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OBJECTIVE The current study was undertaken to examine how concomitant injury to liver and spleen after blunt abdominal trauma affects management and outcomes. METHODS This study was a retrospective chart review of all blunt abdominal trauma patients admitted with a diagnosis of liver or spleen injury at two Level I trauma centers over a 4-year period.(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)
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)
A quarter of trauma-related deaths are attributable to traumatic chest injury (TCI). To outline the pattern and outcome of TCI in a rapidly developing country among different age groups. We conducted a retrospective observational study for patients who sustained TCI and admitted between January 2008 and December 2010 to the Level I trauma center at Hamad(More)
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 were(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)
Advances in technology have allowed for continuous noninvasive hemoglobin monitoring (SpHb), which may enable earlier detection of hemorrhage and more efficient surgical and/or blood transfusion management. The use of SpHb has not been described in the trauma population. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the accuracy of a SpHb measurement(More)
BACKGROUND: Recent technological developments have made possible telemedicine application in the management of trauma and emergency care especially in remote areas and isolated communities. METHODS: Review of the literature. RESULTS: As technology is becoming friendlier and cheaper, the concept of teletrauma, telepresence, and teleresuscitation are evolving(More)
Upper extremity vascular injuries are common in trauma. The mortality rate from these injuries is quite low; however, the morbidity rate is quite significant. Prompt diagnosis and treatment can reduce the amputation rate for these injuries to minimal. Furthermore, morbidity from late complications of chronic ischemia, restenosis, and cold intolerance can be(More)