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Need for more physician assistants
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Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are poised to help fill the gap created by the shortage of primary care physicians in Nebraska as more people gain access to health care through the Affordable Care Act. But just like with primary care physicians, there is a shortage of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in the state. More

Survey: PA salaries see big increase in 2012
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Unlike the falling salary numbers of 2011, nurse practitioners and physician assistants have regained momentum, reporting increased salaries and hourly wages across the board. In 2012, one profession made significant gains over last year's wages. The 2012 National Salary Survey of NPs & PAs found that the average full-time salary for PAs increased more than $7,000. More

Download the AASPA app today!
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AASPA is pleased to announce the release of its new app, available in the iTunes store for both iPhone and iPad users. With this app, members and nonmembers can keep up to date with what's going on in AASPA. Use the app to find:
  • Event Schedules
  • Surveys
  • Medical Wall
  • Social Media
  • Newsletter
  • Medical QR Scanner
  • Breaking News
  • Medical Notepad
  • Many more features!
Nonmembers can find out what it takes to be a surgical physicians assistant and determine which field would suit them best. Members will enjoy the peace of mind of knowing exactly what is going on in the association at any given time. AASPA is proud to go mobile and encourages current and potential members to download this app for more information.

Smoking and bone healing: A risky surgical combination
American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons via The Sacramento Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Surgeons at the Annual Scientific Conference of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons this week are assessing ways to decrease the dangers posed to smokers during and after surgery and improve their bone health. "Smokers are a high-risk group under any circumstances, but particularly so during and after surgery. There are ways to reduce the risks. At the Annual Scientific Conference, surgeons from across the country are sharing the best strategies for advising and treating these patients," says Richmond, Virginia foot and ankle surgeon Laurence Rubin, DPM, FACFAS and a presenter at the conference. More

Study finds 12 postoperative complication signs in colorectal surgical patients
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Colorectal surgical patients are often discharged from the hospital with vague guidance on how to recognize complications, but researchers at the Michael DeBakey Veterans Administration Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston aim to change that scenario. A health services research team convened a panel of surgical experts to develop a list of postoperative complication signs that should prompt colorectal surgical patients to call their surgeons or go to an emergency room. More

Increasing patient activation tied to lower healthcare costs
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Patient activation is associated with improved outcomes and lower health care costs, according to a review published in the February issue of Health Affairs. Researchers found that patients who scored higher on the Patient Activation Measure were more likely to engage in preventive behavior, engage in healthy behavior such as eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise and avoid health-damaging behavior. More

Surgery plus tPA boosts ICH outcomes
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A minimally invasive procedure paired with tissue plasminogen activator to remove blood clots in brain tissue after hemorrhagic stroke appears safe and effective — and may even lead to cost savings, a phase II trial suggested. More

The automation of healthcare continues with robotic surgical tool sterilization
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Even in the operating room where the greatest care is taken to create a sterile environment, too often infectious culprits — bacteria, viruses and even fungus — are stubbornly present and infect patients under the knife. Today surgical tools are inspected, sterilized and counted by hand and by multiple individuals. But General Electric is trying to streamline surgical tool care in hospitals by taking humans out of the equation and letting a robot do the dirty work. More

EAU to release policy statement on live surgery ethics
European Association of Urology via Medical Xpress    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
During the final day of the 28th Annual EAU Congress, which will take place March 15-19 in Italy, the European Association of Urology will release its official policy statement on live surgery ethics. EAU officials say this initiative was prompted when it became evident that various societies worldwide were abandoning live surgical events. More


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