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Early Weight-bearing Following Surgical Treatment of Ankle Fractures Without Trans-syndesmotic Fixation Is Safe and Improves Short-term Outcomes

Herbosa, Christopher G; Saleh, Hesham; Kadiyala, Manasa L; Solasz, Sara; McLaurin, Toni M; Leucht, Philipp; Egol, Kenneth A; Tejwani, Nirmal C
OBJECTIVES/OBJECTIVE:The objective of this study was to ascertain outcome differences after fixation of unstable rotational ankle fractures allowed to weight-bear 2 weeks postoperatively compared with 6 weeks. DESIGN/METHODS:Prospective case-control study. SETTING/METHODS:Academic medical center; Level 1 trauma center. PATIENT SELECTION CRITERIA/UNASSIGNED:Patients with unstable ankle fractures (OTA/AO:44A-C) undergoing open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) were enrolled. Patients requiring trans-syndesmotic fixation were excluded. Two surgeons allowed weight-bearing at 2 weeks postoperatively (early weight-bearing [EWB] cohort). Two other surgeons instructed standard non-weight-bearing until 6 weeks postoperatively (non-weight-bearing cohort). OUTCOME MEASURES AND COMPARISONS/UNASSIGNED:The main outcome measures included the Olerud-Molander questionnaire, the SF-36 questionnaire, and visual analog scale at 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months postoperatively and complications, return to work, range of ankle motion, and reoperations at 12 months were compared between the 2 cohorts. RESULTS:One hundred seven patients were included. The 2 cohorts did not differ in demographics or preinjury scores ( P > 0.05). Six weeks postoperatively, EWB patients had improved functional outcomes as measured by the Olerud-Molander and SF-36 questionnaires. Early weight-bearing patients also had better visual analog scale scores (standardized mean difference -0.98, 95% confidence interval [CI] -1.27 to -0.70, P < 0.05) and a greater proportion returning to full capacity work at 6 weeks (odds ratio = 3.42, 95% CI, 1.08-13.07, P < 0.05). One year postoperatively, EWB patients had improved pain measured by SF-36 (standardized mean difference 6.25, 95% CI, 5.59-6.92, P < 0.01) and visual analog scale scores (standardized mean difference -0.05, 95% CI, -0.32 to 0.23, P < 0.01). There were no differences in complications or reoperation at 12 months ( P > 0.05). CONCLUSIONS:EWB patients had improved early function, final pain scores, and earlier return to work, without an increased complication rate compared with those kept non-weight-bearing for 6 weeks. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE/METHODS:Therapeutic Level II. See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.
PMID: 38117568
ISSN: 1531-2291
CID: 5633752

Establishing Orthopaedic Standards of Care for Incarcerated Patients: Ethical Challenges and Policy Considerations

Peairs, Emily; Aitchison, Alexandra Hunter; Premkumar, Ajay; Shea, Nell; Fleming, Mark; McLaurin, Toni M; Pean, Christian A
PMID: 38252711
ISSN: 1535-1386
CID: 5624702

Racial, Ethnic and Socioeconomic Healthcare Disparities in Orthopaedics: What about Orthopaedic Trauma?

Cannada, Lisa K; Ortega, Gil; McLaurin, Toni M; Tejwani, Nirmal C; Little, Milton Tm; Benson, Emily; Lang, Gerald; Pierrie, Sarah N; Krumrey, Jacque
PMID: 36728383
ISSN: 1531-2291
CID: 5420252

Decreasing Post-Operative Opioid Prescriptions Following Orthopedic Trauma Surgery: The "Lopioid" Protocol

Landes, Emma K; Leucht, Philipp; Tejwani, Nirmal C; Ganta, Abhishek; McLaurin, Toni M; Lyon, Thomas R; Konda, Sanjit R; Egol, Kenneth A
OBJECTIVE:To assess the effectiveness of a multimodal analgesic regimen containing "safer" opioid and non-narcotic pain medications in decreasing opioid prescriptions following surgical fixation in orthopedic trauma. DESIGN/METHODS:Retrospective cohort study. SETTING/METHODS:One urban, academic medical center. SUBJECTS/METHODS:Traumatic fracture patients from 2018 (848) and 2019 (931). METHODS:In 2019 our orthopedic trauma division began a standardized protocol of post-operative pain medications that included: 50 mg of tramadol four times daily, 15 mg of meloxicam once daily, 200 mg gabapentin twice daily, and 1 g of acetaminophen every 6 hours as needed. This multimodal regimen was dubbed the "Lopioid" protocol. We compared this protocol to all patients from the prior year who followed a standard protocol that included Schedule II narcotics. RESULTS:Greater mean MME were prescribed at discharge from fracture surgery under the standard protocol compared to the Lopioid protocol (252.3 vs 150.0; p < 0.001) and there was a difference in the type of opioid medication prescribed (p < 0.001). There was a difference in the number of refills filled for patients discharged with opioids after surgical treatment between standard and Lopioid cohorts (0.31 vs 0.21; p = 0.002). There was no difference in the types of medication-related complications (p = 0.710) or the need for formal pain management consults (p = 0.199), but patients in the Lopioid cohort had lower pain scores at discharge (2.2 vs 2.7; p = 0.001). CONCLUSIONS:The Lopioid protocol was effective in decreasing the amount of Schedule II narcotics prescribed at discharge and the number of opioid refills following orthopedic surgery for fractures.
PMID: 34999901
ISSN: 1526-4637
CID: 5112942

Treatment of Segmental Bone Defects Biology and Treatment Options

Schultz, Blake J; McLaurin, Toni M; Leucht, Philipp
Segmental bone defects (SBD) are difficult to treat, requiring a comprehensive understanding of the bone and soft tissue injury. Defect size, fracture characteristics, and local and systemic biology all help dictate treatment options. Bone grafting with autograft or allograft, Masquelet technique, and bone transport with external or internal fixation can all be used successfully in the correct patient. When deciding on the best treatment option and addressing any complications throughout the process, it is important to always keep in mind the three principles of bone healing: sterility, stability, and biology. The goal of this review is to present the history of treatment for critical SBD, including the indications and challenges that have been addressed and current and emerging treatment options.
PMID: 35234587
ISSN: 2328-5273
CID: 5190222

A Level 1 Trauma Center's response to the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City: a qualitative and quantitative story

Fisher, Nina D; Bi, Andrew S; Aggarwal, Vinay; Leucht, Philipp; Tejwani, Nirmal C; McLaurin, Toni M
BACKGROUND:The purpose of this study is to describe a Level 1 Trauma Center's orthopedic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to compare outcomes of acute fracture patients pre-COVID versus during the COVID-19 pandemic. METHODS:All inpatient fracture cases performed over a 5-month period were identified and retrospective chart review performed. Patients were divided into pre- and COVID-era groups based on when surgery was performed relative to March 16, 2020 (the date elective operations were ceased), and groups were statistically compared. Patients with a COVID test result were further sub-divided into COVID negative and positive groups, and statistically compared. Statistical analysis was performed using independent t-test for continuous variables and chi-square analysis for categorical variables. RESULTS:One hundred and nineteen patients were identified, 38% females with average age of 58 years. Average length of stay was 7 days with average time from injury to surgery of 3 days and average time from admission to surgery of 1.3 days. Overall in-hospital complication rate was 29.4%, and 30-day mortality and readmission rates were 2.5% and 5%, respectively. Sixty-nine patients comprised the pre-COVID group, and 50 in the COVID-era group. There was no significant difference with respect to length of stay, time from injury to surgery, time from admission to surgery, need for post-operative ICU stay, in-hospital complication rate, 30-day mortality rate and 30-day readmission rate. Thirty-four patients had COVID testing, with 24 negative and 10 positive. COVID-positive patients had longer time from injury to surgery (8.5 days vs. 2 days, p = 0.003) and longer time from admission to surgery (2.7 days vs. 1.2 days, p = 0.034). While more COVID-positive patients required ICU admission post-operatively (60% vs. 21%, p = 0.036), there was no difference in overall complication rate. CONCLUSIONS:Orthopedic care of acute fracture patients was not affected by a global pandemic. The response of our Level 1 Trauma Center's orthopedic department can guide other hospitals if and when new surges in COVID cases arise, in order to prevent compromising appropriate orthopedic care. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE/METHODS:Prognostic III.
PMID: 33616766
ISSN: 1633-8065
CID: 4794242

Diversity in orthopaedic trauma: where we are and where we need to be

Ortega, Gil; Benson, Emily; Pierrie, Sarah N; McLaurin, Toni M; Tejwani, Nirmal C
Diversity has multiple dimensions, and individuals' interpretation of diversity varies broadly. The Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) leadership recognized the need to address issues of diversity within the organization and appointed the OTA Diversity Committee in 2020. The OTA Diversity Committee has produced a statement that was confirmed by the OTA's board of directors reflecting the organization's position on diversity: "The OTA promotes and values diversity and inclusion at all levels with the goal of creating an environment where every member has the opportunity to excel in leadership, education, and culturally-competent orthopaedic trauma care." The OTA Diversity Committee surveyed its 1907 OTA members in the United States and Canada to assess its membership's attitudes toward and interpretation of this important topic.
PMID: 34746653
ISSN: 2574-2167
CID: 5050192

Questioning the use of the Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience Database (MAUDE) to compare implant performance

McLaurin, Toni M
PMID: 32910629
ISSN: 1531-2291
CID: 4589442

Modification of a Validated Risk Stratification Tool to Characterize Geriatric Hip Fracture Outcomes and Optimize Care in a Post-COVID-19 World

Konda, Sanjit R; Ranson, Rachel A; Solasz, Sara J; Dedhia, Nicket; Lott, Ariana; Bird, Mackenzie L; Landes, Emma K; Aggarwal, Vinay K; Bosco, Joseph A; Furgiuele, David L; Gould, Jason; Lyon, Thomas R; McLaurin, Toni M; Tejwani, Nirmal C; Zuckerman, Joseph D; Leucht, Philipp; Ganta, Abhishek; Egol, Kenneth A
OBJECTIVES:(1) To demonstrate how a risk assessment tool modified to account for the COVID-19 virus during the current global pandemic is able to provide risk assessment for low-energy geriatric hip fracture patients. (2) To provide a treatment algorithm for care of COVID-19 positive/suspected hip fractures patients that accounts for their increased risk of morbidity and mortality. SETTING:One academic medical center including 4 Level 1 trauma centers, 1 university-based tertiary care referral hospital, and 1 orthopaedic specialty hospital. PATIENTS/PARTICIPANTS:One thousand two hundred seventy-eight patients treated for hip fractures between October 2014 and April 2020, including 136 patients treated during the COVID-19 pandemic between February 1, 2020 and April 15, 2020. INTERVENTION:The Score for Trauma Triage in the Geriatric and Middle-Aged ORIGINAL (STTGMAORIGINAL) score was modified by adding COVID-19 virus as a risk factor for mortality to create the STTGMACOVID score. Patients were stratified into quartiles to demonstrate differences in risk distribution between the scores. MAIN OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS:Inpatient and 30-day mortality, major, and minor complications. RESULTS:Both STTGMA score and COVID-19 positive/suspected status are independent predictors of inpatient mortality, confirming their use in risk assessment models for geriatric hip fracture patients. Compared with STTGMAORIGINAL, where COVID-19 patients are haphazardly distributed among the risk groups and COVID-19 inpatient and 30 days mortalities comprise 50% deaths in the minimal-risk and low-risk cohorts, the STTGMACOVID tool is able to triage 100% of COVID-19 patients and 100% of COVID-19 inpatient and 30 days mortalities into the highest risk quartile, where it was demonstrated that these patients have a 55% rate of pneumonia, a 35% rate of acute respiratory distress syndrome, a 22% rate of inpatient mortality, and a 35% rate of 30 days mortality. COVID-19 patients who are symptomatic on presentation to the emergency department and undergo surgical fixation have a 30% inpatient mortality rate compared with 12.5% for patients who are initially asymptomatic but later develop symptoms. CONCLUSION:The STTGMA tool can be modified for specific disease processes, in this case to account for the COVID-19 virus and provide a robust risk stratification tool that accounts for a heretofore unknown risk factor. COVID-19 positive/suspected status portends a poor outcome in this susceptible trauma population and should be included in risk assessment models. These patients should be considered a high risk for perioperative morbidity and mortality. Patients with COVID-19 symptoms on presentation should have surgery deferred until symptoms improve or resolve and should be reassessed for surgical treatment versus definitive nonoperative treatment with palliative care and/or hospice care. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE:Prognostic Level III. See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of Levels of Evidence.
PMID: 32815845
ISSN: 1531-2291
CID: 4574902

Increased Mortality and Major Complications in Hip Fracture Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A New York City Perspective

Egol, Kenneth A; Konda, Sanjit R; Bird, Mackenzie L; Dedhia, Nicket; Landes, Emma K; Ranson, Rachel A; Solasz, Sara J; Aggarwal, Vinay K; Bosco, Joseph A; Furgiuele, David L; Ganta, Abhishek; Gould, Jason; Lyon, Thomas R; McLaurin, Toni M; Tejwani, Nirmal C; Zuckerman, Joseph D; Leucht, Philipp
OBJECTIVES/OBJECTIVE:To examine one health system's response to the essential care of its hip fracture population during the COVID-19 pandemic and report on its effect on patient outcomes. DESIGN/METHODS:Prospective cohort study SETTING:: Seven musculoskeletal care centers with New York City and Long Island. PATIENTS/PARTICIPANTS/METHODS:138 recent and 115 historical hip fracture patients. INTERVENTION/METHODS:Patients with hip fractures occurring between February 1, 2020 and April 15, 2020 or between February 1, 2019 and April 15, 2019 were prospectively enrolled in an orthopedic trauma registry and chart reviewed for demographic and hospital quality measures. Patients with recent hip fractures were identified as COVID positive (C+), COVID suspected (Cs) or COVID negative (C-). MAIN OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS/METHODS:Hospital quality measures, inpatient complications and mortality rates. RESULTS:Seventeen (12.2%) patients were confirmed C+ by testing and another 14 (10.1%) were suspected (Cs) of having had the virus but were never tested. The C+ cohort, when compared to Cs and C- cohorts, had: an increased mortality rate (35.3% vs 7.1% vs 0.9%), increased length of hospital stay, a greater major complication rate and a greater incidence of ventilator need postoperatively. CONCLUSIONS:COVID-19 had a devastating effect on the care of hip fracture patients during the pandemic. Although practice patterns generally remained unchanged, treating physicians need to understand the increased morbidity and mortality in hip fracture patients complicated by COVID-19. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE/METHODS:Prognostic Level III. See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of Levels of Evidence.
PMID: 32482976
ISSN: 1531-2291
CID: 4468782