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BACKGROUND Mass casualty incidents are unfortunately becoming more common. The coordination of mass casualty incident response is highly complex. Currently available options for training, however, are limited by either lack of realism or prohibitive expense and by a lack of assessment tools. Virtual worlds represent a potentially cost-effective, immersive,… (More)
Laparoscopic subtotal cholecystectomy (LSC) is considered to be a safe option in severe cholecystitis with non-discernible anatomy within the Calot's triangle where there is a potential risk of causing injury to the common bile duct. Here we present two cases of gallstone pancreatitis associated with use of an endoscopic stapler during LSC.
BACKGROUND The identification and control of traumatic hemorrhage from the torso remains a major challenge and carries a significant mortality despite the reduction of transfer times. This review examines the current technologies that are available for abdominal hemorrhage control within the prehospital setting and evaluates their effectiveness. METHODS A… (More)
We propose a learning-based controller to enable autonomous execution of the eFAST scanning by a lightweight robotic manipulator according to expert demonstrations. The benefits of this approach are two-fold. Firstly, the automatically acquired USS images can be sent to the expert radiologist from a remote location without the need for complex robotic… (More)
BACKGROUND Torso hemorrhage is the primary cause of potentially preventable mortality in trauma. Resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) has been advocated as an adjunct to bridge patients to definitive hemorrhage control. The primary aim of this study was to assess whether contrast-enhanced ultrasonography can improve the accuracy… (More)
Appendicular sarcoidosis is a very rare cause of acute abdominal pain, with only seven cases reported previously in the literature. A 45-year-old woman, known to have sarcoidosis, presented to the emergency department with a 1-week history of epigastric and right iliac fossa abdominal pain. At diagnostic laparoscopy, an acutely inflamed appendix was found… (More)
OBJECTIVE Hemorrhage identification in trauma care is a major priority. Focused assessment in sonography for trauma (FAST) offers a rapid, reliable means of detecting torso bleeding. The aims of this study were to conduct a face, content, and construct validity assessment of a FAST simulator and establish a rigorous assessment tool. DESIGN Participants… (More)