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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704250/abnormal-calcium-levels-during-trauma-resuscitation-are-associated-with-increased-mortality-increased-blood-product-use-and-greater-hospital-resource-consumption-a-pilot-investigation
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Emily J MacKay, Michael D Stubna, Daniel N Holena, Patrick M Reilly, Mark J Seamon, Brian P Smith, Lewis J Kaplan, Jeremy W Cannon
BACKGROUND: Admission hypocalcemia predicts both massive transfusion and mortality in severely injured patients. However, the effect of calcium derangements during resuscitation remains unexplored. We hypothesize that any hypocalcemia or hypercalcemia (either primary or from overcorrection) in the first 24 hours after severe injury is associated with increased mortality. METHODS: All patients at our institution with massive transfusion protocol activation from January 2013 through December 2014 were identified...
July 10, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700540/clinical-and-radiological-presentations-and-management-of-blunt-splenic-trauma-a-single-tertiary-hospital-experience
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Gaby Jabbour, Ammar Al-Hassani, Ayman El-Menyar, Husham Abdelrahman, Ruben Peralta, Mohammed Ellabib, Hisham Al-Jogol, Mohammed Asim, Hassan Al-Thani
BACKGROUND Splenic injury is the leading cause of major bleeding after blunt abdominal trauma. We examined the clinical and radiological presentations, management, and outcome of blunt splenic injuries (BSI) in our institution. MATERIAL AND METHODS A retrospective study of BSI patients between 2011 and 2014 was conducted. We analyzed and compared management and outcome of different splenic injury grades in trauma patients. RESULTS A total of 191 BSI patients were identified with a mean (SD) age of 26.9 years (13...
July 12, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698337/protocol-for-a-multicentre-randomised-feasibility-study-evaluating-the-impact-of-a-prognostic-model-for-management-of-blunt-chest-wall-trauma-patients-stumbl-trial
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Ceri Battle, Zoe Abbott, Hayley A Hutchings, Claire Oâ Neill, Sam Groves, Alan Watkins, Fiona E Lecky, Sally Jones, James Gagg, Richard Body, Philip A Evans
INTRODUCTION: A new prognostic model has been developed and externally validated, the aim of which is to assist in the management of the blunt chest wall trauma patient in the emergency department (ED). A definitive randomised controlled trial (impact trial) is required to assess the clinical and cost effectiveness of the new model before it can be accepted in clinical practice. The purpose of this trial is to assess the feasibility and acceptability of such a definitive trial and inform its design...
July 10, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684079/a-comparison-of-base-deficit-and-vital-signs-in-the-early-assessment-of-patients-with-penetrating-trauma-in-a-high-burden-setting
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Mark Peter Dunham, Benn Sartorius, Grant Llewellyn Laing, John Lambert Bruce, Damian Luiz Clarke
INTRODUCTION: An assessment of physiological status is a key step in the early assessment of trauma patients with implications for triage, investigation and management. This has traditionally been done using vital signs. Previous work from large European trauma datasets has suggested that base deficit (BD) predicts clinically important outcomes better than vital signs (VS). A BD derived classification of haemorrhagic shock appeared superior to one based on VS derived from ATLS criteria in a population of predominantly blunt trauma patients...
June 20, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669694/epidemiology-of-preoperative-hematologic-assessment-of-children-cared-for-in-a-pediatric-emergency-department
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Christopher Woll, P Brian Smith, James Walter Fox
OBJECTIVE: To assess frequency of preoperative hematologic testing in a tertiary care pediatric emergency department (PED) and how often these values predict clinical outcome or change management decisions. METHODS: Single-center retrospective cohort study in a tertiary-care children's hospital PED. Patients 0-18years old, presenting between July 1, 2009-July 1, 2011, ultimately undergoing a surgical procedure within 48h of presentation were included. Patients were defined as having "preoperative" hematologic assessment if these studies were performed solely because the child was going to the operative suite...
June 27, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648187/-role-of-the-nurse-in-the-case-of-complex-hand-wounds
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REVIEW
Camille Choufani, Laurent Mathieu, Naklan Ouattara, Hugues Lefort
The initial assessment and care determine the quality of the secondary surgical treatment of complex hand wounds. The caregiver providing this initial care plays a critical role. The analysis of the management of these traumas in exceptional situations enables the key stages of the initial treatment to be identified: bleeding control, infection prevention and an accurate assessment of the injury. These measures thereby help to optimise the patient's transfer towards a specialised unit.
June 2017: Soins; la Revue de Référence Infirmière
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647046/assessment-of-emergency-general-surgery-care-based-on-formally-developed-quality-indicators
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Angela Ingraham, Avery Nathens, Andrew Peitzman, Allison Bode, Gina Dorlac, Warren Dorlac, Preston Miller, Mahsa Sadeghi, Deena D Wasserman, Karl Bilimoria
BACKGROUND: Emergency general surgery outcomes vary widely across the United States. The utilization of quality indicators can reduce variation and assist providers in administering care aligned with established recommendations. Previous quality indicators have not focused on emergency general surgery patients. We identified indicators of high-quality emergency general surgery care and assessed patient- and hospital-level compliance with these indicators. METHODS: We utilized a modified Delphi technique (RAND Appropriateness Methodology) to develop quality indicators...
June 21, 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550916/assessment-of-three-point-of-care-platelet-function-assays-in-adult-trauma-patients
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Christopher Robert Connelly, John D Yonge, Sean P McCully, Kyle D Hart, Thomas C Hilliard, Diane E Lape, Justin J Watson, Beth Rick, Ben Houser, Thomas G Deloughery, Martin A Schreiber, Laszlo N Kiraly
BACKGROUND: Antiplatelet (AP) medication use is common among trauma patients and is associated with poor outcomes. Management options for platelet dysfunction in trauma patients are controversial, expensive, and potentially harmful. Although light transmission platelet aggregometry is considered the standard test to assess platelet function, it is cumbersome and not generally available. Currently, there are no widely accepted platelet function point-of-care tests for acute trauma. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective observational study from 2014 to 2015...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545316/lower-extremity-fractures-in-patients-with-spinal-cord-injury-characteristics-outcome-and-risk-factors-for-non-unions
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Lukas Grassner, Barbara Klein, Doris Maier, Volker Bühren, Matthias Vogel
CONTEXT: Sublesional osteoporosis is an important sequel after spinal cord injury (SCI) resulting in a high incidence of fractures and impaired osseous healing due to altered bone metabolism. The following study aims to identify demographic characteristics and outcome of patients with SCI with lower extremity fractures. DESIGN: Retrospective observational study. SETTING: Level-I cross-regional trauma center. PARTICIPANTS: All patients with SCI suffering from osteoporotic/pathologic fractures during an 11-year-period (01/2003-12/2013) at the Center for Spinal Cord Injuries (Trauma Center Murnau) were analyzed via a chart review...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541850/repeat-head-ct-not-necessary-for-patients-with-a-negative-initial-head-ct-on-anticoagulation-or-antiplatelet-therapy-suffering-low-altitude-falls
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Zachary M Bauman, John M Ruggero, Sunny Squindo, Chris McEachin, Michelle Jaskot, Will Ngo, Scott Barnes, Peter P Lopez
Anticoagulation and antiplatelet (ACAP) medications are increasingly prescribed to patients at high risk for falls. Many trauma centers have developed protocols for obtaining repeat head CT (HCT) for patients with low-altitude falls on ACAP therapy. We assess the need for routine scheduled repeat HCT in this population. Prospective, observational analysis of all low-altitude fall (<6 feet) patients on ACAP therapy evaluated at a Level II trauma center. All low-altitude fall patients with visible or suspected head trauma received an initial HCT...
May 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509822/fracture-prevention-in-the-orthopaedic-environment-outcomes-of-a-coordinator-based-fracture-liaison-service
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Earl R Bogoch, Victoria Elliot-Gibson, Dorcas Beaton, Joanna Sale, Robert G Josse
BACKGROUND: Fracture liaison services focus on secondary fracture prevention by identifying patients at risk for future fracture and initiating appropriate evaluation, risk assessment, education, and therapeutic intervention. This study describes key clinical outcomes including bone mineral densitometry, physician assessment, and pharmacotherapy initiation in pharmacotherapy-naïve patients undergoing treatment for fragility fracture in a Canadian fracture liaison service. METHODS: We determined rates of post-fracture investigation and treatment for inpatients and outpatients with a fragility fracture seen in a coordinator-based fracture liaison service at an urban university trauma hospital...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506455/trauma-morning-report-is-the-ideal-environment-to-teach-and-evaluate-resident-communication-and-sign-outs-in-the-80-hour-work-week
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Mary E Ottinger, Sean F Monaghan, Shea C Gregg, Andrew H Stephen, Michael D Connolly, David T Harrington, Charles A Adams, William G Cioffi, Daithi S Heffernan
BACKGROUND: The 80h work week has raised concerns that complications may increase due to multiple sign-outs or poor communication. Trauma Surgery manages complex trauma and acute care surgical patients with rapidly changing physiology, clinical demands and a large volume of data that must be communicated to render safe, effective patient care. Trauma Morning Report format may offer the ideal situation to study and teach sign-outs and resident communication. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Surgery Residents were assessed on a 1-5 scale for their ability to communicate to their fellow residents...
May 1, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505521/short-simulation-exercises-to-improve-emergency-department-nurses-self-efficacy-for-initial-disaster-management-controlled-before-and-after-study
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Carl-Oscar Jonson, Jenny Pettersson, Jonas Rybing, Heléne Nilsson, Erik Prytz
INTRODUCTION: Head nurses at emergency departments often assume responsibility for managing the initial response to a major incident, and to create surge capacity. Training is essential to enable these nurses to perform an effective disaster response. Evaluating the effects of such training is however complicated as real skill only can be demonstrated during a real major incident. Self-efficacy has been proposed as an alternative measure of training effectiveness. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to examine if short, small-scale computer-based simulation exercises could improve head emergency nurses' general and specific self-efficacy and initial incident management skills...
August 2017: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500499/-anesthesiological-care-of-trauma-patients-in-orthogeriatric-co-management
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Markus F Luger, Thomas J Luger
Elderly patients increasingly need to undergo surgery under anesthesia, especially following trauma. A timely interdisciplinary approach to the perioperative management of these patients is decisive for the long-term outcome. Orthogeriatric co-management, which includes geriatricians and anesthesiologists from an early stage, is of great benefit for geriatric patients. Patient age, comorbidities and self-sufficiency in activities of daily life are decisive for an anesthesiological assessment of the state of health and preoperative risk stratification...
May 12, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496385/initial-assessment-and-evaluation-of-traumatic-facial-injuries
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REVIEW
Tuan A Truong
The care of the facial trauma patient continues to evolve in the ever-changing face of medicine. Patients can be reassured that their care is managed by a variety of specialists knowledgeable in the assessment and management of complex facial injuries. Thanks in part to advances in imaging modalities, bone fixation techniques and technology, and a wider array of reconstructive procedures, the foundation upon which the reconstructive ladder of facial injuries rests continues to expand. The overall goal of repair is a return to a preinjury state of form and function...
May 2017: Seminars in Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493802/placental-imaging-normal-appearance-with-review-of-pathologic-findings
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Shaimaa Fadl, Mariam Moshiri, Corinne L Fligner, Douglas S Katz, Manjiri Dighe
The placenta plays a crucial role throughout pregnancy, and its importance may be overlooked during routine antenatal imaging evaluation. Detailed systematic assessment of the placenta at ultrasonography (US), the standard imaging examination during pregnancy, is important. Familiarity with the normal and abnormal imaging appearance of the placenta along with the multimodality and methodical approach for evaluation of its related abnormalities is necessary, so that radiologists can alert clinicians regarding appropriate prompt management decisions...
May 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466615/angiographic-embolization-in-pediatric-abdominal-trauma
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Yechiel Sweed, Jonathan Singer-Jordan, Sorin Papura, Norman Loberant, Alon Yulevich
BACKGROUND: Trauma is the leading cause of childhood morbidity and mortality. Abdominal bleeding is one of the common causes of mortality due to trauma. Angiography and embolization are well recognized as the primary treatments in certain cases of acute traumatic hemorrhage in adults; however, evidence is lacking in the pediatric population. OBJECTIVES: To assess the safety and efficacy of transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE) for blunt and penetrating abdominal and pelvic trauma in the pediatric age group...
November 2016: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438496/implementing-best-practice-guidelines-in-pain-assessment-and-management-on-a-women-s-psychiatric-inpatient-unit-exploring-patients-perceptions
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Cheryl Rolin-Gilman, Bonnie Fournier, Kristin Cleverley
Assessing and managing chronic pain in women with histories of interpersonal trauma, mood disorders and co-morbid addiction is complex. The aim of this paper is to report on the findings from a quality improvement project exploring women's experiences who have co-occurring mental health issues, addiction and chronic pain. Exploring perceptions was an initial step in implementing the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) Best Practice Guideline (BPG) on the Assessment and Management of Pain. Focus group discussions were conducted using an exploratory design with 10 women who were hospitalized in an acute psychiatric unit...
June 2017: Pain Management Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430746/serial-radiographs-do-not-change-the-clinical-course-of-nonoperative-stable-ota-ao-44-b1-ankle-fractures
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Lucas S Marchand, Zachary M Working, Ajinkya A Rane, Lance G Jacobson, Erik N Kubiak, Thomas F Higgins, David L Rothberg
OBJECTIVE: To assess radiographic markers of ankle stability in stable OTA/AO 44-B1 ankle fractures. DESIGN: Retrospective review. SETTING: Academic Level-I trauma hospital. PATIENTS: One hundred thirty-four patients with stable OTA/AO 44-B1 (Danis-Weber B, Supination-External Rotation-II) ankle fractures. INTERVENTION: Analysis of mortise view radiographs at the time of initial evaluation and final follow-up...
May 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400940/early-diagnosis-of-penetrating-cardiac-and-pleural-injury-by-extended-focused-assessment-with-sonography-for-trauma
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K P Singaravelu, Rama Prakasha Saya, Vinay R Pandit
In India, stab injury is not uncommon, but identifying potential life threatening conditions in the emergency room (ER) and initiating prompt treatment are challenging. This is a case report of a young patient who presented to the ER with assault injury to the chest and shock; timely extended focused assessment with sonography for trauma helped to fast-track the patient to the operating room. A brief review of diagnosis and management of penetrating cardiac injury is presented herewith.
October 2016: Heart Views: the Official Journal of the Gulf Heart Association
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