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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448570/disease-burden-for-patients-with-primary-immunodeficiency-diseases-identified-at-reference-hospitals-in-guanajuato-mexico
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Eduardo Guaní-Guerra, Ana Isabel Jiménez-Romero, Ulises Noel García-Ramírez, José Manuel Velázquez-Ávalos, Edgar Martínez-Guzmán, Eunice Sandoval-Ramírez, Ignacio Camacho-Meza
BACKGROUND: In addition to the deleterious effect on health, there is considerable economic and psychosocial morbidity associated with primary immunodeficiency diseases (PID). Also, the cost of a late diagnosis frequently results in a heavy disease burden on the patient. The objective of this study was to collect and analyze data on patients with PID in the state of Guanajuato in Mexico, to indirectly estimate the burden of the disease. METHODS: An observational, longitudinal, and comparative study was conducted...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437201/the-impact-of-community-based-palliative-care-on-utilization-and-cost-of-acute-care-hospital-services-in-the-last-year-of-life
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David Youens, Rachael Moorin
BACKGROUND: Community-based palliative care may potentially benefit patients by offering their preferred care at the end of life and benefit systems by reducing hospital use. OBJECTIVE: To compare place of death and acute care hospital use in the last year of life between cancer decedents who did and did not access a community-based palliative care service (PCS). DESIGN: Retrospective observational cohort study using linked individual administrative records from cancer registry, hospital, emergency department (ED), mortality, and PCS databases...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434466/cost-effectiveness-of-acupuncture-in-an-employee-population-a-retrospective-analysis
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Bijan J Borah, James M Naessens, Amy E Glasgow, Brent A Bauer, Tony Y Chon
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether acupuncture is a cost-effective adjunct to usual care for Mayo Clinic employees and their dependents experiencing pain symptoms. DESIGN: Retrospective review of the medical and billing records of 466 employee-patients and their dependents who had received acupuncture as part of their care and 466 propensity score-matched control patients. INTERVENTIONS: Usual care in combination with acupuncture compared with usual care alone...
April 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430760/resuscitative-endovascular-balloon-occlusion-of-the-aorta-or-resuscitative-thoracotomy-with-aortic-clamping-for-noncompressible-torso-hemorrhage-a-retrospective-nationwide-study
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Shotaro Aso, Hiroki Matsui, Kiyohide Fushimi, Hideo Yasunaga
BACKGROUND: Resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) is an emerging treatment for noncompressible torso hemorrhage. It remains unclear if REBOA is superior to resuscitative thoracotomy with aortic cross-clamping (RT) in terms of improving outcomes. This study compared in-hospital outcomes between REBOA and RT in trauma patients with uncontrolled hemorrhagic shock, using data from a national inpatient database in Japan. METHODS: Using the Diagnosis Procedure Combination database, we identified patients who received REBOA or RT within 1 day after admission from July 1, 2010, to March 31, 2014...
May 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427977/decompressive-craniectomy-in-spontaneous-intracerebral-hemorrhage-a-case-control-study
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Yu Tung Lo, Angela An Qi See, Nicolas Kon Kam King
BACKGROUND: Decompressive craniectomy is performed to relieve intracranial pressure as an emergency procedure. There is no large study to systematically evaluate the benefit of decompressive craniectomy versus best medical therapy. This study evaluates the survival and long-term functional outcomes of decompressive craniectomy for spontaneous intracranial hemorrhage. METHODS: A total of 54 eligible patients with spontaneous supratentorial hemorrhage (median age 55, IQR 47-64) who underwent decompressive craniectomy were retrospectively matched to 72 patients managed with best medical treatment (median age 58, IQR 32-74)...
April 17, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425577/postoperative-hemorrhage-and-hospital-revisit-after-transoral-robotic-surgery
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Joseph Zenga, Jasmina Suko, Dorina Kallogjeri, Patrik Pipkorn, Brian Nussenbaum, Ryan S Jackson
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: To investigate the incidence and complications related to postoperative hemorrhage (POH) after transoral robotic surgery (TORS). STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective review of the State Inpatient Database (SID), the State Ambulatory Surgery Database (SASD), and the State Emergency Department Database (SEDD) from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. METHODS: Patients were identified from the SID, SASD, and SEDD for the states of Florida, New York, and California from 2005 to 2013 who had an International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Edition code for a surgical procedure on the upper aerodigestive tract associated with a code for robotic-assisted surgery...
April 20, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420688/can-a-partnership-between-general-practitioners-and-ambulance-services-reduce-conveyance-to-emergency-care
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Manuel Villarreal, Jonathan Leach, Kandala Ngianga-Bakwin, Jeremy Dale
BACKGROUND: Emergency services are facing increasing workload pressures, and new models of care are needed. We evaluate the impact of a service development involving a partnership between emergency ambulance crews and general practitioners (GPs) on reducing conveyance rates to the Hospital Emergency Department (ED). METHODS: The service model was implemented in the West Midlands of England. Call handlers identified patients with needs that could be addressed by a GP using locally agreed criteria...
April 18, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419343/utilizing-a-modified-care-coordination-measurement-tool-to-capture-value-for-a-pediatric-outpatient-parenteral-and-prolonged-oral-antibiotic-therapy-program
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Louise E Vaz, Cindi L Farnstrom, Kimberly K Felder, Judith Guzman-Cottrill, Hannah Rosenberg, Richard C Antonelli
Background.: Outpatient parenteral or prolonged oral antibiotic therapy (OPAT) programs reduce inpatient healthcare costs by shifting care to outpatient settings. Care coordination (CC) is a necessary component to successfully transition patients. Our objective was to assess outcomes of provider time spent on nonreimbursable CC activities in a pediatric OPAT program. Methods.: We used a qualitative feasibility pilot design and modified the Care Coordination Measurement Tool...
April 17, 2017: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413367/discharge-planning-screening-older-patients-for-multidisciplinary-team-referral
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Carolyn Hegarty, Clare Buckley, Rachel Forrest, Bob Marshall
The objective was to determine whether the Elders Risk Assessment Index can predict multi-disciplinary team referral of older patients (≥ 65 years) in Emergency Department same-day discharges. The study identified 1,376 qualifying individuals from a regional New Zealand hospital database. Of these, 12.7 % were referred to the multi-disciplinary team. Univariate and multivariate analyses were used to explore associations between the Index, its components, and other demographic factors with referral. With every unit increase in the Index there was a 9% increase in the odds of being referred...
October 10, 2016: International Journal of Integrated Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409741/impact-of-comorbidities-among-medicaid-enrollees-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-united-states-2009
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Gloria Westney, Marilyn G Foreman, Junjun Xu, Marshaleen Henriques King, Eric Flenaugh, George Rust
INTRODUCTION: Multimorbidity, the presence of 2 or more chronic conditions, frequently affects people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Many have high-cost, highly complex conditions that have a substantial impact on state Medicaid programs. We quantified the cost of Medicaid-insured patients with COPD co-diagnosed with other chronic disorders. METHODS: We used nationally representative Medicaid claims data to analyze the impact of comorbidities (other chronic conditions) on the disease burden, emergency department (ED) use, hospitalizations, and total health care costs among 291,978 adult COPD patients...
April 13, 2017: Preventing Chronic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394786/usefulness-of-the-delta-neutrophil-index-to-predict-30-day-mortality-in-patients-with-upper-gastrointestinal-bleeding
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Taeyoung Kong, Sangkook In, Yoo Seok Park, Hye Sun Lee, Jong Wook Lee, Je Sung You, Hyun Soo Chung, Incheol Park, Sung Phil Chung
PURPOSE: The delta neutrophil index (DNI), reflecting the fraction of circulating immature granulocytes, is associated with increased mortality in patients with systemic inflammation. It is rapidly and easily measured while performing a complete blood count. This study aimed to determine whether the DNI can predict short-term mortality in patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage (UGIH). METHODS: We retrospectively identified consecutive patients (>18 years old) with UGIH admitted to the ED from January 1, 2015 to February 28, 2016...
April 7, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390405/fam-face-sg-a-score-for-risk-stratification-of-frequent-hospital-admitters
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Lian Leng Low, Nan Liu, Kheng Hock Lee, Marcus Eng Hock Ong, Sijia Wang, Xuan Jing, Julian Thumboo
BACKGROUND: An accurate risk stratification tool is critical in identifying patients who are at high risk of frequent hospital readmissions. While 30-day hospital readmissions have been widely studied, there is increasing interest in identifying potential high-cost users or frequent hospital admitters. In this study, we aimed to derive and validate a risk stratification tool to predict frequent hospital admitters. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study using the readily available clinical and administrative data from the electronic health records of a tertiary hospital in Singapore...
April 8, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388301/procalcitonin-biomarker-algorithm-reduces-antibiotic-prescriptions-duration-of-therapy-and-costs-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-comparison-in-the-netherlands-germany-and-the-united-kingdom
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Marloes E van der Maas, Gertjan Mantjes, Lotte M G Steuten
Antibiotics are often recommended as treatment for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations. However, not all COPD exacerbations are caused by bacterial infections and there is consequently considerable misuse and overuse of antibiotics among patients with COPD. This poses a severe burden on healthcare resources such as increased risk of developing antibiotic resistance. The biomarker procalcitonin (PCT) displays specificity to distinguish bacterial inflammations from nonbacterial inflammations and may therefore help to rationalize antibiotic prescriptions...
April 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385102/introduction-of-the-abbreviated-westmead-post-traumatic-amnesia-scale-and-impact-on-length-of-stay
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C E Watson, E A Clous, M Jaeger, S K D'Amours
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Mild traumatic brain injury is a common presentation to Emergency Departments. Early identification of patients with cognitive deficits and provision of discharge advice are important. The Abbreviated Westmead Post-traumatic Amnesia Scale provides an early and efficient assessment of post-traumatic amnesia for patients with mild traumatic brain injuries, compared with the previously used assessment, the Modified Oxford Post-traumatic Scale. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This retrospective cohort study reviewed 270 patients with mild traumatic brain injury assessed for post-traumatic amnesia over a 2-year period between February 2011 and February 2013...
April 1, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Surgery: SJS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379981/improved-costs-and-outcomes-with-conscious-sedation-vs-general-anesthesia-in-tavr-patients-time-to-wake-up
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William Toppen, Daniel Johansen, Sohail Sareh, Josue Fernandez, Nancy Satou, Komal D Patel, Murray Kwon, William Suh, Olcay Aksoy, Richard J Shemin, Peyman Benharash
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has become a commonplace procedure for the treatment of aortic stenosis in higher risk surgical patients. With the high cost and steadily increasing number of patients receiving TAVR, emphasis has been placed on optimizing outcomes as well as resource utilization. Recently, studies have demonstrated the feasibility of conscious sedation in lieu of general anesthesia for TAVR. This study aimed to investigate the clinical as well as cost outcomes associated with conscious sedation in comparison to general anesthesia in TAVR...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366717/the-effect-of-penicillin-allergy-testing-on-future-health-care-utilization-a-matched-cohort-study
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Eric Macy, Yu-Hsiang Shu
BACKGROUND: The effect that penicillin allergy testing has on future health care utilization is uncertain. OBJECTIVE: Determine whether penicillin allergy testing affects future overall health care utilization as measured by outpatient department (OPD) visits, emergency department (ED) visits, and hospital days. METHODS: Potential cases and control subjects were penicillin allergic Kaiser Permanente Southern California members who had at least 2 visits between 2010 and 2012 and at least 1 year of continuous health plan coverage before their index visit...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363470/time-driven-activity-based-costing-a-dynamic-value-assessment-model-in-pediatric-appendicitis
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Yangyang R Yu, Paulette I Abbas, Carolyn M Smith, Kathleen E Carberry, Hui Ren, Binita Patel, Jed G Nuchtern, Monica E Lopez
OBJECTIVES: Healthcare reform policies are emphasizing value-based healthcare delivery. We hypothesize that time-driven activity-based costing (TDABC) can be used to appraise healthcare interventions in pediatric appendicitis. METHODS: Triage-based standing delegation orders, surgical advanced practice providers, and a same-day discharge protocol were implemented to target deficiencies identified in our initial TDABC model. Post-intervention process maps for a hospital episode were created using electronic time stamp data for simple appendicitis cases during February to March 2016...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359769/regular-in-situ-simulation-training-of-paediatric-medical-emergency-team-leads-to-sustained-improvements-in-hospital-response-to-deteriorating-patients-improved-outcomes-in-intensive-care-and-financial-savings
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Ulf Theilen, Laura Fraser, Patricia Jones, Paul Leonard, Dave Simpson
AIM OF THE STUDY: The introduction of a paediatric Medical Emergency Team (pMET) was accompanied by weekly in-situ simulation team training. Key ward staff participated in team training, focusing on recognition of the deteriorating child, teamwork and early involvement of senior staff. Following an earlier study [1], this investigation aimed to evaluate the long-term impact of ongoing regular team training on hospital response to deteriorating ward patients, patient outcome and financial implications...
March 28, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350632/30-day-readmission-after-spine-surgery-an-analysis-of-1400-consecutive-spine-surgery-patients
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Owoicho Adogwa, Aladine A Elsamadicy, Jing L Han, Isaac O Karikari, Joseph Cheng, Carlos A Bagley
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort review. OBJECTIVE: To identify the rates, causes, and risk factors for 30-day unplanned readmissions in after elective spine surgery at our institution. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Early readmission after spine surgery is being used as a proxy for quality of care. One-fifth of patients are rehospitalized within 30 days after spine surgery. Nearly 60% of these readmissions are unplanned, which translates into billions of dollars in healthcare costs...
April 1, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349774/increasing-ketamine-use-for-refractory-status-epilepticus-in-us-pediatric-hospitals
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Sotirios Keros, Ersida Buraniqi, Byron Alex, Annalee Antonetty, Hugo Fialho, Baria Hafeez, Michele C Jackson, Rachel Jawahar, Stephanie Kjelleren, Elizabeth Stewart, Lindsey A Morgan, Mark S Wainwright, Yoshimi Sogawa, Anup D Patel, Tobias Loddenkemper, Zachary M Grinspan
Ketamine is an emerging therapy for pediatric refractory status epilepticus. The circumstances of its use, however, are understudied. The authors described pediatric refractory status epilepticus treated with ketamine from 2010 to 2014 at 45 centers using the Pediatric Hospital Inpatient System database. For comparison, they described children treated with pentobarbital. The authors estimated that 48 children received ketamine and pentobarbital for refractory status epilepticus, and 630 pentobarbital without ketamine...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
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