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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223612/predictive-value-of-focused-assessment-with-sonography-for-trauma-fast-for-laparotomy-in-unstable-polytrauma-egyptians-patients
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Adel Hamed Elbaih, Sameh T Abu-Elela
PURPOSE: The emergency physicians face significant clinical uncertainty when multiple trauma patients arrive in the emergency department (ED). The priorities for assessment and treatment of polytrauma patients are established in the primary survey. Focused assessment with sonography for trauma (FAST) is very essential clinical skill during trauma resuscitation. Use of point of care ultrasound among the trauma team working in the primary survey in emergency care settings is lacking in Suez Canal University Hospitals even ultrasound machine not available in ED...
November 23, 2017: Chinese Journal of Traumatology, Zhonghua Chuang Shang za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191378/patients-with-head-trauma-a-study-on-initial-prehospital-assessment-and-care
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Rebecka Rubenson Wahlin, Veronica Lindström, Sari Ponzer, Veronica Vicente
BACKGROUND: Best evidence guidelines are intended to standardise assessment and treatment of patients with head trauma and improve outcomes for TBI patients. The primary aim was to explore pre-hospital emergency care nurses' (PECNs') documented assessment and care of patients with head trauma and the secondary aim to study gender differences in the documented care and interventions given by the PECNs. METHODS: A retrospective observational study was conducted by evaluating 2750 prehospital medical records...
November 27, 2017: International Emergency Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189678/attempting-to-validate-the-overtriage-undertriage-matrix-at-a-level-i-trauma-center
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James W Davis, Rachel C Dirks, Lawrence P Sue, Krista L Kaups
BACKGROUND: The Optimal Resources Document mandates trauma activation based on injury mechanism, physiologic and anatomic criteria and recommends using the overtriage/undertriage matrix (Matrix) to evaluate the appropriateness of trauma team activation. The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of the Matrix method by comparing patients appropriately triaged with those undertriaged. We hypothesized that these two groups are different, and Matrix does not discriminate the needs or outcomes of these different groups of patients...
December 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174327/a-case-of-cardiac-arrest-associated-with-aortic-valve-regurgitation
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Hyun Suk Chai, Suk Woo Lee, Jung Soo Park, Sang Chul Kim, Ji Han Lee, Hoon Kim
Blunt chest trauma can cause not only damage to the thoracic cage, but can also injure intracardiac structures including the papillary muscles, chordae tendineae, and valve leaflets. Aortic valve (AV) injury secondary to blunt chest trauma is a rare occurrence. Clinically, AV injury may be missed during the initial post-trauma assessment due to the lack of suspicion of cardiac involvement. Thus, the diagnosis of AV injury is often delayed or missed for a time interval of days to months. As a consequence, the traumatic AV regurgitation can rapidly or progressively lead to congestive heart failure unless surgically corrected...
November 20, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29173286/an-airway-rapid-response-system-implementation-and-utilization-in-a-large-academic-trauma-center
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Joshua H Atkins, Christopher H Rassekh, Ara A Chalian, Jing Zhao
BACKGROUND: Rapid response teams mobilize resources to patients experiencing acute deterioration. Failed airway management results in death or anoxic brain injury. A codified, systems-based approach to bring personnel and equipment to the bedside for multidisciplinary airway assessment and rescue was reflected in the initial implementation of an airway rapid response (ARR) team. METHODS: A retrospective review of records of 117 ARR events in a 40-month period (August 2011-November 2014) was undertaken at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, a 789-bed, academic, urban, tertiary care, Level 1 trauma center...
December 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29170309/12%C3%A2-a-multi-centre-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, Hayley Hutchings, Zoe Abbott, Claire O'neill, Sam Groves, Alan Watkins, Fiona Lecky, Sally Jones, James Gagg, Rick Body, Phillip 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...
December 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132573/critical-decisions-in-the-management-of-thoracic-trauma
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REVIEW
Morgan Schellenberg, Kenji Inaba
Traumatic injuries to the thorax are common after both blunt and penetrating trauma. Emergency medicine physicians must be able to manage the initial resuscitation and diagnostic workup of these patients. This involves familiarity with a range of radiologic investigations and invasive bedside procedures, including resuscitative thoracotomy. This knowledge is critical to allow for rapid decision making when life-threatening injuries are encountered. This article explores the initial resuscitation and assessment of patients after thoracic trauma, discusses available imaging modalities, reviews frequently performed procedures, and provides an overview of the indications for operative intervention, while emphasizing the critical decision making throughout...
February 2018: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29088951/update-on-critical-care-for-acute-spinal-cord-injury-in-the-setting-of-polytrauma
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John K Yue, Ethan A Winkler, Jonathan W Rick, Hansen Deng, Carlene P Partow, Pavan S Upadhyayula, Harjus S Birk, Andrew K Chan, Sanjay S Dhall
Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) often occurs in patients with concurrent traumatic injuries in other body systems. These patients with polytrauma pose unique challenges to clinicians. The current review evaluates existing guidelines and updates the evidence for prehospital transport, immobilization, initial resuscitation, critical care, hemodynamic stability, diagnostic imaging, surgical techniques, and timing appropriate for the patient with SCI who has multisystem trauma. Initial management should be systematic, with focus on spinal immobilization, timely transport, and optimizing perfusion to the spinal cord...
November 2017: Neurosurgical Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080710/conservative-management-in-traumatic-pneumothoraces-an-observational-study
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Steven P Walker, Shaney L Barratt, Julian Thompson, Nick A Maskell
BACKGROUND: Traumatic pneumothoraces are a common consequence of major trauma. Despite this, there is a paucity of literature regarding their optimal management, including the role of conservative treatment. The aim of this study was to assess the treatment, complications, and outcomes of traumatic pneumothoraces in patients presenting to a major trauma center. METHODS: The prospectively collected Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN) database was used to identify all patients presenting with traumatic pneumothoraces to a UK major trauma center from April 2012 to December 2016...
November 15, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079917/permissive-hypotensive-resuscitation-in-adult-patients-with-traumatic-haemorrhagic-shock-a-systematic-review
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Mohammed Albreiki, David Voegeli
BACKGROUND: Permissive hypotensive resuscitation (PHR) is an advancing concept aiming towards deliberative balanced resuscitation whilst treating severely injured patients, and its effectiveness on the survival rate remains unexplored. This detailed systematic review aims to critically evaluate the available literature that investigates the effects of PHR on survival rate. METHODS: A systematic review design searched for comparative and non-comparative studies using EMBASE, MEDLINE, PubMed, Web-of-Science and CENTRAL...
October 27, 2017: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29078906/early-thromboprophylaxis-with-low-molecular-weight-heparin-is-safe-in-patients-with-pelvic-fracture-managed-nonoperatively
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Faisal Jehan, Terence O'Keeffe, Muhammad Khan, Albert Chi, Andrew Tang, Narong Kulvatunyou, Lynn Gries, Bellal Joseph
INTRODUCTION: Early initiation of thromboprophylaxis is highly desired in pelvic fracture patients, but it is often delayed due to the fear of hemorrhage. Aim of our study was to assess the safety of early initiation of venous thromboprophylaxis in patients with pelvic trauma managed nonoperatively. METHODS: Three-year (2010-2012) retrospective study of trauma patients with pelvic fractures who were managed nonoperatively and received thromboprophylaxis with low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH)...
November 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29058951/stability-of-the-syndesmosis-after-posterior-malleolar-fracture-fixation
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Matthew A Miller, Tyler C McDonald, Matthew L Graves, Clay A Spitler, George V Russell, LaRita C Jones, William Replogle, Jeremy A Wise, Josie Hydrick, Patrick F Bergin
BACKGROUND: We sought to define the rate of syndesmotic instability after anatomic reduction of the posterior malleolus when posterior stabilization of a trimalleolar or trimalleolar equivalent ankle fracture was chosen vs when a supine position and initially conservative management of the posterior elements was chosen. METHODS: The types of syndesmotic and posterior malleolar fixation used to treat adult patients with ankle fractures involving the posterior malleolus at our level I trauma center were retrospectively assessed (N = 198)...
October 1, 2017: Foot & Ankle International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046084/penetrating-neck-injuries-a-guide-to-evaluation-and-management
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J L Nowicki, B Stew, E Ooi
Introduction Penetrating neck injury is a relatively uncommon trauma presentation with the potential for significant morbidity and possible mortality. There are no international consensus guidelines on penetrating neck injury management and published reviews tend to focus on traditional zonal approaches. Recent improvements in imaging modalities have altered the way in which penetrating neck injuries are now best approached with a more conservative stance. A literature review was completed to provide clinicians with a current practice guideline for evaluation and management of penetrating neck injuries...
October 19, 2017: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042825/antithrombotics-in-trauma-management-strategies-in-the-older-patients
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REVIEW
Henna Wong, Nicola Lovett, Nicola Curry, Ku Shah, Simon J Stanworth
The ageing population has resulted in a change in the demographics of trauma, and older adult trauma now accounts for a growing number of trauma admissions. The management of older adult trauma can be particularly challenging, and exhibits differences to that of the younger age groups affected by trauma. Frailty syndromes are closely related with falls, which are the leading cause of major trauma in older adults. Comorbid disease and antithrombotic use are more common in the older population. Physiological changes that occur with ageing can alter the expected clinical presentation of older persons after injury and their susceptibility to injury...
2017: Journal of Blood Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037487/-chronic-chest-pain-after-rib-fracture-it-can-cause-a-disability
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S Rabiou, Y Ouadnouni, M Lakranbi, A Traibi, F Antoini, M Smahi
INTRODUCTION: The rib fractures and instability of the chest wall are the main lesions of closed chest trauma. These lesions can be a source of chronic, often disabling with daily discomfort resulting limitation of some activities. The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence of this phenomenon in order to improve the quality of early care. METHODOLOGY: Through an observational retrospective cohort study on a number of 41 patients supported and monitored for traumatic rib fractures at the Military Hospital of Meknes during the period from October 2010 to March 2016...
October 13, 2017: Revue de Pneumologie Clinique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026927/diagnostics-and-early-treatment-in-prehospital-and-emergency-room-phase-in-suspicious-pelvic-ring-fractures
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Uwe Schweigkofler, B Wohlrath, H Trentsch, J Greipel, N Tamimi, R Hoffmann, D Wincheringer
BACKGROUND: Testing for mechanical stability in pelvic ring fractures is advocated for the initial assessment and management of pelvic ring fractures. A survey among trauma surgeons showed that 91% agree with this recommendation. The aim of the present study was to describe the actual workup of patients with a high risk for unstable pelvic fractures in daily routine. METHODS: We performed a prospective multicenter observational study on patients admitted to the emergency room with suspected pelvic ring fractures...
October 12, 2017: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023898/impact-of-ketamine-use-on-adjunctive-analgesic-and-sedative-medications-in-critically-ill-trauma-patients
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Kaitlin A Pruskowski, Kelly Harbourt, Mehrnaz Pajoumand, Sai-Ho Jason Chui, H Neal Reynolds
BACKGROUND: Ketamine may be used to manage pain and agitation that is refractory to "traditional" agents such as fentanyl, propofol, benzodiazepines, and dexmedetomidine; however, literature describing the use of ketamine continuous infusions for this purpose in critically ill trauma patients is limited. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of this study was to determine the impact of the initiation of a ketamine continuous infusion on sedative and analgesic use in critically ill trauma patients...
October 10, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023379/effect-of-early-pelvic-binder-use-in-the-emergency-management-of-suspected-pelvic-trauma-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Sheng-Der Hsu, Cheng-Jueng Chen, Yu-Ching Chou, Sheng-Hao Wang, De-Chuan Chan
BACKGROUND: We aimed to evaluate the effect of early pelvic binder use in the emergency management of suspected pelvic trauma, compared with the conventional stepwise approach. METHODS: We enrolled trauma patients with initial stabilization using a pelvic binder when suspecting pelvic injury. The inclusion criteria were traumatic injury requiring a trauma team and at least one of the following: a loss of consciousness or a Glasgow coma score (GCS) of <13; systolic blood pressure of <90 mmHg; falling from ≥6 m; injury to multiple vital organs; and suspected pelvic injury...
October 12, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021110/collaborative-care-from-the-emergency-department-for-injured-patients-with-prescription-drug-misuse-an-open-feasibility-study
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Lauren K Whiteside, Doyanne Darnell, Karlee Jackson, Jin Wang, Joan Russo, Dennis M Donovan, Douglas F Zatzick
Collaborative Care is a comprehensive longitudinal care management strategy. The purpose of this pilot effectiveness-implementation hybrid study was to determine the feasibility of a Collaborative Care intervention initiated from the Emergency Department and proceeding longitudinally for six months for injured patients with prescription drug misuse (PDM). Adult patients presenting to an urban ED with an injury were screened for eligibility from 2/2015-8/2015. Eligible participants with a positive screen for PDM were enrolled in the 'ED-LINC' intervention which included the following elements: 1) active care coordination and linkage, 2) medication safety and utilization of opioid guidelines 3) longitudinal care management and 4) utilization of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) innovations such as the statewide Emergency Department Information Exchange (EDIE) and statewide prescription monitoring program information for assessment and follow-up...
November 2017: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018873/the-treatment-of-perilunate-ligament-injuries-in-multiply-injured-patients
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K V Brown, D Tsekes, C G Gorgoni, L Di Mascio
PURPOSE: Perilunate injuries are rare, severe injuries of the carpus. They can present as isolated injuries or in the poly-traumatised patient. This is the first documented series of these injuries treated in a Major Trauma Centre. The aims were to assess the management, treatment algorithm and outcomes, of perilunate injuries in our department, review whether concomitant polytrauma affected those outcomes and identify if delay to definitive treatment had a significant effect on overall outcome...
October 10, 2017: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
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