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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449529/do-hospitals-need-oncological-critical-care-units
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EDITORIAL
Abby Koch, William Checkley
Since the inception of critical care as a formal discipline in the late 1950s, we have seen rapid specialization to many types of intensive care units (ICUs) to accommodate evolving life support technologies and novel therapies in various disciplines of medicine. Indeed, the field has expanded such that specialized ICUs currently exist to address critical care problems in medicine, cardiology, neurology and neurosurgery, trauma, burns, organ transplant and cardiothoracic surgeries. Specialization does not only need new infrastructure, but also training and staffing of health care providers, ancillary staff, and development and implementation of processes of care...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449491/characteristics-and-provision-of-care-of-patients-with-the-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-descriptive-findings-from-the-dacapo-cohort-baseline-and-comparison-with-international-findings
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Frank Dodoo-Schittko, Susanne Brandstetter, Magdalena Brandl, Sebastian Blecha, Michael Quintel, Steffen Weber-Carstens, Stefan Kluge, Patrick Meybohm, Caroline Rolfes, Björn Ellger, Friedhelm Bach, Tobias Welte, Thomas Muders, Kathrin Thomann-Hackner, Thomas Bein, Christian Apfelbacher
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the characteristics and real world life circumstances of ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome) patient populations. This knowledge is essential for transferring evidence-based therapy into routine healthcare. The aim of this study was to report socio-demographic and clinical characteristics in an unselected population of ARDS patients and to compare these results to findings from other large ARDS cohorts. METHODS: A German based cross-sectional observational study was carried out...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449321/a-review-of-associated-controversies-surrounding-glucocorticoid-use-in-veterinary-emergency-and-critical-care
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Maya A Aharon, Jennifer E Prittie, Kate Buriko
OBJECTIVE: To review the literature in human and veterinary medicine regarding the indications for, efficacy of, and controversies surrounding glucocorticoid (GC) administration in the emergency and critical care (ECC) setting, and to provide an overview of the most commonly used synthetic GC formulations. MEDICATIONS: Synthetic GCs vary in GC and mineralocorticoid potency, hypothalamic pituitary axis suppression, duration of action, route of administration, and clinical indication for use...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449296/frailty-index-intensive-care-unit-complications-in-head-and-neck-oncologic-regional-and-free-flap-reconstruction
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Nicholas B Abt, Yanjun Xie, Sidharth V Puram, Jeremy D Richmon, Mark A Varvares
BACKGROUND: Head and neck extirpations requiring reconstruction are challenging surgeries with high postoperative complication risk. METHODS: Regional and free flap reconstructions of head and neck defects were collected from the 2006-2013 American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP) database. The modified frailty index was made of 15 variables, with increasing index scores indicative of frailer patients. Intensive care unit (ICU)-level complications were defined by Clavien-Dindo classification IV and analyzed with multivariable logistic regression...
April 27, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449225/transfusion-research-priorities-for-blood-services-in-sub-saharan-africa
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REVIEW
Imelda Bates, Oliver Hassall, Tonderai Mapako
Evidence to support many blood transfusion policies and practices in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is weak or lacking. SSA cannot extrapolate from wealthy countries' research findings because its environment, users and structures are very different and SSA has critical blood shortages. SSA needs to generate its own evidence but research funds are very scarce and need to be carefully targeted to match need. This study aimed to define this need by determining research priorities for blood services in SSA. Thirty-five stakeholders representing diverse blood services' interests and expertise participated in a workshop...
April 27, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449107/the-role-of-dyadic-confidence-on-engagement-in-heart-failure-care-behaviors
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Karen S Lyons, Jill M Gelow, Shirin O Hiatt, James O Mudd, Jonathan Auld, Christopher V Chien, Christopher S Lee
Background and Objectives: Increasingly, older adults and their families are expected to manage complex conditions with little support. In the case of heart failure (HF), symptom monitoring and management are critical in preventing acute exacerbations and poor clinical outcomes. The current study examined the role of dyadic confidence on engagement in HF care behaviors by patients and their spouses. Research Design and Methods: A cross-sectional design was used to examine 60 couples living with HF...
April 26, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448942/assessing-knowledge-of-symptoms-and-first-aid-care-of-epilepsy-in-grenada-west-indies
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Sean C Cofano, Disep Ojukwu, Natasha Mozumdar, Zainab Raza, Shipra Saigal, Shashank Musku, Safwan Zar, Michael Merolla, Tuula O Jalonen
Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that is increasingly prevalent in developing countries. It is critical to provide appropriate support to patients during seizures in order to prevent injuries. False beliefs regarding the etiology or pathogenesis of the epilepsy and inadequate health information may put patients with epilepsy or other seizure disorders at increased risk of injury. Our objective was to assess the level of epilepsy awareness amongst the general population in Grenada and educate the participants regarding proper first-aid measures...
April 24, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448775/exploring-electronic-medical-record-and-self-administered-medication-risk-screening-tools-in-a-primary-care-clinic
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Mark J Makowsky, Ken Cor, Tat Wong
BACKGROUND: Electronic medical record (EMR) screening for indicators of medication risk could improve efficiency in identifying primary care clinic patients in need of clinical pharmacist care compared with patient self-reporting. OBJECTIVES: To (a) compare the performance of an EMR medication risk assessment questionnaire (MRAQ) with a self-administered (SA) MRAQ and (b) explore each tool's ability to predict indicators of health behavior, health status, and health care utilization...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448697/national-trends-in-antidepressant-benzodiazepine-and-other-sedative-hypnotic-treatment-of-older-adults-in-psychiatric-and-primary-care
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Donovan T Maust, Frederic C Blow, Ilse R Wiechers, Helen C Kales, Steven C Marcus
OBJECTIVE: To describe how use of antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and other anxiolytic/sedative-hypnotics among older adults (age ≥ 65 years) has changed over time among visits to primary care providers and psychiatrists. METHODS: Data were from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (years 2003-2005 and 2010-2012), a nationally representative cross-section of outpatient physician visits. Analysis focused on visits to primary care providers (n = 14,282) and psychiatrists (n = 1,095) at which an antidepressant, benzodiazepine, or other anxiolytic/sedative-hypnotic was prescribed, which were stratified by demographic and clinical characteristic (including ICD-9-CM diagnosis) and compared across study intervals...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448689/trends-and-factors-associated-with-insomnia-and-sleep-apnea-in-all-united-states-military-service-members-from-2005-to-2014
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John A Caldwell, Joseph J Knapik, Harris R Lieberman
Sleep disorders are a critical issue for the military, as they impact operational readiness, personnel health, wellbeing and health-care costs. The incidence of insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are increasing in the United States civilian population, and rates in military personnel exceed those of civilians. Using a comprehensive database, rates of medical encounters for insomnia and OSA were investigated and their associations with various demographic factors examined in the total US military population [1,381,406 ± 25,123, mean ± standard deviation (SD) personnel per year] from 2005 to 2014...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Sleep Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448328/hospice-or-community-network-choices-in-end-of-life-care-in-jamaica
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Roger Lee Mendoza
AIM: National and international healthcare agencies and organizations typically attribute slow or haphazard growth in hospice and palliative care in developing countries to various resource constraints. This study provides evidence of the substantial and widening gap between policy advocacy and individual decision-making concerning end-of-life care. It does so by establishing the incentives and risks that underlie choices of patients and providers against the relative scarcity of hospices in these countries...
April 26, 2017: International Journal of Evidence-based Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448303/predictability-of-interruptions-during-medication-administration-with-related-behavioral-management-strategies
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Maree Johnson, Gabrielle Weidemann, Rebecca Adams, Elizabeth Manias, Tracy Levett-Jones, Vicki Aguilar, Bronwyn Everett
The aim of this qualitative study was to examine the nature of interruptions during medication administration. Focus groups were conducted with medical/surgical nurses (n = 15), critical care nurses (n = 13), and nurse managers/educators/specialists (n = 6). Most interruptions (78%) were predictable. Nurse-adopted strategies included blocking, engaging, mediating, multitasking, and preventing. Educational content was developed that relates behavioral strategies to respond to predictable and unpredictable interruptions...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Nursing Care Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447664/efficient-design-of-clinical-trials-and-epidemiological-research-is-it-possible
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REVIEW
Michael S Lauer, David Gordon, Gina Wei, Gail Pearson
Randomized clinical trials and large-scale, cohort studies continue to have a critical role in generating evidence in cardiovascular medicine; however, the increasing concern is that ballooning costs threaten the clinical trial enterprise. In this Perspectives article, we discuss the changing landscape of clinical research, and clinical trials in particular, focusing on reasons for the increasing costs and inefficiencies. These reasons include excessively complex design, overly restrictive inclusion and exclusion criteria, burdensome regulations, excessive source-data verification, and concerns about the effect of clinical research conduct on workflow...
April 27, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447412/optimal-utilization-of-thrombophilia-testing
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REVIEW
R K Pruthi
The global incidence of venous thromboembolism is high so laboratory testing for hereditary thrombophilia and selected acquired thrombophilia is common. Given the costs associated with testing and multiple pre-analytic and analytic variables affecting the assays, careful patient selection and timing of testing and diligent application to patient management are critical to providing high-value clinical care. Collaboration between the ordering providers and performing laboratories has the potential to achieve these goals...
May 2017: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447302/comment-on-the-new-indian-injection-technique-recommendations-critical-appraisal-of-the-real-world-implementation-of-the-current-guidelines
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Felice Strollo, Sandro Gentile
With an eye on the sequence of two Indian papers concurrently published in Diabetes Therapy, this paper analyzes skin differences among races and points to a lack of organized structured education sessions as the main cause of the high prevalence of lipodystrophy (LD) and consequent poor metabolic control. Only half of all insulin-treated patients reach their therapeutic targets worldwide. The factors involved in this are manifold, including the choice of overlong and repeatedly reused needles, as well as a failure to systematically rotate injection sites, all of which lead to skin LD...
April 26, 2017: Diabetes Therapy: Research, Treatment and Education of Diabetes and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447145/-recommendations-for-education-in-ultrasound-in-medical-intensive-care-and-emergency-medicine-position-paper-of-dgiin-degum-and-dgk
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G Michels, H Zinke, M Möckel, D Hempel, C Busche, U Janssens, S Kluge, R Riessen, M Buerke, M Kelm, R S von Bardeleben, F Knebel, H-J Busch
Point-of-care ultrasound in acute care medicine is a prerequisite for diagnosis and therapy monitoring of critically ill patients. There is currently no uniform education strategy for medical intensive care and emergency medicine. As part of the basic level, the trainee takes theoretical and clinical training covering abdominal and thoracic ultrasonography and focused cardiovascular ultrasound. In a second step, special knowledge and skills can be acquired at an expert level. This two-stage concept is intended to guarantee quality assurance in ultrasound education in medical intensive care and emergency medicine...
April 26, 2017: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447144/-standardized-collection-of-presenting-complaints-in-the-emergency-room-integration-of-coded-presenting-complaints-into-the-electronic-medical-record-system-of-an-emergency-department-and-their-value-for-health-care-research
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F Greiner, D Brammen, M Kulla, F Walcher, B Erdmann
BACKGROUND: The point of entry of a patient in emergency care is a symptom or a complaint. To evaluate subsequent processes in an emergency department until a diagnosis is made, this information has to be taken into account. OBJECTIVES: We report the introduction of coded presenting complaints into the electronic medical record system of an emergency department and describe the patients based on these data. METHODS: The CEDIS presenting complaint list was integrated into the emergency department information system of an emergency department (38,000 patients/year)...
April 26, 2017: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446826/a-systematic-and-mechanistic-review-on-the-phytopharmacological-properties-of-alhagi-species
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REVIEW
Mohammad Hossein Asghari, Marjan Fallah, Milad Moloudizargari, Fatemeh Mehdikhani, Peyman Sepehrnia, Bigard Moradi
Alhagi species are well known in Iran (locally known as Khar Shotor) and other parts of Asia as a popular folk medicine. Recent research has shown extensive pharmacological effects of these species. This paper is a comprehensive review of the phytopharmacological effects and traditional uses of Alhagi species and their active constituents with special attention to the responsible mechanisms, effective dosages and routes of administration. The Alhagi species studied in this paper include: A. maurorum, A. camelorum, A...
October 2016: Ancient Science of Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446775/delivering-prolonged-intensive-care-to-a-non-human-primate-a-high-fidelity-animal-model-of-critical-illness
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P Guillaume Poliquin, Mia Biondi, Charlene Ranadheera, Mable Hagan, Alexander Bello, Trina Racine, Mark Allan, Duane Funk, Gregory Hansen, B J Hancock, Murray Kesselman, Todd Mortimer, Anand Kumar, Shane Jones, Anders Leung, Allen Grolla, Kaylie N Tran, Kevin Tierney, Xiangguo Qiu, Darwyn Kobasa, James E Strong
Critical care needs have been rising in recent decades as populations age and comorbidities increase. Sepsis-related admissions to critical care contribute up to 50% of volume and septic shock carries a 35-54% fatality rate. Improvements in sepsis-related care and mortality would have a significant impact of a resource-intensive area of health care delivery. Unfortunately, research has been hampered by the lack of an animal model that replicates the complex care provided to humans in an intensive care unit (ICU)...
April 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446565/murinization-and-h-chain-isotype-matching-of-the-anti-gitr-antibody-dta-1-reduces-immunogenicity-mediated-anaphylaxis-in-c57bl-6-mice
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Nicole A Belmar, Sarah W Chan, Melvin I Fox, Josue A Samayoa, Marcia M Stickler, Ninian N Tran, Yoshiko Akamatsu, Diane Hollenbaugh, Fiona A Harding, Hamsell M Alvarez
Recent advances in immuno-oncology have shown that the immune system can be activated to induce long-term, durable antitumor responses. For immuno-oncology drug development, immune activation is often explored using rat Abs in immunocompetent mouse models. Although these models can be used to show efficacy, antidrug immune responses to experimental protein-based therapeutics can arise. Immunogenicity of surrogate Abs may therefore represent an important obstacle to the evaluation of the antitumor efficacy of immunomodulator Abs in syngeneic models...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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