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Update on Pulmonary Hypertension

Posted by Liza Szelkowski, PA-C on Jan 15, 2019 11:50:27 AM

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a complicated, and potentially life threatening, disease that is defined as having a mean pulmonary artery pressure greater than or equal to 25 mm Hg at rest.  It was first described in medical literature in 1891 by a German physician, Ernst von Romberg, who mentioned pulmonary vascular stenosis in an autopsy. While it is considered a rare disease, being seen in only 1-2 people out of every million across the United States and Europe, those of us practicing cardiac surgery at programs with advanced heart and lung failure patients will likely see a lot of this disease. 

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Topics: Cardiothoracic, CT Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, EVH endo vein harvesting Cardiac Surgery, Hypertension, Pulmonary Hypertension, Heart and Lung, Cardiovascular, Heart Disease

Criteria for Discharging a Patient Home:  Ensuring that both patient and PA are ready.

Posted by Liza Szelkowski, PA-C on Dec 13, 2016 11:02:00 AM

The holiday season is upon us and, for once, patients actually want to be sent home from the hospital.  This is not usually the case.  Most of the time, my patients do not want to be discharged.  I am sure it’s because they are scared and anxious.  They receive pages of instructions regarding what medicines they should take, what appointments they should make, what they should do, what they shouldn’t do, and who to call if there is a problem.  They are expected to make sense of all of this while being in a strange environment where they have not slept well, and where they are being given narcotics that cloud their senses. 

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Topics: Cardiothoracic, Patient Discharge

Robot Surgery

Posted by CT Assist on May 22, 2014 7:50:31 PM

Robot Surgery: CT Assist CEO Scott Yoder's article Robot Surgery: A Team Approach To Mitigate Risks and Improve Outcomes was recently published in the Spring 2014 CardioVISION Journal.  CardioVISION is the official Journal of the Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiovascular Surgery (APACVS).

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Topics: CVT Surgery, NP Job Opening, PA Job Opening, Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner Job Open, Robot Surgery, APACVS, Cardiothoracic, CT Surgery PA Job Opening

Cardiothoracic PAs & NPs an Integral Part

Posted by CT Assist on Aug 5, 2013 9:33:55 PM

CT Assist was started to satisfy the nationwide shortage of experienced, talented cardiac and thoracic surgery physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Surgeons know that a cardiothoracic PA or NP is integral to the functioning of the cardiac program. PAs have shown to improve patient satisfaction, outcomes, and reduce length of stay. Hospitals understand the value of experienced PA/NPs. CT Assist was created to meet the needs of hospitals and cardiac programs, by providing well-trained, motivated, and professional providers. We satisfy the need in with our locum tenens staff as well as our long-term staffing solutions.  Our focus is on providing hospitals with the best talent available in the industry. Our PAs and NPs can add to the quality of any program in the nation. We are very committed to providing our client's patients with the best possible outcomes.

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Topics: Cardiothoracic, CT Assist