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Jamie R Santistevan, Brian R Sharp, Azita G Hamedani, Scott Fruhan, Andrew W Lee, Brian W Patterson
Introduction: Opioid prescribing patterns have come under increasing scrutiny with the recent rise in opioid prescriptions, opioid misuse and abuse, and opioid-related adverse events. To date, there have been limited studies on the effect of default tablet quantities as part of emergency department (ED) electronic order entry. Our goal was to evaluate opioid prescribing patterns before and after the removal of a default quantity of 20 tablets from ED electronic order entry. Methods: We performed a retrospective observational study at a single academic, urban ED with 58,000 annual visits...
March 2018: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Joshua W Elder, Garrett DePalma, Jesse M Pines
The opioid epidemic is the most significant modern-day, public health crisis. Physicians and lawmakers have developed methods and practices to curb opioid use. This article describes one method, prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP), through the lens of how to optimize use for emergency departments (ED). EDs have rapidly become a central location to combat opioid abuse and drug diversion. PDMPs can provide emergency physicians with comprehensive prescribing information to improve clinical decisions around opioids...
March 2018: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Joseph Guarisco, Adam Salup
Background: Pain management is one of the most common reasons patients visit the emergency department. Understanding the contributions of emergency medicine-and specifically Ochsner Health System's emergency providers-to the opioid crisis is important. Benchmark prescribing data indicated that Ochsner Health System emergency medicine providers' opioid prescription rates were significantly higher than the national average in emergency medicine. Methods: Data relevant to visit and opioid prescription counts were extracted from the organization's electronic health record system...
2018: Ochsner Journal
Eboni G Price-Haywood, Wanda Robinson, Jewel Harden-Barrios, Jeffrey Burton, Todd Burstain
Background: Opioid prescription drug abuse is a major public health concern. Healthcare provider prescribing patterns, especially among non-pain management specialists, are a major factor. Practice guidelines recommend what to do for safe opioid prescribing but do not provide guidance on how to implement best practices. Methods: We describe the implementation of electronic medical record clinical decision support (EMR CDS) for opioid management of chronic noncancer pain in an integrated delivery system...
2018: Ochsner Journal
Blair Peters, Jennifer L Giuffre
PURPOSE: Treatment patterns of carpal tunnel surgery by members of the American Society of Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) have recently been published. The majority of cases in this study were performed in the general operating room with intravenous (IV) sedation or a Bier block. Patients were most commonly prescribed hydrocodone for postoperative pain. The majority of carpal tunnel releases at our center are performed under local anesthesia alone, with plain acetaminophen (Tylenol) or codeine prescribed for postoperative pain...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Hand Surgery
Yan Yan, Li Liu, Jing Zeng, Liang Zhang
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to improve the management quality of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in rural areas. METHODS: Two hundred forty discharged COPD patients were divided into an intervention group and a control group. In the intervention group, 120 patients established contact with doctors through the network consulting room, namely doctor's mobile platform, and were managed through video, voice, and text by the doctors, and kept in close contact with the doctors after discharge (education, consultation), and received electronic prescriptions, and drugs were sent to the door by online retailers...
March 20, 2018: Medical Principles and Practice: International Journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre
Carol H Wysham, Dominic Pilon, Mike Ingham, Marie-Hélène Lafeuille, Bruno Emond, Rhiannon Kamstra, Michael Pfeifer, Patrick Lefebvre
OBJECTIVE: To compare achievement of quality goals (HbA1c, weight loss/body mass index[BMI], systolic blood pressure[SBP]), including maintaining HbA1c, between patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) treated with canagliflozin 300mg (CANA) or a GLP-1 in an actual practice setting. METHODS: Adults with T2DM newly initiated on CANA or a GLP-1 were identified from the IQVIATM Real-World Data Electronic Medical Records - US database (2012Q2-2016Q1). To account for differences in baseline characteristics, inverse probability of treatment weighting was used...
March 20, 2018: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Megan Z Roberts, G Eric Gaskill, Julie Kanter-Washko, T Rogers Kyle, Brittany C Jones, Nicole M Bohm
Patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) experience initial and recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) more commonly and at a younger age than the general population, and it confers a higher mortality for patients with SCD. However, limited evidence is available to guide anticoagulant use for VTE treatment in this population. The primary objective of this study is to characterize the effectiveness and safety of direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC) and warfarin for VTE treatment among patients with SCD. This single-center retrospective study includes adult patients with SCD who were diagnosed with VTE...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Kalliopi Platoni, Stefanos Diamantopoulos, Maria Dilvoi, Panagiotis Delinikolas, Efrosyni Kypraiou, Efstathios Efstathopoulos, Vassilis Kouloulias
Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is a systemic neoplastic disease that can present cutaneous symptoms and is usually treated with a systematic approach due to its extent. Due to its radiosensitivity, radiotherapy is considered one of its main treatments, for palliation and local control of the skin and mucosal lesions. The aim of this paper was to report the first case of KS treated by hemi-body electron irradiation protocol in Greece. A fractionated 40 Gy hemi-body electron irradiation was prescribed to a 60-year-old male patient with KS at his legs...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Dean G Karalis, Usha G Mallya, Ameen F Ghannam, Joseph Elassal, Rishab Gupta, Susan H Boklage
Two proprotein convertase subtilisin-kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors are approved for patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease or heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia who require additional low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) lowering. This retrospective study sought to determine differences between eligible patients who were prescribed and those who were not prescribed a PCSK9 inhibitor. Patients from an electronic medical record database were included in the analysis, and their demographic, clinical, and treatment characteristics were evaluated...
February 12, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
James Baker, Andrew Dickman, Stephen Mason, John Ellershaw
BACKGROUND: A continuous subcutaneous infusion (CSCI) is an effective method of multiple drug administration commonly encountered in end of life care when the oral route is compromised. At present, current practice is to limit syringe driver infusion time to a maximum of 24 hours as dictated by available chemical stability data. However, the ability to deliver prescribed medication by a CSCI over 48 hours may have numerous benefits in both patient care and health service resource utilisation...
2018: PloS One
Linda Barstow, Erika Herman, Heidi Phillips, Patrick Maloney
OBJECTIVES: We quantify and describe emergency department antibiotic discharge prescription dosing errors for pediatric patients in a community hospital health system. METHODS: This was a retrospective chart review evaluating emergency department discharge prescriptions written between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015. Pediatric patients who received a prescription for an oral antibiotic were included in error analysis if they had a weight updated in the electronic medical record during the encounter...
March 12, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
George W Pratt, Andy Fan, Bissrat Melakeberhan, Catherine M Klapperich
Proper management of an HIV infection requires that a patient be at least 80-95% adherent to a prescribed drug regimen to avoid poor health outcomes and the development of drug-resistant HIV strains. Clinicians generally monitor adherence habits indirectly through patient self-reporting, pill counting, and electronic drug monitoring. While direct measurement of patient samples like urine for monitoring drug levels is possible, it requires specialized equipment and training that is not readily available in resource-limited settings where the need is greatest...
August 9, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
Henry Anyimadu, Chandra Pingili, Vel Sivapalan, Yael Hirsch-Moverman, Sharon Mannheimer
Current guidelines suggest that HIV-infected patients should receive chemoprophylaxis against Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP) if they have a cluster determinant 4 (CD4) count <200 cells/mm3 or oropharyngeal candidiasis. Persons with CD4 percentage (CD4%) below 14% should also be considered for prophylaxis. Discordance between CD4 count and CD4% occurs in 16% to 25% of HIV-infected patients. Provider compliance with current PJP prophylaxis guidelines when such discordance is present was assessed. Electronic medical records of 429 HIV-infected individuals who had CD4 count and CD4% measured at our clinic were reviewed...
January 2018: Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
Julie Hui-Chih Wu, Bradley J Langford, Kevin L Schwartz, Rosemary Zvonar, Sumit Raybardhan, Valerie Leung, Gary Garber
Background: Antimicrobial allergy labels, either self-reported or placed in a patient's medical record, are common, but in many cases they are not associated with a true immunoglobulin E-mediated allergic response. Objective: To assess the impact of antimicrobial allergy labels on antimicrobial prescribing, resource utilization, and clinical outcomes. Data Sources: The MEDLINE, Embase, CINAHL, and Scopus electronic databases were searched for the period 1990 to January 2016...
January 2018: Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
Janelle Guirguis-Blake, Gina A Keppel, John Holmes, Rex W Force, William Kriegsman, Laura-Mae Baldwin
Background: Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are at high risk for adverse drug events related to medication dosing errors and prescriptions for relatively contraindicated medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Objectives: To examine the scope of and variation in prescribing relatively contraindicated medications and medications above the recommended dose levels among patients with stage III/IV CKD in primary care practice...
February 26, 2018: Family Practice
Justin M Cloutier, Clarence Khoo, Brett Hiebert, Anthony Wassef, Colette M Seifer
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to evaluate the effectiveness of a physician notification system for atrial fibrillation (AF) detected on cardiac devices, and to assess predictors of anticoagulation in patients with device-detected AF. METHODS: In 2013, a physician notification system for AF detected on a patient's CIED [including pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) or cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices] was implemented, with a recommendation to consider oral anticoagulation in high-risk patients...
April 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
Puja Patel, Jules C Beal, Shlomo Shinnar
BACKGROUND: This study aims to improve the rate of folic acid supplementation to adolescent women with epilepsy on an antiepileptic drug (AED) regimen seen by the pediatric neurology providers at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, in compliance with the 2009 American Academy of Neurology and American Epilepsy Society practice parameter. METHODS: We designed a quality improvement study with implementation of a series of interventions and compared folic acid supplementation rates before and after intervention...
December 14, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
Natalie Woodhead, Rachel Pounds, Shirin Irani, Poonam Pradhan
Ulipristal acetate (UPA), is a selective progesterone-receptor modulator, it decreases fibroid size and reduces menstrual bleeding. We reviewed its use at the Heart of England Foundation Trust (HEFT), one of the largest prescribing trusts in the UK. The electronic records of patients treated with UPA from January 2013 to August 2015 were reviewed. One hundred and thirty four patients received UPA, 20 women (15%) received a second course. Eighty percent reported subjective global improvements in symptoms after the first course; 45...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Farshid Hajati, Evan Atlantis, Katy J L Bell, Federico Girosi
OBJECTIVES: We examine the extent to which the adult Australian population on lipid-lowering medications receives the level of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) testing recommended by national guidelines. DATA: We analysed records from 7 years (2008-2014) of the 10% publicly available sample of deidentified, individual level, linked Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) electronic databases of Australia. METHODS: The PBS data were used to identify individuals on stable prescriptions of lipid-lowering treatment...
March 8, 2018: BMJ Open
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