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G Gordon-Strachan

Role of Routine Chest Radiographs in the Evaluation of Patients with Stable Blunt Chest Trauma – A Prospective Analysis

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64–72
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The study sought to assess the test performance characteristics of clinical judgement in the evaluation of stable blunt chest trauma patients compared with chest radiography in the determination of significant intra-thoracic injury. The study revealed that physicians in the local emergency department may be over-utilizing chest radiographs for patients who had stable blunt chest trauma.


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Objective: The study sought to assess the test performance characteristics of clinical judgement in the evaluation of stable blunt chest trauma patients compared with chest radiography (CXR) in the determination of significant intra-thoracic injury.

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e-Published: 19 Aug, 2013

Severe Sepsis in the Emergency Department – An Observational Cohort Study from the University Hospital of the West Indies

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2012.194
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224–9
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This study sought to describe the incidence, treatment and outcomes of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock at the University Hospital of the West Indies where early goal directed therapy (EGDT) is not yet practised. Sepsis treatment patterns were found to be consistent with “best practice”.

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Objective: To describe the incidence, treatment and outcomes of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock in a setting where early goal directed therapy (EGDT) is not routinely performed.

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24 Sep, 2012
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e-Published: 26 Jun, 2013

Physicians’ Knowledge of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Guidelines and Current Certification Status at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Jamaica

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2013.267
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739–43
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Physician knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) protocols was suboptimal and current certification levels were low at the University Hospital of the West Indies. Increased training and recertification is necessary to improve physician knowledge, which is expected to result in improved performance of CPR.

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Objective: To determine physicians’ knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) guidelines at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Jamaica, and their current certification status in basic life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), Paediatric life support (PALS) and advanced trauma life support (ATLS).

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04 Mar, 2014
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e-Published: 26 Aug, 2014

Cardiovascular Risk Factors in an Eastern Caribbean Island: Prevalence of Non-communicable Chronic Diseases and Associated Lifestyle Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Morbidity and Mortality in the British Virgin Islands

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429–36
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Environmental and behavioural changes such as lifestyle related habits represent modifiable risk factors for the development of cardiovascular diseases. National strategies should be implemented to control cardiovascular diseases, educate the population and promote healthy lifestyle habits in the British Virgin Islands.

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e-Published: 21 Aug, 2013

Dengue Infection in Patients Presenting with Neurological Manifestations in a Dengue Endemic Population

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373–6
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Results from this study support the need to include dengue in the differential diagnosis of patients presenting with suspected viral central nervous system infections.

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e-Published: 23 Jul, 2013

Venous Thromboembolism in Jamaican Women: Experience in a University Hospital in Kingston

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243–9
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Venous thromboembolism is a serious complication of many conditions in women. It is more common in older hospitalized women, but should also be suspected in younger women who recently had surgery, hormonal therapy or pregnancy.

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Objective: To review cases of venous thromboembolism (VTE) at UHWI from 1999–2004, to identify methods of diagnosis, risk factors and to evaluate differences between survivors and fatalities.

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e-Published: 18 Sep, 2013

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