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New approach to colorectal surgical care speeds recovery and lowers costs
Healthcare Professionals Network
According to research published online in theJournal of the American College of Surgeons, a new multidisciplinary approach to managing patients’ post-colorectal surgery recovery results in shorter hospital stays, fewer complications, and lower medical costs. Patients recovering from surgery for colorectal cancer are often required to stay in the hospital for up to 10 days, and unfortunately often experience significant pain. As such, researchers at the University of Virginia Health System (UVA-Health), Charlottesville, developed a standardized approach known as enhanced recovery for colorectal surgical care to assuage the complications.
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2015 AASPA CME Meeting & Surgical Update
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!

Register now for the 2015 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
  • To better prepare the nonintensivist for the first 24 hours of management of the critically ill patient until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged.
  • To assist the nonintensivist in dealing with sudden deterioration of the critically ill patient.
  • To prepare house staff for ICU coverage.
  • To prepare critical care practitioners to deal with acute deterioration in the critically ill patient.
Course will be held before the 15th Annual AASPA CME Meeting at the Hilton Suites Chicago/Magnificent Mile.

Register today!


JAMA: Errors in care don't cause most post-surgery readmissions
Healthcare DIVE
Anticipated complications — and not poor care — ​are the primary culprit in hospital readmissions after surgery, according to a new study from Northwestern Medicine and the American College of Surgeons, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, according to a Northwestern press release. The study, titled "Underlying Reasons Associated with Hospital Readmission Following Surgery in the United States," found that most surgical readmissions are not due to poor care coordination or mismanagement of known issues.
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Trauma surgery may not be riskier at night
Contrary to suggestions that sleepy surgeons might make more mistakes in the middle of the night, a large study finds no differences in patient deaths after trauma surgeries done at night or during the day. Researchers who looked at U.S. death rates after so-called exploratory laparotomies, which are done in trauma victims to discover the extent of injuries, found similar mortality both day and night.
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PAs for the WIN!
PAs now have fewer barriers to practicing at the top of their education and experience. That means patients have increased access to quality healthcare providers who can do more for their patients than ever before. A report from the National Governors Association found that “PAs will continue to play an important role in healthcare delivery in the future, particularly in light of new, integrated models of care.”
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Break into niche markets to create new streams of patients
By Jarod Carter
Word-of-mouth referrals from your patients are essential to building your business. Another large source of nonphysician referrals comes from establishing a presence in a niche market where people are serious about performance. This is another one of those areas in which my advice applies to all types of practices, not just cash-based ones like mine. This is only a list of the first three niche markets that came to mind, but the list of possible markets is seemingly endless. If you are creative and consistent over time, there are more patients in niche markets than you could possibly have the time to accommodate in your practice.
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Many mastectomy patients with locally advanced breast cancer do not get postop radiation
Medical Xpress
Breast cancer patients who undergo a mastectomy should receive subsequent radiation treatment if their cancer has spread to four or more nearby lymph nodes, however, according to a new study, only 65 percent of these women are getting the recommended postmastectomy radiation therapy (PMRT). The researchers looked at nearly 57,000 cases of breast cancer, and their study has been published as an "article in press" on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website in advance of print publication this spring.
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Infection most likely cause of hospital readmission after surgery
HealthDay News
Infections are the most likely reason people end up back in the hospital after surgery, a new study finds. Of nearly 500,000 operations studied, 6 percent of the patients were readmitted for surgical complications within a month after their surgery, researchers found. The number one complication leading to readmission was surgical wound infection, said lead researcher Dr. Karl Bilimoria, an assistant professor of surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.
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Learning to love your EMR
Outpatient Surgery
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas was ahead of the curve when it came to EMR implementation, thanks in large part to Robert Foglia, MD, division chief of pediatric surgery and surgeon-in-chief at the children's hospital, who has led his facility's digital efforts since 2006. Jim Burger caught up with Dr. Foglia to talk about overcoming initial obstacles and the progress UTSMC has made since.
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Survey: Patient engagement continues to face challenges (By Scott E. Rupp)
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