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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342386/association-between-environmental-factors-and-emergency-hospital-admissions-due-to-alzheimer-s-disease-in-madrid
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D R Culqui, C Linares, C Ortiz, R Carmona, J Díaz
INTRODUCTION: There are scarce studies of time series that analysed the short-term association between emergency hospital admissions due to Alzheimer's disease (AD) and environmental factors. The objective is to analyse the effect of heat waves, noise and air pollutants on urgent hospital admissions due to AD in Madrid. METHODS: Longitudinal ecological time series study was performed. The dependent variable was the emergency AD hospital admissions occurred in Madrid during the period 2001-2009...
March 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336507/planking-or-the-lying-down-game-two-case-reports
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Stefania Barbieri, Paolo Feltracco, Luca Omizzolo, Rossella Snenghi, Rafi El Mazloum, Gianna Vettore, Mauro Bergamini, Armando Stefanati, Daniele Donato, Cecilia Ferronato, Francesco Maria Avato, Alberto Tredese, Rosa Maria Gaudio
BACKGROUND: The monitoring and management of risks regarding children and young people admitted to the emergency department as a result of dangerous behaviors distributed via the Internet should be based on clinical reasoning and knowledge about these social media-related phenomena. Here we examine 2 cases of teenagers who reported severe injuries while performing the "planking" craze, a challenge that consists in lying face-down stiffly like a board on any kind of surface. OBJECTIVE: Our objective is to examine and describe the Internet craze called planking, also known as the "lying-down game," through 2 case reports from our experience, enriching this study with information gained through discussions with secondary school teenagers...
March 23, 2017: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330829/does-telehealth-monitoring-identify-exacerbations-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-reduce-hospitalisations-an-analysis-of-system-data
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Melissa Kargiannakis, Deborah A Fitzsimmons, Claire L Bentley, Gail A Mountain
BACKGROUND: The increasing prevalence and associated cost of treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is unsustainable. Health care organizations are focusing on ways to support self-management and prevent hospital admissions, including telehealth-monitoring services capturing physiological and health status data. This paper reports on data captured during a pilot randomized controlled trial of telehealth-supported care within a community-based service for patients discharged from hospital following an exacerbation of their COPD...
March 22, 2017: JMIR Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328394/proposing-telecardiology-services-on-cloud-for-different-medical-institutions-a-model-of-reference
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Isabel De la Torre-Díez, Begoña Garcia-Zapirain, Miguel López-Coronado, Joel J P C Rodrigues
INTRODUCTION: For a cloud-based telecardiology solution to be established in any scenario, it is necessary to ensure optimum levels of security, as patient's data will not be in the same place from where access is gained. The main objective of this article is to present a secure, cloud-based solution for a telecardiology service in different scenarios: a hospital, a health center in a city, and a group of health centers in a rural area. METHODS: iCanCloud software is used to simulate the scenarios...
March 1, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326179/clinic-continuity-of-care-clinical-outcomes-and-direct-costs-for-copd-in-sweden-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Sofia Sveréus, Kjell Larsson, Clas Rehnberg
Introduction: In this study we investigate whether clinic level continuity of care (COC) for individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with better health care outcomes and lower costs in a Swedish setting. Methods: Individuals with COPD (N = 20,187) were identified through ICD-10 codes in all Stockholm County health care registries in 2007-2011 (59% female, 40% in the age group 65-74 years). We followed the individuals prospectively for 365 days after their first outpatient visit in 2012...
2017: European Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323374/characteristics-of-short-stay-critical-care-admissions-from-emergency-departments-in-maryland
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Obiora O Chidi, Sarah M Perman, Adit A Ginde
OBJECTIVES: Critical care is an expensive and limited resource, and short stay critical care admissions may be treated in alternate, less costly settings. This study objective was to determine the proportion of critical care admissions with a short critical care length of stay and identify the clinical characteristics and diagnoses associated with high and low rates of short stay critical care admissions. METHODS: Secondary analysis of the 2011 Maryland State Inpatient Database...
March 21, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315803/cranioplasty-complications-and-costs-a-national-population-level-analysis-using-the-marketscan-longitudinal-database
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Amy Li, Tej Deepak Azad, Anand Veeravagu, Inderpreet Bhatti, Chao Long, John K Ratliff, Gordon Li
OBJECTIVE: To characterize cranioplasty complications and costs at a population level using a longitudinal national claims database. METHODS: We identified cranioplasty patients between 2007-2014 in the MarketScan national database. We evaluated age, autograft usage, cranioplasty size, and cranioplasty timing on postoperative outcomes. We further analyzed associated costs. A subset analysis of adult cranioplasty patients with emergent indications, including stroke and trauma, was also performed...
March 15, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302636/pharmacist-provided-medicines-reconciliation-within-24%C3%A2-hours-of-admission-and-on-discharge-a-randomised-controlled-pilot-study
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Brit Cadman, David Wright, Amanda Bale, Garry Barton, James Desborough, Eman A Hammad, Richard Holland, Helen Howe, Ian Nunney, Lisa Irvine
BACKGROUND: The UK government currently recommends that all patients receive medicines reconciliation (MR) from a member of the pharmacy team within 24 hours of admission and subsequent discharge. The cost-effectiveness of this intervention is unknown. A pilot study to inform the design of a future randomised controlled trial to determine effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a pharmacist-delivered service was undertaken. METHOD: Patients were recruited 7 days a week from 5 adult medical wards in 1 hospital over a 9 month period and randomised using an automated system to intervention (MR within 24 hours of admission and at discharge) or usual care which may include MR (control)...
March 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292318/transoral-robotic-surgery-with-radial-forearm-free-flap-reconstruction-case-control-analysis
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Vincent L Biron, Daniel A O'Connell, Brittany Barber, Jessica M Clark, Colin Andrews, Caroline C Jeffery, David W J Côté, Jeffrey Harris, Hadi Seikaly
BACKGROUND: The resection of large oropharyngeal tumors traditionally involves a lip-splitting mandibulotomy for adequate margin visualization and free flap reconstruction of the surgical defect. Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) has emerged as a technique that can resect large and complex oropharyngeal tumors, avoiding a lip-splitting approach. The aim of this study is to compare the lip-splitting mandibulotomy approach versus TORS for the management of advanced stage oropharyngeal carcinomas...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286827/doing-pre-operative-investigations-in-emergency-department-a-clinical-audit
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Muhammad Salman Rafiq, Maria Rafiq, Muhammad Imran Rafiq, Seema Gul Salman, Sania Hafeez
INTRODUCTION: Pre-operative investigations for emergency surgical patients differ between centers. Following established guidelines can reduce unnecessary investigation, cost of treatment and hospital stay. The present audit was carried out to evaluate the condition of doing pre-operative investigations for three common surgical emergencies compared to National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines and local criteria. METHODS: A retrospective clinical audit of acute-appendicitis, abscess and hernia patients admitted to the emergency department was carried out over a one-year period from July 2014 to July 2015...
2017: Emergency (Tehran, Iran)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285117/acute-heart-failure-alternatives-to-hospitalization
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Reka Zsilinszka, Robert J Mentz, Adam D DeVore, Zubin J Eapen, Peter S Pang, Adrian F Hernandez
Acute heart failure (HF) is a major public health problem with substantial associated economic costs. Because most patients who present to hospitals are admitted irrespective of their level of risk, novel approaches to manage acute HF are needed, such as the use of same-day access clinics for outpatient diuresis and observation units from the emergency department. Current published data lacks a comprehensive overview of the present state of acute HF management in various clinical settings. This review summarizes the strengths and limitations of acute HF care in the outpatient and emergency department settings...
March 4, 2017: JACC. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283919/preventing-returns-to-the-emergency-department-followingbariatric-surgery
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Jennwood Chen, Justin Mackenzie, Yan Zhai, James O'Loughlin, Rebecca Kholer, Ellen Morrow, Robert Glasgow, Eric Volckmann, Anna Ibele
BACKGROUND: Unnecessary emergency department (ED) visits following bariatric surgery represent a significant source of inefficient resource utilization. This study aimed to identify potential strategies aimed at preventing unnecessary returns to the ED following bariatric surgery. The study was conducted in University Hospital, USA. METHODS: The electronic medical records of all patients who underwent bariatric surgery at our institution between January 2011 and October 2015 were retrospectively reviewed...
March 10, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282256/new-evidence-on-end-of-life-hospital-utilization-for-enhanced-health-policy-and-services-planning
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Donna M Wilson, Ye Shen, Stephen Birch
BACKGROUND: Long-standing concern exists over hospital use by people near or at the end of life (EOL) related to the appropriateness, quality, and cost of care in hospital. It is widely believed that most people die in hospital after an escalation in hospital use over the last year of life. As most deaths in high-income countries are not sudden or unexpected, opportunities exist for planning compassionate, effective, and evidence-based EOL care. OBJECTIVE: Gain current population-based evidence for EOL health policy and services planning...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282104/retrospective-analysis-of-emerging-drugs-use-in-a-quebec-women-s-and-children-s-university-hospital-and-perspectives-for-safe-and-optimal-drug-use
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Jennifer Corny, Elaine Pelletier, Denis Lebel, Jean-François Bussières
BACKGROUND: Only few medicines are licensed for children. The use of emerging drugs (unmarketed drug, off-label drug with poorly documented use, and/or costly drugs) might represent an essential alternative for pediatric patients. OBJECTIVES: The objective of the study was to assess emerging drug uses rate and profile in our women's and children's centre to support the implementation of an appropriate policy. METHODS: We identified retrospectively emerging drugs used between 2013-01-01 and 2014-02-28, using computerized pharmacist software extraction of drugs used...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281430/provision-of-an-emergency-theatre-in-tertiary-hospitals-is-cost-effective-audit-and-cost-of-cancelled-planned-elective-general-surgical-operations-at-pietersburg-hospital-limpopo-province-south-africa
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M M Z U Bhuiyan, R Mavhungu, A Machowski
BACKGROUND: Cancellations of planned elective surgical operations increase financial cost to the patient and the hospital. OBJECTIVES: To determine the rate and reasons for cancellations, estimate the cost incurred by such cancellations and recommend possible solutions. METHODS: We did a prospective descriptive study of cancellations of elective general surgical operations over the 1-year period January - December 2014 in the main theatre at Pietersburg (PTB) Hospital, Limpopo Province, South Africa...
February 27, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279155/acute-dental-infections-managed-in-an-outpatient-parenteral-antibiotic-program-setting-prospective-analysis-and-public-health-implications
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William J Connors, Heidi H Rabie, Rafael L Figueiredo, Donna L Holton, Michael D Parkins
BACKGROUND: The number of Acute Dental Infections (ADI) presenting for emergency department (ED) care are steadily increasing. Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT) programs are increasingly utilized as an alternative cost-effective approach to the management of serious infectious diseases but their role in the management of severe ADI is not established. This study aims to address this knowledge gap through evaluation of ADI referrals to a regional OPAT program in a large Canadian center...
March 9, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272029/intraoperative-continuous-intestinal-loop-warming-technique-a-prospective-randomised-trial
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Francesco Rulli, Mario Stefani, Myftar Torba, Arvin Dibra, Erina Alushi, Filadelfo Coniglione, Mostafa Shalaby, Pierpaolo Sileri
AIM: The aim of this study is to evaluate if the Intraoperative Continuous Intestinal Loop Warming (ICLW) is a valid trick to decrease the postoperative paralytic ileus. METHODS: The subjects were patients who underwent emergency open abdominal surgery for either benign or malignant diseases. Patients were divided into two groups; group A patients who was secluded for ICLW, and a control group B who was not secluded for ICLW. The primary outcomes were the time of recovery of bowel movement, 30 days postoperative mortality and morbidity, morbidity was graded by the Clavien-Dindo classification of surgical complications...
March 8, 2017: Annali Italiani di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265735/international-variation-in-emergency-operation-rates-for-acute-diverticulitis-insights-into-healthcare-value
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Michael K Y Hong, Anita R Skandarajah, Rose D Higgins, Omar D Faiz, Ian P Hayes
BACKGROUND: International comparison of outcomes of surgical diseases has become a global focus because of widespread concern over surgical quality, rising costs and the value of healthcare. Acute diverticulitis is a common disease potentially amenable to optimization of strategies for operative intervention. The aim was to compare the emergency operative intervention rates for acute diverticulitis in USA, England and Australia. METHODS: Unplanned admissions for acute diverticulitis were found from an international administrative dataset between 2008 and 2014 for hospitals in USA, England and Australia...
March 6, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264944/innovative-oncology-care-models-improve-end-of-life-quality-reduce-utilization-and-spending
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Erin Murphy Colligan, Erin Ewald, Sarah Ruiz, Michelle Spafford, Caitlin Cross-Barnet, Shriram Parashuram
Three models that received Health Care Innovation Awards from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) aimed to reduce the cost and use of health care services and improve the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries with cancer. Each emphasized a different principle: the oncology medical home, patient navigation, or palliative care. Comparing participants in each model who died during the study period to matched comparators, we found that the oncology medical home and patient navigation models were associated with decreased costs in the last ninety days of life ($3,346 and $5,824 per person, respectively) and fewer hospitalizations in the last thirty days of life (fifty-seven and forty per 1,000 people, respectively)...
March 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257438/a-population-based-matched-cohort-study-examining-the-mortality-and-costs-of-patients-with-community-onset-clostridium-difficile-infection-identified-using-emergency-department-visits-and-hospital-admissions
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Natasha Nanwa, Beate Sander, Murray Krahn, Nick Daneman, Hong Lu, Peter C Austin, Anand Govindarajan, Laura C Rosella, Suzanne M Cadarette, Jeffrey C Kwong
Few studies have evaluated the mortality or quantified the economic burden of community-onset Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). We estimated the attributable mortality and costs of community-onset CDI. We conducted a population-based matched cohort study. We identified incident subjects with community-onset CDI using health administrative data (emergency department visits and hospital admissions) in Ontario, Canada between January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2010. We propensity-score matched each infected subject to one uninfected subject and followed subjects in the cohort until December 31, 2011...
2017: PloS One
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