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Timms A.,Royal London Hospital | Sorkin T.,Basildon Hospital | Pugh H.,Royal London Hospital | Barry M.,Royal London Hospital | Goodier W.D.,Royal London Hospital
Injury | Year: 2010

Technicians from one hundred and eighteen Human Tissue Authority (HTA) approved mortuaries licensed to perform post-mortems in England completed a telephone interview. All were questioned on whether they had contact with reusable external fixators, who was responsible for the removal, the number removed annually, and the destination of the fixator post-removal. Opinion was sought on how the return of the equipment could be better facilitated. Seventy-four of the technicians interviewed could remember seeing external fixation devices, but were unable to quantify how many were removed annually. Sixty-one of those questioned stated that they personally removed the fixator, three always requested an Orthopaedic surgeon to remove the device and five contacted a Nurse Specialist. Forty-eight stated that they returned the devices to their local Sterile Services Department or Orthopaedic department. Nine technicians always discarded the fixators, eight always left them with the body and two stored them in the mortuary. Many reusable external fixation devices are inappropriately disposed of each year due to a lack of knowledge and communication with Orthopaedic departments. Confusion also exists among some technicians over whether external fixation components should be treated as 'implants'. There is a need for clear guidelines to raise awareness and ensure the appropriate return of these high cost devices. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Badurdeen S.,Basildon Hospital
BMJ case reports | Year: 2011

The authors present the youngest reported case of a single oral overdose of methotrexate in an otherwise well 19-month-old child who was treated with delayed folinic acid rescue. Initial history revealed possible ingestion of up to 10 tablets, each containing 2.5 mg of methotrexate. The peak methotrexate level was 0.67 μmol/l measured 8 h following ingestion. Depending on the protocol, methotrexate levels that remain greater than 0.05-0.1 μmol/l for 24-48 h are associated with risk of toxicity. No adverse sequelae were noted during hospital admission despite delayed folinic acid rescue and there was no evidence of myelosuppression for up to 3 weeks following the overdose.

Ng S.C.,Chelsea and Westminster Hospital | Ng S.C.,Chinese University of Hong Kong | Woodrow S.,Chelsea and Westminster Hospital | Patel N.,Chelsea and Westminster Hospital | And 2 more authors.
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases | Year: 2012

Background: Twin studies provide insight into the complex interaction between genetic and environmental factors in the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). We assessed associations between childhood environmental factors and development of Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) in twins. Methods: Questionnaires on clinical demographics and exposure to environmental factors were sent to twins with IBD, their healthy co-twins, and their doctors. Kappa statistics were used to examine agreement between twin pairs and odds ratios were calculated by conditional logistic regression. Results: In all, 250 IBD twin pairs (122 CD; 125 UC; 3 CD/UC; 28 concordant pairs) were analyzed. Concordant monozygotic twins with CD showed good agreement for disease location (j 0.88; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.45-1.00), disease behavior (κ 1.00; 95% CI: 0.43-1.00), and moderate agreement for age at diagnosis and need for medical and surgical therapy. Concordant monozygotic twins with UC showed good agreement for disease extent (j 0.60; CI 0.13-1.00) and use of thiopurines (j 0.73; CI 0.10-1.00). In discordant twins, symptomatic childhood mumps infection (odds ratio [OR], 3.8; 95% CI, 1.2-11.3) and oral contraceptives (OR, 4.0; 1.1-14.2) were associated with CD. Smoking was associated with CD (OR, 4.3; 95% CI, 1.9-9.8) but inversely associated with UC (OR, 0.3; 95% CI, 0.1-0.9). Both CD and UC twins had suffered more "gastroenteritis" and spent more time with animals than their co-twins. Conclusions: Disease phenotype in CD and disease extent in UC appeared to be genetically influenced. Smoking is a risk factor for CD but is protective for UC. Early exposure to "infections" during childhood may be associated with the development of IBD. Copyright © 2011 Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Inc.

Lendrem D.,Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust | Mitchell S.,Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust | McMeekin P.,Northumbria University | Bowman S.,University of Birmingham | And 22 more authors.
Annals of the rheumatic diseases | Year: 2014

EuroQoL-5 dimension (EQ-5D) is a standardised preference-based tool for measurement of health-related quality of life and EQ-5D utility values can be converted to quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) to aid cost-utility analysis. This study aimed to evaluate the EQ-5D utility values of 639 patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (PSS) in the UK. Prospective data collected using a standardised pro forma were compared with UK normative data. Relationships between utility values and the clinical and laboratory features of PSS were explored. The proportion of patients with PSS reporting any problem in mobility, self-care, usual activities, pain/discomfort and anxiety/depression were 42.2%, 16.7%, 56.6%, 80.6% and 49.4%, respectively, compared with 5.4%, 1.6%, 7.9%, 30.2% and 15.7% for the UK general population. The median EQ-5D utility value was 0.691 (IQR 0.587-0.796, range -0.239 to 1.000) with a bimodal distribution. Bivariate correlation analysis revealed significant correlations between EQ-5D utility values and many clinical features of PSS, but most strongly with pain, depression and fatigue (R values>0.5). After adjusting for age and sex differences, multiple regression analysis identified pain and depression as the two most important predictors of EQ-5D utility values, accounting for 48% of the variability. Anxiety, fatigue and body mass index were other statistically significant predictors, but they accounted for <5% in variability. This is the first report on the EQ-5D utility values of patients with PSS. These patients have significantly impaired utility values compared with the UK general population. EQ-5D utility values are significantly related to pain and depression scores in PSS. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://group.bmj.com/group/rights-licensing/permissions.

Abraham A.,Basildon Hospital | Easow J.M.,Community Drug and Alcohol Service | Ravichandren P.,Runwell Hospital | Mushtaq S.,Taylor Center | And 2 more authors.
Psychiatrist | Year: 2010

Aims and method: Several national anti-stigma campaigns have been devised in the UK, including the current Time to Change campaign in England. Our aim was to assess whether the campaign promotional materials were likely to have any effect on public attitudes towards mental illness. Postcards, leaflets and bookmarks promoting the campaign were posted to 250 participants recruited from a representative panel of members of the public. Two weeks later a questionnaire was sent to assess the impact the campaign materials had. Results: The response rate was 78%. Only 23% of participants recognised the Time to Change logo after 2 weeks and only 20% correctly reported that one in four people were affected by mental health problems when presented with five alternative responses. Almost as many participants thought the campaign was promoting a British political party rather than discrimination against mental illness. Clinical implications: A single exposure to Time to Change campaign materials is unlikely to be effective. The title of the campaign is likely to be confused with political campaigning in Britain. Declaration of interest: None.

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