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Tony Ht Sung, Annie Cw Tam, Jennifer Ls Khoo
Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans (DFSP) is a rare malignant soft-tissue neoplasm which is often misdiagnosed due to its indolent clinical course and non-specific radiological appearances. An observation case series was conducted with retrospective review of clinical and radiological data of DFSP patients presenting to a major tertiary hospital in Hong Kong for radiological assessment between November 2006 and February 2016. Seven patients with confirmed histological diagnosis of DFSP were included. Tumour sizes at presentation ranged from 1 to 5 cm, most commonly (n = 6) occurred over chest wall and abdominal wall...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
Ala'a O Oteir, Karen Smith, Johannes U Stoelwinder, Shelley Cox, James W Middleton, Paul A Jennings
BACKGROUND: Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury (TSCI) is relatively uncommon, yet a devastating and costly condition. Despite the human and social impacts, studies describing patients with potential TSCI in the pre-hospital setting are scarce. This paper aims to describe the epidemiology of patients potentially at risk of or suspected to have a TSCI by paramedics, with a view to providing a better understanding of factors associated with potential TSCI. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of all adult patients managed and transported by Ambulance Victoria (AV) between 01 January 2007 and 31 December 2012 who, based on meeting pre-hospital triage protocols and criteria for spinal clearance, paramedic suspicion or spinal immobilisation, were classified to be at risk of or suspected to have a TSCI...
December 2016: Injury Epidemiology
Arvind G Kulkarni, Hussain Bohra, Abhilash Dhruv, Abhishek Sarraf, Anupreet Bassi, Vishwanath M Patil
BACKGROUND: The aim of the present prospective study is to evaluate whether the touted advantages of minimal invasive-transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MI-TLIF) translate into superior, equal, or inferior outcomes as compared to open-transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (O-TLIF). This is the first study from the Indian subcontinent prospectively comparing the outcomes of MI-TLIF and O-TLIF. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All consecutive cases of open and MI-TLIF were prospectively followed up...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
Hannah A Blair, James E Frampton
Methoxyflurane (Penthrox(®)) is a halogenated ether first used clinically as a volatile inhalational anaesthetic. It has been used as an analgesic in Australia and New Zealand for the past 30 years. In the UK and Europe, methoxyflurane has been approved for the emergency relief of moderate to severe trauma pain in conscious adult patients. Methoxyflurane is self-administered using a hand-held inhaler. This article reviews the pharmacological properties of methoxyflurane and its clinical efficacy and tolerability in these patients...
October 13, 2016: Clinical Drug Investigation
Nils Kunze-Szikszay, Lennart A Krack, Pauline Wildenauer, Saskia Wand, Tim Heyne, Karoline Walliser, Christopher Spering, Martin Bauer, Michael Quintel, Markus Roessler
BACKGROUND: Hyperfibrinolysis (HF) is a major contributor to coagulopathy and mortality in trauma patients. This study investigated (i) the rate of HF during the pre-hospital management of patients with multiple injuries and (ii) the effects of pre-hospital tranexamic acid (TxA) administration on the coagulation system. METHODS: From 27 trauma patients with pre-hospital an estimated injury severity score (ISS) ≥16 points blood was obtained at the scene and on admission to the emergency department (ED)...
October 10, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Sharon Edwards, Jason Smith
Trauma is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide, in civilian environments and on the battlefield. Trauma-induced haemorrhage is the principal cause of potentially preventable death, which is generally attributable to a combination of vascular injury and coagulopathy. Survival rates following severe traumatic injury have increased due to advanced trauma management initiatives and treatment protocols, influenced by lessons learned from recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The use of tourniquets and intraosseous needles, early blood and blood product transfusion, administration of tranexamic acid in pre-hospital settings, and consultant-led damage control resuscitation incorporating damage control surgery have all played their part...
October 6, 2016: Emergency Nurse: the Journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
Melvin E Stone, Stanley Kalata, Anna Liveris, Zachary Adorno, Shira Yellin, Edward Chao, Srinivas H Reddy, Michael Jones, Carlos Vargas, Sheldon Teperman
BACKGROUND: Critical administration threshold (≥3 units of packed red blood cells/h or CAT+) has been proposed as a new definition for massive transfusion (MT) that includes volume and rate of blood transfusion. CAT+ has been shown to eliminate survivor bias and be a better predictor of mortality than the traditional MT (>10 units/24h). End-tidal CO2 (ET CO2) negatively correlates with lactate and is an early predictor of shock in trauma patients. We conducted a pilot study to test the hypothesis that low ET CO2 on admission predicts CAT+...
July 5, 2016: Injury
Soujanya Kaup, Siddharudha Shivalli, Divyalakshmi Ks, Cynthia Arunachalam, Rejitha Chinnu Varghese
INTRODUCTION: Corneal endothelial damage following phacoemulsification is still one of the major concerns of modern day cataract surgery. Although many techniques have been proposed, the risks of posterior capsular rupture and corneal endothelium damage persist. In theory, damage to the corneal endothelium is minimised by delivering the lowest phaco energy only in the direction necessary to emulsify the lens nucleus. Hence, it is believed that the bevel of the needle should be turned towards the nucleus or the nuclear fragment (ie, bevel-down...
2016: BMJ Open
Jacqui Agostinello, Camila R Battistuzzo, Peta Skeers, Stephen Bernard, Peter E Batchelor
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to (1) determine the timing of surgery for traumatic TLSCI between 2010 and 2014 and (2) identify major delays in the process of care from accident scene to surgery. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Early spinal surgery may promote neurological recovery and reduce acute complications after thoracolumbar spinal cord injury (TLSCI), however it is difficult to achieve due to logistical issues and the frequent presence of other non-life threatening injuries...
September 23, 2016: Spine
Michel Taylor, Wilma Hopman, Jeff Yach
BACKGROUND: In September 2011, Kingston General Hospital (KGH) opened a dedicated orthopedic weekend trauma room. Previously, 1 weekend operating room (OR) was used by all surgical services. We assessed the impact this dedicated weekend trauma room had on hospital length of stay (LOS), time to surgery and 30-day mortality for patients with hip fractures. METHODS: Patients admitted between Oct. 1, 2009, and Sept. 30, 2012, were identified through our trauma registry, representing the 2 years before and 1 year after the opening of the orthopedic weekend trauma room...
September 2016: Canadian Journal of Surgery. Journal Canadien de Chirurgie
Julia Ausserer, Elizabeth Moritz, Matthias Stroehle, Hermann Brugger, Giacomo Strapazzon, Simon Rauch, Peter Mair
INTRODUCTION: In remote and mountainous areas, helicopter emergency medical systems (HEMS) are used to expedite evacuation and provide pre-hospital advanced trauma life support (ATLS) in major trauma victims. Aim of the study was to investigate feasibility of ATLS in HEMS mountain rescue missions and its influence on patient condition at hospital admission. PATIENTS: 58 major trauma victims (Injury Severity Score ≥16), evacuated by physician staffed HEMS from remote and mountainous areas in the State of Tyrol, Austria between 1...
September 8, 2016: Injury
Matthew J Reed, Alison Glover, Lauren Byrne, Michael Donald, Niall McMahon, Neil Hughes, Nicola K Littlewood, Justin Garrett, Catherine Innes, Margaret McGarvey, Eleanor Hazra, P Sam M Rawlinson
INTRODUCTION: The Scottish Transfusion and Laboratory Support in Trauma Group (TLSTG) have introduced a unified National pre-hospital Code Red protocol. This paper reports the results of a study aiming to establish whether current pre-hospital Code Red activation criteria for trauma patients successfully predict need for in hospital transfusion or haemorrhagic death, the current admission coagulation profile and Concentrated Red Cell (CRC): Fresh Frozen Plasma (FFP) ratio being used, and whether use of the protocol leads to increased blood component discards? METHODS: Prospective cohort study...
September 11, 2016: Injury
Desmond Patton, Aparna Sodhi, Steven Affinati, Jooyoung Lee, Marie Crandall
The purpose of this study was to understand the post-discharge needs of violently injured patients and their families to improve health outcomes and reduce the impact of gun violence. We recruited 10 patients from the trauma registry of a Midwestern university hospital with a Level 1 Trauma Center (L1TC). After obtaining the informed consent, semi-structured, face-to-face, in-depth interviews were conducted. Discussions focused on post-discharge needs and resources to facilitate the recovery and rehabilitation process, and aid in community reintegration...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Interpersonal Violence
A M K Harmsen, G F Giannakopoulos, M Terra, E S M de Lange de Klerk, F W Bloemers
PURPOSE: Many changes have been made to improve trauma care. Improved trauma team response and usage of a hybrid resuscitation room are examples of how this trauma center has developed. The aim was to assess how the outcome of the trauma population was influenced by the maturation. METHODS: A cohort comparison, between June 2004-July 2005 and 2014, was performed. All adult trauma patients with an Injury Severity Score (ISS) >15 were included. Variables collected were: patient demographics, mechanism of trauma, total prehospital time, pre- and inhospital trauma scores, vital signs, blood values and interventions, and physician staffed helicopter emergency medical services (P-HEMS) involvement and outcome...
September 15, 2016: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
Mohammadkarim Bahadori, Fatemeh Ghardashi, Ahmad Reza Izadi, Ramin Ravangard, Sedigheh Mirhashemi, Seyed Mojtaba Hosseini
CONTEXT: Pre-hospital care plays a vital role in saving trauma patients. OBJECTIVES: This study aims to review studies conducted on the pre-hospital emergency status in Iran. DATA SOURCES: Data were sourced from Iranian electronic databases, including SID, IranMedex, IranDoc, Magiran, and non-Iranian electronic databases, such as Medline, Embase, Cochrane Library, Scopus, and Google Scholar. In addition, available data and statistics for the country were used...
May 2016: Trauma Monthly
Sabri Soussi, Benjamin Deniau, Axelle Ferry, Charlotte Levé, Mourad Benyamina, Véronique Maurel, Maïté Chaussard, Brigitte Le Cam, Alice Blet, Maurice Mimoun, Jêrome Lambert, Marc Chaouat, Alexandre Mebazaa, Matthieu Legrand
BACKGROUND: Impact of early systemic hemodynamic alterations and fluid resuscitation on outcome in the modern burn care remains controversial. We investigate the association between acute-phase systemic hemodynamics, timing of fluid resuscitation and outcome in critically ill burn patients. METHODS: Retrospective, single-center cohort study was conducted in a university hospital. Forty critically ill burn patients with total body surface area (TBSA) burn-injured >20 % with invasive blood pressure and cardiac output monitoring (transpulmonary thermodilution technique) within 8 h from trauma were included...
December 2016: Annals of Intensive Care
Arthur H Baghdanian, Armonde A Baghdanian, Anthony Armetta, Milo Krastev, Tracey Dechert, Peter Burke, Christina A LeBedis, Stephan W Anderson, Jorge A Soto
Purpose To evaluate the effect of an institutional clinical triaging algorithm on the rate of multidetector computed tomography (CT) utilization in blunt abdominopelvic trauma (BAPT) over an 8-year period at an urban level 1 trauma center. Materials and Methods Adult patients (n = 13 096; mean age, 42 years; age range, 15-95 years) admitted with BAPT from January 1, 2006, to December 31, 2013, were included. Patients with BAPT were divided into two groups: those admitted before (referred to as the prealgorithm group, from January 1, 2006, to June 30, 2010) and after (referred to as the postalgorithm group, from July 1, 2010, to December 31, 2013) the implementation of an institutional clinical triaging algorithm...
September 12, 2016: Radiology
Kathryn Booth, Josh Rivet, Richelle Flici, Ellen Harvey, Mark Hamill, Douglas Hundley, Katelyn Holland, Sandra Hubbard, Apurva Trivedi, Bryan Collier
The intensive care unit (ICU) trauma population is at high risk for complications associated with immobility. The purpose of this project was to compare ICU trauma patient outcomes before and after implementation of a structured progressive mobility (PM) protocol. Outcomes included hospital and ICU stays, ventilator days, falls, respiratory failure, pneumonia, or venous thromboembolism (VTE). In the preintervention cohort, physical therapy (PT) consults were placed 53% of the time. This rose to more than 90% during the postintervention period...
September 2016: Journal of Trauma Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses
Nikita Lakomkin, Parth Kothari, Ashley C Dodd, Jacob P VanHouten, Mahesh Yarlagadda, Cory A Collinge, William T Obremskey, Manish K Sethi
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between pre-operative Charlson Comorbidity Index (CCI) and post-operative length of stay (LOS) for lower extremity and hip/pelvis orthopaedic trauma patients. DESIGN: Retrospective SETTING:: Urban level 1 trauma center PATIENTS/PARTICIPANTS:: 1,561 patients treated for isolated lower extremity and pelvis fractures between 2000 and 2012 INTERVENTIONS:: Surgical intervention for fractures MAIN OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS:: The main outcome metric was LOS...
August 31, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Bellal Joseph, Herb Phelan, Ahmed Hassan, Tahereh Orouji Jokar, Terence O'Keeffe, Asad Azim, Lynn Gries, Narong Kulvatunyou, Rifat Latifi, Peter Rhee
INTRODUCTION: Failure-to-rescue (FTR) (defined as death from a major complication) is considered as an index of hospital quality in trauma patients. However, the role of frailty in FTR events remains unclear. We hypothesized that FTR rate is higher in elderly frail trauma patients. METHODS: We performed a prospective cohort study of all elderly (age ≥ 65 yrs.) trauma patients presenting at our level one trauma center. Patient's frailty status was calculated utilizing the Trauma Specific Frailty Index (TSFI) within 24 hours of admission...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
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