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The choice of the optimal surgical approach for repairing paraesophaeal hernias (PEH) is debated. Our objective is to evaluate the short-term outcomes of primary laparoscopic and open repairs of PEH performed in the Calgary Health Region. A retrospective review of all patients undergoing repair of PEH between October 1999 and February 2005 was performed.(More)
BACKGROUND Ultrasound (US) examination has many uses in resuscitation, but to use it to its full effectiveness typically requires a trained and proficient user. We sought to use information technology advances to remotely guide US-naive examiners (UNEs) using a portable battery-powered tele-US system mentored using either a smartphone or laptop computer. (More)
BACKGROUND Point-of-care ultrasound (POC-US) use is increasingly common as equipment costs decrease and availability increases. Despite the utility of POC-US in trained hands, there are many situations wherein patients could benefit from the added safety of POC-US guidance, yet trained users are unavailable. We therefore hypothesized that currently(More)
BACKGROUND This study was conducted to assess the feasibility of measuring intra-abdominal pressure in term parturients under spinal anesthesia. METHODS Intra-abdominal pressure was measured in 20 term parturients after spinal anesthesia for elective caesarean section. Pressure was measured in the supine and 10° left lateral tilt positions with a constant(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether active negative pressure peritoneal therapy with the ABThera temporary abdominal closure device reduces systemic inflammation after abbreviated laparotomy. BACKGROUND Excessive systemic inflammation after abdominal injury or intra-abdominal sepsis is associated with poor outcomes. METHODS We conducted a single-center,(More)
BACKGROUND Damage control laparotomy, or abbreviated initial laparotomy followed by temporary abdominal closure (TAC), intensive care unit resuscitation, and planned re-laparotomy, is frequently used to manage intra-abdominal bleeding and contamination among critically ill or injured adults. Animal data suggest that TAC techniques that employ negative(More)
BACKGROUND Spontaneous pneumothorax (SP) results from the rupture of blebs or emphysematous bullae. Rapid changes in weather may precipitate this process. The city of Calgary is well suited to examine the effects of weather and specifically the rapid changes in weather associated with a chinook event and the occurrence of SP. METHODS We performed a(More)