AASPA Newsline
Jun. 11, 2013

Surgeons develop app to practice surgery
BBC News
Trainee surgeons are using tablet computers as a way to practice surgery outside the operating theater. The surgery app was designed by four surgeons in London and can be downloaded on a variety of devices. Dr. Sanjay Purkayastha, one of its developers said they wanted to take surgical education to "another level". The app has been downloaded worldwide more than 80,000 times in less than six months.More

New ways to perform deep brain stimulation
The surgeon who more than two decades ago pioneered deep brain stimulation surgery in the United States to treat people with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders has now developed a new way to perform the surgery - which allows for more accurate placement of the brain electrodes and likely is safer for patients.More

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!More

Calling all artists! Enter AASPA's 1st T-shirt design contest
Try your hand at creating the AASPA official 2013 conference T-shirt! The winner will receive a free 2013 AASPA CME Conference registration ($550 value). All entries must be submitted by July 1 and follow all design guidelines stated here.

Any questions? Click here or contact Linda Kotrba at executivedirector@aaspa.com.More

Few physicians use EHRs to exchange data
About 40 percent of physicians in the United States have adopted a basic electronic health record system, but few are able to use those systems to exchange clinical information with other offices or generate quality metrics, according to a survey of more than 1,800 physicians.More

CME reduces costs in bleeding-related disorders
Medscape Today (registration)
Does continuing medical education (CME) result in better outcomes and more affordable care? Although more than $2 billion is spent on CME annually in the United States, few studies detailing its economic benefits exist. Using a computer model, a new study estimates that CME programs can save significant costs even when a modest number of physicians change their practice as a result of what they have learned.More

Single-use instrumentation decreased time for navigated TKA
Single-use instrumentation, cutting blocks and trial implants increased the efficiency of navigated total knee arthroplasty, according to this study. "There were modest time-savings from the introduction of this new technology when used with navigated total knee arthroplasty, but not with conventional instruments," the researchers wrote in their abstract. More

Doctor transplants finger from one hand to the other
A woman left with two crushed hands and little hope of ever doing things on her own agrees to a rare surgery that could give her two working hands. Now surgeons in Chicago are hoping to change it again with an unusual transplant.Face transplants, arm transplants: they're the shocking surgeries that grab headlines, but are far from practical for most people who suffer severe limb injuries.More

New license agreement: Surgeons may soon 'see around corners'
Health Canal
A first-of-its-kind endoscope that allows surgeons to see around obstructions and generate real-time 3D images while performing surgery, may soon be a reality thanks to a recent license agreement made between The Hospital for Sick Children...More

Surgeon performs robotic laparoscopic procedure on pregnant patient
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston via News Medical
Performing surgery on a pregnant patient is a delicate matter. Risks to both mother and baby must be carefully weighed in every decision a surgeon makes. Recently, at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, a surgeon performed... More

Workplace wellness and the ACA
With each passing week, the Obama Administration rolls ahead with implementation of the Affordable Care Act despite attempts by House and Senate Republicans to derail the effort. Most recently, the administration issued rules explaining how employers can establish workplace wellness programs without running afoul the ACA. More

Infection expert: Don't rush to change MRSA protocols
Health Leaders Media
Hospitals should continue to conduct routine risk assessments to determine how well their infection control strategies are working before rushing to adopt a highly touted and possibly costly new protocol, says a member of the board of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.More

Implant improves vision in macular degeneration
Medscape Today
The first four patients with age-related macular degeneration to receive an implantable miniature telescope gained 0.58 logMAR of best-corrected distance visual acuity in the implanted eye, without operative or near-term post-operative complications, report clinicians at the University of South Carolina.More

3-D printing physical bone models
Today's Medical Developments
Time is critical when a patient is undergoing surgery. The longer the patient's internal tissue is exposed, the greater the risk. When a patient can be quickly closed up and begin recovery, chances are greater for a healthy recovery. These concerns are on the minds of maxillofacial surgeons in Belgium, who often need to reconstruct bones in a patient's skull, such as a jaw ravaged by cancer or an eye socket crushed in a car accident. More