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Jun. 17, 2014

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!

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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

Course will be held before the 14th Annual AASPA CME Meeting at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco.

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Glass to get HIPAA compliance, surgery ready!
Android Headlines
Google Glass has been of interest to the healthcare industry for a while, and while performing surgery with Glass is nothing new, complying with HIPAA standards while doing it is. Video streaming software company CrowdOptic has teamed up with University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to produce streaming software that lets surgeons share their live recording with others off site. But now they are looking to include a feature to that software that allows for HIPAA compliance. More

Use of allograft struts may increase infection rates, time to union
Healio — Orthopedics Today
During operative treatment of Vancouver B1 fractures, recent study results showed allograft struts should be used cautiously due to increased infection and time to union. Researchers searched the Medline database and identified 37 studies representing 682 fractures between 1992 and 2012. Union data were available for 611 Vancouver B1 type fractures and 71 Vancouver C type fractures. The researchers compared treatment with and without allograft struts using various fixation techniques.More

Study: Needle biopsies may be underused for breast cancer patients
New York Daily News
Most women should opt for a needle biopsy when getting checked for cancer, though some doctors encourage a more invasive surgery, a University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center study says. The research underscores the importance of choosing a surgeon who performs regular biopsies. More

Robotic surgery an option for children with certain urologic conditions
Health Canal
With the surgical robot, he treats obstructed kidneys, nonfunctioning bladders, and disorders of sexual development; he undertakes complex surgeries such as bladder neck reconstruction, bladder augmentation, and the creation of catheterizable channels — procedures that a lot of surgeons wouldn’t think of doing robotically, he says. Dr. Casale recently operated on a 2-year-old girl who was incontinent because of an open bladder neck with bilateral renal duplication: bilateral ureteroceles and bilateral reflux. More

New brain implant conquers vertigo
Scientific American (subscription required)
Surgeons have implanted a new prosthesis in four patients to correct disabling dizziness. The device may someday restore balance to hundreds of thousands more.More

Hospitals avoid morcellator for hysterectomies after FDA warning
Tampa Bay Times
Most Tampa Bay hospitals have halted a surgical technique used in many hysterectomies after a warning from the federal government that the procedure spreads an aggressive cancer in some women. Tampa General Hospital, BayCare Health System and the Florida Hospital system have joined institutions across the country in suspending use of a motorized blade called the power morcellator. More

Children undergoing anesthesia, surgery rest easier with parents close by
Medical Daily
Anesthesia always accompanies a sense of risk, and for parents, having their children undergo an operation can be a very stressful situation. Researchers have found that both children and parents report much lower anxiety levels when the parent is present during the operation, as opposed to separating children from their parent at the operating room entrance. The most recent findings were presented by a team of researchers from the Hospital de Sagunto in Spain during this year’s Euroanaesthesia meeting in Stockholm. More

Surgeon survey reveals need to ascertain compatibility of skin care products with surgical handrubs
Infection Control Today
Harnoss, et al. says that surgical handrub and healthy skin are basic requirements to prevent surgical site infections. Nevertheless, there is little knowledge about the current practice of skin protection and/or skin care products (SP/SC) using among surgeons as well as a lack of data pertaining to the influence of SP/SC on the antimicrobial efficacy of surgical handrub. More

IV acetaminophen reduces pain in postoperative craniotomy patients
Pain Medicine News
Results of a new study show that IV acetaminophen significantly decreased postoperative pain in adults who had undergone supratentorial craniotomies, with a trend toward decreased narcotic requirements. The findings, an interim analysis of the data, were presented at the 2014 annual scientific meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. More

Is routine cholangiography during cholecystectomy a good idea?
Medscape (Free login required)
Does intraoperative cholangiography performed at the time of cholecystectomy reduce the risk for bile duct injury? To answer this question, Sheffield and colleagues looked at the frequency of common duct injuries in 92,932 Medicare patients undergoing cholecystectomy in Texas between 2000 and 2009. During this period, 280 common duct injuries were reported. More

FDA approves lymphoseek for lymph node detection in patients with head, neck cancers
Medical Daily
Lymphoseek, an injection commonly used to help doctors determine the reach of metastasis, or the spread of a skin cancer, has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in patients with squamous cell carcinoma, who might have had the cancer spread to areas in their head and neck region. Lymphoseek Injections provide health care providers with a radioactive diagnostic imaging agent used to identify lymph nodes closest to a primary tumor. More

Are new surgeons unprepared to practice surgery?
General Surgery News
To what extent are work hour restrictions adding to the burden of surgeons-in-training? Despite heated debate for over a decade, surgeons and policymakers have come no closer to a consensus. In 2003, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education instituted work hour restrictions of 80 hours per week, except under very special circumstances when a program or surgeon-in-training could be granted an additional eight hours of training per week. More

15- to 20-year old females at highest ACL risk
OrthoSpine News
The injury was painful, but the recovery was excruciating - physically and mentally. “Before surgery, it hurt really bad but, even after surgery, I’d go to physical therapy and I was crying every time because it hurt so much,” 15-year-old Ashlee Pratt said. “And the whole summer, I couldn’t really do anything. I was going mad, stuck in my house.” More

AAO: IRIS registry recognized by CMS
Healio — Ocular Surgery News
The American Academy of Ophthalmology announced that its longitudinal eye disease and condition database, the Intelligent Research in Sight Registry, has been recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as an approved method for enhanced federal quality reporting, according to a press release. The Intelligent Research in Sight (IRIS) database — launched in March 2014 — has received two Physician Quality Reporting System designations: a qualified registry and a qualified clinical data registry.More