• The outcome of laparoscopic cholecystectomy by ultrasonic dissection.

      Sasi, Walid; Department of Surgery, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda, Ireland. (2010-04)
      Electrocautery remains the main energy form used for dissection in laparoscopic cholecystectomy. However, due to its many risks the search continues for safer and more efficient forms of energy. This chapter assesses the outcomes of dissection using ultrasonic energy as compared to monopolar electrocautery during laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Studies included are trials of prospectively randomized adult patients with symptomatic gallstone disease subject either ultrasonic or monopolar electrocautery dissection during laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Seven trials were included in this review, with a total patient number of 695 randomized to two dissection methods: 340 in the electrocautery group and 355 in the ultrasonic group. Ultrasonic dissection is shown to be superior to monopolar electrocautery in laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Disadvantages include a difficult maneuvering technique and overall cost. Appropriate training programs may be implemented to overcome the first disadvantage, and it might be argued that given the combined cost of factors associated with standard clip and cautery technique, cost issues may be outweighed by the benefits of ultrasonic dissection. However, this necessitates further cost-benefit analysis.
    • Peripheral nerve field stimulation for pruritus relief in a patient with notalgia paraesthetica.

      Ricciardo, Bernadette; Kumar, Sandeep; O'Callaghan, James; Boyce, Zachary; Department of Dermatology, Our Lady Of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Louth,, Ireland. berniricciardo@yahoo.com.au (2012-02-01)
      This case study is presented to exemplify the application of peripheral nerve field stimulation in the treatment of recalcitrant notalgia paraesthetica. The patient was a 60-year-old woman with severe and disabling notalgia paraesthetica. The itch persisted despite the use of several medications - topical and oral. Following a successful trial of peripheral nerve field stimulation with a temporary electrode, two subcutaneous electrodes were inserted into the affected area with a battery implanted subcutaneously in her right buttock. The patient was reviewed at 5 months post implantation. She reported a greater than 85% improvement in her itch. She also reported a major improvement in her quality of life, with particular improvement in her ability to sleep through the night. This case illustrates the possible utilization of peripheral nerve field stimulation in the treatment of notalgia paraesthetica, which is a common yet poorly understood and treated condition. Replication and controlled studies are required to determine the general applicability of this approach.
    • Pharmacological management of co-morbid conditions at the end of life: is less more?

      McLean, S; Sheehy-Skeffington, B; O'Leary, N; O'Gorman, A; Specialist Palliative Care Service, Dochas Centre, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. smclean81@yahoo.com (2013-03)
      Co-morbid conditions (CMCs) are present in over half of patients with cancer over 50 years of age. As life-limiting illnesses progress, the benefits and burdens of treatments for CMCs become unclear. Relevant issues include physiological changes in advanced illness, time-to-benefit of medications, burden of medications, and psychological impact of discontinuing medications. Optimal prescribing is unclear due to lack of evidence.
    • Pneumomediastinum following high pressure air injection to the hand.

      Kennedy, J; Harrington, P; Department of Orthopaedics, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Co Louth., getjimkennedy@gmail.com (2012-02-01)
      We present the case of a patient who developed pneumomediastinum after high pressure air injection to the hand. To our knowledge this is the first reported case of pneumomediastinum where the gas injection site was the thenar eminence. Fortunately the patient recovered with conservative management.
    • Point of Care Echocardiography in an Irish Critical Care Unit

      Kuriakose, D; O’Mahony, R; Rooplalsingh, R; McCanny, P; Colreavy, F; Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Co. Dublin, The Prince Charles Hospital, Rode Road, Chermside, QLD AUS, Liverpool Hospital, Liverpool, New South Wales 2170, Australia, Consultant Intensivist, Mater Misercordiae University Hospital, Eccles Street, Dublin 7 (Irish Medical Journal, 2018-09)
      Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) has become an established component of critical care monitoring1-5 .Traditionally performed by Cardiology Services, either cardiac physiologists or cardiology doctors, a major limitation has been availability of these personnel on a 24 hour /7 day per week basis to the critical care area. As a result performance of TTE examinations has moved beyond the traditional users and now involves critical care doctors. Definition of the competencies required for basic level critical care echocardiography has provided a practical roadmap to Intensivists involved in echocardiography training. We introduced a basic level echocardiography training course into our critical care unit and it was the aim of this study to evaluate the impact of echocardiography training on clinical practice.
    • Point of Care Echocardiography in an Irish Critical Care Unit

      Kuriakose, D; O’Mahony, R; Rooplalsingh, R; McCanny, P; Colreavy, F; 1. Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda 2. Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Co. Dublin 3. The Prince Charles Hospital, Rode Road, Chermside, Aus 4. Liverpool Hospital, Liverpool, New South Wales, Aus 5. Mater Misercordiae University Hospital, Dublin (Irish Medical Journal, 2018-10)
      We sought to evaluate the clinical impact of a 6 month transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) teaching programme in a critical care unit.
    • Prenatal diagnosis of chorionicity in twins.

      Hassan, T; O'Coigligh, S; Higgins, S; Our Lady of Lourdes, Drogheda, Co Louth. tayyabahassan@hotmail.com (2012-02-01)
      The aim of this audit was to assess the accuracy of transabdominal ultrasound scan in predicting chorionicity in twin pregnancies in our unit. The presence or absence of lambda sign, T-sign, dividing membrane thickness and number of placentae were used to determine chorionicity. We retrospectively analysed these antenatal markers in 268 sets of twins delivered over a 5 year period and compared it with the postpartum placental histology and neonatal gender. Of 268 twin deliveries, 204 (76%) had both chorionicity and placental histology to compare. 67 of 84 (80%) were correctly diagnosed antenatally as monochorionic and 137 of 151 (91%) as dichorionic. In 31 cases (15%) the ultrasound diagnosis of chorionicity didn't match placental histology. Seventeen were thought to be monochorionic antenatally but were confirmed dichorionic on placental histology. Overall chorionicity was correctly diagnosed in 171/204 (84%) using transabdominal ultrasound scan (USS) in all trimesters. However the sensitivity and specificity of USS was much higher for dichorionic twins when carried out before 14 weeks of gestation.
    • Preventing unintentional injury in children and adolescents--the importance of local injury data collection.

      O'Carroll, C; Egleston, C; Nicholson, A J; Department of Paediatrics and Emergency Medicine, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital,, Drogheda, Co Louth. (2012-02-01)
      We sought to prospectively study all injuries in children and adolescents up to 16 years of age presenting to a regional Emergency Department (ED), to ascertain detailed injury patterns and to use this data to recommend injury prevention priorities. Electronic injury surveillance was prospectively collected over a 10 year period (1997-2007) in a hospital with a paediatric catchment population of 75,000 in a region with pockets of high social deprivation. All fatalities were obtained from data provided by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). Over a 10 year period, there were 31 fatalities, 5,408 admissions and 40,817 new attendances due to injury. Males outnumbered females in a 3:2 ratio. Of all injuries 24,317 (60%) occurred at home. Peak injury presentation time was in the evening between 18:00 and 20:00. Minor injuries (bruises, minor head injuries, lacerations and sprains) accounted for 32,456 (80%) of total. Fractures resulting from high falls (n=1,194) tended to result from bunk beds, staircases, horses, walls and playground equipment. Burns (n=630) involved hot liquids (tea, coffee), hot bath water, hot cooking oil and hot cooking plates. Pedestrian injuries (n=251) were predominantly 'dart outs' in urban areas. Car passenger injuries (n=869) showed low rates of documented car restraint use. Poisonings (n= 1,153) were predominantly medicinal products. Cyclist injuries (n=477) indicated low documented use of appropriate helmet wear. Prevention priorities should focus on home injuries, hot liquid burn and scald injuries and high falls from walls, beds and playground equipment. To prevent road-related injuries and deaths, further legislation, urban planning and greater police enforcement is required.
    • Proteomic classification of breast cancer.

      Kamel, Dalia; Brady, Bernadette; Tabchy, Adel; Mills, Gordon B; Hennessy, Bryan; Department of Medical Oncology, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Ireland. dsskamel@hotmail.com (2012-11)
      Being a significant health problem that affects patients in various age groups, breast cancer has been extensively studied to date. Recently, molecular breast cancer classification has advanced significantly with the availability of genomic profiling technologies. Proteomic technologies have also advanced from traditional protein assays including enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, immunoblotting and immunohistochemistry to more comprehensive approaches including mass spectrometry and reverse phase protein lysate arrays (RPPA). The purpose of this manuscript is to review the current protein markers that influence breast cancer prediction and prognosis and to focus on novel advances in proteomic classification of breast cancer.
    • Pulmonary embolism following isolated upper limb injury: a rare complication

      Raval, Pradyumna; Burke, Neil; Harrington, Paul (Springer, 2012-12)
    • A quality improvement approach to reducing the caesarean section surgical site infection rate in a regional hospital

      O’ Hanlon, M; McKenna, C; Carton, E; Diviney, D; Costello, MR; O’Sullivan, L; Fitzsimons, J; Toland, L; Dornikova, G; Curran, R; et al. (Iris Medical Journal, 2016-09)
      Surgical site infection (SSI) rates are used extensively by hospitals as a basis for quality improvement. A 30 day post-discharge SSI programme for caesarean section operations has been implemented in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital since 2011. It has been shown that skin antisepsis and antibiotic prophylaxis are key factors in the prevention of SSI. Using quality improvement methodology, an infection prevention bundle was introduced to address these two factors. Skin antisepsis was changed from povidone-iodine to chlorhexidine-alcohol. Compliance with choice of antibiotic prophylaxis increased from 89.6% in 2014 to 98.5% in 2015. Compliance with timing also improved. The SSI rate of 7.5% was the lowest recorded to date, with the majority of SSIs (64%) diagnosed after hospital discharge. The level of variation was also reduced, however the continued presence of variation and possibility of lower infection rates from the literature imply that further improvements are required.
    • A Quality Improvement Approach to Reducing the Caesarean section Surgical Site Infection Rate in a Regional Hospital

      O’ Hanlon, M; McKenna C; Carton, E; Diviney, D; Costello, MR; O’Sullivan, L; Fitzsimons, J; Toland, L; Dornikova, G; Curran, R; et al. (Irish Medical Journal, 2016-09)
      Surgical site infection (SSI) rates are used extensively by hospitals as a basis for quality improvement. A 30-day post-discharge SSI programme for Caesarean section operations has been implemented in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital since 2011. It has been shown that skin antisepsis and antibiotic prophylaxis are key factors in the prevention of SSI. Using quality improvement methodology, an infection prevention bundle was introduced to address these two factors. Skin antisepsis was changed from povidone-iodine to chlorhexidine-alcohol. Compliance with choice of antibiotic prophylaxis increased from 89.6% in 2014 to 98.5% in 2015. Compliance with timing also improved. The SSI rate of 7.5% was the lowest recorded to date, with the majority of SSIs (64%) diagnosed after hospital discharge. The level of variation was also reduced. However, the continued presence of variation and possibility of lower infection rates from the literature imply that further improvements are required.
    • Referral patterns of patients with liver metastases due to colorectal cancer for resection.

      Al-Sahaf, O; Al-Azawi, Dhafir; Al-Khudairy, Ammar; Fauzi, Mohammad Z; El-Masry, Sherif; Gilen, Peter; Department of General Surgery, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Co.,, Louth, Ireland. Usama_sahaf70@hotmail.com (2012-02-01)
      INTRODUCTION: Colorectal carcinoma accounts for 10% of cancer deaths in the Western World, with the liver being the most common site of distant metastases. Resection of liver metastases is the treatment of choice, with a 5-year survival rate of 35%. However, only 5-10% of patients are suitable for resection at presentation. AIMS: To examine the referral pattern of patients with liver metastases to a specialist hepatic unit for resection. METHODOLOGY: Retrospective review of patient's charts diagnosed with colorectal liver metastases over a 10-year period. RESULTS: One hundred nine (38 women, 71 men) patients with liver metastases were included, mean age 61 years; 79 and 30 patients had synchronous and metachronus metastases, respectively. Ten criteria for referral were identified; the referral rate was 8.25%, with a resection rate of 0.9%. Forty two percent of the patients had palliative chemotherapy; 42% had symptomatic treatment. CONCLUSION: This study highlights the advanced stage of colorectal cancer at presentation; in light of modern evidence-based, centre-oriented therapy of liver metastasis, we conclude that criteria of referral for resection should be based on the availability of treatment modalities.
    • Reversal of Hartmann's procedure following acute diverticulitis: is timing everything?

      Fleming, Fergal J; Gillen, Peter; Surgical Professorial Unit, Department of Surgery, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, , Drogheda, Co Louth, Ireland. fjfleming@rcsi.ie (2012-02-01)
      BACKGROUND: Patients who undergo a Hartmann's procedure may not be offered a reversal due to concerns over the morbidity of the second procedure. The aims of this study were to examine the morbidity post reversal of Hartmann's procedure. METHODS: Patients who underwent a Hartmann's procedure for acute diverticulitis (Hinchey 3 or 4) between 1995 and 2006 were studied. Clinical factors including patient comorbidities were analysed to elucidate what preoperative factors were associated with complications following reversal of Hartmann's procedure. RESULTS: One hundred and ten patients were included. Median age was 70 years and 56% of the cohort were male (n = 61). The mortality and morbidity rate for the acute presentation was 7.3% (n = 8) and 34% (n = 37) respectively. Seventy six patients (69%) underwent a reversal at a median of 7 months (range 3-22 months) post-Hartmann's procedure. The complication rate in the reversal group was 25% (n = 18). A history of current smoking (p = 0.004), increasing time to reversal (p = 0.04) and low preoperative albumin (p = 0.003) were all associated with complications following reversal. CONCLUSIONS: Reversal of Hartmann's procedure can be offered to appropriately selected patients though with a significant (25%) morbidity rate. The identification of potential modifiable factors such as current smoking, prolonged time to reversal and low preoperative albumin may allow optimisation of such patients preoperatively.
    • Review of CPD in medical laboratory science profession [presentation]

      Regan, Irene; Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Crumlin (Health Service Executive (HSE), 2014-02-28)
    • Simultaneous bilateral Mason type IIb radial head fractures in a young female: Was an increased carrying angle the cause?

      Raval, Pradyumna; Ni Fhoghlu, Cliodhna; Narayan Mahapatra, Anant; Department of Orthopaedics, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, County Louth, Ireland (Wolters Kluwer Health, 2015)
      Radial head fracture is the most common type of elbow fracture in adults. It results from a fall on an outstretched hand. However, simultaneous bilateral radial head fractures are extremely rare. We report a case of simultaneous bilateral mason type IIb radial head fractures in a young female, which was treated nonoperatively with excellent results
    • Synchronous association of rectal adenocarcinoma and three ileal carcinoids: a case report.

      McHugh, Seamus M; O'Donnell, Jill; Gillen, Peter; Department of Surgery, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Ireland, UK., seamusmchugh@rcsi.ie (2012-02-01)
      BACKGROUND: Synchronous midgut carcinoids with gastrointestinal adenocarcinoma are a rare but recognised association. CASE PRESENTATION: The patient, a 74 year old woman, underwent anterior resection for a low rectal adenocarcinoma. Intra-operatively 3 serosal deposits of tumour were noted in the distal ileum. Histology revealed these to be ileal carcinoids. CONCLUSION: During resection of a gastrointestinal tumour, a thorough inspection of the abdominal cavity should be undertaken to investigate the possibility of metastatic secondaries or a synchronous tumour as is reported in this case.
    • Tightrope fixation of ankle syndesmosis injuries: clinical outcome, complications and technique modification.

      Naqvi, Gohar A; Shafqat, Aseer; Awan, Nasir; Department of Orthopaedics, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Ireland. drgoharabbas@hotmail.com (2012-06)
      Ankle syndesmotic injuries are complex and require anatomic reduction and fixation. Tightrope fixation is a relatively new technique and we present the largest series of syndesmosis fixation using Arthrex Tightrope™ (Naples, FL, USA).
    • Traumatic posterior dislocation of the hip in a 3-year-old child.

      Forde, James C; Khan, Khalid S; Awan, Nasir; Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda,, County Louth, Ireland. fordejames@yahoo.com (2012-02-01)
      We report the case of a traumatic posterior dislocation of the hip in a 3-year-old boy. After a fall in the garden, the boy was brought to our emergency department where an x-ray confirmed a posterior dislocation of his right hip. A successful prompt reduction was performed in the operating room under general anesthesia. This uncommon injury represents an orthopedic emergency and requires prompt reduction to lessen the risk of complications including avascular necrosis of the femoral head.