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Title: (Ton)silly seasons? Do atmospheric conditions actually affect post-tonsillectomy secondary haemorrhage rates?
Authors: Cadd, B
Rogers, M
Patel, H
Crossland, G
Affiliation: Otolaryngology,Head and Neck Surgery,Royal Darwin Hospital,Tiwi,Northern Territory,Australia..
Otolaryngology,Head and Neck Surgery,Royal Darwin Hospital,Tiwi,Northern Territory,Australia..
Otolaryngology,Head and Neck Surgery,Royal Darwin Hospital,Tiwi,Northern Territory,Australia..
Otolaryngology,Head and Neck Surgery,Royal Darwin Hospital,Tiwi,Northern Territory,Australia..
Issue Date: Jul-2015
Citation: The Journal of laryngology and otology 2015-07; 129(7): 702-5
Abstract: Tonsillectomy is a common procedure, with potentially life-threatening complications. Previous investigations into post-tonsillectomy secondary haemorrhage rates suggest an influence of climactic and atmospheric conditions on haemorrhage rate, particularly temperature and water vapour pressure. With a single emergency department and a large variance in atmospheric conditions, Darwin, Australia, is ideal for investigating the effects of local climate on rates of post-operative haemorrhage. A five-year retrospective review was conducted of all tonsillectomy procedures performed between 2008 and 2013. Effects of atmospheric variables were examined using Pearson's correlation coefficient and analysis of variance. A total of 941 patients underwent tonsillectomy in the study period. The bleeding rate was 7.7 per cent. No variation was found between wet and dry season tonsillectomies (p = 0.4). Temperature (p = 0.74), water vapour pressure (p = 0.94) and humidity (p = 0.66) had no effect on bleeding. The findings revealed no correlation between humidity, season, water vapour pressure and haemorrhage rates. Further research should use multi-site data to investigate the effect of air conditioning, humidification and climactic conditions between different regions in Australia.
URI: http://docs.prosentient.com.au/prosentientjspui/handle/1/10216
DOI: 10.1017/S0022215115001292
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Australia
Emergency Service
Hemorrhage
Hospital
Humans
Humidity
Hydrostatic Pressure
Otolaryngology
Seasons
Temperature
Tonsillectomy
Vapor Pressure
Adolescent
Adult
Australia
Child
Child, Preschool
Hemorrhage
Humans
Middle Aged
Postoperative Complications
Retrospective Studies
Climate
Tonsillectomy
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