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Barry A Finegan, Daniel Roblin, Fadi Hammal
Quality problem: For smokers, hospital admission is accompanied by forced involuntary nicotine abstinence due to smoke-free site/grounds policies. An audit of patients admitted to our surgical wards revealed that identification of smoking status was inadequate and that nicotine addiction management (NAM) was infrequently offered. The project aimed to enhance both these metrics by initiating NAM in the post anesthesia care unit (PACU). Initial assessment: Out of 744 patients admitted to our PACU in August 2015, 54% had their smoking status documented...
March 14, 2018: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Michael A Mazzeffi, John M See, Brittney Williams, Justin Richards, Darin Zimmerman, Samuel Galvagno, Magali Fontaine, Kenichi Tanaka
BACKGROUND: Red blood cell (RBC) transfusion can be life-saving; however, the risks of RBC transfusion have been increasingly recognized, and current guidelines recommend restrictive transfusion in most patients. We hypothesized that RBC transfusions are decreasing in surgical patients. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: A retrospective review of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database was performed from 2011 to 2015. Index cases in five surgical specialties were studied: neurosurgery, thoracic surgery, gynecologic surgery, orthopedic surgery, and vascular surgery...
March 14, 2018: Transfusion
Valerio Pace, Omar Farooqi, James Kennedy, Chang Park, Joseph Cowan
As a tertiary referral centre of spinal surgery, the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) handles hundreds of spinal cases a year, often with complex pathology and complex care needs. Despite this, issues were raised at the RNOH following lack of sufficient documentation of preoperative and postoperative clinical findings in spinal patients undergoing major surgery. This is not in keeping with guidelines provided by the Royal College of Surgeons. The authors believe that a standardised clerking pro forma for surgical spinal patients admitted to RNOH would improve the quality of care provided...
March 14, 2018: Postgraduate Medical Journal
Bente T Jensen, Susanne V Lauridsen, Jørgen B Jensen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Whether prehabilitation in radical cystectomy adds to the effort of reducing postoperative morbidity and impairments in the survivorship phase has until recently received limited attention. This narrative review aims to summarize the current evidence base on prehabilitaion interventions focusing on the efficacy of procedure-specific interventions and the influence on postoperative outcomes. RECENT FINDINGS: Given the oncological risk, there is a relative short window to intervene and proactively optimize the patient before radical cystectomy...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Urology
Eligijus Poskus, Marius Kryzauskas, Tomas Poskus, Saulius Mikalauskas, Narimantas Evaldas Samalavicius, Oleg Aliosin, Sarunas Dailidenas, Algimantas Tamelis, Zilvinas Saladzinskas, Paulius Lizdenis, Audrone Jakaitiene, Giedre Smailyte, Kestutis Strupas
PURPOSE: To compare perioperative colorectal cancer care and survival in patient cohorts operated in 2005 and in 2010 in Lithuania. METHODS: Comparative observational cohort study was performed. The study was conducted in the three Lithuanian cancer hospitals. Patients, who underwent curative surgery for colorectal cancer in 2005 and 2010, were included. Demographic characteristics, distribution of the tumors, preoperative diagnostics and staging, surgical treatment, the quality of pathological examination, morbidity, and mortality were analyzed...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
Tim G Coulson, Brian Gregson, Stephen Sandys, Samer A M Nashef, Stephen T Webb, Michael Bailey, Christopher M Reid, David Pilcher
OBJECTIVES: Cardiac surgical risk models predict mortality preoperatively, whereas intensive care unit (ICU) models predict mortality postoperatively. Finding a large difference between the 2 (an acute risk change [ARC]) may reflect an alteration in the status of the patient related to the surgery. An adverse ARC was associated with morbidity and mortality in an Australian population. The aims of this study were to validate ARC in a UK population and to investigate the possible mechanisms behind ARC...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Anders Odgaard, Frank Madsen, Per Wagner Kristensen, Andreas Kappel, Jesper Fabrin
BACKGROUND: Controversy exists over the surgical treatment for severe patellofemoral osteoarthritis. We therefore wished to compare the outcome of patellofemoral arthroplasty (PFA) with TKA in a blinded randomized controlled trial. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: In the first 2 years after surgery: (1) Does the overall gain in quality of life differ between the implants based on the area under the curve of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) versus time? (2) Do patients obtain a better quality of life at specific points in time after PFA than after TKA? (3) Do patients get a better range of movement after PFA than after TKA? (4) Does PFA result in more complications than TKA? METHODS: Patients were eligible if they had debilitating symptoms and isolated patellofemoral disease...
January 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Pragya Ajitsaria, Sabry Z Eissa, Ross K Kerridge
Purpose of Review: The central question of preoperative assessment is not "What can be done?" but "What should be done and how?" Predicting a patient's risk of unwanted outcomes is vital to answering this question. This review discusses risk prediction tools currently available and anticipates future developments. Recent Findings: Simple, parsimonious risk scales and scores are being replaced by complex risk prediction models as high-capacity information systems become ubiquitous...
2018: Current Anesthesiology Reports
Fernando Domínguez-Navarro, Celedonia Igual-Camacho, Antonio Silvestre-Muñoz, Sergio Roig-Casasús, José María Blasco
BACKGOUND: Balance and proprioceptive deficits are frequently persistent after total joint replacement, limiting functionality and involving altered movement patterns and difficulties in walking and maintaining postural control among patients. RESEARCH QUESTION: The goal of this systematic review was to evaluate the short- and mid-term effects of proprioceptive and balance training for patients undergoing total knee and hip replacement. METHODS: This is a systematic review of literature...
March 5, 2018: Gait & Posture
Brittany N Krekeler, Elizabeth Wendt, Cameron Macdonald, Jason Orne, David O Francis, Rebecca Sippel, Nadine P Connor
Importance: It is important that clinicians understand consequences of thyoridectomy on swallowing from the patient perspective to better care for this population. Objective: Using rigorous qualitative methodology, this study set out to characterize the effect of swallowing-related symptoms after thyroidectomy on patient quality of life and swallowing-related outcomes. Design, Setting, and Participants: Prospective, grounded theory analysis of interviews with 26 patients at 3 time points after thyroidectomy (2 weeks, 6 weeks, and 6 months) Data were collected from an ongoing clinical trial (NCT02138214), and outpatient interviews were conducted at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics...
March 8, 2018: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Taylor J Jackson, Burt Yaszay, Joshua M Pahys, Anuj Singla, Firoz Miyanji, Suken A Shah, Paul D Sponseller, Peter O Newton, John M Flynn, Patrick J Cahill
BACKGROUND: For large scoliosis, 2 strategies to maximize correction include intraoperative traction and/or anterior release. It is unclear which patients will benefit the most form either approach. The purpose of our study is to compare the radiographic, perioperative clinical outcomes, and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) outcomes of 2 approaches when used in severe neuromuscular scoliosis in the setting of cerebral palsy (CP). METHODS: In total, 23 patients with minimum 2-year follow-up, major curves ≥100 degrees, and in whom treatment included posterior spinal fusion were evaluated...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Karen J Riemenschneider
Prevention of hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs) remains a crucial clinical challenge especially for those patients undergoing surgery. The purpose of this project was to examine whether a 5-layer silicone foam dressing applied to the sacrum of patients undergoing vascular surgery decreased the occurrence of sacral pressure injuries and to explore participant characteristics associated with the development of operating room (OR)-related pressure injuries. A pre-/postintervention design, quality improvement project in a convenience sample of 81 patients undergoing vascular surgery, in a 700-bed level I trauma acute care setting, in the Northeastern United States...
March 2018: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
Emil Osman Thybo Karanfil, Ann Merete Møller
INTRODUCTION: Post-operative pulmonary complications are a common cause of morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing heart surgery. The aim of this systematic review was to determine if preoperative inspiratory muscle training could prevent the development of pneumonia and atelectasis in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) or heart valve surgery. METHODS: Systematic searches were performed in MEDLINE, Embase and the Cochrane Library. The included studies compared the development of pneumonia and atelectasis in CABG patients or heart valve surgery patients who were prescribed either preoperative inspiratory muscle training or usual care...
March 2018: Danish Medical Journal
Olivier Y Gauthier-Kwan, Johanna S Dobransky, Geoffrey F Dervin
BACKGROUND: Outpatient total knee arthroplasty (TKA) has been made possible with advances in perioperative care and standardized clinical inpatient pathways. While many studies report on benefits of outpatient programs, none explore patient-reported outcome measures. As such, our goals were to compare the short-term quality of recovery; highlight postdischarge hospital resources utilization; and report on 2-year functional outcomes scores. METHODS: This was a prospective comparative cohort study of 43 inpatients (43 TKAs) and 43 outpatients (43 TKAs) operated on by a single surgeon between September 28, 2010 and May 5, 2015...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Arthroplasty
Mauricio Plata, Daniela Robledo, Alejandra Bravo-Balado, Juan Carlos Castaño, Catalina Osorio, Milton Salazar, Juan Guillermo Velásquez, Carlos Gustavo Trujillo, Juan Ignacio Caicedo, Juan Guillermo Cataño
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: We report our experience with the Remeex system™ in women with recurrent stress urinary incontinence (SUI) or intrinsic sphincter deficiency (ISD). METHODS: A multicenter retrospective study was conducted in women who underwent an adjustable sling procedure between 2011 and 2016. We used urodynamic studies (UDS) preoperatively and the International Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire-Short Form (ICIQ-SF) and cough stress test (CST) pre- and postoperatively...
March 3, 2018: International Urogynecology Journal
Jason D Wright, Laura J Havrilesky, David E Cohn, Yongmei Huang, Jill Rathbun, Laurel W Rice, Carol L Brown, Ronald D Alvarez, Emily M Ko
OBJECTIVE: To design an endometrial cancer (EC) alternative payment (ECAP) model focused on surgical management of EC, as well as identify drivers of cost in order to develop opportunities for cost-savings while maintaining quality of care. METHODS: National practice patterns and reimbursements were compared between private payers (MarketScan data, years 2009-13) and public payers (Medicare, year 2014) of EC patients who underwent hysterectomy. An episode of care for EC included the hysterectomy, stratified by surgical approach (laparotomy versus robotic versus laparoscopy), and in- and outpatient reimbursements from 30days preoperatively to 60days postoperatively...
February 26, 2018: Gynecologic Oncology
Yoshio Oka, Kaoru Okada, Hideki Nagata, Shinichi Yoshioka, Shigeyuki Ueshima, Naozumi Higaki, Hirohito Hayashida, Riichiro Nezu
Palliative surgery for advanced gastric cancer with serious symptoms such as hemorrhage or obstruction may be meaningful in the point of improving quality of life(QOL). However, the meaning of palliative gastrojejunostomy for unresectable gastric cancer with obstruction is controversial. We retrospectively evaluated the effectiveness of gastrojejunostomy for unresectable gastric cancer with obstruction using preoperative inflammatory biomarkers. Blood lymphocyte monocyte ratio(LMR), neu- trophill ymphocyte ratio(NLR)and C-reactive protein/albumin ratio(CAR)were analyzed as inflammatory biomarkers in this study...
February 2018: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Kimmo T Murto, Wesley Chen, Sherri L Katz, Deborah A Schwengel, Lisa M Elden, Kumar G Belani, David Gozal
Recent concerns have been raised about the quality and safety of adenotonsillectomy, a common surgery performed to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in children. OSA is a risk factor for opioid-related perioperative respiratory complications including those associated with anoxic brain injury or death. Our objective was to identify controversial issues related to the care of children with OSA. A standardized Delphi consensus technique involving an interdisciplinary group of 24 pediatric OSA experts identified 3 key issues: "postoperative disposition, preoperative screening, and pain management...
February 23, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Rebecca L Achey, Erin Yamamoto, Daniel Sexton, Christine Hammer, Bryan S Lee, Robert S Butler, Nicolas R Thompson, Sean J Nagel, Andre G Machado, Darlene A Lobel
OBJECTIVE Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an effective therapy for movement disorders such as idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD) and essential tremor (ET). However, some patients who demonstrate benefit on objective motor function tests do not experience postoperative improvement in depression or anxiety, 2 important components of quality of life (QOL). Thus, to examine other possible explanations for the lack of a post-DBS correlation between improved objective motor function and decreased depression or anxiety, the authors investigated whether patient perceptions of motor symptom severity might contribute to disease-associated depression and anxiety...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
Lene Seibæk, Dorthe Hjort Jakobsen, Claus Høgdall
OBJECTIVE: Quality of preoperative and postoperative care is crucial to improve postoperative outcome of cancer surgery and to ensure that neither complications nor a poor general condition delays any subsequent radiochemotherapy or recovery. On this background, the Danish Gynecological Cancer Database (DGCD) established a nursing database in 2011. The aim of DGCD Nursing is to monitor the quality of preoperative and postoperative care and to generate data for research. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In accordance with the current data protection legislation, real-time data are entered by clinical nurses at all national cancer centers...
February 22, 2018: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
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