The Exchange

Commentary and Observations from
the Medical Front Lines

 

Welcome to PCE's The Exchange—Stay Current on Issues That Matter Most to You and Your NP/PA Colleagues

PCE is excited to announce the launch of The Exchange, a collection of short commentaries from your NP/PA colleagues on a broad range of topics relevant to your practice. The Exchange will bring you reflections on trends in medicine, observations about new treatments and guidelines, and advice related to career decisions and practicing in today's changing healthcare environment.


Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Protocol Use in Cystectomy for Bladder Cancer

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Protocol Use in Cystectomy for Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer affects 64,280 men and 19,450 women annually in the United States. Most are older than age 55, and the majority are older than 73, with multiple comorbid conditions. The gold standard for both muscle invasive and high-risk, non-muscle invasive bladder cancer is radical cystectomy with pelvic lymph node dissection and urinary diversion. To ensure best patient outcomes following cystectomy, most academic centers are considering the use of standardized care pathways; often, this i... Continue Reading

Filed under: Urology

Moving Forward

Moving Forward

With so many stories circulating about our collective struggle to "return to normal" after the last year and a half, I have been thinking a lot about how we... Continue Reading

Filed under: Miscellaneous

Focus on the Task

Focus on the Task

Effective leaders, in any space, have the ability to successfully modulate their emotions as part of self-regulation. This allows for the selective filtering... Continue Reading

Filed under: Miscellaneous, Practice Management/Career

Celebrate #PAweek

Celebrate #PAweek

Today marks the last day of National Physician Assistant Week; let's go through the history of PAs and their recognition. National PA Day was first c... Continue Reading

Filed under: NPs & PAs

What to Do During #PAweek

What to Do During #PAweek

National Physician Assistant Week is celebrated every year from October 6th through October 12th. The theme for 2021 is "PAs: You deserve all the applause!"... Continue Reading

Filed under: NPs & PAs

How to Withdraw Life Support

How to Withdraw Life Support

This is a follow-up to my previous blog... Continue Reading

Filed under: Curbside Consultations, Miscellaneous

Palliative Care Starts Sooner Than You Think!

Palliative Care Starts Sooner Than You Think!

Last year, I transitioned from being an ER PA to a critical care PA, now working in our hospital's ICU. It was not the hardest job change I have ever made: I... Continue Reading

Filed under: Curbside Consultations, Miscellaneous

Influenza Forecast 2021-2022

Influenza Forecast 2021-2022

Influenza activity for the 2020-2021 season was extremely low, due to several factors. As last year's flu season occurred during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemi... Continue Reading

Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Public Health

FDA Rules on COVID Booster Shot - 09/17/2021

FDA Rules on COVID Booster Shot - 09/17/2021

In a meeting last week, a panel of advisors to the Food and Drug Administration recommended against widespread approval of a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster... Continue Reading

Filed under: Health Policy and Trends, Infectious Diseases, Preventive Medicine, Public Health

Non-Infectious Complications of Common Variable Immunodeficiency

Non-Infectious Complications of Common Variable Immunodeficiency

Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is the most common type of symptomatic primary immune deficiency disorder, affecting approximately 1 out of every 25,... Continue Reading

Filed under: Allergy/Immunology

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