Kelly Butler

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OBJECTIVE To investigate the hypothesis that occult hypoperfusion (OH) is associated with infectious episodes in major trauma patients. METHODS Data were collected prospectively on all adult trauma patients admitted to the Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care Unit from November of 1996 to December of 1998. Treatment was managed by a single physician according(More)
BACKGROUND The significance of occult hypoperfusion (OH) in the development of respiratory complications (RC), multiple system organ failure (MSOF), and death, and the effect of rapid identification and correction of OH in the severely injured trauma patient was investigated. METHODS A pilot retrospective study and the analysis of a prospective protocol(More)
The incidence of placenta praevia/accreta is increasing, placing women at significant risk of postpartum haemorrhage with associated morbidity and mortality. National guidelines recommend prophylactic placement of internal iliac artery balloon occlusion catheters for women with abnormal placentation. We describe an elective caesarean delivery in a patient(More)
Closed head injuries account for a significant portion of the morbidity and mortality following blunt trauma. Severe closed head injuries can be complicated by the development of a coagulopathy that may worsen blood loss and delay invasive neurosurgical procedures. Awaiting the results of coagulation studies prior to initiating treatment of such a(More)
The typical presentation of hypoglycemia involves a diaphoretic patient with a history of diabetes mellitus who is found with an altered mental status. The hypoglycemic patient's presentation may lead the physician to believe that the altered mentation may have been caused by some other condition. Hypoglycemia occurs rarely in the traumatic setting, yet is(More)
The purpose of organized trauma systems is to ensure the expeditious transfer of seriously injured patients to the facility best equipped to care for their injuries. Patients are referred to our trauma center, either by ambulance or helicopter, directly from the scene or through interhospital transfer. We examined the difference in outcome between those(More)
In victims of blunt abdominal trauma, the spleen is the most common organ damaged, it is the most likely source of serious injury, and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The participants in this study were emergency department (ED) patients with splenic trauma determined via imaging study, surgical exploration, or autopsy. Patients were(More)
BACKGROUND The difference in speed, efficiency, and safety between diagnostic peritoneal lavage (DPL) and abdominal computerized tomography in the evaluation of adult blunt trauma patients with multiple injuries was investigated. METHODS A prospective protocol was analyzed. Adult blunt trauma patients admitted to a Level I trauma center in 1994 were(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine whether the caloric vestibular test causes significant changes in heart rate and mean arterial blood pressure. MATERIALS AND METHODS Changes in heart rate and mean arterial blood pressure before and after caloric irrigation were compared with the degree of nystagmus (as measured by maximum slow phase velocity) and the patient's(More)
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