Steven R. Offerman

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OBJECTIVE The authors present their experience in the laparoscopic management of benign liver disease. The aim of the study is to analyze technical feasibility and evaluate immediate and long-term outcome. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Indications for the laparoscopic management of varied abdominal conditions have evolved. Although the minimally invasive(More)
BACKGROUND Crotaline Fab therapy is recommended for controlling local tissue effects, coagulation abnormalities, and other systemic signs following mild-to-moderate N American Crotaline envenomations. Occasionally, coagulation abnormalities emerge after control of tissue effects has been achieved. These coagulation changes range from minor, single parameter(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE We describe the performance of helical abdominal computed tomography (CT) scan without oral contrast for the detection of blunt gastrointestinal injuries. METHODS We retrospectively reviewed the records of a consecutive series of patients who underwent helical abdominal CT scanning for evaluation of blunt intra-abdominal injury and were(More)
Gastric perforation is a rare complication of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The majority of reported cases have been associated with difficult airway management or esophageal intubation. There has been only one previous case report in which this complication could be attributed solely to mouth-to-mouth ventilation. We present a case of simple bystander(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective was to investigate clinician knowledge of and attitudes toward clinical decision support (CDS) and its incorporation into the electronic health record (EHR). METHODS This was an electronic survey of emergency physicians (EPs) within an integrated health care delivery system that uses a complete EHR. Randomly assigned respondents(More)
Thrombocytopenia is a common occurrence in moderate to severe crotaline envenomation. The exact mechanism by which rattlesnake venom leads to thrombocytopenia is unclear, but aggressive treatment with crotaline-specific antivenom often leads to resolution of this disorder. Crotalinae Polyvalent Immune Fab (CroFab(TM), Protherics Inc., Nashville, TN)(More)
OBJECTIVE There is little data regarding safety or efficacy of Crotalinae polyvalent immune Fab (ovine) antivenom (crotaline Fab) in pediatric patients. Our objective was to provide the first information regarding safety and effectiveness of this new drug in children. METHODS Data were collected prospectively and retrospectively for all consecutive(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE Patients receiving warfarin or clopidogrel are considered at increased risk for traumatic intracranial hemorrhage after blunt head trauma. The prevalence of immediate traumatic intracranial hemorrhage and the cumulative incidence of delayed traumatic intracranial hemorrhage in these patients, however, are unknown. The objective of this study(More)
BACKGROUND Lithium overdose primarily results in neurologic toxicity; however, cardiac effects have also been reported. Our aim was to describe a large cohort of hospitalized lithium overdose patients. Specifically we were interested in reported cardiac complications, frequency of hemodialysis (HD), and mortality. METHODS This is a retrospective,(More)
INTRODUCTION Central venous catheterization (CVC) can be an important component of the management of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock. CVC, however, is a time- and resource-intensive procedure associated with serious complications. The effects of the absence of shock or the presence of relative contraindications on undertaking central line(More)