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Amir Abukaresh, Rami Al-Abadlah, Bettina Böttcher, Khamis El-Essi
BACKGROUND: In the 2014 Palestinian annual health report, cerebrovascular accident was ranked as the third leading cause of death in the occupied Palestinian territory. Cerebrovascular accident is also one the most common causes of disability worldwide. Good management decreases mortality and morbidity. The aim of this study was to assess the current management of patients with ischaemic stroke at the Al-Shifa Hospital and to compare this with international guidelines. METHODS: For this clinical audit, we used simple random sampling to select files of patients admitted with the diagnosis of ischaemic stroke to the Al-Shifa Hospital...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Maha Al-Faqawi, Yousef Abuowda, Alaa Eldeen Elmassry, Bettina Böttcher
BACKGROUND: The frequency and severity of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations are the most important determinants of prognosis in COPD. The aim of this study was to assess the management of patients presenting with COPD exacerbations at the Nasser Medical Complex in the Gaza Strip and to compare the management with the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease guidelines (GOLD 2015). METHODS: We reviewed the medical records of all patients admitted to Nasser Medical Complex and diagnosed with COPD exacerbation between Jan 1, 2014, and Dec 31, 2016...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Said Alyacoubi, Yousef Abuowda, Loai Albarqouni, Bettina Böttcher, Khamis Elessi
BACKGROUND: Disease severity scores such as CURB-65 are often used to guide the management of patients with community-acquired pneumonia. Early and adequate empirical antibiotic treatment reduces mortality. The aim of this study was to examine the severity assessment and management of patients presenting with community-acquired pneumonia at the European Gaza Hospital in the Gaza Strip and to compare this to the best available evidence. METHODS: Medical records of all patients admitted to the European Gaza Hospital with a diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia between Dec 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016, were reviewed retrospectively...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Hiroshi Yatsuya, Yuanying Li, Yoshihisa Hirakawa, Atsuhiko Ota, Masaaki Matsunaga, Hilawe Esayas Haregot, Chifa Chiang, Yan Zhang, Koji Tamakoshi, Hideaki Toyoshima, Atsuko Aoyama
BACKGROUND: Relatively little evidence exists for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) prediction models from long-term follow-up studies in East Asians. This study aims to develop a point-based prediction model for 10-year risk of developing T2DM in middle-aged Japanese men. METHODS: We followed 3,540 male participants of Aichi Workers' Cohort Study, who were aged 35-64 years and were free of diabetes in 2002, until March 31, 2015. Baseline age, body mass index (BMI), smoking status, alcohol consumption, regular exercise, medication for dyslipidemia, diabetes family history, and blood levels of triglycerides (TG), high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDLC) and fasting blood glucose (FBG) were examined using Cox proportional hazard model...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Epidemiology
Chul Y Chung, Mark D Alson, Richard Duszak, Andrew J Degnan
Medical coding and billing processes in the United States are complex, cumbersome and poorly understood by radiologists. Despite the direct implications of radiology documentation on reimbursement, trainees and practicing radiologists typically receive limited relevant training. This article summarizes the payer structure including the state-based Children's Health Insurance Programs, discusses the essential processes by which radiologists request and receive reimbursement, details the mechanisms of coding diagnoses using International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) codes and imaging services using Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes, and explores reimbursement and coding-related issues specific to pediatric radiology...
March 19, 2018: Pediatric Radiology
Kimberly Joseph, Sameer Gupta, James Yon, Renee Partida, Lee Cartagena, John Kubasiak, Vanessa Buie, Jared Miller, Dorion Wiley, Kimberly Nagy, Frederic Starr, Andrew Dennis, Matthew Kaminsky, Faran Bokhari
BACKGROUND: Checklists have been advocated to improve quality outcomes/communication in the critical care setting, but results have been mixed. A new checklist process, "TRAUMA LIFE", was implemented in our Trauma Intensive Care Unit (TICU) to replace prior checklists. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of the "TRAUMA LIFE" process implementation on quality metrics and on patient/family communication in the TICU. METHODS: "TRAUMA LIFE" was considered maturely implemented by 2016...
March 9, 2018: American Journal of Surgery
Caitlin Sandman, Benjamin Krainin, Jamie Roper
BACKGROUND: Type II diabetes mellitus (DM) is an increasingly prevalent cause of morbidity and mortality among U.S. adults, with increasing prevalence in emergency department (ED) visits. Multiple medications, such as exenatide, a glucagon-like peptide-1 agonist, have been developed in the past decade to combat this growing problem. This medication is well documented to cause gastrointestinal upset and skin nodules at the injection site. However, currently no documented cases exist regarding manipulation of injection nodules causing increased absorption or reports demonstrating an increase in adverse drug reactions...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Erin S Rogers, Steven S Fu, Paul Krebs, Siamak Noorbaloochi, Sean M Nugent, Amy Gravely, Scott E Sherman
INTRODUCTION: Veterans with a mental health diagnosis have high rates of tobacco use but encounter low rates of treatment from providers. This study tested whether a proactive tobacco treatment approach increases treatment engagement and abstinence rates in Department of Veterans Affairs mental health patients. STUDY DESIGN: RCT. SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: The study was performed from 2013 to 2017 and analyses were conducted in 2017. Investigators used the electronic medical record at four Veterans Administration facilities to identify patients documented as current smokers and who had a mental health clinic visit in the past 12 months...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Amanda M Rojek, Kassiani Gkolfinopoulou, Apostolos Veizis, Angeliki Lambrou, Lyndsey Castle, Theano Georgakopoulou, Karl Blanchet, Takis Panagiotopoulos, Peter W Horby
BACKGROUND: Refugees may have an increased vulnerability to infectious diseases, and the consequences of an outbreak are more severe in a refugee camp. When an outbreak is suspected, access to clinical information is critical for investigators to verify that an outbreak is occurring, to determine the cause and to select interventions to control it. Experience from previous outbreaks suggests that the accuracy and completeness of this information is poor. This study is the first to assess the adequacy of clinical characterisation of acute medical illnesses in refugee camps...
March 19, 2018: BMC Medicine
Kunal Bailoor, Leslie H Kamil, Ed Goldman, Laura M Napiewocki, Denise Winiarski, Christian J Vercler, Andrew G Shuman
Advance care planning allows patients to articulate preferences for their medical treatment, lifestyle, and surrogate decision-makers in order to anticipate and mitigate their potential loss of decision-making capacity. Written advance directives are often emphasized in this regard. While these directives contain important information, there are several barriers to consider: veracity and accuracy of surrogate decision-makers in making choices consistent with the substituted judgement standard, state-to-state variability in regulations, literacy issues, lack of access to legal resources, lack of understanding of medical options, and cultural disparities...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
Justin Rueckert, Katherine Devitt, Juli-Anne Gardner
Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is a malignancy commonly encountered by both clinicians and pathologists. Different RCC subtypes are classified based on histologic features, immunohistochemistry profiles, and cytogenetic abnormalities. Accurate diagnosis of subtypes is important as it has prognostic and therapeutic implications. The most common RCC subtype is clear cell renal cell carcinoma (CCRCC); the most frequent genetic abnormalities associated with CCRCC are a deletion of the short arm of chromosome 3 involving 3p21 and mutations involving the Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) gene...
2018: Journal of the Association of Genetic Technologists
Maria Beran, Britta Okyere, Joshua Vova
Amantadine is commonly prescribed as a neurostimulant in patients with brain injuries. This is a case of a 14 year-old male with a history of brain tumor that developed corneal edema after initiation of amantadine, a rare but documented side effect of this medication. After discontinuation of amantadine, the corneal edema resolved within two months, but endothelial cells density remained low.
March 14, 2018: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Ashlee Bolger, Andrew Collins, Michelle Michels, David Pruitt
BACKGROUND: Conversion disorder (CD) can lead to impaired functioning. Few studies present demographic and outcome data for pediatric patients. Many have had success with rehabilitation, however further details are not known. OBJECTIVE: To identify characteristics and outcomes of children admitted to a pediatric inpatient rehabilitation program with CD symptoms DESIGN: Retrospective Study SETTING: Inpatient rehabilitation unit within a large children's hospital PATIENTS: All patients with diagnosis of CD or functional gait disorder (FGD) during designated time period...
March 14, 2018: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Susan E Maloney, Catherine Creeley, Richard E Hartman, Carla M Yuede, Charles F Zorumski, Vesna Jevtovic-Todorovic, Krikor Dikranian, Kevin K Noguchi, Nuri B Farber, David F Wozniak
Fifteen years ago Olney and colleagues began using animal models to evaluate the effects of anesthetic and sedative agents (ASAs) on neurodevelopment. The results from ongoing studies indicate that, under certain conditions, exposure to these drugs during development induces an acute elevated apoptotic neurodegenerative response in the brain and long-term functional impairments. These animal models have played a significant role in bringing attention to the possible adverse effects of exposing the developing brain to ASAs when few concerns had been raised previously in the medical community...
March 14, 2018: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Helen Hall, Matthew J Leach, Caragh Brosnan, Robyn Cant, Melissa Collins
OBJECTIVE: To identify communication patterns of Registered Nurses regarding patients' use of complementary therapies. METHODS: A cross-sectional online survey conducted in 2017 recruited Australian Registered Nurses working in any area of nursing. RESULTS: Responses of 614 Registered Nurses were analysed. Patient-initiated discussion of complementary therapies were common for 77% of nurses; nurse-initiated discussions were perceived by 73% (sometimes/almost always/always)...
March 7, 2018: Patient Education and Counseling
Gabriele Gäbler, Michaela Coenen, Deborah Lycett, Tanja Stamm
BACKGROUND: High quality, continuity and safe interdisciplinary healthcare is essential. Nutrition and dietetics plays an important part within the interdisciplinary team in many health conditions. In order to work more effectively as an interdisciplinary team, a common terminology is needed. This study investigates which categories of the ICF-Dietetics are used in clinical dietetic care records in Austria and which are most relevant to shared language in different medical areas. METHOD: A national multicenter retrospective study was conducted to collect clinical dietetic care documentation reports...
March 3, 2018: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Taras R Reshetukha, Nazanin Alavi, Eric Prost, Ryan H Kirkpatrick, Saad Sajid, Charmy Patel, Dianne L Groll
OBJECTIVE: To determine the efficacy of two interventions on suicide risk assessment within emergency departments (EDs) on improving the documentation of suicide risk factors by emergency medicine and psychiatric physicians during suicide risk assessment. METHOD: An educational intervention on suicide was provided to all emergency medicine and psychiatry physicians and was followed by the placement of a suicide risk assessment prompt within local EDs. The medical charts of all ED patients presenting with suicidal ideation or behaviours were reviewed immediately and six months after the interventions and compared to pre-intervention...
March 2, 2018: General Hospital Psychiatry
Maria Heckel, Stephanie Stiel, Franziska A Herbst, Johanna M Tiedtke, Alexander Sturm, Thomas Adelhardt, Christian Bogdan, Cornel Sieber, Oliver Schöffski, Frieder R Lang, Christoph Ostgathe
PURPOSE: Palliative care professionals are frequently confronted with patients colonized or infected with MDRO. One major challenge is how to balance necessary isolation measures and social inclusion as one of the main principles of palliative and end-of-life care. To date, MDRO-specific policies and protocols vary widely between institutions. AIM: provide empirical recommendations on how to deal with hospitalized MDRO patients in end-of-life care. METHODS: Recommendations were developed based on (i) initial results of face-to-face interviews and focus groups, (ii) impartial experts' comments and consensus on the draft via online survey and (iii) a face-to-face meeting with consortium members to finalize recommendations...
March 16, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Imran Ahmed, Niall Safir Ahmad, Shahnaz Ali, Shair Ali, Anju George, Hiba Saleem Danish, Encarl Uppal, James Soo, Mohammad H Mobasheri, Dominic King, Benita Cox, Ara Darzi
BACKGROUND: Medication adherence is an expensive and damaging problem for patients and health care providers. Patients adhere to only 50% of drugs prescribed for chronic diseases in developed nations. Digital health has paved the way for innovative smartphone solutions to tackle this challenge. However, despite numerous apps available claiming to improve adherence, a thorough review of adherence apps has not been carried out to date. OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to (1) review medication adherence apps available in app repositories in terms of their evidence base, medical professional involvement in development, and strategies used to facilitate behavior change and improve adherence and (2) provide a system of classification for these apps...
March 16, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Daniel L Kuhr, Lindsey A Sjaarda, Zeina Alkhalaf, Ukpebo R Omosigho, Matthew T Connell, Robert M Silver, Keewan Kim, Neil J Perkins, Tiffany L Holland, Torie C Plowden, Enrique F Schisterman, Sunni L Mumford
BACKGROUND: Prior studies have reported mixed results regarding relationships between vitamin D, androgens, and sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). However, less is known regarding these associations in eumenorrheic, premenopausal women. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to study the relationships between serum vitamin D and androgen biomarkers in eumenorrheic women with a history of pregnancy loss who were attempting pregnancy...
March 13, 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
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