Polymer valves aim to reduce costs, improve minimally-invasive procedures
NIBIB-funded engineers are designing and testing aortic heart valve replacements made of polymers rather than animal heart tissues. . . . the increase in use of TAVR in younger patients raises a serious issue of the durability of the valves as they are now expected to function for many more years in the patients’ bodies. Photo: Medical Express
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Sutureless valves, the David Procedure to repair aneurisms, Sentinel filters and the Miami Method
This just-published article by Julie Landry Laviolette of the Miami Herald covers four minimally invasive techniques being used for a variety of cardiac-related procedures. Photo: Miami Herald
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Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Bypass Graft. A 12-part video series presented by Dr. Joseph T. McGinn, MD. Photo: Medtronic.com.
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Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery. Minimally invasive heart surgery is an option for some patients with mitral valve disease. Marc Gillinov, MD, Cleveland Clinic cardiothoracic surgeon, demonstrates a minimally invasive mitral valve surgery taking the right thoracotomy approach. Watch video . . .
Cardiac Surgery Crossword Puzzle
Test your knowledge of cardiac surgery procedures with this month’s all-new crossword puzzle.
When you’re ready to check your answers, follow this link to see how well you did. Good luck!
Student Spotlight: Sue Matich
Photo: Sue says: “This is myself and my greatest work – my two daughters, who happen to be two nursing students.”
CPNP Acute & Primary Care
Los Angeles / Glendale, CA
Current student in NIFA’s RNFA Program
Craniofacial NP, Regional, KP So. Calif.
Where did you get your RN degree?
University of San Francisco – BSN 1988
UCLA – PNP & CNS 2003
How did you come to choose perioperative nursing?
I had many bedside operations in the Level III NICU and fell in love with surgery. Had 13 years in pre-anesthesia setting/radiology as PNP, moved to IR as NP, continued to love surgical setting. Needed more intraop time to quench my interest.
What is the funniest moment you’ve ever seen at the table?
Octogenarian surgeon’s scrub pants fell down while he scrubbed during IR case and circulator who pulled up his pants looked at me in the control room. I was smiling through my mask. She caught me. She waved at me from behind him with one finger.
What is one technique or RNFA trick you learned from NIFA that you will use for life?
Two-handed tying – bilateral
One-handed tying – bilateral
How do you feel having your RNFA will impact your life/career?
I’m kicking off the next volume of my already 30-year career.
NIFA – Office Hours
Monday-Thursday, 8:00am – 4:00pm
Friday, 8:00am – 3:00pm
Here are several of the most-in-demand sites for our students, prospective students and grads:
MD Edge Surgery News: Specialty News and Commentaries, Videos and More
RNFA Scope of Practice by State (PDF)
ACS List of Cases that Require an Assistant at Surgery, 2018 (PDF)
Perioperative Nurse Links (state nursing boards & professional associations)
APRN Nurse Links
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this newsletter are strictly those of their respective authors and do not necessarily represent the views of NIFA. NIFA does not give any express or implied warranty as to the accuracy of statements made by our contributors and does not accept any liability for error or omission. It is the responsibility of all perioperative personnel to work within and adhere to their facility bylaws and individual scope of practice.