Publications by authors named "Lisa M Angotti"

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Electronic trauma resuscitation documentation and decision support using T6 Health Systems Mobile Application: A combat trauma center pilot program.

J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2020 12;89(6):1172-1176

From the Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma Critical Care (L.M.A., R.A.H., D.A.V., J.S.F., V.G.S.), Department of Graduate Medical Education (J.K.A.), and Department of Emergency Medicine (K.R.B., J.M.N.), Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; St. Louis University Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills, Department of Surgery (C.N.S.), Division of Traua Critical Care, St. Louis, MO.

Background: The care of trauma patients in combat operations is handwritten on a five-page flow sheet. The process requires the manual scanning and uploading of paper documents to bridge the gap between electronic and paper record management. There is an urgent operational need for an information technology solution that will enable medics to better capture patient treatment information, which will improve long-term health care without impacting short-term care responsibilities.

Methods: We conducted a process improvement project to evaluate the ability of T6 Health Systems Mobile Application to improve combat casualty care data collection at a deployed trauma hospital. We performed a head-to-head comparison of the completeness and accuracy of data capture of electronic versus handwritten records to determine noninferiority.

Results: During the 90-day pilot, there were 131 trauma evaluations of which 53 casualty resuscitations (40.5%) were also documented in the electronic application. We compared completeness and accuracy of admit, prehospital, primary survey, secondary survey, interventions, and trends data. We found an overall 13% increase in data capture at 96% accuracy compared with the written record, suggesting that the electronic record was superior. Completion of electronic documentation compared with paper by section was statistically significantly higher for admitting data, 119.7% (p < 0.0001); prehospital, 116.2% (p = 0.0039); primary, 109.6% (p < 0.001); and secondary, 125.5% (p < 0.001). We also had the medical evacuation teams document prehospital and en route care and then synchronize the record in the trauma bay, allowing the trauma teams there to continue documenting on the same casualty record, likely contributing to superiority because teams did not have to redocument based on an oral report.

Conclusion: Our pilot program in the deployed environment demonstrated a mobile technology that actually enhanced the completeness and accuracy of paper trauma documentation that has the capability of providing patient-specific decision support and real-time data analysis.

Level Of Evidence: Care Management, level IV.
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December 2020

Patient Characteristics Associated with Comfort Care among Trauma Patients at a Level I Trauma Center.

Am Surg 2018 Nov;84(11):1832-1835

Trauma patients admitted to the intensive care unit are a unique population with high mortality. This study aims to identify characteristics predicting the likelihood of progressing to palliative management often referred to as comfort care measures, thus enabling the trauma team to broach end-of-life decisions earlier in these patients' care. This is a retrospective analysis of the prospectively collected New York State Trauma Registry database for a single Level I trauma center for patients admitted from 2008 to 2015. During this time, a total of 13,662 patients were admitted to the trauma service and there were 827 deaths, resulting in a crude annual mortality rate of approximately 6 per cent. Approximately one-half of the total mortalities, 404 of 827 (48.9%), were ultimately designated as comfort care. Univariate analysis identified the following risk factors for comfort care designation: advanced age, multiple comorbidities, blunt trauma mechanism, traumatic brain injury, and admission location. Multivariate analysis confirmed advanced age and traumatic brain injury. Subgroup analysis also identified advanced directives, pre-existing dementia, and bleeding disorders as significant associations with comfort care designation. The identification of factors predicting comfort care will result in improved care planning and resource utilization.
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November 2018

Transumbilical repair of umbilical hernia in children: The covert scar approach.

J Pediatr Surg 2019 Aug 9;54(8):1664-1667. Epub 2018 Sep 9.

Division of Pediatric Surgery, Michael E DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital, 6621 Fannin St., Houston, TX, USA. Electronic address:

Background: Umbilical hernia repairs are one of the most commonly performed operations in children. The traditional repair involves an infraumbilical incision, which produces a visible scar. We report a novel technique of umbilical hernia repair through a transumbilical incision, which eliminates the scar by hiding it within the umbilicus.

Methods: We performed a retrospective chart review of 134 patients who had undergone a transumbilical hernia repair at a single institution between 2008 and 2016. Satisfaction with cosmesis and the presence of complications were assessed through parental interviews during follow up visit or by telephone survey. These data were compared to a large volume retrospective analysis of the standard infraumbilical approach.

Results: 121 of the 134 patients were evaluated in the clinic or by telephone interview. The overall complication rate was 7.44%. Parents of 118 patients reported satisfaction with the cosmetic result (97.52%). In comparison to the largest study of pediatric infraumbilical repair, there was an improvement in subjective cosmesis without a significant increase in complications.

Conclusion: Transumbilical hernia repair is a safe and cosmetically appealing technique for umbilical hernia repair in children.

Level Of Evidence: Treatment study, level III.
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August 2019

New Protocol Avoiding Tube Feed Interruptions in Critically Ill Patients Requiring Tracheostomy.

Am Surg 2018 Jun;84(6):983-986

Current anesthesia guidelines require tube feed (TF) interruption for at least four hours before tracheostomy. We hypothesized that preprocedural TF interruption is not required before tracheostomy. We developed a protocol allowing continued feeding. Fifty-six patients undergoing tracheostomy with or without percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy placement were included. Eleven patients underwent tracheostomy without TF interruption (TF group); the remaining 45 patients had TFs held per the existing anesthesia protocol (nil per os group). Data were collected by retrospective chart review. The groups were similar with regard to age, sex, race, risk of mortality, and preoperative albumin levels (3.2 vs 2.9 g/dL). There was no difference in pulmonary complications. No intraoperative aspiration occurred in either group, and there was no increase in mortality in the TF group (9.1 vs 22.2%, P = 0.43). The TF group had feeds held for 9.5 ± 6.3 vs 25.4 ± 19.0 hours (P = 0.0018). The TF group had a decreased missed caloric intake [761.5 ± 566.6 vs 1983.5 ± 1590.8 kcal (P = 0.0039)]. The TF group had a shorter time from consultation [40.4 vs 50.6 hours (P = 0.54)] and case booking [7.9 vs 12.8 hours (P = 0.40)] to the OR. The average length of stay for the TF group was 26.3 versus 31.1 days (P = 0.45). There was no increase in pulmonary complications or mortality in the fed patients, who experienced less procedural delays. Meanwhile, patients kept nil per os sustained a substantial caloric deficit. Tracheostomy without TF interruption is feasible and reduces malnutrition.
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June 2018