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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146038/microbiological-monitoring-of-medical-devices-after-cleaning-disinfection-and-sterilisation
#1
Rosa María Blázquez-Garrido, Eva Cuchí-Burgos, Carmen Martín-Salas, Patricia Ruiz-Garbajosa
The use of reusable semi-critical devices has been extended in current medical practice for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. However, reuse of these instruments carries the risk of cross-transmission of microorganisms from one patient to another. The process of cleaning and disinfecting these devices is complex, long, expensive and very error-prone. This paper analyses the epidemiological aspects of infections associated with the reuse of semi-critical devices and the role of the Microbiology laboratory in monitoring the cleaning and disinfecting process through microbiological controls...
November 13, 2017: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143810/next-generation-pacemakers-from-small-devices-to-biological-pacemakers
#2
REVIEW
Eugenio Cingolani, Joshua I Goldhaber, Eduardo Marbán
Electrogenesis in the heart begins in the sinoatrial node and proceeds down the conduction system to originate the heartbeat. Conduction system disorders lead to slow heart rates that are insufficient to support the circulation, necessitating implantation of electronic pacemakers. The typical electronic pacemaker consists of a subcutaneous generator and battery module attached to one or more endocardial leads. New leadless pacemakers can be implanted directly into the right ventricular apex, providing single-chamber pacing without a subcutaneous generator...
November 16, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141856/impact-of-diabetes-mellitus-on-outcomes-in-patients-supported-with-left-ventricular-assist-devices-a-single-institutional-9-year-experience
#3
Rabea Asleh, Alexandros Briasoulis, Sarah D Schettle, Vakhtang Tchantchaleishvili, Naveen L Pereira, Brooks S Edwards, Alfredo L Clavell, Simon Maltais, David L Joyce, Lyle D Joyce, Richard C Daly, Sudhir S Kushwaha, John M Stulak
BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a risk factor for morbidity and mortality in patients with heart failure. The effect of DM on post-left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation outcomes is unclear. This study sought to investigate whether patients with DM had worse outcomes than patients without DM after LVAD implantation and whether LVAD support resulted in a better control of DM. METHODS AND RESULTS: We retrospectively reviewed 341 consecutive adults who underwent implantation of LVAD from 2007 to 2016...
November 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140074/facile-and-versatile-strategy-for-construction-of-anti-inflammatory-and-antibacterial-surfaces-with-polydopamine-mediated-liposomes-releasing-dexamethasone-and-minocycline-for-potential-implants-applications
#4
Xiao Xu, Lixin Wang, Zuyuan Luo, Yaofeng Ni, Haitao Sun, Xiang Gao, Yongliang Li, Siqi Zhang, Yan Li, Shicheng Wei
Reducing early nonbacterial inflammation induced by implanted materials and infection resulting from bacterial contamination around the implant-abutment interface could greatly accelerate implant osseointegration and reduce implant failure, which would be of clinical significance. In this study, we developed a facile and versatile strategy for the construction of anti-inflammatory and antibacterial surfaces on implants, such as orthopedic/dental implants. Briefly, the surfaces of polystyrene (PS) culture plates were first coated with polydopamine and then decorated with dexamethasone plus minocycline-loaded liposomes (Dex/Mino liposomes), which was confirmed by contact angle goniometry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and fluorescence microscopy...
November 15, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139244/raman-exfoliative-cytology-for-oral-precancer-diagnosis
#5
Aditi Sahu, Poonam Gera, Venkatesh Pai, Abhishek Dubey, Gunjan Tyagi, Mandavi Waghmare, Sandeep Pagare, Manoj Mahimkar, C Murali Krishna
Oral premalignant lesions (OPLs) such as leukoplakia, erythroplakia, and oral submucous fibrosis, often precede oral cancer. Screening and management of these premalignant conditions can improve prognosis. Raman spectroscopy has previously demonstrated potential in the diagnosis of oral premalignant conditions (in vivo), detected viral infection, and identified cancer in both oral and cervical exfoliated cells (ex vivo). The potential of Raman exfoliative cytology (REC) in identifying premalignant conditions was investigated...
November 2017: Journal of Biomedical Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139180/successful-heart-transplantation-in-patients-with-active-staphylococcus-bloodstream-infection-and-suspected-mechanical-circulatory-support-device-infection
#6
Timothy Sullivan, Sarah Taimur, Meenakshi Rana, Gopi Patel, Sean Pinney, Anelechi Anyanwu, Shirish Huprikar
BACKGROUND: An active bloodstream infection (BSI) is typically considered a contraindication to heart transplantation (HT). However, in some patients with Staphylococcus bacteremia and mechanical circulatory support device infection, positive blood cultures may persist until removal of the infected device, and eradicating the infection prior to HT may not be possible. We report the outcomes of six patients with active Staphylococcus BSI at the time of HT. METHODS: All cases of HT performed at The Mount Sinai Hospital from 2009 through 2015 were reviewed...
November 15, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137109/potential-applications-and-limitations-of-electronic-nose-devices-for-plant-disease-diagnosis
#7
REVIEW
Antonio Cellini, Sonia Blasioli, Enrico Biondi, Assunta Bertaccini, Ilaria Braschi, Francesco Spinelli
Electronic nose technology has recently been applied to the detection of several plant diseases and pests, with promising results. However, in spite of its numerous advantages, including operational simplicity, non-destructivity, and bulk sampling, drawbacks include a low sensitivity and specificity in comparison with microbiological and molecular methods. A critical review of the use of an electronic nose for plant disease diagnosis and pest detection is presented, describing the instrumental and procedural advances of sensorial analysis, for the improvement of discrimination between healthy and infected or infested plants...
November 11, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137023/a-case-report-of-schatzker-type-vi-tibial-plateau-fracture-treated-with-double-reverse-traction-closed-reduction-combined-with-minimally-invasive-percutaneous-plate-osteosynthesis-technique-a-case-report
#8
Dian-Qing Li, De-Ye Song, Jiang-Dong Ni, Mu-Liang Ding, Jun Huang
RATIONALE: The knee joint is an important weight-bearing joint, tibial plateau fractures affect knee function and stability. High-energy intra-articular fractures involving the tibial plateau can cause management-related problems such as wound dehiscence; severe comminution leading to malalignment; and delayed complications such as varus collapse, implant failure, and arthritis of the knee joint. The treatment of severe or complex tibial plateau fractures can be quite difficult. Traditional methods of open reduction and plating require extensive exposures, which may further compromise soft tissue and devascularize bone fragments, leading to infection...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135999/-life-like-assessment-of-antimicrobial-surfaces-by-a-new-touch-transfer-assay-displays-strong-superiority-of-a-copper-alloy-compared-to-silver-containing-surfaces
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Johannes Karl-Mark Knobloch, Sabrina Tofern, Wladimir Kunz, Sara Schütze, Michael Riecke, Werner Solbach, Thomas Wuske
Transmission of bacteria from inanimate surfaces in healthcare associated environments is an important source of hospital acquired infections. A number of commercially available medical devices promise to fulfill antibacterial activity to reduce environmental contamination. In this study we developed a touch transfer assay modeling fingerprint transmission to investigate the antibacterial activity of surfaces, with confirmed antibacterial activity by a modified ISO 22196 (JIS Z 2801) assay to test such surfaces under more realistic conditions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135819/prophylactic-rtpa-in-the-prevention-of-line-associated-thrombosis-and-infection-in-short-bowel-syndrome
#10
Lynn M Malec, James Cooper, Jeffrey Rudolph, Marian G Michaels, Margaret V Ragni
BACKGROUND: Central venous access devices (CVADs) are essential for total parenteral nutrition administration in patients with short bowel syndrome (SBS). However, they are fraught with complications including infection and venous thromboembolism (VTE), which increases associated morbidity and mortality in this population. There is evidence linking the development of CVAD-associated thrombosis and line-related infection. Thus, it has been postulated that prevention of catheter-related clot formation could minimize the risk of infection originating from the catheter...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134742/innovative-technologies-for-point-of-care-testing-of-viral-hepatitis%C3%A2-in-low-resource-and-decentralized-settings
#11
Léa Duchesne, Karine Lacombe
According to the Global Burden of Diseases, chronic viral hepatitis B and C are one of the most challenging global health conditions that rank among the first causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Low and middle income countries are particularly affected by the health burden associated with HBV or HCV infection. One major gap in efficiently addressing the issue of viral hepatitis is universal screening. However, the costs and chronic lack of human resources for using traditional screening strategies based on serology and molecular biology preclude any scaling-up...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132224/incidence-and-costs-of-cardiac-device-infections-retrospective-analysis-using-german-health-claims-data
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Saskia Ludwig, Cathrin Theis, Ben Brown, Andreas Witthohn, Wolfram Lux, Andreas Goette
AIM: Estimate incidence and costs of cardiac device infections (CDIs) in Germany. MATERIALS & METHODS: Patients had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator implanted over 2010-2013 and were followed to December 2014 using German health insurance claims data. A case-controlled analysis was performed using propensity score matching methods. RESULTS: Risk of CDI 12 months post-implant was 3.4% overall, either 2.9% for de novo procedures versus 4...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131746/topical-oxygen-therapy-promotes-the-healing-of-chronic-diabetic-foot-ulcers-a-pilot-study
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P D Hayes, N Alzuhir, G Curran, I M Loftus
OBJECTIVE: Interventions that can heal or reduce diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) size may reduce the incidence of infection and amputation, and reduce associated social and economic costs. Many chronic wounds exhibit a degree of hypoxia and this leads to a reduction in healing processes including cell division and differentiation, angiogenesis, infection prevention, and collagen production. The aim of this pilot study was to assess the effects of a device supplying continuous oxygen ambulatory therapy on healing in chronic DFUs...
November 2, 2017: Journal of Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129946/application-of-materials-as-medical-devices-with-localized-drug-delivery-capabilities-for-enhanced-wound-repair
#14
Esther J Lee, Beom Kang Huh, Se Na Kim, Jae Yeon Lee, Chun Gwon Park, Antonios G Mikos, Young Bin Choy
The plentiful assortment of natural and synthetic materials can be leveraged to accommodate diverse wound types, as well as different stages of the healing process. An ideal material is envisioned to promote tissue repair with minimal inconvenience for patients. Traditional materials employed in the clinical setting often invoke secondary complications, such as infection, pain, foreign body reaction, and chronic inflammation. This review surveys the repertoire of surgical sutures, wound dressings, surgical glues, orthopedic fixation devices and bone fillers with drug eluting capabilities...
August 2017: Progress in Materials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129374/the-jarvik-2000-left-ventricular-assist-device-as-a-bridge-to-transplantation-japanese-registry-for-mechanically-assisted-circulatory-support
#15
Hiroki Kohno, Goro Matsumiya, Yoshiki Sawa, Minoru Ono, Yoshikatsu Saiki, Akira Shiose, Kenji Yamazaki, Yoshiro Matsui, Hiroshi Niinami, Hikaru Matsuda, Soichiro Kitamura, Takeshi Nakatani, Shunei Kyo
BACKGROUND: The Jarvik 2000 ventricular assist device features a miniaturized intraventricular pump and an intermittent low-speed function that facilitates aortic valve opening. Despite its long history, little is known about the Jarvik device with regard to post-implantation outcomes. METHODS: Prospectively collected data from 13 participating hospitals were extracted from the Japanese Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support database to analyze mortality, morbidity and de-novo aortic regurgitation...
October 24, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129031/evaluation-and-management-of-staphylococcus-aureus-bacteriuria-an-updated-review
#16
REVIEW
Stamatis Karakonstantis, Dimitra Kalemaki
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: There is little guidance regarding the evaluation and management of patients with Staphylococcus aureus bacteriuria (SABU). Here, we aimed to provide an up-to-date review of the literature. METHODS: We searched PubMed, Scopus, and clinical trial registries for articles evaluating the epidemiology of SABU, risk factors of SABU, the association of SABU with urinary tract infection, bacteremia and invasive S. aureus infections, and the management of patients with SABU...
November 11, 2017: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127102/algorithms-to-guide-ambulance-clinicians-in-the-management-of-emergencies-in-patients-with-implanted-rotary-left-ventricular-assist-devices
#17
REVIEW
Christopher T Bowles, Rachel Hards, Neil Wrightson, Paul Lincoln, Shishir Kore, Laura Marley, Jonathan R Dalzell, Binu Raj, Tracey A Baker, Diane Goodwin, Petra Carroll, Jane Pateman, John J M Black, Paul Kattenhorn, Mark Faulkner, Jayan Parameshwar, Charles Butcher, Mark Mason, Alexander Rosenberg, Ian McGovern, Alexander Weymann, Carl Gwinnutt, Nicholas R Banner, Stephan Schueler, Andre R Simon, David W Pitcher
Advances in left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy have resulted in increasing numbers of adult LVAD recipients in the community. However, device failure, stroke, bleeding, LVAD thrombosis and systemic infection can be life-threatening emergencies. Currently, four LVAD systems are implanted in six UK transplant centres, each of which provides device-specific information to local emergency services. This has resulted in inconsistent availability and content of information with the risks of delayed or inappropriate decision-making...
November 10, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126895/extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-in-circulatory-and-respiratory-failure-a-single-center-experience
#18
Marisa Passos Silva, Daniel Caeiro, Paula Fernandes, Cláudio Guerreiro, Eduardo Vilela, Marta Ponte, Adelaide Dias, Fernando Alves, Jorge Morais, Andreza Mello, Lino Santos, Paula Castelões, Vasco Gama
INTRODUCTION: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) provides mechanical pulmonary and circulatory support for patients with shock refractory to conventional medical therapy. In this study we aim to describe the indications, clinical characteristics, complications and mortality associated with use of ECMO in a single tertiary hospital. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective observational cohort study of all patients supported with ECMO in two different intensive care units (general and cardiac), from the first patient cannulated in April 2011 up to October 2016...
November 7, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126042/successful-treatment-of-infected-wound-dehiscence-after-minimally-invasive-locking-plate-osteosynthesis-of-tibial-pilon-and-calcaneal-fractures-by-plate-preservation-surgical-debridement-and-antibiotics
#19
Giandavide Ieropoli, Jorge Hugo Villafañe, Silvia Chiara Zompi, Umberto Morozzo, Riccardo D'Ambrosi, Federico Giuseppe Usuelli, Pedro Berjano
OBJECTIVE: The aim is to present a case series that illustrates possible benefits from combining minimally invasive plate osteosynthesis (MIPO), plastic surgery and antibiotic therapy, in order to treat and eradicate infection in patients with tibial pilon or calcaneal fractures. METHODS: Eleven consecutive patients with dehiscence of the surgical wound in outcomes MIPO using a Locking Compression Plate (LCP) for tibial pilon, or calcaneus fractures. The patients had developed a documented infection of the surgical wound...
October 23, 2017: Foot
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125823/failure-of-an-expandable-cage-plate-cervical-vertebral-body-replacement-case-report-of-a-device-related-complication
#20
Klemens Trieb, Stephan Koch
Instabilities of the cervical spine after complete or incomplete corpectomy may be the result from resection due to stenosis induced myelopathy, tumors, infections or fractures. In this article, we report a 49-year-old female patient after surgical decompression and stabilization at C5/7 with permanent cervicobrachialgia due to cervical stenosis at C5/7. Corpectomy of C6 and stabilization of C5/7 were performed with a combination of cage and plate. At an outpatient control 16 months after reoperation, the patient complained of neck pain, while the control X-ray showed a fracture of the implant...
December 2017: Eklem Hastalıkları Ve Cerrahisi, Joint Diseases & related Surgery
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