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Madhuri S Kurdi, Sindhu Priya Muthukalai
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Melatonin (MT), a naturally occurring pituitary hormone has a sleep promoting effect. There are very few studies on pre-operative oral MT (0.2-0.5 mg/kg) in children. We planned a study to assess the efficacy of oral MT in two doses and compare it with oral midazolam and placebo for pre-operative anxiolysis, sedation, maintenance of cognition and psychomotor skills, parental separation behaviour and venepuncture compliance. METHODS: This prospective double-blind randomised study was conducted after ethical committee approval on 100 children aged 5-15 years, American Society of Anaesthesiologists physical status I and II undergoing elective surgery at our hospital from January 1, 2014, to December 31, 2014...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
Priyamvada Gupta, Durga Jethava, Ruchika Choudhary, Dharam Das Jethava
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Laryngoscopy and endotracheal intubation are considered as potent stimuli which lead to an increase in heart rate and blood pressure. Melatonin (N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine) has been studied for pre-operative anxiolysis and sedation in Intensive Care Unit. We made a hypothesis that melatonin can provide haemodynamic stability during laryngoscopy and intubation when given 120 min before the procedure. METHODS: Sixty American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status Grade I and II patients of either gender, 20-45 years old, 40-65 kg body weight, scheduled to undergo elective surgical procedures under general anaesthesia were assigned into two equal groups - Group C (control) and Group M (melatonin)...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
Julie L Huffmyer, Lucas G Fernandez, Cyrus Haghighian, Abdullah S Terkawi, Danja S Groves
BACKGROUND: The Quantra Hemostasis Analyzer is a novel diagnostic device that uses an ultrasound-based technology, sonic estimation of elasticity via resonance (SEER) sonorheometry, to characterize the dynamic changes in viscoelastic properties of a blood sample during coagulation. Cardiac surgery utilizing cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) is associated with a significant impact on the coagulation system and can result in perioperative coagulopathy. The aim of this study was to correlate SEER sonorheometry results to corresponding rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM) and laboratory parameters obtained before, during, and after CPB...
October 4, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Amrita A Gugale, Pradnya Milind Bhalerao
BACKGROUND: Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) is a common occurrence after laparoscopic surgeries. A number of pharmacological agents (antihistamines, butyrophenones, dopamine receptor antagonists) have been tried of which the 5-hydroxytryptamine type 3 receptor antagonists are devoid of most side effects and highly effective in prevention and treatment of PONV. Thus, we evaluated the effectiveness of granisetron and palonosetron in prevention of PONV after laparoscopic surgeries under general anesthesia...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Wenwen Zhai, Xuedong Wang, Yulan Rong, Min Li, Hong Wang
BACKGROUND: Ultrasound guidance has reduced the amount of local anesthetics to achieve a successful block. Previous studies of the relationship between the volume or concentration of local anesthetics and the effects of the block were based on relatively high doses of local anesthetics. We tested the hypothesis that providing low dose of ropivacaine at three combinations of volumes and concentrations for ultrasound-guided interscalene brachial plexus block would produce different effects in the aspect of onset time, pain control and the incidence of side effects...
September 30, 2016: BMC Anesthesiology
Choaib Adnane, Taoufik Adouly, Amine Khallouk, Sami Rouadi, Redallah Abada, Mohamed Roubal, Mohamed Mahtar
The purpose of this study is to use unsupervised cluster methodology to identify phenotype and mucosal eosinophilia endotype subgroups of patients with medical refractory chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), and evaluate the difference in quality of life (QOL) outcomes after endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) between these clusters for better surgical case selection. A prospective cohort study included 131 patients with medical refractory CRS who elected ESS. The Sino-Nasal Outcome Test (SNOT-22) was used to evaluate QOL before and 12 months after surgery...
September 24, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Meredith C Mason, Jose M Garcia, Shubhada Sansgiry, Annette Walder, David H Berger, Daniel A Anaya
BACKGROUND: Cancer cachexia is an important measure of physiologic reserve associated with worse survival and represents an actionable factor for the cancer population. However, the incidence of cachexia in surgical cancer patients and its impact on postoperative outcomes are currently unknown. METHODS: A prospective cohort study enrolling patients having elective cancer surgery (2012-2014) at a Veterans Affairs tertiary referral center. Preoperative cancer cachexia (weight loss ≥5% over 6-mo period before surgery) was the predictor of interest...
October 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
Vlad V Simianu, Anirban Basu, Rafael Alfonso-Cristancho, Richard C Thirlby, Abraham D Flaxman, David R Flum
BACKGROUND: Recency effect suggests that people disproportionately value events from the immediate past when making decisions, but the extent of this impact on surgeons' decisions is unknown. This study evaluates for recency effect in surgeons by examining use of preventative leak testing before and after colorectal operations with anastomotic leaks. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Prospective cohort of adult patients (≥18 y) undergoing elective colorectal operations at Washington State hospitals participating in the Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program (2006-2013)...
October 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
Turgut Donmez, Sinan Uzman, Dogan Yildirim, Adnan Hut, Huseyin Imam Avaroglu, Duygu Ayfer Erdem, Erdinc Cekic, Fazilet Erozgen
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic cholecystectomies (LC) are generally performed in a 12 mmHg-pressured pneumoperitoneum in a slight sitting position. Considerable thromboembolism risk arises in this operation due to pneumoperitoneum, operation position and risk factors of patients. We aim to investigate the effect of pneumoperitoneum pressure on coagulation and fibrinolysis under general anesthesia. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Fifty American Society of Anesthesiologist (ASA) I-III patients who underwent elective LC without thromboprophlaxis were enrolled in this prospective study...
2016: PeerJ
Timothy L Fitzgerald, Catalina Mosquera, Nicholas J Koutlas, Nasreen A Vohra, Kimberly V Edwards, Emmanuel E Zervos
Benefits of ERAS protocol have been well documented; however, it is unclear whether the improvement stems from the protocol or shifts in expectations. Interdisciplinary educational seminars were conducted for all health professionals. However, one test surgeon adopted the protocol. 394 patients undergoing elective abdominal surgery from June 2013 to April 2015 with a median age of 63 years were included. The implementation of ERAS protocol resulted in a decrease in the length of stay (LOS) and mortality, whereas the difference in cost was found to be insignificant...
2016: Surgery Research and Practice
Jonatan Myrup Staalsø, Kim Zillo Rokamp, Niels D Olesen, Lars Lonn, Niels H Secher, Niels V Olsen, Teit Mantoni, Ulf Helgstrand, Henning B Nielsen
BACKGROUND: Gly16arg polymorphism of the adrenergic β2-receptor is associated with the elevated cardiac output (Q) in healthy gly16-homozygotic subjects. We questioned whether this polymorphism also affects Q and regional cerebral oxygen saturation (SCO2) during anesthesia in vascular surgical patients. METHODS: One hundred sixty-eight patients (age 71 ± 6 years) admitted for elective surgery were included. Cardiovascular variables were determined before and during anesthesia by intravascular pulse contour analysis (Nexfin) and SCO2 by cerebral oximetry (INVOS 5100C)...
September 13, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Nakul P Valsangkar, Andrew C Eppstein, Rick A Lawson, Amber N Taylor
Importance: There are an increasing number of veterans in the United States, and the current delay and wait times prevent Veterans Affairs institutions from fully meeting the needs of current and former service members. Concrete strategies to improve throughput at these facilities have been sparse. Objective: To identify whether lean processes can be used to improve wait times for surgical procedures in Veterans Affairs hospitals. Design, Setting, and Participants: Databases in the Veterans Integrated Service Network 11 Data Warehouse, Veterans Health Administration Support Service Center, and Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture/Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol were queried to assess changes in wait times for elective general surgical procedures and clinical volume before, during, and after implementation of lean processes over 3 fiscal years (FYs) at a tertiary care Veterans Affairs medical center...
September 7, 2016: JAMA Surgery
Marta Sandini, Ilaria Mattavelli, Luca Nespoli, Fabio Uggeri, Luca Gianotti
BACKGROUND: Several randomized clinical trials (RCTs) conducted to evaluate the effect of triclosan-coated suture on surgical site infection (SSI) yield to controversial results. The primary purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to analyze the available RCTs, comparing the effect of triclosan-coated suture with uncoated suture on the incidence of SSI after elective colorectal operations. As secondary endpoint of the analysis, we considered length of hospital stay after surgery...
August 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Andréa Conceição Gomes Lima, Gilderlene Alves Fernandes, Raimundo de Barros Araújo, Isabel Clarisse Gonzaga, Rauirys Alencar de Oliveira, Renata Amadei Nicolau
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: This study aimed at analyzing the healing effects of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) (λ620 nm, 6 J/cm(2)) and light-emitting diode (LED) therapy (λ640 nm, 6 J/cm(2)) on the longitudinal sternotomy incisions of hyperglycemic and normoglycemic patients who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). MATERIALS AND METHODS: 120 volunteers were electively submitted to CABG and were randomly allocated into four different groups of equal size (n = 30): control, placebo, laser (λ of 640 nm and spatial average energy fluency [SAEF] of 1...
August 25, 2016: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery
Alparslan Turan, Rovnat Babazade, Andrea Kurz, Phillip J Devereaux, Nicole M Zimmerman, Matthew T Hutcherson, Amanda J Naylor, Wael Ali Sakr Esa, Joel Parlow, Ian Gilron, Hooman Honar, Vafi Salmasi, Daniel I Sessler
BACKGROUND: Clonidine is an α2-adrenoceptor agonist, which has analgesic properties. However, the analgesic efficacy of perioperative clonidine remains unclear. We, therefore, tested the hypothesis that clonidine reduces both pain scores and cumulative opioid consumption during the initial 72 hours after noncardiac surgery. METHODS: Six hundred twenty-four patients undergoing elective noncardiac surgery under general and spinal anesthesia were included in this substudy of the PeriOperative ISchemia Evaluation-2 trial...
September 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Istvan Klemencsics, Aron Lazary, Zsolt Szoverfi, Arpad Bozsodi, Peter Eltes, Peter Pal Varga
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Surgical site infection (SSI) is one of the most serious complications of spine surgery. Its predisposing factors, especially in routine surgeries, are less reported. However, a number of patient- and procedure-related risk factors could be avoided or at least determined preoperatively. Moreover, the patient-specific risk for SSI could be estimated before the elective surgery. PURPOSE: The aim of the present study was to analyze the preoperatively determinable risk factors for SSI in patients who require elective routine surgery related to lumbar disc degeneration and to build a multivariable model for the individual risk prediction...
August 9, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Raj Pal Singh, Michell Gulabani, Mohandeep Kaur, Rajesh Sood
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Swapping of the endotracheal tube with laryngeal mask airway (LMA) before emergence from anaesthesia is one of the methods employed for attenuation of pressor response at extubation. We decided to compare the placement of ProSeal™ LMA (PLMA) before endotracheal extubation versus conventional endotracheal extubation in controlled hypertensive patients scheduled for elective surgeries under general anaesthesia. METHODS: Sixty consenting adult patients were randomly allocated to two groups of thirty each; Group E in whom extubation was performed using standard technique and Group P in whom PLMA was inserted before endotracheal extubation (Bailey manoeuvre)...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
Y L Tan, H Suharjono, N L J Lau, H Y Voon
BACKGROUND: The contemporary obstetrician is increasingly put to the test by rising numbers of pregnancies with morbidly adherent placenta. This study illustrates our experience with prophylactic bilateral internal iliac artery occlusion as part of its management. METHODS: Between January 2011 to January 2014, 13 consecutive patients received the intervention prior to scheduled caesarean delivery for placenta accreta. All cases were diagnosed by ultrasonography, color Doppler imaging and supplemented with MRI where necessary...
June 2016: Medical Journal of Malaysia
Anja Schaible, Alexis Ulrich, Ulf Hinz, Markus W Büchler, Peter Sauer
PURPOSE: After esophageal surgery, many centers conduct a routine diagnostic test before reintroducing oral intake. However, the clinical value in asymptomatic patients has been questioned. Therefore, we left this decision to the discretion of the operating surgeon and documented the data prospectively. METHODS: Between 2007 and 2013, 185 consecutive patients underwent elective esophageal resection in our institution. The decision as to whether an endoscopy was to be performed as a routine-check or when a leak was clinically suspected was at the discretion of the operating surgeon...
September 2016: Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery
Lars Stangenberg, Thomas Curran, Fahad Shuja, Robert Rosenberg, Feroze Mahmood, Marc L Schermerhorn
OBJECTIVE: Preoperative testing for carotid endarterectomy (CEA) often includes blood typing and antibody screen (T&S). In our institutional experience, however, transfusion for CEA is rare. We assessed transfusion rate and risk factors in a national clinical database to identify a cohort of patients in whom T&S can safely be avoided with the potential for substantial cost savings. METHODS: With use of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database, transfusion events and timing were established for all elective CEAs in 2012-2013...
July 15, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
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