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Katarina Bojanić, Ruža Grizelj, Jurica Vuković, Lana Omerza, Marina Grubić, Tomislav Ćaleta, Toby N Weingarten, Darrell R Schroeder, Juraj Sprung
BACKGROUND: Patients with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) have a high residual morbidity rate. We compared self-reported health-related quality of life (HRQoL) between patients with CDH and healthy children. METHODS: Forty-five patients with CDH who were born from January 1, 1990, through February 15, 2015, were matched to healthy, age-matched control participants at a 1:2 ratio. The health records of the study participants were reviewed to determine comorbid conditions, and HRQoL was assessed by both the participants and their parents with the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL)...
March 14, 2018: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
Arjun K Venkatesh, Changqin Wang, Yongfei Wang, Faseeha Altaf, Susannah M Bernheim, Leora Horwitz
BACKGROUND: Hospital readmission rates are publicly reported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); however, the implications of emergency department (ED) visits following hospital discharge on readmissions are uncertain. We describe the frequency, diagnoses, and hospital-level variation in ED visitation following hospital discharge, including the relationship between risk-standardized ED visitation and readmission rates. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional analysis of Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure, and pneumonia between July 2011 and June 2012...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
Rishi K Wadhera, Karen E Joynt Maddox, Yun Wang, Changyu Shen, Deepak L Bhatt, Robert W Yeh
BACKGROUND: Recent policy efforts have focused on improving the value of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) care. Medicare payment programs, for example, increasingly evaluate hospital performance based on spending, as determined by payments made to institutions and providers, and outcome measures for a longitudinal episode of AMI care. Little is known about the relationship between total 30-day payments-both in the inpatient and immediate postdischarge timeframe-and outcomes after an admission for AMI...
March 2018: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
Frank X Scheuermeyer, Christopher DeWitt, Jim Christenson, Brian Grunau, Andrew Kestler, Eric Grafstein, Jane Buxton, David Barbic, Stefan Milanovic, Reza Torkjari, Indy Sahota, Grant Innes
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Fentanyl overdoses are increasing and few data guide emergency department (ED) management. We evaluate the safety of an ED protocol for patients with presumed fentanyl overdose. METHODS: At an urban ED, we used administrative data and explicit chart review to identify and describe consecutive patients with uncomplicated presumed fentanyl overdose (no concurrent acute medical issues) from September to December 2016. We linked regional ED and provincial vital statistics databases to ascertain admissions, revisits, and mortality...
March 9, 2018: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Juan Sanchis, Albert Ariza-Solé, Emad Abu-Assi, Oriol Alegre, Fernando Alfonso, José Antonio Barrabés, José Antonio Baz, Antonio Carol, Pablo Díez Villanueva, Bruno García Del Blanco, Jaime Elízaga, Eduard Fernandez, Abel García Del Egido, Joan García Picard, Iván Gómez Blázquez, Joan Antoni Gómez Hospital, Rosana Hernández-Antolín, Cinta Llibre, Francisco Marín, David Martí Sánchez, Roberto Martín, Manuel Martínez Sellés, Gema Miñana, María José Morales Gallardo, Julio Núñez, Armando Pérez de Prado, Eduardo Pinar, Marcelo Sanmartín, Alessandro Sionis, Adolfo Villa, Jaume Marrugat, Héctor Bueno
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Although clinical guidelines recommend invasive management in non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI), this strategy is underused in frail elderly patients in the real world. Furthermore, these patients are underrepresented in clinical trials and therefore the evidence is scarce. Our hypothesis is that an invasive strategy will improve prognosis in elderly frail patients with NSTEMI. METHODS: This will be a prospective, multicenter, randomized trial, in which the conservative and invasive strategies will be compared in patients meeting all of the following inclusion criteria: NSTEMI diagnosis, age ≥ 70 years, and frailty defined by a category ≥ 4 in the Clinical Frailty Scale...
March 7, 2018: Revista Española de Cardiología
Benjamin Tuyp, Kasra Hassani, Cynthia Thurston, Kathleen Fyvie, Lisa Constable
The recovery process from traumatic injuries, and the potential for complications, extends beyond the time of hospital discharge. In 2014, the Fraser Health Trauma Network established outpatient clinics to provide follow-up care for trauma patients after discharge from hospital. The following research questions were asked: Which services were commonly performed by our trauma clinics and how satisfied were patients with the care they received at our clinics? A survey was distributed to patients after their clinic visit to assess overall satisfaction and areas for improvement...
March 2018: Journal of Trauma Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses
N Koyuncu, O Karcioglu, S Sener
Introduction: Little data have been published on the outcome of patients discharged from the emergency department (ED) after being diagnosed with nonspecific abdominal pain (NSAP). This study aimed to investigate short-term follow-up of patients discharged with a diagnosis of NSAP from the ED. Materials and Methods: This prospective, observational study was conducted in the University-based ED and enrolled all consecutive adult patients who were diagnosed as NSAP out of patients presented with abdominal pain (AP)...
March 2018: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
Hairil Rizal Abdullah, Sapphire RouXi Tan, Si Jia Lee, Hamid Rahmatullah Bin Abd Razak, Rachel Huiqi Seet, Hao Ying, Ervin Sethi, Eileen Yilin Sim
INTRODUCTION: Postoperative delirium is a serious and common complication in older adults following total joint arthroplasties (TJA). It is associated with increased risk of postoperative complications, mortality, length of hospital stay and postdischarge institutionalisation. Thus, it has a negative impact on the health-related quality of life of the patient and poses a large economic burden. This study aims to characterise the incidence of postoperative delirium following TJA in the South East Asian population and investigate any risk factors or associated outcomes...
March 6, 2018: BMJ Open
Olivier Y Gauthier-Kwan, Johanna S Dobransky, Geoffrey F Dervin
BACKGROUND: Outpatient total knee arthroplasty (TKA) has been made possible with advances in perioperative care and standardized clinical inpatient pathways. While many studies report on benefits of outpatient programs, none explore patient-reported outcome measures. As such, our goals were to compare the short-term quality of recovery; highlight postdischarge hospital resources utilization; and report on 2-year functional outcomes scores. METHODS: This was a prospective comparative cohort study of 43 inpatients (43 TKAs) and 43 outpatients (43 TKAs) operated on by a single surgeon between September 28, 2010 and May 5, 2015...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Arthroplasty
Alyssa T Brooks, Michael Krumlauf, Kenneth H Beck, Craig S Fryer, Li Yang, Vijay A Ramchandani, Gwenyth R Wallen
Sleep disturbances can accompany alcohol use disorders during various phases of the disease. This analysis utilized a mixed methods approach to assess whether sleep-related beliefs and/or behavior of individuals who are alcohol dependent were associated with sleep quality both pre- and postdischarge from a clinical research facility providing inpatient alcohol rehabilitation treatment. Individuals with higher self-efficacy for sleep (SE-S) reported better sleep quality at both time points. Individuals with fewer dysfunctional beliefs about sleep had poorer sleep quality at both time points...
March 1, 2018: Health Education & Behavior: the Official Publication of the Society for Public Health Education
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March 2018: Rehabilitation Nursing: the Official Journal of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Tonya Deen, Theresa Terna, Elizabeth Kim, Brian Leahy, Wende Fedder
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to describe the impact a stroke nurse navigation program has on concurrent chart reviews and patient compliance postdischarge. DESIGN: Phase I: Concurrent chart review of The Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center core measures for ischemic stroke patients. Phase II: Longitudinal study of 100 ischemic stroke patients discharged to home. METHODS: Telephone surveys were conducted at prescribed intervals posthospital discharge (Phase II)...
March 2018: Rehabilitation Nursing: the Official Journal of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Vincent I Lau, Joyce N H Lam, John Basmaji, Fran A Priestap, Ian M Ball
OBJECTIVES: Evaluate outcomes (mortality, morbidity, unplanned return visits) of patients who are discharged directly to home from the ICU. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Two tertiary care medical-surgical-trauma ICUs at Canadian hospitals over 1 year (February 2016-2017). SUBJECTS: All adult patients who were either discharged directly to home (Recruited and Nonrecruited cohorts) from ICU or discharged home within 24 hours after ward transfer (Ward Transfer cohort)...
February 28, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Lakshmanan Sivasundaram, Keemia Soraya Heidari, Ram K Alluri, Nathanael Heckmann, Braden McKnight, Jeffrey Ryan Hill, George F Rick Hatch
INTRODUCTION: Postdischarge disposition after shoulder replacement lacks uniform guidelines. The goal of this study was to identify complication and readmission rates by discharge disposition and determine whether disposition was an independent risk factor for adverse events, using a statewide database. METHODS: Data from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development discharge database were used. Patient information was assessed, and 30- and 90-day complication rates were identified...
February 27, 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Kevin L Meek, Paula Williams, Caryn J Unterschuetz
To improve patient satisfaction ratings and decrease readmissions, many organizations utilize internal staff to complete postdischarge calls to recently released patients. Developing, implementing, monitoring, and sustaining an effective call program can be challenging and have eluded some of the renowned medical centers in the country. Using collaboration with an outsourced vendor to bring state-of-the-art call technology and staffed with specially trained callers, health systems can achieve elevated levels of engagement and satisfaction for their patients postdischarge...
April 2018: Nursing Administration Quarterly
Alberta Sj Van der Watt, Alexandra Psp Suryapranata, Soraya Seedat
Objectives: Our primary objective was to assess the feasibility of interepisodal telephonic mood monitoring in patients with affective disorders in a low-resource setting. Secondary objectives included gathering data on longitudinal mood trajectories and assessing patient acceptance of mood monitoring. Methods: Inpatients with a primary mood or anxiety disorder were recruited predischarge. Assessment at intake included demographic information, the Life Events Checklist, and the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire...
2018: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Vikki Wylde, Jane Dennis, Rachael Gooberman-Hill, Andrew David Beswick
OBJECTIVE: Approximately 20% of patients experience chronic pain after total knee replacement (TKR). The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate the effectiveness of postdischarge interventions commenced in the first 3 months after surgery in reducing the severity of chronic pain after TKR. DESIGN: The protocol for this systematic review was registered on PROSPERO (registration number: CRD42017041382). MEDLINE, Embase, CINAHL, PsycINFO and The Cochrane Library were searched from inception to November 2016...
February 28, 2018: BMJ Open
Susan Trang, John A F Zupancic, Sharon Unger, Alex Kiss, Nicole Bando, Sabrina Wong, Sharyn Gibbins, Deborah L O'Connor
OBJECTIVES: To determine the cost-effectiveness of supplemental donor human milk (DHM) versus preterm formula (PTF) for very low birth weight (VLBW, <1500 g) infants from a societal perspective to 18 months' corrected age. METHODS: This prospective cost-effectiveness analysis of 363 VLBW infants was conducted for a randomized control trial. Infants recruited from October 2010 to December 2012 were fed DHM or PTF whenever mother's milk was unavailable. Formal health care costs for initial hospitalization and readmissions were obtained from standardized cost-accounting systems and physician fees...
February 28, 2018: Pediatrics
Cassandra K Kisby, Michael R Polin, Anthony G Visco, Nazema Y Siddiqui
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to compare unplanned postoperative encounters in women discharged same day versus later after robotic-assisted sacrocolpopexy (RA-SCP). METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of women who underwent RA-SCP at a tertiary care center January 2013 to September 2015. Women were divided into 2 cohorts based on their day of discharge: (1) same day or (2) postoperative day 1 (POD ≥ 1) or later. Our primary outcome was unplanned provider visits (clinic, urgent care, emergency department, or hospital readmission) during the 6 weeks after surgery...
February 27, 2018: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
Sarah L Anderson, Joel C Marrs
This article reviews current literature on the role of pharmacists in the transition of care (TOC) for patients with heart failure (HF) and the impact of their contributions on therapeutic and economic outcomes. Optimizing the TOC for patients with HF from the hospital to the community/home is crucial for improving outcomes and decreasing high rates of hospital readmissions, which are associated with increased morbidity, mortality, and costs. A multidisciplinary team approach to the management of patients with HF facilitates the transition from the hospital to the ambulatory care setting, allowing for the consideration of medical, pharmacological, and lifestyle variables that impact the care of individual patients...
February 27, 2018: Advances in Therapy
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