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Post-Delivery Brachial Plexus Injury in Neonates: A Case Series

Case Study
  • Tuan Minh Vo, Bui Thi Hong Nhu, Nguyen Ba My Nhi, Tran Diep Tuan,
  • Pages 8-11

Brachial plexus injury in neonates is a rare obstetrical complication, but it can cause huge anxiety to parents if occurring and sometimes leading to legal disputes in obstetrical practice. Trauma during birth delivery is mainly due to the over-stretch of fetal neck which is the main cause of brachial plexus injury in infants. However, those injuries are self-limited and most of them will self-recover. We conducted a retrospective analysis on ten cases diagnosed of post-delivery brachial plexus injury under monitoring at Tu Du Hospital from January to November 2018. Such factors as maternal obstetrical history, labor characteristics, mode of delivery, clinical symptoms and treatment approach of those cases were collected and analyzed. The risk factors of brachial plexus injury in our study included large fetus, interventional delivery, prolonged second stage of labor and shoulder dystocia. All the cases were treated with physiotherapy and recovered after 3 – 6 months. Family counseling and infants’ recovery played an important role in the management of those cases.

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Effect of fluid bolus triggers and their combination on fluid responsiveness in optimization phase of severe sepsis and septic shock resuscitation

Original Research
  • Le Huu Thien Bien, Huynh Quang Dai, Mai Anh Tuan, Phan Vu Anh Minh, Pham Thi Ngoc Thao, Do Quoc Huy, Tuan Minh Vo, Dang Van Phuoc,
  • Pages 27-32

Objectives: to evaluate the fluid responsiveness according to fluid bolus triggers and their combination in severe sepsis and septic shock.

Design: observational study.

Patients and Methods: patients with severe sepsis and septic shock who already received fluid after rescue phase of resuscitation. Fluid bolus (FB) was prescribed upon perceived hypovolemic manifestations: low central venous pressure (CVP), low blood pressure, tachycardia, low urine output (UOP), hyperlactatemia. FB was performed by Ringer lactate 500 ml/30 min and responsiveness was defined by increasing in stroke volume (SV) ≥15%.

Results: 84 patients were enrolled, among them 30 responded to FB (35.7%). Demographic and hemodynamic profile before fluid bolus were similar between responders and non-responders, except CVP was lower in responders (7.3 ± 3.4 mmHg vs 9.2 ± 3.6 mmHg) (p 0.018). Fluid response in low CVP, low blood pressure, tachycardia, low UOP, hyperlactatemia were 48.6%, 47.4%, 38.5%, 37.0%, 36.8% making the odd ratio (OR) of these triggers were 2.81 (1.09-7.27), 1.60 (0.54-4.78), 1.89 (0.58-6.18), 1.15 (0.41-3.27) and 1.27 (0.46-3.53) respectively. Although CVP < 8 mmHg had a higher response rate, the association was not consistent at lower cut-offs. The combination of these triggers appeared to raise fluid response but did not reach statistical significance: 26.7% (1 trigger), 31.0% (2 triggers), 35.7% (3 triggers), 55.6% (4 triggers), 100% (5 triggers).

Conclusions: fluid responsiveness was low in optimization phase of resuscitation. No fluid bolus trigger was superior to the others in term of providing a higher responsiveness, their combination did not improve fluid responsiveness as well.

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Directed Acyclic Graphs: Alternative tool for causal inference in epidemiology and biostatistics research and teaching

Review
  • Tran Ngoc Dang, Khuong Quynh Long, Huynh Thi Hong Tram, Le Huynh Thi Cam Hong, Tuan Minh Vo,
  • Pages 12-16
  • 27/10/2018
  • 159
  • 653
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The issue of causation is one of the major challenges for epidemiologists who aim to understand the association between an exposure and an outcome to explain disease patterns and potentially provide a basis for intervention. Suitably designed experimental studies can offer robust evidence of the causal relationships. The experimental studies, however, are not popular, difficult or even unethical and impossible to conduct; it would be desirable if there is a methodology for reducing bias or strengthening the causal inferences drawn from observational studies. The traditional approach of estimating causal effects in such studies is to adjust for a set of variables judged to be confounders by including them in a multiple regression. However, which variables should be adjusted for as confounders in a regression model has long been a controversial issue in epidemiology. From my observation, the adjustments using only "statistical artifacts" methods such as the p-value<0.2 in univariate analysis, stepwise (forward/backward) are widely used in research and teaching in Epidemiology and Statistics but without appropriated notice on the biological or clinical relationships between exposure and outcome which may induce the bias in estimating causal effects. In this mini-review, we introduce an interesting method, namely Directed Acyclic Graphs (DAGs), which can be used to reduce the bias in estimating causal effects; it is also a good application for Epidemiology and Biostatistics teaching.

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Evidence-based medicine education improve clinical knowledge of 4th year medical students in the university of medicine and pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City

Letter to Editor
  • Tuan Minh Vo, Thang Bui Quoc, Dat Van Truong,
  • Pages 17-19
  • 03/04/2018
  • 78
  • 1221
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Evidence based medicine (EBM) education is a modern method for medical students in clinical training based on the reasonable use of the best evidence in making decisions about individual patient’s treatment. EBM education syllabus teaches medical student how to integrate the clinical experience and patient examination with the simplest out-there analysis data for increasing the utilization of top quality clinical analysis in clinical deciding, this methodology requires new literature looking out and proof evaluating skills. Thus, replacing the recently educated method by EBM has more challenges, the new program ought to analysis fastidiously for evaluating the behavior changes, the development of clinical skills and analysis the ultimate examination score for evaluating the effectiveness of EBM program. The result show that active teaching proves to be statistically completely different and has robust impact toward the ultimate outcome. EBM educated method might improve clinical knowledge and application of PBL/EBM brings concerning higher scores compared to recently educated method.

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