Molly Crimmins Easterlin

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BACKGROUND Knowledge of the pattern of adoption of endovascular approach (endovascular aortic repair [EVAR]) to abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) could direct future dissemination of complex surgical technology. METHODS Retrospective longitudinal analysis of the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development inpatient database from 2001 to(More)
BACKGROUND Patients at risk of mortality after amputation have not been well identified. We sought to devise a clinical index predicting 30-day mortality after amputation that would allow stratification of intensity of postoperative care. METHODS The National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) database (2005-2009) was analyzed for patients who(More)
BACKGROUND Age is a known risk factor for complications after knee arthroplasty; however, age-related risks for a variety of complications of total and partial knee arthroplasties have not been well quantified. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES Our study addressed three questions to better understand age-related risk of complications: (1) At what age do different types(More)
Type II error, or not meeting sample-size requirement, has been identified as an issue in the surgical literature. The root of this problem is the low frequency of events in the majority of surgical clinical research. This exponentially increases the sample size needed to achieve statistical significance. The methodology and mechanics of sample-size(More)
BACKGROUND Health outcome disparities in racial minorities are well documented. However, it is unknown whether such disparities exist among elderly injured patients. We hypothesized that such disparities might be reduced in the elderly owing to insurance coverage under Medicare. We investigated this issue by comparing the trauma outcomes in young and(More)
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