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Sean Baran, Jeffrey G Belisle, Erin K Granger, Robert Z Tashjian
OBJECTIVES: To analyze the functional and radiographic outcomes of anatomic coracoclavicular ligament reconstruction (ACCR) using allograft tendon without interference screw fixation. DESIGN: Retrospective nonrandomized study. SETTING: Level I trauma center (University Hospital). PATIENTS: Seventeen patients (mean age of 44 years) with Rockwood III through V acromioclavicular joint disruptions. Twelve of 17 patients had a primary reconstruction, including 4 patients sustaining their injuries as part of a polytrauma incident...
April 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Sarah M Jacobs, Colin P McInnis, Matthew Kapeles, Shu-Hong Chang
PURPOSE: Severe vision loss is a risk of orbital surgery which physicians should counsel patients about, but the overall risk rate is unknown. This research was conducted to determine the risk of severe vision loss related to orbital surgery. DESIGN: Retrospective review. PARTICIPANTS: Patients who underwent orbital surgery at either of 2 academic medical centers between January 1994 and December 2014. METHODS: A billing database search was conducted to identify all patients who had orbital surgery during the study period, cross-checked against diagnostic codes related to vision loss...
March 15, 2018: Ophthalmology
Irmela Gnass, Michaela Ritschel, Silke Andrich, Silke Kuske, Kai Moschinski, Annegret Herrmann-Frank, Maria-Inti Metzendorf, Sascha Flohé, Johannes Sturm, Joachim Windolf, Andrea Icks
INTRODUCTION: Survivors of polytrauma experience long-term and short-term burden that influences their lives. The patients' view of relevant short-term and long-term outcomes should be captured in instruments that measure quality of life and other patient-reported outcomes (PROs) after a polytrauma. The aim of this systematic review is to (1) collect instruments that assess PROs (quality of life, social participation and activities of daily living) during follow-up after polytrauma, (2) describe the instruments' application (eg, duration of period of follow-up) and (3) investigate other relevant PROs that are also assessed in the included studies (pain, depression, anxiety and cognitive function)...
March 16, 2018: BMJ Open
Bridget M Smith, Rachael N Martinez, Charlesnika T Evans, Karen L Saban, Salva Balbale, Eric J Proescher, Kevin Stroupe, Timothy P Hogan
BACKGROUND: Veterans who experience traumatic brain injury (TBI) may have long-term needs placing a premium on well-coordinated care. This study aimed to (1) identify barriers to care coordination for Veterans with TBI; and (2) describe strategies used by VA polytrauma care team members to coordinate care for Veterans with TBI. METHODS: We utilised a mixed method design, including an online survey of VA polytrauma care team members (N = 236) and subsequent semi-structured interviews (N = 25)...
March 14, 2018: Brain Injury: [BI]
Patrick T Reeves, Matthew A Borgman, Nicole W Caldwell, Leela Patel, James Aden, John P Duggan, Maria L Serio-Melvin, Elizabeth A Mann-Salinas
OBJECTIVE: The Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS) program is a burn-education curriculum nearly 30 years in the making, focusing on the unique challenges of the first 24h of care after burn injury. Our team applied high fidelity human patient simulation (HFHPS) to the established ABLS curriculum. Our hypothesis was that HFHPS would be a feasible, easily replicable, and valuable adjunct to the current curriculum that would enhance learner experience. METHODS: This prospective, evidenced-based practice project was conducted in a single simulation center employing the American Burn Association's ABLS curriculum using HFHPS...
March 10, 2018: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Richa Aggarwal, Neha Rastogi, Purva Mathur, Kapil Dev Soni, Subodh Kumar, Amit Gupta, Sushma Sagar
Introduction: There have been isolated case reports and reports of outbreak of colistin-resistant Klebsiella from various parts of the world but only two from India and that too from oncology centers. We report cluster of colistin-resistant Klebsiella pneumonia bloodstream infection cases from our surgical trauma Intensive Care Unit. Methodology: The study was carried out in surgical ICU of Level-I trauma center. Retrospective analysis of all the five patients with CRK was done...
February 2018: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Anna Patkova, Vera Joskova, Eduard Havel, Simona Najpaverova, Daniela Uramova, Miroslav Kovarik, Zdenek Zadak, Miloslav Hronek
OBJECTIVE: The association between energy metabolism and prognosis in polytrauma patients has not yet been defined. The aim of this study was to describe energy metabolism and analyze the prognostic value of respiratory quotient (RQ) and nonprotein respiratory quotient (npRQ) in fasting polytrauma patients (fPP) and polytrauma patients with nutritional support (nsPP). METHODS: Twenty-two polytrauma patients (before and after parenteral nutrition administration) and 22 healthy controls (after overnight fasting) were examined on day 4 (median) after admission to the intensive care unit...
November 7, 2017: Nutrition
A Siebe De Boer, Esther M M Van Lieshout, Gerson Van Moolenbroek, Dennis Den Hartog, Michael H J Verhofstad
BACKGROUND: Post-operative weightbearing guidelines for displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures (DIACF) have been pragmatically developed in the past, however hardly adapted to current health care insights. A period of six to nine weeks of non-weightbearing is usually recommended. It is unknown whether an earlier start of weightbearing is advisable. OBJECTIVES: The primary aim was to evaluate the effect of time to post-operative weightbearing on Böhler's angle...
February 21, 2018: Injury
Antti Stenroos, Jenni Jalkanen, Juha-Jaakko Sinikumpu, Sauli Palmu, Eeva Koskimies-Virta, Topi Laaksonen, Yrjänä Nietosvaara
BACKGROUND:  Surgical treatment of pediatric tibia shaft fractures has gained popularity despite closed reduction and cast-immobilization providing good long-term results. There is no consensus about optimal methods and satisfactory quality of treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS:  During 2010 to 2014, 226 pediatric patients were treated under anesthesia for tibia shaft fractures in Finland's five university hospitals. A total of 164 (73%) patients had closed fractures of the tibia or both tibia and fibula without other injuries (62 tibia only and 102 both tibia and fibula)...
February 28, 2018: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Fred Zack, Horst Nizze, Verena Blaas, Anne Port, Andreas Büttner
A 49-year-old female sustained a polytrauma after being hit by a vehicle in a traffic accident. Following the incident, the woman had various surgical interventions and underwent intensive care over a 6-week period. Eight months later, she died after developing secondary sclerosing cholangitis (SSC). Autopsy revealed liver failure and hepatic encephalopathy due to SSC caused by the polytrauma and the subsequent intensive care. Prior to the accident, there was no evidence of a pre-existing liver or biliary system disease...
February 27, 2018: International Journal of Legal Medicine
Leo Grandić, Ivna Olić, Zenon Pogorelić, Ivana Mrklić, Zdravko Perko
The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of etiology, types of injury, levels of consciousness and the Injury Severity Score (ISS) and Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) values on the selection of treatment modality and survival in patients with injuries of parenchymal abdominal organs. Case records of 224 patients treated for traumatic injury of parenchymal abdominal organs from January 2003 until December 2015 were reviewed. Th e values of ISS and AIS of injury severity were calculated and compared to the values obtained according to the etiology, state of consciousness and survival...
September 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Michael John Paisley, Zachary Deboard, Donald Thomas
Background  The rare complication of mitral valve rupture from blunt trauma is certainly not at the top of the differential of shock. Case Description  We report the case of a 56-year-old woman who sustained numerous injuries after a 30-m fall with cardiogenic shock secondary to mitral valve rupture causing severe mitral valve regurgitation. Management included successful primary leaflet repair, annuloplasty, and single vessel coronary artery bypass. Conclusion  Valvular repair in the setting of polytrauma is a complex decision that requires careful balance of risks and benefits relative to patient stability...
January 2018: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon Reports
Juan C Mira, Dina C Nacionales, Tyler J Loftus, Ricardo Ungaro, Brittany Mathias, Alicia M Mohr, Lyle L Moldawer, Philip A Efron
Severe injury and shock remain major sources of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Immunologic dysregulation following trauma contributes to these poor outcomes. Few, if any, therapeutic interventions have benefited these patients, and this is due to our limited understanding of the host response to injury and shock. The Food and Drug Administration requires preclinical animal studies prior to any interventional trials in humans; thus, animal models of injury and shock will remain the mainstay for trauma research...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Christine M Leeper, Matthew D Neal, Timothy R Billiar, Jason L Sperry, Barbara A Gaines
BACKGROUND: Elevated INR is a marker of poor outcome but not necessarily bleeding or clinical coagulopathy in injured children. Conversely, children with traumatic brain injury (TBI) tend to be hypercoagulable based on rapid thromboelastography (rTEG) parameters. Many clinicians continue to utilize INR as a treatment target. METHODS: Prospective observational study of severely-injured children age<18 with rTEG on arrival and daily thereafter for up to 7 days...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
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
Robert M Corey, Nathan K Park, Lisa K Cannada
OBJECTIVES: To determine the most commonly associated injuries, complications, and healing rates of patients sustaining segmental tibial shaft fractures. DESIGN: Retrospective review. SETTING: Two Level I trauma centers. PATIENTS: One hundred and eight patients with segmental tibial shaft fractures were identified between 2005-2013. INTERVENTION: None. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Demographics, injury characteristics, treatments, and complications...
January 24, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Steven Ferree, Quirine M J van der Vliet, Femke Nawijn, Abhiram R Bhashyam, Roderick M Houwert, Luke P H Leenen, Falco Hietbrink
INTRODUCTION: For several extremity fractures differences in morphology, incidence rate and functional outcome were found when polytrauma patients were compared to patients with an isolated injury. This is not proven for distal radius fractures (DRF). Therefore, this study aimed to analyse fracture morphology in relation to energy transfer in both poly- and mono-trauma patients with a DRF. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study. All patients aged 16 years and older with a DRF were included...
February 5, 2018: Injury
Jen-Fu Huang, Chun-Hsiang Ou Yang, Chih-Yuan Fu, Yu-Tung Wu
PURPOSES: This study aimed to clarify the prognosis of polytrauma patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with a Glasgow Coma Scale score (GCS) of 3. METHODS: A trauma registry system has been established at our institution since 2009. The current study reviewed patients in the registry who presented to the ED with a GCS of 3 from January 2011 to December 2015. Surviving and non-surviving patients were compared to identify the prognostic factors of patient survival...
February 9, 2018: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
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
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
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