Morgan F McDonald

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Evaluation and management of medical comorbidities in the perioperative period can help improve surgical morbidity and mortality. Perioperative evaluation essentially is risk assessment and minimization. Patients undergoing orthopaedic treatment may benefit from temporizing measures to reduce systemic complications associated with some procedures. Patients(More)
Introduction Sleep-related infant deaths are major contributors to Tennessee’s high infant mortality rate. The purpose of this initiative was to evaluate the impact of policy-based efforts to improve modeling of safe sleep practices by health care providers in hospital settings across Tennessee. Methods Safe sleep policies were developed and implemented at(More)
Bile leaks after T-tube removal are a frequent cause of morbidity in orthotopic liver transplant recipients. The aim of this study was to determine factors that predict the development of these leaks in liver transplant recipients. Records of all patients who had undergone liver transplantation at the University of Washington Medical Center between January(More)
One hundred fifty-one patients with primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) grouped into four strata based on entry serum bilirubin ( < 2 mg/dL vs. 2 md/dL or greater) and liver histology (stages I, II vs. stages III, IV-Ludwig criteria) were randomized within each stratum to ursodiol or placebo given in a single dose of 10 to 12 mg/kg at bedtime for 2 years.(More)
BACKGROUND Gastric antral vascular ectasia (GAVE) leads to blood loss in the disorders of "watermelon stomach" and portal gastropathy, but is not a commonly recognized complication of marrow transplantation. METHODS GAVE was diagnosed when capillary ectasia, focal capillary thromboses, and fibromuscular hyperplasia were identified in antral mucosal biopsy(More)
PURPOSE Consent for teaching procedures has been the focus of ethical discussion recently. Patients may consent to a procedure but be unaware that the procedure is to be performed by a resident, perhaps for the first time. In such cases, patients have not specifically consented to the practice of teaching medical procedures. The authors studied patients'(More)
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