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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029228/development-of-a-whole-task-simulator-for-carotid-endarterectomy
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Gabrielle Santangelo, Doran Mix, Ahmed Ghazi, Michael Stoner, G Edward Vates, Jonathan J Stone
BACKGROUND: Surgical education relies on operative exposure with live patients. Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) demands an experienced surgeon with a very low complication rate. The high-risk nature of this procedure and the decline in number of CEAs performed annually has created a gap in residency training. OBJECTIVE: To develop a high-fidelity whole-task simulation for CEA that demonstrates content, construct, and face validity. METHODS: Anatomically accurate models of the human neck were created using multilayered poly-vinyl alcohol hydrogels...
September 27, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029180/cerebral-strokes-in-children-on-intracorporeal-ventricular-assist-devices-analysis-of-the-euromacs-registry
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Martin Schweiger, Oliver Miera, Theo M M H de By, Michael Hübler, Felix Berger, Mustafa Özbaran, Antonio Loforte, Burkhardt Seifert, Gaetano Gargiulo, Jan Gummert, Paul Mohacsi
OBJECTIVES: Little is known about cerebral strokes in paediatric patients supported by intracorporeal continuous-flow ventricular assist devices. METHODS: We retrospectively investigated patients younger than 19 years of age who were treated with an intracorporeal continuous-flow ventricular assist device in the European Registry for Patients with Mechanical Circulatory Support (EUROMACS) database. The patients were stratified by body surface area in Group 1 [<1...
September 25, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029117/the-european-registry-for-patients-with-mechanical-circulatory-support-euromacs-of-the-european-association-for-cardio-thoracic-surgery-eacts-second-report
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Theo M M H de By, Paul Mohacsi, Brigitta Gahl, Armin Zittermann, Thomas Krabatsch, Finn Gustafsson, Pascal Leprince, Bart Meyns, Ivan Netuka, Kadir Caliskan, Evaristo Castedo, Francesco Musumeci, André Vincentelli, Roland Hetzer, Jan Gummert
OBJECTIVES: The European Registry for Patients with Mechanical Circulatory Support (EUROMACS) was founded in Berlin, Germany. EUROMACS is supported fully by the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) and, since 2014, has functioned as a committee of the EACTS. The purpose of having the EUROMACS as a part of the EACTS is to accumulate clinical data related to long-term mechanical circulatory support for scientific purposes and to publish annual reports. METHODS: Participating hospitals contributed surgical and cardiological pre-, peri- and long-term postoperative data of mechanical circulatory support implants to the registry...
September 29, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028917/comparative-usability-of-modern-anaesthesia-ventilators-a-human-factors-study
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J Spaeth, T Schweizer, A Schmutz, H Buerkle, S Schumann
Background: The anaesthesia ventilator represents the key equipment for intraoperative respiratory care. Improper operation of this device may threaten a patient's health. A self-explanatory interface facilitates handling and decreases the risk of operating errors. This study systematically evaluates the usability of user interfaces in four modern anaesthesia ventilators. Methods: Twenty naïve operators were asked to execute 20 tasks on each of four different anaesthesia ventilators (Avance CS2™, GE Healthcare; Flow-i™, Maquet; and Perseus™ and Primus™, Dräger) in a randomized order...
October 3, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028693/the-development-of-pulmonary-hypertension-results-in-decreased-post-transplant-survival
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Erin M Schumer, Michele Gallo, Michael P Rogers, Jaimin R Trivedi, Matthew C Black, H Todd Massey, Mark S Slaughter
The effects of pulmonary hypertension (PAH) on survival after heart transplantation are debated, especially for patients with left ventricular assist devices (LVAD). The United Network of Organ Sharing database was retrospectively queried from January 2005 to June 2015 to identify adult patients who underwent heart transplantation. Four groups were defined: patients without PAH, persistent PAH, resolved PAH, and developed PAH between listing and transplant. A total of 15,914 patients underwent heart transplant of which 4,662 (29%) were implanted with an LVAD...
October 10, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028692/the-relationship-of-anxiety-depression-and-quality-of-life-in-adults-with-left-ventricular-assist-devices
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Jesus M Casida, Martha Abshire, Bidisha Ghosh, James Y Yang
Psychological distress, including anxiety and depression, is commonly reported by patients with implantable left ventricular assist devices (LVADs). Still, the influence of anxiety and depression on global quality of life (QOL) is unknown. Moreover, the empirical data of LVAD patients' QOL is limited to 24 months. This study examined the differences in anxiety, depression, and QOL based on 3 LVAD implant duration groups (≤12, 13-24, and ≥25 months). We also examined the influence of anxiety and depression on QOL...
October 7, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028621/combining-valgus-knee-brace-and-lateral-foot-wedges-reduces-external-forces-and-moments-in-osteoarthritis-patients
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Amir Ali Jafarnezhadgero, Anderson S Oliveira, Seyed Hamed Mousavi, Morteza Madadi-Shad
Osteoarthritis progression can be related to the external knee adduction and flexion moments during walking. Lateral foot wedges and knee braces have been used as treatment for osteoarthritis, but little is known about their influence on knee joint moments generated in the sagittal and frontal planes. Therefore, the aim of the present study was determine the effects of the isolated and combined use of valgus knee brace and lateral wedge foot orthotic on peak forces and moments during gait in knee osteoarthritis patients...
October 5, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026438/mental-health-assessments-in-refugees-and-asylum-seekers-evaluation-of-a-tablet-assisted-screening-software
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Naser Morina, Simon M Ewers, Sandra Passardi, Ulrich Schnyder, Christine Knaevelsrud, Julia Müller, Richard A Bryant, Angela Nickerson, Matthis Schick
BACKGROUND: Mental health problems resulting from persecution and forced migration are very common among refugees and asylum seekers and evolve into a major public health challenge in hosting societies. Language barriers often prevent timely access to appropriate health care, leading to chronic trajectories and abortive social integration. Tools for multilingual screening and assessment could be of great benefit for this particularly vulnerable population as well as for policy makers...
2017: Conflict and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025427/adaptive-hybrid-robotic-system-for-rehabilitation-of-reaching-movement-after-a-brain-injury-a-usability-study
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F Resquín, J Gonzalez-Vargas, J Ibáñez, F Brunetti, I Dimbwadyo, L Carrasco, S Alves, C Gonzalez-Alted, A Gomez-Blanco, J L Pons
BACKGROUND: Brain injury survivors often present upper-limb motor impairment affecting the execution of functional activities such as reaching. A currently active research line seeking to maximize upper-limb motor recovery after a brain injury, deals with the combined use of functional electrical stimulation (FES) and mechanical supporting devices, in what has been previously termed hybrid robotic systems. This study evaluates from the technical and clinical perspectives the usability of an integrated hybrid robotic system for the rehabilitation of upper-limb reaching movements after a brain lesion affecting the motor function...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025227/the-efficacy-of-vibration-anesthesia-on-reducing-pain-levels-during-lip-augmentation-worth-the-buzz
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Kirdar Guney, Billur Sezgin, Reha Yavuzer
Background: Lip augmentation procedures have increased drastically in the last years as patients seek to enhance the shape and size of their lips with dermal fillers. One of the main concerns faced with these procedures is the pain inflicted through injections. On the other hand, many different techniques have been introduced for the reduction of pain while performing office-based minimal invasive procedures. Objectives: This study aims to determine the analgesic effect of vibration anesthesia during lip augmentation procedures and to evaluate its overall effect on the comfort of patients...
October 1, 2017: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023795/real-time-ecg-simulation-for-hybrid-mock-circulatory-loops
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Leonie Korn, Daniel Rüschen, Niklas Zander, Steffen Leonhardt, Marian Walter
Classically, mock circulatory loops only simulate mechanical properties of the circulation. To connect the hydraulic world with electrophysiology, we present a real-time electrical activity model of the heart and show how to integrate this model into a real-time mock loop simulation. The model incorporates a predefined conduction pathway and a simplified volume conductor to solve the bidomain equations and the forward problem of electrocardiography, resulting in a physiological simulation of the electrocardiogram (ECG) at arbitrary electrode positions...
October 12, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29022210/reducing-catheter-related-thrombosis-using-a-risk-reduction-tool-centered-on-catheter-to-vessel-ratio
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Timothy R Spencer, Keegan J Mahoney
In vascular access practices, the internal vessel size is considered important, and a catheter to vessel ratio (CVR) is recommended to assist clinicians in selecting the most appropriate-sized device for the vessel. In 2016, new practice recommendations stated that the CVR can increase from 33 to 45% of the vessels diameter. There has been evidence on larger diameter catheters and increased thrombosis risk in recent literature, while insufficient information established on what relationship to vessel size is appropriate for any intra-vascular device...
October 11, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021856/refractory-ventricular-tachycardia-caused-by-inflow-cannula-mechanical-injury-in-a-patient-with-left-ventricular-assist-device-catheter-ablation-and-pathological-findings
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Stefano Pedretti, Manlio Cipriani, Edgardo Bonacina, Sara Vargiu, Vered Gil Ad, Maria Frigerio, Maurizio Lunati
In patients with left ventricular assist device (LVAD), a minority of post-operative ventricular tachycardias (VTs) is caused by contact between the inflow cannula and the endocardium. Currently, electrophysiologic characteristics and pathologic features of this condition are lacking. We report on a case of a successfully ablated mechanical VT. After VT recurrence, heart transplantation took place. Pathologic observations were consistent with direct tissue injury and inflammation, eventually contributing to persisting arrhythmias...
October 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021658/mini-access-guide-to-simplify-calyceal-access-during-percutaneous-nephrolithotomy-a-novel-device
#14
Puskar Shyam Chowdhury, Prasant Nayak, Deepak David, Sujata Mallick
INTRODUCTION: A precise puncture of the renal collecting system is the most essential step for percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL). There are many techniques describing this crucial first step in PCNL including the bull's eye technique, triangulation technique, free-hand technique, and gradual descensus technique. We describe a novel puncture guide to assist accurate percutaneous needle placement during bull's eye technique. METHODS: The mini access guide (MAG) stabilizes the initial puncture needle by mounting it on an adjustable multidirectional carrier fixed to the patient's skin, which aids in achieving the "bull's eye" puncture...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Urology: IJU: Journal of the Urological Society of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021348/early-right-ventricular-assist-device-use-in-patients-undergoing-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-incidence-and-risk-factors-from-the-interagency-registry-for-mechanically-assisted-circulatory-support
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Michael S Kiernan, E Wilson Grandin, Marshall Brinkley, Navin K Kapur, Duc Thinh Pham, Robin Ruthazer, J Eduardo Rame, Pavan Atluri, Edo Y Birati, Guilherme H Oliveira, Francis D Pagani, James K Kirklin, David Naftel, Robert L Kormos, Jeffrey J Teuteberg, David DeNofrio
BACKGROUND: To investigate preimplant risk factors associated with early right ventricular assist device (RVAD) use in patients undergoing continuous-flow left ventricular assist device (LVAD) surgery. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients in the Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support who underwent primary continuous-flow-LVAD surgery were examined for concurrent or subsequent RVAD implantation within 14 days of LVAD. Risk factors for RVAD implantation and the combined end point of RVAD or death within 14 days of LVAD were assessed with stepwise logistic regression...
October 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29020474/laser-assisted-hair-removal-for-facial-hirsutism-in-women-a-review-of-evidence
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Chun-Man Lee
Poly cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) has been described as the common diagnosis for hirsutism in women. Facial hirsutism is by far the most distressing symptom of hyperandrogenism in women with PCOS. A statistically significant improvement in psychological well-being has been reported in patients with PCOS allocated for laser-assisted hair removal. The theory of selective photothermolysis has revolutionised laser hair removal in that it is effective and safe, when operated by sufficiently trained and experienced professionals...
October 11, 2017: Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy: Official Publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29019807/pedicle-screw-insertion-accuracy-using-o-arm-robotic-guidance-or-freehand-technique-a-comparative-study
#17
Pietro Aniello Laudato, Katarzyna Pierzchala, Constantin Schizas
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective radiological study OBJECTIVE.: To evaluate the accuracy of pedicle screw insertion using O-Arm navigation, Robotic assistance or a freehand fluoroscopic technique. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Pedicle screw insertion using either 'O-Arm' navigation or robotic devices is gaining popularity. Although several studies are available evaluating each of those techniques separately, no direct comparison has been attempted. METHODS: 84 patients undergoing implantation of 569 lumbar and thoracic screws were divided in three groups...
October 10, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29019467/online-adaptive-neural-control-of-a-robotic-lower-limb-prosthesis
#18
John Spanias, Ann M Simon, Suzanne Finucane, Eric Perreault, Levi Hargrove
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to develop and evaluate an adaptive intent recognition algorithm that continuously learns to incorporate a lower limb amputee's neural information (acquired via electromyography [EMG]) as they ambulate with a robotic leg prosthesis. APPROACH: We present a powered lower limb prosthesis that was configured to acquire the user's neural information and kinetic/kinematic information from embedded mechanical sensors, and identify and respond to the user's intent...
October 11, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017566/right-ventricular-functional-analysis-utilizing-first-pass-radionuclide-angiography-for-pre-operative-ventricular-assist-device-planning-a-multi-modality-comparison
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Ryan Avery, Kevin Day, Clinton Jokerst, Toshinobu Kazui, Elizabeth Krupinski, Zain Khalpey
BACKGROUND: Advanced heart failure treated with a left ventricular assist device is associated with a higher risk of right heart failure. Many advanced heart failures patients are treated with an ICD, a relative contraindication to MRI, prior to assist device placement. Given this limitation, left and right ventricular function for patients with an ICD is calculated using radionuclide angiography utilizing planar multigated acquisition (MUGA) and first pass radionuclide angiography (FPRNA), respectively...
October 10, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017361/haptic-assistive-technologies-for-audition-and-vision-sensory-disabilities
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Francesca Sorgini, Renato Caliò, Maria Chiara Carrozza, Calogero Maria Oddo
PURPOSE: The aim of this review is to analyze haptic sensory substitution technologies for deaf, blind and deaf-blind individuals. METHOD: The literature search has been performed in Scopus, PubMed and Google Scholar databases using selected keywords, analyzing studies from 1960s to present. Search on databases for scientific publications has been accompanied by web search for commercial devices. Results have been classified by sensory disability and functionality, and analyzed by assistive technology...
October 10, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
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