Ross Kerridge

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We conducted a prospective study of non-cardiac surgical patients aged 70 years or more in 23 hospitals in Australia and New Zealand. We studied 4158 consecutive patients of whom 2845 (68%) had pre-existing comorbidities. By day 30, 216 (5%) patients had died, and 835 (20%) suffered complications; 390 (9.4%) patients were admitted to the Intensive Care(More)
This study examines the feasibility of using Quality-Adjusted Life Years (QALYs) to assess patient outcome and the economic justification of treatment in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). 248 patients were followed for three years after admission. Survival and quality of life for each patient was evaluated. Outcome for each patient was quantified in discounted(More)
OBJECTIVES There has been a recent widespread international 'paradigm shift' to new Perioperative Systems for surgical patient care. These new systems are based on a multidisciplinary team providing an integrated process of care from the time a decision is made that a patient should have an operation until the patient has recovered from surgery. The(More)
Errors in the management of regular medications at the time of hospital admission are common. This randomised controlled three-arm parallel-group trial examined the impact of pharmacist medication history taking and pharmacist supplementary prescribing on unintentional omissions of postoperative medications in a large perioperative service. Participants(More)
Traumatic air embolism is rare in Australia, but must be treated promptly if patients are to survive. A single fatal case of traumatic air embolism due to penetrating trauma is described with attention to the presenting symptoms and signs, the unsuccessful attempts at resuscitation and correlation with the post-mortem findings. Patients with penetrating(More)
The procedures, results and outcomes of investigation of 50 patients with clinical episodes of anaesthesia-associated anaphylaxis were retrospectively reviewed. Assessment was performed by measurement of serum tryptase and specific IgE and a combination of skin prick and intradermal skin testing. Testing was performed both for agents received during the(More)
BACKGROUND Evidence suggests that preoperative clinics, like other hospital outpatient clinics and inpatient wards, fail to systematically provide smoking cessation care to patients having planned surgery. METHODS The aim of the study was to assess the efficacy, acceptability, and cost of a multifaceted intervention to facilitate the provision of(More)
In this article, we outline a study method with which structural changes to clinical communication were achieved within a local intensive care unit (ICU). The study method involved in-depth, round-the-clock observation, interviewing, and video filming of how intensivists conducted their practices, as well as showing selected footage to the clinicians for(More)
A Perioperative Service has recently been introduced at liverpool hospital, a 460-bed university teaching hospital. This provides a co-ordinated system for managing all elective surgical patients from the time an admission booked until hospital discharge. This paper describes the patient assessment, structure and staff requirements, benefits of and problems(More)
We assessed the efficacy of a comprehensive programme for stopping smoking in 210 smokers scheduled for surgery, before admission and 3 months after attending a pre-operative clinic. Participants were randomly allocated to receive an intervention incorporating nicotine replacement therapy for patients smoking more than 10 cigarettes per day ("dependent(More)