Anthony Shanks

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BACKGROUND Carotid endarterectomy surgery can be performed under regional anaesthesia alone or under general anaesthesia. However, there are several types of regional block available and reported complication rates after superficial cervical plexus blocks are significantly lower than deep blocks. It is not known if subcutaneous and intermediate blocks are(More)
BACKGROUND : Left ventricular assist devices have become increasingly common for the treatment of acute and chronic heart failure. It is unclear whether these devices can handle the increased stresses caused by pregnancy. CASE : An 18-year-old woman received a left ventricular assist device after peripartum cardiomyopathy. The patient was not adherent to(More)
The frequency of blood gas measurement in two adult intensive-care units was assessed for 7 months before and 12 months after introduction of a protocol of indications for such investigation. Demographic, diagnostic, outcome, and intervention data were collected prospectively. There were no differences in demographic characteristics, severity or type of(More)
PURPOSE High-dose thiopentone has been reported to reduce the incidence of neurological dysfunction after open-chamber cardiac surgery. However, this technique delays tracheal extubation and increases requirements for inotropic support after cardiopulmonary bypass. As a quality assurance measure to determine the safety of high-dose thiopentone, we reviewed(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this investigation was to examine the prevalence of back injuries in competitive squash players. METHODS EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN a retrospective analysis was made using a cross-section of current competitive squash players (survivor population). SETTING/PARTICIPANTS an attempt was made to distribute a questionnaire on back injuries(More)
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