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THIS JUST IN July 2012  

Nurse receives her PhD despite illness, surgeries

Two life-threatening illnesses and multiple surgeries could not stop this RN from obtaining her PhD against the odds.

Surgical robots are booming in the face of hefty costs, no training standards

The da Vinci, a surgical robot costing up to $2.6 million, gives surgeons powerful new abilities in the operating room. But while some doctors tout shorter recovery times for patients and decreased risk of complications, others warn of high costs and the lack of a national training standard.

New surgical technique may reverse paralysis

Justin M. Brown, MD, reconstructive neurosurgeon at UC San Diego Health System, is one of only a few specialists in the world who have pioneered a novel technique to restore hand function in patients with spinal cord injury. In a delicate four-hour procedure, Brown splices together tiny nerve endings, only one millimeter in width, to help restore hand mobility. Most patients return home 24 hours after surgery.

Minimally invasive surgery may reduce stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation

Patients with atrial fibrillation who can't take blood thinners for the heartbeat irregularity have a new minimally invasive option to reduce their risk of a stroke.


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Perioperative management of anesthetic waste exposure
Sophia Mikos-Schlid, EdD, MSN, MAM/HROB, RN, CNOR and Randolph W. Schlid, MN, CNOR, RNFA

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Understanding aortic aneurysms
Michelle Fournier, MN, RN, CCRN and Julie Zanoff, BSN, RN

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Identifying substance use disorders in the OR
Michael van Doren, MSN, RN, CARN

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