AASPA Newsline
Sep. 1, 2015

PA tops list of most promising jobs for millennials
PA is number one on the list of top jobs for millennials, according to Young Invincibles, a six-year-old Washington, D.C., nonprofit devoted to advancing opportunities for young people. Founded by two Georgetown law students who wanted to get millennials' voices heard in the healthcare debate, the organization now does research and advocacy on economic issues that concern young people, from jobs to education. This is the first year it has put together a best jobs report.More

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The 15th Annual AASPA CME Meeting

We hope you will join us Oct. 1 – 4, 2015 at the Hilton Suites Chicago/Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois, for our 15th Annual AASPA CME Meeting.

Join fellow surgical PAs, PA educators, PA students, pre-PA students and surgical industry leaders at the 15th 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 Suites Chicago in the heart of incredible Chicago.

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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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 will be held before the 15th Annual AASPA CME Meeting at the Hilton Suites Chicago/Magnificent Mile.

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FDA alert: Becton-Dickinson syringes may degrade stored drugs
Outpatient Surgery
If you're using compounded or repackaged drugs that have been stored in 3 ml or 5 ml syringes manufactured by Becton-Dickinson, stop — unless there's no suitable alternative. So says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, based on preliminary reports that a chemical reaction occurs when drugs interact with the syringes' rubber stoppers, and potency may degrade as a result. The Becton-Dickinson syringes have never been cleared as closed-container drug-storage systems, says the FDA, which has received several reports of drugs such as fentanyl, morphine and methadone losing potency when stored in the syringes.More

Do sleep-deprived surgeons give worse care?
HealthDay News via CBS News
Don't panic if your doctor worked into the wee hours of the night before he operates on you, new research suggests. The risk of death, hospital readmission or complications following surgery was no more likely if the surgeon pulled a midnight shift before a daytime operation, the Canadian study showed.More

Laser probe and smart knife 'improve accuracy of removing brain tumors'
Medical News Today
A young man has successfully undergone pioneering brain surgery to remove a tumor. The procedure used two technologies — a laser probe and a smart knife — that appear set to revolutionize the performance of delicate surgery. The new laser probe and smart knife effectively bring the lab into the operating theater, providing near instant confirmation for the surgeon of whether the tissue is cancerous or healthy.More

Daytime surgery not affected by nighttime work
Medscape (free login required)
Whether a surgeon works the night before performing surgery does not change the risk for adverse outcomes, a new study shows. "These data suggest that calls for broad-based policy shifts in duty hours and practices of attending surgeons may not be necessary at this time," write Anand Govindarajan, M.D., from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and the Department of Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and colleagues.More

Study shows guidelines for preventing catheter infections in ICU often ignored
HealthDay News
Many healthcare providers don't follow guidelines meant to reduce the risk of infection from catheters placed in the arteries of intensive care unit patients, a new study finds. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says healthcare providers should wear sterile gloves, a surgical cap and mask, and use a small sterile drape when inserting catheters into patients' arteries. But a Rhode Island Hospital survey of more than 1,200 healthcare providers found that only 44 percent followed the CDC recommendations during insertion.More

Surgeons may get remote assistance with new 'telementoring' system
Researchers at Purdue University and the Indiana University School of Medicine are developing an "augmented reality telementoring" system to provide effective support to surgeons on the battlefield from specialists located thousands of miles away. In telementoring, a surgeon performing an operation receives guidance remotely from an expert using telecommunications. However, current systems require the surgeon to shift focus to a nearby apparatus called a "telestrator," diverting attention from the operating table, said Juan Wachs, an associate professor of industrial engineering at Purdue. More

Lower RASDS complications for higher hospital, surgeon volume
HealthDay News via Medical Xpress
Perioperative complication rates are lower with increased hospital and surgeon volume for revision adult spinal deformity surgery (RASDS), according to research published in the Sept. 1 issue of The Spine Journal. Justin C. Paul, M.D., from the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City, and colleagues conducted a retrospective analysis to examine complication rates in RASDS by surgeon and hospital operative volume. Patients older than 21 years with spine arthrodesis for scoliosis were included.More