Suneel Khetarpal

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BACKGROUND To survey surgeon opinion regarding the management of the open abdomen (OA) and abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS) to assess current practice and direct future prospective clinical studies. METHODS Opinions of self-designated trauma, general, pediatric, and vascular surgeons belonging to the Trauma Association of Canada (TAC), were surveyed(More)
BACKGROUND We sought to evaluate the effect alcohol intoxication may have had in nonsurgically treated patients with severe traumatic brain injury. METHODS The Montreal General Hospital Traumatic Brain Injury Registry was used to identify all adult patients with a Glasgow Coma Scale score < or =8 at admission, within a 15-month period. All charts were(More)
BACKGROUND The optimal abdominal closure in critically ill surgical/trauma patients remains controversial with a wide variety of commonly employed techniques. We sought to evaluate clinical equipoise by surveying Canadian surgeons regarding the use of temporary abdominal closure strategies in damage control and emergency situations. METHODS A structured(More)
Although the need and benefit of prehospital interventions has been controversial for quite some time, an increasing amount of evidence has stirred both sides into more frequent debate. Proponents of the traditional "scoop-and-run" technique argue that this approach allows a more timely transfer to definitive care facilities and limits unnecessary (and(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the impact of the presence of an attending trauma surgeon during trauma team activation on system function and patient outcome. METHODS After a retrospective review of medical records and trauma registry, a comparative study between two American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Level I trauma centers was performed. One center(More)
Pneumothorax is a common complication following blunt chest wall trauma. In these patients, because of the restrictions regarding immobilization of the cervical spine, Anteroposterior (AP) chest radiograph is usually the most feasible initial study which is not as sensitive as the erect chest X-ray or CT chest for detection of a pneumothorax. We will(More)
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