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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29680212/impact-of-a-clinical-therapeutic-intervention-on-pain-assessment-management-and-nursing-practices-in-an-intensive-care-unit-a-before-and-after-study
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Vincenzo Damico, Flavio Cazzaniga, Liana Murano, Rita Ciceri, Giuseppe Nattino, Alberto Dal Molin
Accurate pain assessment and management constitute a major challenge for medical and nursing staff in intensive care units (ICUs). A distinct recollection of pain is reported by high proportions of ICU patients. A clinical therapeutic intervention directed at improving pain assessment and management in critically ill patients who are unable to communicate was implemented at an Italian ICU. In this before-and-after study, data were collected before (T0 ) and after (T1 ) the adoption of a protocol involving pain assessment with an ad hoc behavioral pain scale and the administration of analgesics, rather than sedatives, to patients with intermediate to high pain scores...
April 18, 2018: Pain Management Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679169/the-utility-of-scrotal-ultrasonography-in-the-emergent-setting-beyond-epididymitis-versus-torsion
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Christopher R McAdams, Andrew J Del Gaizo
Scrotal pain is a common acute presentation for medical care. Testicular torsion and epididymo-orchitis are two diagnoses for which early detection is critical and their sonographic imaging features have been thoroughly described in the radiologic literature. Other important conditions for which radiologists must be aware have received less attention. This article will highlight key traumatic and non-traumatic causes of acute scrotal pain other than testicular torsion and epididymo-orchitis that may present in the emergency department setting...
April 21, 2018: Emergency Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678473/female-sexual-dysfunction-among-muslim-women-increasing-awareness-to-improve-overall-evaluation-and-treatment
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REVIEW
Sameena Rahman
INTRODUCTION: Muslim women are an increasingly underserved population in the United States and worldwide. Diagnosis and treatment of female sexual dysfunction bring unique challenges because of the conservative nature of those practicing the religion. Several cultural and religious codes of conduct affect sexual behavior and the dysfunction that can ensue. AIM: To assess and describe the types of sexual dysfunction that have been found in Muslim women internationally and encourage a better understanding of their issues to enhance health care delivery...
April 17, 2018: Sexual Medicine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29671836/children-s-experience-of-symptoms-narratives-through-words-and-images
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REVIEW
Barbara M Sourkes
Children who live with a complex chronic or life-threatening illness face extraordinary challenges. Whether they are receiving disease-oriented treatment (aimed at potential cure or prolongation of life) or palliative treatment-or both concurrently-our challenge is to enhance their comfort and minimize their distress. Symptom management is thus a critical component of pediatric palliative care. Symptoms may be either physical or psychological in nature (or a confluence of both) and their effective management has a direct impact on the child's quality of life...
April 19, 2018: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29669082/cognitive-functional-therapy-an-integrated-behavioral-approach-for-the-targeted-management-of-disabling-low-back-pain
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Peter B O'Sullivan, J P Caneiro, Mary O'Keeffe, Anne Smith, Wim Dankaerts, Kjartan Fersum, Kieran O'Sullivan
Biomedical approaches for diagnosing and managing disabling low back pain (LBP) have failed to arrest the exponential increase in health care costs, with a concurrent increase in disability and chronicity. Health messages regarding the vulnerability of the spine and a failure to target the interplay among multiple factors that contribute to pain and disability may partly explain this situation. Although many approaches and subgrouping systems for disabling LBP have been proposed in an attempt to deal with this complexity, they have been criticized for being unidimensional and reductionist and for not improving outcomes...
May 1, 2018: Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668462/electrodermal-activity-monitoring-during-endotracheal-suction-in-sedated-adult-intensive-care-unit-patients
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Theodoros Aslanidis, Vasilios Grosomanidis, Konstantinos Karakoulas, Athanasios Chatzisotiriou
BACKGROUND: Endotracheal suctioning of respiratory secretions is one of the most common causes of pain and discomfort in Intensive Care Unit environment. The electrical properties of the skin, also known as electrodermal activity (EDA), are considered as an indirect measure of autonomous nervous system. AIM: This study explores EDA changes during endotracheal suction in sedated adult critical care patients; and compares these changes to other monitoring parameters...
March 1, 2018: Folia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29658794/views-of-general-practitioners-toward-physiotherapy-management-of-osteoarthritis-a-qualitative-study
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Andrew Okwera, Stephen May
BACKGROUND: Osteoarthritis (OA) is a major cause of pain and physical disability, and general practitioners (GPs) are usually the first point of contact for patients. Physiotherapy has been shown as effective in the management of lower-limb OA. The aim was to explore the beliefs of GPs on the physiotherapy management of lower-limb OA in primary care. METHODS: This is a qualitative study evaluating GP views about physiotherapy in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK. Participating GPs were recruited by systematic sampling, and invitation was given to GPs in 10 practices in the four localities in Sheffield...
April 16, 2018: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656703/the-ethics-of-concurrent-care-for-children-a-social-justice-perspective
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Kim Mooney-Doyle, Jessica Keim-Malpass, Lisa C Lindley
Recent estimates indicate that over 40,000 children die annually in the United States and a majority have life-limiting conditions. Children at end of life require extensive healthcare resources, including multiple hospital readmissions and emergency room visits. Yet, many children still suffer from symptoms at end of life-including fatigue, pain, dyspnea, and anxiety-with less than 10% of these children utilizing hospice care services. A critical barrier to pediatric hospice use was the original federal regulations associated with the hospice care that required a diagnosis of 6 months to live and the discontinuation of all curative treatments...
January 1, 2018: Nursing Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29649027/pain-and-its-long-term-interference-of-daily-life-after-critical-illness
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Christina J Hayhurst, Jim C Jackson, Kristin R Archer, Jennifer L Thompson, Rameela Chandrasekhar, Christopher G Hughes
BACKGROUND: Persistent pain likely interferes with quality of life in survivors of critical illness, but data are limited on its prevalence and risk factors. We sought to determine the prevalence of persistent pain after critical illness and its interference with daily life. Additionally, we sought to determine if intensive care unit (ICU) opioid exposure is a risk factor for its development. METHODS: In a cohort of adult medical and surgical ICU survivors, we used the brief pain inventory (BPI) to assess pain intensity and pain interference of daily life at 3 and 12 months after hospital discharge...
April 11, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29628828/pain-assessment-in-the-critically-ill-mechanically-ventilated-adult-patients-comparison-between-skin-conductance-algesimeter-index-and-physiologic-indicators
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Puneet Khanna, Chandralekha Chandralekha, Ravinder Kumar Pandey, Ankur Sharma
Background and Objectives: Critically ill patients are unable to communicate effectively, so it is difficult to assess their pain and analgesic requirement. Skin conductance algesimeter (SCA) index is a device that primarily measures changes in skin conductance real time to assess pain. Methods: We planned this quantitative prospective observational study to assess pain in the critically ill mechanically ventilated patients in comparison to physiologic indicators such as blood pressure and heart rate...
April 2018: Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29628217/development-and-characterization-of-a-point-of-care-rate-based-transcutaneous-respiratory-status-monitor
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Xudong Ge, Prosper Adangwa, Ja Young Lim, Yordan Kostov, Leah Tolosa, Richard Pierson, Daniel Herr, Govind Rao
Blood gas measurements provide vital clinical information in critical care. The current "gold standard" for blood gas measurements involves obtaining blood samples, which can be painful and can lead to bleeding, thrombus formation, or infection. Mass transfer equilibrium-based transcutaneous blood gas monitors have been used since the 1970s, but they require heating the skin to ≥42 °C to speed up the transcutaneous gas diffusion. Thus, these devices have a potential risk for skin burns. Here we report a new generation of noninvasive device for respiratory status assessment...
April 5, 2018: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29624189/improving-the-safety-of-opioid-use-for-acute-noncancer-pain-in-hospitalized-adults-a-consensus-statement-from-the-society-of-hospital-medicine
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Shoshana J Herzig, Hilary J Mosher, Susan L Calcaterra, Anupam B Jena, Teryl K Nuckols
Hospital-based clinicians frequently treat acute, noncancer pain. Although opioids may be beneficial in this setting, the benefits must be balanced with the risks of adverse events, including inadvertent overdose and prolonged opioid use, physical dependence, or development of opioid use disorder. In an era of epidemic opioid use and related harms, the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) convened a working group to develop a consensus statement on opioid use for adults hospitalized with acute, noncancer pain, outside of the palliative, end-of-life, and intensive care settings...
April 2018: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29619627/new-advances-in-acute-postoperative-pain-management
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REVIEW
Sukanya Mitra, Daniel Carlyle, Gopal Kodumudi, Vijay Kodumudi, Nalini Vadivelu
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Postoperative pain remains one of the most common challenges following inpatient and outpatient surgeries. With our advances in modern medicine, pain following surgical procedures still remains a challenge, though significant accomplishments have been made over the past few decades. This article highlights some of the promising new advances and approaches in postoperative pain management. RECENT FINDINGS: Over the last decade, Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) pathways and protocols are becoming the benchmark standards for enhancing postoperative recovery...
April 4, 2018: Current Pain and Headache Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29618079/effects-of-massage-in-reducing-the-pain-and-anxiety-of-the-cardiac-surgery-critically-ill-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Madalina Boitor, Géraldine Martorella, Christine Maheu, Andréa Maria Laizner, Céline Gélinas
Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of hand massage on the pain and anxiety of the cardiac surgery critically ill. Design: A three-arm randomized controlled trial. Setting: This study was conducted in a medical-surgical intensive care unit in Canada. Subjects: Adult patients who underwent elective cardiac surgery, who were able to speak French/English and to self-report symptoms, without a high risk of postoperative complications were eligible...
March 30, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29616467/left-gastric-artery-embolisation-for-the-treatment-of-obesity-a-systematic-review
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Ali Kordzadeh, Bruno Lorenzi, Muhammad A Hanif, Alexandros Charalabopoulos
BACKGROUND: Endovascular left gastric artery (LGA) embolisation has gained significant attention in the treatment of obesity/morbid obesity and reduction of ghrelin. The objective of this systematic review is to evaluate the recent literature, strengths, limitations and practical aspects of this new procedure in combination with its physiological and anatomical paradigm. METHODS: A systematic electronic search of literature from 1966 to June 2017 in Medline, CINHAL, Embase, Scopus and Cochrane library in English language and adult subjects was conducted...
April 3, 2018: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29613899/traumatic-spinal-cord-injury
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Alejandro A Rabinstein
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article provides an update on the acute and subacute management and prognostication of patients with traumatic spinal cord injury. RECENT FINDINGS: Immobilization of the spine and spine clearance should be individualized depending on the ability to perform a reliable neurologic examination, the presence of neck pain, and the imaging findings. Early surgery (within 24 hours) to achieve definitive cord decompression and spine stabilization may be beneficial...
April 2018: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29605589/patients-perceptions-of-sleep-in-a-critical-care-unit
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L Carrera-Hernández, E Aizpitarte-Pejenaute, N Zugazagoitia-Ciarrusta, R Goñi-Viguria
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Patients' sleep can be disturbed during their stay in an Intensive Care Unit. Many factors can explain this disturbance, both within the ICU environment and caused by patients' illnesses. There is evidence that patients' sleep can be improved within ICUs. The aim of this study is to describe patientś perceptions of a night's sleep and develop a care plan that promotes a night's sleep. METHODOLOGY: A prospective descriptive study was performed in the ICU of a training hospital...
March 28, 2018: Enfermería Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29603847/inclusion-of-non-english-speaking-patients-in-research-a-single-institution-experience
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Rachel Bernier, Erin Halpin, Steven J Staffa, Lindsey Benson, James A DiNardo, Viviane G Nasr
BACKGROUND: Considering the recent increase in medical care provided to patients from foreign countries and the diversity of languages spoken by families living within the United States, it is important to determine whether non-English-speaking patients have access to participate in clinical research from which they may benefit. AIMS: We aimed to determine the number of non-English-speaking patients presenting to Boston Children's Hospital for medical care between 2011 and 2016, the number of clinical research protocols active within the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine approved to enroll non-English-speaking patients, as well as the number of both non-English- and English-speaking patients approached and enrolled in these studies...
March 30, 2018: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29603729/analysis-of-the-distribution-and-scholarly-output-from-national-institute-of-academic-anaesthesia-niaa-research-grants
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K El-Boghdadly, A B Docherty, A A Klein
The National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) was founded in 2008 to lead a UK strategy for developing academic anaesthesia. We aimed to assess the distribution of applications and quantify the academic returns of NIAA-supported research grants, as this has hitherto not been analysed. We sought data on the baseline characteristics of all grant applicants and recipients. Every grant recipient from 2008 to 2015 was contacted to ascertain the status of their supported research projects. We also examined Google Scholar, Scopus® database and InCites Journal Citation Reports for citation, author and journal metrics, respectively...
March 30, 2018: Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29603206/critiquing-the-cdc-opioid-guideline-some-light-from-the-heat
#20
David N Juurlink
Released in 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain has been met with both praise and criticism. In this issue of the Journal, two commentaries address the guideline's strengths and limitations. While the authors differ in their assessment of the guideline, they share a common objective: safer opioid prescribing. Followed carefully, the CDC guideline will facilitate this, but followed carelessly they have the potential to cause harm.
March 30, 2018: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
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