Suzanne Winter

Learn More
BACKGROUND The role of hepato-imino diacetic acid scan (HIDA) in the diagnosis of acute cholecystitis remains controversial when compared with the more commonly used abdominal ultrasound (AUS). METHODS The diagnostic imaging workup of 1,217 patients who presented to the emergency department at a single hospital with acute abdominal pain and suspicion of(More)
BACKGROUND Acute cholecystitis is one of the most common surgical problems, yet substantial debate remains over the utility of simple examination, abdominal ultrasound (AUS), or advanced imaging such as hepato-imino diacetic acid (HIDA) scan to support the diagnosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS The preoperative diagnostic workup of patients who underwent(More)
BACKGROUND A nationwide outbreak of fungal infections was traced to injection of Exserohilum-contaminated methylprednisolone. We describe our experience with patients who developed spinal or paraspinal infection after injection of contaminated methylprednisolone. METHODS Data were assembled from the Michigan Department of Community Health, electronic(More)
BACKGROUND The presence and proliferation of vascular access nursing in hospital settings has been identified as a potential contributor to growing demand, and possible overuse, of peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs). OBJECTIVE We examined vascular access nurses' perceived role related to use of PICCs and the association with appropriateness(More)
OBJECTIVES To understand the perceived preparedness of frontline nurses (registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs)), unit nurse managers, and skilled nursing facility (SNF) administrators in providing care for residents with peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) in SNFs. DESIGN Exploratory, qualitative pilot study. SETTING Two(More)
BACKGROUND While the use of technologies such as ultrasound and electrocardiographic (ECG) guidance systems to place peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) has grown, little is known about the clinicians who use these tools or their work settings. METHODS Using data from a national survey of vascular access specialists, we identified technology(More)
Highly cross-linked polyethylene liners are widely used in total hip arthroplasty because they experience lower wear rates than conventional polyethylene liners. However, the cross-linking process does decrease the resistance of polyethylene to fatigue failure and fracture. This report describes 2 cases of highly cross-linked polyethylene liner fracture(More)
Modular tibial components are the clinical standard in total knee arthroplasty despite the lack of evidence of improved function and longevity when compared with monoblock implants. This study describes the minimum 5-year outcomes for 125 total knee arthroplasties performed with monoblock tibial components in 101 patients. No patients were lost to(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare continuous infusion preperitoneal wound catheters (CPA) versus continuous epidural analgesia (CEA) after elective colorectal surgery. METHODS An open-label equivalence trial randomizing patients to CPA or CEA. Primary outcomes were postoperative pain as determined by numeric pain scores and supplemental narcotic analgesia(More)