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Stefan Evers, Alan Rapoport
BACKGROUND: Oxygen is recommended for the treatment of acute cluster headache attacks. However, it is not available worldwide. METHODS: The International Headache Society performed a survey among its national member societies on the availability and the restrictions for oxygen in the treatment of cluster headache. RESULTS: Oxygen is reimbursed in 50% of all countries responding (n = 22). There are additional restrictions in the reimbursement of the facial mask and with respect to age...
April 27, 2016: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
Jichang Han, Lin Zhang, Song Wang, Guanpin Yang, Lu Zhao, Kehou Pan
BACKGROUND: Microalgae frequently grow in natural environment and long-term laboratory cultures in association with bacteria. Bacteria benefit the oxygen and extracellular substances generated by microalgae, and reimburse microalgae with carbon dioxide, vitamins and so on. Such synergistic relationship has aided in establishing an efficient microalga-bacterium co-culturing mode. Obviously, the mutually beneficial relationship can be strengthened with the increase of the densities of microalgae and bacteria...
December 2016: Journal of Biological Research
Lindsay K Rumberger, Debra Vittetoe, Lorene Cathey, Harriet Bennett, Robert E Heidel, Brian J Daley
Our hospital, a Tennessee Surgical Quality Collaborative (TSQC) member, adopted a statewide colorectal care bundle intended to reduce surgical site infections (SSI) in elective colorectal cases. The bundle includes proper antibiotics/dosing, normoglycemia, normothermia, supplemental oxygen six hours postoperatively, and early enteral nutrition. A single-institution retrospective study of our National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) database for the rates of SSI before and after the colorectal bundle...
April 2016: American Surgeon
Faisal Aziz, Joseph D Raffetto, Jose A Diaz, Daniel D Myers, Kathleen J Ozsvath, Teresa L Carman, Brajesh K Lal
OBJECTIVES: Venous leg ulcers (VLU) are the most severe clinical sequelae of venous reflux and post thrombotic syndrome. There is a consensus that ablation of refluxing vein segments and treatment of significant venous obstruction can heal VLUs. However, there is wide disparity in the use and choice of adjunctive therapies for VLUs. The purpose of this study was to assess these practice patterns among members of the American Venous Forum. METHODS: The AVF Research Committee conducted an online survey of its own members, which consisted of 16 questions designed to determine the specialty of physicians, location of treatment, treatment practices and reimbursement for treatment of VLUs RESULTS: The survey was distributed to 667 practitioners and a response rate of 18...
January 14, 2016: Phlebology
Yves Lacasse, Sarah Bernard, François Maltais
BACKGROUND: In Canada, although medical insurance is generally universal, significant differences exist in the provision of home oxygen therapy across the country. OBJECTIVE: To systematically compare the terms of reference for home oxygen across Canada, with a focus on the clinical inclusion criteria to the programs. METHODS: The authors searched the terms of reference of the 10 Canadian provinces and three territories, focusing on general eligibility criteria for home oxygen (including blood gas criteria, and eligibility criteria for ambulatory and nocturnal oxygen), and compared the eligibility criteria to the widely accepted criteria of the Nocturnal Oxygen Therapy Trial (NOTT) trial, the clinical recommendations of the Canadian Thoracic Society and the results of Cochrane reviews...
November 2015: Canadian Respiratory Journal: Journal of the Canadian Thoracic Society
A D Moffat, E R Worth, L K Weaver
Some Medicaid and Medicare fiscal intermediaries are denying hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) therapy for diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) patients if the glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) > 7.0%. We performed multiple PubMed searches for any diabetic wound healing clinical trial that documented HbA1c and had a wound healing endpoint. We scrutinized 30 peer-reviewed clinical trials, representing more than 4,400 patients. The average HbA1c from the intervention side of the studies was 8.6% (7.2% - 9.9%) and the control/sham side was 8...
May 2015: Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine: Journal of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc
Chiao-Po Hsu, Wui-Chiang Lee, Hsiu-Mei Wei, Shih-Hsien Sung, Chun-Yang Huang, Chun-Che Shih, Tse-Min Lu
BACKGROUND: No study to date has systematically examined use, expenditure, and outcomes associated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) use in Taiwan. The aim of this study was to examine ECMO use, expenditure, and outcomes during an 11-year period in Taiwan. METHODS: Claims data were collected from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database for patients who received ≥1 ECMO treatment between January 2000 and December 2010. Measurements included demographics, indications for ECMO use, length of hospital stay, outcome, and expenditure...
2015: Journal of Epidemiology
James M Blum, William R Lynch, Craig M Coopersmith
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a temporary technique for providing life support for cardiac dysfunction, pulmonary dysfunction, or both. The two forms of ECMO, veno-arterial (VA) and veno-venous (VV), are used to support cardiopulmonary and pulmonary dysfunction, respectively. Historically, ECMO was predominantly used in the neonatal and pediatric populations, as early adult studies failed to improve outcomes. ECMO has become far more common in the adult population because of positive results in published case series and clinical trials during the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic in 2009 to 2010...
June 2015: Chest
Shawn P E Nishi, Wei Zhang, Yong-Fang Kuo, Gulshan Sharma
RATIONALE: Oxygen therapy improves survival and function in severely hypoxemic chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients based on two landmark studies conducted over 40 years ago. We hypothesize that oxygen users in the current era may be very different. We examined trends and subject characteristics associated with oxygen therapy use from 2001-2010 in the United States. METHODS: We examined Medicare beneficiaries with COPD who received oxygen from 2001 to 2010...
2015: PloS One
Diane Yacono, Michael W Allen
We report on two cases of idiopathic sensorineural sudden hearing loss (ISSHL) successfully treated at our center. The patients were referred to us by a neurotologist for adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen therapy and were treated using a standard 2.4 atmospheres absolute (atm abs) 90-minute protocol with two five- minute air breaks. During this period the referring physician administered injections of steroids at his offices. The outcome in both cases was positive and produced significantly improved scores in both speech reception and speech discrimination...
September 2014: Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine: Journal of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc
A L Pistorio, J Leslie, R B Gustavson, R C Baynosa
UNLABELLED: Wound healing in a degloving injury can be compromised due to mechanical compression, increased length-to-width ratio, and time to treatment. Chronic steroid use is also a known risk factor for poor wound healing in wounds of any type. We report the first known case of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and Apligraf, a living bilayer skin substitute, for non-operative salvage of a traumatic degloving injury in 70-year-old female on chronic steroids for sarcoidosis. DECLARATION OF INTEREST: The authors have received no financial support for the material presented in this study outside of the scope of standard patient care reimbursement...
January 2015: Journal of Wound Care
Nico Bruining, Enrico Caiani, Catherine Chronaki, Przemyslaw Guzik, Enno van der Velde
Smartphones, mobile applications ('apps'), social media, analytics, and the cloud are profoundly changing the practice of medicine and the way health decisions are made. With the constant progress of technology, the measurement of vital signals becomes easier, cheaper, and practically a standard approach in clinical practice. The interest in measuring vital signals goes beyond medical professionals to the general public, patients, informal caregivers, and healthy individuals, who frequently lack any formal medical training...
November 2014: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
Thomas W LeBlanc, Amy P Abernethy
Palliative care is increasingly seen as a standard component of high-quality comprehensive cancer care. However, several challenges remain to its widespread integration into clinical oncology practice, including workforce problems, reimbursement concerns, and a fledgling evidence base. This article discusses issues surrounding evidence base development in palliative cancer care, using the example of a recently published randomized controlled trial of oxygen versus room air. The Oxygen Trial randomized patients with refractory dyspnea and adequate Pao2 to oxygen or room air, administered via nasal cannula...
July 2014: Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network: JNCCN
C Fuhrman, M Boussac-Zarebska, N Roche, M-C Delmas
OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to describe the main characteristics of people treated with long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT) and the trends between 2006 and 2011 for prevalence and incidence. METHODS: Data were provided from a sample comprising 1/97 of the permanent beneficiaries of the French health insurance. The sample contains anonymous socio-demographic characteristics and data on health care reimbursements. The analyses were carried out among adults aged 20 years and above who had received benefits on account of LTOT...
May 2014: Revue des Maladies Respiratoires
Suneerat Kongsayreepong
Fluid management is one of the most important treatments for critically ill patients. It has an influence in patients outcomes and is considered one of the most common pitfalls encountered in the management of the critically ill patient. In Thailand, fluid overload (> 10% of fluid accumulation), mismanagement of fluid restrictions and the "bolusing" of colloid solutions are the main pitfalls that may lead to serious complications. These complications can compromise the patient in areas such as decreasing the oxygen index, putting the patient in cardiac failure and possible acute kidney injury (AKI)...
January 2014: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand, Chotmaihet Thangphaet
Tjasa Hranjec, Robert G Sawyer
BACKGROUND: Critically ill patients have an increased risk of developing infections and infectious complications, sometimes followed by death. Despite a substantial investment of resources in outcomes improvement, optimum treatment for such patients remains unclear for practicing intensivists. METHODS: We conducted a review that highlights the most recent developments in the prevention, diagnosis, and management of infection and the evaluation of its outcomes. The review examines the prevention of infection, such as through daily bathing with chlorhexidine and the addition of probiotics to treatment regimens, and questions the previous standards of care, including the monitoring of gastric residuals and treatment of severely ill patients with drotrecogin alfa (activated)...
October 2014: Surgical Infections
Philippe Ha-Vinh, Philippe Randelli, Pierre Régnard
AIM: In occupational health insurance, co-payment exemptions for severe chronic respiratory failure and reimbursements for domiciliary oxygen therapy can be used as markers of severe chronic respiratory insufficiency. The purpose of this study was to determine whether there is a difference in the prevalence of markers of respiratory disease between different occupations. METHODS: We conducted an analysis of the reimbursement database of the French Régime Social des Indépendants (public health insurance scheme for self-employed workers), focusing on gender, occupation and place of residence...
May 2013: Santé Publique: Revue Multidisciplinaire Pour la Recherche et L'action
Nosratola D Vaziri
Although judicious use of intravenous iron preparations is an indispensable part of anemia treatment in hemodialysis patients, their excessive and indiscriminate use can have insidious but serious adverse consequences. With recent implementation of the bundling reimbursement policy, use of intravenous iron preparations in the hemodialysis population has markedly increased. Excessive use of these agents potentially can exacerbate oxidative stress, inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, cardiovascular disease, and immune deficiency and potentially increases the risk of microbial infections in this population...
June 2013: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
John J Feldmeier
Informal surveys at CME meetings have shown that approximately one-third of patients in the United States receive hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) for delayed radiation injury. More than 600,000 patients receive radiation for malignancy in our country annually, and about one-half will be long-term survivors. Serious radiation complications occur in 5-10% of survivors. A large population of patients is therefore at risk for radiation injury. HBO2 has been applied to treat patients with radiation injury since the mid-1970s...
November 2012: Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine: Journal of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc
Robert W McCoy
Home oxygen therapy equipment options have increased over the past several decades, in response to innovations in technology, economic pressure from third-party payers, and patient demands. The delivery of oxygen in the home has evolved from packaged gas systems containing 99% United States Pharmacopeia oxygen provided by continuous-flow delivery to intermittent-flow delivery, with oxygen concentrators delivering < 99% oxygen purity. The majority of published papers indicating the value of long-term oxygen therapy have been based on continuous-flow delivery of 99% United States Pharmacopeia oxygen...
January 2013: Respiratory Care
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