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Comorbidities in trauma patients

Karen E Burtt, Alexis D Rounds, Hyuma A Leland, Ram K Alluri, Ketan M Patel, Joseph N Carey
Infections in the traumatized lower extremity are a significant source of morbidity and expense. Outcomes after vascularized soft tissue reconstruction were analyzed to determine impact on infection rates. A retrospective review of a prospectively maintained database was performed, including 114 trauma patients requiring soft tissue reconstruction of lower extremity injuries at an urban Level I tertiary referral center from 2008 to 2015. Patient characteristics and perioperative outcomes were analyzed. After trauma, 39 (34...
October 2016: American Surgeon
Kyle Mock, Jessica Keeley, Ashkan Moazzez, David S Plurad, Brant Putnam, Dennis Y Kim
The population of the United States is predicted to age dramatically over the next few decades; as such older patients will comprise an increasing proportion of the injured populations. Due to multiple comorbidities and frailty, the old and very old are at greater risk for mortality than younger patients. To identify predictors of inhospital mortality in these patients, we performed a retrospective cohort study at our Level 1 trauma center. Between April 2009 and October 2014, we identified 193 trauma patients aged 80 years and older admitted to the intensive care unit...
October 2016: American Surgeon
Lance M Larson, Robert Sliter, Stephen D Helmer, Jared Reyes, Greg Crawford, James M Haan
BACKGROUND: Falls are the leading cause of trauma-related death in the elderly, but postdischarge outcomes' data are lacking. The purpose of this study was to evaluate 12-month postdischarge mortality and causes of death. METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted of patients 65 years and older admitted for a fall and discharged alive. Data collection included demographics, injury characteristics, hospitalization details, and outcomes. A state death database and hospital records were queried to identify patients who died within 12 months of hospital discharge...
September 29, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
Paul I Heidekrueger, Denis Ehrl, Albrecht Heine-Geldern, Milomir Ninkovic, P Niclas Broer
INTRODUCTION: Free tissue transfers are a highly reliable procedure routinely performed for reconstruction of a wide range of defects. Main complication in free flap surgery is usually venous thrombosis. Many technical controversies exist regarding the technical details of the microvascular anastomosis in order to prevent occurrence of thrombosis and optimize outcomes. We therefore evaluated our results regarding the execution of one versus two venous anastomoses in a variety of free flaps (fasciocutaneous- or muscle free flap) utilized for lower limb reconstruction...
October 17, 2016: Injury
S Pscherer, A Nüssler, C Bahrs, M Reumann, C Ihle, U Stöckle, S Ehnert, T Freude, B G Ochs, I Flesch, P Ziegler
Background: The increasing incidence of diabetes mellitus is also reflected in the patient population of a trauma and orthopaedic centre. Diabetics also exhibit more comorbidities than non-diabetics. In addition to surgical problems in these patients, hospitalisation is often accompanied by complications, which can prolong treatment and increase costs. The aim of this retrospective study is to analyse hospitalisation of diabetics compared to non-diabetics, as well as differences in treatment costs, depending on associated age and comorbidities...
October 21, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
David Sanders, Dianne Bryant, Christina Tieszer, Abdel Lawendy, Mark MacLeod, Steven Papp, Liew Allan, Viskontas Darius, Coles Chad, Gurr Kevin, Carey Tim, Gofton Wade, Bailey Chris, Bartley Debra, Andrew Trenholm, Stone Trevor, Leighton Ross, Julia Foxall, Mauri Zomar, Kelly Trask
OBJECTIVES: To compare outcomes in elderly patients with intertrochanteric hip fractures treated with either the sliding hip screw (SHS) or InterTAN intramedullary device (IT). DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, multi-centre clinical trial SETTING:: Five level 1 trauma centresPatients/Participants: 249 patients aged 55 years or older with AO/OTA 31A1 (43) and OA/OTA 31A2 (206) fractures were prospectively enrolled and followed for 12 months. INTERVENTION: Computer generated randomization to either IT (n=123) or SHS (n=126)...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
A Rumshisky, M Ghassemi, T Naumann, P Szolovits, V M Castro, T H McCoy, R H Perlis
The ability to predict psychiatric readmission would facilitate the development of interventions to reduce this risk, a major driver of psychiatric health-care costs. The symptoms or characteristics of illness course necessary to develop reliable predictors are not available in coded billing data, but may be present in narrative electronic health record (EHR) discharge summaries. We identified a cohort of individuals admitted to a psychiatric inpatient unit between 1994 and 2012 with a principal diagnosis of major depressive disorder, and extracted inpatient psychiatric discharge narrative notes...
October 18, 2016: Translational Psychiatry
Alfreda Holloway-Beth, Linda Forst, Julia Lippert, Sherry Brandt-Rauf, Sally Freels, Lee Friedman
BACKGROUND: Current research regarding injuries caused during interactions between police officers and civilians is conducted intermittently or on a very narrow sample frame which provides very little clinical information about the injuries suffered or the adverse outcomes. The aim of this study is to identify comorbid risk factors and describe acute outcomes of medically treated traumatic injuries occurring as a result of contact with law enforcement personnel. METHODS: For this retrospective study, patients injured as a result of contact with law enforcement personnel were identified using ICD-9 external cause of injury codes from medical record databases of patients treated in all hospitals and trauma units in Illinois between 2000 and 2009...
December 2016: Injury Epidemiology
Yaron Haviv, Avraham Zini, Yoni Etzioni, Valeri Klitinich, Alex Dobriyan, Yair Sharav, Rafael Benoliel, Galit Almoznino
OBJECTIVE: To identify patient and pain characteristics associated with negative impacts on daily life among patients with chronic orofacial pain (COFP). STUDY DESIGN: Medical records of 200 COFP patients were analyzed. RESULTS: Diagnostic categories included temporomandibular disorders (85; 42.7%), headaches (47; 23.6%), neuropathic pain (37; 18.5%), trigeminal neuralgia (16; 8.0%), and painful posttraumatic trigeminal neuropathy (PTTN) (14; 7...
August 27, 2016: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
Anna Jarosz, Sylweriusz Kosiński, Tomasz Darocha, Peter Paal, Robert Gałązkowski, Hubert Hymczak, Rafał Drwiła
OBJECTIVES: When establishing the Severe Hypothermia Treatment Centre, certain problems and pitfalls regarding the qualification for extracorporeal rewarming were encountered. The authors shared their experience and opened a discussion with other centers that deal with severe, accidental hypothermia. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of medical records of all patients examined by the hypothermia coordinator. SETTING: Patients consulted and treated by the Severe Hypothermia Treatment Centre...
May 13, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Igal Kushnir, Alon Kushnir, Thomas E Serena, Doron Garfinkel
INTRODUCTION: The objective of this pilot study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a novel method using an autologous whole blood clot formed with the RedDress Wound Care System (RD1, RedDress Ltd, Israel), a provisional whole blood clot matrix used in the treatment of chronic wounds of various etiologies. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Patients were treated at the bedside with the whole blood clot matrix. Blood was withdrawn from each patient using citrate, mixed with a calcium gluconate/kaolin suspension, and injected into an RD1 clotting tray...
September 2016: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
Menno V Huisman, John Fanikos
As expected with all antithrombotic agents, there is a risk of bleeding complications in patients receiving direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) because of the DOAC itself, acute trauma, invasive procedures, or underlying comorbidities. For many bleeding events, a prudent course of action will be to withdraw the DOAC, then "wait and support" the patient, with the expectation that the bleeding event should resolve with time. Likewise, DOAC therapy may be interrupted ahead of a planned procedure, the stopping time being dependent on the agent involved and the patient's renal function...
September 28, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
I-Han Chiang, Chia-Chun Wu, Shyi-Gen Chen, Chih-Hsin Wang
Soft tissue defects exposing the patellar tendon or bone are common in patients who have experienced trauma or implant infection. The purpose of this article is to present our experience of six patients who underwent reconstruction of soft tissue defects of the knee using a pedicled medial sural perforator flap. Between November 2013 and November 2015, six patients who presented with a soft tissue defect overlying the knee were admitted to our hospital. After adequate debridement or wide excision of the tumour, these patients underwent pedicled medial sural perforator flap placement to resurface the complex soft tissue defects and to provide a gliding surface for the exposed patellar tendon...
October 3, 2016: International Wound Journal
Lesley Maher, Sisira Jayathissa
OBJECTIVES: To compare patient characteristics, management and outcomes for patients admitted with isolated blunt chest trauma, managed by medical or surgical teams. METHODS: We reviewed adult patients admitted with blunt chest trauma between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2011 to a secondary hospital in New Zealand. Inclusion criteria were: blunt chest trauma, with at least one radiologically demonstrated rib fracture. The primary outcome was in-hospital mortality, and secondary outcomes were development of pneumonia, and use of analgesia...
October 1, 2016: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
Todd M Bishop, Peter C Britton, Kerry L Knox, Wilfred R Pigeon
Disrupted sleep is common among combat veterans and can negatively impact response to mental health treatments. A trial of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) and imagery rehearsal therapy (IRT) for nightmares was conducted with 14 combat veterans diagnosed with insomnia, and who were experiencing posttraumatic stress and/or depression. In the case-series that follows veterans experienced clinically significant changes in sleep, and statistically significant reductions in insomnia, nightmare, depression and posttraumatic stress severity following treatment...
2016: Military Behavioral Health
Shepard P Johnson, Kevin C Chung, Lin Zhong, Melissa J Shauver, Michael J Engelsbe, Chad Brummett, Jennifer F Waljee
PURPOSE: To evaluate prolonged opioid use in opioid-naïve patients after common hand surgery procedures in the United States. METHODS: We studied insurance claims from the Truven MarketScan databases to identify opioid-naïve adult patients (no opioid exposure 11 months before the perioperative period) who underwent an elective (carpal tunnel release, carpometacarpal arthroplasty/arthrodesis, cubital tunnel release, or trigger finger release) or trauma-related (closed distal radius fracture fixation, flexor tendon repair, metacarpal fracture fixation, or phalangeal fracture fixation) hand surgery procedure between 2010 and 2012 (N = 77,573 patients)...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Hand Surgery
Yoichi Iizuka, Haku Iizuka, Tetsuya Kaneko, Tokue Mieda, Rumi Takechi, Hideki Suzuki, Yasunori Sorimachi, Takahito Suto, Masahiro Tachibana, Tomotaka Yoneyama, Takuya Omodaka, Shogo Hashimoto, Noritaka Hamano, Hideo Sakane, Daisuke Shimoyama, Isaku Kohama, Atsufumi Ohshima, Tatsuya Nozaki, Masataka Kamiyama, Tomohiko Moteki, Asuka Ohshima, Shuhei Takamine, Akira Honda, Akira Ueno, Tsuyoshi Tajika, Koichi Okamura, Toshiro Warita, Yukio Yonemoto, Hitoshi Shitara, Takashi Ohsawa, Kenji Takagishi
Many previous reports have indicated that atypical femur fractures (AFFs) are associated with the administration of bisphosphonates (BPs). A number of risk factors and hypotheses regarding the pathogenesis of AFFs have been reported to date. The purpose of the present study was to identify the factors associated with AFFs in Japanese individuals and to elucidate the association between bone metabolism and AFFs by evaluating bone turnover markers (BTMs). We prospectively reviewed all patients with femur fractures and identified the patients with AFFs and typical femur fractures (TFFs)...
September 20, 2016: Injury
Eric Floyd Crawford, Gregory K Wolf, Tracy Kretzmer, Kirsten H Dillon, Christina Thors, Rodney D Vanderploeg
In contrast to concerns that cognitive limitations and neurobehavioral symptoms (NBS) associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI) may inhibit treatment effectiveness, a recent study found prolonged exposure (PE) led to large reductions in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms among Iraq-Afghanistan veterans with a range of TBI severity (article by Wolf, Kretzmer, Crawford, Thors, Wagner, Strom, Eftekhari, Klenk, Hayward, and Vanderploeg [J Trauma Stress 28:339-347, 2015]). We further examined this sample of 69 veterans to determine whether system, veteran, and therapist factors predicted clinically significant responses...
September 24, 2016: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Hibbut-Ur-Rauf Naseem, Robert Michael Dorman, Kathryn D Bass, David H Rothstein
BACKGROUND: Hospital readmission in adult trauma is associated with significant morbidity, mortality, and resource utilization. In this study, we examine pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) admission as a risk factor for hospital readmission in pediatric trauma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of patients aged 1 through 19 y in the Pediatric Health Information System database discharged with a trauma diagnosis. Patient and clinical variables included demographics, payer status, length of stay, chronic comorbid conditions, presence of mechanical ventilation, all-patient refined diagnosis-related group and calculated severity of illness, and discharge disposition...
October 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
Emily Earl-Royal, Elinore J Kaufman, Jesse Y Hsu, Douglas J Wiebe, Patrick M Reilly, Daniel N Holena
BACKGROUND: Failure to rescue (FTR: the conditional probability of death after complication) has been studied in trauma cohorts, but the impact of age and preexisting conditions (PECs) on risk of FTR is not well known. We assessed the relationship between age and PECs on the risk of experiencing serious adverse events (SAEs) subsequent FTR in trauma patients with the hypothesis that increased comorbidity burden and age would be associated with increased FTR. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort analysis at an urban level 1 trauma center in Pennsylvania...
October 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
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