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Samuel Stafrace, Rutger A J Nievelstein, Maria Raissaki
May 17, 2018: Pediatric Radiology
Bernice Sophie Spiteri, Yanika Stafrace, Jean Calleja-Agius
Silver-Russell syndrome (SRS) is a rare congenital imprinting disorder. The genetic findings in SRS patients are heterogeneous and often sporadic. However, chromosomes 7, 11, and 17 are consistently involved in all individuals who meet the strict diagnostic criteria of SRS. There are many clinical features characteristic of SRS; the most common are low birth weight, short stature, triangular face, clinodactyly, relative macrocephaly, ear anomalies, and skeletal asymmetry.
July 1, 2017: Neonatal Network: NN
Panagiotis Asimakopoulos, David J L Pennell, Constantinos Mamais, Derek Veitch, Samuel Stafrace, Thomas Engelhardt
OBJECTIVES: Adenotonsillar hypertrophy in children is the most common anatomical abnormality associated with obstructive sleep apnoea. Perioperative complications associated with adenotonsillectomy are more common in children with severe obstructive sleep apnoea. An objective preoperative method to determine the size of tonsils is missing. This study assessed the validity of ultrasound as a tool for measuring tonsillar size in children. METHODS: Single-institution prospective study of twenty-six children aged 2-6 years who underwent elective bilateral tonsillectomy...
April 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
D Calleja-Stafrace, C Vella
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Images in Paediatric Cardiology
Samuel Stafrace, Thomas Engelhardt, Wendy H Teoh, Michael S Kristensen
Ultrasound of the airways is a technique which has been described in a number of recent articles and reviews highlighting the diagnostic possibilities and simple methodology. However, there is a paucity of information focusing specifically on such methods in children where equipment, technique, and challenges are different. This review article gives a general overview of the equipment considerations, scanning protocols, and clinical applications in children.
February 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Stuart J Lee, Phillipa Thomas, Chantelle Doulis, Doug Bowles, Kathryn Henderson, Sandra Keppich-Arnold, Eva Perez, Simon Stafrace
Despite their limited mental health expertise, police are often first to respond to people experiencing a mental health crisis. Often the person in crisis is then transported to hospital for care, instead of receiving more immediate assessment and treatment in the community. The current study conducted an evaluation of an Australian joint police-mental health mobile response unit that aimed to improve the delivery of a community-based crisis response. Activity data were audited to demonstrate utilization and outcomes for referred people...
December 2015: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Sacha L Filia, Caroline T Gurvich, Anton Horvat, Clare L Shelton, Lynda J Katona, Amanda L Baker, Simon Stafrace, Sandra Keppich-Arnold, Jayashri Kulkarni
In the present study, we examined the views and experiences of patients admitted to an acute psychiatry unit before and after the implementation of a totally smoke-free policy. Forty-six inpatients completed a questionnaire assessing their views before the smoking ban. Another 52 inpatients completed a questionnaire assessing their views and experiences after the smoking ban. Before the totally smoke-free policy, 69.6% smoked, with 67.7% smoking more when admitted to the psychiatry ward. Before the smoking ban, 54...
August 2015: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Jayashri Kulkarni, Emmy Gavrilidis, Stuart Lee, Tamsyn E Van Rheenen, Jasmin Grigg, Emily Hayes, Adeline Lee, Roy Ong, Amy Seeary, Shelley Andersen, Rosie Worsley, Sandra Keppich-Arnold, Simon Stafrace
OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to assess the impact of creating a female-only area within a mixed-gender inpatient psychiatry service, on female patient safety and experience of care. METHOD: The Alfred hospital reconfigured one of its two psychiatry wards to include a female-only area. Documented incidents compromising the safety of women on each ward in the 6 months following the refurbishment were compared. Further, a questionnaire assessing perceived safety and experience of care was administered to female inpatients on both wards, and staff feedback was also obtained...
December 2014: Australasian Psychiatry: Bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Stuart J Lee, Laura Collister, Simon Stafrace, Elizabeth Crowther, Jon Kroschel, Jayashri Kulkarni
OBJECTIVE: This research was conducted in order to explore the experience of care and outcomes for people entering a bed-based step-up/step-down Prevention and Recovery Centre (PARC). METHODS: An audit of files for PARC participants in 2010 collected demographic (age, gender, and marital, housing, employment and education/training status) and clinical measures (length of stay, entry and exit outcome measures, psychiatric hospital use). Participants were also invited to a feedback group to discuss their PARC experience...
October 2014: Australasian Psychiatry: Bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Alan J Quigley, Samuel Stafrace
Radiology plays a key part in the investigation of non-accidental injury. Many normal variants and artefacts can simulate an abnormality associated with non-accidental injury. It is essential that radiologists reporting skeletal surveys in cases of suspected child abuse are aware of these. We present a pictorial essay to aid the reporting radiologist in the differentiation between normal variants or artefacts and true traumatic injury. We show plain film examples of potential pitfalls throughout the body.
January 2014: Pediatric Radiology
Alan J Quigley, Samuel Stafrace
UNLABELLED: Acute appendicitis is a common surgical emergency in the paediatric population. Computed tomography (CT) has been shown to have high accuracy and low operator dependence in the diagnosis of appendicitis. However, with increased concerns regarding CT usage in children, ultrasound (US) is the imaging modality of choice in patients where appendicitis is suspected. This review describes and illustrates the step-wise graded-compression technique for the visualisation of the appendix, the normal and pathological appearances of the appendix, as well as the imaging characteristics of the common differentials...
December 2013: Insights Into Imaging
Stuart Lee, Yitzchak Hollander, Lisa Scarff, Ryan Dube, Sandra Keppich-Arnold, Simon Stafrace
OBJECTIVE: To characterise patients and their outcomes following referral to a Statewide psychiatric intensive care service. METHOD: This study conducted a medical audit for patients referred to the Statewide service during the first four years of operation (2007-2011). Demographics and the presence of alcohol and other drug and forensic comorbidities were documented along with the treatment received prior to and during admission. RESULTS: In the first four years of operation, 58 referrals were received, 41 resulting in admission and seven in secondary consultation delivered to the referring inpatient psychiatry service...
October 2013: Australasian Psychiatry: Bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Micallef-Stafrace Kirill, Bonello Spiteri Danica, Mouza Al Shehhi, Dermot Galea
BACKGROUND: Athletes present a different category of the population. Trivial complaints may mask more serious illness, especially when the athlete is undergoing intensive training, and the function of his immune system may be sub-optimal. CASE PRESENTATION: A triathlete presented a few days after completing an Ironman race, complaining of lethargy, pleuritic chest pain and loss of appetite. On examination he was afebrile, tachycardic and had decreased lower left lung air entry accompanied by crackling...
December 2010: Asian Journal of Sports Medicine
Samuel Stafrace, Jawad Khan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2010: Pediatric Radiology
A H Konstantatos, M Angliss, V Costello, H Cleland, S Stafrace
BACKGROUND: Pain arising in burns sufferers is often severe and protracted. The prospect of a dressing change can heighten existing pain by impacting both physically and psychologically. In this trial we examined whether pre-procedural virtual reality guided relaxation added to patient controlled analgesia with morphine reduced pain severity during awake dressings changes in burns patients. METHODS: We conducted a prospective randomized clinical trial in all patients with burns necessitating admission to a tertiary burns referral centre...
June 2009: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Simon Stafrace, Alan Lilly
This case study demonstrates how leadership was harnessed to turn around a decline in the performance of an aged persons' mental health service - the Namarra Nursing Home at Caulfield General Medical Centre in Melbourne, Australia. In 2000 the nursing home faced a crisis of public confidence due to failings in the management of quality, clinical risk and human resources within the service. These problems reflected structural and operational shortcomings in the clinical directorate and wider organisation. In this article, we detail the process of turnaround from the perspective of senior executive managers with professional and operational responsibility for the service...
August 2008: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
Samuel Stafrace, John Molloy
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2008: Pediatric Radiology
D Ames, S Stafrace
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 1999: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
J G Stafrace
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 1998: Gastroenterology Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates
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