S R Shackford

University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado, United States

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    ABSTRACT: The prevention of venous thromboembolic disease following trauma is a priority. In contrast to above-knee deep vein thrombosis (AKDVT), the management of below-knee deep vein thrombosis (BKDVT) is controversial because the risk of pulmonary embolism (PE) has not been firmly established. We hypothesized that BKDVT and AKDVT have an equivalent risk for PE in trauma patients.
    The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery 09/2014; 77(3):459-463. · 2.35 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is considered an independent risk factor of venous thromboembolism (VTE). However, the role of TBI severity in VTE risk has not been determined. We hypothesized that increased severity of brain injury in patients with isolated TBI (iTBI) is associated with an increased incidence of VTE.
    The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery 08/2014; 77(2):238-242. · 2.35 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Pulmonary embolus (PE) is thought to arise from a deep venous thrombosis (DVT). Recent data suggest that PE can present without DVT, inferring that PE can originate de novo (DNPE). We examined the relationship between DVT and PE in trauma patients screened for DVT with duplex sonography (DS). We sought to validate the incidence of PE without evidence of DVT and to examine the clinical significance of this entity. We reviewed the medical records of all trauma patients from July 2006 to December 2011 with PE who also had serial surveillance DS (groin to ankle). Demographics, severity of injury, interventions, signs and symptoms of PE, as well as chest computerized tomography findings were collected. Patients with no DS evidence of DVT either before or within 48 hours of PE diagnosis (DNPE) were compared with those with DVT (PE + DVT). Of 11,330 patients evaluated by the trauma service, 2,881 patients received at least one DS. PE occurred in 31 of these patients (1.08%): 19 (61%) were DNPE, and 12 (39%) were PE + DVT. Compared with patients with PE + DVT, patients with DNPE were significantly younger and had more rib fractures, pulmonary contusions, infections, pulmonary symptoms, and peripherally located PEs on computerized tomography. This is the first report of the clinical course of DNPE without embolic origin in a population with comprehensive duplex surveillance. In our series, DNPE seems to be more prevalent after trauma, to be clinically distinct from PE following DVT, and to likely represent a local response to injury or inflammation; however, further research is warranted to fully understand the pathophysiology of DNPE. Care management study, level III.
    The journal of trauma and acute care surgery. 05/2014; 76(5):1270-4.
  • The journal of trauma and acute care surgery. 05/2014; 76(5):1322-7.
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    ABSTRACT: Anticoagulants and prescription antiplatelet (ACAP) agents widely used by older adults have the potential to adversely affect traumatic brain injury (TBI) outcomes. We hypothesized that TBI patients on preinjury ACAP agents would have worse outcomes than non-ACAP patients. This was a 5.5-year retrospective review of patients 55 years and older admitted to a Level I trauma center with blunt force TBI. Patients were categorized as ACAP (warfarin, clopidogrel, dipyridamole/aspirin, enoxaparin, subcutaneous heparin, or multiple agents) or non-ACAP. ACAP patients were further stratified by class of agent (anticoagulant or antiplatelet). Initial and subsequent head computerized tomographic results were examined for type and progression of TBI. Patient preadmission living status and discharge destination were identified. Primary outcome was in-hospital mortality. Secondary outcomes were progression of initial TBI, development of new intracranial hemorrhage (remote from initial), and the need for an increased level of care at discharge. A total of 353 patients met inclusion criteria: 273 non-ACAP (77%) and 80 ACAP (23%). Upon exclusion of three patients taking a combination of agents, 350 were available for advanced analyses. ACAP status was significantly related to in-hospital mortality. After adjustment for patient and injury characteristics, anticoagulant users were more likely than non-ACAP patients to show progression of initial hemorrhage and develop a new hemorrhagic focus. However, compared with non-ACAP users, antiplatelet users were more likely to die in the hospital. Among survivors to discharge, anticoagulant users were more likely to be discharged to a care facility, but this finding was not robust to adjustment. Older TBI patients on preinjury ACAP agents experience a comparatively higher rate of inpatient mortality and other adverse outcomes caused by the effects of antiplatelet agents. Our findings should inform decision making regarding prognosis and caution against grouping anticoagulant and antiplatelet users together in considering outcomes. Therapeutic study, level IV.
    The journal of trauma and acute care surgery. 02/2014; 76(2):431-6.
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    ABSTRACT: Gunshot wounds and blast injuries to the face (GSWBIFs) produce complex wounds requiring management by multiple surgical specialties. Previous work is limited to single institution reports with little information on processes of care or outcome. We sought to determine those factors associated with hospital complications and mortality. We performed an 11-year multicenter retrospective cohort analysis of patients sustaining GSWBIF. The face, defined as the area anterior to the external auditory meatuses from the top of the forehead to the chin, was categorized into three zones: I, the chin to the base of the nose; II, the base of the nose to the eyebrows; III, above the brows. We analyzed the effect of multiple factors on outcome. From January 1, 2000, to December 31, 2010, we treated 720 patients with GSWBIF (539 males, 75%), with a median age of 29 years. The wounding agent was handgun in 41%, explosive (shotgun and blast) in 20%, rifle in 6%, and unknown in 33%. Prehospital or resuscitative phase airway was required in 236 patients (33%). Definitive care was rendered by multiple specialties in 271 patients (38%). Overall, 185 patients died (26%), 146 (79%) within 48 hours. Of the 481 patients hospitalized greater than 48 hours, 184 had at least one complication (38%). Factors significantly associated with any of a total of 207 complications were total number of operations (p < 0.001), Revised Trauma Score (RTS, p < 0.001), and head Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) score (p < 0.05). Factors significantly associated with mortality were RTS (p < 0.001), head AIS score (p < 0.001), total number of operations (p < 0.001), and age (p < 0.05). An injury located in Zone III was independently associated with mortality (p < 0.001). GSWBIFs have high mortality and are associated with significant morbidity. The multispecialty involvement required for definitive care necessitates triage to a trauma center and underscores the need for an organized approach and the development of effective guidelines. Therapeutic/care management, level III.
    The journal of trauma and acute care surgery. 01/2014;
  • The journal of trauma and acute care surgery. 01/2014; 76(1):213-6.
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    ABSTRACT: Recent innovations in care have improved survival following injury. Coincidentally, the population of elderly injured patients with preexisting comorbidities has increased. We hypothesized that this increase in elderly injured patients may have combined with recent care innovations to alter the causes of death after trauma. We reviewed demographics, injury characteristics, and cause of death of in-hospital deaths of patients admitted to our Level I trauma service from 2000 through 2011. Cause of death was classified as acute hemorrhagic shock; severe traumatic brain injury or high spinal cord injury; complications of preexisting medical condition only (PM); survivable trauma combined with complications of preexisting medical condition (TCoM); multiple-organ failure, sepsis, or adult respiratory distress syndrome (MOF/S/ARDS), or trauma not otherwise categorized (e.g., asphyxiation). Major trauma care advances implemented on our service during the period were identified, and trends in the causes of death were analyzed. Of the 27,276 admissions, 819 (3%) eligible nonsurvivors were identified for the cause-of-death analyses. Causes of death were severe traumatic brain injury or high spinal cord injury at 44%, acute hemorrhagic shock at 28%, PM at 11%, TCoM at 10%, MOF/S/ARDS at 2%, and trauma not otherwise categorized at 5%. Mean age at death increased across the study interval (range, 47-57 years), while mean Injury Severity Score (ISS) decreased (range, 28-35). There was a significant increase in deaths because of TCoM (3.3-20.9%) and PM (6.7-16.4%), while deaths caused by MOF/S/ARDS decreased from 5% to 0% by 2007. Compared with year 2000, the annual adjusted mortality rate decreased consistently starting in 2009, after the 2002 to 2007 adoption of four major trauma practice guidelines. Mortality caused by preexisting medical conditions has increased, while markedly fewer deaths resulted from the complications of injury. Future improvements in outcomes will require improvement in the management of elderly trauma patients with comorbid conditions. Epidemiologic, level III.
    The journal of trauma and acute care surgery. 07/2013;
  • The journal of trauma and acute care surgery. 06/2013; 74(6):1599-602.
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Major peripheral vascular trauma is managed by several surgical specialties. The impact of surgical specialty training and certification on outcome has not been evaluated. We hypothesized that general surgeons without specialty training in vascular surgery would have outcomes equivalent to surgeons with vascular training in the management of extremity arterial injuries requiring interposition grafting. METHODS: We performed a multicenter, retrospective study of patients undergoing interposition grafting for peripheral vascular injury between 1995 and 2010. Specialty was defined by training and certification. Outcomes were recorded at the time of discharge from the index hospitalization. Factors affecting limb salvage were determined using logistic regression. RESULTS: From the 11 participating centers, 615 patients were identified. General surgeons performed 69.9%, cardiac/vascular surgeons performed 27.3%, and surgeons of other specialties performed 2.8% of the grafts. There were 32 amputations (5.2%). Outcomes did not differ by institution. Factors associated with amputation were blunt mechanism, older age, female sex, hospital length of stay, and Injury Severity Score (ISS). There was no significant difference in limb salvage among specialty groups (general surgeons, 94%; cardiac/vascular, 95%; other, 100%). CONCLUSION: Limb salvage following major peripheral vascular injury is independent of surgeon specialty training. The majority of complex repairs are performed by general surgeons. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Therapeutic/care management, level III.
    The journal of trauma and acute care surgery. 03/2013; 74(3):716-724.
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    ABSTRACT: Venous duplex surveillance (VDS) is commonly used in trauma patients considered at risk for deep venous thrombosis. Economic evaluations have not addressed the quality of either the process of care or the outcomes achieved through the use of VDS. We sought to determine the value (quality/cost) of VDS in trauma patients stratified by risk for venous thromboembolism. We reviewed records of all trauma patients from July 2006 to December 2010 who received weekly VDS examinations of the lower extremities. Prophylaxis and risk stratification were performed according to the American College of Chest Physicians recommendations. Patients were stratified by level of venous thromboembolism risk according to the results of a systematic review of the literature. The "value" of VDS was expressed as the number of clinically relevant findings divided by the cost (defined as the percent full-time equivalent of a certified vascular technologist performing VDS). A total of 2,169 patients met inclusion criteria and were stratified by deep venous thrombosis risk (218 moderate, 1,173 high, 778 highest). The quality of the process (the percent of sites adequately visualized per VDS) was not clinically different among risk groups. The quality of the outcome (number of clinically relevant findings) was significantly greater, and the work time required per finding was significantly lower in the highest-risk group (p < 0.001). The value of VDS was significantly greater in the highest-risk group compared with high or moderate-risk groups (1,104 vs. 337 vs. 76 findings per percent full-time equivalent, respectively; p < 0.001). VDS has significantly greater value in the highest-risk group and is warranted in this group. It is of less value in the moderate risk trauma patient. Calculating the value of specific health care interventions can guide the allocation of limited resources. Prognostic study, level II; value-based evaluation, level III.
    The journal of trauma and acute care surgery. 02/2013; 74(2):575-80.
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    ABSTRACT: Reliance on chest-abdomen-pelvis computed tomography (CAP) in the initial evaluation of blunt trauma is a major source of patient radiation exposure. Our trauma surgeon group (TSG) modified its practice to limit the use of CAP. We evaluated the effect of this practice change on patient radiation exposure and diagnostic accuracy. We compared data on blunt injury trauma activations evaluated by the five-member TSG for two 6-month intervals, before (T1) and after (T2) instituting the practice change. Patient demographic and injury data, complications, torso imaging and radiation dosage were collected. Following analysis of T1, the surgeon with the lowest CAP use was identified and found to have no errors or delays in diagnosis. The TSG agreed to adopt that surgeon's focus on findings of the physical examination and Focused Assessment Sonography for Trauma to reduce CAP use in the initial evaluation. T2 was analyzed to assess the effect of implementation of this guideline. There were 897 patients in T1 and 948 in T2. In the two intervals, patients did not differ by age, sex, mortality, or probability of survival. CAP use decreased by 38.5% with a significant drop in mean patient radiation exposure (p < 0.001). There were no missed injuries or delays in diagnosis in either interval. The use of CAP and its associated radiation burden in the initial evaluation of blunt trauma can be reduced without diagnostic errors by comparing use and identifying best practice. This process has implications for optimal trauma care. Diagnostic study, level IV; case management study, level IV.
    The journal of trauma and acute care surgery. 01/2013; 74(1):92-9.
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    ABSTRACT: This study aimed to determine the relative "weight" of risk factors known to be associated with venous thromboembolism (VTE) for patients with trauma based on injuries and comorbidities. A retrospective review of 16,608 consecutive admissions to a trauma center was performed. Patients were separated into those who developed VTE (n = 141) versus those who did not (16,467). Univariate analysis was performed for each risk factor reported in the trauma literature. Risk factors that were shown to be significant (p < 0.05) by univariate analysis underwent multivariate analysis to develop odds ratios for VTE. The Trauma Embolic Scoring System (TESS) was derived from the multivariate coefficients. The resulting TESS was compared with a data set from the National Trauma Data Bank (2002-2006) to determine its ability to predict VTE. The multivariate analysis demonstrated that age, Injury Severity Score, obesity, ventilator use for more than 3 days, and lower-extremity trauma were significant predictors of VTE in our patient population. The TESS was from 0 to 14, with the best prediction for those patients with a score of more than 6 (sensitivity, 81.6%; specificity, 84%). Overall, the model had excellent discrimination in predicting VTE with a receiver operating characteristic curve of 0.89. The VTE rates for TESS in the National Trauma Data Bank data set were similar for all integers except for 3 and 4, in which the VTE rates were significantly higher (3, 0.2% vs. 0.6%; 4, 0.4% vs. 1.0%). The TESS provides an objective measure of classifying VTE risk for patients with trauma. The TESS could allow informed decision making regarding prophylaxis strategies in patients with trauma.
    The journal of trauma and acute care surgery. 08/2012; 73(2):511-5.
  • The journal of trauma and acute care surgery. 06/2012; 72(6):1484-90.
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    ABSTRACT: Withdrawal or limitation of care (WLC) in trauma patients has not been well studied. We reviewed 10 years of deaths at our adult Level I trauma center to identify the patients undergoing WLC and to describe the process of trauma surgeon-managed WLC. This is a retrospective review of WLC. Each patient was assigned to one of three modes of WLC: care withdrawn, limited or no resuscitation, or organ harvest. Frequency, timing, and circumstances of WLC, including family involvement, ethics committee consultation, palliative care, and hospice, were reviewed. From 2000 through 2009, 375 patients died with WLC (54% of all deaths; 93% at ≥ 24 hours). For age ≥ 65 years, 80% were WLC. Overall, 15% had advance directive documents. Traumatic brain or high cervical spine injury was the cause of death in 63%. Factors associated with WLC included age, comorbidities, injury mechanism and severity, and nontrauma activation status. At time of death, 316 (84%) WLC were under trauma surgeon management. In this group, mode of WLC was care withdrawn in 74%, organ harvest in 20%, and limited or no resuscitation in 6%. Rationale for WLC in non-organ harvest patients was poor neurologic prognosis in 86% and futility in 76%. When family was identified, end-of-life discussions with physicians occurred in 100%. Conflicts over WLC occurred in 6.6% and were not associated with any demographic group. Ethics committee was involved in 2.8%. For care-withdrawn patients, median time to death from first WLC order was 6.6 hours. Palliative care and hospice consults (6% and 9%) increased yearly. WLC occurred in over 50% of all trauma deaths and exceeded 90% at ≥ 24 hours. Hospice and palliative care were increasingly important adjuncts to WLC. Guidelines for WLC should be developed to ensure quality end-of-life care for trauma patients in whom further care is futile. III, therapeutic study.
    The journal of trauma and acute care surgery. 05/2012; 72(5):1186-93.
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    ABSTRACT: Temporary inferior vena cava filters (IVCF) are uniquely suited for trauma patients in whom the high risk of venous thromboembolism is transient. Currently, few "retrievable filters" are actually retrieved, with most published series documenting a retrieval rate between 20% and 50%. We sought to determine whether we could achieve a higher rate of retrieval with an improved process of care. All permanent and temporary filters were entered prospectively into a dedicated filter registry. Within 60 days of filter placement, all temporary filter patients were contacted by a trauma case manager to evaluate ongoing venous thromboembolism risk. Low-risk patients were then evaluated by radiology for removal of the IVCF. If appropriate, removal of the IVCF was scheduled. Initial contacts with patients were made by telephone. If unsuccessful with phone contact, family members, rehabilitation facility, and social work were all contacted to obtain the most recent phone number and address. A follow-up letter was sent to the patient with follow-up visit instructions. Finally, if prior contact measures did not work, a certified letter was sent to the last known address. Between 2006 and 2009, of 7,949 trauma admissions, 420 (5.2%) met indications for filter placement. Of those, 160 were available for removal and 94 were successfully removed (59%). A retrieval rate of 59% can be achieved with an explicit process of care emphasizing disciplined follow-up. III.
    The journal of trauma and acute care surgery. 02/2012; 72(2):381-4.
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    ABSTRACT: Trauma centers are more frequently evaluating patients who are receiving anticoagulant or prescription antiplatelet (ACAP) therapy at the time of injury. Because there are reports of delayed intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) after blunt trauma in this patient group, we evaluated patients receiving ACAP with a head computed tomography (CT) on admission (CT1) followed by a routine repeat head CT (CT2) in 6 hours. We hypothesized that among patients with no traumatic findings on CT1 and a normal or unchanged interval neurologic examination, the incidence of clinically significant delayed ICH would be zero. We retrospectively reviewed adult blunt trauma patients admitted to our Level I trauma center from January 2006 to August 2009 who were receiving preinjury ACAP therapy. We reviewed medications, mechanism of injury, head CT results, and outcomes. Demographic data, injury severity scores, international normalized ratio, and neurologic examinations were recorded. We determined the incidence of delayed ICH on CT2 for patients with a negative CT1. Five hundred patients qualified for the protocol. Of these, 424 patients (85%) had a negative CT1. Among these patients, mean age was 75 years; 210 (50%) were male. Fall from standing was the most common mechanism of injury found in 357 patients (84%). Warfarin alone was taken in 68%, clopidogrel alone in 24%, and other agents in 2%. Six percent of patients were taking two agents. Mean international normalized ratio for patients on warfarin was 2.5. Among patients with a negative CT1, CT2 was obtained in 362 patients (85%) and was negative in 358 patients (99%). Four patients (1%) with a negative CT1 had a positive (n = 3) or equivocal (n = 1) CT2. All the changes on CT2 were minor and had either resolved or stabilized on third head CT. Of the four patients with positive or equivocal CT2, none had a change in neurologic examination; however, two had symptoms that could be attributed to head injury. Three were discharged home and one died of cardiac disease unrelated to head trauma. The incidence of delayed ICH in our study was 1%. However, none of the delayed findings were clinically significant. Among patients on ACAP therapy with a negative CT1 and a normal or unchanged neurologic examination, a routine CT2 is unnecessary. We recommend a period of observation to recognize those patients with symptoms that could be due to delayed ICH.
    The Journal of trauma 12/2011; 71(6):1600-4. · 2.35 Impact Factor
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    The Journal of trauma 05/2011; 70(5 Suppl):S2-10. · 2.35 Impact Factor
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    The Journal of trauma 05/2011; 70(5 Suppl):S32-3. · 2.35 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Optimal care of trauma patients requires cost-effective organization and commitment of trauma center resources. We examined the impact of creating a dedicated trauma care unit (TCU) and adding advanced practice nurses on the quality and cost of care at an adult Level I trauma center. Patient demographic and injury data, length of stay, complications, outcomes, and total direct cost of care were evaluated for four 1-year intervals in the recent history of our trauma center: Year A, a trauma team of in-house trauma surgeons and resident physicians; Year B, the addition of nurse practitioners to the trauma team 5 days/week; Year C, the creation of a dedicated TCU for all non intensive care unit trauma patients; and Year D, the addition of a permanent clinical nurse specialist and an increase in nurse practitioner coverage to 7 days/week. For each year, value was determined by calculating the median cost of a survivor and the median cost of a survivor with no complications. Significance was attributed to p<0.05. Patient volume increased from 1,927 in year A to 2,546 by year D. Over the period of study, there was an increase in blunt trauma (87.1-89.9%; p<0.05), median Injury Severity Score (5-6; p<0.05), and patients aged ≥65 years (11.4-19.8%; p<0.05). However, risk-adjusted mortality was unchanged. There was a decrease in patients with a complication (20.8-14.9%; p < 0.05), median intensive care unit length of stay (39.5-23.4 hours; p < 0.05), and median cost of care ($4,306-$3,698; p<0.05). Value increased: both the median costs of a survivor and of a survivor with no complications decreased from $4,259 to $3,658 (p<0.05) and from $3,898 to $3,317 (p<0.05), respectively. The median cost of a survivor with severe injury (Injury Severity Score ≥15) decreased from $17,651 to $12,285 (p<0.05). The addition of a dedicated TCU and advanced practice nurses improved the quality and reduced the cost of care, resulting in increased value at an adult Level I trauma center.
    The Journal of trauma 03/2011; 70(3):560-8. · 2.35 Impact Factor

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7k Citations
517.30 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2012
    • University of Colorado
      • Department of Surgery
      Denver, Colorado, United States
  • 1996–2010
    • Emory University
      • Department of Surgery
      Atlanta, GA, United States
    • New York University
      • Department of Surgery
      New York City, NY, United States
  • 1990–2010
    • University of Vermont
      • • Department of Surgery
      • • Department of Radiology
      Burlington, VT, United States
  • 2008–2009
    • Fletcher Allen Health Care
      Burlington, Vermont, United States
  • 1995
    • University of California, San Francisco
      • Department of Surgery
      San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 1990–1994
    • University of California, San Diego
      • • Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
      • • Department of Surgery
      San Diego, CA, United States
  • 1992
    • Vanderbilt University
      • Department of Surgery
      Nashville, MI, United States
  • 1989
    • Naval Medical Center San Diego
      • Vascular Surgery Clinic
      San Diego, California, United States
  • 1988
    • Hackensack University Medical Center
      Hackensack, New Jersey, United States
  • 1977
    • California College San Diego
      San Diego, California, United States