Stephen P Gatt

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It has been suggested that the size of the base of the tongue is an important factor determining the degree of difficulty of direct laryngoscopy. A relatively simple grading system which involves preoperative ability to visualize the faucial pillars, soft palate and base of uvula was designed as a means of predicting the degree of difficulty in laryngeal(More)
OBJECTIVE Through the Australian and New Zealand Haemostasis Registry, we report on the Australian and New Zealand experience with recombinant activated factor VII (rFVIIa) in obstetric patients. METHODS The role of rFVIIa for off-label indications, including trauma, cardiac surgery, and severe postpartum hemorrhage, remains controversial. The Haemostasis(More)
This is the Executive Summary of updated guidelines developed by the Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand for the management of hypertensive diseases of pregnancy. They address a number of challenging areas including the definition of severe hypertension, the use of automated blood pressure monitors, the definition of non-proteinuric(More)
Recombinant activated factor VII (rFVIIa) is emerging as a novel therapy for the treatment of life or fertility-threatening post-partum haemorrhage (PPH) unresponsive to standard therapy that in some cases may prevent the need for peripartum hysterectomy. The level of evidence to date for use of rFVIIa in PPH is limited to case reports and case series with(More)
Epidural abscess is a rare complication of epidural block and occasionally presents in the post partum period. A case is described where a thoracolumbar abscess presented with backache and headache 10 days after an apparently uneventful block for labour and caesarean section. The abscess was treated medically with a satisfactory outcome. The literature is(More)
In this prospective meta-analysis, we have evaluated the effect of epidural analgesia with ropivacaine for pain in labour on neonatal outcome and mode of delivery compared with bupivacaine. In six randomized, double-blind studies, 403 labouring women, primigravidae and multiparae, received epidural analgesia with ropivacaine or bupivacaine 2.5 mg ml-1. The(More)
Esmolol, an ultra-short-acting cardioselective beta-adrenergic blocker, was investigated in a double-blind prospective protocol for its ability to control haemodynamic responses associated with tracheal intubation after thiopentone and succinylcholine. Thirty ASA physical status I patients received a 12-minute infusion of esmolol (500 micrograms X kg-1 X(More)