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Sarah B Bateni, Frederick J Meyers, Richard J Bold, Robert J Canter
BACKGROUND: The impact of surgery on end of life care for patients with disseminated malignancy (DMa) is incompletely characterized. The purpose of this study was to evaluate postoperative outcomes impacting quality of care among DMa patients, specifically prolonged length of hospital stay, readmission, and disposition. METHODS: The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP) database was queried for years 2011-2012. DMa patients were matched to non-DMa patients with comparable clinical characteristics and operation types...
2016: PloS One
Son Nguyen, Allen Zhu, William Toppen, Adeel Ashfaq, Jessica Davis, Richard Shemin, Abie H Mendelsohn, Peyman Benharash
Although the true incidence of postoperative dysphagia after cardiac surgery is unknown, it has been reported to occur in 3 to 21.6 per cent of patients. Historically, dysphagia has been associated with increased surgical complications and prolonged hospital stay. This study aimed to evaluate the costs and outcomes associated with dysphagia after cardiac surgery. Patients undergoing nonemergent, nontransplant cardiac operations between June 2013 and June 2014 were eligible for inclusion. Independent predictors of cost were identified through a multivariate linear regression model...
October 2016: American Surgeon
Fady Y Hijji, Dustin H Massel, Benjamin C Mayo, Ankur S Narain, William W Long, Krishna D Modi, Rory M Burke, Jeff Canar, Kern Singh
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis. OBJECTIVE: To compare perioperative costs and outcomes of patients undergoing single-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusions (ACDF) at both a service (orthopedic versus neurosurgical) and individual surgeon level. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Hospital systems are experiencing significant pressure to increase value of care by reducing costs while maintaining or improving patient-centered outcomes...
October 24, 2016: Spine
Thibaud Dumon, Inge Wegner, Neil Sperling, Wilko Grolman
OBJECTIVE: To compare the minimal skin punch incision without additional skin incision or soft tissue reduction with the epidermal flap technique and soft tissue reduction, for the implantation of percutaneous bone-anchored hearing devices. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Tertiary care referral center. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Two hundred seventeen patients underwent 220 implantations. Sixty five cases underwent implantation by means of a skin punch resection without soft tissue reduction (punch group) and 155 cases underwent epidermal flap and soft tissue reduction (dermatome group)...
October 21, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Hedwig Schroeck, Angela K Lyden, Wendy L Benedict, Satya Krishna Ramachandran
Background. Despite increasing adoption of active warming methods over the recent years, little is known about the effectiveness of these interventions on the occurrence of abnormal postoperative temperatures in sick infants. Methods. Preoperative and postoperative temperature readings, patient characteristics, and procedural factors of critically ill infants at a single institution were retrieved retrospectively from June 2006 until May 2014. The primary endpoints were the incidence and trend of postoperative hypothermia and hyperthermia on arrival at the intensive care units...
2016: Anesthesiology Research and Practice
Gianluca Lucchese, Lucia Rossetti, Giuseppe Faggian, Giovanni B Luciani
Temporary tricuspid valve detachment improves the operative view of certain congenital ventricular septal defects (VSDs), but its long-term effects on tricuspid valve function are still debated. From 2002 through 2012, we performed a prospective study of 68 children (mean age, 1.28 ± 1.01 yr) who underwent transatrial closure of VSDs following temporary tricuspid valve detachment. Sixty patients had conoventricular and 8 had mid-muscular VSDs. All were in sinus rhythm. Seventeen patients had systemic pulmonary artery pressures...
October 2016: Texas Heart Institute Journal
William B Weeks, William J Schoellkopf, Lyle S Sorensen, Andrew L Masica, Robert E Nesse, James N Weinstein
BACKGROUND: Broader use of value-based reimbursement models will require providers to transparently demonstrate health care value. We sought to determine and report cost and quality data for episodes of hip and knee arthroplasty surgery among 13 members of the High Value Healthcare Collaborative (HVHC), a consortium of health care systems interested in improving health care value. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective, cross-sectional observational cohort study of 30-day episodes of care for hip and knee arthroplasty in fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 or older who had hip or knee osteoarthritis and used 1 of 13 HVHC member systems for uncomplicated primary hip arthroplasty (N = 8853) or knee arthroplasty (N = 16,434), respectively, in 2012 or 2013...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Arthroplasty
J-C Kleiber, B Marlier, M Bannwarth, E Theret, P Peruzzi, F Litre
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this review was to evaluate the complications of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) for chronic pain. METHODS: This was a retrospective case series of 212 patients treated with SCS for chronic lower-limb neuropathic pain between March 2002 and February 2015 in a Reims academic hospital. All patients received a surgically implanted paddle-type electrode. Complications with this technique are here described and analyzed, and other treatment and preventative methods proposed...
October 21, 2016: Revue Neurologique
Daniel H Wiznia, Theodore Zaki, Julianna Maisano, Chang-Yeon Kim, Thomas M Halaszynski, Michael P Leslie
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The Affordable Care Act intended to "extend affordable coverage" and "ensure access" for vulnerable patient populations. This investigation examined whether the type of insurance (Medicaid, Medicare, Blue Cross, cash pay) carried by trauma patients influences access to pain management specialty care. METHODS: Investigators phoned 443 board-certified pain specialists, securing office visits with 235 pain physicians from 8 different states...
October 21, 2016: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Jochen Meyburg, Mona-Lisa Dill, Chani Traube, Gabrielle Silver, Rebecca von Haken
OBJECTIVE: Intensive care delirium is a substantial problem in adults. Intensive care delirium is increasingly recognized in pediatrics in parallel with the development of specific scoring systems for children. However, little is known about the fluctuating course of intensive care delirium in children after surgery and possible implications on diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. DESIGN: Patients that needed treatment in the PICU following elective surgery were screened for intensive care delirium with the Cornell Assessment of Pediatric Delirium...
October 21, 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Patrick J McCormick, Matthew A Levin, Hung-Mo Lin, Daniel I Sessler, David L Reich
BACKGROUND: We tested the hypothesis that an electronic alert for a "double low" of mean arterial pressure less than 75 mmHg and a bispectral index less than 45 reduces the primary outcome of 90-day mortality. METHODS: Adults having noncardiac surgery were randomized to receive either intraoperative alerts for double-low events or no alerts. Anesthesiologists were not blinded and not required to alter care based upon the alerts. The primary outcome was all-cause 90-day mortality...
October 24, 2016: Anesthesiology
Vivek Verma, Amy C Moreno, Steven H Lin
Radiation therapy (RT) as part of multidisciplinary oncologic care has been marked by profound advancements over the past decades. As part of multimodality therapy for esophageal cancer (EC), a prime goal of RT is to minimize not only treatment toxicities, but also postoperative complications and hospitalizations. Herein, discussion commences with the historical approaches to treating EC, including seminal trials supporting multimodality therapy. Subsequently, the impact of RT techniques, including three-dimensional conformal RT, intensity-modulated RT, and proton beam therapy, is examined through available data...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Clinical Medicine
Guillaume Passot, Delphine Vaudoyer, Laurent Villeneuve, Florent Wallet, Annie-Claude Beaujard, Gilles Boschetti, Pascal Rousset, Naoual Bakrin, Eddy Cotte, Olivier Glehen
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether a perioperative, standardized clinical pathway could impact the failure-to-rescue rate after cytoreductive surgery (CRS) for peritoneal carcinomatosis (PC) in a tertiary center. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Morbidity and mortality remain significant after CRS for PC. Clinical pathways have been associated with better outcomes after surgery. The failure-to-rescue rate is a useful metric for evaluating quality in surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study included 666 patients that received CRS for PC between 2009 and 2014...
April 11, 2016: Annals of Surgery
Hiba El Hage Chehade, Hannah Headon, Umar Wazir, Houssam Abtar, Abdul Kasem, Kefah Mokbel
BACKGROUND: Recent discussion has suggested that some cases of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) with high risk of invasive disease may require sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB). METHODS: Systematic literature review identified 48 studies (9,803 DCIS patients who underwent SLNB). Separate analyses for patients diagnosed preoperatively by core sampling and patients diagnosed postoperatively by specimen pathology were conducted to determine the percentage of patients with axillary nodal involvement...
September 6, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
Marc Licker, Wolfram Karenovics, John Diaper, Isabelle Frésard, Frédéric Triponez, Christoph Ellenberger, Raoul Schorer, Bengt Kayser, Pierre-Olivier Bridevaux
BACKGROUND: Impairment in aerobic fitness is a potential modifiable risk factor for postoperative complications. In this randomized controlled trial, we hypothesized that a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) program enhances cardiorespiratory fitness before lung cancer surgery and therefore reduces the risk of postoperative complications. METHODS: Patients with operable lung cancer were randomly assigned to usual care (UC, N=77) or preoperative rehabilitation based on HIIT (Rehab, N=74)...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
R Chrzan, W Panek, C F Kuijper, P Dik, A J Klijn, K de Mooij, T P V M de Jong
OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether children with lower urinary tract (LUT) anomalies are at greater risk for postoperative complications after laparoscopic pyeloplasty stented with a double-J catheter (JJC). METHODS: Prospectively collected data of laparoscopic pyeloplasty (LP) performed between 2006 and 2015 were analyzed. INCLUSION CRITERIA: 1) toilet-trained child and 2) unilateral dismembered pyeloplasty stented with a JJC done by the same surgeon...
October 19, 2016: Urology
Helena Logotheti, Chryssa Pourzitaki, Georgia Tsaousi, Zoi Aidoni, Artemis Vekrakou, Amaniti Ekaterini, Konstantinos Gourgoulianis
BACKGROUND: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) has been associated with major perioperative morbidities or mortalities, especially in surgical patients receiving general anesthesia. The severity of the COPD and the degree of bronchial hyperreactivity can determine the perioperative anesthetic risk; therefore they have to be assessed by a thorough preoperative evaluation in order to give the rationale on which to decide for optimum anesthetic management. OBJECTIVE: Aim of the study was to assess the predictive applicability of exhaled Nitric Oxide (NO) in smoking surgical population with COPD, on the basis of morbidity and mortality...
October 19, 2016: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
Prem N Ramkumar, Ton La, Evan Fisch, Peter D Fabricant, Alexander E White, Kristofer J Jones, Samuel A Taylor
PURPOSE: The purpose of this observational study of social media in sports medicine was to investigate and analyze the presence and shared content of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) patients, sports surgeons, and top orthopaedic hospitals on popular social media streams. METHODS: A search of 2 public domains (Instagram and Twitter) was performed over a 6-month period. ACL surgery ("#aclsurgery") was selected for the Instagram-based patient analysis after exclusion of veterinary ACL operations...
October 19, 2016: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
D Donegan, N Singh Ospina, R Rodriguez-Gutierrez, Z Al-Hilli, G B Thompson, B L Clarke, W F Young
BACKGROUND: In patients with multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN-1), pancreaticoduodenal (PD) neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) are associated with early mortality, yet, the best treatment strategy, remains uncertain. AIM: To assess patient important outcomes (mortality and metastasis) of PD NETs and predictors of outcomes in patients with MEN-1. METHODS: Retrospective cohort of patients with MEN-1 who attended the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN from 1997-2014...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Endocrinology
T Meng, Z Zhong, L Meng
Lumbar spinal surgery is most commonly performed under general anaesthesia. However, spinal anaesthesia has also been used. We aimed to systematically review the comparative evidence. We only included randomised, controlled trials in this meta-analysis and calculated the risk ratio or standardised mean difference for haemodynamics, blood loss, surgical time, analgesic requirement, nausea and/or vomiting, and length of hospital stay. Eight studies with a total of 625 patients were included. These were considered to be at high risk of bias...
October 22, 2016: Anaesthesia
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