James M Feeney

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OBJECTIVE To determine the rate and predictors of failure of nonoperative management (NOM) in grade IV and V blunt splenic injuries (BSI). DESIGN Retrospective case series. SETTING Fourteen trauma centers in New England. PATIENTS A total of 388 adult patients with a grade IV or V BSI who were admitted between January 1, 2001, and August 31, 2008. (More)
BACKGROUND Traumatic injury remains the leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality worldwide, with a large economic burden. One fourth of annual Medicare expenditures result from readmissions, including trauma. The American College of Surgeons Trauma Quality Improvement Program (ACS TQIP) has elevated care for >200 trauma programs worldwide. We(More)
The pre-eminent requirement for surgical education is that it is effective and efficient. We sought to determine if the addition of low-fidelity simulation to our standard method of teaching cricothyroidotomy improves Postgraduate Year 1 residents' self-efficacy, knowledge, and skill to perform cricothyroidotomy. The teaching methods were standard education(More)
BACKGROUND The compounds 3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl-CoA reductase inhibitors (HMG Co-A reductase inhibitors, statins) are popular medications for the control of elevated serum cholesterol. Recent evidence has demonstrated a survival benefit to patients who take statins in the premorbid period with severe sepsis, septic shock, or severe trauma. We(More)
HYPOTHESIS The September 11, 2001, World Trade Center (WTC) attack was a disaster of epic proportion in New York City, NY. It was unprecedented in terms of the number of people who were killed in the bombings, as well as in terms of the volume of patients received at local (New York City) hospitals. The strain on local emergency medical services, hospitals,(More)
INTRODUCTION Chest x-rays (CXR) are routinely obtained on blunt trauma patients. Many patients also receive additional imaging with thoracic computed tomography scans for other indications. We hypothesized that in hemodynamically normal, awake and alert blunt trauma patients, CXR can be deferred in those who will also receive a TCT with significant cost(More)
BACKGROUND Falls represent the leading cause of traumatic brain injury in adults older than 65, with nearly one third experiencing a fall each year. Evidence suggests that up to 0.5% of anticoagulated patients suffer from intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) annually. Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) have become an increasingly popular alternative to warfarin(More)
BACKGROUND Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) patients are frequently treated with prophylactic nimodipine and undergo invasive monitoring of blood pressure and volume status in an intensive care unit (ICU) setting to decrease the incidence of delayed ischemic neurological deficit (DIND) and improve functional outcomes. The goal of this study was to(More)