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Boris Shenkman, Ivan Budnik, Yulia Einav, Hagit Hauschner, Mykhaylo Andrejchin, Uriel Martinowitz
BACKGROUND: Trauma-induced coagulopathy (TIC) is commonly seen among patients with severe injury. The dynamic process of TIC is characterized by variability of the features of the disease. METHODS: A model of TIC was created. Hemodilution was produced by mixing the blood with 40% TRIS/saline solution, fibrinolysis by treating the blood with 160 ng/mL tPA, acidosis by adding 1.2 mg/mL lactic acid achieving pH 7.0-7.1, and hypothermia by running the assay at 31 °C...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Ronald Chang, Lindley E Folkerson, Duncan Sloan, Jeffrey S Tomasek, Ryan S Kitagawa, H Alex Choi, Charles E Wade, John B Holcomb
BACKGROUND: Plasma-based resuscitation improves outcomes in trauma patients with hemorrhagic shock, while large-animal and limited clinical data suggest that it also improves outcomes and is neuroprotective in the setting of combined hemorrhage and traumatic brain injury. However, the choice of initial resuscitation fluid, including the role of plasma, is unclear for patients after isolated traumatic brain injury. METHODS: We reviewed adult trauma patients admitted from January 2011 to July 2015 with isolated traumatic brain injury...
October 13, 2016: Surgery
Sang-Min Kim, Seung-Min Oh, Chang-Ho Cho, Seung-Jae Lim, Young-Wan Moon, Sang-Hee Choi, Youn-Soo Park
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to report the clinical course of fatigue-type subchondral fractures of the femoral head in young healthy adults. MATERIALS/METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 28 consecutive patients (34 hips) who had a clear history of a sudden increase in physical activity without trauma on the hip and pelvis, and were diagnosed as having a fatigue-type subchondral fracture of the femoral head. The diagnosis was made primarily on the basis of sequential plain radiographs and magnetic resonance images...
October 18, 2016: Injury
John Arvesen, J Tracy Watson, Heidi Israel
OBJECTIVE: To determine the efficacy of a hexapod external fixator (TSF) and its ability to perform six-axis correction in restoring deformities associated with distal tibial nonunions. DESIGN: Consecutive retrospective case review. SETTING: St. Louis University Hospital. Level One Trauma Center. PATIENTS/PARTICIPANTS: 37 patients with distal tibial nonunion with greater than 5 degrees of deformity in any plane. Patients were excluded who were less than 18 years of age, had tibial deformities less than 5 degrees, had proximal or middle tibial deformities or had less than one year of follow up...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Emily R Dworkin, Natalie P Mota, Julie A Schumacher, Christine Vinci, Scott F Coffey
Objective: There is a high occurrence of sexual assault (SA) and intimate partner violence (IPV) among people with substance use disorders and an established association between substance use and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but no research has examined associations between combinations of these traumas and PTSD symptom profiles among people who abuse substances. Thus, this study aimed to examine how combinations of SA and IPV histories contribute to the severity of symptoms within PTSD symptom clusters above and beyond the impact of exposure to other traumas in a substance abusing population...
October 13, 2016: Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy
Chun Sung Byun, Il Hwan Park, Wan Jin Hwang, Yeiwon Lee, Hyun Min Cho
BACKGROUND: Sternal fractures are relatively rare, and caused mainly by blunt anterior chest wall trauma. In most cases, sternal fractures are treated conservatively. However, if the patient exhibits problematic symptoms such as intractable chest wall pain or bony crepitus due to sternal instability, surgical correction is indicated. But no consensus exists regarding the most appropriate surgical method. We analyzed the results of surgical fixation in cases of sternal fracture in order to identify which surgical method led to the best outcomes...
October 2016: Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
A F Fransen, J van de Ven, E Schuit, Aac van Tetering, B W Mol, S G Oei
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether simulation-based obstetric team training in a simulation centre improves patient outcome. DESIGN: Multicentre, open, cluster randomised controlled trial. SETTING: Obstetric units in the Netherlands. POPULATION: Women with a singleton pregnancy beyond 24 weeks of gestation. METHODS: Random allocation of obstetric units to a 1-day, multi-professional, simulation-based team training focusing on crew resource management (CRM) in a simulation centre or to no such team training...
October 10, 2016: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Sharon Edwards, Jason Smith
Trauma is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide, in civilian environments and on the battlefield. Trauma-induced haemorrhage is the principal cause of potentially preventable death, which is generally attributable to a combination of vascular injury and coagulopathy. Survival rates following severe traumatic injury have increased due to advanced trauma management initiatives and treatment protocols, influenced by lessons learned from recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The use of tourniquets and intraosseous needles, early blood and blood product transfusion, administration of tranexamic acid in pre-hospital settings, and consultant-led damage control resuscitation incorporating damage control surgery have all played their part...
October 6, 2016: Emergency Nurse: the Journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
K M Kurbonov, F I Makhmadov, K R Nazirboev, A A Aminov
AIM: to prove the efficacy and safety of video-assisted techniques in diagnosis and treatment of victims with thoracic and abdominal trauma. MATERIAL AND METHODS: It was analyzed treatment of 249 patients with thoracic (n=82), abdominal (n=122) and thoracoabdominal injuries (n=35) who were divided into 2 groups depending on treatment. Control group of conventional diagnosis and treatment included 130 (52%) patients. Group 2 consisted of 119 (48%) patients in whom differentiated surgical approach combined with current technologies was applied...
2016: Khirurgiia
Isabelle Blanchette, Serge Caparos
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of the study was to examine how working memory (WM) may be related to exposure to potentially traumatic events and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). METHOD: In four studies, we measured WM function using adaptations of the running span and the reading span tasks. We compared the performance of women reporting experiences of sexual abuse to control participants (total n = 144 controls and 84 victims). We measured severity of the sexual abuse experiences as well as exposure to general life stress...
October 6, 2016: Cognitive Neuropsychiatry
Todd M Bishop, Peter C Britton, Kerry L Knox, Wilfred R Pigeon
Disrupted sleep is common among combat veterans and can negatively impact response to mental health treatments. A trial of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) and imagery rehearsal therapy (IRT) for nightmares was conducted with 14 combat veterans diagnosed with insomnia, and who were experiencing posttraumatic stress and/or depression. In the case-series that follows veterans experienced clinically significant changes in sleep, and statistically significant reductions in insomnia, nightmare, depression and posttraumatic stress severity following treatment...
2016: Military Behavioral Health
Ardalan Akbari, Manraj K S Heran, Kourosh Afshar
This case report explores the efficacy of simultaneous use of endourological and radiological methods to assess and manage high-grade renal trauma. A male rugby player was diagnosed with Grade 4 blunt renal trauma. A segment of the patient's kidney was isolated from the main renal pelvis with intact perfusion. This resulted in urinary extravasation. Ureteral stenting and angioembolization were used to treat the patient's severe symptoms. Angioembolization ablated functional tissue that was causing a persistent urinary leak...
September 2016: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
David O Udoh, Emmanuel Ibadin, Mojisola O Udoh
BACKGROUND: Intracranial abscess collections, though uncommon, are dreaded complications of head trauma, neurosurgical operations, meningitis, and otogenic, mastoid, and paranasal air sinus infections. Combining surgical evacuation with the appropriate antibiotic therapy is the effective treatment for intracranial abscesses. However, literature on surgical treatment is replete with several procedures which, on their own, may not. OBJECTIVES: To determine the epidemiology and outcomes (of various treatment modalities) of intracranial abscesses in our institution, a major referral center for neurosurgical conditions in the midwestern region of Nigeria...
October 2016: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
Daniel W Spaite, Chengcheng Hu, Bentley J Bobrow, Vatsal Chikani, Bruce Barnhart, Joshua B Gaither, Kurt R Denninghoff, P David Adelson, Samuel M Keim, Chad Viscusi, Terry Mullins, Duane Sherrill
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Survival is significantly reduced by either hypotension or hypoxia during the out-of-hospital management of major traumatic brain injury. However, only a handful of small studies have investigated the influence of the combination of both hypotension and hypoxia occurring together. In patients with major traumatic brain injury, we evaluate the associations between mortality and out-of-hospital hypotension and hypoxia separately and in combination. METHODS: All moderate or severe traumatic brain injury cases in the preimplementation cohort of the Excellence in Prehospital Injury Care study (a statewide, before/after, controlled study of the effect of implementing the out-of-hospital traumatic brain injury treatment guidelines) from January 1, 2007, to March 31, 2014, were evaluated (exclusions: <10 years, out-of-hospital oxygen saturation ≤10%, and out-of-hospital systolic blood pressure <40 or >200 mm Hg)...
September 27, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Jennifer M Sabino, Julia Slater, Ian L Valerio
Scope and Significance: Reconstruction of traumatic injuries requiring tissue transfer begins with aggressive resuscitation and stabilization. Systematic advances in acute casualty care at the point of injury have improved survival and allowed for increasingly complex treatment before definitive reconstruction at tertiary medical facilities outside the combat zone. As a result, the complexity of the limb salvage algorithm has increased over 14 years of combat activities in Iraq and Afghanistan. Problem: Severe poly-extremity trauma in combat casualties has led to a large number of extremity salvage cases...
September 1, 2016: Advances in Wound Care
François Luthi
OBJECTIVE: Activity behaviour patterns influence the development and perpetuation of musculoskeletal pain. Three major patterns have been observed in chronic pain patients: avoidance, pacing and persistence (also labelled "overdoing", "confronting" or "endurance" pattern). MATERIAL/PATIENTS AND METHODS: Relationships between these patterns and clinical outcomes remain inconclusive. Associations between pain, disability, depressive symptoms, and poor self-efficacy have been consistently demonstrated for the avoidance model...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Jamie J Coleman, Saharnaz Tavoosi, Ben L Zarzaur, Brian L Brewer, Grace S Rozycki, David V Feliciano
Problems related to the combination of an arterial injury and a blunt fracture in the lower extremity are well known-delayed diagnosis, damaged soft tissue, and high amputation rate. The actual incidence of this injury pattern is, however, unknown. The purposes of this study were to determine the current incidence of named arterial injuries in patients with blunt fractures in the lower extremities and assess potential associated risk factors. This was a 7-year (2007-2013) retrospective review of patients ≥18 years with blunt lower extremity fractures at a Level I trauma center...
September 2016: American Surgeon
Serkan Arslan, Mehmet Hanifi Okur, Mehmet Serif Arslan, Bahattin Aydogdu, Hikmet Zeytun, Erol Basuguy, Mustafa Icer, Cemil Goya
AIM: The objective of the present study was to evaluate the diagnostic methods, concomitant organ injuries, factors affecting mortality and morbidity, treatment methods, and outcomes of patients treated for traumatic gastrointestinal (GI) perforation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of the medical records of 96 patients who had been treated for GI perforation between January 2000 and October 2015. Data were collected and organised according to the following categories: general patient information, age, gender, hospitalisation period, trauma mechanisms, concomitant injuries, radiological assessment, diagnosis and treatment methods, treatment forms, and complications...
November 2016: Pediatric Surgery International
Hatim A Alsulaim, Blair J Smart, Anthony O Asemota, R Sterling Haring, Joseph K Canner, David T Efron, Elliott R Haut, Eric B Schneider
BACKGROUND: Outcome studies in trauma using administrative data traditionally employ anatomy-based definitions of injury severity; however, physiologic factors, including consciousness, may correlate with outcomes. We examined whether accounting for conscious status in administrative data improved mortality prediction among patients with moderate to severe TBI. METHODS: Patients meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for TBI in the 2006 to 2011 Nationwide Emergency Department Sample were identified...
August 12, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
P Manodh, D Prabhu Shankar, Devadoss Pradeep, Rajan Santhosh, Aparna Murugan
BACKGROUND: Maxillofacial fractures occur in a significant proportion worldwide and can occur as an isolated injury or in combination with other severe injuries including cranial, spinal, and upper and lower body injuries requiring prompt diagnosis with possible emergency interventions. The epidemiology of facial fractures varies with regard to injury type, severity, and cause and depends on the population studied. Hence, understanding of these factors can aid in establishing clinical and research priorities for effective treatment and prevention of these injuries...
September 23, 2016: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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