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Ashequl M Islam, Gaurav Alreja, Jaya Mallidi, Mohammed Ziaul Hoque, Jennifer Friderici
OBJECTIVE: To assess feasibility, safety, and patient satisfaction of same-day discharge (SD) following peripheral arterial interventions. BACKGROUND: Although diagnostic angiography is routinely performed as a same-day procedure, same-day percutaneous trans-luminal angioplasty is less common. Because there is very low incidence of peri-procedural complications after 4 hr, discharge after this window is possible provided the patient is able to ambulate and has necessary social support...
March 14, 2018: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Robert M Van Haren, Reza J Mehran, Arlene M Correa, Mara B Antonoff, Carla M Baker, Ta Charra Woodard, Wayne L Hofstetter, Gabriel E Mena, Jack A Roth, Boris Sepesi, Stephen G Swisher, Ara A Vaporciyan, Garrett L Walsh, David C Rice
BACKGROUND: Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) pathways aim to improve postoperative recovery through evidence-based practices including early ambulation, multimodal opioid-sparing analgesia, and reduction of surgical stress. The purpose of this study was to evaluate outcomes following implementation of ERAS in patients undergoing resection for pulmonary malignancy. METHODS: A retrospective review compared outcomes for patients undergoing pulmonary resection for primary lung cancer...
March 9, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Rashida H Woods, Manish Shah, Cara Doughty, Anthony Gilchrest
OBJECTIVES: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released draft recommendations in 2010 on the safe transport of children in ground ambulances. The purpose of this study was to assess awareness of these guidelines among emergency medical service (EMS) agencies and to identify implementation barriers. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional, anonymous online survey of 911-responding, ground transport EMS agencies in Texas. Demographics, modes of transport based on case scenarios, and barriers to implementation were assessed...
March 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
Keibun Liu, Takayuki Ogura, Kunihiko Takahashi, Mitsunobu Nakamura, Hiroaki Ohtake, Kenji Fujiduka, Emi Abe, Hitoshi Oosaki, Dai Miyazaki, Hiroyuki Suzuki, Mitsuaki Nishikimi, Alan Kawarai Lefor, Takashi Mato
Background: There are numerous barriers to early mobilization (EM) in a resource-limited intensive care unit (ICU) without a specialized team or an EM culture, regarding patient stability while critically ill or in the presence of medical devices. We hypothesized that ICU physicians can overcome these barriers. The aim of this study was to investigate the safety of EM according to the Maebashi EM protocol conducted by ICU physicians. Methods: This was a single-center prospective observational study...
2018: Journal of Intensive Care
Khalid H Kurtom, Wendy S Towers
BACKGROUND: Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MITLIF) is a well-described procedure with excellent reported outcomes. A modification of interbody graft placement can potentially improve the ease and safety of this procedure. OBJECTIVE: To describe a modification of the MITLIF graft placement and retrospectively review our experience including intraoperative and postoperative complications. METHODS: Single surgeon, single institution, retrospective analysis of consecutive patients who underwent a modified MITLIF technique between November 2011 and December 2013...
February 16, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
Christopher M Wilson, Christina L Mitchell, Katherine M Hebert
Cerebellar stroke increases the risk of extensive physical disability and long-term institutionalization. The purpose of this case report is to describe the 14-month longitudinal rehabilitation management and outcomes from the intensive care unit, inpatient rehabilitation unit and outpatient care of a patient after cerebellar stroke. A goal of this case report is to provide rehabilitation clinicians with a long-term perspective and understanding of the course of recovery for a patient after cerebellar cerebrovascular accident or related injury...
December 14, 2017: Curēus
S Wilk, L Siegl, K Siegl, C Hohenstein
BACKGROUND: In an analysis of a critical incident reporting system (CIRS) in out-of-hospital emergency medicine, it was demonstrated that in 30% of cases deficient communication led to a threat to patients; however, the analysis did not show what exactly the most dangerous work processes are. Current research shows the impact of poor communication on patient safety. OBJECTIVES: An out-of-hospital workflow analysis collects data about key work processes and risk areas...
February 5, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
Elisabeth M H Mathus-Vliegen, Karin van der Vliet, Inge J Wignand-van der Storm, John S Stadwijk
BACKGROUND: Because of its volume, adequate bowel preparation remains problematic in physically unfit patients. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to compare a small-volume sodium picosulfate/magnesium citrate preparation with a 2-L ascorbic acid-enriched polyethylene glycol solution plus bisacodyl. DESIGN: This study has a noninferiority design, assuming that ascorbic acid-enriched polyethylene glycol solution plus bisacodyl is 70% efficacious in achieving an Ottawa score ≤7 and accepting a difference in success rate of <15% with a target enrollment of 146 patients per group...
February 2018: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
Nigel Barr, Mark Holmes, Anne Roiko, Peter Dunn, Bill Lord
This study explored the self-reported behaviors and perceptions of Australian paramedics in relation to their environmental hygiene practices. A national online survey was conducted with Paramedics Australasia members (N = 417). Participants reported working in ambulances often contaminated with body fluids. Widespread noncompliance with routine and deep cleaning of ambulances, and misunderstandings about environmental hygiene practices were apparent. Improvements to environmental hygiene practices of Australian paramedics are recommended to avoid pathogen transmission and ensure patient safety...
January 3, 2018: American Journal of Infection Control
Klara Torlén, Lisa Kurland, Maaret Castrén, Knut Olanders, Katarina Bohm
BACKGROUND: Emergency medical dispatching should be as accurate as possible in order to ensure patient safety and optimize the use of ambulance resources. This study aimed to compare the accuracy, measured as priority level, between two Swedish dispatch protocols - the three-graded priority protocol Medical Index and a newly developed prototype, the four-graded priority protocol, RETTS-A. METHODS: A simulation study was carried out at the Emergency Medical Communication Centre (EMCC) in Stockholm, Sweden, between October and March 2016...
December 29, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Ritvij Bowry, James C Grotta
Ischemic stroke results from blocked arteries in the brain, with earlier thrombolysis with intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) and/or mechanical thrombectomy resulting in improved clinical outcomes. Mobile Stroke Unit (MSU) can speed up the treatment with tPA and facilitate faster triage for patients to hospitals for mechanical thrombectomy. The first registry-based MSU study in Germany demonstrated faster treatment times with tPA using a MSU, a higher proportion of patients being treated within the first "golden hour," and a suggestion of improved 3-month clinical outcomes...
December 2017: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Zvonimir Krajcer, Venkatesh G Ramaiah, Esteban A Henao, D Chris Metzger, Wayne K Nelson, Mohammed M Moursi, Hiranya A Rajasinghe, Raed Al-Dallow, Larry E Miller
PURPOSE: To determine the feasibility, perioperative resource utilization, and safety of a fast-track endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) protocol in well-selected patients. METHODS: Between October 2014 and May 2016, the LIFE (Least Invasive Fast-track EVAR) registry ( identifier NCT02224794) enrolled 250 patients (mean age 73±8 years; 208 men) in a fast-track EVAR protocol comprised of bilateral percutaneous access using the 14-F Ovation stent-graft, no general anesthesia, no intensive care unit (ICU) admission, and next-day discharge...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
Geoffrey C Casazza, Christian A Bowers, Joel D MacDonald, William T Couldwell, Clough Shelton, Richard K Gurgel
OBJECTIVE: The benefit of routine chemical prophylaxis use for venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention in skull base surgery is controversial. Chemical prophylaxis can prevent undue morbidity and mortality, however there are risks for hemorrhagic complications. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case-control. METHODS: A retrospective chart review of patients who underwent surgery for vestibular schwannoma from 2011 to 2016 was performed. Patients were divided by receipt of chemical VTE prophylaxis...
February 2018: Otology & Neurotology
Arina J Ten Cate-Hoek, Elham E Amin, Annemieke C Bouman, Karina Meijer, Lidwine W Tick, Saskia Middeldorp, Guy J M Mostard, Marije Ten Wolde, Simone M van den Heiligenberg, Sanne van Wissen, Marlène Hw van de Poel, Sabina Villalta, Erik H Serné, Hans-Martin Otten, Edith H Klappe, Ingrid M Bistervels, Mandy N Lauw, Margriet Piersma-Wichers, Paolo Prandoni, Manuela A Joore, Martin H Prins, Hugo Ten Cate
BACKGROUND: Therapy with elastic compression stockings has been the cornerstone for prevention of post-thrombotic syndrome for decades in patients after acute deep venous thrombosis. It is uncertain who benefits most from therapy, and what the optimum duration of therapy should be. We therefore aimed to assess the safety and efficacy of individualised duration of compression therapy versus the standard duration of 24 months following an initial treatment period of 6 months. METHODS: We did a multicentre, randomised, single-blind, allocation-concealed, non-inferiority trial at 12 hospitals in the Netherlands and two in Italy...
January 2018: Lancet Haematology
Elizabeth Russell Esposito, Delbert H Lipe, Christopher A Rábago
BACKGROUND: Walking in high heels presents biomechanical challenges, yet they remain part of many women's attire. However, women with a lower limb amputation are limited in available footwear options. Case description and methods: This case study is in response to one patient's assertion that she walked better and more symmetrically in heels than flat shoes with her below-knee prosthesis. She underwent gait analysis in athletic shoes and 10-cm stiletto high heels worn with a pediatric running foot to determine if these claims could be substantiated through biomechanical measures...
November 1, 2017: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
Zhuqing Rao, Haoming Zhou, Xiongxiong Pan, Jing Chen, Yuting Wang, Zhongyun Wang, Zhengnian Ding
BACKGROUND: Postoperative pain impairs enhanced recovery in patients after various surgeries. Local use of ropivacaine has become an effective strategy for postoperative pain management. The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness and safety of wound infiltration with ropivacaine for postoperative analgesia as a fast-track approach in patients undergoing thoracotomy surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty adult patients with esophageal cancer scheduled for selective thoracotomy surgery were enrolled in this double-blind, randomized, controlled study...
December 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
Olly Bannon, Emma Greenwood
: In recent years the RVH Emergency Department (ED) had been under intense pressure and public scrutiny. This led to a demoralised workforce who had become disengaged with quality improvement (QI). QI projects had become an exercise in data collection with little focus on improving care for patients.Two consultants undertook training in QI and then decided to develop a QI project aiming to empower staff and embed QI as daily practice. An ED QI steering group of interested multidisciplinary members was formed and devised an improvement plan to increase staff engagement with QI...
December 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
James Vassallo, Jason Smith
INTRODUCTION: Triage, the process of prioritising patients on the basis of clinical acuity, is a key principle in the effective management of a major incident. The overall effectiveness of the triage process is not only a balance between identifying those who need or don't need a life-saving intervention, but also those who are under or over-triaged as either incorrectly needing/not needing intervention. The primary aim of this study was to describe the implications of under-triage using existing major incident triage tools, including the 2013 National Ambulance Resilience Unit (NARU) Sieve...
December 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Valluvan Jeevanandam, Tae Song, David Onsager, Takeyoshi Ota, Colleen Juricek LaBuhn, Thomas Lammy, Gabriel Sayer, Gene Kim, Sonna Patel-Raman, Nir Uriel
BACKGROUND: The intravascular ventricular assist system (iVAS) is a new, minimally invasive, ambulatory counterpulsation heart assist system delivered via the subclavian artery and powered by a portable driver. It is designed for recovery, bridge to transplantation (BTT) or for prolonging medical therapy. We report the first-in-human (FIH) experience with iVAS. METHODS: This is a prospective, non-randomized single arm, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved early feasibility trial in patients listed for cardiac transplantation...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Christopher T Bowles, Rachel Hards, Neil Wrightson, Paul Lincoln, Shishir Kore, Laura Marley, Jonathan R Dalzell, Binu Raj, Tracey A Baker, Diane Goodwin, Petra Carroll, Jane Pateman, John J M Black, Paul Kattenhorn, Mark Faulkner, Jayan Parameshwar, Charles Butcher, Mark Mason, Alexander Rosenberg, Ian McGovern, Alexander Weymann, Carl Gwinnutt, Nicholas R Banner, Stephan Schueler, Andre R Simon, David W Pitcher
Advances in left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy have resulted in increasing numbers of adult LVAD recipients in the community. However, device failure, stroke, bleeding, LVAD thrombosis and systemic infection can be life-threatening emergencies. Currently, four LVAD systems are implanted in six UK transplant centres, each of which provides device-specific information to local emergency services. This has resulted in inconsistent availability and content of information with the risks of delayed or inappropriate decision-making...
December 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
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