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Low risk criteria for cervical- apparent injuries that would require removal from the car seat purchase pyridostigmine 60 mg online spasms during sleep. Introduction In Western countries abdominal injury is present in around one- fifth ofmajortraumacases discount pyridostigmine 60mg visa spasms left shoulder blade. Themajority aretheresultofroad traffic collisions and frequently occur in the presence of other injuries order pyridostigmine 60 mg free shipping spasms define. A high index of suspicion is required in order to recognize occult injury and manage it appropriately. Mesen- teric tears are the commonest of these injuries, typically injuring the Up to 25% of serious abdominal injuries will be undetectable ileocolic vessels. Haemorrhage may occur acutely with the devas- by clinical examination in the early stages (50% if the patient is cularization of associated bowel leading to delayed necrosis and unconscious). Significant abdominal compression, particularly with the use of lap belts, may also result in pancreatic, duodenal or Blunt trauma diaphragmatic ruptures. The kidneys, liver and spleen are particularly vulnerable to Theprevalenceofpenetratingtraumavarieswidelyduetoinfluences direct blows to the flank, right or left upper quadrants respectively of society, welfare and firearms legislation. In blunt trauma involving forceful abdominal compression Unfortunately, it is often impossible to tell from the appearance and/or deceleration (e. Assessment of the abdomen Theabdomenextendsfromthenipplestothegroincreaseanteriorly (Figure 15. Any blunt or penetrating injury within or through this region should raise the suspicion of abdominal injury. It is essential to perform a thorough primary survey and not be distracted by any obvious injury. Upper abdominal injuries intoxicated patient where a systolic of 60–70 mmHg should be the can cause a simple or tension pneumothorax or haemothorax, goal. Head injuries and injuries greater than 1 hour old are the only and cardiac tamponade may complicate penetrating cardiac injury exceptions to this rule and in these patients normotension is the in epigastric stab wounds. Analgesia Clinical examination should include a full examination of the Opiate analgesia should be used to control visceral pain following abdomen, flanks and back, particularly in cases of penetrating abdominal trauma. A rigid abdomen may reflect free intraperitoneal blood, contamination with bowel content or injury to the abdominal wall muscles, Evisceration particular in young patients with large abdominal muscles. Exposed ever, most patients with intraperitoneal haemorrhage will have bowel should be covered with saline soaked sterile pads or cling minimal pain. Prehospital ultrasound may be used to identify intrabdominal free fluid in the trauma patient which usually represents free blood. Prehospital management of abdominal injuries Resuscitation Suspected non-compressible abdominal haemorrhage resulting in hypotension should be managed by rapid evacuation to a surgical centre and permissive hypotension. Intravenous or intraosseus access should be obtained en route, and warmed intravenous fluid should be titrated using the patients level of consciousness (e. This will permit a lower blood pressure than selecting an arbitrary systolic target or presence/absence of a peripheral pulse. Trauma: Abdominal Injury 83 others requiring specialist surgical input, such as vascular control of major haemorrhage and treatment of complex visceral or solid organ injury. It is not possible to predict in the prehospital phase which abdominal injuries a patient has. For these reasons major centres with suitable facilities should be selected where possible. When faced with a hypotensive patient (particularly in penetrating trauma), call ahead as early as possible in the prehospital phase to request senior surgical presence and blood products in the emergency department. Tips from the field: • Clinical assessment of the abdomen has a low sensitivity and specificity. Intoxication, head injury or distracting injuries may make clinical assessment of the abdomen even more unreliable • The presence of a physiologically normal patient does not exclude Figure 15. Such objects are therefore best left in place • The majority of solid organ injuries can be managed until they can be removed in the operating theatre under control. Selectivenonoperative Solid organ injury is best treated by conservative management management of penetrating abdominal solid organ injuries. Some procedures are less resuscitation in patients with ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. Eur J technically challenging, such as splenectomy or liver packing, than Vasc Endovasc Surg 2006;31:339–344. Aetiology Pelvic fractures are associated with significant morbidity and mor- tality. They represent an application of significant force to the patient involved and are often found in association with mul- tisystem trauma. Falls from height, motor vehicle collisions and accidents related to horse riding are common mechanisms of injuries in major pelvic Figure 16. Low velocity falls in elderly people may cause significant life-threatening injury. Vertical shear injuries Significant shearing forces applied to the pelvis often lead to Injury classification unstable injuries. Damage to both anterior and posterior ligamen- Pelvic fractures can be classified according to the mechanism of tous complexes leads to vertical displacement of the hemipelvis injury and the effect this has on destabilizing the ‘ring’ of the pelvis. Often associated with lower long bone and spinal These injuries do occur in combination (combined mechanical injury. Anteroposterior injuries Lateral compression injuries Also known as ‘open book’ injuries. Significant force causes the This most common form of pelvic fracture is most often associated pelvis to open causing (potentially) massive damage to the venous with limb and head injuries. Fracture fragments may tear major plexus, bladder, urethra and occasionally the internal iliac artery vessels resulting in massive haemorrhage (Figure 16. Commonly associated with massive torso Mechanism of injury: falls and side impact motor vehicle injuries and the resultant sequelae of this multisystem trauma: collisions. Next apply a pelvic binder before applying Pelvic binders should be applied at an early stage (as part of the a Kendrick (or equivalent – see Chapter 17 on extremity injury) ‘C’ assessment) and not removed until significant pelvic injury has traction splint to each leg suspected of having a femoral frac- been excluded (Figures 16. Pelvicfracturesshouldbeassumedtobeunstable – additionaliatro- • Application: First correct shear by drawing feet level and binding genic injury may be caused by the movement of bone fragments and feet/ankles and knees together. Then reduce A-P rotation through movement causing changes in pelvic volume and/or architecture.

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Thirteen (38%) of Foundation study identified 8 (4%) of 193 patients 34 patients had previous pleurectomy or pleurode- who developed bilateral simultaneous pneumo- sis order 60mg pyridostigmine amex spasms of the heart. Also cheap pyridostigmine 60 mg on line muscle relaxant generic names, 18 (53%) of 34 patients had extensive thorax during the course of their disease purchase pyridostigmine 60mg mastercard muscle relaxant zolpidem, with pleural adhesions that were judged to be of moder- several patients experiencing recurrent bilateral ate severity and severe intent. After esophageal-mediastinal perforation, a “crunch” The three distinct types of esophageal perfora- may be auscultated over the left heart synchro- tion are (1) traumatic (iatrogenic and barogenic), nous with the cardiac cycle. Mediastinitis and sepsis are responsible Mediastinal emphysema virtually never appears for the rates of high morbidity and mortality in this before 1 h after perforation and never occurs in syndrome. With intrathoracic The pathogenesis of esophageal rupture esophageal perforation, mediastinal changes are includes the following: (1) the esophageal tear more likely to occur. The presence and timing of always occurs longitudinally, (2) the tear always pleural changes are linked to the integrity of the occurs in the lower half of the esophagus, (3) the mediastinal parietal pleura. Most left-sided the upper esophagus is buttressed by striated pleural lesions occur because 70% of barogenic smooth muscle fibers, whereas the lower esopha- esophageal ruptures develop in the left posterior gus contains only unsupported smooth muscle. How- When esophageal rupture is suspected, a con- ever, perforation of the cervical esophagus usually trast study of the esophagus should be performed does not involve the pleural space. The choice of contrast is limited to a The most dramatic presentation of esophageal water-soluble iodinated compound and barium rupture is associated with barogenic perforation. Barium has the advantage of increased This entity is seen most commonly in men in their radiographic density and better mucosal adher- fourth-sixth decades of life with a history of alco- ence. Therefore, aspiration of these thoracentesis, absence of another disease related compounds into the tracheobronchial tree can cre- to the pleural effusion, and no development of a ate significant inflammation and precipitate pul- malignant tumor within 3 years. The latency of these effu- tesis can establish the diagnosis once the medias- sions was shorter than for other asbestos-related tinal pleura have ruptured. After mediastinal parietal pleural ifestation within 10 years, and it was the most rupture, the patient develops an anaerobic empy- common abnormality during the first 20 years after ema. Recurrent effusions develop the diagnosis, which may not be detected on in approximately 30% of patients, sometimes ipsi- Gram stain and wet preparations. Other reported that if primary closure was achieved cells in the effusion were predominantly lympho- within 24 h of rupture the outcome was excellent, cytes with varying numbers of neutrophils and with a 92% survival rate. An unusual variant of pleural fibrosis, called Immediate primary repair of barogenic esophageal rounded atelectasis, can result directly from a pleu- rupture includes mediastinal and pleural space ral effusion and often can be confused with possible drainage and prompt treatment with antibiotics tumor. The edema could be culous pleural effusion because of the high risk of confined to the fingertips alone but was often more tuberculosis in this patient population. The effusions of the syndrome is not always present, giving rise with Kaposi sarcoma were hemorrhagic exudates to some differential diagnostic problems, especially with negative cytology. Infection was ring solely from hypothyroidism without con- the cause of the effusions in two thirds of patients, comitant congestive heart failure, ascites, or other with bacterial pneumonia being the most common cause of pleural effusion. There appears to be no correlation bet- specific, lymphocyte-predominant exudate with ween the development of the effusion and the reactive mesothelial cells. Rarely, year or longer) manifestations of radiation therapy pleural involvement is noted after termination of include mediastinal fibrosis, superior venal caval the drug. The effects of late radiation fibrosis should follow discontinuation of the drug, are manifested by impaired lymphatic drainage and pleural involvement should recur after re- from the pleural space or imbalances in hydrostatic exposure. The expiratory radiograph will make native lupus, whereas more intense pain and fric- the pneumothorax more apparent as the lung is tion rubs have been described in patients with compressed and therefore increases its density drug-induced pneumonitis or organizing pneumo- and the relative amount of air in the pleural space. Simple aspi- ability has been noted with all-trans-retinoic acid ration is successful in 70% of patients with a mod- and the ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. Tension pneumothorax is most common because the hypoxemia, hypercapnia, and respira- with traumatic pneumothorax and pneumothorax tory distress can lead to an untoward event. New York: Marcel Dekker, chest tube slurry (most effective) and 1985; 169–193 doxycycline used Video-assisted thoraco- Stapling of large bleb with talc 2. Thoracentesis: clinical value, lung into the pleural space, and air accumulates in complications, technical problems and patient the pleural space because of a check-valve mecha- experience. Relationship of pleural effusions to pulmonary teristics of trapped lung: pleural fluid analysis, hemodynamics in patients with congestive heart manometry, air-contrast chest computed tomogra- failure. This diagnosis, and management of patients with urinothorax increased fluid filtration in combination with a • Understand the causes, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and man- agement of patients with a duropleural fistula normal protein reflection coefficient results in a low • Understand the causes, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and man- total protein concentration in the effusate. Fluid agement of patients with a cholesterol pleural effusion egress from the pleural space fluid in these condi- • Understand the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and management tions is presumably by bulk flow via the parietal of patients with spontaneous bacterial pleuritis pleural lymphatics, preventing a secondary rise of Key words: cholesterol effusion; chronic tuberculous em- total protein concentration in the effusion. There pyema; duropleural fistula; lung entrapment; spontaneous is currently no evidence that increased capillary bacterial pleuritis; thoracic endometriosis; trapped lung; urinothorax; yellow nail syndrome fluid filtration is a feature of trapped lung. Further- more, bulk flow from the pleural space also may be impaired in trapped lung as a result of the involvement of the parietal pleural lymphatics by a pleural peel and impairment of the pump func- Trapped Lung tion of the lymphatics during ventilation. A paucity of information is known about the pathophysiol- Trapped lung is one of a small number of causes ogy of fluid persistence in trapped lung, and the of a persistent benign pleural effusion. This condi- finding of an exudate by total protein criterion tion develops when a portion of the lung is covered should therefore not be interpreted as unequivocal by fibrous tissue that prevents its expansion to the evidence of an active pleural process. It is important to define the difference between Trapped lung is an uncommon consequence of a trapped lung and lung entrapment, which is fibrinous or granulomatous pleuritis, in which a associated with an active inflammatory or malig- fibrous membrane covers the visceral pleura while nant process. All patients mal healing in the pleural space with formation of with a trapped lung must begin with lung entrap- scar tissue on the visceral pleura while the lung is ment connoting an active process (infection, partially collapsed. The In patients with trapped lung, there is no other pleural fluid from a trapped lung exists because explanation for the mechanical visceral pleural the forces promoting generation and removal of restriction of lung expansion or for the persistence pleural fluid are in equilibrium. In contrast, with intense volume decreases pleural pressure and leads to inflammation, as with empyema, there are other decreased thoracic volume on the affected side. Lung entrapment, as can be pres- disease, usually do not result in a pleural effusion; ent with malignancy, causes a pleural effusion by the fact that trapped lung, with similar or slightly two mechanisms: a hydrostatic mechanism caused more volume loss, results in a pleural effusion by the inability of the lung to expand to the chest requires explanation. In contrast, pleural space assumes its usual width with the a pleural effusion from trapped lung is solely remaining lung assuming the shape of the thoracic caused by failure of lung expansion that results in cavity. It follows therefore that a membrane usually involves only the dependent trapped lung would be a transudate and lung lung, although the entire lung may be involved. A trapped lung, in reality, affected lung is not only prevented from expanding is the end stage of lung entrapment when the by the fibrous membrane but also is restricted to inflammatory process has resolved (Fig 1). The unaffected lung expands normally during breathing Pathophysiology and therefore will expand into any void left by the portion of lung that is unexpandable.

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Thus buy pyridostigmine 60mg on-line muscle relaxant renal failure, hypovolemic or hypervolemic hyponatremia is often apparent clinically and often does not present a diagnostic challenge discount 60 mg pyridostigmine free shipping muscle relaxant bath. Euvolemic hyponatremia pyridostigmine 60mg free shipping muscle relaxant liver disease, however, is a frequent problem that is not so easily diagnosed. This measurement is taken to determine whether the kidney is actually capa- ble of excreting the free water normally (osmolality should be maximally dilute, <100 mOsm/kg in the face of hyposmolality or excess free water) or whether the free water excretion is impaired (urine not maximally concen- trated, >150-200 mOsm/kg). If the urine is maximally dilute, it is handling free water normally but its capacity for excretion has been overwhelmed, as in central polydipsia. More commonly, free water excretion is impaired and the urine is not maximally dilute as it should be. Two important diagnoses must be considered at this point: hypothyroidism and adrenal insufficiency. Thyroid hormone and cortisol both are permissive for free water excretion, so their deficiency causes water retention. In contrast, patients with Addison disease also lack aldos- terone, so they have impaired ability to retain sodium. Patients with adrenal insufficiency are usually hypovolemic and often present in shock. Because of retention of free water, patients actually have mild (although clinically inap- parent) volume expansion. Additionally, if they have a normal dietary sodium intake, the kidneys do not retain sodium avidly. Therefore, modest natriuresis occurs so that the urine sodium level is elevated to more than 20 mmol/L. Patients with severe neurologic symptoms, such as seizures or coma, require rapid partial correction of the sodium level. When there is concern that the saline infusion might cause volume overload, the infusion can be administered with a loop diuretic such as furosemide. The diuretic will cause the excretion of hypotonic urine that is essentially “half-normal saline,” so a greater portion of sodium than water will be retained, helping to correct the serum sodium level. When hyponatremia occurs for any reason, especially when it occurs slowly, the brain adapts to prevent cerebral edema. Solutes leave the intra- cellular compartment of the brain over hours to days, so patients may have few neurologic symptoms despite very low serum sodium levels. If the serum sodium level is corrected rapidly, the brain does not have time to readjust, and it may shrink rapidly as it loses fluid to the extracellular space. It is believed that this rapid shrinkage may trigger demyelination of the cerebellar and pontine neurons. Demyelination can occur even when fluid restric- tion is the treatment used to correct the serum sodium level. Therefore, sev- eral expert authors have published formulas and guidelines for the slow and judicious correction of hyponatremia, but the general rule is not to correct the serum sodium concentration faster than 0. His serum sodium level is initially 116 mEq/L and is corrected to 120 mEq/L over the next 3 hours with hypertonic saline. He has never had any health problems, but he has smoked a pack of cigarettes per day for about 35 years. His physical examination is notable for a low to normal blood pressure, skin hyperpigmentation, and digital clubbing. You tell him you are not sure of the problem as yet, but you will draw some blood tests and schedule him for follow-up in 1 week. The labo- ratory calls that night and informs you that the patient’s sodium level is 126 mEq/L, potassium level is 6. Which of the following is the likely cause of his hyponatremia given his presentation? Her medical history is remarkable only for hypertension, which is well controlled with hydrochlorothiazide. Her examination and laboratory tests show no signs of infection, but her serum sodium level is 119 mEq/L, and plasma osmolarity is 245 mOsm/kg. On the first postoperative day, he is noted to have significant hypona- tremia with a sodium level of 128 mEq/L. You suspect that the hypona- tremia is due to the intravenous infusion of hypotonic solution. In the postoperative state or in situations where the patient is in pain, the serum vasopressin level may rise, leading to inappropriate retention of free water, which leads to dilution of the serum. Hyponatremia in the setting of hyperkalemia and acidosis is sus- picious for adrenal insufficiency. This patient’s examination is also suggestive of the diagnosis, given his complaints of fatigue, weight loss, low blood pressure, and hyperpigmentation. The underlying cause of the adrenal gland destruction in this patient probably is either tuberculosis or malignancy. Because the patient is hypovolemic, probably as a result of the use of diuretics, volume replacement with isotonic saline is the best ini- tial therapy. Hyponatremia caused by thiazide diuretics can occur by several mechanisms, including volume depletion. In a patient with hyponatremia due to the infusion of excessive hypotonic solution, the serum osmolality should be low. The kidneys in responding normally should attempt to retain sodium and excrete water; hence, the urine sodium concentration should be low, and the urine osmolality should be low. When the infusion of hypotonic solution is used, the serum potassium level will also be low. This is in contrast to a situation of mineralocorticoid deficiency in which the sodium level will be decreased and potassium level may be elevated. Similarly, hyperaldosteronism can lead to hypertension and hypokalemia (Conn syndrome). Clinical Pearls ➤ Hyponatremia almost always occurs by impairment of free water excretion. Criteria include euvolemic patient, serum hypoosmolarity, urine that is not maximally dilute (osmolality >150-200 mmol/L), urine sodium more than 20 mmol/L, and normal adrenal and thyroid function. Patients with severe symptoms, such as coma or seizures, should be treated with hypertonic (3%) saline. This page intentionally left blank Case 6 A 42-year-old man is brought to the emergency room by ambulance after a sudden onset of severe retrosternal chest pain that began an hour ago while he was at home mowing the lawn. It was not relieved by three doses of sublingual nitroglycerin administered by the paramedics while en route to the hospital.

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Failure to do this leads to increased Additional equipment may not always relate to patient care. The addition of any basic survival gear equipment, particularly large items, may mean leaving something • Be able to find items in your pack blindfolded (literally) behind. This reinforces the need for retrieval and transport ser- • For retrievals from remote centres the quality of food offered to vices to compartmentalize equipment, minimize weight and space, the team is usually inversely proportional to the quality of care ensure flexibility and remember they are part of a team. Personnel added to transport and retrieval services, if not part of the regular service, need additional support to ensure both their safety and ability to provide patient care. Emerg Med J 2006; 23: to the coordinating agency and then on arrival at the receiving 937–942. The strategic management of an incident is positive casualty outcomes in an overwhelmed medical system (to beyond the scope of this text. Ultimately this will lead to some less injured patients receiving care preferentially. The casu- alties may be trauma victims but incidents requiring mass medical The terminology describing incidents where a large number of treatment need to be considered such as the Tokyo Underground people are injured varies across the globe. If unsure, the local health resources are initially unable to cope with the those on scene should seek immediate senior advice through their number, severity or type of live casualties or where the location chain of command. Inthisinstance, Depending on the type or location of the incident, further assis- where no other personnel are present this may just involve clearing tance maybe required before proceeding any further, for instance the scene of ambulant survivors to prevent further casualties. Those wishing to enter the inner cordon Survivors are best served by an informed and coordinated should have the permission of the scene commander. This may be limited to information arrive the responsibility of maintaining the inner cordon may fall on type of incident and suspected number of casualties. All information to ambu- tion tool can be used repeatedly to update information previously lance control should ideally be relayed through the designated provided. Famil- personnel should be directed into the inner cordon to triage all iarity with radio communications is desirable and messages should casualties. This information should then be collated and relayed to be kept as short as possible. It is important to remember that excessive medical intervention Scene safety needs to be assessed, this should consider firstly the should be avoided at this stage, but life saving intervention should responders own safety, that of the response team and survivors. Allowable interventions (though situation specific) would include: insertion of a Guedel airway, placing a casualty in the Table 33. Major incident standby or declared In these situations, if treatment is not delivered, by the time scene E Exact location – grid reference if possible triage is complete they may well have died from their injuries. This T Type of incident – chemical, transport, radiation was highlighted by the coroner as a specific failure on review of the H Hazards London bombings in 2005. A Access/egress N Number of casualties and severity E Emergency services on scene or required Access/egress C Casualties- number, type, severity The emergency services will need to get to and from the site. The best route may soon become gas in the underground system obstructed if there is only single lane access. Where helicopter S Safety evacuation is likely overhead obstructions should be considered. Clues of actual or potential chemical release may come from If not first on scene: objects on or around the scene, toxidromes of casualties or most • listen to any briefing prior to arrival likely vehicle labelling. The term comes from the French verb trier, loss of vital information; a robust handover is key. Triage in this context is a method medical practitioner will normally assume the role of overall scene of allocation of limited medical and transport resources. Therearemanytriagesystems and in some cases treat casualties awaiting evacuation (Figure 33. Casualties should be evacuated in order is designed to do more good than harm while accepting that some of triage category, within each category the order of evacuation is individuals, who would normally have been salvageable if resources decided by the senior clinician present based on the relative urgency were infinite, will not survive. It may be necessary to restrict a means of assessing the physiological effects on the individual of use of oxygen in particular, as this is likely to be in limited supply. This is why it is important that triage is repeated, as the natural course of injuries is not static. A casualty for example who is walking initially may eventually collapse once blood loss from Type of incident internal injuries leads to a significant degree of shock. Chemicals that may have caused an incident or have been released Triage is a dynamic process as casualty needs and medical by an incident may dictate that decontamination is required. The assessment process varies between triage systems, as do Red the exact definitions of the individual categories. However, many These are casualties who require immediate medical treatment and common features exist across the most widely triage systems. For example those with airway obstruction or systems but both follow a set sequence laid out as a flow chart that catastrophic haemorrhage. It is instigated at the discretion of the senior medical Chemical Biological commander. Cyanosis Temp >39°C Excessive Secretions Purpuric Rash Unresponsive Special Circumstances Siezures Radiation Fasiculations Dose >0. These +Diarrhoea) systems still follow the same ordered principle and result in casu- Erythema alties being allocated into the categories previously described. It should be safe and free from any further hazards but also close enough to allow easy transfer of casualties on stretchers. There Triage Sort should be vehicle access to avoid repeat movement of casualties. This is based on the Triage-Revised Initially treatment should be directed at the T1/T2 casualties. Transport Not only do casualties need to be triaged for initial treatment they Treatment also need to be triaged for transfer.

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