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White S.M.,University of Sussex | Griffiths R.,Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals | Holloway J.,Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust | Shannon A.,Royal Infirmary
Anaesthesia | Year: 2010

The aim of this audit was to investigate process, personnel and anaesthetic factors in relation to mortality among patients with proximal femoral fractures. A questionnaire was used to record standardised data about 1195 patients with proximal femoral fracture admitted to 22 hospitals contributing to the Hip Fracture Anaesthesia Network over a 2-month winter period. Patients were demographically similar between hospitals (mean age 81 years, 73% female, median ASA grade 3). However, there was wide variation in time from admission to operation (24-108 h) and 30-day postoperative mortality (2-25%). Fifty percent of hospitals had a mean admission to operation time < 48 h. Forty-two percent of operations were delayed: 51% for organisational; 44% for medical; and 4% for 'anaesthetic' reasons. Regional anaesthesia was administered to 49% of patients (by hospital, range = 0-82%), 51% received general anaesthesia and 19% of patients received peripheral nerve blockade. Consultants administered 61% of anaesthetics (17-100%). Wide national variations in current management of patients sustaining proximal femoral fracture reflect a lack of research evidence on which to base best practice guidance. Collaborative audits such as this provide a robust method of collecting such evidence. © 2010 The Authors.


Boos C.J.,Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust | Boos C.J.,Bournemouth University | Nam M.,Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust | Camm A.J.,St George's, University of London
Heart Failure Reviews | Year: 2014

Heart failure (HF) and atrial fibrillation (AF) frequently coexist and share a reciprocal relationship. The presence of AF increases the propensity to HF and can worsen its severity as well as escalating the risk of stroke. Despite the proven efficacy of vitamin K antagonists and warfarin for stroke prevention in AF, their use is beset by numerous problems. These include their slow onset and offset of action, unpredictability of response, the need for frequent coagulant monitoring and serious concerns around the increased risks of intracranial and major bleeding. Three recently approved novel anticoagulants (dabigatran, rivaroxaban and apixaban) are already challenging warfarin use in AF. They have a predictable therapeutic response and a wide therapeutic range and do not necessitate coagulation monitoring. In this article, the relationship between HF and AF and the mechanisms for their compounded stroke risk are reviewed. The evidence to support the use of these three NOACs amongst patients with AF and HF is further explored. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.


Baker J.A.,Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust | Pereira G.,University of Western Australia
Clinical Rehabilitation | Year: 2013

Objectives: A systematic review and meta-analysis using the Grades of Recommendation, Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) approach to evaluate Botulinum Toxin Type A efficacy on spasticity and pain in the upper/lower limb in adults. Data Sources: Pubmed, Cinahl, Amed, Embase and Cochrane Databases. English language. 1989 to April 2013. Review methods: All randomized controlled trials on adults with spasticity of any origin in the upper or lower limb, treated with a single dose of Botulinum Toxin A, with outcome measures for pain or spasticity. Quality was assessed by GRADE, which uses a transparent, structured process for developing and presenting summaries of evidence, including its quality, for systematic reviews. Results:A total of 37 studies were reviewed. A meta-analysis was carried out on 10 for pain and 21 for spasticity. Evidence quality was low/very low for pain. No significant effect was found in the upper limb (standardised mean difference (SMD) = 0.44, confidence interval (CI) 0.02 to 0.90, Z = 1.88, P=0.06), and no effect was found in the lower limb (risk ratio (RR) = 1.01 CI 0.19 to 5.36, Z = 0.02, P=0.99). Evidence quality for spasticity was moderate. Significant effects were found for Botulinum Toxin in the upper limb (weighted mean difference (WMD) = 0.88, CI 0.63 to 1.14, Z = 6.86, P<0.00001), and the lower limb (RR=2.42, CI 1.60 to 3.65, Z=4.18, P<0.0001). Conclusion:The use of Botulinum Toxin A is supported for upper and lower limb spasticity. Further evidence is needed for spasticity-related pain. Evidence quality is reduced by inadequate study design. © 2013 The Author(s).


Lee-Elliott C.,Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust | Ayer R.,Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Clinical Radiology | Year: 2012

The aim of this article is to illustrate the spectrum of disease visualized at small bowel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the district general hospital (DGH) setting. The advantages and disadvantages of small bowel MRI, technique, and service implementation are discussed. © 2011 The Royal College of Radiologists. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Paddock M.,University of Sheffield | Robson N.,Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Journal of Radiology Case Reports | Year: 2014

We report the case of a previously well 18-year-old male who presented to the Emergency Department with lower limb pain. An ultrasound demonstrated extensive left sided deep vein thrombosis and computed tomography demonstrated inferior vena cava agenesis, leading to the diagnosis of inferior vena cava agenesis associated deep vein thrombosis. The aetiology of inferior vena cava agenesis is explored in depth.


Yeung T.M.,University of Oxford | D'Souza N.D.,Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England | Year: 2013

Introduction: Haemorrhoids are the most common benign condition seen by colorectal surgeons. At clinic appointments, advice given about lifestyle modification or surgical interventions may not be understood fully by patients. Patients may use the internet for further research into their condition. However, the quality of such information has not been investigated before. This study assessed the quality of patient information on surgical treatment of haemorrhoids on the internet. Methods: Four searches were carried out using the search terms 'surgery for haemorrhoids' and 'surgery for piles' on two search engines (Google and Yahoo). The first 50 results for each search were assessed. Sites were evaluated using the DISCERN instrument. Results: In total, 200 websites were assessed, of which 144 fulfilled the inclusion criteria. Of these, 63 (44%) were sponsored by herbal remedies for haemorrhoids. Eighty-nine (62%) mentioned conservative treatment options but eleven (8%) did not include surgery in their treatment options. Only 38 sites (27%) mentioned recurrence of haemorrhoids following surgery and 28 sites (20%) did not list any complications. Overall, 19 websites (14%) were judged as being of high quality, 66 (45%) as moderate quality and 58 (40%) as low quality. Conclusions: The quality of information on the internet is highly variable and a significant proportion of websites assessed are poor. The majority of websites are sponsored by private companies selling alternative treatments for haemorrhoids. Clinicians should be prepared to advise their patients which websites can provide high-quality information on the surgical treatment of haemorrhoids.


Boos C.J.,Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust | Boos C.J.,Bournemouth University | Brown L.,Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Current Opinion in Cardiology | Year: 2016

Purpose of review This review seeks to provide an evidence-based update on the issue of atrial fibrillation and chronic heart failure with an emphasis on anticoagulation and the expanding use of the novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs). Recent findings There is an increasing appreciation of the important reciprocal relationship between atrial fibrillation and heart failure and the negative prognostic impact that each condition has on the other. There are now four NOACs approved for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation. There are increasing data to support their use in atrial fibrillation with heart failure, including in patients with nonmechanical or rheumatic valvular disease, and to facilitate direct current cardioversion. The choice of NOAC is heavily dependent on individual patient characteristics. Summary The use of and indications for NOACs for patients with heart failure and atrial fibrillation are rapidly increasing. Copyright © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.


Hillard T.,Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Menopause International | Year: 2010

The bladder and its surrounding structures are rich in estrogen receptors and there are demonstrable physiological and anatomical changes that occur around and immediately after the menopause. The prevalence of many bladder symptoms, such as frequency, urgency and incontinence, does seem to increase around the menopause, but there is continuing debate over whether these effects are due to ageing, menopause or a combination of the two. The impact of the menopause varies with individual symptoms; stress urinary incontinence being associated more with estrogen deficiency than urge incontinence which seems to be more age-related. Both estrogen and progesterone have a variety of effects on the urogenital tract which are reviewed. Based on these effects, it could be anticipated that estrogen replacement would have a positive effect on bladder symptoms. However, the data are far from clear cut on this issue. It seems that topical estrogens do have some positive effects, particularly on symptoms of urgency, frequency and urge incontinence, the prevention of urogenital atrophy and in the prevention of recurrent urinary tract infections. The role of systemic estrogens is less clear cut with some studies even suggesting they can be associated with a worsening of some symptoms. The possible explanations for this apparent contradiction are explored, but based on current evidence, it would appear preferable to use vaginal estrogens rather than systemic as part of the management of menopause-related bladder problems.


Ilankovan V.,Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery | Year: 2013

The area of the upper face occupies about one third of the surface area of the whole face. The anatomical landmarks involve the forehead, brow, glabella and the upper lids. Gravitational and intrinsic changes, as well as familial problems affect the aesthetics of the upper face. The author describes the anatomy and pathophysiology of ageing and the importance of making a correct diagnosis. Surgical and non surgical solutions are discussed. The concept of the beneficial effect of antioxidants such as curcumin is introduced. The efficacy of non ablation laser in dermal rejuvenation is explained. The author aims to impart a thorough understanding of the different surgical and non-surgical options for rejuventating the upper face to achieve an unoperated outcome with a healthy looking forehead.


Wee M.Y.K.,Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust | Tuckey J.P.,Royal United Hospital | Thomas P.W.,Bournemouth University | Burnard S.,Royal United Hospital
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology | Year: 2014

Objective: Intramuscular (i.m.) pethidine is used worldwide for labour analgesia and i.m. diamorphine usage has increased in the UK in the last 15 years. This trial aims to ascertain the relative efficacy and adverse effects of diamorphine and pethidine for labour pain. Design: Prospective, parallel-arm randomised controlled trial with blinding of participants, care-givers and outcome assessors. Setting: Maternity units in two District General Hospitals in the UK. Population: After written informed consent, 484 women were randomised and recruited (244 diamorphine, 240 pethidine). Inclusion criteria included women 16 years or older, established labour, singleton pregnancy, 37-42 weeks of gestation and weight 60-120 kg. Methods: On request of i.m. analgesia, participants received either 150 mg pethidine or 7.5 mg diamorphine based on computer-generated block randomisation. Main outcome measures: Maternal - reduction in pain intensity from baseline (10-cm visual analogue scale) at 60 minutes and over the 3-hour period after drug administration. Neonatal - requirement for resuscitation and Apgar score at 1 minute. Results: Diamorphine provided modestly improved pain relief at 60 minutes, mean difference 1 cm (95% confidence interval [CI] 0.5-1.5), and over the 3 hours, mean difference 0.7 cm (95% CI 0.3-1.1). However, average length of labour in women receiving diamorphine was 82 minutes longer (95% CI 39-124) and therefore they experienced more pain overall. There were no statistically significant differences in primary neonatal outcomes. Conclusions: There is a modest difference between the analgesia provided by diamorphine or pethidine for labour analgesia but diamorphine is associated with significantly longer labours. © 2013 Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

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