Healing

This week we present two mnemonics related to non-healing. “FETID” provides a differential for a non-healing fistula and “TIME” is handy mnemonic to know when dealing with a chronic wound.

FETID for fistula*

F = Foreign body

E = Epithelialization if the fistulas tract

T = Tumor

I = Infection/Inflammation

D = Distal Obstruction

TIME for non-healing wound*:

T = Tissue is non-viable or deficient

I = Infection or Inflammation

M = Moisture imbalance (i.e. too dry or too wet)

E = Edge of is wound is non-advancing or undermining

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FETID was taken from Pestana’s surgical notes and TIME was taken from the following link.

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Triads, pentads and classic presentations (part 9)

Happy Thanksgiving to Canadian readers!

This week TheWM presents part 9 of the Triads series. Today we present Leriche Syndrome and the Trauma Triad of Death.

  •  Leriche syndrome, also known as aorto-iliac occlusive disease exhibits a triad of: 1) claudication of the buttocks and thighs 2) femoral pulses which are decreased or not palpable 3) impotence in males.
  • The Trauma Triad of Death describes a state found in trauma patients (sustaining severe injuries) associated with a high mortality if not corrected: 1) coagulopathy 2) metabolic acidosis 3) hypothermia

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Anatomy series (part 1)

There are a couple of series on this blog, but there isn’t one for anatomy….yet! For those interested in surgery, or if you are ever putting in an arterial line, this series may come in handy. The first “Anatomy series” post will feature the contents of the femoral triangle. To remember the order of the contents from lateral to medial, use the mnemonic NAVEL.

N = Nerve (i.e. femoral nerve)

A = Artery (i.e. femoral artery, contained in the femoral sheath with the femoral vein)

V = Vein (i.e. femoral vein, contained in the femoral sheath with the femoral artery)

E = Empty space

L = Lymphatics

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