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Intraoperative Surgical Decision-Making: Is It Art or Is It Science or Is It Both? . Download Sample pages 1 PDF ( KB); Download Table of contents PDF. asked to record their reasons for selection for each of four levels of care: main ward, 5-day ward, day bed unit or minor outpatient surgery. Selections were. medical student's acquisition of surgical decision-making skills. .. http://www. bestthing.info Copyright © Sarah.

Because it was not possible to identify how many eligible surgeons received an invitation, we did not calculate a response rate. Our total study sample included surgeons with representation from all 50 states. All surgeons were board certified or board eligible. We enrolled participants over a 1-year period from April until April The survey consisted of 25 hypothetical clinical scenarios, which were designed to have a high degree of clinical uncertainty regarding the decision to operate ie, surgical intervention was neither strictly indicated nor contraindicated and the decision relied on the discretion of the surgeon.

We included 1 positive control question in which the patient was in definite need of surgical intervention and 1 negative control question in which surgical intervention was not indicated. All questions were tested for face and content validity with experts in each field from the Department of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, and revised based on feedback. All scenarios contained information about the age, sex, and race of the patient; these were constant for each question; however, the order of the 25 scenarios was randomized.

Relevant signs and symptoms about a specific surgical condition were described, with laboratory data and imaging results as needed.

All exams are not always performed at the same time as blood samples are taken or CT scan. This may have had an impact on the registration, since diagnostic measures late in the course, when the diagnosis had become more obvious, may have been attributed a greater impact than those registered immediately after admission. An interesting conclusion from this study is that the differences in frequency of symptoms, rather than the three symptoms without ranking were considered most important by the surgeon making the decision to take the patient to the surgery.

This is probably because these symptoms only indicate abdominal disease and are thus not specific for acute appendicitis.

In textbooks this is often portrayed as being a pathognomonic sign of appendicitis. The insidious occurrence of pain and pain provoked by movement also made little impression on the surgeons. Fever and indirect tenderness were fairly uncommon signs among our patients, and were also given low diagnostic value by the attending surgeon.

Maybe it would have been more suitable to ask for normal CRP and leukocyte counts, that usually may exclude appendicitis, if not measured too early in the cause of the disease. It seems that bedside clinical skill has come under pressure, be it right or wrong.

There is evidence that computed tomography, for example, has a higher accuracy [ 13 ] than the best clinical scores for diagnosing acute appendicitis [ 14 ]. Perhaps our dependence on signs and symptoms — once the gold standard — should be re-evaluated. There are many publications that have scrutinized the various aspects of initial assessment and emergency management of acute abdominal pain. The large body of evidence, however, seems to miss articles that describe a formally correct priority- and problem-based approach [ 15 ].

Considerable evidence suggests that wide regional variation exists in the service received by patients.

Evidence-based guidelines that incorporate quality-of-life and patient preference may help address this problem. Systematic cost-effectiveness analyses may be used to improve resource allocation decisions [ 16 ].

Surgical decision-making in acute appendicitis

However, clinical decision-making has, until now, always been the cornerstone of high-quality care in emergency medicine. The intensity of decision- making in this unique milieu is unusually high, and a combination of strategies has, of necessity, evolved to cope with the load.

Cognitive short-cutting strategies may be especially adaptive in situations with time and resource limitations that prevail in many emergency departments, but occasionally these fail. Detection and recognition of these cognitive phenomena must be a first step in achieving cognitive de-biasing to improve clinical decision-making in the Emergency Department [ 17 ].

Determinants of surgical decision making: a national survey

The study has some important limitations. To diagnose appendicitis, CT has a greater sensitivity and negative predictive value in older than in younger patients. CT is also associated with less negative appendectomy- rates for all female patients regardless age [ 12 ].

In this study two thirds of the patients underwent diagnostic radiography when appendicitis was suspected, but almost all surgeons considered that this was one of the three most important factors in decision-making.

Nowadays imaging is performed in more than half of patients with suspected appendicitis, but despite this, surgeons continue to rank signs, symptoms, and laboratory results as the key factors leading to appendectomy.

In this study, however, we cannot say if the radiological results positive, negative, or equivocal influenced the process of decision-making. The decision to rely on image diagnostics as well as performing surgery based on data available at the first examination is, to a great extent, dependent on the age of the patient.

With increasing age, the prevalence of pathological conditions e.

This may have had an impact on the impact of image diagnostics on the decision to perform surgery. The surgeons were requested to state what had the greatest impact on the treatment to perform surgery when the procedure was already completed.

There is, however, a natural course in acute appendicitis.

All exams are not always performed at the same time as blood samples are taken or CT scan. This may have had an impact on the registration, since diagnostic measures late in the course, when the diagnosis had become more obvious, may have been attributed a greater impact than those registered immediately after admission.

An interesting conclusion from this study is that the differences in frequency of symptoms, rather than the three symptoms without ranking were considered most important by the surgeon making the decision to take the patient to the surgery.

Surgical Decision Making

This is probably because these symptoms only indicate abdominal disease and are thus not specific for acute appendicitis. In textbooks this is often portrayed as being a pathognomonic sign of appendicitis. The insidious occurrence of pain and pain provoked by movement also made little impression on the surgeons.

Fever and indirect tenderness were fairly uncommon signs among our patients, and were also given low diagnostic value by the attending surgeon.

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Maybe it would have been more suitable to ask for normal CRP and leukocyte counts, that usually may exclude appendicitis, if not measured too early in the cause of the disease.

It seems that bedside clinical skill has come under pressure, be it right or wrong. There is evidence that computed tomography, for example, has a higher accuracy [ 13 ] than the best clinical scores for diagnosing acute appendicitis [ 14 ].

Perhaps our dependence on signs and symptoms — once the gold standard — should be re-evaluated.Traumatic Hematuria In the emergency room setting the management of trauma and illness has a limited time perspective and is often carried out under pressure.

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