Restrictive red blood cell transfusion may decrease risk of infection

Image: PD  1. Transfusion protocols employing restrictive transfusion thresholds demonstrate a decreased risk of infection as compared to those employing morel liberal thresholds.  2. Thirty-eight patients...

Hemicraniectomy improved survival but not functional status in MCA strokes

Image: PD  1. At 6 months, patients who underwent hemicraniectomy scored better on the Rankin scale, as compared to those who underwent ICU conservative therapy.  2....

Acute care surgery service improves outcomes, saves cost

Image: PD  1. Implementation of an acute care surgery service at a non-trauma hospital resulted in improved outcomes and finances and is sustainable over time.  2....

Nonleg venous thromboses associated with PE, longer ICU stay

Image: PD 1. Venous thrombosis in the critically ill tended to be incident, proximal, and in the deeper veins of the upper extremities with the...

Age-adjusted D-dimer levels may rule out pulmonary embolism [ADJUST-PE trial]

Image: PD  1. Baseline D-dimer levels increase with age, increasing the test false positive rate without age adjustment.  2. Age-adjusted cutoffs increase the rule-out efficacy of...

2 Minute Medicine Rewind March 10 – 17, 2014

Image: PD In this section, we will highlight the key high-impact studies, updates, and analyses published in medicine during the past week. Idelalisib and Rituximab in...

Ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm mortality greater in England vs. USA.

Image: PD  1.  Ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms (rAAA) have a significantly higher in-hospital mortality rate in England compared to the USA.  2. The best outcomes in...

Perioperative beta-blocker use beneficial in select cardiovascular subgroups

Image: PD  1. Beta-blocker use was associated with no significant improvement in major cardiovascular adverse events (MACE) or all-cause mortality in all patients with ischemic...

Insurance status linked to transfer decisions in trauma cases

Image: PD 1. Uninsured patients were most likely to get transferred to appropriate trauma center.  2. Severe abdominal injuries and older patients were both associated with...

Intracranial carotid artery atherosclerosis independently linked to increased stroke risk

Image: PD  1. Intracranial carotid artery atherosclerosis was demonstrated to be a major risk factor for stroke in a white population.  2. Intracranial atherosclerosis was shown...

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