Charles M Haberkern

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BACKGROUND Preoperative transfusions are frequently given to prevent perioperative morbidity in patients with sickle cell anemia. There is no consensus, however, on the best regimen of transfusions for this purpose. METHODS We conducted a multicenter study to compare the rates of perioperative complications among patients randomly assigned to receive(More)
BACKGROUND Sevoflurane is an inhalational anesthetic with characteristics suited for use in children. To determine whether the induction, recovery, and safety characteristics of sevoflurane differ from those of halothane, the following open-labeled, multicenter, randomized, controlled, phase III study in children undergoing ambulatory surgery was designed.(More)
Cholecystectomy is the most common surgical procedure performed in sickle cell anemia (SCA) patients. We investigated the effects of transfusion and surgical method on perioperative outcome. A total of 364 patients underwent cholecystectomy: group 1 (randomized to aggressive transfusion) 110 patients; group 2 (randomized to conservative transfusion) 120(More)
BACKGROUND The initial findings from the Pediatric Perioperative Cardiac Arrest (POCA) Registry (1994-1997) revealed that medication-related causes, often cardiovascular depression from halothane, were the most common. Changes in pediatric anesthesia practice may have altered the causes of cardiac arrest in anesthetized children. METHODS Nearly 80 North(More)
BACKGROUND The Pediatric Perioperative Cardiac Arrest (POCA) Registry was formed in 1994 in an attempt to determine the clinical factors and outcomes associated with cardiac arrest in anesthetized children. METHODS Institutions that provide anesthesia for children are voluntarily enrolled in the POCA Registry. A representative from each institution(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether the risk of operative management of children with intussusception varies by hospital pediatric caseload. DESIGN A cohort of all children with intussusception in Washington State from 1987 through 1996. SETTING All hospitals in Washington State. METHODS Five hundred seventy children with a hospital discharge diagnosis of(More)
Orthopedic disease affects the majority of sickle cell anemia patients of which aseptic necrosis of the hip is the most common, occurring in up to 50% of patients. We conducted a multicentered study to determine the perioperative complications among sickle cell patients assigned to different transfusion regimens prior to orthopedic procedures: 118 patients(More)
To study lung fluid balance before and after birth, we measured lung lymph flow and concentrations of protein in lymph and plasma of 22 unanesthetized fetal lambs and compared results with previous studies done on 26 newborn lambs, 1-2 wk old. Lymph flow, relative to lung mass, was less in fetuses than in newborns; lymph protein clearance was not(More)
BACKGROUND From 1994 to 2005, the Pediatric Perioperative Cardiac Arrest Registry collected data on 373 anesthesia-related cardiac arrests (CAs) in children, 34% of whom had congenital or acquired heart disease (HD). METHODS Nearly 80 North American institutions that provide anesthesia for children voluntarily enrolled in the Pediatric Perioperative(More)