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Paediatric and Anaesthetics

Anatole Vilhelm Wiik, Poonam Patel, Joanna Bovis, Adele Cowper, Philip Socrates Pastides, Alison Hulme, Stuart Evans, Charles Stewart
AIM: To determine if ketamine sedation is a safe and cost effective way of treating displaced paediatric radial and ulna fractures in the emergency department. METHODS: Following an agreed interdepartmental protocol, fractures of the radius and ulna (moderately to severely displaced) in children between the age of 2 and 16 years old, presenting within a specified 4 mo period, were manipulated in our paediatric emergency department. Verbal and written consent was obtained prior to procedural sedation to ensure parents were informed and satisfied to have ketamine...
March 18, 2018: World Journal of Orthopedics
Yang Liu, Weishuai Bian, Ping Liu, Xuefeng Zang, Xuyun Gu, Wei Chen
OBJECTIVES: Dexmedetomidine has been shown to decrease cardiac complications in adults undergoing cardiac surgery. Results from clinical trials of dexmedetomidine on outcomes following paediatric cardiac surgery are controversial. METHODS: We searched EMBASE, PubMed and Cochrane CENTRAL databases for randomized controlled trials comparing the effect of dexmedetomidine versus placebo or other anaesthetic drugs in paediatric patients undergoing cardiac surgery. The primary outcome was the duration of mechanical ventilation...
March 7, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Saurabh Mittal, Sachidanand Jee Bharati, Sushil K Kabra, Karan Madan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2018: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
L Pabla, J Duffin, L Flood, K Blackmore
BACKGROUND: Despite the plethora of publications on the subject of paediatric obstructive sleep apnoea, there seems to be wide variability in the literature and in practice, regarding recourse to surgery, the operation chosen, the benefits gained and post-operative management. This may reflect a lack of high-level evidence. METHODS: A systematic review of four significant controversies in paediatric ENT was conducted from the available literature: tonsillectomy versus tonsillotomy, focusing on the evidence base for each; anaesthetic considerations in paediatric obstructive sleep apnoea surgery; the objective evidence for the benefits of surgical treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea; and the medical treatment options for residual obstructive sleep apnoea after surgical treatment...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
C Gariel, B Cogniat, F-P Desgranges, D Chassard, L Bouvet
BACKGROUND: Medication errors are not uncommon in hospitalized patients. Paediatric patients may have increased risk for medication errors related to complexity of weight-based dosing calculations or problems with drug preparation and dilution. This study aimed to determine the incidence of medication errors in paediatric anaesthesia in a university paediatric hospital, and to identify their characteristics and potential predictive factors. METHODS: This prospective incident monitoring study was conducted between November 2015 and January 2016 in an exclusively paediatric surgical centre...
March 2018: British Journal of Anaesthesia
P J Lucas, D Patsios, K Walls, P Neville, P Harwood, J G Williams, J Sandy
Introduction Extraction of decayed teeth is the most common reason for UK children aged 5-9 years to receive a general anaesthetic. Inequalities in oral health are well recognised, but is under-explored in dental general anaesthesia (DGA).Methods Secondary analysis of routinely collected data from three local authorities in South West England was used to assess: 1) dental activities recorded for children <18 years attending NHS general dental practitioners (GDP); 2) the incidence rate of DGA and disease severity among <16-year-olds; and 3) individual and neighbourhood factors associated with higher rates of child DGA, and greater severity of disease...
February 9, 2018: British Dental Journal
Sanjib Das Adhikary, Ashlee Pruett, Mauricio Forero, Venkatesan Thiruvenkatarajan
Post-operative pain after minimally invasive video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) in adults is commonly managed with oral and parenteral opioids and invasive regional techniques such as thoracic epidural blockade. Emerging research has shown that the novel erector spinae plane (ESP) block, can be employed as a simple and safe alternative analgesic technique for acute post-surgical, post-traumatic and chronic neuropathic thoracic pain in adults. We illustrate this by presenting a paediatric case of VATS, in which an ESP block provided better analgesia, due to greater dermatomal coverage, as well as reduced side-effects when compared with a thoracic epidural that had previously been employed on the same patient for a similar procedure on the opposite side...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
S Suresh, G S De Oliveira
BACKGROUND: The knowledge regarding appropriate dosage of local anaesthetics for peripheral nerve blocks in children is very scarce. The main objective of the current investigation was to evaluate dosing patterns of local anaesthetics in children receiving peripheral nerve blocks across multiple paediatric hospitals in the USA. We also sought to estimate the incidence of local anaesthetic systemic toxicity. METHODS: This is an observational study using the Pediatric Regional Anesthesia Network (PRAN) database...
February 2018: British Journal of Anaesthesia
V Jayanetti, A I Klistorner, S L Graham, M Dexter, M P Flaherty, K Jones, F A Billson, M Wilson, K North, J R Grigg, C L Fraser
Monitoring optic nerve sheath meningiomas (ONSM) in Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) patients remains difficult. Other ocular manifestations of NF2 may obscure ophthalmic assessment of optic nerve function in these patients. Serial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) used to assess the optic nerve is not without limitations, being expensive and often requiring general anaesthetic in children, with associated risks. This study was undertaken to describe the use of multifocal visual evoked potentials (multifocal VEP, mfVEP) in the regular monitoring of NF2 patients with ONSM...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Nolwenn Febvre
An association of caregivers carried out several actions to combat children's anxiety in paediatric surgery, including anaesthetic masks to cover in stickers, a tactile application on the operating pathway and a cuddly toy in the recovery room. These tools help children at the moment of being separated from their parents and all along their care pathway. They also encourage caregivers to adjust their practices to improve the care provided to the families.
January 2018: Soins. Pédiatrie, Puériculture
Andrie C Westerkamp, A Fred de Geus, Bouwe Molenbuur, Peter Meyer, J K Götz Wietasch, Michel M R F Struys, Herman G D Hendriks
BACKGROUND: Comparisons of peri-operative complications associated with paediatric (≤16 years) and adult anaesthesia are poorly available, especially in which cardiac surgery, organ transplantation and neurosurgery are involved. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the nature and incidence of peri-operative complications that might be due to anaesthesia and to identify independent risk factors for complications in children and adults, including those undergoing cardiac surgery, organ transplantation and neurosurgery...
January 13, 2018: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
Sam Nahas, Anne McKirdy, Arjuna Imbuldeniya
A 24-year-old woman who was 24 weeks pregnant presented to the emergency department with septic shock and an elbow wound that had become infected. She sustained an injury to the tip of the right elbow on a light switch 4 days prior. In the space of 1 day, she developed a necrotising soft tissue infection, which was rapidly spread to the forearm with florid sepsis. Her initial serum C reactive protein was 392 mg/L, and white cell count was 32×109/L. The patient was treated promptly with aggressive surgical debridement and broad-spectrum antibiotics...
January 6, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Mohammed A A Alhassan, Fathelrahman E Ahmed, Abdolmoneim A Bannaga
This was a prospective, descriptive, cross sectional study that was conducted in 9 major paediatric hospitals accredited for training of residents in Sudan to assess the knowledge, attitude and practice of residents in paediatrics on issues related to pain assessment and pain management in children A semi-structured and validated questionnaire was distributed to 174 residents working in these hospitals. One hundred and twenty residents, out of 174, responded by filling the questionnaire, with a response rate of 68%...
2017: Sudanese Journal of Paediatrics
Noemi Romagnoli, Carlotta Lambertini, Domenico Ventrella, Dario Floriano, Alberto Elmi, Francesca Barone, Maria L Bacci
OBJECTIVE: To describe the ultrasound (US) evaluation of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal tracts in piglets and to evaluate the feasibility of the ultrasound guided spinal catheter placement in newborn and paediatric piglets. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective experimental study. ANIMALS: A total of two piglet cadavers (age, 7 and 14 days) and eight commercial crossbreed piglets divided into four groups according to age: 7 (P7), 14 (P14), 21 (P21) and 28 (P28) days...
November 2017: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
N A Chambers, A Ramgolam, D Sommerfield, G Zhang, T Ledowski, M Thurm, M Lethbridge, M Hegarty, B S von Ungern-Sternberg
Cuffed tracheal tubes are increasingly used in paediatric anaesthetic practice. This study compared tidal volume and leakage around cuffed and uncuffed tracheal tubes in children who required standardised mechanical ventilation of their lungs in the operating theatre. Children (0-16 years) undergoing elective surgery requiring tracheal intubation were randomly assigned to receive either a cuffed or an uncuffed tracheal tube. Assessments were made at five different time-points: during volume-controlled ventilation 6 ml...
November 23, 2017: Anaesthesia
Flavia A De Orange, Rebeca Gac Andrade, Andrea Lemos, Paulo Sgn Borges, José N Figueiroa, Pete G Kovatsis
BACKGROUND: Since the introduction of endotracheal intubation in paediatrics, uncuffed endotracheal tubes (ETTs) have been the standard of care for children under eight years old, based on the presumption that complications, particularly postoperative stridor, are higher with cuffed ETTs. The major disadvantages of uncuffed ETTs cited for this shift in procedure include the difficulty in achieving tidal volumes due to leakage around an uncuffed ETT. To seal the airway adequately, uncuffed tubes may need to be exchanged for another tube with a larger diameter, which sometimes requires several attempts before the appropriate size is found...
November 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Mentore Vaccari, Terry Tudor, Andrea Perteghella
Given rising spend on the provision of healthcare services, the sustainable management of waste from healthcare facilities is increasingly becoming a focus as a means of reducing public health risks and financial costs. Using data on per capita healthcare spend at the national level, as well as a case study of a hospital in Italy, this study examined the relationship between trends in waste generation and the associated costs of managing the waste. At the national level, healthcare spend as a percentage of gross domestic product positively correlated with waste arisings...
November 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
C Romero Leguizamon, A Osorio Castaño, C Guarin Morales, L Neira Cifuentes
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 1, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
Stefan Lillieborg, Leif Aanderud
The lidocaine-prilocaine cream (EMLA(TM)) effectively reduces the pain from debridement of chronic leg ulcers. Studies have demonstrated that when applied to leg ulcers, plasma concentrations of the local anaesthetics are well below the threshold for CNS toxicity. However, there are minimal pharmacokinetic data available from EMLA application to burn wounds. This study evaluated EMLA cream for debridement of burns with regard to plasma concentrations of lidocaine and prilocaine, and reviewed the published literature on safety and efficacy of lidocaine-prilocaine applied epicutaneously to burns...
2017: International Journal of Burns and Trauma
Zeynep Nur Orhon, Emine Nursen Koltka, Sevil Tüfekçi, Çiğdem Buldağ, Alperen Kısa, Çiğdem Ulukaya Durakbaşa, Melek Çelik
Objective: Methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) deficiency is an autosomal recessive disorder that results in increased homocysteine levels in the body. Hyperhomocysteinemia causes a predisposition to venous and arterial thrombosis and ischaemic insults. The incidence of the deficiency is around 40% in some countries. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the effects of anaesthetic agents in children with MTHFR deficiency. Methods: Twelve paediatric patients with an MTHFR enzyme deficiency who underwent surgery in a ten-month period in a single centre were retrospectively evaluated...
October 2017: Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation
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