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Kathryn T Anderson, Rachel Appelbaum, Marisa A Bartz-Kurycki, KuoJen Tsao, Marybeth Browne
For decades, safe surgery focused on intraoperative technique and decision-making. The traditional hierarchy placed the surgeon as the leader with ultimate authority and responsibility. Despite the advances in surgical technique and equipment, too many patients have suffered unnecessary complications and suboptimal care. Today, we understand that the conduct of safe and effective surgery requires evidence-based decision-making, multifaceted treatment approaches to prevent complications, and effective communication in and out of the operating room...
April 2018: Seminars in Pediatric Surgery
Barry A Finegan, Daniel Roblin, Fadi Hammal
Quality problem: For smokers, hospital admission is accompanied by forced involuntary nicotine abstinence due to smoke-free site/grounds policies. An audit of patients admitted to our surgical wards revealed that identification of smoking status was inadequate and that nicotine addiction management (NAM) was infrequently offered. The project aimed to enhance both these metrics by initiating NAM in the post anesthesia care unit (PACU). Initial assessment: Out of 744 patients admitted to our PACU in August 2015, 54% had their smoking status documented...
March 14, 2018: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Hylke F E van der Toom, Marc P van der Schroeff, Robert Jan Pauw
Importance: The ideal surgical treatment of cholesteatoma has been subject to discussion for years because both traditional surgical techniques (canal wall down [CWD] and canal wall up [CWU] tympanoplasty) have their own advantages and disadvantages. A more recently propagated surgical approach, to combine the CWD or CWU tympanoplasty technique with obliteration of the mastoid and epitympanum, is showing promising results. Objective: To systematically review the literature on recurrent and residual cholesteatoma rates after single-stage CWU and CWD tympanoplasty with mastoid obliteration...
March 15, 2018: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Jonny K Andersson, Martina Åhlén, Daniel Andernord
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To investigate the outcome of open versus arthroscopic repair of injuries of the triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC). METHODS: An electronic literature search of articles published between January 1, 1985, and May 26, 2016, in PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane Library was carried out in May 2016 and updated in March and December 2017. Studies comparing open and arthroscopic repair of TFCC injury with a mean follow up of more than 1 year were eligible for inclusion...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics
A D Rogers, M Saggaf, N Ziolkowski
BACKGROUND: Patients with extensive burn injuries are susceptible to a host of accompanying adverse effects should they develop perioperative hypothermia, which occurs in up to ¼ of all major burn cases. This quality improvement project aimed to reduce the incidence of perioperative hypothermia to below 10% of cases in patients with major burn (Total Body Surface Area [TBSA] >15%), within a one year period. METHODS: A baseline diagnostic phase was undertaken to provide a greater understanding of the incidence, natural history and risk factors of perioperative hypothermia...
March 7, 2018: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Sukhbir S Singh, Neeraj Mehra, Laura Hopkins
OBJECTIVE: To provide guidance on the implementation of a surgical safety checklist in the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology. OUTCOMES: Outcomes evaluated include the impact of the surgical safety checklist on surgical morbidity and mortality. EVIDENCE: Medline databases were searched for articles on subjects related to "surgical safety checklist" published in English from January 2001 to January 2011. Results were restricted to systematic reviews, randomized control trials/controlled clinical trials, and observational studies...
March 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
Brigid M Gillespie, Emma Harbeck, Joanne Lavin, Therese Gardiner, Teresa K Withers, Andrea P Marshall
BACKGROUND: The surgical Safety Checklist (SSC) was introduced in 2008 to improve teamwork and reduce the mortality and morbidity associated with surgery. Although mandated in many health care institutions around the world, challenges in implementation of the SSC continue. To use Normalisation Process Theory (NPT) to help understand how/why implementation of a complex intervention coined Pass The Baton (PTB) could help explain what facets of the Surgical Safety Checklist use led to its' integration in practice, while others were not...
March 9, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
Claudia R Gerstle
Aviation and healthcare are complex industries and share many similarities: the cockpit and the operating theater, the captain and the surgeon. While North American commercial aviation currently enjoys a tremendous safety record, it was not always this way. A spike of accidents in 1973 caused 3214 aviation-related fatalities. Over the past 20years, the rate of fatal accidents per million flights fell by a factor of five, while air traffic increased by more than 86%. There have been no fatalities on a U.S. carrier for over 12years...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Roy Kazan, Alex Viezel-Mathieu, Shantale Cyr, Thomas M Hemmerling, Mirko S Gilardino
Background: Surgical residents' exposure to aesthetic procedures remains limited in residency training. The development of the Montreal Augmentation Mammoplasty Operation (MAMO) simulator aims to provide an adjunctive training method and assessment tool to complement the evolving competency-based surgical curriculum. Objectives: To perform face, content and construct validations of the MAMO simulator for subpectoral breast augmentation procedures and assess the reliability of the assessment scales used...
January 3, 2018: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
Doron D Sommer, Sadaf Arbab-Tafti, Forough Farrokhyar, Marc Tewfik, Allan Vescan, Ian J Witterick, Brian Rotenberg, Rakesh Chandra, Erik K Weitzel, Erin Wright, Jayant Ramakrishna
BACKGROUND: The goal of this study was to develop and evaluate the impact of an aviation-style challenge and response sinus surgery-specific checklist on potential safety and equipment issues during sinus surgery at a tertiary academic health center. The secondary goal was to assess the potential impact of use of the checklist on surgical times during, before, and after surgery. This initiative is designed to be utilized in conjunction with the "standard" World Health Organization (WHO) surgical checklist...
February 27, 2018: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
Gladys B Asiedu, Bethany R Lowndes, Paul M Huddleston, Susan Hallbeck
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to define health care providers' perceptions toward prone patient positioning for spine surgery using the Jackson Table, which has not been hitherto explored. METHODS: We analyzed open-ended questionnaire data and interviews conducted with the spine surgical team regarding the current process of spinal positioning/repositioning using the Jackson Table. Participants were asked to provide an open-ended explanation as to whether they think the current process of spinal positioning/repositioning is safe for the staff or patients...
March 2018: Journal of Patient Safety
Yogesh Dabholkar, Haritosh Velankar, Sneha Suryanarayan, Twinkle Y Dabholkar, Akanksha A Saberwal, Bhavika Verma
The WHO has designed a safe surgery checklist to enhance communication and awareness of patient safety during surgery and to minimise complications. WHO recommends that the check-list be evaluated and customised by end users as a tool to promote safe surgery. The aim of present study was to evaluate the impact of WHO safety checklist on patient safety awareness in otorhinolaryngology and to customise it for the speciality. A prospective structured questionnaire based study was done in ENT operating room for duration of 1 month each for cases, before and after implementation of safe surgery checklist...
March 2018: Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Daniel Seung Kim, Yatong K Li, Jerry H Kim, Curtis S Bergquist, Marsha Gerdes, Judy C Bernbaum, Nancy Burnham, Donna M McDonald-McGinn, Elaine H Zackai, Susan C Nicolson, Thomas L Spray, Deborah A Nickerson, Hakon Hakonarson, Gail P Jarvik, J William Gaynor
OBJECTIVES: The MBL2 gene is the major genetic determinant of mannose-binding lectin (MBL)-an acute phase reactant. Low MBL levels have been associated with adverse outcomes in preterm infants. The MBL2Gly54Asp missense variant causes autosomal dominant MBL deficiency. We tested the hypothesis that MBL2Gly54Asp is associated with worse neurodevelopmental outcomes after cardiac surgery in neonates. METHODS: This is an analysis of a previously described cohort of patients with nonsyndromic congenital heart disease who underwent cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass before age 6 months (n = 295)...
March 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
D R Malacarne, C M Escobar, C J Lam, K L Ferrante, D Szyld, Veronica T Lerner
OBJECTIVES: The use of simulation-based education to train surgeons is widely accepted. Although many authors describe the use of an Objective Skills Assessment Test (OSAT) to assess performance of various surgical procedures, there is a paucity of research on use of this modality to evaluate vaginal surgery skills. We created a vaginal hysterectomy procedure-specific checklist (PSC) to complete the OSAT (which is composed of a PSC and a global rating scale [GRS]). The primary objective of this study is to evaluate the performance of a novel evaluation strategy for vaginal hysterectomy using an OSAT combining PSC and GRS...
February 13, 2018: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
Alireza Atashi, Ilona W Verburg, Hesam Karim, Mirmohammad Miri, Ameen Abu-Hanna, Evert de Jonge, Nicolette F de Keizer, Saeid Eslami
INTRODUCTION: ICU Length of stay (LoS) prediction models are used to compare different institutions and surgeons on their performance, and is useful as an efficiency indicator for quality control. There is little consensus about which prediction methods are most suitable to predict (ICU) length of stay. The aim of this study is to systematically review models for predicting ICU LoS after coronary artery bypass grafting and to assess the reporting and methodological quality of these models to apply them for benchmarking...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Meghan E Lark, Kay Kirkpatrick, Kevin C Chung
Despite progress within the past 15 years, improving patient safety in health care remains an important public health issue. The history of safety policies, research, and development has revealed that this issue is more complex than initially perceived and is pertinent to all health care settings. Solutions, therefore, must be approached at the systems level and supplemented with a change in safety culture, especially in higher risk fields such as surgery. To do so, health care agents at all levels have started to prioritize the improvement of nontechnical skills such as teamwork, communication, and accountability, as reflected by the development of various checklists and safety campaigns...
February 2018: Journal of Hand Surgery
Daniëlle B P Eekers, Esther N Pijnappel, Olaf E M G Schijns, Albert Colon, Ann Hoeben, Jaap D Zindler, Alida A Postma, Aswin L Hoffmann, Philippe Lambin, Esther G C Troost
PURPOSE: Although the majority of adult epilepsy patients respond well to the current antiepileptic drug treatment, 20-40% of them are drug-resistant. In these patients, resective epilepsy surgery is a curative treatment option, for which, however, only a limited number of patients is eligible. The purpose is to summarize the outcome of radiotherapy for drug-resistant non-neoplastic focal epilepsy and to elucidate its efficacy for seizure outcome and long-term toxicity in adults. METHOD: A systematic literature search was performed in Pubmed, Ovid Medline, Cochrane library, Embase and Web of Science...
January 27, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
Michael Vitale, Anas Minkara, Hiroko Matsumoto, Todd Albert, Richard Anderson, Peter Angevine, Aaron Buckland, Samuel Cho, Matthew Cunningham, Thomas Errico, Charla Fischer, Han Jo Kim, Ronald Lehman, Baron Lonner, Peter Passias, Themistocles Protopsaltis, Frank Schwab, Lawrence Lenke
STUDY DESIGN: Consensus-building using the Delphi and nominal group technique. OBJECTIVE: To establish best practice guidelines using formal techniques of consensus building among a group of experienced spinal deformity surgeons to avert wrong-level spinal deformity surgery. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Numerous previous studies have demonstrated that wrong-level spinal deformity occurs at a substantial rate, with more than half of all spine surgeons reporting direct or indirect experience operating on the wrong levels...
March 2018: Spine Deformity
Takuma Wakasugi, Ritsuro Shirasaka, Toshiyuki Kawauchi, Koji Fujita, Atsushi Okawa
BACKGROUND: Intramedullary fixation for distal radius fractures is reported to be free of hardware irritation and less invasive than other fixation methods. Some specific complications associated with intramedullary fixation, such as radial nerve sensory neuritis, have been reported, but no study has focused on the complication rates of intramedullary fixation for distal radius fractures in the elderly population. Furthermore, no studies have analyzed common complications, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and flexor tenosynovitis including trigger finger, among patients with distal radius fractures treated by intramedullary fixation based on a comprehensive complication checklist...
March 2018: Journal of Hand Surgery Asian-Pacific Volume
G Vanella, S Crippa, L Archibugi, P G Arcidiacono, G Delle Fave, M Falconi, G Capurso
BACKGROUND: Although consensus guidelines suggest that patients with high-risk intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMNs) should have surgery, a non-operative strategy is often selected in patients who are poor surgical candidates. The aim was to determine the risk of disease-related death from IPMN in patients with worrisome features or high-risk stigmata who were kept under observation. METHODS: A PubMed literature search was undertaken of articles published from August 1992 to June 2016 (updated October 2017)...
March 2018: British Journal of Surgery
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