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BACKGROUND A quarter of trauma-related deaths are attributable to traumatic chest injury (TCI). OBJECTIVE To outline the pattern and outcome of TCI in a rapidly developing country among different age groups. METHODS We conducted a retrospective observational study for patients who sustained TCI and admitted between January 2008 and December 2010 to the(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the clinical outcomes of multiple rib fracture due to blunt trauma in young patients, a 3-year retrospective study was conducted. Patients with ≥3 rib fractures were divided into two groups (group I: <45 years old and group II: ≥45 years old). Mortality, hospital stay, ventilatory support, chest tubes insertion and associated injuries(More)
The open abdomen (OA) procedure is a significant surgical advance, as part of damage control techniques in severe abdominal trauma. Its application can be adapted to the advantage of patients with severe abdominal sepsis, however its precise role in these patients is still not clear. In severe abdominal sepsis the OA may allow early identification and(More)
Enterocutaneous fistulas (ECFs) remain a feared complication of surgery, particularly in acute care and trauma patients. Despite advances in medical and surgical therapies, ECFs are associated with significant morbidity and mortality; in addition, significant health care resources are consumed in their treatment. Because of the frequency nowadays of(More)
BACKGROUND The Ministry of Health of Kosova has recently announced the Telemedicine Program of Kosova (TMPK) as the official institution responsible for managing and coordinating the nation's Long-Distance Continuous Medical Education (CME) program. There are a lack of studies on cost-benefit analysis (CBA) and other economic evaluations of telemedicine(More)
Acute calculus cholecystitis is a very common disease with several area of uncertainty. The World Society of Emergency Surgery developed extensive guidelines in order to cover grey areas. The diagnostic criteria, the antimicrobial therapy, the evaluation of associated common bile duct stones, the identification of "high risk" patients, the surgical timing,(More)
Objectives. To study the effect of prehospital intubation (PHI) on survival of patients with isolated severe traumatic brain injury (ISTBI). Method. Retrospective analyses of all intubated patients with ISTBI between 2008 and 2011 were studied. Comparison was made between those who were intubated in the PHI versus in the trauma resuscitation unit (TRU).(More)
BACKGROUND Cholesterol lowering over 1- to 3-year trials is associated with modest regression or no progression of focal coronary artery stenoses compared with progression in controls, a decrease in cardiac events proportionately more than the modest improvement in percent stenosis, and in experimental animals improved endothelial-mediated coronary(More)
BACKGROUND Motor vehicle crashes and falls account for most of the spine fractures with subsequent serious disability. AIM To define the incidence, causes, and outcome of spinal fractures. MATERIALS AND METHODS Data were collected retrospectively from trauma registry database of all traumatic spinal injuries admitted to the section of trauma surgery in(More)
BACKGROUND The incidence of recreation related-injuries (RRI) among the physically active population is increasing. This study aimed to analyse frequency and characteristics of RRI in Qatar. METHODS A retrospective chart review was conducted for all patients with head injuries who sustained a RRI and were admitted to the trauma unit between 2008-2011.(More)