Emma Bracey

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AIM Transanal total mesorectal excision (taTME) is an emerging and exciting new technique in rectal cancer surgery. As with all novel techniques, new challenges arise, requiring small modifications of the technique. Here we present a simple technique that we have devised to facilitate a stapled anastomosis using standard circular staplers following a taTME.(More)
BACKGROUND No standardized instrument exists for the systematic analysis of emergence behaviour in children after anaesthesia. Our purpose was to evaluate children's behaviour prior to anaesthetic induction and immediately upon emergence to develop an assessment tool using psychiatric terminology and techniques. METHODS This prospective study evaluated 25(More)
AIMS To investigate methods for inactivating a pressure-resistant strain of Escherichia coli O157 in fruit juices. METHODS AND RESULTS Cells of a pressure-resistant strain of E. coli O157 (C9490) were exposed to pressures of between, 0.1 and 500 MPa for 5 min in orange, apple or tomato juice. Treatment at 500 MPa achieved an immediate reduction of 5 log(More)
AIM Hospital stays of 5 days or more are not uncommon following ileostomy closure, yet within an enhanced recovery programme (ERP) it is possible for patients to be discharged on the first postoperative day following anterior resection. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether the introduction of an ERP for ileostomy closure reduced hospital stay(More)
INTRODUCTION Colorectal cancer and inguinal hernias are both common surgical pathologies in the elderly but rarely co-exist. Where the conditions overlap, there can be difficulties in both diagnosis and treatment. PRESENTATION OF CASE A 78 year old man with unexplained iron deficiency anaemia was investigated for gastrointestinal cancer. He was found to(More)
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