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Anaesthesia patient safety

Chandni Sinha, Bindey Kumar, Umesh Kumar Bhadani, Ajeet Kumar, Amarjeet Kumar, Alok Ranjan
BACKGROUND: Caudal block is a reliable regional analgesic technique for pediatric urogenital surgeries. Various adjuvants have been tried to enhance the duration of action of bupivicaine. Though clonidine is extensively used as an adjuvant in caudal anaesthesia, it can have troublesome adverse effects like bradycardia, hypotension and sedation. Lately dexamethasone has become popular as an adjuvant in paediatric caudals due to its safety profile. AIM: The aim of this study was to compare dexamethasone and clonidine coadministered with bupivicaine caudally in paediatric patients undergoing urogenital surgeries in terms of analgesia and adverse effects...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Manuel Villanueva, Álvaro Iborra, Guillermo Rodríguez, Pablo Sanz-Ruiz
BACKGROUND: Isolated gastrocnemius contracture is thought to lead to numerous conditions. Although many techniques have been described for gastrocnemius recession, potential anesthetic, cosmetic, and wound-related complications can lead to patient dissatisfaction. Open and endoscopic recession techniques require epidural anesthesia, lower limb ischemia, and stitches and may lead to damage of the sural nerve, which is not under the complete control of the surgeon at all stages of the procedure...
October 3, 2016: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Omar Rodriguez-Acevedo, Kristen E Elstner, Kui Martinic, Aaron Zea, Jenny Diaz, Rodrigo T Martins, Fernando Arduini, Alexandra Hodgkinson, Nabeel Ibrahim
BACKGROUND: Endovenous radio frequency ablation for small saphenous vein incompetence by and large appears to be superior and safer than conventional open surgery. Small saphenous vein ablation from approximately mid-calf to the point proximally where the small saphenous vein dives into the popliteal fossa is considered to be safe, as the sural nerve is in most cases separated from this segment of the small saphenous vein by the deep fascia. The outcome of the distal incompetent small saphenous vein remains unclear...
September 29, 2016: Phlebology
Christian Graß, Federica Stretti, Waseem Zakhary, Edwin Turton, Sophia Sgouoropoulou, Meinhard Mende, Joerg Ender
BACKGROUND: Fast track (FT) treatment in cardiac anaesthesia is state of the art. Aim of our study was to compare FT treatment in a post anaesthetic care unit (PACU) with limited opening hours with a PACU opened for unlimited hours. Primary endpoints were extubation time (ET), length of stay (LOS) in PACU and LOS in intermediate care unit (IMC). Secondary endpoints were FT success/failure, hospital LOS, re- intubation and in hospital mortality. METHODS: At our institution, FT is usually managed in a PACU with limited opening hours from 10am to 10pm, Monday to Friday (PACU12)...
September 27, 2016: Minerva Anestesiologica
Asrar Ahmad, Monica Kohli, Anita Malik, Megha Kohli, Jaishri Bogra, Haider Abbas, Rajni Gupta, B B Kushwaha
PURPOSE: In this study, we aimed to correlate thromboelastography (TEG) variables versus conventional coagulation profile in all patients presenting with pre-eclampsia/eclampsia and to see whether TEG would be helpful for evaluating coagulation in parturients before regional anaesthesia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a prospective study on 100 pre-eclampsia/eclampsia patients undergoing lower-segment caesarean section under regional anaesthesia. Two blood samples were collected...
October 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
Mark Mitchell
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To determine selection and delivery of preoperative verbal information deemed important by nurses to relay to patients immediately prior to day surgery. BACKGROUND: Elective day-case surgery is expanding, patient turnover is high and nurse-patient contact limited. In the brief time-frame available, nurses must select and precisely deliver information to patients, provide answers to questions and gain compliance to ensure a sustained, co-ordinated patient throughput...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Clinical Nursing
D Arnal Velasco, E Romero García, G Martínez Palli, L Muñoz Corsini, M Rey Martínez, S Postigo Morales
INTRODUCTION: There is an increasing and more complex demand for sedation for procedures out of the operating room. For different reasons, nowadays the administration of sedation varies considerably. We believe that a patient safety approach rather an approach out of corporate or economic interests is desirable. METHOD: We created a working group of experts within the Spanish Anaesthesia and Reanimation Incident Reporting System (SENSAR) to prepare a series of recommendations through a non-systematic review...
September 15, 2016: Revista de Calidad Asistencial: Organo de la Sociedad Española de Calidad Asistencial
Marilù Giacalone, Cédrick Zaouter, Stefano Mion, Thomas M Hemmerling
The international anaesthesia community is getting older, in line with trends worldwide, and as men and women age there is the risk that psychophysiological decline could have an impact on clinical practice. Impairment of technical and nontechnical skills could have a negative impact on patients' safety and outcomes. The ageing process may not necessarily go hand-in-hand with a predictable pattern of decreased competence as not all aspects of functional decline are affected at the same rate and to the same extent...
November 2016: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
Rafael Gaszynski, Gratian Punch, Kurt Verschuer
BACKGROUND: This study evaluated the safety, efficacy and compliance of an emerging technique for managing complex subcutaneous abscesses in an adult population (≥16 years). METHODS: A retrospective review of prospectively collected data between April and October 2015 at a rural hospital comparing conventional incision drainage (CID) and repetitive packing to the minimal incision, irrigation, loop and drain technique (LDT). LDT method was consistent with previous publications, being ≤5 mm incisions at abscess edges, irrigation and passage of a VessiLoop through the cavity and then secured above the skin...
September 12, 2016: ANZ Journal of Surgery
Wai-Tat Wong, Veronica Kw Lai, Yee Eot Chee, Anna Lee
BACKGROUND: Fast-track cardiac care is a complex intervention involving several components of care during cardiac anaesthesia and in the postoperative period, with the ultimate aim of early extubation after surgery, to reduce length of stay in the intensive care unit and in the hospital. Safe and effective fast-track cardiac care may reduce hospital costs. This is an update of a Cochrane review first published in 2003, updated in 2012 and updated now in 2016. OBJECTIVES: To determine the safety and effectiveness of fast-track cardiac care compared with conventional (not fast-track) care in adult patients undergoing cardiac surgery...
September 12, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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A clinical case is presented that was communicated to Spanish Notification System on Safety in Anaesthesia and Recovery (SENSAR). Using this communication and its analysis, a strategy is obtained in order to reduce the risks associated with the insertion of a nasogastric tube (NST) for enteral nutrition in adult patients in the post-surgical recovery unit. A description of the incident is presented, an analysis of its causes, and the measures that were introduced in order to avoid similar incidents in the future, as well as to promote a safety culture in the organisation...
September 5, 2016: Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación
Guillaume Bonnet, Erwan Salaun, Mathieu Pankert, Thomas Cuisset, Jean-Louis Bonnet
BACKGROUND: Left atrial appendage (LAA) closure using the WATCHMAN™ device (WM) may be considered in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) and a high-risk of stroke who are ineligible for long-term oral anticoagulation (OAC). AIM: To report our single-centre preliminary experience, focusing on feasibility, safety and short-term efficacy of this procedure. METHODS: Patients implanted from December 2013 to February 2014 were included...
September 1, 2016: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
Ki Jinn Chin, Javier E Cubillos, Husni Alakkad
BACKGROUND: Regional anaesthesia comprising axillary block of the brachial plexus is a common anaesthetic technique for distal upper limb surgery. This is an update of a review first published in 2006 and previously updated in 2011 and 2013. OBJECTIVES: To compare the relative effects (benefits and harms) of three injection techniques (single, double and multiple) of axillary block of the brachial plexus for distal upper extremity surgery. We considered these effects primarily in terms of anaesthetic effectiveness; the complication rate (neurological and vascular); and pain and discomfort caused by performance of the block...
September 2, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Matthieu Komorowski, Sarah Fleming, Jochen Hinkelbein
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Missions to the Moon or more distant planets are planned in the next future, and will push back the limits of our experience in providing medical support in remote environments. Medical preparedness is ongoing, and involves planning for emergency surgical interventions and anaesthetic procedures. This review will summarize what principles of ambulatory anaesthesia on Earth could benefit the environment of a space mission with its unique constraints. RECENT FINDINGS: Ambulatory anaesthesia relies on several principles such as improved patient pathway, correct patient selection, optimized procedural strategies to hasten recovery and active prevention of postoperative complications...
August 31, 2016: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
Ivana Nakarada-Kordic, Jennifer M Weller, Craig S Webster, David Cumin, Christopher Frampton, Matt Boyd, Alan F Merry
BACKGROUND: Patient safety depends on effective teamwork. The similarity of team members' mental models - or their shared understanding-regarding clinical tasks is likely to influence the effectiveness of teamwork. Mental models have not been measured in the complex, high-acuity environment of the operating room (OR), where professionals of different backgrounds must work together to achieve the best surgical outcome for each patient. Therefore, we aimed to explore the similarity of mental models of task sequence and of responsibility for task within multidisciplinary OR teams...
2016: BMC Medical Education
J F Maempel, O D Stone, A W Murray
Introduction Surgical procedures to manage trauma to the wrist, forearm and elbow in children are very common. Image intensifiers are used routinely, yet studies/guidelines that quantify expected radiation exposure in such procedures are lacking. Methods Information on demographics, injury type, surgeon grade and dose area product (DAP) of radiation exposure per procedure was collected prospectively for 248 patients undergoing manipulation/fixation of injuries to the elbow, forearm or wrist at a paediatric hospital over 1 year...
September 2016: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Geoffrey Haw Chieh Liew, Esther Dawen Yu, Shitalkumar Sharad Shah, Harikrishnan Kothandan
INTRODUCTION: The LMA Supreme™, i-gel® and LMA ProSeal™ are second-generation supraglottic airway devices. We tested the hypothesis that these devices differ in performance when used for spontaneous ventilation during anaesthesia. METHODS: 150 patients who underwent general anaesthesia for elective surgery were randomly allocated into three groups. Data was collected on oropharyngeal leak pressures, ease and duration of device insertion, ease of gastric tube insertion, and airway safety...
August 2016: Singapore Medical Journal
David Whitaker, Guttorm Brattebø, Stefan Trenkler, Indulis Vanags, Flavia Petrini, Zuhal Aykac, Dan Longrois, Stephan Alexander Loer, Tomasz Gaszynski, Jurate Sipylaite, Elena Copaciu, Vladimir Cerny, Jonas Akeson, Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, Carmel Abela, Adela Stecher, Sibylle Kozek-Langenecker, Indrek Rätsep
These European Board of Anaesthesiology (EBA) recommendations for safe medication practice replace the first edition of the EBA recommendations published in 2011. They were updated because evidence from critical incident reporting systems continues to show that medication errors remain a major safety issue in anaesthesia, intensive care, emergency medicine and pain medicine, and there is an ongoing need for relevant up-to-date clinical guidance for practising anaesthesiologists. The recommendations are based on evidence wherever possible, with a focus on patient safety, and are primarily aimed at anaesthesiologists practising in Europe, although many will be applicable elsewhere...
October 3, 2016: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
Agata Janowska, Valentina Dini, Salvatore Panduri, Michela Macchia, Teresa Oranges, Marco Romanelli
Vitiligo is a multifactorial acquired dermatosis characterised by achromic or hypochromic macules and by the absence of functioning melanocytes. Treatment depends on the extent of the affected areas and on disease activity. Surgical techniques have proven to be effective in stable cases but can be time-consuming and, in some cases, aesthetically unsatisfying or painful for the patients. The aim of the study was to assess the clinical safety and effectiveness of a new automatic epidermal skin harvesting device in patients with stable localised vitiligo over a minimum 12-month period...
September 2016: International Wound Journal
R N Verma, Shahbaz Hasnain, D K Sreevastava, T V S P Murthy
BACKGROUND: Intravenous regional anaesthesia (IVRA) has been successfully used as a sole technique for forearm fractures and has high success rates. However, it is uncomfortable for the patient when the fresh fracture is manipulated for conduct of IVRA. Haematoma block (HB) has also been demonstrated as an effective anaesthetic technique for treatment of radial fractures in the ER. Unfortunately, HB does not provide muscular relaxation and may not be sufficient for operative intervention...
July 2016: Medical Journal, Armed Forces India
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