A hidden condition: What you should know about PFOs and their treatment

It’s fair to say James Thompson, MD, is an expert in patent foramen ovale (PFO) device implantation, having performed device closure procedures more than 1,000 times spanning nearly two decades. A pediatric cardiologist and medical director with Child Cardiology Associates, an affiliate of MEDNAX, in Fairfax, Virginia, Thompson has worked with the devices since their early years, practiced through the evolution of the procedure, successfully completed the device implantation an impressive number of times and — most importantly — has encountered and understands the rare complications.

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The future of care for adults with congenital heart disease

It may seem like a curious idea for adult patients to be seen by pediatric physicians, but this is relatively common for individuals living with congenital heart disease (CHD). As recently as just a few decades, the prognosis was poor for patients born with heart defects, and often they did not survive beyond childhood. However, thanks to medical advances, CHD patients are living longer and fuller lives, and cardiac training is evolving to meet the needs of these adult patients.

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Five things to know about infant hearing loss and treatment

For every 1,000 births in the United States, at least two to three infants will be born with hearing loss. It is often a hidden impairment and can have lifelong effects. Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) is a proactive and collaborative way of identifying infant hearing loss early, which allows families to establish the best courses of treatment for their children to foster speech and language development. All states now have EHDI programs, and roughly 97% of newborns are screened for hearing loss. Pediatrix Newborn Hearing Screen Program, an affiliate of MEDNAX, is a proud partner in this effort.

 

“The partnership between EDHI and Pediatrix has led to better awareness and outcomes for the patients we serve,” said Jonathan Siadman, Director of Operations for Pediatrix Newborn Hearing Screen Program. “Our goal, in conjunction with EHDI programs, is to assist parents in achieving the best speech and language outcomes for all infants.”

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5 reasons to register today for OB Challenges

Calling all obstetricians, family practitioners, nurse practitioners, obstetrical nurses, certified nurse midwives, MFM fellows, residents and medical students. Have you registered yet for the OB Challenges Conference 2017? Save $50 on the conference rate (for practicing professionals) by signing up no later than February 27, 2017.

The conference will be held April 6-8, in Glendale, Arizona.

Register Now

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MEDNAX-affiliated anesthesiologist advises on Michigan Opioid Abuse Commission

As opioid abuse reaches an epidemic level in the United States, programs exist to treat addiction. However, MEDNAX-affiliated physician Roy G. Soto, MD, suggests a better resolution is prevention through education. As a member of the new Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission, he hopes to encourage providers to be more conservative when prescribing opioids and patients more restrained in their use. Soto represents Michigan’s medical schools as part of the state’s 21-member advisory commission of cross-disciplinary specialists.

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Surviving congenital heart disease: A patient and physician story

Ashlee Michalski, 27, had her first open heart surgery shortly after birth in Syracuse, New York. In the same hospital, Janusz Burzynski, MD, was completing his pediatric cardiology fellowship training. Although Michalski and Burzynski parted ways during her early life, the two reconnected as patient and physician in Florida when Ashlee was 5 years old. Now two decades later, Michalski works for and is treated by Burzynski in the Pediatrix Cardiology of Orlando practice.

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Up close and personal: An interview with Ray Shedlick, CRNA

National Nurse Anesthetist Week is an annual celebration recognizing the valuable role of the anesthetist. Each year, 43 million patients place their trust in more than 50,000 anesthetists and student anesthetists across the country. In honor of the MEDNAX family of more 1,800 anesthetists in 15 states, we are excited to profile several CRNAs whose dedication to their work inspire us.

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Up close and personal: An interview with Jennifer Williams, APRN, MSN, CRNA

National Nurse Anesthetist Week is an annual celebration recognizing the valuable role of the anesthetist. Each year, 43 million patients place their trust in more than 50,000 anesthetists and student anesthetists across the country. In honor of the MEDNAX family of more 1,800 anesthetists in 15 states, we are excited to profile several CRNAs whose dedication to their work inspire us.

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Up close and personal: An interview with Ken Griffith, MSN, CRNA

National Nurse Anesthetist Week is an annual celebration recognizing the valuable role of the anesthetist. Each year, 43 million patients place their trust in more than 50,000 anesthetists and student anesthetists across the country. In honor of the MEDNAX family of more 1,800 anesthetists in 15 states, we are excited to profile several CRNAs whose dedication to their work inspire us.

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Up close and personal: An interview with Jess Archbold, MSN, CRNA

National Nurse Anesthetist Week is an annual celebration recognizing the valuable role of the anesthetist. Each year, 43 million patients place their trust in more than 50,000 anesthetists and student anesthetists across the country. In honor of the MEDNAX family of more 1,800 anesthetists in 15 states, we are excited to profile several CRNAs whose dedication to their work inspire us.

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