Publications by authors named "May Saulan"

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Postoperative extremity compartment syndrome in a cancer center: Incidence and risk factors.

Surg Oncol 2021 Apr 3;38:101563. Epub 2021 Apr 3.

Department of Surgery, Orthopaedic Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY, 10065, USA.

Objective: Postoperative compartment syndrome is a reported complication with known patient- and treatment-specific risk factors. Cancer patients carry unique risk factors associated with their underlying disease and long, complex procedures. While elevated serum lactate in traumatic and intensive care settings portends higher risk, no laboratory parameter has demonstrated utility in postoperative risk stratification. Postoperative extremity compartment syndrome in the study institution's cancer population was examined and whether intraoperative serum lactate correlates with postoperative compartment syndrome risk was investigated.

Methods: A 1:2 case-control study was performed, which compared cancer patients with postoperative compartment syndrome to those who underwent similar surgical procedures without this complication. Twelve patients were matched to 24 controls by sex, age, surgical procedures, and duration of surgery. Patient and operative variables were analyzed for prognostic significance.

Results: The compartment syndrome rate was 0.09% of all cases (n = 13,491); 0.12% of cases ≥ 3 h' duration (n = 9,979), and 0.25% of cases ≥ 5 h (n = 4,811). Compared with controls, the case group had higher median BMI (31.7 kg/m2 vs. 25.4 kg/m2, P = 0.001), and median intraoperative lactate level (4.05 mmol/L vs. 1.5 mmol/L, P = 0.047).

Conclusion: Our institutional incidence of postoperative compartment syndrome was similar to that of non-oncologic institutions. While many traditional risk factors did not prove to be influential in our patients, elevated median body mass index and intraoperative serum lactate were identified as risk factors for postoperative compartment syndrome in a cancer population.
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April 2021

Robotic Emergencies: Are You Prepared for a Disaster?

AORN J 2018 11;108(5):493-501

The surgical robot is a complex tool that surgeons use to perform a variety of minimally invasive procedures. Perioperative nurses play a vital role in patient care when the surgical robot is in use; a key goal is to ensure optimal patient safety while using this complex, innovative technology. Robotics proficiency requires extensive and continuous education for all members of the perioperative team. Successful robotics programs should employ focused initiatives and a multidisciplinary approach for the prevention and management of robotic emergencies. To facilitate the appropriate response and minimize patient harm, members of the surgical team should be aware of their expected roles and responsibilities. The robotics program should have specific procedures and protocols, such as a critical event checklist and an emergent conversion-to-open procedure checklist that define each surgical team member's task during an emergency, and robust ongoing education, skills review, and competency validation for robotics team members.
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November 2018