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  • 2017 update of the WSES guidelines for emergency repair of complicated abdominal wall hernias.

    Birindelli, Arianna; Sartelli, Massimo; Di Saverio, Salomone; Coccolini, Federico; Ansaloni, Luca; van Ramshorst, Gabrielle H; Campanelli, Giampiero; Khokha, Vladimir; Moore, Ernest E; Peitzman, Andrew; Velmahos, George; Moore, Frederick Alan; Leppaniemi, Ari; Burlew, Clay Cothren; Biffl, Walter L; Koike, Kaoru; Kluger, Yoram; Fraga, Gustavo P; Ordonez, Carlos A; Novello, Matteo; Agresta, Ferdinando; Sakakushev, Boris; Gerych, Igor; Wani, Imtiaz; Kelly, Michael D; Gomes, Carlos Augusto; Faro, Mario Paulo; Tarasconi, Antonio; Demetrashvili, Zaza; Lee, Jae Gil; Vettoretto, Nereo; Guercioni, Gianluca; Persiani, Roberto; Tranà, Cristian; Cui, Yunfeng; Kok, Kenneth Y Y; Ghnnam, Wagih M; Abbas, Ashraf El-Sayed; Sato, Norio; Marwah, Sanjay; Rangarajan, Muthukumaran; Ben-Ishay, Offir; Adesunkanmi, Abdul Rashid K; Lohse, Helmut Alfredo Segovia; Kenig, Jakub; Mandalà, Stefano; Coimbra, Raul; Bhangu, Aneel; Suggett, Nigel; Biondi, Antonio; Portolani, Nazario; Baiocchi, Gianluca; Kirkpatrick, Andrew W; Scibé, Rodolfo; Sugrue, Michael; Chiara, Osvaldo; Catena, Fausto (BioMed Central, 2017)
    Emergency repair of complicated abdominal wall hernias may be associated with worsen outcome and a significant rate of postoperative complications. There is no consensus on management of complicated abdominal hernias. The main matter of debate is about the use of mesh in case of intestinal resection and the type of mesh to be used. Wound infection is the most common complication encountered and represents an immense burden especially in the presence of a mesh. The recurrence rate is an important topic that influences the final outcome. A World Society of Emergency Surgery (WSES) Consensus Conference was held in Bergamo in July 2013 with the aim to define recommendations for emergency repair of abdominal wall hernias in adults. This document represents the executive summary of the consensus conference approved by a WSES expert panel. In 2016, the guidelines have been revised and updated according to the most recent available literature.
  • Update from the Abdominal Compartment Society (WSACS) on intra-abdominal hypertension and abdominal compartment syndrome: past, present, and future beyond Banff 2017.

    Kirkpatrick, Andrew W; Sugrue, Michael; McKee, Jessica L; Pereira, Bruno M; Roberts, Derek J; De Waele, Jan J; Leppaniemi, Ari; Ejike, Janeth C; Reintam Blaser, Annika; D'Amours, Scott; De Keulenaer, Bart; Malbrain, Manu L N G (Via Medica Journals, 2017)
  • Breast cancer risk assessment and screening - Is it a persistent problem in a rural population?

    Johnston, Alison; Neary, Shane; Sugrue, Michael; Department of Breast Surgery, Breast Centre North West, Letterkenny University Hospital, Donegal Clinical Research Academy, Ireland (Remedy Publications LLC, 2017-08-09)
    Trend analysis of breast screening uptake in those meeting screening criteria that were newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Retrospective review of all breast cancer patients diagnosed between 2010 and 2014. Patients’ demographics, screening, risk assessment, pathological stages and surgical treatment utilization were recorded. 150 patients, mean ages 55.4 ± 10.2 years (range 29–90), were studied. Overall 65/150 (43.3%) had optimal screening pre cancer diagnosis and 85/150 (56.7%) suboptimal. The trend in optimal screening improved from 30% to 60% over the study period. The mean overall tumour size (excluding DCIS patients) in 131 patients was 32.8 mm; 26.9 mm in optimally and 38.5 mm in the suboptimally screened groups (p = 0.06 x2 df8). 113/150 (75.3%) diagnosed with early stage breast cancer and 37/150 (24.7%) late stage. Principally late stage at diagnosis was within the group with suboptimal screening; 100%, 100%, 63.6%, 75% and 60% respectively for years 2010–2014. This study identified improving trends in compliance with international screening and risk assessment guidelines. Failure to screen results in more advanced disease; further public health measures to engage appropriate screening may improve stage at presentation and breast cancer outcomes.
  • Targeting breast cancer outcomes-what about the primary relatives?

    Johnston, Alison; Sugrue, Michael (Wiley-Blackwell, 2017-07)
    Up to 65% of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients had not been screened correctly before diagnosis resulting in increased stage of cancer at presentation. This study assessed whether their primary relatives are, in turn, assessed appropriately.
  • 2016 WSES guidelines on acute calculous cholecystitis.

    Ansaloni, L; Pisano, M; Coccolini, F; Peitzmann, A B; Fingerhut, A; Catena, F; Agresta, F; Allegri, A; Bailey, I; Balogh, Z J; Bendinelli, C; Biffl, W; Bonavina, L; Borzellino, G; Brunetti, F; Burlew, C C; Camapanelli, G; Campanile, F C; Ceresoli, M; Chiara, O; Civil, I; Coimbra, R; De Moya, M; Di Saverio, S; Fraga, G P; Gupta, S; Kashuk, J; Kelly, M D; Koka, V; Jeekel, H; Latifi, R; Leppaniemi, A; Maier, R V; Marzi, I; Moore, F; Piazzalunga, D; Sakakushev, B; Sartelli, M; Scalea, T; Stahel, P F; Taviloglu, K; Tugnoli, G; Uraneus, S; Velmahos, G C; Wani, I; Weber, D G; Viale, P; Sugrue, M; Ivatury, R; Kluger, Y; Gurusamy, K S; Moore, E E (World journal of emergency surgery : WJES, 2016)
    Acute calculus cholecystitis is a very common disease with several area of uncertainty. The World Society of Emergency Surgery developed extensive guidelines in order to cover grey areas. The diagnostic criteria, the antimicrobial therapy, the evaluation of associated common bile duct stones, the identification of "high risk" patients, the surgical timing, the type of surgery, and the alternatives to surgery are discussed. Moreover the algorithm is proposed: as soon as diagnosis is made and after the evaluation of choledocholitiasis risk, laparoscopic cholecystectomy should be offered to all patients exception of those with high risk of morbidity or mortality. These Guidelines must be considered as an adjunctive tool for decision but they are not substitute of the clinical judgement for the individual patient.
  • A user's guide to intra-abdominal pressure measurement.

    Sugrue, Michael; De Waele, Jan J; De Keulenaer, Bart L; Roberts, Derek J; Malbrain, Manu L N G (Anaesthesiology intensive therapy, 2015)
    The intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) measurement is a key to diagnosing and managing critically ill medical and surgical patients. There are an increasing number of techniques that allow us to measure the IAP at the bedside. This paper reviews these techniques. IAP should be measured at end-expiration, with the patient in the supine position and ensuring that there is no abdominal muscle activity. The intravesicular IAP measurement is convenient and considered the gold standard. The level where the mid-axillary line crosses the iliac crest is the recommended zero reference for the transvesicular IAP measurement; moreover, marking this level on the patient increases reproducibility. Protocols for IAP measurement should be developed for each ICU based on the locally available tools and equipment. IAP measurement techniques are safe, reproducible and accurate and do not increase the risk of urinary tract infection. Continuous IAP measurement may offer benefits in specific situations in the future. In conclusion, the IAP measurement is a reliable and essential adjunct to the management of patients at risk of intra-abdominal hypertension.
  • How to deal with an open abdomen?

    De Waele, Jan J; Kaplan, Mark; Sugrue, Michael; Sibaja, Pablo; Björck, Martin (Anaesthesiology intensive therapy, 2015)
    Appropriate open abdomen treatment is one of the key elements in the management of patients who require decompressive laparotomy or in whom the abdomen is left open prophylactically. Apart from fluid control and protection from external injury, fluid evacuation and facilitation of early closure are now the goals of open abdomen treatment. Abdominal negative pressure therapy has emerged as the most appropriate method to reach these goals. Especially when combined with strategies that allow progressive approximation of the fascial edges, high closure rates can be obtained. Intra-abdominal pressure measurement can be used to guide the surgical strategy and continued attention to intra-abdominal hypertension is necessary. This paper reviews recent advances as well as identifying the remaining challenges in patients requiring open abdomen treatment. The new classification system of the open abdomen is an important tool to use when comparing the efficacy of different strategies, as well as different systems of temporary abdominal closure.
  • The Centricity Score: A Novel Measurement to Aid in Conservative Breast Cancer Surgery

    Sugrue, Ryan; McGowan, Katherine; McNamara, Cillian; Sugrue, Michael (Advances in Breast Cancer Research, 2014-10)
    Introduction: This study describes an intra-operative scoring system to advise the surgeon of the centricity of the tumour in the excised specimen. Methods: Spatial estimations were prospectively made in 10 consecutive patients undergoing wide local excision (WLE) using Bioptics intra-operative digital specimen imaging. The centricity score was defined as 100 – (ICD/SD × 100), where ICD is the inter-centre distance between the specimen’s centre and the tumour’s centre. Results: 10 patients with invasive breast cancer (T1b to T4a), mean age 56 years (range 44 - 71) were studied. The mean tumour and specimen diameter was 24 mm ± 10 (range 12 - 48) and 101 mm ± 22 (range 64 - 140). The mean centricity score was 86 ± 9 (range 65 - 95). Conclusion: This study successfully describes an intraoperative radiological spatial scoring system for patients undergoing WLE. Tumours were well centered in specimens with an overall score of 86/100. The centricity score could be used to guide excision and potentially set benchmarks for conservative breast surgery.
  • Failure to engage in breast screening and risk assessment results in more advanced stage at diagnosis

    Johnston, Alison; Curran, Sharon; Sugrue, Michael (Scientific Research Publishing, 2015-04-09)
    Abstract Background: Although well established, population based screening and family risk assessment for breast cancer have come under increasing scrutiny. The concept of over diagnosis is increasingly cited in cancer publications. This study assessed the impact of failure to screen or risk assess patients attending with a new diagnosis of breast cancer. Methods: A retrospective review was undertaken of 200 consecutive patients diagnosed with breast cancer between January 2010 and September 2012 at Letterkenny Hospital. Appropriate screening was defined as biennial in those aged 50 - 66 and in those 40 - 49 with moderate/high family history risk (NICE criteria or IBIS criteria). Patient demographics, screening history, diagnosis date and stage (TNM) were documented. Patients with previous breast cancer were not included (n = 17). Results: 200 consecutive patients, whose mean age was 61 (range 28 - 99), were studied. 112/200 (56%) met no criteria for screening or family history assessment, and 88/200 (44%) met criteria for either screening (in 56) or family history assessment (in 32). 61/88 (69.3%) meeting criteria did not have a mammogram or risk assessment. The stage of breast cancer was significantly earlier in those screened appropriately, with early stage cancer in n = 111/139 (79.9 %) and late in n = 28/139 (20.1%), compared with 38/61 (62.3%) and 23/61 (37.7%) in those failing to be screened appropriately (p = 0.01 χ2 df1). Conclusion: Failure to engage in breast screening and risk assessment resulted in more advanced stage at diagnosis.
  • European undergraduate curriculum in geriatric medicine developed using an international modified Delphi technique.

    Masud, Tahir; Blundell, Adrian; Gordon, Adam Lee; Mulpeter, Ken; Roller, Regina; Singler, Katrin; Goeldlin, Adrian; Stuck, Andreas (Oxford University Press, 2014-09)
    the rise in the number of older, frail adults necessitates that future doctors are adequately trained in the skills of geriatric medicine. Few countries have dedicated curricula in geriatric medicine at the undergraduate level. The aim of this project was to develop a consensus among geriatricians on a curriculum with the minimal requirements that a medical student should achieve by the end of medical school.
  • Bird fancier's lung in mushroom workers

    J Hayes,; M Barrett (Irish Medical Journal, 2015-04)
    Hypersensitivity pneumonitis has been described in mushrooms workers caused by exposure to mushroom or fungal spores in the compost used to grow mushrooms. We describe two mushroom workers who developed hypersensitivity pneumonitis due to exposure to avian proteins found in poultry manure which was used in producing mushroom compost. Both workers were employed in the compost production area. Both presented with typical features of HP. Both workers had negative serological and precipitin studies to Apergillus fumigatus, Saccarhopolyspora rectivirgula and thermophilic actinomycetes but had positive responses to poultry antibodies. Neither was exposed to mushroom spores. Both workers required initial therapy with corticosteroids. Relocation with avoidance of further exposure resulted in complete cure in one worker and change in work practice with the use of personal protections equipment resulted in the second worker clinical stabilisation. These are the first reported cases of bird fanciers lung in mushroom workers.
  • A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized and non-randomized studies comparing laparoscopic and open abdominoperineal resection for rectal cancer.

    Ahmad, N Z; Racheva, G; Elmusharaf, H; Department of Surgery, Letterkenny General Hospital, Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland. nasirzahmad@gmail.com (2013-03)
    Evidence supporting the role of laparoscopy in abdominoperineal resection (APR) is limited. This study compared the short-term and long-term outcomes and complications associated with open and laparoscopic APR.
  • A toddler with a yellow nose and excessive intake of sweet potato.

    Eltayeb, Mohamed; Paediatric Department, Letterkenny General Hospital, Letterkenny, Ireland. meltayeb12@yahoo.com (2011-12)
  • Improving stroke care for patients at Cavan hospital [poster]

    Murugasu, G Dr.; O’Callaghan, Su-Zann; Smith, Collette; Young, Maeve; Cavan General Hospital (Health Service Executive, 2013-07)
    Under the Quality and Continuing Care Directorate (QCCD) in stroke care Cavan General Hospital was identified as a hospital that received a large number of stroke and TIA patients. A programme was established to improve services to this population.
  • Exercise and limitations in physical activity levels among new dialysis patients in the United States: an epidemiologic study.

    Stack, Austin G; Murthy, Bhamidipati; Regional Kidney Center, Department of Medicine, Letterkenny General Hospital, Health Services Executive (HSE) West, Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland. Austin.Stack@hse.ie (Annals of epidemiology, 2008-12)
    Epidemiologic studies of physical activity among patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) are lacking. The aim of this study was to describe the patterns of physical activity among new dialysis patients in the United States.
  • Evaluation of the patient generated index as a measure of quality-of-life in people with severe traumatic brain injury.

    Hogan, Mark; Nangle, Niamh; Morrison, Todd G; McGuire, Brian E; School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. markf.hogan@hse.ie (2013)
    Quality-of-life (QoL) measures may be useful in quantifying the personal impact of an acquired brain injury and as an indicator of the effectiveness of service provision. This study investigated the validity of the patient generated index (PGI) as a measure of QoL with a sample of adults who had sustained a severe traumatic brain injury.
  • Evidence based road safety? The Driving Standards Agency's schools programme

    Cochrane Injuries Group Driver Education Reviewers; Achara, Shirley; Adeyemi, Bola; Dosekun, Efunbo; Kelleher, Suzanne; Lansley, Marilyn; Male, Ian; Muhialdin, Nermin; Reynolds, Lucy; Roberts, Ian; Smailbegovic, Mirada; van der Spek, Nick; Cavan General Hospital (2001-07)
    Presentation at the third Interdisciplinary Evidence Based Policies and Indicator Systems Conference, July 2001
  • Revesz syndrome masquerading as bilateral cicatricial retinopathy of prematurity

    van der Spek, Nick; McElnea, E; Smith, O; Fitzsimons, S; Patel, C; O’Marcaigh, A (European Society of Ophthalmology, 2013-06-11)
  • Evaluation of an innovative recruitment initiative on the attitudes of medical students

    O’Connor, K; Thekiso, T; Douglas, L; Barry, H; Flynn, D; McCarthy, A; Swanwick, G (Irish Medical Journal, 2013-05)
  • An exploration of occupation in nursing home residents with dementia

    Morgan-Brown, M; Manley, D (National Institute of Health Sciences Research Bulletin, 2011)

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