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Federica Cadoni, Maria Martorana, Lara Pezzano, Anna Laurenti, Maria Rita Cavallo, Maria Michela Gianino
To ensure the safety of surgical procedures, a local health authority in Turin (Piedmont Region, Italy) adopted an operating room chart as a standard procedure that contextualizes the Ministerial surgical checklist and fills the surgical safety requirements of the regional health authority. Three characteristics make the adopted operating room chart especially useful and innovative: (i) it is completed by surgical nurses; (ii) it is completed during the surgical procedure itself; (iii) the greater number and type of checks required in addition to those specified in the ministerial checklist...
July 2016: Igiene e Sanità Pubblica
Pablo Blanco, Giovanni Volpicelli
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS) is a widely used tool in emergency and critical care settings, useful in the decision-making process as well as in interventional guidance. While having an impressive diagnostic accuracy in the hands of highly skilled operators, inexperienced practitioners must be aware of some common misinterpretations that may lead to wrong decisions at the bedside. OBJECTIVES: This article provides a revision list of common POCUS misdiagnoses usually found in practice and offers useful tips to recognize and avoid them...
December 2016: Critical Ultrasound Journal
Philip W Chiu, Anthony Y Teoh, Vivien W Wong, Hon Chi Yip, Shannon M Chan, Simon K Wong, Enders K Ng
Minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE) is technically challenging. Da Vinci Robotic system could improve surgical dissection with additional degree of freedom from robotic arms. This study aimed to assess the feasibility and safety of performing MIE using Da Vinci Robotic system among patients with esophageal cancers. From 2009 to 2013, consecutive patients with esophageal cancers who received robotic-assisted MIE were recruited. We excluded tumors with suspected invasion to adjacent organs. Preoperative staging included EUS, CT thorax and abdomen and bronchoscopy...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Robotic Surgery
Noa Geffen, Michael Mimouni, Mark Sherwood, Ehud I Assia
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of CO2 Laser-assisted Sclerectomy Surgery (CLASS) in primary and pseudoexfoliative open-angle glaucoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Single-arm, open-label study included data from 9 medical centers located in 7 countries. Subjects underwent nonpenetrating CLASS procedure with a CO2 laser system (IOPtiMate). Intraocular pressure (IOP) and number of medications were measured at baseline, 1, 2, 4, and 6 weeks, and 3, 6, 12, 24, and 36 months...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Glaucoma
Zhenjun Zhang, Xingqun Zhan
Spoofing is becoming a serious threat to various Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) applications, especially for those that require high reliability and security such as power grid synchronization and applications related to first responders and aviation safety. Most current works on anti-spoofing focus on spoofing detection from the individual receiver side, which identifies spoofing when it is under an attack. This paper proposes a novel spoofing network monitoring (SNM) mechanism aiming to reveal the presence of spoofing within an area...
October 23, 2016: Sensors
Weiwei Ye, Yifan Xu, Lihao Zheng, Yu Zhang, Mo Yang, Peilong Sun
Histamine is an indicator of food quality and indispensable in the efficient functioning of various physiological systems. Rapid and sensitive determination of histamine is urgently needed in food analysis and clinical diagnostics. Traditional histamine detection methods require qualified personnel, need complex operation processes, and are time-consuming. In this study, a biofunctionalized nanoporous alumina membrane based electrochemical biosensor with magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) concentration and signal amplification was developed for histamine determination...
October 22, 2016: Sensors
Paula Fraga-Lamas, Tiago M Fernández-Caramés, Manuel Suárez-Albela, Luis Castedo, Miguel González-López
The Internet of Things (IoT) is undeniably transforming the way that organizations communicate and organize everyday businesses and industrial procedures. Its adoption has proven well suited for sectors that manage a large number of assets and coordinate complex and distributed processes. This survey analyzes the great potential for applying IoT technologies (i.e., data-driven applications or embedded automation and intelligent adaptive systems) to revolutionize modern warfare and provide benefits similar to those in industry...
October 5, 2016: Sensors
Domenico Tamburrino, Stefano Partelli, Claudio Renzi, Stefano Crippa, Francesca Muffatti, Carolina Perali, Amilcare Parisi, Julius Randolph, Giuseppe Kito Fusai, Roberto Cirocchi, Massimo Falconi
BACKGROUND: The safety of laparoscopic resections (LPS) of pancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasms (PNENs) has been well established in the literature. METHODS: Studies conducted between January 2003 and December 2015 that reported on LPS and open surgery (OPS) were reviewed. The primary outcomes were the rate of post-operative complications and the length of hospital stay (LoS) after laparoscopic and open surgical resection. The rate of recurrence was the secondary outcome...
October 26, 2016: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Hong Zhang, Wei Zhong, Jing Sun, Qiuming He, Yong Wang, Le Li, Jiakang Yu, Zhe Wang, Zhihua Ye, Kailin Tang, Huimin Xia
OBJECTIVE: To explore the feasibility and safety of Bishop-Koop stoma procedure in the treatment of neonates with refractory congenital intestinal atresia. METHODS: Clinical and follow-up data of 25 neonates with refractory congenital intestinal atresia undergoing Bishop-Koop stoma procedure in our center from January 2011 to December 2014 were retrospectively analyzed. Of 25 neonates, 13 (52%) were male, 12(48%) were female, the birth weight was 1600-3800 g (mean 2920 g), the age of admission was 10 hours to 20 days, and the age of operation was 1-58 d (mean 7 d)...
October 25, 2016: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Monica Chahal-Kummen, Trond-Eirik Strand, Jan Ove Owe, Eigil Gulliksen, Anthony S Wagstaff
BACKGROUND: A candidate with paraplegia contacted the Institute of Aviation Medicine, Oslo, requesting a medical examination and medical certification for flying back seat on an F-16 Fighting Falcon. Thorough aeromedical examinations, including specialist evaluations, were initiated for the final decision to be made. CASE REPORT: Almost 13 yr earlier the candidate had acquired spinal cord damage at neurological level L1 after falling 4 m (13 ft) from out of a window...
2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
Y Law, Y C Chan, S Wk Cheng
INTRODUCTION: The use of a proximal Palmaz stent is a well-recognised technique to treat proximal endoleak in endovascular aortic repair. This study aimed to report the effectiveness and safety of an intra-operative Palmaz stent for immediate type 1a endoleak in Hong Kong patients. METHODS: This case series was conducted at a tertiary hospital in Hong Kong. In a cohort of 494 patients who underwent infrarenal endovascular aortic repair from July 1999 to September 2015, 12 (2...
October 24, 2016: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
Ali Abdel Raheem, Atalla Alatawi, Dae Keun Kim, Abulhasan Sheikh, Koon Ho Rha
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Nephroureterectomy remains the gold standard treatment option for upper tract tumors. However, segmental ureterectomy may be another option in patients with single kidney, borderline renal function or high medical comorbidities. The aim of this video is to assess the feasibility of robotic surgery as a minimally invasive technique in treatment of a high comorbid patient with ureteric tumor. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighty-year old male patient, with a medical history of chronic hypertensive and uncontrolled Diabetes Mellitus, was referred to our department for treatment of ureteric tumor...
October 20, 2016: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
Alberto Arezzo, Roberto Passera, Alberto Bullano, Yoav Mintz, Asaf Kedar, Luigi Boni, Elisa Cassinotti, Riccardo Rosati, Uberto Fumagalli Romario, Mario Sorrentino, Marco Brizzolari, Nicola Di Lorenzo, Achille Lucio Gaspari, Dario Andreone, Elena De Stefani, Giuseppe Navarra, Salvatore Lazzara, Maurizio Degiuli, Kirill Shishin, Igor Khatkov, Ivan Kazakov, Rudolf Schrittwieser, Thomas Carus, Alessio Corradi, Guenther Sitzman, Antonio Lacy, Selman Uranues, Amir Szold, Mario Morino
BACKGROUND: Single-port laparoscopic surgery as an alternative to conventional laparoscopic cholecystectomy for benign disease has not yet been accepted as a standard procedure. The aim of the multi-port versus single-port cholecystectomy trial was to compare morbidity rates after single-access (SPC) and standard laparoscopy (MPC). METHODS: This non-inferiority phase 3 trial was conducted at 20 hospital surgical departments in six countries. At each centre, patients were randomly assigned to undergo either SPC or MPC...
October 24, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
Seidai Wada, Etsuro Hatano, Tomoaki Yoh, Satoru Seo, Kojiro Taura, Kentaro Yasuchika, Hideaki Okajima, Toshimi Kaido, Shinji Uemoto
PURPOSE: Prophylactic abdominal drainage is performed routinely after liver resection in many centers. The aim of this study was to examine the safety and validity of liver resection without abdominal drainage and to clarify whether routine abdominal drainage after liver resection is necessary. METHODS: Patients who underwent elective liver resection without bilio-enteric anastomosis between July, 2006 and June, 2012 were divided into two groups, based on whether surgery was performed before or after, we adopted the no-drain strategy...
October 24, 2016: Surgery Today
Marlies Decleer, Andreja Rajkovic, Benedikt Sas, Annemieke Madder, Sarah De Saeger
Rapid and accurate UPLC-MS/MS methods for the simultaneous determination of beauvericin and the related enniatins (A, A1, B, B1), together with cereulide were successfully developed and validated in cereal and cereal-based food matrices such as wheat, maize, rice and pasta. Although these emerging foodborne toxins are of different microbial origin, the similar structural, toxicological and food safety features provided rationale for their concurrent detection in relevant food matrices. A Waters Acquity UPLC system coupled to a Waters Quattro Premier XE™ Mass Spectrometer operating in ESI+ mode was employed...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
Jing Li, Aping Niu, Chun-Jiao Lu, Jing-Hui Zhang, Muhammad Junaid, Phyllis R Strauss, Ping Xiao, Xiao Wang, Yi-Wei Ren, De-Sheng Pei
Landfill leachate (LL) is harmful to aquatic environment because it contains high concentrations of dissolved organic matter, inorganic components, heavy metals, and other xenobiotics. Thus, the remediation of LL is crucial for environmental conservation. Here, a potential application of the forward osmosis (FO) filtration process with ammonium bicarbonate (NH4HCO3) as a draw solution (DS) was investigated to remediate membrane bioreactor-treated LL (M-LL). After the leachate treatment, the toxicity and removal efficiencies of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were evaluated using zebrafish and cultured human cells...
October 21, 2016: Chemosphere
R-C Zhao, W Han, J Han, J Yu, J Guo, J-L Fu, Z Li, R-Z Zhao
OBJECTIVE: To study the efficacy and safety of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) in patients with different forms of atrial fibrillation. PATIENTS AND METHODS: By retrospective analysis, we summarize 720 cases, where patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation in our hospital were treated with RFCA from February 2010 to October 2014. Among the cases, 425 were diagnosed with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and 295 with non-paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (including persistent atrial fibrillation and permanent atrial fibrillation)...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Xinrong Lin, Maryam Salari, Leela Mohana Reddy Arava, Pulickel M Ajayan, Mark W Grinstaff
With the ongoing global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emission and dependence on oil, electrical energy storage (EES) devices such as Li-ion batteries and supercapacitors have become ubiquitous. Today, EES devices are entering the broader energy use arena and playing key roles in energy storage, transfer, and delivery within, for example, electric vehicles, large-scale grid storage, and sensors located in harsh environmental conditions, where performance at temperatures greater than 25 °C are required. The safety and high temperature durability are as critical or more so than other essential characteristics (e...
October 24, 2016: Chemical Society Reviews
S G Mistry, D R Strachan, E L Loney
BACKGROUND: Functional endoscopic sinus surgery is recognised to have a significant complication profile (e.g. blindness, cerebrospinal fluid leak and intracranial sepsis). Pre-operative computed tomography imaging is considered mandatory for surgical planning to reduce intra-operative risk. A radiological report is the 'gold standard' in image interpretation; however, because of a lack of otolaryngological or radiological guidance, its contents may be variable. By surveying practising otolaryngologists, this study aimed to provide some guidance which may be used by radiologists to produce more surgically relevant radiological reports...
October 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
Teresa Franco, Serena Trapasso, Lidia Puzzo, Eugenia Allegra
BACKGROUND: Cigarette smoke has been identified as the main cause of oral cavity carcinoma. Recently, the electronic cigarette, a battery-operated device, was developed to help smokers stop their tobacco addiction. This study aimed to evaluate the safety of electronic cigarettes and to establish the possible role of such device in the primary prevention of oral cavity cancer. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This study included 65 subjects who were divided into three groups (smokers, e-cigarette smokers, and nonsmokers)...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Ear, Nose and Throat
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