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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339839/trends-in-trauma-related-mortality-among-adolescents-a-6-year-snapshot-from-a-teaching-hospital-s-post-mortem-data
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Sachil Kumar, Anoop K Verma
Introduction: The aim is to explore the trends in trauma mortality in children aged 0-18 years can help to co-ordinate resources toward research and programs to reduce the burden. Methods: This is a retrospective study carried out on adolescents ≤18 years of age autopsied according to the attorney request at Forensic Medicine & Toxicology department of King George's Medical University, Lucknow, India in the period from January 1st, 2009 to December 31st, 2014...
November 2017: Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics and Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333823/brain-death-and-organ-donation-in-argentine-pediatric-intensive-care-units-a-multicenter-study
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Germán Bonetto, Pedro Taffarel, Melisa Gamerman, Facundo Jorro Barón, Carolina Gaviña, Laura Flores, Emanuel Fernández, Andrea Zifferman, Gustavo Debaisi, Marcelo Acerenza, Jorge Selandari, Luis Landry, Ariel Cacciamano, Alfredo Clavel, Patricia Capocasa, Bernardo Calvo, Marcial Angos
Brain death (BD) is a condition determined by the complete and irreversible absence of brain functions. Maintenance of vital functions creates an opportunity for organ donation. A retrospective study was carried out in 7 pediatric intensive care units of Argentina (from 1/1/2013 to 9/30/2016) to determine the incidence of clinical and certified BD, and the proportion of effective transplantations. Among deceased patients, 19.14% (147/768) met the clinical requirements for BD, and the main cause of BD was multiple trauma...
February 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327977/status-and-challenges-of-predicting-and-diagnosing-sepsis-in-burn-patients
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Mile Stanojcic, Roohi Vinaik, Marc G Jeschke
Burns are a common form of trauma that account for more than 300,000 deaths each year worldwide. Survival rates have improved over the past decades because of improvements in nutritional and fluid support, burn wound care, and infection control practices. Death, however, remains unacceptably high. The primary cause of death has changed over the last decades from anoxic causes to now predominantly infections and sepsis. Sepsis and septic complications are not only major contributors to poor outcomes, but they further result in longer hospital stay and higher healthcare costs...
January 12, 2018: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318575/post-partum-haemorrhage-and-tranexamic-acid-a-global-issue
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REVIEW
Stephen P Hibbs, Ian Roberts, Haleema Shakur-Still, Beverley J Hunt
Post-partum haemorrhage (PPH) remains the major cause of maternal death worldwide, with the overwhelming majority of bleeding deaths occurring in low income countries. These bleeding deaths occur due to a complex network of biological and socioeconomic factors, including changes to haemostasis and fibrinolysis during pregnancy. Tranexamic acid (TxA) has been shown to reduce death in bleeding trauma patients safely and is effective in reducing bleeding in surgical patients, however its role in PPH has been less well established...
January 9, 2018: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317045/evaluation-of-a-novel-thoracic-entry-device-versus-needle-decompression-in-a-tension-pneumothorax-swine-model
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John Kuckelman, Mike Derickson, Cody Phillips, Morgan Barron, Shannon Marko, Matthew Eckert, Matthew Martin
INTRODUCTION: Tension pneumothorax (tPTX) remains a major cause of preventable death in trauma. Needle decompression (ND) has up to a 60% failure rate. METHODS: Post-mortem swine used. Interventions were randomized to 14G-needle decompression (ND, n = 25), bladed trocar with 36Fr cannula (BTW, n = 16), bladed trocar alone (BTWO, n = 16) and surgical thoracostomy (ST = 11). Simulated tPTX was created to a pressure(p) of 20 mmHg. RESULTS: Success (p < 5 mmHg by 120 s) was seen in 41 of 68 (60%) interventions...
January 5, 2018: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315455/home-versus-in-patient-treatment-for-deep-vein-thrombosis
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Richard Othieno, Emmanuel Okpo, Rachel Forster
BACKGROUND: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot blocks blood flow through a vein, which can occur after surgery, after trauma, or when a person has been immobile for a long time. Clots can dislodge and block blood flow to the lungs (pulmonary embolism (PE)), causing death. DVT and PE are known by the term venous thromboembolism (VTE). Heparin (in the form of unfractionated heparin (UFH)) is a blood-thinning drug used during the first three to five days of DVT treatment...
January 9, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313512/mortality-during-road-traffic-accidents-in-bangui-central-african-republic
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B J D Tékpa, H C Diemer, P A Issa Mapouka, V Ndoma Ngatchokpo, B Gassima, M N Nali
The authors examined mortality during road traffic accidents (RTAs) to propose solutions for their prevention. This descriptive prospective study took place over a 12-month period (June 1, 2011, to May 30, 2012) and included all fatalities from RTAs brought to selected hospitals. These RTA fatalities were studied in the morgues and selected sites. An autopsy was conducted for each victim to clarify the cause of death. An injury severity score (ISS) was also calculated for each victim. The data were analyzed with Epi-Info 2008...
November 1, 2017: Médecine et Santé Tropicales
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306988/acute-phase-response-after-fatal-traumatic-brain-injury
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Benjamin Ondruschka, Sandra Schuch, Dirk Pohlers, Heike Franke, Jan Dreßler
An inflammatory response occurring after fatal traumatic brain injury (TBI) initiates time-dependent cascades of acute phase response. This may offer the potential to monitor postmortem biomarker levels of several pro-inflammatory cytokines to gain information about the cause of death and the trauma survival time. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and serum samples were collected from forensic autopsies of 95 adult cadavers after postmortem intervals up to 6 days. The cases were divided according to their cause of death into fatal TBI (n = 46) with different survival times and age- and gender-matching non-TBI fatalities as controls (n = 49)...
January 6, 2018: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306693/the-iraqi-national-study-of-suicide-report-on-suicide-data-in-iraq-in-2015-and-2016
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Mohammed J Abbas, Nesif Alhemiary, Emad Abdul Razaq, Shakir Naosh, Louis Appleby
BACKGROUND: Very little is known regarding the epidemiology of suicides in Iraq, given the lack of a national surveillance system. Therefore, the government initiated this project "The Iraqi National Study of Suicide METHODS: The study covered 13 (out of 18) provinces in Iraq. A data collection form was designed by the researchers. The forms were completed by police stations in the 13 provinces. Data were extracted from the legal investigation (which include police investigation, family reports and postmortem reports) of cases of when there was no clear cause of death and where there was final verdict of suicide made by judge after examining these reports...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306344/preweaning-mortality-in-piglets-in-loose-housed-herds-etiology-and-prevalence
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C Kielland, H Wisløff, M Valheim, A K Fauske, O Reksen, T Framstad
Preweaning mortality in piglets is a welfare issue, as well as an ethical and economic concern in commercial pig farming. Studying the causes of preweaning mortality and their prevalence is necessary to reduce losses. Preweaning piglet mortality was investigated in a field study including 347 sows from 14 loose-housed Norwegian piglet-producing herds. A total of 5254 piglets were born in these herds during the study period, and 1200 piglets were necropsied. The cause of death was based on pathoanatomical diagnosis (PAD)...
January 8, 2018: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303442/blossoming-contusions-identifying-factors-contributing-to-the-expansion-of-traumatic-intracerebral-hemorrhage
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Joseph A Carnevale, David J Segar, Andrew Y Powers, Meghal Shah, Cody Doberstein, Benjamin Drapcho, John F Morrison, John R Williams, Scott Collins, Kristina Monteiro, Wael F Asaad
OBJECTIVE Traumatic brain injury (TBI) remains a significant cause of neurological morbidity and mortality. Each year, more than 1.7 million patients present to the emergency department with TBI. The goal of this study was to evaluate the prognosis of traumatic cerebral intraparenchymal hemorrhage (tIPH), to develop subclassifications of these injuries that relate to prognosis, and to provide a more comprehensive assessment of hemorrhagic progression contusion (HPC) by analyzing the rate at which tIPH "blossom" (i...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303440/predictive-value-of-positive-high-sensitivity-troponin-t-in-intubated-traumatic-brain-injury-patients
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Ayman El-Menyar, Mohammad Asim, Rifat Latifi, Shrikant I Bangdiwala, Hassan Al-Thani
OBJECTIVE The clinical relevance of high-sensitivity troponin T (HsTnT) in trauma patients is not well explored. In this study, the authors aimed to study the predictive value of serum HsTnT in intubated patients who had sustained traumatic brain injury (TBI). METHODS A retrospective analysis was conducted for all intubated TBI patients between 2010 and 2014 at a national level 1 trauma center. Data were analyzed and compared based on the HsTnT status on admission (group 1, negative results; and group 2, positive results)...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297363/critical-illness-and-flat-batteries
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REVIEW
Mervyn Singer
An exaggerated, dysregulated host response to insults such as infection (i.e. sepsis), trauma and ischaemia-reperfusion injury can result in multiple organ dysfunction and death. While the focus of research in this area has largely centred on inflammation and immunity, a crucial missing link is the precise identification of mechanisms at the organ level that cause this physiological-biochemical failure. Any hypothesis must reconcile this functional organ failure with minimal signs of cell death, availability of oxygen, and (often) minimal early local inflammatory cell infiltrate...
December 28, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29296771/red-blood-cells-in-hemorrhagic-shock-a-critical-role-for-glutaminolysis-in-fueling-alanine-transamination-in-rats
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Julie A Reisz, Anne L Slaughter, Rachel Culp-Hill, Ernest E Moore, Christopher C Silliman, Miguel Fragoso, Erik D Peltz, Kirk C Hansen, Anirban Banerjee, Angelo D'Alessandro
Red blood cells (RBCs) are the most abundant host cell in the human body and play a critical role in oxygen transport and systemic metabolic homeostasis. Hypoxic metabolic reprogramming of RBCs in response to high-altitude hypoxia or anaerobic storage in the blood bank has been extensively described. However, little is known about the RBC metabolism following hemorrhagic shock (HS), the most common preventable cause of death in trauma, the global leading cause of total life-years lost. Metabolomics analyses were performed through ultra-high pressure liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry on RBCs from Sprague-Dawley rats undergoing HS (mean arterial pressure [MAP], <30 mm Hg) in comparison with sham rats (MAP, >80 mm Hg)...
July 25, 2017: Blood Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290065/pathophysiology-of-primary-open-angle-glaucoma-from-a-neuroinflammatory-and-neurotoxicity-perspective-a-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Karine Evangelho, Maria Mogilevskaya, Monica Losada-Barragan, Jeinny Karina Vargas-Sanchez
PURPOSE: Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in humans, affecting 2% of the population. This disorder can be classified into various types including primary, secondary, glaucoma with angle closure and with open angle. The prevalence of distinct types of glaucoma differs for each particular region of the world. One of the most common types of this disease is primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), which is a complex inherited disorder characterized by progressive retinal ganglion cell death, optic nerve head excavation and visual field loss...
December 30, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29283978/review-hibernation-based-approaches-in-the-treatment-of-hemorrhagic-shock
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Andrea Wolf, Elizabeth R Lusczek, Gregory J Beilman
Hemorrhagic shock is the leading cause of preventable death after trauma. Hibernation-based treatment approaches have been of increasing interest for various biomedical applications. Due to apparent similarities in tissue perfusion and metabolic activity between severe blood loss and the hibernating state, hibernation-based approaches have also emerged for the treatment of hemorrhagic shock. Research has shown that hibernators are protected from shock-induced injury and inflammation. Utilizing the adaptive mechanisms that prevent injury in these animals may help alleviate the detrimental effects of hemorrhagic shock in non-hibernating species...
December 27, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29283434/elevation-of-the-head-during-intensive-care-management-in-people-with-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
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REVIEW
Jose D Alarcon, Andres M Rubiano, David O Okonkwo, Jairo Alarcón, Maria José Martinez-Zapata, Gerard Urrútia, Xavier Bonfill Cosp
BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major public health problem and a fundamental cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The burden of TBI disproportionately affects low- and middle-income countries. Intracranial hypertension is the most frequent cause of death and disability in brain-injured people. Special interventions in the intensive care unit are required to minimise factors contributing to secondary brain injury after trauma. Therapeutic positioning of the head (different degrees of head-of-bed elevation (HBE)) has been proposed as a low cost and simple way of preventing secondary brain injury in these people...
December 28, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29283002/twenty-three-years-1993-2015-of-homicide-trends-in-the-transkei-region-of-south-africa
#18
Meel Banwari
Background Transkei is regarded as a rural part of South Africa. It was one of the black homelands where rigorous apartheid was practised. The incidence of firearm-related deaths used to be very high, but after the implementation of the Firearm Control Act in 2002, the trend changed. However, the murder rate is still a major public-health problem in this region of South Africa. Objective The aim of this study was to investigate 23 years (1993-2015) of homicide trends in the Transkei region of South Africa. Method A review of records of medico-legal autopsies performed at Mthatha Forensic Pathology Laboratory from 1993 to 2015 was undertaken...
January 1, 2017: Medicine, Science, and the Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282877/multifunctional-shape-memory-polymer-foams-with-bio-inspired-antimicrobials
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Mary Beth Browning Monroe, Alexandra D Easley, Katie Grant, Grace K Fletcher, Calla Boyer, Duncan J Maitland
Despite a number of clinically available hemostats, uncontrolled bleeding is the primary cause of trauma-related death. Shape-memory polymer (SMP) foams have a number of desirable properties for use as hemostats, including shape recovery to enable delivery into bleed sites, biocompatibility, and rapid blood clotting. To expand upon this material system, the current work aims to incorporate phenolic acids, which are honey-based antimicrobial agents, into SMP foams. We showed that cinnamic acid (CA) can be utilized as a monomer in SMP synthesis to provide foams with comparable pore structure and retained cytocompatibility...
December 28, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282104/association-between-continuous-hyperosmolar-therapy-and-survival-in-patients-with-traumatic-brain-injury-a-multicentre-prospective-cohort-study-and-systematic-review
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Karim Asehnoune, Sigismond Lasocki, Philippe Seguin, Thomas Geeraerts, Pierre François Perrigault, Claire Dahyot-Fizelier, Catherine Paugam Burtz, Fabrice Cook, Dominique Demeure Dit Latte, Raphael Cinotti, Pierre Joachim Mahe, Camille Fortuit, Romain Pirracchio, Fanny Feuillet, Véronique Sébille, Antoine Roquilly
BACKGROUND: Intracranial hypertension (ICH) is a major cause of death after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Continuous hyperosmolar therapy (CHT) has been proposed for the treatment of ICH, but its effectiveness is controversial. We compared the mortality and outcomes in patients with TBI with ICH treated or not with CHT. METHODS: We included patients with TBI (Glasgow Coma Scale ≤ 12 and trauma-associated lesion on brain computed tomography (CT) scan) from the databases of the prospective multicentre trials Corti-TC, BI-VILI and ATLANREA...
December 28, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
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