Erin A. Sullivan

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BACKGROUND Patient safety has been gained much more attention in recent years. The authors reviewed patients who had cardiac arrest in the operating rooms undergoing noncardiac surgery between January 1989 and December 2001 at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, USA. The main objectives of the study were to determine the incidence of intraoperative(More)
BACKGROUND Pain control is an important issue after thoracotomy. Ideal methods should have a high success rate, with easy implementation and minimal complications. Debate exists over the optimal pain control method. This randomized trial was designed to compare epidural (EPI) and intercostal nerve catheter with patient-controlled analgesia (ICN-PCA) for(More)
OBJECTIVE To prospectively evaluate the diagnosis of menstrual migraine (MM) by comparing 2 diagnostic systems. METHODS Female migraineurs self-reporting a substantial relationship between migraine and menses were evaluated with 3 consecutive months of daily headache recording diaries. A relationship between menses and migraine was evaluated using(More)
End-stage liver disease with severe portopulmonary hypertension (PPHTN), which is refractory to vasodilator therapies, is a contraindication for isolated liver transplantation (LT) because of the high mortality rate. Combined heart, lung, and liver transplantation (CHLLT) and combined lung and liver transplantation (CLLT) can be lifesaving options for these(More)
Cohen syndrome is a rare genetic disorder caused by autosomal recessive inheritance and is characterized by the following features: mental retardation, infantile hypotonia, micrognathia, narrow and high-arched palate, microcephaly, prominent upper central incisors, poor dentition, short stature, and truncal obesity. Some patients have strabismus, myopia,(More)
Esophageal perforation is a serious life threatening injury that may occur during inadvertent esophageal intubation. We report two cases of iatrogenic esophageal perforation after attempted endotracheal intubation. Our experience confirms that early diagnosis (as in the first case) is associated with a more favorable outcome. Therefore, a high index of(More)
BACKGROUND Spinal epidural hematoma (SEH) is a rare but acute and possibly devastating clinical event. The purpose of this study is to assess the multiple etiologies of SEH seen in an academic medical center over a 15-year span. We have examined the etiologies of SEH occurring in a single institution, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) over(More)
Significant advances have been achieved in surgical and anesthetic techniques for the treatment of patients presenting with a variety of complex intrathoracic lesions. Despite the technologic advances, these patients continue to pose a challenge for anesthesiologists to provide safe and effective clinical care. A thorough understanding of the patient's(More)