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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29438791/necessity-of-repeat-ct-imaging-in-isolated-mild-traumatic-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
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Ashwath Kumar, Anthony Alvarado, Kushal Shah, Paul M Arnold
BACKGROUND: The standard of care for isolated mild traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage (itSAH) involves serial head CT examinations at dedicated time-intervals to monitor neurologic status and hemorrhagic progression. Considering recent evidence questioning such an aggressive monitoring protocol, this study aimed to assess the necessity of repeat head CT imaging in managing itSAH. METHODS: All patients who presented to our academic institution with mild traumatic brain injury were evaluated...
February 10, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29401336/cavh-in-the-combat-environment-a-case-report-and-lessons-learned-in-southern-afghanistan
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Jacob Glaser, Joseph Zeman, Stephen Noble, Nathanial Fernandez
Background: Acute kidney injury is a common complication of both civilian and military trauma. The lack of dedicated resources restrict dialysis in the forward setting. We report a case of a combat polytrauma and renal failure, using continuous arteriovenous hemofiltration to clear uremia and remove volume, allowing for ventilator liberation and safe disposition. Materials and Methods: The patient presented with traumatic lower extremity injuries and abdominal wounds and developed acute post-traumatic renal failure...
January 1, 2018: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29396756/pre-hospital-management-of-pediatric-polytrauma-during-modern-conflict-experience-and-limits-of-the-french-military-health-service
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Victor Laville, Christophe Lebleu, Christophe Desterke, Pierre Mornand, Luc Aigle, Emmanuel Hornez
BACKGROUND: French military physicians serving in deployment are confronted with pediatric polytrauma patients (PPP) during the provision of medical aid to civilian populations. The objectives of this study were to describe the current care of PPPs during these missions, to report difficulties encountered and to evaluate the training of doctors for management of PPPs in the field. METHODS: A descriptive epidemiological study based on a questionnaire sent to physicians who had been deployed overseas...
February 2, 2018: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29357035/cryptogenic-acute-limb-ischemia-a-retrospective-cohort-study-defining-a-previously-undescribed-clinical-entity
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Dylan Mart, Joseph Shatzel, Thomas DeLoughery
Acute limb ischemia (ALI) is generally secondary to cardioembolism or progression of peripheral vascular disease, however, a discrete population of patients with ALI exists in which no precipitant is ever established. Unlike cryptogenic arterial occlusion in other arenas, such as cryptogenic stroke, cryptogenic acute limb ischemia (cALI) has not been well-described, and no routine management has been established. The aim of this study is to describe patients with cALI, and the risk of recurrence based on the treatment they received...
January 22, 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29355385/nitric-oxide-elevation-in-polytrauma-is-driven-by-oxygen-radicals
#5
E Beitl, A Baňasová, D Miková, V Hampl
A common problem in management of polytrauma - a simultaneous injury to more than one organ or organ system, at least one of them lethal without intervention - is a discrepancy between a relatively good initial state and a serious subsequent development. Since nitric oxide (NO) is produced in high quantities during tissue injury, we assumed that serum levels of NO (and its oxidation products, NOx) might serve as a prognostic marker of polytrauma severity. However, we found recently that NOx was increased in polytrauma, but not in the most severe cases...
December 30, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340725/decision-making-in-management-of-the-complex-trauma-patient-changing-the-mindset-of-the-non-trauma-surgeon
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Linda Sonesson, Kenneth Boffard, Lars Lundberg, Martin Rydmark, Klas Karlgren
BACKGROUND: European surgeons are frequently subspecialized and trained primarily in elective surgical techniques. As trauma leaders, they may occasionally have to deal with complex polytrauma, advanced management techniques, differing priorities, and the need for multidisciplinary care. There is a lack of expertise, experience, and a low trauma volume, as well as a lack of research, with limited support as to the decision-making and teaching challenges present. We studied what experienced trauma experts describe as the challenges that are specific to the advanced surgical decision-making required, whether civilian, humanitarian, or military...
January 16, 2018: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338852/simulation-based-multidisciplinary-team-training-decreases-time-to-critical-operations-for-trauma-patients
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Margaret Murphy, Kate Curtis, Mary K Lam, Cameron S Palmer, Jeremy Hsu, Andrea McCloughen
BACKGROUND: Simulation has been promoted as a platform for training trauma teams. However, it is not clear if this training has an impact on health service delivery and patient outcomes. This study evaluates the association between implementation of a simulation based multidisciplinary trauma team training program at a metropolitan trauma centre and subsequent patient outcomes. METHOD: This was a retrospective review of trauma registry data collected at an 850-bed Level 1 Adult Trauma Centre in Sydney, Australia...
January 8, 2018: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318081/-hidden-preoperative-blood-loss-with-extracapsular-versus-intracapsular-hip-fractures-what-is-the-difference
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Katharine D Harper, Paul Navo, Frederick Ramsey, Sainabou Jallow, Saqib Rehman
Purpose: Excessive blood loss with hip fracture management has been shown to result in increased rates of complications. Our goal is to compare blood loss and transfusion rates between patients with intracapsular and extracapsular (both intertrochanteric (IT) and subtrochanteric (ST)) hip fractures. Methods: 472 patients were evaluated over a five-year period. Those who presented to the hospital with a proximal femur fracture (femoral neck, IT or ST) were considered for the study...
December 2017: Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306971/trauma-care-in-german-speaking-countries-have-changes-in-the-curricula-led-to-changes-in-practice-after-10%C3%A2-years
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Sarah Kuhn-Régnier, Michael Stickel, Björn-Christian Link, Henning Fischer, Reto Babst, Frank J P Beeres
PURPOSE: Traditionally, in the German-speaking countries, trauma patients are treated by general surgeons specialized in trauma surgery known as the Unfallchirurg. Over the last decade, a trend towards a lower influence of surgeons and a higher influence of subspecialties in the emergency department has been noted. With additional transformations in the health care system towards highly specialized medicine and the arising of new (sub-) specialties, diversification in the management of the trauma patient appears to occur...
January 6, 2018: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298931/whole-body-computed-tomography-trauma-imaging
#10
Bryant Furlow
Whole-body computed tomography (CT) is becoming a mainstay of trauma imaging because it can help emergency department staff quickly and comprehensively evaluate the extent and severity of traumatic injuries. However, routine use of whole-body CT for trauma imaging remains controversial because of the lack of clear guidelines for appropriate use, concerns about how to manage incidental findings, and the risk posed by the modality's relatively high radiation doses. This article describes the pathobiology, epidemiology, and assessment of polytrauma and discusses the diagnostic evaluation of trauma with whole-body CT scanning...
November 2017: Radiologic Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276713/participation-in-recreational-athletics-after-operative-fixation-of-tibial-plateau-fractures-predictors-and-functional-outcomes-of-those-getting-back-in-the-game
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David N Kugelman, Abdullah M Qatu, Jack M Haglin, Sanjit R Konda, Kenneth A Egol
Background: Tibial plateau fractures can be devastating traumatic injuries to the knee, particularly in active athletes. Purpose/Hypothesis: The purpose of this study was to report on the return to participation in recreational athletics after operatively managed tibial plateau fractures. In addition, this study assessed factors associated with the ability to return to participation in recreational athletics after tibial plateau fractures treated with open reduction internal fixation and compared final outcomes between patients who were able to return to recreational athletics and those who could not...
December 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223612/predictive-value-of-focused-assessment-with-sonography-for-trauma-fast-for-laparotomy-in-unstable-polytrauma-egyptians-patients
#12
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...
December 2017: Chinese Journal of Traumatology, Zhonghua Chuang Shang za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218392/unusual-circumstances-to-diagnose-cervical-pott-s-disease
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Mohamed Ali Kedous, Ahmed Msakni, Wael Chebbi, Mourad Zaraa, Mohsen Trabelsi
Tuberculous spondylodiscitis usually affects the dorso-lumbar spine, and its cervical location is a rare condition that can mimic other diseases and consequently cause treatment delays. We report a case of tuberculous spondylodiscitis of the lower cervical spine discovered under unusual circumstances in a patient with severe polytrauma involving a cranio-cerebral trauma, a non-displaced fracture of the two laminæ and the spinous process of the C6 vertebrae as well as fibular and tibial shaft fractures. The patient underwent static tibial nailing, and a collar with occipital and chin supports was applied...
December 7, 2017: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189532/pediatric-supracondylar-humerus-fractures-aaos-appropriate-use-criteria-versus-actual-management-at-a-pediatric-level-1-trauma-center
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Joanne H Wang, William Z Morris, Blaine T Bafus, Raymond W Liu
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to characterize management of supracondylar humerus fractures (SCHFs) at a level 1 trauma center and identify factors contributing to divergence in management from American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) the Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) recommendations. METHODS: A query revealed 556 patients with diagnoses of SCHF between 2013 and 2015 at a pediatric level 1 trauma center. Patients were excluded if they were younger than 2 years of age, older than 12 years of age, were polytrauma patients, or if there was not sufficient clinical or radiographic documentation, resulting in 449 patients...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169591/radial-nerve-palsy-after-humeral-shaft-fractures-the-case-for-early-exploration-and-a-new-classification-to-guide-treatment-and-prognosis
#15
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Gerard Chang, Asif M Ilyas
Radial nerve palsies are a common complication associated with humeral shaft fractures. The authors propose classifying these injuries into 4 types based on intraoperative findings: type 1 stretch/neuropraxia, type 2 incarcerated, type 3 partial transection, and type 4 complete transection. The initial management of radial nerve palsies associated with closed fractures of the humerus remains a controversial topic, with early exploration reserved for open fractures, fractures that cannot achieve an adequate closed reduction requiring fracture repair, fractures with associated vascular injuries, and polytrauma patients...
February 2018: Hand Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166203/temporal-profile-of-care-following-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-predictors-of-hospital-admission-follow-up-referral-and-six-month-outcome
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John K Yue, Ethan A Winkler, Sourabh Sharma, Mary J Vassar, Jonathan J Ratcliff, Frederick K Korley, Seth A Seabury, Adam R Ferguson, Hester F Lingsma, Sacha Meeuws, Opeolu M Adeoye, Jonathan W Rick, Caitlin K Robinson, Siena M Duarte, Esther L Yuh, Pratik Mukherjee, Sureyya S Dikmen, Thomas W McAllister, Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, Alex B Valadka, Wayne A Gordon, David O Okonkwo, Geoffrey T Manley
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical management and medical follow-up of patients with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) presenting to emergency departments (EDs). METHODS: Overall, 168 adult patients with mTBI from the prospective, multicentre Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in TBI (TRACK-TBI) Pilot study with Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) 13-15, no polytrauma and alive at six months were included. Predictors for hospital admission, three-month follow-up referral and six-month functional disability (Glasgow Outcome Scale-Extended (GOSE) ≤ 6) were analysed using multivariable regression...
2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162249/functional-outcome-after-calcaneus-fractures-a-comparison-between-polytrauma-patients-and-isolated-fractures
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Pablo Renovell-Ferrer, Xavier Bertó-Martí, José Diranzo-García, Luis Barrera-Puigdorells, Vicente Estrems-Díaz, Antonio Silvestre-Muñoz, Antonio Brú-Pomer
BACKGROUND: Displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures (DIACFs) can have long-term consequences in terms of foot pain and disability. This injury frequently occurs in the context of polytrauma patients and its influence in long-term functional prognosis is well known. The purpose of this study is to compare the etiology, severity, and functional outcome of the operated DIACFs between polytrauma patients and isolated cases. METHODS: Eighty-six patients with operated displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures through open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) were managed at our institution between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2015...
November 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159851/comparison-of-three-fixation-methods-in-treatment-of-tibial-fracture-in-adolescents
#18
REVIEW
Lixiang Lin, Yang Liu, Chuanlu Lin, Yifei Zhou, Yongzeng Feng, Xiaolong Shui, Kehe Yu, Xiaolang Lu, Jianjun Hong, Yang Yu
BACKGROUND: Tibial fractures are the most common musculoskeletal injury in adolescents. The optimal management of tibial fractures in adolescents is controversial. In this study, we compared the outcomes including complications of three fixation methods in tibial fractures of adolescents and explored the factors associated with the complications. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study about 83 diaphyseal tibial fractures in 79 children and adolescents, who were treated with plate fixation (PF), elastic stable intramedullary nail fixation (ESINF), or external fixation (EF), was conducted...
November 21, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132582/airway-management-in-trauma
#19
REVIEW
George Kovacs, Nicholas Sowers
Airway management in the trauma patient presents numerous unique challenges beyond placement of an endotracheal tube and outcomes are dependent on the provider's ability to anticipate difficulty. Airway management strategies for the care of the polytrauma patient are reviewed, with specific considerations for those presenting with traumatic brain injury, suspected c-spine injury, the contaminated airway, the agitated trauma patient, maxillofacial trauma, and the traumatized airway. An approach to airway management that considers the potential anatomic and physiologic challenges in caring for these complicated trauma patients is presented...
February 2018: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29098965/orthopedic-injuries-in-pediatric-trauma
#20
Eman Loubani, Rodrick Lim, Debra Bartley
Trauma remains the leading cause of death in children, of which the majority of patients have orthopedic injuries. The range of injured bones is various, each requiring knowledge and expertise to appropriately manage in a timely fashion. The importance of a systematic approach to the pediatric polytrauma patient is paramount. This chapter will highlight orthopedic issues important to the pediatric polytrauma patient including the unique anatomy and properties of pediatric bone. A systematic approach to the pediatric polytrauma patient will also be discussed...
September 11, 2017: Current Pediatric Reviews
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