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Amy L Rezak

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Trauma, Acute, and Critical Care Surgery
DUMC 2837, Department of Surgery, Durham, NC 27710
200 Trent Drive, 3rd Floor, Blue Zone, Room 3561, Durham, NC 27713

Selected Publications

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) after trauma: Improving incidence, but increasing mortality.

Journal Article J Crit Care · August 2021 PURPOSE: Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) is an infrequent, yet morbid inflammatory complication in injury victims. With the current project we sought to estimate trends in incidence, determine outcomes, and identify risk factors for ARDS and rel ... Full text Link to item Cite

"I'm Leaving": Factors That Impact Against Medical Advice Disposition Post-Trauma.

Journal Article J Emerg Med · April 2020 BACKGROUND: Discharge against medical advice (AMA) is an important, yet understudied, aspect of health care-particularly in trauma populations. AMA discharges result in increased mortality, increased readmission rates, and higher health care costs. OBJECTI ... Full text Link to item Cite

The Impact of Race and Socioeconomic Status on Treatment and Outcomes of Blunt Splenic Injury.

Journal Article J Surg Res · August 2019 BACKGROUND: Racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities have been shown to exist in trauma patients. Management of blunt splenic injuries (BSIs) can include splenectomy, embolization, or nonoperative management. This study assesses the effect of race and ... Full text Link to item Cite

Socioeconomic Status Affects Outcomes After Severity-Stratified Traumatic Brain Injury.

Journal Article J Surg Res · March 2019 BACKGROUND: Socioeconomic status (SES) and race have been shown to increase the incidence of being afflicted by a traumatic brain injury (TBI) resulting in worse posthospitalization outcomes. The goal of this study was to determine the effect disparities h ... Full text Link to item Cite

The Utility of the Alvarado Score in the Diagnosis of Acute Appendicitis in the Elderly.

Conference Am Surg · July 1, 2017 Clinical scores determining the likelihood of acute appendicitis (AA), including the Alvarado score, were devised using a younger population, and their efficacy in predicting AA in elderly patients is not well documented. This study's purpose is to evaluat ... Link to item Cite

Measuring Patterns of Surgeon Confidence Using a Novel Assessment Tool.

Conference Am Surg · January 2016 Confidence should increase during surgical training and practice. However, few data exist regarding confidence of surgeons across this continuum. Confidence may develop differently in clinical and personal domains, or may erode as specialization or age res ... Link to item Cite