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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166259/clinical-outcome-of-achilles-tendon-repair-using-viable-intact-cryopreserved-umbilical-tissue-versus-standard-of-case
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John Brandeisky, Dorothy H Kurtz Phelan
INTRODUCTION: Repair of acute Achilles tendon ruptures is complicated by the severity of the rupture, quality of the tendon, and length of the defect. The adjunct use of biologics (eg, viable umbilical tissue) may provide additional support and reduce postoperative inflammation, adhesions, and fibrosis. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to review the outcomes of Achilles tendon rupture open repairs with viable cryopreserved umbilical tissue (vCUT) compared with patients treated with standard of care only...
November 2017: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164542/-vr-and-ar-applications-in-medical-practice-and-education
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Min-Chai Hsieh, Yu-Hsuan Lin
As technology advances, mobile devices have gradually turned into wearable devices. Furthermore, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR) are being increasingly applied in medical fields such as medical education and training, surgical simulation, neurological rehabilitation, psychotherapy, and telemedicine. Research results demonstrate the ability of VR, AR, and MR to ameliorate the inconveniences that are often associated with traditional medical care, reduce incidents of medical malpractice caused by unskilled operations, and reduce the cost of medical education and training...
December 2017: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164024/a-clinical-practice-guideline-for-the-management-of-patients-with-acute-spinal-cord-injury-and-central-cord-syndrome-recommendations-on-the-timing-%C3%A2-24-hours-versus-24-hours-of-decompressive-surgery
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Michael G Fehlings, Lindsay A Tetreault, Jefferson R Wilson, Bizhan Aarabi, Paul Anderson, Paul M Arnold, Darrel S Brodke, Anthony S Burns, Kazuhiro Chiba, Joseph R Dettori, Julio C Furlan, Gregory Hawryluk, Langston T Holly, Susan Howley, Tara Jeji, Sukhvinder Kalsi-Ryan, Mark Kotter, Shekar Kurpad, Ralph J Marino, Allan R Martin, Eric Massicotte, Geno Merli, James W Middleton, Hiroaki Nakashima, Narihito Nagoshi, Katherine Palmieri, Anoushka Singh, Andrea C Skelly, Eve C Tsai, Alexander Vaccaro, Albert Yee, James S Harrop
Objective: To develop recommendations on the timing of surgical decompression in patients with traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) and central cord syndrome. Methods: A systematic review of the literature was conducted to address key relevant questions. A multidisciplinary guideline development group used this information, along with their clinical expertise, to develop recommendations for the timing of surgical decompression in patients with SCI and central cord syndrome...
September 2017: Global Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161397/abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-repair-in-the-united-kingdom-an-exemplar-for-the-role-of-anaesthetists-in-perioperative-medicine
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S J Howell
The past two decades have seen an increasing recognition that the delivery of safe surgery with low complication rates and good long-term outcomes is a team endeavour embracing the whole patient care pathway. The key role of the anaesthetist in managing the patient through the surgical process is widely understood and has driven the emergence of perioperative medicine. In parallel with these developments there has been a sea change in the organisation of the care of patients presenting for elective abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair...
December 1, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160640/thoracoscopic-repair-of-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia-review-of-the-results
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Catarina Barroso, Jorge Correia-Pinto
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) remains one of the major challenges in neonatal surgery. Survival rate has increased in the last decades mainly due to perinatal care and surgical technique improvements. Classically, a laparotomy has been performed after cardiovascular and respiratory stabilization. Introduction of thoracoscopy in the repair of CDH brought the known advantages of reduced postoperative pain and better cosmesis. However, its safety and effectiveness have been questioned in the last few years...
November 21, 2017: Minerva Pediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160153/voice-and-swallowing-dysfunction-in-neurofibromatosis-2
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Simon R Best, Julie Ahn, Shannon Langmead, Vaninder Dhillon, Alexander T Hillel, Lee M Akst, Jaishri O Blakeley
Objective Neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2) is a neuro-oncologic condition that presents with bilateral vestibular schwannomas of the cerebellopontine angle (CPA). Voice and swallowing impairment can occur from direct involvement or compression of the vagus nerve or as the result of surgical excision of CPA tumors. The objectives in this study are to (1) assess the prevalence of voice and swallowing impairments and (2) analyze the effects of vagal dysfunction in patients with NF2. Study Design Cross-sectional. Setting Academic tertiary care center...
November 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159844/incidence-and-predictors-of-30-day-postoperative-readmission-in-children
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Daniel Vo, David Zurakowski, David Faraoni
BACKGROUND: Hospital readmissions are being used as a quality metric for hospital reimbursement without a clear understanding of the factors that contribute to readmission. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to report the incidence of 30-day postsurgical readmission in children, identify the predictors for readmission, and create an algorithm to identify high-risk children. METHODS: Data from the 2012-2014 Pediatric database of the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program were analyzed using univariable and multivariable logistical regression analysis...
November 20, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159605/outcomes-of-emergency-laparotomy-el-care-protocol-at-tertiary-care-center-from-low-middle-income-country-lmic
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Nitin Vashistha, Dinesh Singhal, Sandeep Budhiraja, Bharat Aggarwal, Raj Tobin, Kamal Fotedar
BACKGROUND: Emergency laparotomy mortality ranges between 10 and 20% in best of Western healthcare systems and is currently a major focus for quality improvement programs. In contrast, emergency surgery scenario in LMIC is largely undefined, often neglected and complex (large burden of diseases but only limited capacity for adequate treatment). We evaluated the efficacy of 'EL care protocol' aimed at cost-effective optimal utilization of best available local expertise and infrastructure...
November 20, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157019/patients-needs-during-a-surgical-intervention-process-for-dupuytren-s-disease
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Christina Turesson, Joanna Kvist, Barbro Krevers
PURPOSE: To explore and describe clients' needs during a surgical intervention process for Dupuytren's disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Design: Interview study with 21 men undergoing surgical intervention for Dupuytren's disease. Qualitative content analysis was performed with the model of Patient Evaluation Process as a theoretical framework. RESULTS: The primary reason for seeking medical care was to receive an intervention to improve hand function...
November 21, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155341/outpatient-elective-posterior-lumbar-fusions-appear-to-be-safely-considered-for-appropriately-selected-patients
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Patawut Bovonratwet, Taylor D Ottesen, Raj J Gala, Daniel R Rubio, Nathaniel T Ondeck, Ryan P McLynn, Jonathan N Grauer
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: There has been growing interest in performing posterior lumbar fusions (PLFs) in the outpatient setting to optimize patient satisfaction and reduce cost. Although still done in only a small percentage of cases, this has been more possible due to advances in surgical techniques and anesthesia. However, data on the perioperative course of outpatient compared to inpatient PLF in a large sample size is scarce. PURPOSE: To compare perioperative complications between outpatient and inpatient PLF in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) database...
November 16, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152005/humeral-head-replacement-and-reverse-shoulder-arthroplasty-for-the-treatment-of-proximal-humerus-fracturesm
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Aaron Andrew Frombach, Kendra Brett, Peter Lapner
Acute proximal humeral fractures in the elderly are generally treated non-operatively if alignment is acceptable and in stable fracture patterns. When operative treatment is indicated, surgical fixation is often difficult or impossible to obtain. Hemiarthroplasty has long been the standard of care. However, with its reliance on tuberosity healing, functional outcomes and patient satisfaction are often poor. Reverse shoulder arthroplasty has emerged as a new technology for treating proximal humeral fractures but the indications for its use remain uncertain...
2017: Open Orthopaedics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150247/the-adoption-of-a-one-day-donor-assessment-model-in-a-living-kidney-donor-transplant-program-a-quality-improvement-project
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Judi M Graham, Aisling E Courtney
BACKGROUND: Survival of kidney transplants and their recipients is significantly better after living donor than after deceased donor transplantation. However, historically, Northern Ireland has had a low rate of living donor kidney transplantation. The length and complexity of donor evaluation has been one of the main factors contributing to this pattern. STUDY DESIGN: Quality improvement project. SETTINGS & PARTICIPANTS: All people in Northern Ireland expressing an interest in becoming a living kidney donor between 2010 and 2015...
November 14, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149880/analytical-performance-of-envisia-a-genomic-classifier-for-usual-interstitial-pneumonia
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Yoonha Choi, Jiayi Lu, Zhanzhi Hu, Daniel G Pankratz, Huimin Jiang, Manqiu Cao, Cristina Marchisano, Jennifer Huiras, Grazyna Fedorowicz, Mei G Wong, Jessica R Anderson, Edward Y Tom, Joshua Babiarz, Urooj Imtiaz, Neil M Barth, P Sean Walsh, Giulia C Kennedy, Jing Huang
BACKGROUND: Clinical guidelines specify that diagnosis of interstitial pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) requires identification of usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) pattern. While UIP can be identified by high resolution CT of the chest, the results are often inconclusive, making surgical lung biopsy necessary to reach a definitive diagnosis (Raghu et al., Am J Respir Crit Care Med 183(6):788-824, 2011). The Envisia genomic classifier differentiates UIP from non-UIP pathology in transbronchial biopsies (TBB), potentially allowing patients to avoid an invasive procedure (Brown et al...
November 17, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149478/hospital-quality-patient-risk-and-medicare-expenditures-for-cancer-surgery
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Sarah P Shubeck, Jyothi R Thumma, Justin B Dimick, Hari Nathan
BACKGROUND: Surgical resection is a cornerstone of curative-intent therapy for patients with solid organ malignancies. With increasing attention paid to the costs of surgical care, there is a new focus on variations in the costs of cancer surgery. This study evaluated the potential interactive effect of hospital quality and patient risk on expenditures for cancer resections. METHODS: With 100% Medicare claim data for 2010-2013, patients aged 65 to 99 years who had undergone cancer resection were identified...
November 17, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149150/the-hopeless-case-palliative-cryoablation-and-cementoplasty-procedures-for-palliation-of-large-pelvic-bone-metastases
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Tyler M Coupal, Kevin Pennycooke, Paul I Mallinson, Hugue A Ouellette, Paul W Clarkson, Pippa Hawley, Peter L Munk
BACKGROUND: Metastases to the bone are common in cancer patients, and it has been estimated that up to 50% of patients with pelvic bone metastases will not achieve adequate pain control with medications alone. This has led to a paradigm shift over recent years towards the use and development of minimally invasive image-guided treatment options for palliation of bony metastases. Despite these developments, large metastatic lesions are still often considered to be "hopeless cases" that would garner little to no benefit from image-guided intervention...
November 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148332/medicare-advantage-and-traditional-medicare-hospitalization-intensity-and-readmissions
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Rachel Mosher Henke, Zeynal Karaca, Teresa B Gibson, Eli Cutler, Marguerite L Barrett, Katharine Levit, Jayne Johann, Lauren Hersch Nicholas, Herbert S Wong
Medicare Advantage plans have incentives and tools to optimize patient care. Therefore, Medicare Advantage hospitalizations may have lower cost and higher quality than similar traditional Medicare hospitalizations. We applied a coarsened matching approach to 2013 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project hospital discharge data from 22 states to compare hospital cost, length of stay, and readmissions for Traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage. We found that Medicare Advantage hospitalizations were substantially less expensive and shorter for mental health stays but costlier and longer for injury and surgical stays...
March 1, 2017: Medical Care Research and Review: MCRR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148172/quality-of-handwritten-surgical-operative-notes-from-surgical-trainees-a-noteworthy-issue
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Tatenda C Nzenza, Todd Manning, Simeon Ngweso, Marlon Perera, Shomik Sengupta, Damien Bolton, Nathan Lawrentschuk
BACKGROUND: Surgical operation notes are crucial for medical record keeping and information flow in continued patient care. In addition to inherent medical implications, the quality of operative notes also has important economic and medico-legal ramifications. Further, well-documented records can also be useful for audit purposes and propagation of research, facilitating the improvement of delivery of care to patients. We aimed to assess the quality of surgical operation notes written by junior doctors and trainees against a set standard, to ascertain whether these standards were met...
November 17, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146432/predictors-of-hospital-length-of-stay-and-30-day-readmission-in-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy-patients-an-analysis-of-3057-patients-using-the-acs-nsqip-database
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Peter G Passias, Cyrus M Jalai, Nancy Worley, Shaleen Vira, Saqib Hasan, Samantha R Horn, Frank A Segreto, Cole A Bortz, Andrew P White, Michael Gerling, Virginie LaFage, Thomas Errico
BACKGROUND: Hospital length of stay (LOS), 30-day readmission rate, and other metrics are increasingly being used to evaluate quality of surgical care. The factors most relevant to cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) are not yet established. OBJECTIVE: To identify peri-operative factors associated with extended LOS and/or 30-day readmission following elective surgery for CSM. METHODS: Surgical CSM patients at institutions represented by the American-College-of-Surgeons-National-Surgical-Quality-Improvement-Program (ACS-NSQIP) from 2010-2012 were included...
November 13, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143901/combined-vertebral-augmentation-and-radiofrequency-ablation-in-the-management-of-spinal-metastases-an-update
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REVIEW
Ning Mao Kam, Julian Maingard, Hong Kuan Kok, Dinesh Ranatunga, Duncan Brooks, William C Torreggiani, Peter L Munk, Michael J Lee, Ronil V Chandra, Hamed Asadi
Spinal metastases are the most commonly encountered tumour of the spine, occurring in up to 40% of patients with cancer. Each year, approximately 5% of cancer patients will develop spinal metastases. This number is expected to increase as the life expectancy of cancer patients increases. Patients with spinal metastases experience severe and frequently debilitating pain, which often decreases their remaining quality of life. With a median survival of less than 1 year, the goals of treatment in spinal metastases are reducing pain, improving or maintaining level of function and providing mechanical stability...
November 16, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143481/decisional-regret-and-choice-of-breast-reconstruction-following-mastectomy-for-breast-cancer-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Kathy Flitcroft, Meagan Brennan, Andrew Spillane
OBJECTIVE: Women facing mastectomy for breast cancer should have the option of considering whether they would like breast reconstruction (BR), and if so, what type and when. Previous research has demonstrated some women will come to regret their decision about BR. We aim to summarise the evidence about the prevalence of decisional regret (DR) associated with BR choices and identify factors influencing vulnerability to DR. METHODS: A systematic review of the literature reporting BR-related DR published between January 1994 and February 2017 identified 254 initial search results...
November 16, 2017: Psycho-oncology
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