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Guilherme Naccache Namur, Anna Carolina Batista Dantas, Ricardo Jureidini, Thiago Costa Ribeiro, Ulysses Ribeiro Junior, Estela Figueira, Ivan Cecconello, Telesforo Bacchella
Background: Due to rising life expectancy of population, very complex surgical procedures such as pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD), are more commonly being performed in elderly patients. The objective of this study was to evaluate the safety of PD in patients older than 75 years old and the risk factors associated with severe complications. Methods: Patients who underwent PD for periampullary tumors were retrospectively reviewed and divided into two groups, A (<75 years) and B (>75 years)...
February 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Haleh Saadat, Zeev N Kain
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The review examines the different preventive measures that have been found to be useful to abolish or decrease the negative effects of burnout and increase resilience in anesthesiologists. RECENT FINDINGS: Studies in anesthesiology cite autonomy, control of the work environment, professional relationships, leadership, and organizational justice as the most important factors in job satisfaction. Factors such as difficulty in balancing personal and professional life, poor attention to wellness, work alcoholism, and genetic factors increase an individual's susceptibility to burnout...
March 19, 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
Tina Stopp, Michael Feichtinger, Wolfgang Eppel, Thomas M Stulnig, Peter Husslein, Christian Göbl
McArdle disease or glycogen storage disease (GSD) type V is a rare autosomal recessive inherited disorder in skeletal muscle metabolism leading to exercise intolerance, muscle cramps and in some cases to rhabdomyolysis and acute renal failure due to elevated serum myoglobin levels. Albeit the uterine smooth muscle is not affected, pregnancy and delivery can be physically strenuous and may require specific anesthesiologic care. However, data on pregnancy progress and outcome and on special implications linked to anesthesia in women with McArdle's disease is scarce, thus posing a challenge to pre- and peripartal management...
March 21, 2018: Gynecological Endocrinology
Emine Ozgur Bayman, Franklin Dexter
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 19, 2018: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
Maria Loreto Alvarez-Nebreda, Nathalie Bentov, Richard D Urman, Sabeena Setia, Joe Chin-Sun Huang, Kurt Pfeifer, Katherine Bennett, Thuan D Ong, Deborah Richman, Divya Gollapudi, G Alec Rooke, Houman Javedan
Frailty is an age-related, multi-dimensional state of decreased physiologic reserve that results in diminished resiliency and increased vulnerability to stressors. It has proven to be an excellent predictor of unfavorable health outcomes in the older surgical population. There is agreement in recommending that a frailty evaluation should be part of the preoperative assessment in the elderly. However, the consensus is still building with regards to how it should affect perioperative care. The Society for Perioperative Assessment and Quality Improvement (SPAQI) convened experts in the fields of gerontology, anesthesiology and preoperative assessment to outline practical steps for clinicians to assess and address frailty in elderly patients who require elective intermediate or high risk surgery...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Hemalkumar Mehta, Ayodele Osasona, Yong Shan, James S Goodwin, Ikenna C Okereke
OBJECTIVE: Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery may be associated with less morbidity than open lobectomy/segmentectomy, but some studies have questioned the benefit of thoracoscopic surgery. The study aimed to determine trends and factors associated with patient's likelihood of undergoing thoracoscopic lobectomy/segmentectomy and to compare outcomes with each approach. METHODS: This retrospective study included adult patients undergoing pulmonary lobectomy/segmentectomy from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Project from 2007-2015 (n=14,717)...
March 13, 2018: Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Eugène Zoumenou, Martin Chobli, Bernard le Polain de Waroux, Philippe Louis Baele
Belgium has been collaborating for 20 years with Abomey-Calavi University in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, to train anesthesiologists for Sub-Saharan, French-speaking African countries. With 123 graduates from 15 countries and 46 residents still in training, this program has succeeded in reversing the trend of a decreasing anesthesiology workforce in those countries, thus improving the quality of anesthesia and patient safety. Belgian government sources, as well as hospitals and anesthesia teams, provided most of the financial resources...
April 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Christina Staniforth
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 15, 2018: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
Bruce F Sabath, David E Ost
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current review describes the latest evidence regarding the use of stents for malignant airway obstruction. RECENT FINDINGS: Therapeutic bronchoscopy, including stenting, can restore patency in up to 93% of patients with malignant central airway obstruction. The patients that benefit the most are those with worse baseline dyspnea, higher American Society of Anesthesiology score, poorer functional status, and central obstruction (rather than lobar)...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
Karl A Poterack, Richard H Epstein, Franklin Dexter
All 36 physicians board-certified in both anesthesiology and clinical informatics as of January 1, 2016, were surveyed via e-mail, with 26 responding. Although most (25/26) generally expressed satisfaction with the clinical informatics boards, and view informatics expertise as important to anesthesiology, most (24/26) thought it unlikely or highly unlikely that substantial numbers of anesthesiology residents would pursue clinical informatics fellowships. Anesthesiologists wishing to qualify for the clinical informatics board examination under the practice pathway need to devote a substantive amount of worktime to informatics...
March 12, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Catherine M Kuza, Monica S Vavilala, Rebecca M Speck, Richard P Dutton, Maureen McCunn
BACKGROUND: Few trauma guidelines evaluate and recommend anesthesiology practices and there are no trauma anesthesia-specific guidelines. There is no information on how anesthesiologists perceive clinical practice patterns. Our objective was to understand the perceptions of anesthesiologists regarding trauma anesthesia practices. METHODS: A survey assessing anesthesia management of trauma patients was distributed to 21,491 anesthesiologists. A subset of 10 of these questions was subsequently reviewed by a trauma anesthesiology focus group through a 3-round web-based Delphi process...
March 12, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Brendan T Finucane
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 12, 2018: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
Ugo de Luca, Giovanni Mangia, Simonetta Tesoro, Ascanio Martino, Maria Sammartino, Alessandro Calisti
The Italian Society of Pediatric Surgery (SICP) together with The Italian Society of Pediatric Anesthesia (SARNePI) through a systematic analysis of the scientific literature, followed by a consensus conference held in Perugia on 2015, have produced some evidence based guidelines on the feasibility of day surgery in relation to different pediatric surgical procedures. The main aspects of the pre-operative assessment, appropriacy of operations and discharge are reported.
March 12, 2018: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
Bruna Dell'Acqua Cassão, Fernando A M Herbella, Francisco Schlottmann, Marco G Patti
BACKGROUND: Retraction of previously published scientific articles is an important mechanism to preserve the integrity of scientific work. This study analyzed retractions of previously published articles from surgery journals. METHODS: We searched for retracted articles in the 100 surgery journals with the highest SJR2 indicator grades. RESULTS: We found 130 retracted articles in 49 journals (49%). Five or more retracted articles were published in 8 journals (8%)...
March 8, 2018: Surgery
Mariana Alves Weiss, Luiz Dal Sochio Junior, Fernando Bliacheriene, Caitriona Murphy, Vinod Chinappa, Maria Jose Carmona, Clarita B Margarido
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The general public increased search on the Internet for health information, including Anesthesiology, justifies the study. The objective of this study was to evaluate the information available to the lay person in Portuguese on the internet about labor analgesia for the Brazilian population. METHOD: Using the term "labor anesthesia", the first 20 sites found on Google in November 2014 were evaluated by two resident physicians and classified as medical and non-medical...
March 7, 2018: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
Kazuma Yunoki, Tetsuro Sakai
An increasing number of reports indicate the efficacy of simulation training in anesthesiology resident education. Simulation education helps learners to acquire clinical skills in a safe learning environment without putting real patients at risk. This useful tool allows anesthesiology residents to obtain medical knowledge and both technical and non-technical skills. For faculty members, simulation-based settings provide the valuable opportunity to evaluate residents' performance in scenarios including airway management and regional, cardiac, and obstetric anesthesiology...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Anesthesia
T R Grant, E H Ellinas, A O Kula, M Y Muravyeva
BACKGROUND: Parturients with abnormally adherent placentas present anesthetic challenges that include risk-stratification, management planning and resource utilization. The labor and delivery unit may be remote from the main operating room services. METHODS: Division chiefs of North American obstetric anesthesiology services were surveyed about their practices and management of parturients with an abnormally adherent placenta. RESULTS: Eighty-four of 122 chiefs, representing 103 hospital sites, responded to the survey (response rate 69%)...
February 2, 2018: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
M Douglas Jones, Traci Yamashita, Randal G Ross, Jennifer Gong
BACKGROUND: Although medical school programs oriented toward postgraduate specialty training have the potential to reduce the duration and cost of medical school for US medical students, success depends on the ability of students to predict their postgraduate specialties. It is clear that first-year choices are poorly predictive, but it is not known when predictions become sufficiently reliable to support specialty-oriented learning programs. We therefore examined the predictive value of specialty preferences expressed at the ends of the first, second and third years of medical school and asked whether concurrent expressions of confidence in choices improved predictive ability...
March 9, 2018: BMC Medical Education
Christian J Wiedermann
Published articles may be retracted when their findings are no longer considered reliable due to honest error, publication misconduct or research misconduct. This article focuses on the case of a single serial violator of research and publication ethics in anesthesiology and critical care, which is widely publicized. A chain of events led to detection of misconduct that had substantial impact on the evidence base for the safety of hydroxyethyl starch, an intravenous artificial colloid solution, which is reflected in current guidelines on fluid management and volume resuscitation...
March 8, 2018: Accountability in Research
Ely L Steinberg, Yaniv Warschawski, Jacob Elis, Dani Rotman, Gil Rachevsky, Shai Factor, Moshe Salai, Tomer Ben-Tov
AIM: Older patients with proximal femoral fractures often undergo preoperative tests due to coexisting morbidities. Our aim was to evaluate these tests and their impact on patient outcome and medical expenses. METHODS: This retrospective study includes data on head computed tomography, carotid ultrasound, echocardiography and pulmonary functional tests calculated according to the type of surgery (osteosynthesis or hip arthroplasty) carried out on 2798 patients. Time-to-surgery, test repeated postoperatively, American Society of Anesthesiology Physical Status score, additional procedures, hospitalization time, 30-day mortality and associated medical expenses were evaluated...
March 7, 2018: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
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