to reusable duodenoscopes sold by Olympus and two other manufacturers — even though hospitals followed the companies' cleaning instructions.
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    The benefits of pre-surgery education
    Gallup
    To customers, feelings are facts. When the customers are hospital patients receiving medical device implants, their emotions are influenced by both the outcomes healthcare providers and medical device companies deliver and by how these outcomes compare with patients' expectations. Patient education is the primary way to manage these expectations. The education that patients receive before surgery has significant positive effects on surgery outcomes, Gallup's analysis shows. These results include increased overall patient satisfaction, reduced problem incidence and improved quality of life.
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    Keeping bariatric patients from coming back
    Pharmacy Practice News
    With the risk for death from bariatric surgery now lower than that for hip replacement surgery, the bariatric surgery community is enlisting pharmacists to help achieve a new goal: reducing readmissions after the procedure. "I see pharmacists taking on a bigger role in care of bariatric surgical patients going forward," said Bishoy Luka, PharmD, BCNSP, the director of Clinical Pharmacy Services and Education, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, New York.
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    Injecting regulations into cosmetic medicine
    The Conversation
    Cosmetic procedures quite often receive bad press; they're seen as unbridled vanity and something to be frowned upon. But the industry drivers are far more complex than simple vanity. Society rewards attractiveness in both obvious and subtle ways. Little in our social existence is truly immune from the influences of beauty. The cosmetic industry is tapping into more than garden-variety vanity. The Medical Board of Australia has released a discussion paper and proposed regulations to better protect consumers
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    AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


    The unfortunate return of measles: What EMS providers need to know
    EMSWorld
    In the year 2000, not that long ago, measles was declared eliminated in the United States. Now, unfortunately, in 2014–15 it is back. What happened? And how do we respond? Since 2000, just a few cases have occurred in the U.S., the result of visitors from foreign countries that do not have strong vaccine and immunization programs. These are referred to as "imported cases" and are reported to the public health department, where contact follow-up is conducted. Now more cases are occurring, the result of communities in the U.S. with unvaccinated people.
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    Royal College endorses a mobile cognitive simulation and rehearsal platform for surgeons
    The Medical News
    The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has teamed up with Touch Surgery, to deliver better training and improve global surgical practice through Touch Surgery's library of surgical simulations. Touch Surgery allows surgeons to learn and rehearse procedures with the ability to evaluate cognitive competence through a validated, objective scoring system. The aim of the platform is to better disseminate best surgical practice and to use objective data to validate surgical knowledge.
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    Smoking linked to worse outcomes after urologic cancer surgery
    Henry Ford Health System via Medical Xpress
    Patients who smoke, as well as those who once had the habit, are more likely to develop complications during and after major urologic cancer surgery, according to a new study that included researchers at Henry Ford Health System. The findings were part of a larger study of 16 major surgical procedures across several specialties — including cardiovascular, orthopedic and cancer surgeries — that linked smoking and complications during and after the operations.
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    RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


    Study links antibiotic overuse to diagnostic mistakes
    Modern Healthcare
    Diagnostic errors may be one overlooked factor in the battle to drive down the unnecessary use of antibiotics, according to a study recently released by the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. An analysis found that in nearly every case where a patient's initial diagnosis was undetermined — listed as a symptom rather than a disease — or was later found to be totally incorrect, the patient was given a course of antibiotics they didn't need.
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    Hospitals move to limit low-volume surgeries
    U.S. News & World Report
    Three of the nation's top academic medical systems &mdashl; Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and the University of Michigan — say they are planning to impose minimum-volume standards that will bar hospitals in their systems from performing certain procedures unless both the hospitals and their surgeons do them often enough to keep their skill level up. The move comes in the wake of a story released recently by U.S. News showing that hospitals that do small numbers of common procedures place patients at far greater risk than those that do lots of them.
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    Surgeons want robotics training during general surgery residency
    General Surgery News
    The vast majority of residents and attendants believe that robotics should be included in general surgery training and that it should start in the first year, according to the results of a single-center study presented at the 2015 Southeastern Surgical Congress Annual Meeting. Despite this finding, there is not yet enough literature to begin formulating how standardized robotics education should be achieved, said investigator Heather R. Nolan, MD, a general surgery resident at Mercer University School of Medicine/The Medical Center-Navicent Health, in Macon, Georgia.
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    OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


    The amazing ways dogs are helping kids with physical therapy
    VetStreet
    For 8-year-old Johnathan Ingersoll, the physical and occupational therapy he goes through to help with his cerebral palsy and seizures is hard work. But in the last year, he's gained a big — and sometimes slobbery — partner to assist him in his sessions. Atlas, a 2-year-old French Mastiff, is a therapy dog who works with the patients at the Children's Therapy Center in northern Virginia, under the guidance of his handler, Kathy Benner, from the nonprofit Heeling House.
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    Implantable ion pump stops chronic pain at the source
    MedGadget
    A team from Linköping University and Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have developed a device that delivers the neurotransmitter γ-aminobutyric acid, a naturally produced charged molecule used by the body to control pain, to the precise spot where an injured nerve makes contact with the spinal cord.
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    ProRehab physical therapy partnership with Physical Therapy Plus official
    San Antonio Express-News
    ProRehab Physical Therapy, Louisville's largest locally-owned private practice physical therapy company, is pleased to announce their partnership with Physical Therapy Plus is now official. The merger allows both groups to continue to provide kind, compassionate and empathetic care to residents from their combined eight locations throughout Louisville, Tennessee.
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    ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


    South Korea's plastic surgery boom lures Chinese as Korean pop culture gains popularity
    International Business Times
    China's tourists are traveling internationally more than ever. And while food, historic sites and shopping continue to be big reasons Chinese people travel, more and more mainland tourists have been heading to nearby South Korea to undergo plastic surgery procedures. In Asia's so-called plastic surgery capital of Seoul, South Korea, mainland Chinese have come to represent 70 percent of foreign clientele as cosmetic surgery becomes increasingly accessible and affordable. Reports by China's Ministry of Health found that Chinese made 56,000 trips to South Korea in 2014 to have procedures done.
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    Designing better medical implants
    Bioscience Technology
    Biomedical devices that can be implanted in the body for drug delivery, tissue engineering, or sensing can help improve treatment for many diseases. However, such devices are often susceptible to attack by the immune system, which can render them useless. A team of MIT researchers has come up with a way to reduce that immune-system rejection. In a study appearing in a recent issue of Nature Materials, they found that the geometry of implantable devices has a significant impact on how well the body will tolerate them.
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    Botox vs. Xeomin: Study results are in
    Cosmetic Surgery Times
    According to a new study, Botox is still the best product for correcting upper-face wrinkles — but not by much — when compared with the new kid on the botulinum block. Two Florida plastic surgeons have completed a study comparing the newest FDA-approved botulinum toxin type A product, incobotulinumtoxinA with longtime leader onabotulinumtoxinA on performance in correcting upper-face wrinkles. According to the authors — Ruth Hill Yeilding, M.D., Winter Park, and John P. Fezza, M.D., Sarasota — this is the first prospective, split-face, randomized, double-blind study to address three types of facial wrinkles — glabellar lines, crow's feet and forehead lines.
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