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Acute wound care

Chad M Teven, Julie Mhlaba, Annemarie O'Connor, Lawrence J Gottlieb
The majority of surgical burn care involves the use of skin grafts. However, there are cases when flaps are required or provide superior outcomes both in the acute setting and for postburn reconstruction. Rarely discussed in the context of burn care, the perforator-based propeller flap is an important option to consider. We describe our experience with perforator-based propeller flaps in the acute and reconstructive phases of burn care. We reviewed demographics, indications, operative details, and outcomes for patients whose burn care included the use of a perforator-based propeller flap at our institution from May 2007 to April 2015...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
Hanlu Zhang, Yingcai Geng, Yu Zheng, Yun Wang
A 68-year-old female was admitted to our hospital with an acute episode of chest pain, progressive cough and fever. She underwent trans-subxiphoid video-assisted thoracoscopic extended thymectomy (TsVATET) for thymoma with myasthenia gravis (MG) 9 days ago. Chest computed tomography (CT) showed anterior mediastinal oedema, and infiltrative findings involved bilateral lung. Physical examination revealed the subxiphoid wound suppuration. We diagnosed subxiphoid incision infection, anterior mediastinitis and concomitant bilateral pneumonia...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
David R Rosen, Grace S Hwang, Glenn T Ault, Adrian E Ortega, Kyle G Cologne
BACKGROUND: Diverticulitis has become a medically managed disease process; the indications and timing of surgical intervention have evolved. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all patients who underwent surgical intervention due to diverticular disease by the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery from 2012 to 2014. RESULTS: Ninety-eight surgeries were performed. Indications included colovesicular fistula, multiple recurrences of diverticulitis, medically refractory diverticulitis, stricture, abscess, colocutaneous fistula, and colovaginal fistula...
August 3, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
Şükrü Çekiç, Yakup Canıtez, Nihat Sapan
AIM: Stevens Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis are severe acute mucocutaneous diseases. In this study, we evaluated the clinical aspects of Steven Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis and Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis overlap patients who admitted to our clinics in the last five years. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Eleven patients diagnosed as Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis and Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis overlap in Department of Pediatric Allergy in Uludağ University School of Medicine were included in this study...
September 2016: Türk Pediatri Arşivi
Jeffrey L Carson, Simon J Stanworth, Nareg Roubinian, Dean A Fergusson, Darrell Triulzi, Carolyn Doree, Paul C Hebert
BACKGROUND: There is considerable uncertainty regarding the optimal haemoglobin threshold for the use of red blood cell (RBC) transfusions in anaemic patients. Blood is a scarce resource, and in some countries, transfusions are less safe than others because of a lack of testing for viral pathogens. Therefore, reducing the number and volume of transfusions would benefit patients. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this review was to compare 30-day mortality and other clinical outcomes in participants randomized to restrictive versus liberal red blood cell (RBC) transfusion thresholds (triggers) for all conditions...
October 12, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Karl Nuss
Diseases of the bovine digit remain the major cause of painful lameness in cattle and commonly constitute a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge for clinicians. Prompt surgical wound revision is critical in acute injuries. Deep infections may be treated with debridement, resection of tendons, synovioscopy, joint lavage, arthrotomy and facilitated joint ankylosis. Postoperative care is more involved, lameness persists longer, and cost of treatment is higher after salvage techniques than after amputation of the digit...
November 2016: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Food Animal Practice
Alfredo Guilherme Haack Couto, Bruno Araújo, Roberto André Torres de Vasconcelos, Marcos José Renni, Clóvis Orlando Da Fonseca, Ismar Lima Cavalcanti
BACKGROUND: Hemipelvectomy is a major orthopedic surgical procedure indicated in specific situations. Although many studies discuss surgical techniques for hemipelvectomy, few studies have presented survival data, especially in underdeveloped countries. Additionally, there is limited information on anesthesia for orthopedic oncologic surgeries. The primary aim of this study was to determine the survival rate after hemipelvectomy, and the secondary aims were to evaluate anesthesia and perioperative care associated with hemipelvectomy and determine the influence of the surgical technique (external hemipelvectomy [amputation] or internal hemipelvectomy [limb sparing surgery]) on anesthesia and perioperative care in Brazil...
October 7, 2016: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
Celeste C Finnerty, Marc G Jeschke, Ludwik K Branski, Juan P Barret, Peter Dziewulski, David N Herndon
Improvements in acute burn care have enabled patients to survive massive burns that would have once been fatal. Now up to 70% of patients develop hypertrophic scars after burns. The functional and psychosocial sequelae remain a major rehabilitative challenge, decreasing quality of life and delaying reintegration into society. Approaches to optimise healing potential of burn wounds use targeted wound care and surgery to minimise the development of hypertrophic scarring. Such approaches often fail, and modulation of the established scar is continued although the optimal indication, timing, and combination of therapies have yet to be established...
October 1, 2016: Lancet
A Larcher, M Sun, P Dell'Oglio, V Trudeau, K Boehm, J Schiffmann, Z Tian, N Fossati, U Capitanio, A Briganti, F Montorsi, P Karakiewicz
BACKGROUND: Local tumour ablation (LTA) may yield better perioperative outcomes than partial nephrectomy (PN), however the impact of each treatment on perioperative mortality and health care expenditures is unknown. The aim of the study was to compare mortality, morbidity and health care expenditures between LTA and PN. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A population-based assessment of 2471 patients with cT1a kidney cancer treated with either LTA or PN, between 2000 and 2009, in the SEER-Medicare database was performed...
September 17, 2016: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
K-L Edward, K Ousey
: The aim of this commentary is to discuss potential clinical implications of introducing resilience-building interventions into care for veterans who are living with a war wound. Some war veterans are expected to live with a wound upon discharge from an active military role and also to fit into civilian life. These lifestyle adjustments can tax the person's coping abilities and in that context may hinder successful adaptation. The experience of living with a wound or wounds, either acute or chronic, is connected to losses, including loss of mobility, loss of financial capacity (unable to work at times) and losses attached to changed social roles...
October 2, 2016: Journal of Wound Care
Jennifer M Sabino, Julia Slater, Ian L Valerio
Scope and Significance: Reconstruction of traumatic injuries requiring tissue transfer begins with aggressive resuscitation and stabilization. Systematic advances in acute casualty care at the point of injury have improved survival and allowed for increasingly complex treatment before definitive reconstruction at tertiary medical facilities outside the combat zone. As a result, the complexity of the limb salvage algorithm has increased over 14 years of combat activities in Iraq and Afghanistan. Problem: Severe poly-extremity trauma in combat casualties has led to a large number of extremity salvage cases...
September 1, 2016: Advances in Wound Care
Charles E Edmiston, David J Leaper
BACKGROUND: Intra-operative surgical site irrigation (lavage) is common practice in surgical procedures in general, with all disciplines advocating some form of irrigation before incision closure. This practice, however, has been neither standardized nor is there compelling evidence that it effectively reduces the risk of surgical site infection (SSI). This narrative review addresses the laboratory and clinical evidence that is available to support the practice of irrigation of the abdominal cavity and superficial/deep incisional tissues, using specific irrigation solutions at the end of an operative procedure to reduce the microbial burden at wound closure...
September 27, 2016: Surgical Infections
M S Reich, A J Dolenc, T A Moore, H A Vallier
BACKGROUND: Previous work established resuscitation parameters that minimize complications with early fracture management. This Early Appropriate Care (EAC) protocol was applied to patients with advanced age to determine if they require unique parameters to mitigate complications. METHODS: Between October 2010 and March 2013, 376 consecutive skeletally mature patients with unstable fractures of the pelvis, acetabulum, thoracolumbar spine, and/or proximal or diaphyseal femur fractures were treated at a level I trauma center and were prospectively studied...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
Benjamin Ziegler, Christoph Hirche, Johannes Horter, Jurij Kiefer, Paul Alfred Grützner, Thomas Kremer, Ulrich Kneser, Matthias Münzberg
INTRODUCTION: Initial therapy of severe burns in specialized burn trauma centers is a challenging task faced by the treating multi-professional and interdisciplinary team. A lack of consistent operating procedures and varying structural conditions was recently demonstrated in preliminary data of our group. These results raised the question on how specific treatment measures in acute burn care are met in the absence of standardized guidelines. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A specific questionnaire containing 57 multiple-choice questions was sent to all 22 major burn centers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland...
September 21, 2016: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Chan Kyu Kim, Dong Hoon Han, Young Seok Ji, Min Sung Lee, Chang Wook Min, Seong Kyu Park, Se Hyung Kim, Jina Yun, Hyun Jeung Kim, Kyoung Ha Kim, Kyu Taek Lee, Jong Ho Won, Dae Sik Hong, Hee Kyung Kim
Angiogenesis occurs in response to tissue ischemia and wound healing, and contributes to the pathogenesis of a variety of diseases, such as benign and malignant neoplasia. Several studies have measured bone marrow microvessel density (MVD) in MDS patients and acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients transformed from MDS, and MVD was higher in MDS patients than controls, but was lower than in AML patients. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is expressed in bone marrow blast cells, and an autocrine VEGF signaling mechanism has been established in MDS...
September 5, 2016: Leukemia Research
Thomas Serena, Heather Connell, Sharon McConnell, Keyur Patel, Bryan Doner, Matthew Sabo, Michael Miller, Laura Serena, Lam T Le, David Goldsmith, Jane Chung
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this retrospective registry data analysis was to explore the effectiveness of a novel multivalent topical ointment (Terrasil Infection Control Wound Care Ointment; Aspiera Medical, Woonsocket, Rhode Island), containing a patented mineral complex and 0.2% benzethonium chloride in the treatment of nonhealing acute and chronic wounds. DESIGN: Aspiera Medical designed a registry to capture physician experiences and treatment results with Terrasil Infection Control Wound Care Ointment...
October 2016: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
I Lazareth
Leg ulcers are a chronic condition. Healing can be long for venous ulcers and the risk of complications is significant. Infection is the most severe complication and can occur in the form of easily diagnosed acute bacterial dermohypodermitis that generally responds well to antibiotic treatment if given at an appropriate dose or in the form of localized infection that is more difficult to diagnosis. Indeed, no consensus has been reached in the literature on the clinical criteria to retain for the diagnosis of localized infection...
September 2016: Journal des Maladies Vasculaires
Ziba Mosayebi, Ali Omidian, Amir Hossein Movahedian, Farzad Kompani, Seyyed Saeed Hosseininodeh
INTRODUCTION: Fournier's gangrene is an infective necrotizing fasciitis of external genital and perineal region. Hematologic malignancies and immunocompromised status are predisposing factors. Simultaneous occurrence of Fournier's gangrene and congenital leukemia in neonates is extremely rare. CASE PRESENTATION: We present a case of Fournier's gangrene in a 4-day-old female infant with a necrotic lesion in perineum and no history of trauma or other predisposing condition...
June 2016: Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
J Hurlow, E Blanz, J A Gaddy
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to analyse wound biofilm from a clinical perspective. Research has shown that biofilm is the preferred microbial phenotype in health and disease and is present in a majority of chronic wounds. Biofilm has been linked to chronic wound inflammation, impairment in granulation tissue and epithelial migration, yet there lacks the ability to confirm the clinical presence of biofilm. This study links the clinical setting with microscopic laboratory confirmation of the presence of biofilm in carefully selected wound debridement samples...
September 2016: Journal of Wound Care
Brandon W Godfrey, Ashley Martin, Paul J Chestovich, Gordon H Lee, Nichole K Ingalls, Vilas Saldanha
INTRODUCTION: Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) are the primary wounding mechanism for casualties in Operation Enduring Freedom. Patients can sustain devastating traumatic amputations, which are unlike injuries seen in the civilian trauma sector. This is a database analysis of the largest patient registry of multiple traumatic amputations. METHODS: The Joint Theater Trauma Registry was queried for patients with a traumatic amputation from 2009 to 2012. Data obtained included the Injury Severity Score (ISS), Glasgow Coma Score (GCS), blood products, transfer from theatre, and complications including DVT, PE, infection (Acinetobacter and fungal), acute renal failure, and rhabdomyolysis...
August 17, 2016: Injury
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