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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913711/emergency-neurological-life-support-resuscitation-following-cardiac-arrest
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Jonathan Elmer, Kees H Polderman
Cardiac arrest is the most common cause of death in North America. An organized bundle of neurocritical care interventions can improve chances of survival and neurological recovery in patients who are successfully resuscitated from cardiac arrest. Therefore, resuscitation following cardiac arrest was chosen as an Emergency Neurological Life Support protocol. Key aspects of successful early post-arrest management include: prevention of secondary brain injury; identification of treatable causes of arrest in need of emergent intervention; and, delayed neurological prognostication...
September 14, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881894/outcomes-following-the-main-treatment-options-in-patients-with-a-leaking-esophagus-a-systematic-literature-review
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S Persson, I Rouvelas, T Irino, L Lundell
Leakage from the esophagus and gastroesophageal junction can be lethal due to uncontrolled contamination of the mediastinum. The most predominant risk factors for the subsequent clinical outcome are the patients' delay as well as the delay of diagnosis. Two major therapeutic concepts have been advocated: either prompt closure of the leakage by insertion of a self-expandable metal stent (SEMS) or more traditionally, surgical exploration. The objective of this review is to carefully scrutinize the recent literature and assess the outcomes of these two therapeutic alternatives in the management of iatrogenic perforation-spontaneous esophageal rupture as separated from those with anastomotic leak...
December 1, 2017: Diseases of the Esophagus: Official Journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877594/a-medial-malleolar-fleck-sign-may-predict-ankle-instability-in-ligamentous-supination-external-rotation-ankle-fractures
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Kenneth Nwosu, Brian Andrew Schneiderman, Stephen Joseph Shymon, Thomas Harris
BACKGROUND: Ankle joint stability dictates treatment in ligamentous supination external rotation ankle injuries (LSERAI). Investigation of the medial structures that support the ankle mortise is critical, and a small avulsion fracture, or "fleck", of the medial malleolus is occasionally encountered. This study aimed to assess the utility of this medial malleolus fleck sign (MMFS) in diagnosing instability requiring surgery in LSERAI. METHODS: This retrospective observational study examined 166 LSERAI at a single level I trauma center...
September 1, 2017: Foot & Ankle Specialist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875125/ultrasound-diagnosis-of-fractures-in-mass-casualty-incidents
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EDITORIAL
Fikri M Abu-Zidan
The role of point-of-care ultrasound in mass casualty incidents (MCIs) is still evolving. Occasionally, hospitals can be destroyed by disasters resulting in large number of trauma patients. CAVEAT and FASTER ultrasound protocols, which are used in MCIs, included extremity ultrasound examination as part of them. The literature supports the use of ultrasound in diagnosing extremity fractures both in hospitals and MCIs. The most recent systematic review which was reported by Douma-den Hamer et al in 2016 showed that the pooled ultrasound sensitivity and specificity for detecting distal forearm fractures was 97% and 95% respectively...
August 18, 2017: World Journal of Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870847/bundle-of-care-for-blunt-chest-trauma-patients-improves-analgesia-but-increases-rates-of-intensive-care-unit-admission-a-retrospective-case-control-study
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Cédric Carrie, Laurent Stecken, Elsa Cayrol, Vincent Cottenceau, Laurent Petit, Philippe Revel, Matthieu Biais, François Sztark
INTRODUCTION: This single-centre retrospective case-control study aimed to assess the effectiveness of a multidisciplinary clinical pathway for blunt chest trauma patients admitted in emergency department (ED). PATIENTS AND METHODS: All consecutive blunt chest trauma patients with more than 3 rib fractures and no indication of mechanical ventilation were compared to a retrospective cohort over two 24-month periods, before and after the introduction of the bundle of care...
September 1, 2017: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862895/how-to-prevent-and-avoid-common-mistakes-in-skin-tear-management-in-the-home-setting
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Valentina Vanzi, Elena Toma
Skin tears are acute wounds, often mismanaged and misdiagnosed that can convert to chronic wounds, representing a common but relevant burden to both the individual and the health care system. The implementation of prevention protocols and training programs is essential to manage these wounds in the community. Managing a skin tear-related problem at home represents a challenge, due to some critical issues and specific conditions. A multifaceted prevention programme should consider the involvement of relatives, caregivers and personal care aides in order to promote patients' safety, to minimise the risk of trauma and to improve patients' outcomes following a skin injury...
September 1, 2017: British Journal of Community Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858893/button-battery-ingestion-in-children
#7
Michael J Eliason, Robert L Ricca, Thomas Q Gallagher
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: As the demand for small electronics continues to grow so does the risk of oesophageal ingestion of button batteries. These small but powerful sources of energy are ubiquitous in every household and when swallowed, especially in small children, have been shown to create significant injury in a short amount of time leading to long-term morbidity and possible death. This review highlights the latest findings regarding epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of ingested button batteries...
August 30, 2017: Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855779/trauma-team-activation-not-just-for-trauma-patients
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Phoenix Vuong, Jason Sample, Mary Ellen Zimmermann, Pierre Saldinger
Specialized trauma teams have been shown to improve outcomes in critically injured patients. At our institution, an the American College of Surgeons Committee on trauma level I Trauma center, the trauma team activation (TTA) criteria includes both physiologic and anatomic criteria, but any attending physician can activate the trauma team at their discretion outside criteria. As a result, the trauma team has been activated for noninjured patients meeting physiologic criteria secondary to nontraumatic hemorrhage...
July 2017: Journal of Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846577/rotational-thromboelastometry-significantly-optimizes-transfusion-practices-for-damage-control-resuscitation-in-combat-casualties
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Nicolas J Prat, Andrew D Meyer, Nichole K Ingalls, Julie Trichereau, Joseph J DuBose, Andrew P Cap
BACKGROUND: Up to 40% of combat casualties with a truncal injury die of massive hemorrhage before reaching a surgeon. This hemorrhage can be prevented with damage control resuscitation (DCR) methods, which are focused on replacing shed whole blood by empirically transfusing blood components in a 1:1:1:1 ratio of platelets:fresh frozen plasma:erythrocytes:cryoprecipitate (PLT:FFP:RBC:CRYO). Measurement of hemostatic function with rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM) may allow optimization of the type and quantity of blood products transfused...
September 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843959/team-a-low-cost-alternative-to-atls-for-providing-trauma-care-teaching-in-haiti
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Anton Kurdin, Andrew Caines, Darrell Boone, Andrew Furey
OBJECTIVE: Trauma resuscitation protocols have unified the care of trauma patients and significantly improved outcomes. However, the success of the Advanced Trauma Life Support course is difficult to reproduce in developing countries due to set-up costs, limitations of resources, and variations of practice. The objective of this study is to assess the Trauma Evaluation and Management (TEAM) course as a low-cost alternative for trauma resuscitation teaching in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC)...
August 23, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837540/multi-institutional-analysis-of-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-nlr-in-patients-with-severe-hemorrhage-a-new-mortality-predictor-value
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Juan Duchesne, Danielle Tatum, Glenn Jones, Brandy Davis, Rosemarie Robledo, Marc DeMoya, Terence O'Keeffe, Paula Ferrada, Tomas Jacome, Rebecca Schroll, Jordan Wlodarczyk, Priya Prikash, Brian Smith, Kenji Inaba, Desmond Khor, Marquinn Duke, Mansoor Khan
BACKGROUND: The neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR) has been associated as a predictor for increased mortality in critically ill patients. We sought to determine the relationship between NLR and outcomes in adult trauma patients with severe hemorrhage requiring the initiation of massive transfusion protocol (MTP). We hypothesized that the NLR would be a prognostic indicator of mortality in this population. METHODS: This was a multi-institutional retrospective cohort study of adult trauma patients (≥18 years) with severe hemorrhage who received MTP between November 2014 - November 2015...
August 23, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822391/the-impact-of-hemodynamic-transesophageal-echocardiography-on-the-use-of-continuous-renal-replacement-therapy-in-trauma
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Madison Griffin, Brett Howard, Sam Devictor, Josh Ferenczy, Frances Cobb, D Benjamin Christie
Post-traumatic fluid management is a widely debated topic. No best-practice consensus exists. Adverse outcomes such as acute kidney injury or volume overload are common. Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) is an adjunct therapy for severe acute renal failure and volume overload, but is costly and not without risk. Hemodynamic transesophageal echocardiography (hTEE) is widely accepted as a reliable way to monitor volume status of intensive care unit (ICU) patients. Although data exist evaluating hTEE and CRRT independently, there is a lack of research mutually inclusive of the two...
August 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780982/validation-of-the-criteria-for-early-critical-care-resource-use-in-assessing-the-effectiveness-of-field-triage
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Ki Ok Ahn, Sang Chul Kim, Ju Ok Park, Sang Do Shin, Kyoung Jun Song, Ki Jeong Hong
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to validate the criteria for early critical care resource (CCR) use as an outcome predictor for seriously injured patients triaged in the field by comparing the effectiveness of the criteria for early CCR use with that of criteria defined by an Injury Severity Score (ISS) >15. METHODS: We analysed data from seriously injured trauma patients who were triaged using a field triage protocol by emergency medical service providers (EMS-ST patients)...
July 31, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765353/hemostatic-management-of-trauma-induced-coagulopathy
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Janise B Phillips, Phillip L Mohorn, Rebecca E Bookstaver, Tanya O Ezekiel, Christopher M Watson
Trauma-induced coagulopathy is a primary factor in many trauma-related fatalities. Management hinges upon rapid diagnosis of coagulation abnormalities and immediate administration of appropriate hemostatic agents. Use of crystalloids and packed red blood cells has traditionally been the core of trauma resuscitation, but current massive transfusion protocols include combination therapy with fresh frozen plasma and predefined ratios of platelets to packed red blood cells, limiting crystalloid administration. Hemostatic agents such as tranexamic acid, prothrombin complex concentrate, fibrinogen concentrate, and, in cases of refractory bleeding, recombinant activated factor VIIa may also be warranted...
August 2017: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765125/sepsis-and-critical-illness-research-center-investigators-protocols-and-standard-operating-procedures-for-a-prospective-cohort-study-of-sepsis-in-critically-ill-surgical-patients
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Tyler J Loftus, Juan C Mira, Tezcan Ozrazgat-Baslanti, Gabriella L Ghita, Zhongkai Wang, Julie A Stortz, Babette A Brumback, Azra Bihorac, Mark S Segal, Stephen D Anton, Christiaan Leeuwenburgh, Alicia M Mohr, Philip A Efron, Lyle L Moldawer, Frederick A Moore, Scott C Brakenridge
INTRODUCTION: Sepsis is a common, costly and morbid cause of critical illness in trauma and surgical patients. Ongoing advances in sepsis resuscitation and critical care support strategies have led to improved in-hospital mortality. However, these patients now survive to enter state of chronic critical illness (CCI), persistent low-grade organ dysfunction and poor long-term outcomes driven by the persistent inflammation, immunosuppression and catabolism syndrome (PICS). The Sepsis and Critical Illness Research Center (SCIRC) was created to provide a platform by which the prevalence and pathogenesis of CCI and PICS may be understood at a mechanistic level across multiple medical disciplines, leading to the development of novel management strategies and targeted therapies...
August 1, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761940/management-of-ankylotic-root-resorption-following-dental-trauma-a-short-review-and-proposal-of-a-treatment-protocol
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Shaul Lin, Malka Ashkenazi, Munir Karawan, Sorin T Teich, Zvi Gutmacher
Ankylotic root resorption is a serious complication following traumatic dental injuries. The aetiology of root resorption includes acute injury to the cementum and periodontal ligament, and subsequent biological processes that propagate the harm. The aim of the present paper is to present a structured treatment protocol for teeth that have experienced trauma and are at risk of developing ankylotic root resorption, followed by a decoronation protocol for situations in which ankylotic root resorption developed...
July 31, 2017: Oral Health & Preventive Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742797/a-comparison-of-selective-aortic-arch-perfusion-and-resuscitative-endovascular-balloon-occlusion-of-the-aorta-for-the-management-of-hemorrhage-induced-traumatic-cardiac-arrest-a-translational-model-in-large-swine
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Ed B G Barnard, James E Manning, Jason E Smith, Jason M Rall, Jennifer M Cox, James D Ross
BACKGROUND: Survival rates remain low after hemorrhage-induced traumatic cardiac arrest (TCA). Noncompressible torso hemorrhage (NCTH) is a major cause of potentially survivable trauma death. Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA) at the thoracic aorta (Zone 1) can limit subdiaphragmatic blood loss and allow for IV fluid resuscitation when intrinsic cardiac activity is still present. Selective Aortic Arch Perfusion (SAAP) combines thoracic aortic balloon hemorrhage control with intra-aortic oxygenated perfusion to achieve return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) when cardiac arrest has occurred...
July 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733846/implementation-of-a-standardized-protocol-to-manage-elderly-patients-with-low-energy-pelvic-fractures-can-service-improvement-be-expected
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Nikolaos K Kanakaris, Tess Greven, Robert M West, Arie B Van Vugt, Peter V Giannoudis
PURPOSE: The incidence of low energy pelvic fractures (FPFs) in the elderly is increasing. Comorbidities, decreased bone-quality, problematic fracture fixation and poor compliance represent some of their specific difficulties. In the absence of uniform management, a standard operating procedure (SOP) was introduced to our unit, aiming to improve the quality of services provided to these patients. METHODS: A cohort study was contacted to test the impact of (1) using a specific clinical algorithm and (2) using different antiosteoporotic drugs...
July 21, 2017: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716784/protocol-for-a-prospective-observational-study-to-improve-prehospital-notification-of-injured-patients-presenting-to-trauma-centres-in-india
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Biswadev Mitra, Joseph Mathew, Amit Gupta, Peter Cameron, Gerard O'Reilly, Kapil Dev Soni, Gaurav Kaushik, Teresa Howard, Madonna Fahey, Michael Stephenson, Vineet Kumar, Sharad Vyas, Satish Dharap, Pankaj Patel, Advait Thakor, Naveen Sharma, Tony Walker, Mahesh Chandra Misra, Russell Gruen, Mark Fitzgerald
INTRODUCTION: Prehospital notification of injured patients enables prompt and timely care in hospital through adequate preparation of trauma teams, space, equipment and consumables necessary for resuscitation, and may improve outcomes. In India, anecdotal reports suggest that prehospital notification, in those few places where it occurs, is unstructured and not linked to a well-defined hospital response. The aim of this manuscript is to describe, in detail, a study protocol for the evaluation of a formalised approach to prehospital notification...
July 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706089/evaluation-of-the-geriatric-co-management-for-patients-with-fragility-fractures-of-the-proximal-femur-geriatric-fracture-centre-gfc-concept-protocol-for-a-prospective-multicentre-cohort-study
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Alexander Joeris, Anahí Hurtado-Chong, Denise Hess, Vasiliki Kalampoki, Michael Blauth
INTRODUCTION: Treatment of fractures in the elderly population is a clinical challenge due partly to the presence of comorbidities. In a Geriatric Fracture Centre (GFC), patients are co-managed by a geriatrician in an attempt to improve clinical outcomes and reduce morbidity and mortality. Until now the beneficial effect of orthogeriatric co-management has not been definitively proven. The primary objective of this study is to determine the effect of GFC on predefined major adverse events related to a hip fracture compared to usual care centres (UCC)...
July 12, 2017: BMJ Open
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