David S. McGrath

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Laceration of the intercostal artery during pleural procedures is a rare but serious complication. This study evaluates the utility of thoracic ultrasound (US) to screen for a vulnerable vessel compared with the gold standard computed tomography (CT). METHODS Before undergoing contrast-enhanced CT chest, thoracic US was performed(More)
BACKGROUND To reduce complications and increase success, thoracic ultrasound is recommended to guide all chest drainage procedures. Despite this, no tools currently exist to assess proceduralist training or competence. This study aims to validate an instrument to assess physician skill at performing thoracic ultrasound, including effusion markup, and(More)
BACKGROUND The harm arising from illicit drug use, particularly the use of opiates such as heroin, is of considerable concern in Australia. In 1997–1998, it was estimated that there were approximately 74,000 heroin-dependent people in Australia, with about 35,400 (48 per cent) of these residing in NSW. Between 1989 and 1999, the annual number of deaths(More)
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