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Operation room management

Lucas Brien Chartier, Licinia Simoes, Meredith Kuipers, Barb McGovern
Over the last decade, patient volumes in the emergency department (ED) have grown disproportionately compared to the increase in staffing and resources at the Toronto Western Hospital, an academic tertiary care centre in Toronto, Canada. The resultant congestion has spilled over to the ED waiting room, where medically undifferentiated and potentially unstable patients must wait until a bed becomes available. The aim of this quality improvement project was to decrease the 90th percentile of wait time between triage and bed assignment (time-to-bed) by half, from 120 to 60 minutes, for our highest acuity patients...
2016: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
J Willis Kiessling, Dean A Hertzler, David E M Drucker, Heather S Spader
BACKGROUND: This case report illustrates the need to evaluate the possibility of multiple arterial sources when presented with a frontal epidural hematoma associated with facial trauma. CASE DESCRIPTION: Our patient presented after being struck in the face by a baseball. Computed tomography (CT) of the brain revealed a large frontal epidural hematoma. Intraoperatively, bleeding from a frontal branch of the middle meningeal artery was encountered and cauterized, and the hematoma was removed...
October 14, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Michael T Long, Matthew P Murray
Tongue entrapments within bottles are very rare childhood mishaps. The most immediate hazard in a tongue entrapment is airway obstruction. Tongue entrapment is an airway emergency; contingency planning to maintain airway patency, oxygenation, and ventilation is critical. Here, we report the case of a 5-year-old girl presenting to a pediatric emergency department with an increasingly popular novelty soda bottle, featuring a unique and dangerous design, entrapped on her tongue. Operative removal was anticipated...
September 30, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Davide Ferorelli, Fiorenza Zotti, Silvio Tafuri, Angela Pezzolla, Alessandro Dell'Erba
The study aims to evaluate the use of Patient Safety Walkaround (SWR) execution model in an Italian Hospital, through the adoption of parametric indices, survey tools, and process indicators.In the 1st meeting an interview was conducted to verify the knowledge of concepts of clinical risk management (process indicators). One month after, the questions provided by Frankel (survey tool) were administered.Each month after, an SWR has been carried trying to assist the healthcare professionals and collecting suggestions and solutions...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Keith Willett, David J Keene, Dipesh Mistry, Julian Nam, Elizabeth Tutton, Robert Handley, Lesley Morgan, Emma Roberts, Andrew Briggs, Ranjit Lall, Timothy J S Chesser, Ian Pallister, Sarah E Lamb
Importance: Ankle fractures cause substantial morbidity in older persons. Surgical fixation is the contemporary intervention but is associated with infection and other healing complications. Objective: To determine whether initial fracture treatment with close contact casting, a molded below-knee cast with minimal padding, offers outcome equivalent to that with immediate surgery, with fewer complications and less health resource use. Design, Setting, and Participants: This was a pragmatic, equivalence, randomized clinical trial with blinded outcome assessors...
October 11, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Ajmer Singh, Yatin Mehta, Rajiv Parakh, Vijay Kohli, Naresh Trehan
Free-floating right heart thrombi are uncommon and need emergency treatment in view of their tendency to dislodge and cause pulmonary embolism. We report a successful surgical management of a patient who had large mobile right atrial thrombus, bilateral pulmonary thrombi, coronary artery disease, and postmyocardial infarction ventricular septal rupture (VSR). The patient underwent coronary angiography, inferior vena cava filter placement, removal of thrombi from the right atrium and pulmonary arteries, repair of VSR, and coronary artery bypass graft surgery in a hybrid operating room...
October 2016: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
Joonchul Jang, Hyong Hwan Lim, Goeun Bae, Sung Uk Choi, Choon Hak Lim
BACKGROUND: The current state of general hospital operation room (OR) in Korea and how these ORs are being operated remain unclear. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate and assess the current state of OR management and surgical scheduling in general hospitals of Korea. METHODS: A total of 92 anesthesiology training hospitals and 2 equivalent hospitals in Korea were targeted for the survey. Anesthesiologists in hospitals received questionnaires for OR, anesthetic managements and surgical scheduling directly or by phone from the beginning of October 2015 to the end of December 2015...
October 2016: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
Yangyang R Yu, Paulette I Abbas, Carolyn M Smith, Kathleen E Carberry, Hui Ren, Binita Patel, Jed G Nuchtern, Monica E Lopez
PURPOSE: As reimbursement programs shift to value-based payment models emphasizing quality and efficient healthcare delivery, there exists a need to better understand process management to unearth true costs of patient care. We sought to identify cost-reduction opportunities in simple appendicitis management by applying a time-driven activity-based costing (TDABC) methodology to this high-volume surgical condition. METHODS: Process maps were created using medical record time stamps...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Thomas E Schulte, Ellen K Roberts, Kristina Birch, Steven J Lisco
STUDY OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess the workflow interruptions on an anesthesiology clinical director (CD). By assessing the interruptions on the CD, we hypothesize that these frequent interruptions would prohibit the CD from medical direction of residents or certified nurse anesthetists in operating rooms. DESIGN: Cellular phone data were obtained from Verizon Wireless statements over 10 months, August 2012 through May 2013. These data were from a single cellular phone carried by the anesthesia CD and subsequent overnight anesthesiologist 24 hours a day...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Julien Bordes, Philippe Goutorbe, Pierre Julien Cungi, Marie Caroline Boghossian, Eric Kaiser
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To assess the effects of noninvasive ventilation (NIV) during spontaneous breathing anesthesia on functional residual capacity and ventilation distribution. DESIGN: Prospective and observational study. SETTING: Operating room, military teaching hospital. PATIENTS: Eighteen adult patients submitted to digestive endoscopic procedures under spontaneous breathing anesthesia. INTERVENTIONS: Anesthetic management was standardized...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Lakshmi N Kurnutala, Gurneet Sandhu, Sergio D Bergese
A 62-year-old man with a left temporal lobe tumor was scheduled for a semiurgent craniotomy for tumor excision. Previously, the patient had a laryngeal carcinoma that was resected and treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy and a history of laryngeal biopsy with awake fiberoptic intubation. Because a difficult airway was anticipated, awake fiberoptic nasopharyngoscopy of the airway was performed under topical anesthesia in the operating room. This revealed a narrow glottic opening with no supraglottic pathology or friable tissue...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Asako Watanabe, Mitsutaka Edanaga, Hiromichi Ichinose, Michiaki Yamakage
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Recently, i-Gel intubating laryngeal airway (ILA) has been frequently used because of the ease for airway insertion by residents and young anesthesiologists. However, it sometimes fails to fit or ventilate sufficiently in Japanese patients. Use of Air-Qsp, which is a new non-inflatable cuffed ILA, in a clinical setting has become possible. The purpose of this study was to compare the clinical performance of Air-Qsp with that of i-Gel for airway management in Japanese adult patients...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Joana Chaves Gonçalves Rodrigues de Carvalho, Francisco Javier Tercero Machin, Luis San Roman Manzanera, Jordi Blasco Andaluz, Sílvia Herrero Nogués, Núria Peix Soriano, Victor Obach Baurier, Enrique Jesus Carrero Cardenal
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Dural arteriovenous fistulas are anomalous shunts between dural arterial and venous channels whose nidus is located between the dural leaflets. For those circumstances when invasive treatment is mandatory, endovascular techniques have grown to become the mainstay of practice, choice attributable to their reported safety and effectiveness. We describe the unique and rare case of a dural arteriovenous fistula treated by transarterial embolization and complicated by an intraventricular hemorrhage...
September 24, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
Nikunj N Trivedi, Matthew R Cohn, Samir K Trehan, Aaron Daluiski
PURPOSE: Fractures of the proximal ulna are common injuries in the elderly population. These fractures can be managed nonsurgically or with open reduction internal fixation (ORIF). Whereas nonsurgical management may lead to a relative loss of elbow extension and to nonunion, ORIF carries a risk of complications. Although complications specific to the orthopedic intervention have been reported, few studies have identified postoperative systemic complications in this higher-risk group. The purposes of this study were to determine the rate of systemic complications in patients undergoing surgical fixation of proximal ulna fractures and to determine risk factors for complications...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Hand Surgery
Gaurav Aman Luther, Praveen Murthy, Philip E Blazar
PURPOSE: As health care costs continue to rise, providers must increasingly identify and implement cost-effective practice measures without sacrificing quality of care. Corticosteroid injections are an established treatment for trigger finger; however, numerous clinical trials have documented the limited efficacy of these injections in the diabetic population. Furthermore, the most cost-effective treatment strategy for diabetic trigger finger has not been determined. The purpose of this study was to perform a decision analysis to identify the least costly strategy for effective treatment of diabetic trigger finger using existing evidence in the literature...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Hand Surgery
Raghunath Avanali, Biju Bhadran, Krishna Kumar P, Abhishek Vijayan, Arun S, Aneeze M Musthafa, Sunil Panchal, Vinu V Gopal
OBJECTIVE: To identify the current management modalities practiced by neurosurgeons in India for chronic subdural hematoma. METHODS: A questionnaire was prepared for the survey and sent via e mail to neurosurgeons. It covered the following aspects of managing the CSDH. 1) Demographic and institutional details. 2) Choice of surgical procedure. 3) Surgical adjutants such as placing a subdural drain 4) Pre and Post operative care 4) Recurrences and management. Responses obtained were entered in SPSS data sheet and analyzed...
September 16, 2016: World Neurosurgery
A Duclos, J L Peix, V Piriou, P Occelli, A Denis, S Bourdy, M J Carty, A A Gawande, F Debouck, C Vacca, J C Lifante, C Colin
BACKGROUND: The application of safety principles from the aviation industry to the operating room has offered hope in reducing surgical complications. This study aimed to assess the impact on major surgical complications of adding an aviation-based team training programme after checklist implementation. METHODS: A prospective parallel-group cluster trial was undertaken between September 2011 and March 2013. Operating room teams from 31 hospitals were assigned randomly to participate in a team training programme focused on major concepts of crew resource management and checklist utilization...
September 19, 2016: British Journal of Surgery
Douglas A Hardesty, Sean Doerfler, Sukhmeet Sandhu, Robert G Whitmore, Patricia Ford, Scott Rushton, Peter D LeRoux
BACKGROUND: Jehovah's Witnesses (JW) are a Christian faith with > 1 million members in the United States who do not accept autologous blood transfusions. The optimal management of these patients undergoing neurosurgical procedures is not well defined. Here, we examined the feasibility and safety of JW undergoing neurosurgery in a blood management program. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Sixty-eight JW patients including 23 males and 45 females (mean age 53 +/- 12 years) who underwent a variety of cranial (n=19) and spinal (n=49) neurosurgical procedures over a 5-year period were identified retrospectively and their hospital charts, anesthetic records and operative reports reviewed...
September 15, 2016: World Neurosurgery
P Cuny, M Houot, S Ginisty, S Horowicz, F Plassart, H Mentec, P Eftekhari
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this paper is to underline the need for systematic monitoring of patients treated with anticholinergic antipsychotic drugs. We present the clinical history of a 34-year-old adult, treated with quetiapine in combination with other drugs with anticholinergic effects. CASE REPORT: A 34-year-old male adult had been suffering from bipolar disorder since 2001. He was treated with risperidone, but he was not compliant due to adverse effects, including decreased libido and erectile dysfunction...
September 13, 2016: L'Encéphale
Rick F Nelson, Joseph P Roche, Bruce J Gantz, Marlan R Hansen
OBJECTIVE: To determine the efficacy and morbidity of repairing spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks with the middle cranial fossa (MCF) approach without the use of a lumbar drain (LD), as perioperative use of LD remains controversial. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective review from 2003 to 2015. SETTING: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Indiana University Health Center. PATIENTS: Those with a confirmed lateral skull base spontaneous CSF leaks and/or encephaloceles...
September 14, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
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