SUSS May Journal Club: Trauma

After a short break, we return with the May SUSS Journal club theme of Trauma. 

Trauma is a common presentation to ED, often requiring surgical intervention. When managing a trauma case one not only needs to consider the immediate management of a patient but also the sequelae or conditions that this patient group is at risk of developing.

Both of the presenters this week will be considering the complications of trauma. Nick Skladnev will present a study on the utility of thromboelastography (TEG) in predicting venous thromboembolism (VTE). VTE including pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis is a common trauma complication and is often unpredictable as traditional plasma-based coagulation tests (PT, PTT, INR) are not predictive of VTE. TEG may present a more sensitive test for identifying at-risk patients.  Huon Murray will then present a case series of head trauma resulting in hypopituitarism, which is an increasingly recognised but easily missed complication following traumatic brain injury (TBI). This paper will identify the importance of early diagnosis and appropriate management of endocrine dysfunction in patients with major head injuries to improve morbidity and mortality.

Articles and presenters:
Nick Skladnev
Brill, J. B., Badiee, J., Zander, A. L., Wallace, J. D., Lewis, P. R., Sise, M. J., … & Shackford, S. R. (2017). The rate of deep vein thrombosis doubles in trauma patients with hypercoagulable thromboelastography. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, 83(3), 413-419.

Huon Murray
Khan, K., Saeed, S., Ramcharan, A., & Gray, S. (2018). A case series of closed head trauma with pituitary stalk disruption resulting in hypopituitarism. International journal of surgery case reports, 43, 69-71.

Date: Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Venue: RPAH Institute of Academic Surgery
Topic: Trauma

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The Great Debate: Physicians vs Surgeons

SUMS and SUSS are proud to be hosting the ultimate medical turf war, pitching six of Sydney’s brightest minds against one another with the hopes of answering medicine’s eternal question: Which specialty is better, surgery or medicine?

More information to follow.


Event Details:
Date: Friday 15th of June, 2018
Time: TBA
Venue: TBA

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SUSS & Global Home: Global Surgery Grand Rounds

SUSS & Global Home: Global Surgery Grand Rounds

The Sydney University Surgical Society and Global Home are proud to present their first joint event, the Global Surgery Ground Rounds. This is an opportunity to hear from the inspiring surgeons and aid workers who are at the front lines of war, extreme poverty, natural disasters and humanitarian crisis, to lend their skills to people in desperate need of their help.  

Dr John Swinnen is a vascular surgeon based at Westmead Hospital. Over his 35-year long career as a surgeon, he has had field placements with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in Yemen, Pakistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Most recently he spent time at Al-Shifa Hospital in Palestine, operating on trauma patients from the conflict in the Gaza strip. Although a vascular surgeon by training, he also performs general orthopaedic and burns-plastic surgery in the field. He will share stories from his career in humanitarian surgery and discuss the challenges of operating in under-resourced hospitals facing adverse circumstances.

We will also hear from Dr Darryl Stellmach, a medical anthropologist who previously worked as an in-field emergency manager with MSF for over a decade. He went on to complete a Doctoral thesis with the University of Oxford, which focused on dealing with large-scale medical and nutritional humanitarian crisis. He is now a Post-doctoral Associate with the University of Sydney, and also works with the public health research group for MSF-UK. He will provide his perspective on humanitarian surgery in terms of the social, moral and practical implications of such work.

This joint event promises to bring an intriguing and engaging event for those with an interest in surgery and humanitarian work. Light refreshments will also be provided on the night.

Event Details:
Date: Tuesday 1st of May, 2018
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Venue: New Law School Lecture Theatre 106

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SUSS March Journal Club: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

The theme of this months SUSS Journal Club is Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

Oral & Maxillofacial surgery is a highly specialised field in which surgeons are trained in both medicine and dentistry to treat problems that require expertise in both fields. Conditions they treat include congenital facial disproportion problems, oral cancer, tumours of jaw and facial traumas.

Both speakers this month will be presenting papers on facial fractures. Our first study is a retrospective audit of mandible fractures at one UK hospital, looking at time to fixation and complication rates. Our second paper is a randomised controlled trial looking at treatment to restore sensory function following a zygomatic fracture.

Articles and presenters:
Justin Phang
Hammond, D., Parmar, S., Whitty, J., McPhillips, M., & Wain, R. (2018). Is a fractured mandible an emergency?. British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 56(1), 39-42.

Gareth Crouch
Haapanen, A., Thorén, H., Apajalahti, S., Suominen, A. L., & Snäll, J. (2017). Does Dexamethasone Facilitate Neurosensory Function Regeneration After Zygomatic Fracture? A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 75(12), 2607-2612.

Date: Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Venue: RPAH Institute of Academic Surgery
Topic: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

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SUSS February Journal Club: Neurosurgery

The theme of the February SUSS Journal Club is Neurosurgery/Neuro-Oncology.

Glioblastomas are the most common primary malignant brain tumour in the adult population and the prognosis is currently very poor – with median survival from diagnosis often reported at under 12 months. This month we have two papers discussing the treatment of glioblastomas.

Konrad Schultz (stage 3 SMP student) will present a trial considering glioblastoma treatments. Traditionally, standard therapy consists of surgical resection, followed by radiotherapy. The article considers the efficacy and safety of either radiotherapy alone, radiotherapy plus temozolomide (a chemotherapeutic agent) – given concomitantly with and after radiotherapy.

Vijidha Rajkumar (stage 2 SMP student) is presenting an article focusing on the benefits of aggressive surgical resection for glioblastoma patient survival. Maximizing the extent of resection of tumours has been shown to improve survival in patients with GBM. This paper considers a number of tumour factors and the benefits of maximizing the extent of surgical resection.

Date: Monday, February 26th, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Venue: RPAH Institute of Academic Surgery
Topic: Neurosurgery

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Konrad Schultz
Stupp, Roger, et al. “Radiotherapy plus concomitant and adjuvant temozolomide for glioblastoma.” New England Journal of Medicine 352.10 (2005): 987-996.

Vijidha Rajkumar
Awad, Al-Wala, et al. “Impact of removed tumor volume and location on patient outcome in glioblastoma.” Journal of neuro-oncology 135.1 (2017): 161-171.

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