David G Jacobs

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Standard diagnostic methods used to evaluate patients sustaining abdominal trauma result in non-therapeutic laparotomy rates ranging from 5 to 40 per cent depending upon the clinical situation. The purpose of this study was to assess the safety and efficacy of diagnostic laparoscopy in the identification of intra-abdominal injuries in stable trauma(More)
BACKGROUND Blunt injury to the carotid or vertebral vessels (blunt cerebrovascular injury [BCVI]) is diagnosed in approximately 1 of 1,000 (0.1%) patients hospitalized for trauma in the United States with the majority of these injuries diagnosed after the development of symptoms secondary to central nervous system ischemia, with a resultant neurologic(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW As the elderly population expands and adopts increasingly more active lifestyles, trauma and critical care practitioners will be faced with providing care for greater numbers of severely injured patients. However, because of their associated preexisting medical conditions and poor relative physiologic reserve, geriatric patients have(More)
BACKGROUND Increasing patient volume and residents' work hour restrictions have increased the workload at trauma centers. Further, comprehensive tertiary surveys after initial stabilization and appropriate follow-up plans for incidental findings are time consuming. Midlevel providers (MLP) can help streamline this process. We initiated a care plan in which(More)
Patients who require prolonged intensive care following traumatic injuries are at risk for developing acute acalculous cholecystitis (AAC). The diagnosis of AAC is often difficult to establish, resulting in increased morbidity and mortality in this critically ill population. We reasoned that diagnostic laparoscopy might provide a more accurate and timely(More)
Poor outcomes following transcranial gunshot wounds (TC-GSW) and the perception of significant financial loss have led some institutions to adopt a fatalistic attitude towards these patients. This study was undertaken to define those factors predictive of mortality following TC-GSW as well as to determine the costs and benefits associated with providing(More)
To determined the safety and efficacy of prophylactic antibiotics in head-injured patients requiring intracranial pressure monitors, the files of 30 consecutive patients with isolated, severe head injuries admitted over a 1-year period were reviewed. Patients .15 years with severe closed-head injury who did not have severe concomitant, extracranial injury(More)
OBJECTIVE To elucidate the time course and magnitude of hemodynamic and fibrinolytic changes associated with sequential gradient intermittent pneumatic compression (SGIPC). DESIGN Two-phase, intervention and response investigation in normal volunteers. MATERIALS AND METHODS Subjects were assigned to control (phase I) or compression (phase II) groups.(More)