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Yoshihiro Ohara, Hitoshi Ohto, Tetsunori Tasaki, Hideki Sano, Kazuhiro Mochizuki, Mitsuko Akaihata, Shogo Kobayashi, Tomoko Waragai, Masaki Ito, Mitsuaki Hosoya, Kenneth E Nollet, Kazuhiko Ikeda, Chitose Ogawa, Takahiro Kanno, Yayoi Shikama, Atsushi Kikuta
BACKGROUND: Pediatric apheresis for peripheral blood stem cell transplantation should be carried out with due concern for low corporeal blood volume and vulnerability to hypocalcemia-related complications, hypovolemic shock, and hypervolemic cardiac overload. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: We retrospectively investigated a total of 267 apheresis procedures from 1990 to 2013 on 93 children between 0 and 10 years old, including 89 patients and 4 healthy donors, with body weights of 6...
September 30, 2016: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
Elena Bergon-Sendin, María Del Carmen Perez-Grande, David Lora-Pablos, Ana Melgar-Bonis, Noelia Ureta-Velasco, María Teresa Moral-Pumarega, Carmen Rosa Pallas-Alonso
BACKGROUND: Random audits are a safety tool to help in the prevention of adverse events, but they have not been widely used in hospitals. The aim of the study was to determine, through random safety audits, whether the information and material required for resuscitation were available for each patient in a neonatal intensive care unit and determine if factors related to the patient, time or location affect the implementation of the recommendations. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Prospective observational study conducted in a level III-C neonatal intensive care unit during the year 2012...
October 17, 2016: Anales de Pediatría: Publicación Oficial de la Asociación Española de Pediatría (A.E.P.)
Benjamin M Anderson, Jemma L Mytton, Felicity Evison, Charles J Ferro, Adnan Sharif
INTRODUCTION: Outcomes for weekend hospital admissions or emergency procedures have become a topical and controversial issue for the UK National Health Service (NHS). Deceased-donor kidney transplantation is frequently performed at weekends and evidence for its relative safety are lacking. METHODS: We undertook a population-based cohort analysis, obtaining data from every deceased-donor kidney-alone transplant procedure performed in England between January 2003 and December 2014...
October 17, 2016: Transplantation
John Howard, Vladimir Murashov, Paul Schulte
Synthetic biology is an emerging interdisciplinary field of biotechnology that involves applying the principles of engineering and chemical design to biological systems. Biosafety professionals have done an excellent job in addressing research laboratory safety as synthetic biology and gene editing have emerged from the larger field of biotechnology. Despite these efforts, risks posed by synthetic biology are of increasing concern as research procedures scale up to industrial processes in the larger bioeconomy...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Lyndsey S Benson, Elizabeth A Micks, Carly Ingalls, Sarah W Prager
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the relationship between obesity and surgical abortion complications in the outpatient setting. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of 4,968 women undergoing surgical abortion at a large outpatient clinic network from September 2012 to July 2014. We used log-binomial regression to evaluate body mass index (BMI) as an independent risk factor for first- and second-trimester abortion complications. Body mass index was analyzed as both a continuous and categorical predictor...
October 6, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sten Lyager Nielsen
Transcatheter mitral valve (MV) intervention has emerged as an effective treatment option for symptomatic severe mitral regurgitation (MR) in patients considered to be inoperable or at high operative risk for surgical MV surgery. In primary mitral regurgitation, surgical repair is the standard of care. Transcatheter edge-to-edge MV repair with the MitraClip system has the largest clinical experience to date, and offers a sustained clinical benefit in selected surgical high-risk patients. Surgery for secondary MR remains a challenge...
October 13, 2016: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
Kari Nyheim Solbrække, Håvard Søiland, Kirsten Lode, Birgitta Haga Gripsrud
In this paper we explore the rise of 'the breast cancer gene' as a field of medical, cultural and personal knowledge. We address its significance in the Norwegian public health care system in relation to so-called biological citizenship in this particular national context. One of our main findings is that, despite its claims as a measure for health and disease prevention, gaining access to medical knowledge of BRCA 1/2 breast cancer gene mutations can also produce severe instability in the individuals and families affected...
October 5, 2016: Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy
Alexis Descatha, Alice Huynh Tuong, Pierre Coninx, Michel Baer, Thomas Loeb, Thomas Despréaux
In massive catastrophic events, occupational health practitioners are more and more frequently involved in the management of such situations. We aim to describe the multiple aspects of the role that occupational health practitioners might play, by focusing on the recent example of the Paris terrorist attack of November 2015. During and after the Paris attack, occupational practitioners, in collaboration with emergency and security professionals, were involved in psychological care, assembling information, follow-up, return-to-work, and improving in-company safety plans...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
Alessandra Buiatti, Gesa von Olshausen, Petra Barthel, Simon Schneider, Armin Luik, Bernhard Kaess, Karl-Ludwig Laugwitz, Petra Hoppmann
AIMS: Radiofrequency (RF) ablation represents a standard of care for pulmonary vein isolation in patients with drug-refractory paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). In this setting, cryoballoon (CB) ablation has emerged as alternative therapy. However, the efficacy and safety of CB vs. RF ablation in patients with paroxysmal AF remain a matter of debate. METHODS AND RESULTS: We searched electronic scientific databases for studies of CB vs. RF ablation in patients with paroxysmal AF...
October 4, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Mario A Aycart, Muayyad Alhefzi, Maximilian Kueckelhaus, Nicco Krezdorn, Ericka M Bueno, Edward J Caterson, Julian J Pribaz, Bohdan Pomahac
BACKGROUND: Face transplantation has emerged as a viable option for certain patients in the treatment of devastating facial injuries. However, as with autologous free tissue transfer, the need for secondary revisions in face transplantation also exists. The authors' group has quantified the number of revision operations in their cohort and has assessed the rationale, safety, and outcomes of posttransplantation revisions. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data of the authors' seven face transplants was performed from April of 2009 to July of 2015...
October 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Paul-Georges Reuter, Thibaut Desmettre, Sabine Guinemer, Olivier Ducros, Stéphane Begey, Agnès Ricard-Hibon, Laurianne Billier, Océane Grignon, Isabelle Megy-Michoux, Jean-Noël Latouff, Adeline Sourbes, Julien Latier, Isabelle Durand-Zaleski, Frédéric Lapostolle, Eric Vicaut, Frédéric Adnet
BACKGROUND: Telephone consultations in general practice are on the increase. However, data on their efficiency in terms of out-of-hours general practitioner (GP) workload, visits to hospital emergency departments (ED), cost, patient safety and satisfaction are relatively scant. The aim of this trial is to assess the effectiveness of telephone consultations provided by French emergency call centres in patients presenting with isolated fever or symptoms of gastroenteritis, mainly encountered diseases...
2016: Trials
Rafael Gaszynski, Gratian Punch, Kurt Verschuer
BACKGROUND: This study evaluated the safety, efficacy and compliance of an emerging technique for managing complex subcutaneous abscesses in an adult population (≥16 years). METHODS: A retrospective review of prospectively collected data between April and October 2015 at a rural hospital comparing conventional incision drainage (CID) and repetitive packing to the minimal incision, irrigation, loop and drain technique (LDT). LDT method was consistent with previous publications, being ≤5 mm incisions at abscess edges, irrigation and passage of a VessiLoop through the cavity and then secured above the skin...
September 12, 2016: ANZ Journal of Surgery
Robert L Kerner, Kathleen Gallo, Michael Cassara, John DʼAngelo, Anthony Egan, John Galbraith Simmons
Simulation in multiple contexts over the course of a 10-week period served as a core learning strategy to orient experienced clinicians before opening a large new urban freestanding emergency department. To ensure technical and procedural skills of all team members, who would provide care without on-site recourse to specialty backup, we designed a comprehensive interprofessional curriculum to verify and regularize a wide range of competencies and best practices for all clinicians. Formulated under the rubric of systems integration, simulation activities aimed to instill a shared culture of patient safety among the entire cohort of 43 experienced emergency physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and patient technicians, most newly hired to the health system, who had never before worked together...
October 2016: Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
Andreas Klausen, Rainer Röhrig, Myriam Lipprandt
Achieving a good understanding of the socio-technical system in critical or emergency situations is important for patient safety. Research in human-computer interaction in the field of anesthesia or surgery has the potential to improve usability of the user interfaces and enhance patient safety. Therefore eye-tracking is a technology for analyzing gaze patterns. It can also measure what is being perceived by the physician during medical procedures. The aim of this review is the applicability of eye-tracker in the domain of simulated or real environments of anesthesia, surgery or intensive care...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Christopher H Wise, Ronald J Schenk, Jill Black Lattanzi
BACKGROUND: Despite emerging evidence to support the use of high velocity thrust manipulation in the management of lumbar spinal conditions, utilization of thrust manipulation among clinicians remains relatively low. One reason for the underutilization of these procedures may be related to disparity in training in the performance of these techniques at the professional and post professional levels. PURPOSE: To assess the effect of using a new model of active learning on participant confidence in the performance of spinal thrust manipulation and the implications for its use in the professional and post-professional training of physical therapists...
July 2016: Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy
Varun Gupta, Rikesh Parikh, Lyly Nguyen, Ashkan Afshari, R Bruce Shack, James C Grotting, K Kye Higdon
BACKGROUND: There has been a dramatic rise in office-based surgery. However, due to wide variations in regulatory standards, the safety of office-based aesthetic surgery has been questioned. OBJECTIVES: This study compares complication rates of cosmetic surgery performed at office-based surgical suites (OBSS) to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and hospitals. METHODS: A prospective cohort of patients undergoing cosmetic surgery between 2008 and 2013 were identified from the CosmetAssure database (Birmingham, AL)...
August 23, 2016: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
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New or emerging surgical procedures and technologies continue to be developed at a rapid rate and must be implemented safely into clinical practice. Additional privileging may be required if substantively new technical or cognitive skills are required to implement an innovative procedure or technology. Guiding principles for privileging should include cognitive and technical assessment to ensure appropriate patient selection and performance of the new procedure. Implementation also should include pertinent institutional and staff support as needed...
September 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
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New or emerging surgical procedures and technologies continue to be developed at a rapid rate and must be implemented safely into clinical practice. Additional privileging may be required if substantively new technical or cognitive skills are required to implement an innovative procedure or technology. Guiding principles for privileging should include cognitive and technical assessment to ensure appropriate patient selection and performance of the new procedure. Implementation also should include pertinent institutional and staff support as needed...
September 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Caroline E Reinke, Lawrence E Tabone, Philip Fong, Jin S Yoo, Chan W Park
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Laparoscopic appendectomy remains one of the most common emergency general surgical procedures in the United States. In an era of increasing focus on costs in medical care, we sought to evaluate the use of polymeric clips to secure the appendiceal base during laparoscopic appendectomy. METHODS: We performed a prospective cohort study of patients undergoing laparoscopic appendectomy from April 2013 through September 2014 at a single academic teaching institution...
July 2016: JSLS: Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
Mark R Borgaonkar, David Pace, Muna Lougheed, Curtis Marcoux, Bradley Evans, Nikita Hickey, Meghan O'Leary, Jerry McGrath
In 2012 the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology published 19 indicators of safety compromise. We studied the incidence of these indicators by reviewing all colonoscopies performed in St. John's, NL, between January 1, 2012, and June 30, 2012. Results. A total of 3235 colonoscopies were included. Adverse events are as follows. Medication-related includes use of reversal agents 0.1%, hypoxia 9.9%, hypotension 15.4%, and hypertension 0.9%. No patients required CPR or experienced allergic reactions or laryngospasm/bronchospasm...
2016: Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
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