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2013: Kidney International Supplements
Jarrod D Frizzell, Li Liang, Phillip J Schulte, Clyde W Yancy, Paul A Heidenreich, Adrian F Hernandez, Deepak L Bhatt, Gregg C Fonarow, Warren K Laskey
Importance: Several attempts have been made at developing models to predict 30-day readmissions in patients with heart failure, but none have sufficient discriminatory capacity for clinical use. Machine-learning (ML) algorithms represent a novel approach and may have potential advantages over traditional statistical modeling. Objective: To develop models using a ML approach to predict all-cause readmissions 30 days after discharge from a heart failure hospitalization and to compare ML model performance with models developed using "conventional" statistically based methods...
October 26, 2016: JAMA Cardiology
Aakash Garg, Deepti Virmani, Sahil Agrawal, Chirag Agarwal, Abhishek Sharma, Giulio Stefanini, John B Kostis
Heart failure with a preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is increasingly prevalent and a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. HFpEF has a complex pathophysiology, with recent evidence suggesting that an interaction of cardiovascular and noncardiovascular comorbidities (e.g. obesity, hypertension, diabetes, coronary artery disease, and chronic kidney disease) induces an inflammatory state that eventually leads to myocardial structural and functional alterations. Current ACCF/AHA guidelines suggest incorporation of biomarkers along with clinical and imaging tools to establish the diagnosis and disease severity in heart failure (HF)...
October 27, 2016: Cardiology
Antoine Lanot, Thierry Lobbedez, Clémence Bechade, Christian Verger, Emmanuel Fabre, Max Dratwa, Isabelle Vernier
BACKGROUND: International guidelines recommend the use of a prophylactic antibiotic before the peritoneal dialysis (PD) catheter can be inserted. The main objective of this study was to assess whether this practice is associated with a lower risk of early peritonitis and to estimate the magnitude of the centre effect. METHODS: A retrospective, multi-centric study was conducted, in which data from the French Language Peritoneal Dialysis Registry was analysed. Patients were separated into 2 groups based on whether or not prophylactic antibiotics were used prior to catheter placement...
October 27, 2016: American Journal of Nephrology
Nancy W Selix, Stefan Rowniak
INTRODUCTION: Transgender individuals have unique health care needs and experience health disparities. There is an increased need for transgender health care services and primary care for this underserved population. However, provision of appropriate health care services for transgender persons requires cultural competency and skill on the part of the health care provider, and providers need specific skills to address the needs of this population. METHODS: A review of the literature was performed by accessing CINAHL, PsycINFO, and PubMed databases...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
Michele Fernanda Borges da Silva, Patrícia Dias de Brito, Lusiele Guaraldo
Objective: to describe the profile of standardized oral drugs at a hospital unit and assess their adequacy for use via enteral feeding tubes, according to recommendations from the literature. Method: descriptive study, with data on drugs collected from the Pharmacy Service Dispensing System. Specific recommendations for the use of these drugs via enteral feeding tubes were found after searches in literary databases, books, manuals, guidelines and package insert collections...
September 2016: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
D Finn, A Dorrian, J Sheehy, E M Dempsey, C A Ryan
AIM: To determine the neonatal incidence, indications and outcomes following transfusions with emergency uncrossmatched O-negative blood. METHODS: A 5 year retrospective review in a single tertiary neonatal unit was conducted. The blood transfusion laboratory's database was analysed for all infants who had received an emergency released blood transfusion (ERBT) between January 2010 - December 2014. RESULTS: We calculated a total ERBT rate of 0...
October 26, 2016: Acta Paediatrica
Amit Mukerji, Prakesh S Shah, Sandesh Shivananda, Wendy Yee, Brooke Read, John Minski, Ruben Alvaro, Christoph Fusch
AIM: To evaluate practice variation with respect to non-invasive respiratory support (NRS) use across Canadian neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). METHODS: A web-based survey was sent to all site investigators of the 30 level 3 NICUs participating in the Canadian Neonatal Network. The survey inquired about the use of five commonly described NRS modes. In addition, the presence and adherence to local guidelines were ascertained. Descriptive analyses were performed to identify variations in practice...
October 26, 2016: Acta Paediatrica
M Arias-Andrés, R Rämö, F Mena Torres, R Ugalde, L Grandas, C Ruepert, L E Castillo, P J Van den Brink, J S Gunnarsson
Costa Rica is a tropical country with one of the highest biodiversity on Earth. It also has an intensive agriculture, and pesticide runoff from banana and pineapple plantations may cause a high toxicity risk to non-target species in rivers downstream the plantations. We performed a first tier risk assessment of the maximum measured concentrations of 32 pesticides detected over 4 years in the River Madre de Dios (RMD) and its coastal lagoon on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Species sensitivity distributions (SSDs) were plotted in order to derive HC5 values for each pesticide, i...
October 25, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Gyotane Umefune, Hirofumi Kogure, Tsuyoshi Hamada, Hiroyuki Isayama, Kazunaga Ishigaki, Kaoru Takagi, Dai Akiyama, Takeo Watanabe, Naminatsu Takahara, Suguru Mizuno, Saburo Matsubara, Natsuyo Yamamoto, Yousuke Nakai, Minoru Tada, Kazuhiko Koike
BACKGROUND: Procalcitonin is being increasingly used to diagnose and grade acute systemic bacterial infection at an early stage of disease onset. The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate the usefulness of procalcitonin for severity grading of acute cholangitis on patient admission. METHODS: Patients with acute cholangitis were prospectively enrolled. The severity of acute cholangitis was graded on the basis of the 2013 Tokyo guidelines (Japanese Society of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery, 2013)...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Gastroenterology
Salem A Beshyah, Ibrahim H Sherif, Farida Chentli, Amir Hamrahian, Aly B Khalil, Hussein Raef, Mohamed El-Fikki, Selim Jambart
BACKGROUND: Prolactinomas are the commonest functional tumors of the pituitary gland. There are still controversies regarding medical therapy in specific clinical situations. Patients may be managed by different specialists in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and no data exist on patterns of clinical management. OBJECTIVES: To ascertain the diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to prolactinomas among relevant professionals from the MENA region. METHODS: An online survey of a large sample of physicians was conducted...
October 25, 2016: Pituitary
Todd M Tuttle, Andrea V Barrio, V Suzanne Klimberg, Armando E Giuliano, Mariana Chavez-MacGregor, Heather A Thompson Buum, Kelly M McMasters
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October 25, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Joseph A Ricci, Kayva Crawford, Olivia A Ho, Bernard T Lee, Ketan M Patel, Matthew L Iorio
BACKGROUND: Venous thromboembolism encompasses a spectrum of disease, ranging from asymptomatic deep vein thrombosis to fatal pulmonary embolism. As microsurgical techniques increase in complexity, the overriding benefit from a microsurgical versus a venous thromboembolism prophylactic regimen remains unclear. This study evaluated the current recommendations and procedure-specific strategies for venous thromboembolism prophylaxis with a focus on the utility of prophylaxis in microsurgical procedures...
November 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Ryan M Moore, Jonathan Rimler, Brian R Smith, Garrett A Wirth, Keyianoosh Z Paydar
BACKGROUND: Venous thromboembolic events result in significant morbidity, mortality, and costly therapeutic interventions. As medical resource allocation strategies are becoming more pervasive, appropriate risk stratification and prophylactic regimens are essential. Previous studies have shown a decreased incidence of perioperative venous thromboembolism in the chronic spinal cord injury population. The question remains of whether chronic spinal cord injury is protective against venous thromboembolism...
November 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
William P Adams, Daniel Mckee
BACKGROUND: For primary breast augmentation, several implant selection systems have been described to guide the surgeon with choosing from a variety of manufactured implant dimensions and properties. Controversy exists regarding the most efficacious method of selecting an appropriate implant size that best matches the patient's breast. METHODS: The goal of this systematic review was to provide a comprehensive list of documented implant size selection systems, and to critically evaluate them...
November 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Troy A Pittman, Kenneth L Fan, Megan A Rudolph
BACKGROUND: Although literature and case reports regarding anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) continue to increase, changes in plastic surgery practice patterns have not been assessed. METHODS: A 19-question survey was sent electronically to U.S. and international board-certified plastic surgeons. Data were analyzed using chi-square test and logistic regression analysis. RESULTS: A total of 1383 surgeons (U.S., 715; international, 668) responded, at a rate of 13...
November 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Mirjana Cihoric, Line Toft Tengberg, Morten Bay-Nielsen, Nicolai Bang Foss
BACKGROUND: With current literature quoting mortality rates up to 45%, emergency high-risk abdominal surgery has, compared with elective surgery, a significantly greater risk of death and major complications. The Surgical Apgar Score (SAS) is predictive of outcome in elective surgery, but has never been validated exclusively in an emergency setting. METHODS: A consecutive prospective single-center cohort study of 355 adults undergoing emergency high-risk abdominal surgery between June 2013 and May 2014 is presented...
October 24, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Meredith Scannell
Individuals who have been sexually assaulted are at risk for contracting human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted infection. One of the best methods in protecting against contracting the HPV is to receive the HPV vaccine. To date, national sexual assault protocols and guidelines do not include information on HPV vaccination. The current 2015 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated their recommendations for sexually assaulted patients to now receive the HPV vaccine. This article reviews information on HPV, HPV vaccines, and specific considerations for patients who have been sexually assaulted...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Forensic Nursing
Martha Gabriela Martinez, Jillian Clare Kohler
BACKGROUND: Brazil created Health Councils to bring together civil society groups, heath professionals, and government officials in the discussion of health policies and health system resource allocation. However, several studies have concluded that Health Councils are not very influential on healthcare policy. This study probes this issue further by providing a descriptive account of some of the challenges civil society face within Brazil's Health Councils. METHODS: Forty semi-structured interviews with Health Council Members at the municipal, state and national levels were conducted in June and July of 2013 and May of 2014...
October 26, 2016: Globalization and Health
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