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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341846/primary-intra-medullary-nailing-of-open-tibia-fractures-caused-by-low-velocity-gunshots-does-operative-debridement-increase-infection-rates
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Chester J Donnally, Charles M Lawrie, Jonathan I Sheu, Meredith A Gunder, Stephen M Quinnan
BACKGROUND: Although gunshot-induced extremity fractures are typically not considered open fractures, there is controversy regarding wound management in the setting of operative fixation to limit infection complications. Previous studies have evaluated the need for a formal irrigation and debridement (I&D) prior to intra-medullary nailing (IMN) of gunshot-induced femur fractures but none have specifically evaluated tibias. By comparing primary IMN for tibial shaft fractures caused by low-velocity firearms additionally treated with a formal operative I&D (group 1) with those without an I&D (group 2), we sought to identify whether there are: differences in treatment group infection rates; particular fracture patterns more prone to infection; and patient characteristics more prone to infections...
January 17, 2018: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333494/ensuring-adequate-vascular-access-in-patients-with-major-trauma-a-quality-improvement-initiative
#2
Kevin Verhoeff, Rachelle Saybel, Pamela Mathura, Bonnie Tsang, Vanessa Fawcett, Sandy Widder
Ensuring adequate vascular access in major trauma patients prior to decompensative physiological processes is crucial to patient outcomes. Most protocols suggest achieving two 18-gauge or larger intravenous lines immediately in patients with major trauma. We discuss a quality improvement approach to ensure that >90% of patients with major trauma (as defined by an injury severity score ≥12) at a level one trauma centre receive timely and adequate fluid access. Applying Donabedian principles for process improvement, we used the Alberta Trauma Registry to perform a 4-month chart audit on patients with major trauma at the University of Alberta Hospital...
2018: BMJ Open Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29307034/emergency-department-imaging-of-pediatric-trauma-patients-during-combat-operations-in-iraq-and-afghanistan
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Jason F Naylor, Michael D April, Jamie L Roper, Guyon J Hill, Paul Clark, Steven G Schauer
BACKGROUND: Military hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan treated children with traumatic injuries during the recent conflicts. Diagnostic imaging is an integral component of trauma management; however, few published data exist on its use in the wartime pediatric population. OBJECTIVE: The authors describe the emergency department (ED) utilization of radiology resources for pediatric trauma patients in Iraq and Afghanistan. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We queried the Department of Defense Trauma Registry (DODTR) for all pediatric patients admitted to military fixed-facility hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan from January 2007 to January 2016...
January 6, 2018: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29283970/prehospital-spine-immobilization-spinal-motion-restriction-in-penetrating-trauma-a-practice-management-guideline-from-the-eastern-association-for-the-surgery-of-trauma-east
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Catherine G Velopulos, Hasan M Shihab, Lawrence Lottenberg, Marcie Feinman, Ali Raja, Jeffrey Salomone, Elliott R Haut
BACKGROUND: Spine immobilization in trauma has remained an integral part of most emergency medical services (EMS) protocols despite a lack of evidence for efficacy and concern for associated complications, especially in penetrating trauma patients. We reviewed the published evidence on the topic of prehospital spine immobilization or spinal motion restriction in adult patients with penetrating trauma to structure a Practice Management Guideline. METHODS: We conducted a Cochrane style systematic review and meta-analysis, and applied GRADE methodology to construct recommendations...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29261593/non-operative-management-of-abdominal-solid-organ-injuries-following-blunt-trauma-in-adults-results-from-an-international-consensus-conference
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Stefania Cimbanassi, Osvaldo Chiara, Ari Leppaniemi, Sharon Henry, Thomas M Scalea, Kathirkamanathan Shanmuganathan, Walter Biffl, Fausto Catena, Luca Ansaloni, Gregorio Tugnoli, Elvio De Blasio, Arturo Chieregato, Giovanni Gordini, Sergio Ribaldi, Maurizio Castriconi, Patrizio Festa, Federico Coccolini, Salomone di Saverio, Antonio Galfano, Massimo Massi, Marilena Celano, Massimiliano Mutignani, Stefano Rausei, Desiree Pantalone, Antonio Rampoldi, Luca Fattori, Stefano Miniello, Sebastian Sgardello, Francesca Bindi, Federica Renzi, Fabrizio Sammartano
BACKGROUND: Non-operative management (NOM) for blunt solid organ injuries has become the standard of care for patients who are hemodynamically stable, without other indications for explorative laparotomy. Our aims were to develop evidence-based guidelines to correctly identify the indications for NOM in adult blunt trauma patient, the best and most appropriate modality for follow-up, and the best techniques to manage complications. METHODS: The literature since 2000 to 2016 was systematically screened according to PRISMA [Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and meta-analyses] protocol...
December 20, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29251704/improved-outcomes-in-elderly-trauma-patients-with-the-implementation-of-two-innovative-geriatric-specific-protocols-final-report
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Eric H Bradburn, Brian W Gross, Shreya Jammula, William H Adams, Jo Ann Miller
INTRODUCTION: Elderly trauma care is challenging due to the unique physiology and comorbidities prevalent in this population. To improve the care of these patients, two practice management guidelines (PMG) were implemented: High Risk Geriatric Protocol (HRGP), which triages patients based on injury patterns and comorbid conditions for occult hypotension, and the Anticoagulation and Trauma Alert (ACT), which is designed to streamline the care of geriatric trauma patients on anticoagulants...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241907/a-systematic-review-of-massive-transfusion-protocol-in-obstetrics
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REVIEW
Hiroaki Tanaka, Shigetaka Matsunaga, Tomoyuki Yamashita, Toshiyuki Okutomi, Atsushi Sakurai, Akihiko Sekizawa, Junichi Hasegawa, Katsuo Terui, Yasutaka Miyake, Jun Murotsuki, Tomoaki Ikeda
Post-partum obstetric haemorrhage is a leading cause of mortality among Japanese women, generally treated with haemostatic measures followed by supplementary transfusion. Commonly used in the setting of severe trauma, massive transfusion protocols (MTPs), preparations of red blood cell concentrate (RBC) and fresh frozen plasma (FFP) with additional supplements, have proved effective in decreasing patient mortality following major obstetric bleeding events. Although promising, the optimal configuration of RBC and FFP utilized for obstetric bleeding needs to be verified...
December 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238996/quality-management-of-a-massive-transfusion-protocol
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John R Hess, Patrick J Ramos, Nina E Sen, Virginia G Cruz-Cody, Erin E Tuott, Max J Louzon, Eileen M Bulger, Saman Arbabi, Monica B Pagano, Ryan A Metcalf
BACKGROUND: Massive transfusion is a response to massive uncontrolled hemorrhage. To be effective, it must be timely and address the patient's needs for blood volume, oxygen transport, and hemostasis. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: A review was performed on all activations of the massive transfusion protocol (MTP) in a hospital with large emergency medicine, trauma, and vascular surgery programs. Indications, transfused amounts, and outcomes were determined for each MTP event to determine appropriateness of MTP use...
December 13, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204875/focused-assessment-with-sonography-in-trauma-a-review-of-concepts-and-considerations-for-anesthesiology
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Jacob Pace, Robert Arntfield
The use of point-of-care ultrasound in trauma provides diagnostic clarity and routinely influences management. A scanning protocol known as the Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma (FAST) has been widely adopted by trauma providers of all specialties. The FAST exam addresses a broad array of pathologic conditions capable of causing instability, including hemoperitoneum, hemopericardium, hemothorax, and pneumothorax. The exam is an integral component to the primary assessment of injured patients and an iconic application of point-of-care ultrasound...
December 4, 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197316/developing-a-mass-casualty-surge-capacity-protocol-for-emergency-medical-services-to-use-for-patient-distribution
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Samuel E Shartar, Brooks L Moore, Lori M Wood
OBJECTIVES: Metropolitan areas must be prepared to manage large numbers of casualties related to a major incident. Most US cities do not have adequate trauma center capacity to manage large-scale mass casualty incidents (MCIs). Creating surge capacity requires the distribution of casualties to hospitals that are not designated as trauma centers. Our objectives were to extrapolate MCI response research into operational objectives for MCI distribution plan development; formulate a patient distribution model based on research, hospital capacities, and resource availability; and design and disseminate a casualty distribution tool for use by emergency medical services (EMS) personnel to distribute patients to the appropriate level of care...
December 2017: Southern Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169600/arterial-injury-in-the-upper-extremity-evaluation-strategies-and-anticoagulation-management
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REVIEW
Cory Lebowitz, Jonas L Matzon
Trauma to the upper extremity can present with an associated arterial injury. After patient stabilization, thorough assessment with physical examination and various imaging modalities allows accurate diagnosis of the specific arterial injury. After diagnosis, efficient treatment is necessary to allow limb salvage. Treatment options include ligation, primary repair, graft reconstruction, endovascular repair, and amputation. The final treatment rendered is frequently dependent on injury location and mechanism...
February 2018: Hand Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167092/dry-needling-for-patients-with-neck-pain-protocol-of-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Eric Robert Gattie, Joshua A Cleland, Suzanne J Snodgrass
BACKGROUND: Neck pain is a costly and common problem. Current treatments are not adequately effective for a large proportion of patients who continue to experience recurrent pain. Therefore, new treatment strategies should be investigated in an attempt to reduce the disability and high costs associated with neck pain. Dry needling is a technique in which a fine needle is used to penetrate the skin, subcutaneous tissues, and muscle with the intent to mechanically disrupt tissue without the use of an anesthetic...
November 22, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162242/current-concepts-in-spondylopelvic-dissociation
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REVIEW
André Luiz Loyelo Barcellos, Vinícius M da Rocha, João Antonio Matheus Guimarães
INTRODUCTION: Spondylopelvic dissociation is an uncommon and complex injury that results from high-energy trauma with axial overloading through the sacrum. Due to the life-threatening nature of these injuries, standard Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS) protocol must be used in the trauma setting as part of the initial management of these patients. The key to diagnosis is a good physical exam coupled with high level of suspicion. Radicular neurological deficits commonly are present in spondylopelvic dissociation (L5's roots) and should be documented for future evaluations...
November 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159958/evaluation-of-a-low-risk-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-and-intracranial-hemorrhage-emergency-department-observation-protocol
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Brian J Yun, Pierre Borczuk, Lulu Wang, Stephen Dorner, Benjamin A White, Ali S Raja
OBJECTIVES: Among emergency physicians, there is wide variation in admitting practices for patients who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) with an intracranial hemorrhage (ICH). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of implementing a protocol in the emergency department (ED) observation unit for patients with mild TBI and ICH. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study was approved by the Institutional Review Board. Study subjects were patients ≥18 years of age with an International Classification of Diseases (ICD) code corresponding to a traumatic IC, and admitted to an ED observation unit (EDOU) of an urban, academic level 1 trauma center between February 1, 2015 and January 31, 2017...
November 20, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150779/perioperative-transesophageal-echocardiography-for-non-cardiac-surgery
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REVIEW
Ashraf Fayad, Sasha K Shillcutt
PURPOSE: The use of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has evolved to include patients undergoing high-risk non-cardiac procedures and patients with significant cardiac disease undergoing non-cardiac surgery. Implementation of basic TEE education in training programs has increased across a broad spectrum of procedures in the perioperative arena. This paper describes the use of perioperative TEE in non-cardiac surgery and provides an overview of the basic TEE examination. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Perioperative TEE is used to monitor hemodynamic parameters in non-cardiac procedures where there is a high risk of hemodynamic instability...
November 17, 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145966/outcome-evaluation-of-staged-treatment-for-bicondylar-tibial-plateau-fractures
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Vincenzo Giordano, Ney Pecegueiro do Amaral, Hilton A Koch, Rodrigo Pires E Albuquerque, Felipe Serrão de Souza, José Félix Dos Santos Neto
BACKGROUND: The universal accepted strategy for treating high-energy tibial plateau fractures remains a topic of ongoing debate. The challenge for the practicing orthopaedic trauma surgeon is to provide anatomical articular fracture reduction, with successfully managing the complex soft-tissue injury that is commonly present at patient admission. The primary aim of the actual study was to evaluate the results of a staged protocol for the treatment of high-energy bicondylar tibial plateau fractures...
October 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143074/-additional-emergency-medical-measures-in-trauma-associated-cardiac-arrest
#17
B Ondruschka, C Baier, J Dreßler, A Höch, M Bernhard, C Kleber, C Buschmann
INTRODUCTION: More than half of all traumatic deaths happen in prehospital settings. Until now, there have been no long-term studies examining the actual additive treatment during trauma-associated cardiopulmonary resuscitation (tCPR), including pleural decompression, pericardiocentesis, tourniquets and external stabilization of the pelvis. The present cohort study evaluated forensic autopsy reports of trauma deaths occurring at the scene with respect to additive actions in preclinical tCPR as well as the potentially preventable nature of the individual death cases...
November 15, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135664/pain-relief-after-operative-treatment-of-an-extremity-fracture-a-noninferiority-randomized-controlled-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Gijs T T Helmerhorst, Ruben Zwiers, David Ring, Peter Kloen
BACKGROUND: Opioid pain medication is frequently given to patients recovering from a surgical procedure for an extremity fracture in spite of evidence that acetaminophen may be adequate. The aim of this study was to determine whether prescription of step 1 pain medication (acetaminophen) is noninferior to step 2 pain medication (acetaminophen and tramadol) after operative treatment of an extremity fracture. METHODS: Fifty-two patients with a single extremity fracture were randomized from July 2012 to March 2015 in this 2-week follow-up, noninferiority trial in a level-I trauma center in the Netherlands...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133630/non-contact-lens-related-acanthamoeba-keratitis
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REVIEW
Prashant Garg, Paavan Kalra, Joveeta Joseph
The purpose of the study is to describe epidemiology, clinical features, diagnosis, and treatment of Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) with special focus on the disease in nonusers of contact lenses (CLs). This study was a perspective based on authors' experience and review of published literature. AK accounts for 2% of microbiology-proven cases of keratitis. Trauma and exposure to contaminated water are the main predisposing factors for the disease. Association with CLs is seen only in small fraction of cases. Contrary to classical description experience in India suggests that out of proportion pain, ring infiltrate, and radial keratoneuritis are seen in less than a third of cases...
November 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107133/physeal-fractures-of-the-lower-leg-in-children-and-adolescents-therapeutic-results-pitfalls-and-suggested-management-protocol-based-on-the-experience-of-the-authors-and-contemporary-literature
#20
Marcin Karlikowski, Jerzy Sułko
INTRODUCTION: Physeal fractures in children frequently give rise to concerns about the condition of the growth plate. Our observations have proven that the dysfunction of the growth plate is less frequent complication in those cases than misdiagnosed interposition of the periosteum. The aim of this paper is to familiarize the readers with the issue of treatment of physeal fractures of the distal tibia and fibula in the growing skeleton. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed the group of 75 patients - children and adolescents - with surgically treated physeal fractures of the lower leg...
October 26, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
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