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DESCRIPTION Total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation (TPIAT) is a surgical procedure used to treat severe complications of chronic pancreatitis or very high risk of pancreatic cancer while reducing the risk of severe diabetes mellitus. However, clear guidance on indications, contraindications, evaluation, timing, and follow-up are lacking. (More)
BACKGROUND Severe acute pancreatitis (SAP) in the intensive care unit (ICU) is a complex and challenging problem. The aim of the present study was to identify trends in management of SAP patients admitted to a tertiary level ICU, and to relate these to changes in interventions and outcome. METHODS Patients admitted to the Department of Critical Care(More)
DESCRIPTION Pain in patients with chronic pancreatitis (CP) remains the primary clinical complaint and source of poor quality of life. However, clear guidance on evaluation and treatment is lacking. METHODS Pancreatic Pain working groups reviewed information on pain mechanisms, clinical pain assessment and pain treatment in CP. Levels of evidence were(More)
BACKGROUND Designing and delivering evidence-based medical practice for students requires careful consideration from medical science educators. Social Web (Web 2.0) applications are a part of today's educational technology milieu; however, empirical research is lacking to support the impact of interactive Web 2.0 mobile applications on medical educational(More)
The ideal stem cell for use in functional tissue engineering needs to be abundantly available, harvested with minimal morbidity, differentiated reliably down various pathways and able to be transplanted safely and efficaciously. Adult human adipose tissue contains a population of mesenchymal stem cells, termed 'adipose-derived stem cells' (ASC), which seem(More)
AIM To compare two priority access criteria scoring methods for elective cholecystectomy, with a score based on clinical judgement obtained using a linear analogue scale. METHODS Patients placed on the waiting list for elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy between June and October 1997 were prioritised using the three methods. RESULTS Data were obtained(More)
AIM This study was designed to determine the adequacy of the informed consent process from the patient's perspective and in the light of published standards. METHODS A pre-operative survey questionnaire was filled in during an interview with 77 patients before an elective general surgery operation. Forty two (58%) of the patients also completed a(More)
An international symposium entitled "Acute pancreatitis: progress and challenges" was held on November 5, 2014 at the Hapuna Beach Hotel, Big Island, Hawaii, as part of the 45th Anniversary Meeting of the American Pancreatic Association and the Japanese Pancreas Society. The course was organized and directed by Drs. Stephen Pandol, Tooru Shimosegawa, Robert(More)
"First, do no harm" is a medical admonition; but harm does occur. There is thus mounting pressure for Medicine to adopt more rigorous systems to ensure professional competency. Traditionally, medical education and professional development has focussed on developing clinical expertise and technical skills within each speciality. Recent studies into the(More)