• The Airtraq as a rescue airway device following failed direct laryngoscopy: a case series.

      Maharaj, C H; Costello, J F; McDonnell, J G; Harte, B H; Laffey, J G; Department of Anaesthesia, Clinical Sciences Institute, National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Sciences, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. (2007-06)
      We report the successful use of the Airtraq as a rescue device following failed direct laryngoscopy, in patients deemed at increased risk for difficult tracheal intubation. In a series of seven patients, repeated attempts at direct laryngoscopy with the Macintosh blade, and the use of manoeuvres to aid intubation, such as the gum elastic bougie placement, were unsuccessful. In contrast, with the Airtraq device, each patient's trachea was successfully intubated on the first attempt. This report underlines the utility of the Airtraq device in these patients.
    • Alcohol-attributable mortality in Ireland.

      Martin, Jennifer; Barry, Joe; Goggin, Deirdre; Morgan, Karen; Ward, Mark; O'Suilleabhain, Tadhg; Department of Public Health, Merlin Park, Galway, Ireland. Jennifer.martin@hse.ie (2010)
      The study aim was to calculate Irish alcohol-attributable fractions (AAFs) and to apply these measurements to existing data in order to quantify the impact of alcohol on mortality.
    • The analgesic efficacy of transversus abdominis plane block after cesarean delivery: a randomized controlled trial.

      McDonnell, John G; Curley, Gerard; Carney, John; Benton, Aoife; Costello, Joseph; Maharaj, Chrisen H; Laffey, John G; Department of Anaesthesia, Clinical Sciences Institute, Centre for Pain Research, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. (2008-01)
      The transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block is an effective method of providing postoperative analgesia in patients undergoing midline abdominal wall incisions. We evaluated its analgesic efficacy over the first 48 postoperative hours after cesarean delivery performed through a Pfannensteil incision, in a randomized controlled, double-blind, clinical trial.
    • Atlantic Diabetes in Pregnancy (DIP): the prevalence and outcomes of gestational diabetes mellitus using new diagnostic criteria.

      O'Sullivan, E P; Avalos, G; O'Reilly, M; Dennedy, M C; Gaffney, G; Dunne, F; Department of Diabetes, Galway University Hospital, Galway, Ireland. (2012-01-31)
      AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: New diagnostic criteria for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) have recently been published. We wished to evaluate what impact these new criteria would have on GDM prevalence and outcomes in a predominantly European population. METHODS: The Atlantic Diabetes In Pregnancy (DIP) programme performed screening for GDM in 5,500 women with an oral glucose tolerance test at 24-28 weeks. GDM was defined according to the new International Association of Diabetes and Pregnancy Study Groups (IADPSG) criteria and compared with previous WHO criteria; maternal and neonatal adverse outcomes were prospectively recorded. RESULTS: Of the participants, 12.4% and 9.4% were diagnosed with GDM using IADPSG and WHO criteria, respectively. IADPSG GDM pregnancies were associated with a statistically significant increased incidence of adverse maternal outcomes (gestational hypertension, polyhydramnios and Caesarean section) and neonatal outcomes (prematurity, large for gestational age, neonatal unit admission, neonatal hypoglycaemia and respiratory distress). The odds ratio for the development of these adverse outcomes remained significant after adjustment for maternal age, body mass index and non-European ethnicity. Those women who were classified as having normal glucose tolerance by WHO criteria but as having GDM by IADPSG criteria also had significant adverse pregnancy outcomes. CONCLUSIONS/INTERPRETATION: GDM prevalence is higher when using newer IADPSG, compared with WHO, criteria, and these women and their offspring experience significant adverse pregnancy outcomes. Higher rates of GDM pose a challenge to healthcare systems, but improved screening provides an opportunity to attempt to reduce the associated morbidity for mother and child.
    • ATLANTIC DIP: pregnancy outcome for women with pregestational diabetes along the Irish Atlantic seaboard.

      Dunne, Fidelma P; Avalos, Gloria; Durkan, Meave; Mitchell, Yvonne; Gallacher, Therese; Keenan, Marita; Hogan, Marie; Carmody, Louise A; Gaffney, Geraldine; Department of Medicine, College of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. fidelma.dunne@nuigalway.ie (2009-07)
      Prospective evaluation of pregnancy outcomes in pregestational diabetes along the Atlantic seaboard 2006-2007.
    • ATLANTIC DIP: simplifying the follow-up of women with previous gestational diabetes.

      Noctor, E; Crowe, C; Carmody, L A; Avalos, G M; Kirwan, B; Infanti, J J; O'Dea, A; Gillespie, P; Newell, J; McGuire, B; et al. (European journal of endocrinology / European Federation of Endocrine Societies, 2013-11)
      Previous gestational diabetes (GDM) is associated with a significant lifetime risk of type 2 diabetes. In this study, we assessed the performance of HbA1c and fasting plasma glucose (FPG) measurements against that of 75 g oral glucose tolerance testing (OGTT) for the follow-up screening of women with previous GDM.
    • ATLANTIC DIP: the impact of obesity on pregnancy outcome in glucose-tolerant women.

      Owens, Lisa A; O'Sullivan, Eoin P; Kirwan, Breeda; Avalos, Gloria; Gaffney, Geraldine; Dunne, Fidelma; Department of Medicine, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. (2010-03)
      OBJECTIVE A prospective study of the impact of obesity on pregnancy outcome in glucose-tolerant women. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS The Irish Atlantic Diabetes in Pregnancy network advocates universal screening for gestational diabetes. Women with normoglycemia and a recorded booking BMI were included. Maternal and infant outcomes correlated with booking BMI are reported. RESULTS A total of 2,329 women fulfilled the criteria. Caesarean deliveries increased in overweight (OW) (odds ratio 1.57 [95% CI 1.24-1.98]) and obese (OB) (2.65 [2.03-3.46]) women. Hypertensive disorders increased in OW (2.30 [1.55-3.40]) and OB (3.29 [2.14-5.05]) women. Reported miscarriages increased in OB (1.4 [1.11-1.77]) women. Mean birth weight was 3.46 kg in normal BMI (NBMI), 3.54 kg in OW, and 3.62 kg in OB (P < 0.01) mothers. Macrosomia occurred in 15.5, 21.4, and 27.8% of babies of NBMI, OW, and OB mothers, respectively (P < 0.01). Shoulder dystocia occur in 4% (>4 kg) compared with 0.2% (<4 kg) babies (P < 0.01). Congenital malformation risk increased for OB (2.47 [1.09-5.60]) women. CONCLUSIONS OW and OB glucose-tolerant women have greater adverse pregnancy outcomes.
    • Clofarabine in the treatment of poor risk acute myeloid leukaemia.

      Krawczyk, Janusz; Ansar, Naeem; Swords, Ronan; Murphy, Tracy; MacDonagh, Barry; Meenaghan, Teresa; Hayden, Patrick; Hayad, Amjad; Murray, Margaret; O'Dwyer, Michael; et al. (2010-09)
      Clofarabine is a second generation nucleoside analogue. It inhibits DNA repair and activates the mitochondrial apoptotic pathway leading to cell death. In vitro clofarabine has demonstrated synergy with daunorubicin and Ara-C and in phase II clinical trials has shown promising activity in poor risk Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) patients. In our institution over a 24 month period 22 AML patients (11 M, 11 F) with poor risk features, deemed unsuitable for standard therapy, were treated with clofarabine, alone (eight patients) or in combination (14 patients) for up to three cycles of treatment. The median age was 67.5 years (24-76) with 16 patients > 60 years. At the time of treatment 18 patients had active AML. Four patients intolerant of standard induction received clofarabine as consolidation. The overall response rate (ORR) for the 18 patients with active AML was 61%, nine patients (50%) achieving a complete response (CR). Induction and consolidation were well tolerated with no unexpected toxicities. Predictably, all patients developed grade 4 neutropenia but the median duration was only 20 days (17-120). Induction mortality was acceptable at 17%. In conclusion, clofarabine (alone or in combination) is active in poor risk AML with an acceptable safety profile and should be considered a potential option in poor risk AML patients.
    • Comparison of Macintosh, Truview EVO2, Glidescope, and Airwayscope laryngoscope use in patients with cervical spine immobilization.

      Malik, M A; Maharaj, C H; Harte, B H; Laffey, J G; Department of Anaesthesia, Clinical Sciences Institute, Galway University Hospitals, Galway, Ireland. (2008-11)
      The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Pentax AWS, Glidescope, and the Truview EVO2, in comparison with the Macintosh laryngoscope, when performing tracheal intubation in patients with neck immobilization using manual in-line axial cervical spine stabilization.
    • A comparison of tracheal intubation using the Airtraq or the Macintosh laryngoscope in routine airway management: A randomised, controlled clinical trial.

      Maharaj, C H; O'Croinin, D; Curley, G; Harte, B H; Laffey, J G; Department of Anaesthesia, University College Hospital, Galway, Ireland. (2006-11)
      The Airtraq laryngoscope is a novel single use tracheal intubation device. We compared the Airtraq with the Macintosh laryngoscope in patients deemed at low risk for difficult intubation in a randomised, controlled clinical trial. Sixty consenting patients presenting for surgery requiring tracheal intubation were randomly allocated to undergo intubation using a Macintosh (n = 30) or Airtraq (n = 30) laryngoscope. All patients were intubated by one of four anaesthetists experienced in the use of both laryngoscopes. No significant differences in demographic or airway variables were observed between the groups. All but one patient, in the Macintosh group, was successfully intubated on the first attempt. There was no difference between groups in the duration of intubation attempts. In comparison to the Macintosh laryngoscope, the Airtraq resulted in modest improvements in the intubation difficulty score, and in ease of use. Tracheal intubation with the Airtraq resulted in less alterations in heart rate. These findings demonstrate the utility of the Airtraq laryngoscope for tracheal intubation in low risk patients.
    • The cost of universal screening for gestational diabetes mellitus in Ireland.

      Gillespie, P; O'Neill, C; Avalos, G; O'Reilly, M; Dunne, F; School of Business and Economics, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. paddy.gillespie@nuigalway.ie (2011-08)
      To estimate the costs associated with universal screening for gestational diabetes mellitus in Ireland.
    • Day-case tonsillectomy: practical solution or practical impossibility.

      Kharytaniuk, N; Ali, R; Sharafa, A; Keogh, I J (Irish Medical Journal, 2015-01)
      The use of day case surgery is on the rise. In order to improve efficiency and reduce cost, it has been proposed that tonsillectomy could be undertaken as a day-case procedure in Ireland. A retrospective, chart-based study was carried out. The medical and social criteria of all patients who underwent tonsillectomy during a twelve-month period were evaluated. Individual, local and national factors were identified and international comparisons were made. Of 161 patients included, 43 (27%) were considered suitable for day case tonsillectomy (DCT). The distance/time criteria from hospital excluded 64% of patients. The diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnoea was the single most common medical reason for exclusion. Support structures were deficient. Local factors must be considered before any policy or targets are developed for DCT. Patient safety is the fundamental tenet. Currently, the infrastructure and the support required for a patient-focused, safe efficient DCT are deficient, and need investment.
    • Demographics, nature and treatment of orthopaedic trauma injuries occurring in an agricultural context in the West of Ireland.

      Byrne, F J; Waters, P S; Waters, S M; Hynes, S; Ní Thuairisg, C P; O'Sullivan, M; Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery, Merlin Park Hospital, Galway, Ireland. fergbyrne@gmail.com (2011-03)
      Farming is a major industry in the West of Ireland. This prospective study examined the age profile, nature and treatment of orthopaedic injuries occurring in agricultural surroundings presenting at the Orthopaedic Unit of Merlin Park Hospital, Galway.
    • Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry diagnostic discordance between Z-scores and T-scores in young adults.

      Carey, John J; Delaney, Miriam F; Love, Thomas E; Cromer, Barbara A; Miller, Paul D; Richmond, Bradford J; Manilla-McIntosh, Martha; Lewis, Steven A; Thomas, Charles L; Licata, Angelo A; et al. (Journal of clinical densitometry : the official journal of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry, 2009)
      Diagnostic criteria for postmenopausal osteoporosis using central dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) T-scores have been widely accepted. The validity of these criteria for other populations, including premenopausal women and young men, has not been established. The International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) recommends using DXA Z-scores, not T-scores, for diagnosis in premenopausal women and men aged 20-49 yr, though studies supporting this position have not been published. We examined diagnostic agreement between DXA-generated T-scores and Z-scores in a cohort of men and women aged 20-49 yr, using 1994 World Health Organization and 2005 ISCD DXA criteria. Four thousand two hundred and seventy-five unique subjects were available for analysis. The agreement between DXA T-scores and Z-scores was moderate (Cohen's kappa: 0.53-0.75). The use of Z-scores resulted in significantly fewer (McNemar's p<0.001) subjects diagnosed with "osteopenia," "low bone mass for age," or "osteoporosis." Thirty-nine percent of Hologic (Hologic, Inc., Bedford, MA) subjects and 30% of Lunar (GE Lunar, GE Madison, WI) subjects diagnosed with "osteoporosis" by T-score were reclassified as either "normal" or "osteopenia" when their Z-score was used. Substitution of DXA Z-scores for T-scores results in significant diagnostic disagreement and significantly fewer persons being diagnosed with low bone mineral density.
    • Endotracheal intubation in patients with cervical spine immobilization: a comparison of macintosh and airtraq laryngoscopes.

      Maharaj, Chrisen H; Buckley, Elma; Harte, Brian H; Laffey, John G; Department of Anaesthesia, University College Hospital, Galway, Ireland. (2007-07)
      The Airtraq laryngoscope (Prodol Ltd., Vizcaya, Spain) is a novel single-use tracheal intubation device. The authors compared ease of intubation with the Airtraq and Macintosh laryngoscopes in patients with cervical spine immobilization in a randomized, controlled clinical trial.
    • Evaluation of the Airtraq and Macintosh laryngoscopes in patients at increased risk for difficult tracheal intubation.

      Maharaj, C H; Costello, J F; Harte, B H; Laffey, J G; Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Galway University Hospitals, Galway, Ireland. (2008-02)
      The Airtraq, a novel single use indirect laryngoscope, has demonstrated promise in the normal and simulated difficult airway. We compared the ease of intubation using the Airtraq with the Macintosh laryngoscope, in patients at increased risk for difficult tracheal intubation, in a randomised, controlled clinical trial. Forty consenting patients presenting for surgery requiring tracheal intubation, who were deemed to possess at least three characteristics indicating an increased risk for difficulty in tracheal intubation, were randomly assigned to undergo tracheal intubation using a Macintosh (n = 20) or Airtraq (n = 20) laryngoscope. All patients were intubated by one of three anaesthetists experienced in the use of both laryngoscopes. Four patients were not successfully intubated with the Macintosh laryngoscope, but were intubated successfully with the Airtraq. The Airtraq reduced the duration of intubation attempts (mean (SD); 13.4 (6.3) vs 47.7 (8.5) s), the need for additional manoeuvres, and the intubation difficulty score (0.4 (0.8) vs 7.7 (3.0)). Tracheal intubation with the Airtraq also reduced the degree of haemodynamic stimulation and minor trauma compared to the Macintosh laryngoscope.
    • Genetic variation at CYP3A is associated with age at menarche and breast cancer risk: a case-control study.

      Johnson, Nichola; Dudbridge, Frank; Orr, Nick; Gibson, Lorna; Jones, Michael E; Schoemaker, Minouk J; Folkerd, Elizabeth J; Haynes, Ben P; Hopper, John L; Southey, Melissa C; et al. (BioMed Central, 2014-05-26)
      We have previously shown that a tag single nucleotide polymorphism (rs10235235), which maps to the CYP3A locus (7q22.1), was associated with a reduction in premenopausal urinary estrone glucuronide levels and a modest reduction in risk of breast cancer in women age ≤50 years.
    • Hypovitaminosis D in a healthy female population, aged from 40 to 85 years, in the west of Ireland.

      Lardner, E; Fitzgibbon, M; Wilson, S; Griffin, D; Mulkerrin, E; Biochemistry Laboratory, Galway University Hospital, Newcastle Road, Galway,, Ireland. eleanorlardner@gmail.com (2012-01-31)
      BACKGROUND: Increasing attention has been focused on diseases associated with ageing, as the mean age of the population in developed countries increases. Vitamin D and parathyroid hormone play key roles in calcium homeostasis, which is integral to skeletal health. AIMS: To assess the vitamin D status of healthy, community dwelling, middle-aged and older females. METHODS: General biochemistry and bone profiles, including ALP, PTH and 25(OH)D, were determined. RESULTS: Of 143 healthy white women receiving no supplementation or bone modifying treatments, 47% were vitamin D insufficient (<50 nmol/L) and only 4% were sufficient for the time of year. There was no statically significant correlation between age and 25(OH)D concentrations; neither was there a statistically significant seasonal variation in 25(OH)D levels noted. CONCLUSION: Vitamin D status should be assessed more often in middle-aged and older females. Expected age-related and seasonal variations in 25(OH)D levels were not confirmed in this study.
    • Illness representations in patients with hand injury.

      Chan, Jeffrey C Y; Ong, Joshua C Y; Avalos, Gloria; Regan, Padraic J; McCann, Jack; Groarke, AnnMarie; Kelly, John L; Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery, University College Hospital, Galway, Newcastle Road, Galway, Ireland. chancy@eircom.net (2009-07)
      Differences in illness perception about hand injury may partly explain the variation in health behaviours such as adherence to post-operative therapy, coping strategy, emotional response and eventual clinical outcome. This study examined the illness perception of patients with hand injuries in the acute trauma setting.
    • Increased use of multidisciplinary treatment modalities adds little to the outcome of rectal cancer treated by optimal total mesorectal excision.

      Chang, Kah Hoong; Smith, Myles J; McAnena, Oliver J; Aprjanto, Arifin S; Dowdall, Joe F; Department of Surgery, Galway University Hospital, National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland. (2012-10)
      Total mesorectal excision (TME) is the standard surgical treatment for rectal cancer. The roles of chemotherapy and radiotherapy have become more defined, accompanied by improvements in preoperative staging and histopathological assessment. We analyse our ongoing results in the light of changing patterns of treatment over consecutive time periods.