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Echocardiographic Detection of Occult Diastolic Dysfunction in Pulmonary Hypertension After Fluid Challenge.
Agrawal V, D'Alto M, Naeije R, Romeo E, Xu M, Assad TR, Robbins IM, Newman JH, Pugh ME, Hemnes AR, Brittain EL
(2019) J Am Heart Assoc 8: e012504
MeSH Terms: Adult, Aged, Cardiac Catheterization, Diastole, Echocardiography, Doppler, Female, Heart Failure, Hemodynamics, Humans, Hypertension, Pulmonary, Infusions, Parenteral, Male, Middle Aged, Predictive Value of Tests, Prospective Studies, Reproducibility of Results, Retrospective Studies, Saline Solution, Ventricular Dysfunction, Left, Ventricular Function, Left
Show Abstract · Added March 8, 2020
Background Identification of occult diastolic dysfunction often requires invasive right heart catheterization with provocative maneuvers such as fluid challenge. Non-invasive predictors of occult diastolic dysfunction have not been identified. We hypothesized that echocardiographic measures of diastolic function are associated with occult diastolic dysfunction identified at catheterization. Methods and Results We retrospectively examined hemodynamic and echocardiographic data from consecutive patients referred for right heart catheterization with fluid challenge from 2009 to 2017. A replication cohort of 52 patients who prospectively underwent simultaneous echocardiography and right heart catheterization before and after fluid challenge at Monaldi Hospital, Naples, Italy. In the retrospective cohort of 126 patients (83% female, 56+14 years), 27/126 (21%) had occult diastolic dysfunction. After adjusting for tricuspid regurgitant velocity and left atrial volume index, E velocity (odds ratio 1.8, 95% CI 1.1-2.9, P=0.01) and E/e' (odds ratio 1.9, 95% CI 1.1-3, P=0.005) were associated with occult diastolic dysfunction with an optimal threshold of E/e' >8.6 for occult diastolic dysfunction (sensitivity 70%, specificity 64%). In the prospective cohort, 5/52 (10%) patients had diastolic dysfunction after fluid challenge. Resting E/e' (odds ratio 8.75, 95% CI 2.3-33, P=0.001) and E velocity (odds ratio 7.7, 95% CI 2-29, P=0.003) remained associated with occult diastolic dysfunction with optimal threshold of E/e' >8 (sensitivity 73%, specificity 90%). Conclusions Among patients referred for right heart catheterization with fluid challenge, E velocity and E/e' are associated with occult diastolic dysfunction after fluid challenge. These findings suggest that routine echocardiographic measurements may help identify patients like to have occult diastolic dysfunction non-invasively.
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Detrusor underactivity in women: A current understanding.
Hartigan SM, Reynolds WS, Dmochowski RR
(2019) Neurourol Urodyn 38: 2070-2076
MeSH Terms: Female, Humans, Intermittent Urethral Catheterization, Urethra, Urinary Bladder, Underactive, Urinary Catheterization, Urodynamics
Show Abstract · Added September 16, 2019
AIMS - To examine the current understanding and management of detrusor underactivity (DUA) and underactive bladder (UAB) in women.
METHODS - A review of the current literature was performed with a specific focus on new management strategies and treatment options for women with DUA and UAB.
RESULTS - DUA has become an area of increased interest in recent years. Affecting up to 45% of older women undergoing urodynamic evaluation for non-neurogenic lower urinary tract symptoms, DUA is common. There are a variety of possible etiologies including neurogenic or myogenic dysfunction. As there is currently no cure for DUA and no way to restore the ability of the detrusor muscle to contract, management of DUA in women is mostly focused on effective bladder drainage by urinary catheterization. Clean intermittent catheterization is the gold standard for bladder drainage however for a variety of reasons, women with DUA often are managed with indwelling urethral catheter or suprapubic tube. Medications, sacral neuromodulation, and the inFlow urinary prosthesis are also treatment alternatives or additions to catheterization. Novel therapies using stem cells and gene therapy are also under investigation for the treatment of DUA and UAB.
CONCLUSIONS - DUA is likely more prevalent than recognized and undertreated in women. It is vital that further research in treatment options beyond catheterization be developed for these patients to offer patients a variety of treatment options.
© 2019 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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The relationship between pulmonary artery wedge pressure and pulmonary blood volume derived from contrast echocardiography: A proof-of-concept study.
Monahan K, Lenihan D, Brittain EL, Saliba L, Piana RN, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Armstrong GT
(2018) Echocardiography 35: 1266-1270
MeSH Terms: Adult, Blood Volume, Cardiac Catheterization, Echocardiography, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Pulmonary Artery, Pulmonary Wedge Pressure, Reproducibility of Results
Show Abstract · Added June 7, 2018
BACKGROUND - Pulmonary transit time (PTT) obtained from contrast echocardiography is a marker of global cardiopulmonary function. Pulmonary blood volume (PBV), derived from PTT, may be a noninvasive surrogate for left-sided filling pressures, such as pulmonary artery wedge pressure (PAWP). We sought to assess the relationship between PBV obtained from contrast echocardiography and PAWP.
METHODS - Participants were adult survivors of childhood cancer that had contrast echocardiography performed nearly simultaneously with right-heart catheterization. PTT was derived from time-intensity curves of contrast passage through the right ventricle (RV) and left atrium (LA). PBV relative to overall stroke volume (rPBV) was estimated from the product of PTT and heart rate during RV-LA transit. PAWP was obtained during standard right-heart catheterization. The Spearman correlation coefficient was used to assess the relationship between rPBV and PAWP.
RESULTS - The study population consisted of 7 individuals who had contrast echocardiography and right-heart catheterization within 3 hours of each other. There was a wide range of right atrial (1-17 mm Hg), mean pulmonary artery (18-42 mm Hg), and PAW pressures (4-26 mm Hg) as well as pulmonary vascular resistance (<1-6 Wood Units). We observed a statistically significant correlation between rPBV and PAWP (r = .85; P = .02).
CONCLUSION - Relative PBV derived from contrast echocardiography correlates with PAWP. If validated in larger studies, rPBV could potentially be used as an alternative to invasively determine left-sided filling pressure.
© 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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Prognostic Effect and Longitudinal Hemodynamic Assessment of Borderline Pulmonary Hypertension.
Assad TR, Maron BA, Robbins IM, Xu M, Huang S, Harrell FE, Farber-Eger EH, Wells QS, Choudhary G, Hemnes AR, Brittain EL
(2017) JAMA Cardiol 2: 1361-1368
MeSH Terms: Aged, Blood Pressure, Cardiac Catheterization, Cohort Studies, Echocardiography, Female, Hemodynamics, Humans, Hypertension, Pulmonary, Logistic Models, Longitudinal Studies, Male, Middle Aged, Mortality, Prognosis, Proportional Hazards Models, Pulmonary Artery, Pulmonary Wedge Pressure, Retrospective Studies, Survival Rate, United States
Show Abstract · Added June 7, 2018
Importance - Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is diagnosed by a mean pulmonary arterial pressure (mPAP) value of at least 25 mm Hg during right heart catheterization (RHC). While several studies have demonstrated increased mortality in patients with mPAP less than that threshold, little is known about the natural history of borderline PH.
Objective - To test the hypothesis that patients with borderline PH have decreased survival compared with patients with lower mPAP and frequently develop overt PH and to identify clinical correlates of borderline PH.
Design, Setting, and Participants - Retrospective cohort study from 1998 to 2014 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, comprising all patients undergoing routine RHC for clinical indication. We extracted demographics, clinical data, invasive hemodynamics, echocardiography, and vital status for all patients. Patients with mPAP values of 18 mm Hg or less, 19 to 24 mm Hg, and at least 25 mm Hg were classified as reference, borderline PH, and PH, respectively.
Exposures - Mean pulmonary arterial pressure.
Main Outcome and Measures - Our primary outcome was all-cause mortality after adjusting for clinically relevant covariates in a Cox proportional hazards model. Our secondary outcome was the diagnosis of overt PH in patients initially diagnosed with borderline PH. Both outcomes were determined prior to data analysis.
Results - We identified 4343 patients (mean [SD] age, 59 [15] years, 51% women, and 86% white) among whom the prevalence of PH and borderline PH was 62% and 18%, respectively. Advanced age, features of the metabolic syndrome, and chronic heart and lung disease were independently associated with a higher likelihood of borderline PH compared with reference patients in a logistic regression model. After adjusting for 34 covariates in a Cox proportional hazards model, borderline PH was associated with increased mortality compared with reference patients (hazard ratio, 1.31; 95% CI, 1.04-1.65; P = .001). The hazard of death increased incrementally with higher mPAP, without an observed threshold. In the 70 patients with borderline PH who underwent a repeated RHC, 43 (61%) had developed overt PH, with a median increase in mPAP of 5 mm Hg (interquartile range, -1 to 11 mm Hg; P < .001).
Conclusions and Relevance - Borderline PH is common in patients undergoing RHC and is associated with significant comorbidities, progression to overt PH, and decreased survival. Small increases in mPAP, even at values currently considered normal, are independently associated with increased mortality. Prospective studies are warranted to determine whether early intervention or closer monitoring improves clinical outcomes in these patients.
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Thermodilution vs Estimated Fick Cardiac Output Measurement in Clinical Practice: An Analysis of Mortality From the Veterans Affairs Clinical Assessment, Reporting, and Tracking (VA CART) Program and Vanderbilt University.
Opotowsky AR, Hess E, Maron BA, Brittain EL, Barón AE, Maddox TM, Alshawabkeh LI, Wertheim BM, Xu M, Assad TR, Rich JD, Choudhary G, Tedford RJ
(2017) JAMA Cardiol 2: 1090-1099
MeSH Terms: Aged, Cardiac Catheterization, Cardiac Output, Diabetes Mellitus, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Heart Diseases, Humans, Hypertension, Kaplan-Meier Estimate, Male, Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive, Renal Insufficiency, Chronic, Retrospective Studies, Tennessee, Thermodilution, Treatment Outcome
Show Abstract · Added June 7, 2018
Importance - Thermodilution (Td) and estimated oxygen uptake Fick (eFick) methods are widely used to measure cardiac output (CO). They are often used interchangeably to make critical clinical decisions, yet few studies have compared these approaches as applied in medical practice.
Objectives - To assess agreement between Td and eFick CO and to compare how well these methods predict mortality.
Design, Setting, and Participants - This investigation was a retrospective cohort study with up to 1 year of follow-up. The study used data from the Veterans Affairs Clinical Assessment, Reporting, and Tracking (VA CART) program. The findings were corroborated in a cohort of patients cared for at Vanderbilt University, an academic referral center. Participants were more than 15 000 adults who underwent right heart catheterization, including 12 232 in the Veterans Affairs cohort between October 1, 2007, and September 30, 2013, and 3391 in the Vanderbilt cohort between January 1, 1998, and December 31, 2014.
Exposures - A single cardiac catheterization was performed on each patient with CO estimated by both Td and eFick methods. Cardiac output was indexed to body surface area (cardiac index [CI]) for all analyses.
Main Outcomes and Measures - All-cause mortality over 90 days and 1 year after catheterization.
Results - Among 12 232 VA patients (mean [SD] age, 66.4 [9.9] years; 3.3% female) who underwent right heart catheterization in this cohort study, Td and eFick CI estimates correlated modestly (r = 0.65). There was minimal mean difference (eFick minus Td = -0.02 L/min/m2, or -0.4%) but wide 95% limits of agreement between methods (-1.3 to 1.3 L/min/m2, or -50.1% to 49.4%). Estimates differed by greater than 20% for 38.1% of patients. Low Td CI (<2.2 L/min/m2 compared with normal CI of 2.2-4.0 L/min/m2) more strongly predicted mortality than low eFick CI at 90 days (Td hazard ratio [HR], 1.71; 95% CI, 1.47-1.99; χ2 = 49.5 vs eFick HR, 1.42; 95% CI, 1.22-1.64; χ2 = 20.7) and 1 year (Td HR, 1.53; 95% CI, 1.39-1.69; χ2 = 71.5 vs eFick HR, 1.35; 1.22-1.49; χ2 = 35.2). Patients with a normal CI by both methods had 12.3% 1-year mortality. There was no significant additional risk for patients with a normal Td CI but a low eFick CI (12.9%, P = .51), whereas a low Td CI but normal eFick CI was associated with higher mortality (15.4%, P = .001). The results from the Vanderbilt cohort were similar in the context of a more balanced sex distribution (46.6% female).
Conclusions and Relevance - There is only modest agreement between Td and eFick CI estimates. Thermodilution CI better predicts mortality and should be favored over eFick in clinical practice.
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Urinary retention and catheter use among U.S. female Medicare beneficiaries: Prevalence and risk factors.
Cohn JA, Ni S, Kaufman MR, Graves AJ, Penson DF, Dmochowski RR, Reynolds WS
(2017) Neurourol Urodyn 36: 2101-2108
MeSH Terms: Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Case-Control Studies, Female, Humans, Logistic Models, Medicare, Multivariate Analysis, Nervous System Diseases, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Prevalence, Risk Factors, United States, Urinary Catheterization, Urinary Retention, Urinary Tract Infections
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AIMS - To identify the prevalence of and risk factors for urinary retention and catheterization among female Medicare beneficiaries.
METHODS - We identified women with a diagnosis of urinary retention in a 5% sample of Medicare claims in 2012. Women were categorized into three groups based on the occurrence and duration of urinary catheterization within a 1 year period: 1) no catheterization; 2) short-term catheterization (ie, one or more catheterizations in less than 30 days); and 3) chronic catheterization (catheterizations in multiple 30 day periods within 1 year). We then identified a group of age-matched controls without catheterization or a diagnosis of urinary retention in 2012. Clinical and demographic data were collected for each patient, and risk factors for retention and catheterization were compared across groups. We assessed factors associated with urinary retention using multivariable logistic regression.
RESULTS - We estimated the rate of retention to be 1532 per 100 000 U.S. female Medicare beneficiaries in 2012, with rates of short term and chronic catheterization estimated to be 160 and 108 per 100 000 women, respectively. Prior diagnoses of neurologic condition, urinary tract infection, and pelvic organ prolapse were positively associated with retention and catheterization in multivariable analyses.
CONCLUSIONS - We estimated the prevalence of urinary retention diagnoses among female Medicare beneficiaries to be 1532 per 100 000 women. Retention and catheterization were significantly associated with comorbid disease, with the strongest associations identified with a concomitant diagnosis of neurologic condition, UTI, and POP.
© 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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Treatment initiation in paediatric pulmonary hypertension: insights from a multinational registry.
Humpl T, Berger RMF, Austin ED, Fasnacht Boillat MS, Bonnet D, Ivy DD, Zuk M, Beghetti M, Schulze-Neick I
(2017) Cardiol Young 27: 1123-1132
MeSH Terms: Adolescent, Antihypertensive Agents, Calcium Channel Blockers, Cardiac Catheterization, Child, Child, Preschool, Female, Humans, Hypertension, Pulmonary, Infant, Male, Phosphodiesterase 5 Inhibitors, Prognosis, Pulmonary Circulation, Pulmonary Wedge Pressure, Registries, Vasodilator Agents
Show Abstract · Added February 21, 2017
Different treatment options for pulmonary hypertension have emerged in recent years, and evidence-based management strategies have improved quality of life and survival in adults. In children with pulmonary vascular disease, therapeutic algorithms are not so clearly defined; this study determined current treatment initiation in children with pulmonary hypertension in participating centres of a registry. Through the multinational Tracking Outcomes and Practice in Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension registry, patient demographics, diagnosis, and treatment as judged and executed by the local physician were collected. Inclusion criteria were >3 months and <18 years of age and diagnostic cardiac catheterisation consistent with pulmonary hypertension (mean pulmonary arterial pressure ⩾25 mmHg, pulmonary vascular resistance index ⩾3 Wood units×m2, and mean pulmonary capillary wedge pressure ⩽12 mmHg). At diagnostic catheterisation, 217/244 patients (88.9%) were treatment naïve for pulmonary hypertension-targeted therapy. Targeted therapy was initiated after catheterisation in 170 (78.3%) treatment-naïve patients. A total of 19 patients received supportive therapy, 28 patients were not started on therapy, and 26 patients (10.7%) were on targeted treatment before catheterisation. Among treatment-naïve subjects, treatment was initiated with one targeted drug (n=112, 51.6%), dual therapy (n=39, 18%) or triple-therapy (n=5, 2.3%), and calcium channel blockers with one targeted medication in one patient (0.5%). Phosphodiesterase inhibitors type 5 were used frequently; some patients with pulmonary hypertension related to lung disease received targeted therapy. There is a diverse therapeutic approach for children with pulmonary hypertension with a need of better-defined treatment algorithms based on paediatric consensus for different aetiologies including the best possible diagnostic workup.
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Clinical and Biological Insights Into Combined Post- and Pre-Capillary Pulmonary Hypertension.
Assad TR, Hemnes AR, Larkin EK, Glazer AM, Xu M, Wells QS, Farber-Eger EH, Sheng Q, Shyr Y, Harrell FE, Newman JH, Brittain EL
(2016) J Am Coll Cardiol 68: 2525-2536
MeSH Terms: Biomarkers, Cardiac Catheterization, Echocardiography, Female, Genotype, Hemodynamics, Humans, Hypertension, Pulmonary, Male, Middle Aged, Prevalence, Survival Rate, Tennessee
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BACKGROUND - Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a common and morbid complication of left heart disease with 2 subtypes: isolated post-capillary pulmonary hypertension (Ipc-PH) and combined post-capillary and pre-capillary pulmonary hypertension (Cpc-PH). Little is known about the clinical or physiological characteristics that distinguish these 2 subphenotypes or if Cpc-PH shares molecular similarities to pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).
OBJECTIVES - The goal of this study was to test the hypothesis that the hemodynamic and genetic profile of Cpc-PH would more closely resemble PAH than Ipc-PH.
METHODS - Vanderbilt University's electronic medical record linked to a DNA biorepository was used to extract demographic characteristics, clinical data, invasive hemodynamic data, echocardiography, and vital status for all patients referred for right heart catheterization between 1998 and 2014. Shared genetic variants between PAH and Cpc-PH compared with Ipc-PH were identified by using pre-existing single-nucleotide polymorphism data.
RESULTS - A total of 2,817 patients with PH (13% Cpc-PH, 52% Ipc-PH, and 20% PAH) were identified. Patients with Cpc-PH were on average 6 years younger, with more severe pulmonary vascular disease than patients with Ipc-PH, despite similar comorbidities and prevalence, severity, and chronicity of left heart disease. After adjusting for relevant covariates, the risk of death was similar between the Cpc-PH and Ipc-PH groups (hazard ratio: 1.14; 95% confidence interval: 0.96 to 1.35; p = 0.15) when defined according to diastolic pressure gradient. We identified 75 shared exonic single-nucleotide polymorphisms between Cpc-PH and PAH enriched in pathways involving cell structure, extracellular matrix, and immune function. These genes are expressed, on average, 32% higher in lungs relative to other tissues.
CONCLUSIONS - Patients with Cpc-PH develop pulmonary vascular disease similar to patients with PAH, despite younger age and similar prevalence of obesity, diabetes mellitus, and left heart disease compared with patients with Ipc-PH. An exploratory genetic analysis in Cpc-PH identified genes and biological pathways in the lung known to contribute to PAH pathophysiology, suggesting that Cpc-PH may be a distinct and highly morbid PH subphenotype.
Copyright © 2016 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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Extravasation Risk Using Ultrasound-guided Peripheral Intravenous Catheters for Computed Tomography Contrast Administration.
Rupp JD, Ferre RM, Boyd JS, Dearing E, McNaughton CD, Liu D, Jarrell KL, McWade CM, Self WH
(2016) Acad Emerg Med 23: 918-21
MeSH Terms: Administration, Intravenous, Adult, Catheterization, Peripheral, Contrast Media, Emergency Service, Hospital, Extravasation of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Materials, Female, Humans, Infusions, Intravenous, Injections, Intravenous, Logistic Models, Male, Middle Aged, Retrospective Studies, Risk Factors, Tomography, X-Ray Computed, Ultrasonography, Vascular Access Devices
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OBJECTIVE - Ultrasound-guided intravenous catheter (USGIV) insertion is increasingly being used for administration of intravenous (IV) contrast for computed tomography (CT) scans. The goal of this investigation was to evaluate the risk of contrast extravasation among patients receiving contrast through USGIV catheters.
METHODS - A retrospective observational study of adult patients who underwent a contrast-enhanced CT scan at a tertiary care emergency department during a recent 64-month period was conducted. The unadjusted prevalence of contrast extravasation was compared between patients with an USGIV and those with a standard peripheral IV inserted without ultrasound. Then, a two-stage sampling design was used to select a subset of the population for a multivariable logistic regression model evaluating USGIVs as a risk factor for extravasation while adjusting for potential confounders.
RESULTS - In total, 40,143 patients underwent a contrasted CT scan, including 364 (0.9%) who had contrast administered through an USGIV. Unadjusted prevalence of extravasation was 3.6% for contrast administration through USGIVs and 0.3% for standard IVs (relative risk = 13.9, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 7.9 to 24.6). After potential confounders were adjusted for, CT contrast administered through USGIVs was associated with extravasation (adjusted odds ratio = 8.6, 95% CI = 4.6 to 16.2). No patients required surgical management for contrast extravasation; one patient in the standard IV group was admitted for observation due to extravasation.
CONCLUSIONS - Patients who received contrast for a CT scan through an USGIV had a higher risk of extravasation than those who received contrast through a standard peripheral IV. Clinicians should consider this extravasation risk when weighing the risks and benefits of a contrast-enhanced CT scan in a patient with USGIV vascular access.
© 2016 by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.
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Effect of a Clinical Practice Guideline for Pediatric Complicated Appendicitis.
Willis ZI, Duggan EM, Bucher BT, Pietsch JB, Milovancev M, Wharton W, Gillon J, Lovvorn HN, O'Neill JA, Di Pentima MC, Blakely ML
(2016) JAMA Surg 151: e160194
MeSH Terms: Adolescent, Appendectomy, Appendicitis, Catheterization, Peripheral, Child, Child, Preschool, Female, Guideline Adherence, Humans, Interrupted Time Series Analysis, Length of Stay, Male, Patient Readmission, Practice Guidelines as Topic, Reoperation, Surgical Wound Infection, Tomography, X-Ray Computed, Treatment Outcome
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IMPORTANCE - Complicated appendicitis is a common condition in children that causes substantial morbidity. Significant variation in practice exists within and between centers. We observed highly variable practices within our hospital and hypothesized that a clinical practice guideline (CPG) would standardize care and be associated with improved patient outcomes.
OBJECTIVE - To determine whether a CPG for complicated appendicitis could be associated with improved clinical outcomes.
DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS - A comprehensive CPG was developed for all children with complicated appendicitis at Monroe Carell Jr Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, a freestanding children's hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, and was implemented in July 2013. All patients with complicated appendicitis who were treated with early appendectomy during the study period were included in the study. Patients were divided into 2 cohorts, based on whether they were treated before or after CPG implementation. Clinical characteristics and outcomes were recorded for 30 months prior to and 16 months following CPG implementation.
EXPOSURE - Clinical practice guideline developed for all children with complicated appendicitis at Monroe Carell Jr Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.
MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES - The primary outcome measure was the occurrence of any adverse event such as readmission or surgical site infection. In addition, resource use, practice variation, and CPG adherence were assessed.
RESULTS - Of the 313 patients included in the study, 183 were boys (58.5%) and 234 were white (74.8%). Complete CPG adherence occurred in 78.7% of cases (n = 96). The pre-CPG group included 191 patients with a mean (SD) age of 8.8 (4.0) years, and the post-CPG group included 122 patients with a mean (SD) age of 8.7 (4.1) years. Compared with the pre-CPG group, patients in the post-CPG group were less likely to receive a peripherally inserted central catheter (2.5%, n = 3 vs 30.4%, n = 58; P < .001) or require a postoperative computed tomographic scan (13.1%, n = 16 vs 29.3%, n = 56; P = .001), and length of hospital stay was significantly reduced (4.6 days post-CPG vs 5.1 days pre-CPG, P < .05). Patients in the post-CPG group were less likely to have a surgical site infection (relative risk [RR], 0.41; 95% CI, 0.27-0.74) or require a second operation (RR, 0.35; 95% CI, 0.12-1.00). In the pre-CPG group, 30.9% of patients (n = 59) experienced any adverse event, while 22.1% of post-CPG patients (n = 27) experienced any adverse event (RR, 0.72; 95% CI, 0.48-1.06).
CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE - Significant practice variation exists among surgeons in the management of pediatric complicated appendicitis. In our institution, a CPG that standardized practice patterns was associated with reduced resource use and improved patient outcomes. Most surgeons had very high compliance with the CPG.
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