AASPA Newsline
Jun. 25, 2013

Doctor performs 1st Google Glass-equipped surgery
PC Magazine
Dr. Rafael Grossmann, of the Eastern Maine Medical Center, recently performed his first Google surgery with Google Glass in tow. As far as we can tell, it's also the first such Google Glass-equipped surgery in the device's history — complete with a corresponding Google Glass Hangout (which wasn't open to the public, for those looking to tune in to a live surgery when the thrill of a YouTube video just isn't enough anymore).More

Framework to improve safety and effectiveness of surgical procedures
The Medical News
An international team of investigators co-led by Weill Cornell Medical College is offering a new framework for evidence-based surgery and device research, similar to the kind of risk and benefit analysis used in evidence-based medicine. "Currently, there is no dynamic research framework to systematically detect devices and surgeries that don't offer any benefits to patients or may even be harmful," says co-lead investigator Dr. Art Sedrakyan of Weill Cornell Medical College.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

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

Surgeon shortage linked to burst appendices
Fox News
Living in an area with few general surgeons may make people with appendicitis more likely to turn into ruptured appendix cases by the time they get to surgery, according to new research. "The study shows that access to surgical care, especially general surgical care, is important and low access can have real impacts that affect peoples' health," coauthor Thomas Ricketts of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill told Reuters Health by email. The Affordable Care Act includes a provision for incentive payments to increase the supply of doctors in areas with shortages, but those bonuses only apply in places with too few primary care doctors. More

OrthoSensor VERASENSE helps surgeons perfect total knee replacements
OrthoSensor won FDA clearance for its VERASENSE device, an electronic wireless sensor used in place of tibial trial spacers during total knee replacement procedures to help guarantee proper alignment and balance. The device, which is compatible with a number of implants on the market, provides real-time feedback on its orientation and soft tissue balance as the new knee is being positioned.More

Novel assessment tool may prevent post-LASIK ectasia
Medscape Today
Cutting-edge wavefront aberrometry can be used to help refractive surgeons predict the biomechanical stability of the cornea after LASIK surgery. "We all want to identify corneas that are weaker, even if they don't have any topographic abnormalities," Marcony Santhiago, MD, from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, told Medscape Medical News.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

High exhaustion in anesthesiology residents could compromise patient safety
Medical Daily
Anesthesiologists might have one of the most important jobs when it comes to patient safety. Without them, surgery would be much more painful than it is right now. However, a new study finds that residents in anesthesiology training programs have high rates of exhaustion and depression, which means they could be compromising patient safety.More

Surgeon provides guidance to identify ways to manage patients with sleep apnea
The Medical News
Although as many as 25 percent of patients undergoing surgery suffer from sleep apnea, few hospitals have policies to help manage the risks of this condition during surgery, and there is little evidence to help guide anesthesiologists and surgeons caring for these patients. In a new editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine, Stavros Memtsoudis, M.D., Ph.D., director of Critical Care Services at Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City, calls for a new research initiative to identify the safest and most effective ways to manage patients with sleep apnea.More

Newly identified dua's layer in cornea may improve surgeries
Medscape Today
Investigators have identified a novel, acellular, strong layer in the pre-Descemet's cornea. Harminder S. Dua, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, and colleagues discovered the layer by examining the separation that often occurs along the last row of keratocytes during the big bubble (BB) technique. Investigators named the novel layer the Dua's layer and published their discovery online in Ophthalmology.More

MRI screening may help identify spinal infections from contaminated drug injections
Infection Control Today
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at the site of injection of a contaminated lot of a steroid drug to treat symptoms such as back pain resulted in earlier identification of patients with probable or confirmed fungal spinal or paraspinal infection, allowing early initiation of medical and surgical treatment, according to a study in the June 19 issue of JAMA.More