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Hazzard I.,Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit | Hazzard I.,University of Surrey | Jones S.,New York University | Quinn T.,Kingston University
Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps | Year: 2015

Introduction Coupled plasma filtration and adsorption (CPFA) has been used in the treatment of severe sepsis with the intention of removing the proinflammatory and anti-inflammatory mediators from the systemic circulation. It is believed that this interrupts and moderates the septic cascade, but there is uncertainty about the benefits of this therapy. Methods A systematic review and meta-analysis were performed to estimate the effects of CPFA on mortality in severe sepsis. The Cochrane CENTRAL Register of Controlled Trials, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE—EBSCO– Host, MEDLINE and ProQuest, were searched from 1997 to 2013. Randomised controlled trials, prospective cohort studies and retrospective cohort studies were included using the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) framework. Data were abstracted using standard pro forma, and studies independently reviewed by two authors to confirm inclusion criteria. Quality of studies and risk of bias were assessed using the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation Working Group (GRADE) and Critical Appraisal Skills (CASP) criteria, respectively. Meta-analysis was performed using Review Manager (RevMan V.5.1) software. The primary outcome was 28-day mortality. Secondary outcomes were mediator adsorption (picograms/mL), mean arterial BP (mm Hg) and oxygenation ratio. Results 17 studies met the inclusion criteria (n=441 patients, 242 CPFA). 14 studies reported the primary outcome of 28-day mortality. There were 88 deaths in CPFA patients versus 118 in those receiving haemofiltration: OR 0.34 (95% CI 0.24 to 0.13). Point estimates of effect on the secondary outcomes of mean arterial pressure and oxygen ratio favoured CPFA. Studies were small and heterogenous. Conclusions Evidence for CPFA in severe sepsis is sparse, of poor quality and further research is required, however, this meta-analysis noted improvements in survival rates of those patients treated with CPFA. © 2015, Royal Army Medical College. All rights reserved. Source

Gibbons A.J.,Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit
Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps | Year: 2010

This article describes the combined lessons learned from two deployments of a cadre of British Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons to Kandahar between July 2006 to April 2007, and September 2008 to April 2009. Source

Breeze J.,University of Birmingham | Gibbons A.J.,Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit | Opie N.J.,University of Birmingham | Monaghan A.,University of Birmingham
British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery | Year: 2010

Since its formation in June 2001, the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM) at Birmingham University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has treated most of the British military personnel who have sustained serious maxillofacial injuries while serving abroad. We retrospectively analysed all recorded maxillofacial injuries of personnel evacuated to the RCDM between June 2001 and December 2007. We know of no existing papers that describe oral and maxillofacial injuries of military personnel, or workload in the 21st century. During the period 119 personnel with maxillofacial injuries were evacuated to the RCDM for treatment 83% of whom were injured in Iraq or Afghanistan. In total 61% (72/119) of injuries were caused by improvised explosive devices, 9% (11/119) were gun shot wounds, and 1% were caused by aircraft incidents. A further 29% (35/119) of patients had injuries not associated with battle. The most common injuries were facial lacerations (106/119). There were 54 facial fractures of which 17 primarily affected the maxilla, and 15 the mandible. Associated injuries were to the brain (24%), torso (26%), upper limb (39%), and lower limb (31%). The number of maxillofacial injuries has risen over the last 7 years, and has also increased in proportion to the total number of injured soldiers evacuated between 2005 and 2007. © 2009 The British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

Hutchings S.D.,Kings College | Howarth G.,Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit | Rees P.,Consultant Cardiologist
Journal of the Royal Naval Medical Service | Year: 2013

Conducting research in the deployed environment is challenging but if the various obstacles are overcome then the data captured can be vital in developing future treatment strategies. Perhaps the most important aspect is having an enthusiastic individual who is dedicated to research and can thus concentrate on maximising the potential of this unique environment. Source

Midwinter M.J.,RCDM | Mercer S.,University of Liverpool | Lambert A.W.,Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit | de Rond M.,University of Cambridge
Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps | Year: 2011

The purpose of this article is to consider three underappreciated but important features of high performance teams: the trade-off relation between social and technical competence, the relevance of team size on productivity, and the inevitability of tensions that, while often experienced as dysfunctional, are in fact quite useful. It does so by reviewing a series of related studies in aviation and the organisation sciences, and by extrapolating insights for crew resource management in major military trauma along two generic themes: team context and team process. © 2013, Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. Source

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