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|Title:||(Ton)silly seasons? Do atmospheric conditions actually affect post-tonsillectomy secondary haemorrhage rates?|
|Citation:||The Journal of Laryngology & Otology, 2015; 129(07):702-705|
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|B Cadd, M Rogers, H Patel and G Crossland|
|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.|
|Keywords:||Tonsillectomy; hemorrhage; vapor pressure; Australia; emergency service; hospital; humans; humidity; hydrostatic pressure; otolaryngology; seasons; temperature|
|Rights:||© JLO (1984) Limited, 2015|
|Appears in Collections:||Medicine publications|
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