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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726081/psoas-muscle-volume-as-a-predictor-of-peripheral-neurotoxicity-induced-by-primary-chemotherapy-in-ovarian-cancers
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Tomoyuki Yoshikawa, Masashi Takano, Morikazu Miyamoto, Isao Yajima, Yukihiro Shimizu, Yusuke Aizawa, Yuki Suguchi, Miki Moriiwa, Tadashi Aoyama, Hiroaki Soyama, Tomoko Goto, Junko Hirata, Ayako Suzuki, Hidenori Sasa, Isao Nagaoka, Hitoshi Tsuda, Kenichi Furuya
PURPOSE: Low skeletal muscle mass (sarcopenia) has been reported to have an influence on survival and toxicities of chemotherapy in several solid tumors. The impact of sarcopenia on the treatment of ovarian cancers has not been determined. The present study aimed to evaluate correlation between sarcopenia and toxicities of chemotherapy in ovarian cancers. METHODS: Medical charts of the ovarian cancer patients that received chemotherapy with paclitaxel and carboplatin at our hospital between 2010 and 2015 were retrospectively reviewed...
July 19, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725149/using-an-integrated-information-system-to-reduce-interruptions-and-the-number-of-non-relevant-contacts-in-the-inpatient-pharmacy-at-tertiary-hospital
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Saleh Binobaid, Mohammed Almeziny, Ip-Shing Fan
Patient care is provided by a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals intended for high-quality and safe patient care. Accordingly, the team must work synergistically and communicate efficiently. In many hospitals, nursing and pharmacy communication relies mainly on telephone calls. In fact, numerous studies have reported telephone calls as a source of interruption for both pharmacy and nursing operations; therefore, the workload increases and the chance of errors raises. This report describes the implementation of an integrated information system that possibly can reduce telephone calls through providing real-time tracking capabilities and sorting prescriptions urgency, thus significantly improving traceability of all prescriptions inside pharmacy...
July 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724571/comparison-of-recruitment-strategy-outcomes-in-the-national-children-s-study
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Christina H Park, Marianne Winglee, Jennifer Kwan, Linda Andrews, Mark L Hudak
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: In 2000, the US Congress authorized the National Institutes of Health to conduct a prospective national longitudinal study of environmental influences on children's health and development from birth through 21 years. Several recruitment methodologies were piloted to determine the optimal strategy for a main National Children's Study. METHODS: After an initial pilot recruitment that used a household enumeration strategy performed poorly, the National Children's Study Vanguard Study developed and evaluated the feasibility, acceptability, and cost of 4 alternate strategies to recruit a large prospective national probability sample of pregnant women and their newborn children...
July 19, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724133/a-nationwide-analysis-of-cost-variation-for-autologous-free-flap-breast-reconstruction
#4
Jessica I Billig, Yiwen Lu, Adeyiza O Momoh, Kevin C Chung
Importance: Cost variation among hospitals has been demonstrated for surgical procedures. Uncovering these differences has helped guide measures taken to reduce health care spending. To date, the fiscal consequence of hospital variation for autologous free flap breast reconstruction is unknown. Objective: To investigate factors that influence cost variation for autologous free flap breast reconstruction. Design, Setting, and Participants: A secondary cross-sectional analysis was performed using the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project National Inpatient Sample database from 2008 to 2010...
July 19, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722659/combing-nlr-v20-and-mean-lung-dose-to-predict-radiation-induced-lung-injury-in-patients-with-lung-cancer-treated-with-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-and-chemotherapy
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Wen-Yan Pan, Chao Bian, Guan-Lian Zou, Cui-Ying Zhang, Ping Hai, Ren Zhao, Yan-Yang Wang
The purpose was to evaluate the predictive value of baseline neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR) level in the incidence of grade 3 or higher radiation induced lung injury (RILI) for lung cancer patients. A retrospectively analysis with 166 lung cancer patients was performed. All of the enrolled patients received chemoradiotherapy at our hospital between April 2014 and May 2016. The Cox proportional hazard model was used to identify the potential risk factors for RILI. In this cohort, the incidence of grade 3 or higher RILI was 23...
July 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719890/effect-of-neoadjuvant-nab-paclitaxel-plus-gemcitabine-therapy-on-overall-survival-in-patients-with-borderline-resectable-pancreatic-cancer-a-prospective-multicenter-phase-ii-trial-nac-ga-trial
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Ken-Ichi Okada, Toshio Shimokawa, Seiko Hirono, Manabu Kawai, Masayuki Sho, Sohei Satoi, Ippei Matsumoto, Hidetoshi Eguchi, Yoshiaki Murakami, Suguru Yamada, Mariko Doi, Hiroki Yamaue
We conducted a prospective multicenter phase II trial of patients with borderline resectable pancreatic carcinoma to investigate the efficacy of neoadjuvant nab-paclitaxel plus gemcitabine therapy on overall survival (OS). The clinical trial primarily evaluated OS time from the first day of protocol therapy as a primary endpoint. The secondary endpoints were recurrence-free survival from the first day of protocol therapy, safety of the protocol therapy (adverse effect), morbidity based on the Clavien Dindo classification of more than III, response rate, preoperative/postoperative tumor marker (CA 19-9, CEA), rate of normalization, reduction rate of the maximum standardized uptake value on positron emission tomography-computed tomography (limited to institutions where positron emission tomography-computed tomography was available), chemotherapeutic effect grade based on Evans' classification, resection rate, R0 resection rate, surgical data (operative time, blood loss, transfusion, postoperative hospital day), overall morbidity rates (reoperation, rate of readmission, mortality), patient rate in postoperative adjuvant therapy (entry rate, completion rate), dose intensity, quality of life regarding fatigue and malaise assessed by the questionnaire of FACIT-F (Japanese version), and peripheral sensory neuropathy assessed by the questionnaire of the FACT/GOG-NTX subscale (version 4; Japanese version)...
July 19, 2017: Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719887/anesthetic-management-of-cytoreductive-surgery-and-hyperthermic-intraperitoneal-chemotherapy-crs-hipec-the-importance-of-hydro-electrolytic-and-acid-basic-control
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Fabrício Tavares Mendonça, Marília Moreira Guimarães, Sérgio Honorato de Matos, Rúbia Garcia Dusi
JUSTIFICATION AND OBJECTIVES: Patients affected by gynecological or gastrointestinal tract neoplasms that evolve to peritoneal carcinomatosis experience a significant drop in their quality of life, high morbidity and short survival times with currently available chemotherapeutic schemes. The surgical treatment based on cytoreduction and the employment of hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy in the intra-operative period is a true challenge to anesthesiologist. CASE REPORT: A 67 years old patient diagnosed with mucinous adenocarcinoma of the Appendix associated with mucinous carcinomatosis, was submitted to cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), under general anesthesia and epidural block...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719134/development-and-implementation-of-a-clinical-pathway-for-cardiac-surgery-in-the-intensive-care-unit-effects-on-protocol-adherence
#8
Marion van der Kolk, Mark van den Boogaard, Corine Ter Brugge-Speelman, Jeroen Hol, Luc Noyez, Kees van Laarhoven, Hans van der Hoeven, Peter Pickkers
RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: Cardiac surgery (CS) is facilitated by multiple perioperative guidelines and protocols. Use of a clinical pathway (CP) may facilitate the care of these patients. METHODS: This is a pre-post design study in the ICU of a tertiary referral centre. A CP for CS patients in the ICU was developed by ICU-nurses and enabled them to execute proactively predefined actions in accordance with and within the preset boundaries which were part of a variance report...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716145/mortality-differences-by-surgical-volume-among-patients-with-stomach-cancer-a-threshold-for-a-favorable-volume-outcome-relationship
#9
Hyeok Choi, Seong-Yoon Yang, Hee-Seung Cho, Woorim Kim, Eun-Cheol Park, Kyu-Tae Han
BACKGROUND: Many studies have assessed the volume-outcome relationship in cancer patients, but most focused on better outcomes in higher volume groups rather than identifying a specific threshold that could assist in clinical decision-making for achieving the best outcomes. The current study suggests an optimal volume for achieving good outcome, as an extension of previous studies on the volume-outcome relationship in stomach cancer patients. METHODS: We used National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) Sampling Cohort data during 2004-2013, comprising healthcare claims for 2550 patients with newly diagnosed stomach cancer...
July 17, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714229/implementing-a-protocol-to-optimize-blood-use-in-a-cardiac-surgery-service-results-of-a-pre-post-analysis-and-the-impact-of-high-volume-blood-users
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Juan B Grau, Jacqueline H Fortier, Cyrus Kuschner, Giovanni Ferrari, Mariano E Brizzio, Alex Zapolanski, Richard E Shaw
BACKGROUND: Blood transfusions are a common and costly intervention for cardiac surgery patients. Evidence suggests that a more restrictive transfusion strategy may reduce costs and transfusion-related complications without increasing perioperative morbidity and mortality. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: A transfusion-limiting protocol was developed and implemented in a cardiovascular surgery unit. Over a 5-year period, data were collected on patient characteristics, procedures, utilization of blood products, morbidity, and mortality, and these were compared before and after the protocol was implemented...
July 16, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709874/analysis-of-hospital-readmissions-after-prosthetic-urologic-surgery-in-the-united-states-nationally-representative-estimates-of-causes-costs-and-predictive-factors
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Filippo Pederzoli, Meera R Chappidi, Sarah Collica, Max Kates, Gregory A Joice, Nikolai A Sopko, Francesco Montorsi, Andrea Salonia, Trinity J Bivalacqua
BACKGROUND: The surgical treatment of urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction by prosthetic devices has become part of urologic practice, although sparse data exist at a national level on readmissions and hospital costs. AIM: To assess causes and costs of early (≤30 days) and late (31-90 days) readmissions after implantation of penile prostheses (PPs), artificial urinary sphincters (AUSs), or PP + AUS. METHODS: Using the 2013 and 2014 US Nationwide Readmission Databases, sociodemographic characteristics, hospital costs, and causes of readmission were compared among PP, AUS and AUS + PP surgeries...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709452/influence-of-the-patient-practitioner-interaction-context-on-acupuncture-outcomes-in-functional-dyspepsia-study-protocol-for-a-multicenter-randomized-controlled-trial
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Seok-Jae Ko, Jae-Woo Park, Jungtae Leem, Ted J Kaptchuk, Vitaly Napadow, Braden Kuo, Jessica Gerber, Laurie Dimisko, Inkwon Yeo, Junhee Lee, Jinsung Kim
BACKGROUND: In the treatment of functional dyspepsia, the placebo effect has been reported to be high, and the influence of the patient-practitioner relationship may be a major component of this effect. The specific and non-specific effects of acupuncture cannot be easily distinguished, and the patient-practitioner relationship may influence the total therapeutic effect in clinical practice. There have been no studies that investigate the influence of patient-practitioner relationship on acupuncture treatment for patients with functional dyspepsia...
July 14, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709178/inflammatory-reaction-found-in-prostate-specific-material-method-standardization-and-proposed-optimal-cut-off-points
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P Korrovits, O Poolamets, R Mändar, M Punab
Prostatitis classification as well as treatment decisions are primarily based on differentiation of the inflammatory status in prostate-specific material. At the same time, methods used for detection of inflammation are semi-quantitative and not finally standardized. The main aim of this study was to suggest more precise methods for detection of prostate inflammatory status. Additional aims were to define optimal cut-off points of various tests in order to discriminate between inflammatory and non-inflammatory condition and to analyze the prevalence of inflammatory prostatitis in the groups of symptomatic prostatitis, lower urinary tract symptoms and control subjects...
July 14, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707110/what-factors-are-associated-with-90-day-episode-of-care-payments-for-younger-patients-with-total-joint-arthroplasty
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Shweta Pathak, Cecilia M Ganduglia, Samir S Awad, Wenyaw Chan, John M Swint, Robert O Morgan
BACKGROUND: Total joint arthroplasty (TJA) has been identified as a procedure with substantial variations in inpatient and postacute care payments. Most studies in this area have focused primarily on the Medicare population and rarely have characterized the younger commercially insured populations. Understanding the inpatient and postdischarge care service-component differences across 90-day episodes of care and factors associated with payments for younger patients is crucial for successful implementation of bundled payments in TJA in non-Medicare populations...
July 13, 2017: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704230/effect-of-esophageal-cancer-surgeon-volume-on-management-and-mortality-from-emergency-upper-gastrointestinal-conditions-population-based-cohort-study
#15
Sheraz R Markar, Hugh Mackenzie, Alan Askari, Omar Faiz, George B Hanna
OBJECTIVE: To study the influence of esophageal cancer surgeon volume upon mortality from upper gastrointestinal emergencies. BACKGROUND: Volume-outcome relationships led to the centralization of esophageal cancer surgery. METHODS: Hospital Episode Statistics data were used to identify patients admitted to hospitals within England (1997-2012). The influence of esophageal high-volume (HV) cancer surgeon status (≥5 resections per year) upon 30-day and 90-day mortality from esophageal perforation (EP), paraesophageal hernia causing obstruction or gangrene (PEH) and perforated peptic ulcer (PPU) was analyzed, independent of HV esophageal cancer center status and patient and disease-specific confounding factors...
July 12, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704223/activities-in-a-social-networking-based-discussion-group-by-endoscopic-retrograde-cholangiopancreatography-doctors
#16
Xiaoyu Kang, Lina Zhao, Na Liu, Xiangping Wang, Rongchun Zhang, Zhiguo Liu, Shuhui Liang, Shaowei Yao, Qin Tao, Hui Jia, Yanglin Pan, Xuegang Guo
BACKGROUND: Online social networking is increasingly being used among medical practitioners. However, few studies have evaluated its use in therapeutic endoscopy. Here, we aimed to analyze the shared topics and activities of a group of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) doctors in a social networking-based endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography discussion group (EDG). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Six ERCP trainers working in Xijing Hospital and 48 graduated endoscopists who had finished ERCP training in the same hospital were invited to join in EDG...
July 12, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699357/adoption-of-robotic-assisted-partial-nephrectomies-a-population-based-analysis-of-u-s-surgeons-from-2004-2013
#17
Hoiwan Cheung, Ye Wang, Steven Chang, Yash S Khandwala, Francesco Del Giudice, Benjamin I Chung
INTRODUCTION: Urological surgeries have contributed to the increasing prevalence of minimally invasive robotic procedures. Although factors influencing the adoption of robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy have previously been identified, the explanation for the rapid rise in robotic partial nephrectomies remains unknown. Using a retrospective population-based sample, we attempt to determine hospital and surgeon-specific factors influencing a surgeon's decision to utilize robotic assistance for partial nephrectomies...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Endourology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699223/outcomes-of-head-and-neck-cancer-surgery-in-the-geriatric-population-based-on-case-volume-at-academic-centers
#18
Scharukh Jalisi, Samuel J Rubin, Kevin Y Wu, Diana N Kirke
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Evaluate the impact of case volume and other variables on cost and mortality after head and neck oncologic surgery in the geriatric population. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: The Vizient database was accessed for data on geriatric patients (age ≥65 years) who underwent surgery for head and neck cancers (excluding thyroid and skin cancer) at full member academic medical centers between 2009 and 2012. Multivariate, linear regression analyses, χ(2) tests, and analysis of variance were applied to evaluate significant associations between hospital case volume and independent variables including cost, cost index, mortality, mortality index, length of stay, length of stay index, and readmission rates...
July 12, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698481/plasma-neutrophil-gelatinase-associated-lipocalin-and-predicting-clinically-relevant-worsening-renal-function-in-acute-heart-failure
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Kevin Damman, Mattia A E Valente, Dirk J van Veldhuisen, John G F Cleland, Christopher M O'Connor, Marco Metra, Piotr Ponikowski, Gad Cotter, Beth Davison, Michael M Givertz, Daniel M Bloomfield, Hans L Hillege, Adriaan A Voors
The aim of this study was to evaluate the ability of Neutrophil Gelatinase-Associated Lipocalin (NGAL) to predict clinically relevant worsening renal function (WRF) in acute heart failure (AHF). Plasma NGAL and serum creatinine changes during the first 4 days of admission were investigated in 1447 patients hospitalized for AHF and enrolled in the Placebo-Controlled Randomized Study of the Selective A₁Adenosine Receptor Antagonist Rolofylline for Patients Hospitalized with Acute Decompensated Heart Failure and Volume Overload to Assess Treatment Effect on Congestion and Renal Function (PROTECT) study...
July 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698351/subdissociative-intranasal-ketamine-plus-standard-pain-therapy-versus-standard-pain-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-paediatric-sickle-cell-disease-vaso-occlusive-crises-in-resource-limited-settings-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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James R Young, Hendry Robert Sawe, Juma A Mfinanga, Ernest Nshom, Ethan Helm, Charity G Moore, Michael S Runyon, Stacy L Reynolds
INTRODUCTION: Pediatric sickle cell disease, highly prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa, carries great morbidity and mortality risk. Limited resources and monitoring make management of acute vaso-occlusive crises challenging. This study aims to evaluate the efficacy and safety of subdissociative intranasal ketamine as a cheap, readily available and easily administered adjunct to standard pain therapy. We hypothesise that subdissociative, intranasal ketamine may significantly augment current approaches to pain management in resource-limited settings in a safe and cost-effective manner...
July 10, 2017: BMJ Open
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