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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526094/patients-with-community-acquired-bacteremia-of-unknown-origin-clinical-characteristics-and-usefulness-of-microbiological-results-for-therapeutic-issues-a-single-center-cohort-study
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Johan Courjon, Elisa Demonchy, Nicolas Degand, Karine Risso, Raymond Ruimy, Pierre-Marie Roger
Bacteremia of unknown origin (BUO) are associated with increased mortality compared to those with identified sources. Microbiological data of those patients could help to characterize an appropriate empirical antibiotic treatment before bloodcultures results are available during sepsis of unknown origin. Based on the dashboard of our ward that prospectively records several parameters from each hospitalization, we report 101 community-acquired BUO selected among 1989 bacteremic patients from July 2005 to April 2016, BUO being defined by the absence of clinical and paraclinical infectious focus and no other microbiological samples retrieving the bacteria isolated from blood cultures...
May 19, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507781/isolated-posterior-cruciate-ligament-tears-an-update-of-management
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REVIEW
Alfonso Vaquero-Picado, E Carlos Rodríguez-Merchán
Isolated posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) tears are much less frequent than anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears.Abrupt posterior tibial translation (such as dashboard impact), falls in hyperflexion and direct hyperextension trauma are the most frequent mechanisms of production.The anterolateral bundle represents two-thirds of PCL mass and is reconstructed in single-bundle techniques.The PCL has an intrinsic capability for healing. This is the reason why, nowadays, the majority of isolated PCL tears are managed non-operatively, with rehabilitation and bracing...
April 2017: EFORT Open Rev
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506378/pharmacist-to-prescriber-intervention-to-close-therapeutic-gaps-for-statin-use-in-patients-with-diabetes-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Hannah M Renner, Amanda Hollar, Samuel F Stolpe, Macary Weck Marciniak
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of a community pharmacist-led intervention on the proportion of patients with diabetes placed on statin therapy. DESIGN: The Pharmacy Quality Alliance endorsed a performance measure, Statin Use in Persons with Diabetes, which evaluates the percentage of patients aged 40-75 years who were dispensed a medication for diabetes and also received a statin medication. SETTING: This new measure has been implemented within the Electronic Quality Improvement Platform for Plans and Pharmacies (EQuIPP) dashboard...
May 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496271/an-analysis-of-quality-improvement-education-at-us-colleges-of-pharmacy
#4
Janet Cooley, Samuel F Stolpe, Amber Montoya, Angela Walsh, Ana L Hincapie, Vibhuti Arya, Melissa L Nelson, Terri Warholak
Objective. Analyze quality improvement (QI) education across US pharmacy programs. Methods. This was a two stage cross-sectional study that inspected each accredited school website for published QI curriculum or related content, and e-mailed a questionnaire to each school asking about QI curriculum or content. T-test and chi square were used for analysis with an alpha a priori set at .05. Results. Sixty responses (47% response rate) revealed the least-covered QI topics: quality dashboards /sentinel systems (30%); six-sigma or other QI methodologies (45%); safety and quality measures (57%); Medicare Star measures and payment incentives (58%); and how to implement changes to improve quality (60%)...
April 2017: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484827/-hot-rods-in-the-icu-what-is-the-antibiotic-mileage-of-your-renal-replacement-therapy
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REVIEW
J T Kielstein, A K Kruse, N Anderson, H Vaitiekunas, S Scherneck
We would neither be disappointed nor upset if the gas mileage on the sticker of a car didn't match our personal, real-life fuel consumption. Depending on our daily route to work, our style of accelerating and the number of passengers in our carpool, the gas mileage will vary. As soon as the falcon wing door of our car is closed and entrance to the ICU is granted, we tend to forget all of this, even though another hot rod is waiting there for us. Renal replacement therapy is like a car; it fulfills goals, such as the removal of uremic toxins and accumulated fluids, but it also "consumes" (removes) antibiotics...
May 8, 2017: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483742/automated-text-messaging-as-an-adjunct-to-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-for-depression-a-clinical-trial
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Adrian Aguilera, Emma Bruehlman-Senecal, Orianna Demasi, Patricia Avila
BACKGROUND: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for depression is efficacious, but effectiveness is limited when implemented in low-income settings due to engagement difficulties including nonadherence with skill-building homework and early discontinuation of treatment. Automated messaging can be used in clinical settings to increase dosage of depression treatment and encourage sustained engagement with psychotherapy. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to test whether a text messaging adjunct (mood monitoring text messages, treatment-related text messages, and a clinician dashboard to display patient data) increases engagement and improves clinical outcomes in a group CBT treatment for depression...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482770/can-hospital-dashboards-provide-visibility-of-information-from-bedside-to-board-a-case-study-approach
#7
Adriana Pace, Sandra C Buttigieg
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to analyse hospital dashboards' visibility of information at different management levels to improve quality and performance in an acute general hospital. Design/methodology/approach Data were generated via 21 semi-structured interviews across different management levels. Findings All management levels had greater visibility of information, could make informed decisions, and registered performance improvement. Specifically, waiting time improved, however since introduction of hospital dashboards was work-in-progress at time of study, managers could not record improvement in terms of cost reductions, clinical effectiveness, patient safety and patient satisfaction...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Health Organization and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460091/the-impact-of-home-care-nurses-numeracy-and-graph-literacy-on-comprehension-of-visual-display-information-implications-for-dashboard-design
#8
Dawn Dowding, Jacqueline A Merrill, Nicole Onorato, Yolanda Barrón, Robert J Rosati, David Russell
Objective: To explore home care nurses' numeracy and graph literacy and their relationship to comprehension of visualized data. Materials and Methods: A multifactorial experimental design using online survey software. Nurses were recruited from 2 Medicare-certified home health agencies. Numeracy and graph literacy were measured using validated scales. Nurses were randomized to 1 of 4 experimental conditions. Each condition displayed data for 1 of 4 quality indicators, in 1 of 4 different visualized formats (bar graph, line graph, spider graph, table)...
April 27, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448586/teaching-systems-thinking-to-4th-and-5th-graders-using-environmental-dashboard-display-technology
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Shane Clark, John E Petersen, Cindy M Frantz, Deborah Roose, Joel Ginn, Daniel Rosenberg Daneri
Tackling complex environmental challenges requires the capacity to understand how relationships and interactions between parts result in dynamic behavior of whole systems. There has been convincing research that these "systems thinking" skills can be learned. However, there is little research on methods for teaching these skills to children or assessing their impact. The Environmental Dashboard is a technology that uses "sociotechnical" feedback-information feedback designed to affect thought and behavior. Environmental Dashboard (ED) combines real-time information on community resource use with images and words that reflect pro-environmental actions of community members...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439134/pharmacy-dashboard-an-innovative-process-for-pharmacy-workload-and-productivity
#10
Ashley Kinney, Quyen Bui, Jane Hodding, Jennifer Le
Background: Innovative approaches, including LEAN systems and dashboards, to enhance pharmacy production continue to evolve in a cost and safety conscious health care environment. Furthermore, implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of these novel methods continues to be challenging for pharmacies. Objective: To describe a comprehensive, real-time pharmacy dashboard that incorporated LEAN methodologies and evaluate its utilization in an inpatient Central Intravenous Additives Services (CIVAS) pharmacy...
March 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431693/the-society-of-thoracic-surgeons-general-thoracic-surgery-database-2017-update-on-outcomes-and-quality
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Christopher W Seder, Daniel P Raymond, Cameron D Wright, Henning A Gaissert, Andrew C Chang, Sydney Clinton, Susan Becker, Felix G Fernandez, Benjamin D Kozower
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons General Thoracic Surgery Database (STS GTSD) is a voluntary effort that provides participants with risk-adjusted semiannual performance reports that allow comparison of institutional outcomes against national benchmarks. With nearly 1,000 surgeons contributing data from more than 300 centers across North America, the STS GTSD now includes almost a half million cases. In 2016, updated risk models for lung resection and esophagectomy for cancer were reported, and composite quality measures for lobectomy and esophagectomy were developed...
May 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428018/visual-analytics-dashboard-to-explore-the-relationship-of-unscheduled-treatment-interruptions-and-variations-in-airway-management-for-children-undergoing-external-beam-radiation-therapy
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Pandora Chua, Christine Hill-Kayser, Luis M Ahumada, Ali Jalal, Allan F Simpao, Arul M Lingappan, Abbas Jawad, Mohamed A Rehman, Jorge A Gálvez
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 20, 2017: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423860/development-of-a-web-based-quality-dashboard-including-a-toolbox-to-improve-pain-management-in-dutch-intensive-care
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Marie-José Roos-Blom, Wouter T Gude, Evert de Jonge, Jan Jaap Spijkstra, Sabine N van der Veer, Dave A Dongelmans, Nicolette F de Keizer
Audit and feedback (A&F) is a common strategy to improve quality of care. Meta-analyses have indicated that A&F may be more effective in realizing desired change when baseline performance is low, it is delivered by a supervisor or colleague, it is provided frequently and in a timely manner, it is delivered in both verbal and written formats, and it includes specific targets and an action plan. However, there is little information to guide operationalization of these factors. Researchers have consequently called for A&F interventions featuring well-described and carefully justified components, with their theoretical rationale made explicit...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378942/effects-of-a-hospital-wide-intervention-on-emergency-department-crowding-and-quality-a-prospective-study
#14
Drew B Richardson, Kate Brockman, Angela Abigail, Gregory J Hollis
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the impact of a management-supported, multimodal, hospital-wide intervention on ED crowding and quality measures. METHODS: This is a prospective descriptive study of the first 20 weeks of the intervention, with 3 years of historical controls. The study was conducted in a 600 bed adult/paediatric tertiary hospital with 80 000 ED presentations annually. ED information system data were collected on all presentations in matched 20 week periods...
April 5, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374195/pathbot-a-radiology-pathology-correlation-dashboard
#15
Linda C Kelahan, Amit D Kalaria, Ross W Filice
Pathology is considered the "gold standard" of diagnostic medicine. The importance of radiology-pathology correlation is seen in interdepartmental patient conferences such as "tumor boards" and by the tradition of radiology resident immersion in a radiologic-pathology course at the American Institute of Radiologic Pathology. In practice, consistent pathology follow-up can be difficult due to time constraints and cumbersome electronic medical records. We present a radiology-pathology correlation dashboard that presents radiologists with pathology reports matched to their dictations, for both diagnostic imaging and image-guided procedures...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369528/secondary-use-of-data-from-hospital-electronic-prescribing-and-pharmacy-systems-to-support-the-quality-and-safety-of-antimicrobial-use-a-systematic-review
#16
Christianne Micallef, Navila T Chaudhry, Alison H Holmes, Susan Hopkins, Jonathan Benn, Bryony Dean Franklin
Background: Electronic prescribing (EP) and electronic hospital pharmacy (EHP) systems are increasingly common. A potential benefit is the extensive data in these systems that could be used to support antimicrobial stewardship, but there is little information on how such data are currently used to support the quality and safety of antimicrobial use. Objectives: To summarize the literature on secondary use of data (SuD) from EP and EHP systems to support quality and safety of antimicrobial use, to describe any barriers to secondary use and to make recommendations for future work in this field...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365419/mindcontrol-a-web-application-for-brain-segmentation-quality-control
#17
REVIEW
Anisha Keshavan, Esha Datta, Ian McDonough, Christopher R Madan, Kesshi Jordan, Roland G Henry
Tissue classification plays a crucial role in the investigation of normal neural development, brain-behavior relationships, and the disease mechanisms of many psychiatric and neurological illnesses. Ensuring the accuracy of tissue classification is important for quality research and, in particular, the translation of imaging biomarkers to clinical practice. Assessment with the human eye is vital to correct various errors inherent to all currently available segmentation algorithms. Manual quality assurance becomes methodologically difficult at a large scale - a problem of increasing importance as the number of data sets is on the rise...
March 29, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358972/nurse-patient-and-care-partner-perceptions-of-a-personalized-safety-plan-screensaver
#18
Megan Duckworth, Emily Leung, Theresa Fuller, Jenzel Espares, Brittany Couture, Frank Chang, Alexandra C Businger, Sarah Collins, Anuj Dalal, Anne Fladger, Jeffrey L Schnipper, Kumiko O Schnock, David W Bates, Patricia C Dykes
A patient safety plan dashboard was developed that captures disparate data from the electronic health record that is then displayed as a personalized bedside screensaver. The dashboard aligns all care team members, including patients and families, in the safety plan. The screensaver content includes icons that pertain to common geriatric syndromes. In two phases, interviews were conducted with nurses, nursing assistants, patients, and informal caregivers in a large, tertiary care center. End user perceptions of the content and interface of the personalized safety plan screensavers were identified and strategies to overcome the barriers to use for future iterations were defined...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349220/social-media-monitoring-of-discrimination-and-hiv-testing-in-brazil-2014-2015
#19
René Clausen Nielsen, Miguel Luengo-Oroz, Maeve B Mello, Josi Paz, Colin Pantin, Taavi Erkkola
Big data can be used to assess perceptions about public health issues. This study assessed social media data from Twitter to inform communication campaigns to promote HIV testing and reduce discrimination related to HIV/AIDS or towards key populations to the HIV epidemic, and its potential utility to evaluate such campaigns through HIV testing uptake. Tweets from Brazil were collected from January 2014 to March 2015 and filtered by four categories of keywords including discrimination, HIV prevention, HIV testing, and HIV campaigns...
March 27, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347453/creation-of-a-simple-natural-language-processing-tool-to-support-an-imaging-utilization-quality-dashboard
#20
Jordan Swartz, Christian Koziatek, Jason Theobald, Silas Smith, Eduardo Iturrate
BACKGROUND: Testing for venous thromboembolism (VTE) is associated with cost and risk to patients (e.g. radiation). To assess the appropriateness of imaging utilization at the provider level, it is important to know that provider's diagnostic yield (percentage of tests positive for the diagnostic entity of interest). However, determining diagnostic yield typically requires either time-consuming, manual review of radiology reports or the use of complex and/or proprietary natural language processing software...
May 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
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