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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267948/a-clinical-audit-to-assess-the-efficacy-of-the-coolsense%C3%A2-pain-numbing-applicator-for-intravenous-cannulation-in-children
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P G Ragg, G Cahoon, A Yeo, G Chalkiadis
The Coolsense® device is a topical applicator that is used to anaesthetise the skin before a painful procedure. It is a handheld device with a temperature-controlled head that acts on application, without chemicals, to cool and anaesthetise the site of injection. This prospective observational audit of 100 children and adolescents aged six to 18 years studied the analgesic efficacy and patient and carer satisfaction rating of the device during intravenous cannulation and complications arising from its use...
March 2017: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249602/relating-professionalism-and-conscientiousness-to-develop-an-objective-scalar-proxy-measure-of-professionalism-in-anaesthetic-trainees
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M A Sawdon, K Whitehouse, G M Finn, J C McLachlan, D Murray
BACKGROUND: The concept of professionalism is complex and subjective and relies on expert judgements. Currently, there are no existing objective measures of professionalism in anaesthesia. However, it is possible that at least some elements of professionalism may be indicated by objective measures. A number of studies have suggested that conscientiousness as a trait is a significant contributor to professionalism. METHODS: A 'Conscientiousness Index' (CI) was developed by collation of routinely collected data from tasks expected to be carried out by anaesthetic trainees such as punctual submission of holiday and 'not-on-call' requests, attendance at audit meetings, timely submission of completed appraisal documentation and sickness/absence notifications...
March 1, 2017: BMC Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112062/the-doyle-saleh-blink-reflex
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P W Doyle, I Beegun, H A Saleh
OBJECTIVES: When performing septoplasty or septorhinoplasty, we have observed that patients blink on injection of local anaesthetic (lidocaine 1 per cent with adrenaline 1:80 000) into the nasal mucosa of the anterior septum or vestibular skin, despite appropriate general anaesthesia. This study sought to quantify this phenomenon by conducting a prospective audit of all patients undergoing septoplasty or septorhinoplasty. METHODS: Patients were observed for a blink reflex at the time of local anaesthetic infiltration into the nasal vestibule...
April 2017: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070884/a-national-survey-of-neurological-monitoring-practice-after-obstetric-regional-anaesthesia-in-the-uk
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E Roderick, J Hoyle, S M Yentis
Neuraxial anaesthesia is widely used in obstetrics and neurological complications are rare. However, when they occur, subsequent investigation and management are time-critical and correlate with the extent of neurological recovery. The Third National Audit Project recommended the implementation of guidelines in obstetric epidural management, including advice on monitoring for early signs of problems and acting upon concerns. However, no national guideline exists for postoperative management in the obstetric population...
January 10, 2017: Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942052/critical-incidents-in-paediatric-anaesthesia-a-prospective-analysis-over-a-1-year-period
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Raylene Dias, Nandini Dave, Swapna Chiluveru, Madhu Garasia
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Critical incident reporting helps to identify errors and formulate preventive strategies. Many countries have existing national reporting systems. Such a system is yet to be established in India. We aimed to study the incidence of critical events in the paediatric operation theatre (OT) of our institute. METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational study of all children receiving anaesthesia in paediatric OT over a period of 1 year. They were monitored intraoperatively as well as postoperatively, and critical incidents were noted in terms of date and time of incident, location (OT/post-anaesthesia care unit, clinical category, age of patient, degree of patient harm resulting from the incident, description of what happened and duration of surgery...
November 2016: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917662/validating-a-benchmarking-tool-for-audit-of-early-outcomes-after-operations-for-head-and-neck-cancer
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D Tighe, I Sassoon, M McGurk
INTRODUCTION In 2013 all UK surgical specialties, with the exception of head and neck surgery, published outcome data adjusted for case mix for indicator operations. This paper reports a pilot study to validate a previously published risk adjustment score on patients from separate UK cancer centres. METHODS A case note audit was performed of 1,075 patients undergoing 1,218 operations for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma under general anaesthesia in 4 surgical centres. A logistic regression equation predicting for all complications, previously validated internally at sites A-C, was tested on a fourth external validation sample (site D, 172 operations) using receiver operating characteristic curves, Hosmer-Lemeshow goodness of fit analysis and Brier scores...
April 2017: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913269/the-structure-organisation-and-perioperative-management-of-ambulatory-surgery-and-anaesthesia-in-france-methodology-of-the-sfar-opera-study
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Pierre Albaladejo, Frédéric Aubrun, Charles-Marc Samama, Laurent Jouffroy, Marc Beaussier, Dan Benhamou, Pauline Romegoux, Kristina Skaare, Jean-Luc Bosson, Claude Ecoffey
The organization of health care establishments and perioperative care are essential for ensuring the quality of care and safety of patients undergoing outpatient surgery. In order to correctly inventory these organizations and practices, in 2013-2014, the French society of anaesthesia and intensive care organized an extensive practical survey in French ambulatory surgery units entitled the "OPERA" study (Organisation periopératoire de l'anesthésie en chirurgie ambulatoire). From among all of the ambulatory surgery centres listed by the Agences régionales de santé (Regional health agencies, France), 206 public and private centres were randomly selected...
November 29, 2016: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888429/inappropriateness-of-diagnostic-imaging-examinations-in-the-inpatient-setting-a-case-study-research
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Ettore Squillaci, Francesca Bolacchi, Jacopo Scaggiante, Francesca Ricci, Luca Pugliese, Alberto Bergamini, Francesco Garaci, Roberto Floris
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of our study was to audit the clinical appropriateness of the prescriptions of whole body CT (WB-CT), PET-CT and chest X-rays (CXRs) performed at Tor Vergata University Hospital in the inpatient setting. MATERIALS AND METHODS: WB-CT, PET-CT and CXRs examinations were retrospectively analysed in the period between January and December 2014. CXR examinations were divided into bedside CXRs and traditional CXRs. The appropriateness of the examinations was defined according the American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria...
March 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27764047/the-future-of-postoperative-quality-of-recovery-assessment-multidimensional-dichotomous-and-directed-to-individualize-care-to-patients-after-surgery
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Andrea Bowyer, Colin F Royse
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Recovery after surgery is a complex interplay of the patient, the surgery, and the perioperative anaesthesia management. Assessment of recovery should address the needs of multiple stakeholders, including the institutions and healthcare providers, but primarily should be focused on the patients and their perception of quality of recovery and return to normalcy. This review will summarize the development of assessment of recovery to a multidimensional dichotomous construct that requires a real-time assessment tool validated for repeat measures and containing cognitive assessment...
December 2016: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738833/measuring-the-burden-of-surgical-disease-averted-by-emergency-and-essential-surgical-care-in-a-district-hospital-in-papua-new-guinea
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Matthew A R Stokes, Glenn D Guest, Perista Mamadi, Westin Seta, Noel Yaubihi, Grace Karawiga, Billy Naidi, David A K Watters
BACKGROUND: Timely access to emergency and essential surgical care (EESC) and anaesthesia in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) prevents premature death, minimises lifelong disability and reduces their economic impact on families and communities. Papua New Guinea is one of the poorest countries in the Pacific region, and provides much of its surgical care at a district hospital level. We aimed to evaluate the surgical capacity of a district hospital in PNG and estimate the effectiveness of surgical interventions provided...
October 13, 2016: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27682287/postoperative-pain-relief-and-functional-outcome-following-total-knee-arthroplasty-a-prospective-comparative-audit-of-three-analgesic-regimes
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A Rajeev, N Tumia, K Karn, S Kashyap, D Mayne
Pain control plays a key role in joint-replacement -surgery. As a surgeon the challenge is to reduce pain to an acceptable level in the post-operative period. The aim of the study was to assess the efficacy of bolus -local anaesthesia, infusion in to the surgical site and nerve blocks with femoral nerve catheter and its functional outcome. A prospective audit of 114 patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty were carried out.The patients were divided in to three groups : Group 1 (n = 27) received a bolus injection of 20 ml 0...
August 2016: Acta Orthopaedica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27665740/a-prospective-cohort-evaluation-of-major-and-minor-airway-management-complications-during-routine-anaesthetic-care-at-an-academic-medical-centre
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J M Huitink, P P Lie, I Heideman, E P Jansma, R Greif, N van Schagen, A Schauer
The aim of this study was to develop an audit tool to identify prospectively all peri-operative adverse events during airway management in a cost-effective and reproducible way. All patients at VU University Medical Center who required general anaesthesia for elective and emergency surgical procedures were included during a period of 8 weeks. Daily questionnaires and interviews were taken from anaesthesia trainees and anaesthetic department staff members. A total of 2803 patients underwent general anaesthesia, 1384 men and 1419 women, including 2232 elective patients and 571 emergency procedures, 697 paediatric and 2106 adult surgical procedures...
January 2017: Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27608337/anaesthetic-management-of-obese-parturients-what-is-the-evidence-supporting-practice-guidelines
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V A Eley, A A J van Zundert, J Lipman, L K Callaway
Increasing rates of obesity in western populations present management difficulties for clinicians caring for obese pregnant women. Various governing bodies have published clinical guidelines for the care of obese parturients. These guidelines refer to two components of anaesthetic care: anaesthetic consultation in the antenatal period for women with a body mass index (BMI) ≥ 40 kg/m(2) and the provision of early epidural analgesia in labour. These recommendations are based on the increased incidence of obstetric complications and the predicted risks and difficulties in providing anaesthetic care...
September 2016: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27580309/quantification-of-radiation-exposure-in-the-operating-theatre-during-management-of-common-fractures-of-the-upper-extremity-in-children
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27456184/a-site-check-prior-to-regional-anaesthesia-to-prevent-wrong-sided-blocks
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P Slocombe, S Pattullo
This paper describes the implementation of the 'Stop Before You Block' (SB4YB) initiative in an Australian teaching hospital. This process, which began in the UK in 2010, is a pre-procedure pause to confirm the correct side of a regional anaesthetic block. A change in practice was implemented with the formal roll out of a SB4YB educational program. Use of the initiative was then audited over a subsequent three-month period. It was hoped that after implementing the initiative, at least 80% of blocks would have a site check performed...
July 2016: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27443946/increasing-the-availability-and-quality-of-caesarean-section-in-tanzania
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A Nyamtema, N Mwakatundu, S Dominico, H Mohamed, A Shayo, R Rumanyika, C Kairuki, C Nzabuhakwa, O Issa, C Lyimo, I Kasiga, J van Roosmalen
OBJECTIVE: To describe the results of increasing availability and quality of caesarean deliveries and anaesthesia in rural Tanzania. DESIGN: Before-after intervention study design. SETTINGS: Rural Tanzania. METHODS: Ten health centres located in rural areas were upgraded to provide comprehensive emergency obstetric care (CEmOC) and the four related district hospitals were supported. Upgrading entailed constructing and equipping maternity blocks, operation rooms and laboratories; installing solar systems, backup generators and water supply systems...
September 2016: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27440629/a-national-survey-of-the-impact-of-nap4-on-airway-management-practice-in-united-kingdom-hospitals-closing-the-safety-gap-in-anaesthesia-intensive-care-and-the-emergency-department
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T M Cook, N Woodall, C Frerk
BACKGROUND: The 4th National Audit Project of the Royal College of Anaesthetists' and Difficult Airway Society (NAP4) made recommendations to improve reliability and safety of airway management in hospitals. This survey examines its impact. METHODS: A survey was sent to all UK National Health Service hospitals to examine changes in practice in response to NAP4. We performed a 'gap analysis' to determine whether NAP4 had reduced the 'safety gap' between actual and ideal practice...
August 2016: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27239298/care-of-elderly-patients-a-prospective-audit-of-the-prevalence-of-hypotension-and-the-use-of-bis-intraoperatively-in-25-hospitals-in-london
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Alex Wickham, David Highton, Daniel Martin
BACKGROUND: Anaesthesia is frequently complicated by intraoperative hypotension (IOH) in the elderly, and this is associated with adverse outcome. The definition of IOH is controversial, and although management guidelines for IOH in the elderly exist, the frequency of IOH and typical clinically applied treatment thresholds are largely unknown in the UK. METHODS: We audited frequency of intraoperative blood pressure against national guidelines in elderly patients undergoing surgery...
2016: Perioperative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27208604/decreasing-diagnostic-hysteroscopy-performed-in-the-operating-room-a-quality-improvement-initiative
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Stephanie Leung, Nicholas Leyland, Ally Murji
OBJECTIVES: At our institution, diagnostic hysteroscopy (DH), often combined with uterine curettage, commonly has been performed in the main OR with the patient under general anaesthesia. Our objective was to create targeted interventions aimed at decreasing the number of DHs performed in the OR by 75% over one year. METHODS: This quality improvement initiative had a quasi-experimental (time-series) design. To obtain baseline numbers of DHs performed each month, we conducted a retrospective chart audit at a university teaching hospital...
April 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27182507/accreditation-of-training-programmes-by-the-west-african-college-of-surgeons
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C O Bode, J O Olatosi, A Ademuyiwa
The establishment of surgical training programmes of the West African College of Surgeons started in six teaching hospitals the early 1970s in Nigeria and Ghana; it was championed by College Fellows, surgeons who had returned to the sub-region after having trained in Europe and America. Surgical programmes accreditation, captured in the College's constitution and mission statement, uses objective guidelines in the identification and encouragement of suitable institutions for surgical training through periodic peer-review audits of installed manpower, facilities, clinical services and academic programmes...
April 2012: Journal of the West African College of Surgeons
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