Ross Kingston

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As a non-toxic endogenous antioxidant, the semi-essential amino acid taurine is a potential attenuator of oxidative damage such as that produced by ischaemia-reperfusion injury. Ischaemia-reperfusion injury is a well established if paradoxical phenomenon whereby ischaemic tissue, doomed to necrosis if it is not reperfused, is actually further damaged by(More)
BACKGROUND Trauma is a major cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. Methods of assessing outcome have evolved with management of trauma victims. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION The wide variety of scoring instruments available to assess the injured patient may be divided into three groups: anatomical, physiological and combined systems. Anatomical systems(More)
INTRODUCTION Tissues subjected to prolonged ischaemia are paradoxically further damaged when their perfusion is restored. The mechanisms underlying this ischaemia-reperfusion injury are complex, but oxidative attack is a central feature. Among the therapeutic agents used to attenuate ischaemia-reperfusion injury, endogenous agents such as taurine which form(More)
For informed consent, patients must understand the risks and benefits of the proposed procedure. Fifty patients undergoing total hip replacement (THR) participated in an evaluation of a newly devised information booklet. Patients' understanding of the risks and benefits of THR was assessed using a questionnaire before and after they had read the booklet.(More)
OBJECTIVES Reports of prosthetic joint infection associated with urological or dental procedures have prompted suggestions that these patients require antibiotic prophylaxis, but no guidelines have been agreed. We have polled orthopaedic surgeons, urologists, and dentists on this issue. METHODS The questions asked were: could infection of a joint(More)
We have recently treated two adult patients with significant spinal injuries after using an inflatable ‘bouncy castle’. We highlight the risks associated with these devices in the adult age group and review the current literature. We conclude that these devices should carry a clear warning to adults that their use by above-14 is hazardous. Nous avons(More)
We have developed an online Orthopaedic Discussion group in Ireland to complement weekly lectures and to encourage active learning. It has proven itself to be an excellent method of teaching and provides a platform for the discussion of complex cases and journal article appraisal. Time constraints during the working week have lessened the hours available(More)