Warfield Weekly Update
May 7, 2010

Understanding the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act
By Susanne S. Warfield
Published in Merge Magazine

The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (PSQIA) aims to aid patients by increasing the availability to data needed to resolve safety and health issues. Consequently, this has a significant impact on the medical industry, creating the need for a comprehensive understanding of patient rights protected by HIPAA, as well as through additional privacy, security and safety rules. Knowing the medical community's responsibilities when it comes to federal health privacy regulations, and reporting any violations thereof, can ensure your practice a distinct safety of its own.More

New survey ranks the nation's most and least sun-smart cities
American Academy of Dermatology
At first glance, Hartford, Salt Lake City and Denver might not seem to have much in common. But a new survey by the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) found these three cities outshine other U.S. cities in heeding dermatologists' advice on preventing and detecting skin cancer. The "Suntelligence: How Sun Smart is Your City?" online survey polled more than 7,000 adults nationwide to determine their knowledge, attitudes and behaviors toward tanning, sun protection and skin cancer detection. Twenty-six cities were ranked based on respondents' answers to several questions in each category. More

The National Esthetic Teacher Training (NETT) Conference

Who Should Attend?
The National Esthetic Teacher Training (NETT) Conference is open to all current and future skin care educators.

Why Should I Attend? This event was created for you! NETT will give you the edge, recharge your classroom and rejuvenate your students! If you can only attend one conference this year - this is it!

What Will I Learn? NETT is focusing on topics that will affect you and your student’s future! Providing up-to-date information and the tools to upgrade your knowledge and your esthetics program.

Click Here for Full Program Details.More

Minimally invasive procedures achieve midface rejuvenation
Cosmetic Surgery Times
Malar suspension and meloplication performed with either the suture suspension technique or a procedure using a bioabsorbable suspension device (Coapt Endotine Midface ST 4.5, Coapt Technologies) offer a minimally invasive, safe and effective physiologic approach for restoring a natural, more youthful appearance to the midface, according to William Beeson, M.D. More

Drivers, beware of skin cancer
Those on the driving seat, especially men but also women, are more likely to have skin cancer on the left side of their face, a study appearing in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology has warned. Prepared by Dr. Scott Fosko, Chair of Dermatology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, the research recommends wearing daily a sunscreen that is effective against both UVA and UVB rays, and thus avoids skin cancer. More

Guided ultrasound for noninvasive skin tightening may be wave of future
Cosmetic Surgery Times
Skin-rejuvenation modalities such as lasers and radiofrequency (RF) are commonly used for noninvasive skin tightening. However, significant cosmetic results are still lacking. Although it's in its early stages of development, a new technique using "guided" ultrasound shows much promise as a future noninvasive skin-tightening approach. More

Lasers demonstrate the power to heal without scarring
Scientific American
When accidents happen, doctors typically rely on sutures, staples or adhesives to fix the damage. These approaches work, of course, but they tend to cause inflammation in the surrounding tissue and leave scars long after a wound has healed. Researchers at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital Wellman Center for Photomedicine have recently completed a study they hope will shine some light on this problem—laser light, that is. More