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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342427/reconstructive-aortic-valve-surgery-in-the-elderly-techniques-and-outcomes
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Paul P Urbanski, Atanas Jankulovski, Kiril Doldurov, Xiaochun Zhan, Ayman Sodah, Michael Zacher, Anno Diegeler
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to evaluate operative techniques and long-term results after aortic valve or root repair in patients aged 75 years or more. METHODS: Between November 2002 and January 2016, a total of 815 patients underwent aortic valve or root repair. Among them were 100 patients aged 75 years or more (mean, 78 ± 3; range, 75-88 years), including 17 patients operated on an emergency basis because of acute aortic dissection. None/trivial, mild, moderate, and severe insufficiency grades were presented in 9, 23, 27, and 41 patients, respectively...
December 19, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340924/impact-of-preoperative-opioid-use-after-emergency-general-surgery
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Young Kim, Alexander R Cortez, Koffi Wima, Vikrom K Dhar, Krishna P Athota, Jason J Schrager, Timothy A Pritts, Michael J Edwards, Shimul A Shah
BACKGROUND: Preoperative exposure to narcotics has recently been associated with poor outcomes after elective major surgery, but little is known as to how preoperative opioid use impacts outcomes after common, emergency general surgical procedures (EGS). METHODS: A high-volume, single-center analysis was performed on patients who underwent EGS from 2012 to 2013. EGS was defined as the seven emergent operations that account for 80% of the national burden. Preoperative opioid use was defined as having an active opioid prescription within 7 days prior to surgery...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340918/validation-of-aast-egs-grade-for-acute-pancreatitis
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Moustafa Younis, Matthew Hernandez, Mohamed Ray-Zack, Nadeem N Haddad, Asad Choudhry, Pooja Reddy, Martin D Zielinski
BACKGROUND: The AAST recently developed an emergency general surgery (EGS) disease grading system to measure anatomic severity. We aimed to validate this grading system for acute pancreatitis and compare cross sectional imaging-based AAST EGS grade and compare with several clinical prediction models. We hypothesize that increased AAST EGS grade would be associated with important physiological and clinical outcomes and is comparable to other severity grading methods. METHODS: Single institution retrospective review of adult patients admitted with acute pancreatitis during 10/2014-1/2016 was performed...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336769/processes-of-health-care-delivery-education-and-provider-satisfaction-in-acute-care-surgery-a-systematic-review
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DeGirolamo Kristin, Patrick B Murphy, Karan D'Souza, Jacques X Zhang, Neil Parry, Elliott Haut, W Robert Leeper, Ken Leslie, Kelly N Vogt, S Morad Hameed
In recent years, significant workload, high acuity, and complexity of emergency general surgery conditions have led hospitals to replace the traditional on-call model with dedicated acute care surgery (ACS) service models. A systematic search of Ovid, EMBASE, and MEDLINE was undertaken to examine the impact of ACS services on health-care delivery processes and cost, education, and provider satisfaction. From 1827 papers, reviewers identified 22 studies that met inclusion criteria and subsequently used The Evidence-Based Practice for Improving Quality method and Newcastle-Ottawa Scale to score quality and level of evidence...
December 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336748/an-update-on-the-current-management-of-perforated-diverticulitis
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Evon Zoog, W Heath Giles, Robert A Maxwell
The management of perforated diverticulitis is a challenging aspect of general surgery. The prevalence of colonic diverticular disease has increased over the last decade and will continue to increase as the baby boomers add to the elderly population. Improvements in diagnostic imaging modalities, efforts to maintain intestinal continuity, and percutaneous drainage procedures now result in several alternatives when selecting a management strategy for complicated presentations. Specifically, laparoscopic lavage and resection with primary anastomosis have emerged as options for treatment of Hinchey III and IV diverticulitis in place of diversion in the appropriately selected patient...
December 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336006/the-place-of-frailty-and-vulnerability-in-the-surgical-risk-assessment-should-we-move-from-complexity-to-simplicity
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Mario Barbagallo, Ligia J Dominguez, Domenico Cucinotta
Due to aging of the world population, older patients accessing health services are becoming continuously more frequent. This has increased the interest in assessing frailty and vulnerability in all specialties and general medicine. Although the term frailty has been recognized for over 30 years, there is not yet a universally recognized definition, and different care providers assess frailty and vulnerability with dissimilar tools, from very complex to very simple validated scales. Being treated with respect and dignity at the right time and place is the key message, as well as after undergoing a global evaluation both in urgency/emergency and in programmed surgery for all older surgical patients...
January 15, 2018: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334510/comparing-peri-operative-complications-of-paediatric-and-adult-anaesthesia-a-retrospective-cohort-study-of-81%C3%A2-267-cases
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Andrie C Westerkamp, A Fred de Geus, Bouwe Molenbuur, Peter Meyer, J K Götz Wietasch, Michel M R F Struys, Herman G D Hendriks
BACKGROUND: Comparisons of peri-operative complications associated with paediatric (≤16 years) and adult anaesthesia are poorly available, especially in which cardiac surgery, organ transplantation and neurosurgery are involved. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the nature and incidence of peri-operative complications that might be due to anaesthesia and to identify independent risk factors for complications in children and adults, including those undergoing cardiac surgery, organ transplantation and neurosurgery...
January 13, 2018: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333775/-effect-of-dexmedetomidine-on-emergence-agitation-after-general-anesthesia-in-children-undergoing-odontotherapy-in-day-surgery-operating-room
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Luo Lin, Zhang Yueming, Li Meisheng, Wang Jiexue, Ji Yang
OBJECTIVE: To study the effectiveness of dexmedetomidine used for general anesthesia maintenance in children undergoing odontotherapy in day-surgery operating room in reducing the incidence of emergence agitation (EA). METHODS: Eighty children undergoing odontotherapy and under general anesthesia in day-surgery operating room were randomized into two groups, group A (n=40) and group B (n=40). Each patient in group A was administered with a bolus dose of dexmedetomidine (1...
December 1, 2017: Hua Xi Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Huaxi Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, West China Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331398/critical-differences-between-elective-and-emergency-surgery-identifying-domains-for-quality-improvement-in-emergency-general-surgery
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Alexandra B Columbus, Megan A Morris, Elizabeth J Lilley, Alyssa F Harlow, Adil H Haider, Ali Salim, Joaquim M Havens
OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to characterize providers' impressions of factors contributing to disproportionate rates of morbidity and mortality in emergency general surgery to identify targets for care quality improvement. BACKGROUND: Emergency general surgery is characterized by a high-cost burden and disproportionate morbidity and mortality. Factors contributing to these observed disparities are not comprehensively understood and targets for quality improvement have not been formally developed...
January 10, 2018: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330835/international-guidelines-for-groin-hernia-management
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INTRODUCTION: Worldwide, more than 20 million patients undergo groin hernia repair annually. The many different approaches, treatment indications and a significant array of techniques for groin hernia repair warrant guidelines to standardize care, minimize complications, and improve results. The main goal of these guidelines is to improve patient outcomes, specifically to decrease recurrence rates and reduce chronic pain, the most frequent problems following groin hernia repair. They have been endorsed by all five continental hernia societies, the International Endo Hernia Society and the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery...
January 12, 2018: Hernia: the Journal of Hernias and Abdominal Wall Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327341/combined-thoracic-paravertebral-and-pectoral-nerve-blocks-for-breast-surgery-under-sedation-a-prospective-observational-case-series
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A Pawa, J Wight, D N Onwochei, R Vargulescu, I Reed, L Chrisman, E Pushpanathan, A Kothari, K El-Boghdadly
Avoidance of general anaesthesia for breast surgery may be because of clinical reasons or patient choice. There is emerging evidence that the use of regional anaesthesia and the avoidance of volatile anaesthetics and opioid analgesia may have beneficial effects on oncological outcomes. We conducted a prospective observational case series of 16 breast cancer surgeries performed under thoracic paravertebral plus pectoral nerve block with propofol sedation to demonstrate feasibility of technique, patient acceptability and surgeon satisfaction...
January 12, 2018: Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325783/validation-of-the-aast-egs-acute-cholecystitis-grade-and-comparison-with-the-tokyo-guidelines
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Matthew Hernandez, Brittany Murphy, Johnathan M Aho, Nadeem N Haddad, Humza Saleem, Muhammad Zeb, David S Morris, Donald H Jenkins, Martin Zielinski
BACKGROUND: Acute cholecystitis presents with heterogeneous severity. The Tokyo Guidelines 2013 is a validated method to assess cholecystitis severity, but the variables are multifactorial. The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) developed an anatomically based severity grading system for surgical diseases, including cholecystitis. Because the Tokyo Guidelines represent the gold standard to estimate acute cholecystitis severity, we wished to validate the AAST emergency general surgery scoring system and compare the performance of both systems for several patient outcomes...
January 8, 2018: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313504/anesthetic-activities-provided-by-the-french-forward-surgical-team-in-abidjan-ivory-coast-four-year-retrospective-analysis
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B Prunet, S Schmitt, J Le Gouellec, J Schmitt, J Cotte, C Nguyen, P Esnault, E Meaudre
The aims of this study were to review and quantify the types of anesthetic procedures performed by anesthesiologists assigned to the forward surgical team (FST) deployed in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The study includes all patients undergoing surgery by the FST from July 2012 through July 2016. The activity was retrospectively analyzed and divided according to demographics, surgical specialties, emergency versus elective surgery, types of anesthetic and post-operative analgesic procedures, and transfusion aspects...
November 1, 2017: Médecine et Santé Tropicales
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306971/trauma-care-in-german-speaking-countries-have-changes-in-the-curricula-led-to-changes-in-practice-after-10%C3%A2-years
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Sarah Kuhn-Régnier, Michael Stickel, Björn-Christian Link, Henning Fischer, Reto Babst, Frank J P Beeres
PURPOSE: Traditionally, in the German-speaking countries, trauma patients are treated by general surgeons specialized in trauma surgery known as the Unfallchirurg. Over the last decade, a trend towards a lower influence of surgeons and a higher influence of subspecialties in the emergency department has been noted. With additional transformations in the health care system towards highly specialized medicine and the arising of new (sub-) specialties, diversification in the management of the trauma patient appears to occur...
January 6, 2018: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301653/successful-emergency-pain-control-for-posterior-rib-fractures-with-ultrasound-guided-erector-spinae-plane-block
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Josh Luftig, Daniel Mantuani, Andrew A Herring, Brittany Dixon, Eben Clattenburg, Arun Nagdev
The Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma and Trauma Anesthesiology Society Guidelines recommend prompt and effective multimodal analgesia for rib fractures that combines regional anesthesia (RA) techniques with pharmacotherapy to treat pain, optimize pulmonary function, and reduce opioid related complications. However, RA techniques such as epidurals and paravertebral blocks, are generally underutilized or unavailable for emergency department (ED) patients. The recently described serratus anterior plane block (SAPB) is a promising technique, but failures with posterior rib fractures have been observed...
December 28, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301177/iatrogenic-spinal-subarachnoid-hematoma-after-diagnostic-lumbar-puncture
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Jung Hyun Park, Jong Yeol Kim
Spinal subarachnoid hematoma (SSH) following diagnostic lumbar puncture is very rare. Generally, SSH is more likely to occur when the patient has coagulopathy or is undergoing anticoagulant therapy. Unlike the usual complications, such as headache, dizziness, and back pain at the needle puncture site, SSH may result in permanent neurologic deficits if not properly treated within a short period of time. An otherwise healthy 43-year-old female with no predisposing factors presented with fever and headache. Diagnostic lumbar puncture was performed under suspicion of acute meningitis...
December 2017: Korean Journal of Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29296829/safety-pharmacokinetics-and-reversal-of-apixaban-anticoagulation-with-andexanet-alfa
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Deborah Siegal, Genmin Lu, Janet M Leeds, Mark Karbarz, Janice Castillo, Vandana Mathur, Athiwat Hutchaleelaha, Uma Sinha, Michael Kitt, Matt McClure, Stanley J Hollenbach, John T Curnutte, Pamela B Conley, Mark Crowther
Direct factor Xa (FXa) inhibitors lack a specific reversal agent for emergencies such as major bleeding or urgent surgery. Andexanet alfa, a modified, catalytically inactive, recombinant human FXa derivative, reverses anticoagulant effect by binding and sequestering FXa inhibitors. This original report of safety and dose-finding, phase 1 and 2 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies, investigated various doses of andexanet in healthy volunteers. Phase 1 evaluated the safety and pharmacokinetics of andexanet (n = 24) or placebo (n = 8)...
September 26, 2017: Blood Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295799/profound-prolonged-bradycardia-and-hypotension-after-interscalene-brachial-plexus-block-with-bupivacaine
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Mathew Nelson, Alexandra Reens, Lara Reda, David Lee
BACKGROUND: Interscalene brachial plexus blocks have been a routinely performed method of anesthesia for shoulder surgery that decreases the need for general anesthesia, length of stay, and recovery time. We describe a case of bupivacaine toxicity after an interscalene block. CASE REPORT: The patient was a 66-year-old man who presented to our Emergency Department by emergency medical services from an ambulatory surgery center where he had undergone rotator cuff surgery, with bradycardia and hypotension...
December 30, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295798/pneumocephalus-after-epidural-injection
#19
Jerel Chacko, Kelly Levis, Barry Hahn
BACKGROUND: Pneumocephalus, or air in the intracranial space, is most commonly encountered after trauma or surgery. Epidural injections are commonly performed in obstetrics and pain management. Complications are uncommon and include hemorrhage, cerebrospinal fluid leak, and infection. A rare complication is pneumocephalus, described in only a few case reports of epidural anesthesia. CASE REPORT: We describe a 34-year-old woman complaining of a generalized headache 6 days after an unremarkable vaginal delivery that was assisted by an epidural injection...
December 30, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290493/interhospital-vascular-surgery-transfers-to-a-tertiary-care-hospital
#20
Sheena K Harris, Dale G Wilson, Enjae Jung, Amir-Farzin Azarbal, Gregory J Landry, Timothy K Liem, Gregory L Moneta, Erica L Mitchell
OBJECTIVE: Interhospital transfers (IHTs) to tertiary care centers are linked to lower operative mortality in vascular surgery patients. However, IHT incurs great health care costs, and some transfers may be unnecessary or futile. In this study, we characterize the patterns of IHT at a tertiary care center to examine appropriateness of transfer for vascular surgery care. METHODS: A retrospective review was performed of all IHT requests made to our institution from July 2014 to October 2015...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
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