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Keith Gray, Rebecca Wilde, Karl Shutes
AIM: This article offers nurse managers guidance on analysing, managing and addressing a potentially dissatisfied nursing workforce, focusing on three priority shortage specialties: emergency care, paediatrics and cardiology. The aim of the study was to explore to what extent registered nurses and healthcare assistants, referred to collectively here as 'nursing staff', are satisfied with teamworking opportunities, continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities and workplace autonomy...
March 22, 2018: Nursing Management (Harrow)
Elias Mossialos, Alistair McGuire, Michael Anderson, Emma Pitchforth, Astrid James, Richard Horton
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 17, 2018: Lancet
S S Goonewardene, D Gillatt, R Persad
Male Stress Urinary Incontinence is a complication post robotic radical prostatectomy. This is a major problem that needs to be solved, since it has great impact on quality of life affecting the patient's physical activity and social well-being. A systematic review relating to literature on impact of preoperative PFE on continence outcomes for patients undergoing prostatectomy was conducted. The search strategy aimed to identify all references related to pelvic floor exercises and post-prostatectomy. Search terms used were as follows: (Pelvic floor exercises) AND (incontinence) AND (prostatectomy)...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Robotic Surgery
Chris Moore, Jenna Bulger, Matt Morgan, Timothy Driscoll, Alison Porter, Saiful Islam, Mike Smyth, Gavin Perkins, Bernadette Sewell, Timothy Rainer, Prabath Nanayakkara, Chukwudi Okolie, Susan Allen, Greg Fegan, Jan Davies, Theresa Foster, Nick Francis, Fang Gao Smith, Gemma Ellis, Tracy Shanahan, Robin Howe, Helen Snooks
Background: Sepsis is a common condition which kills between 36,000 and 64,000 people every year in the UK. Early recognition and management of sepsis has been shown to reduce mortality and improve the health and well-being of people with sepsis. Paramedics frequently come into contact with patients with sepsis and are well placed to provide early diagnosis and treatment.We aim to determine the feasibility of undertaking a fully powered randomised controlled trial (RCT) to test the clinical and cost-effectiveness of paramedics obtaining blood cultures from and administering IV antibiotics to patients with sepsis, so we can make a decision about whether to proceed to a fully powered randomised controlled trial, which will answer questions regarding safety and effectiveness for patients and benefit to the National Health Service (NHS)...
2018: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
Stephen Armstrong
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 21, 2018: BMJ: British Medical Journal
Ann Yates
Ann Yates, Director of Continence Services, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, discusses the technology available to minimise urinary catheter-related complications,
March 22, 2018: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
Sam Foster
Sam Foster, Chief Nurse, Oxford University Hospitals, reflects on how nurses' mental health problems are viewed by colleagues and responded to by the NHS and nursing's regulatory body.
March 22, 2018: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
Angela Grocott, Wilfred McSherry
(1) Background: There is limited empirical knowledge concerning aspects of healthcare that contribute to a good patient experience from the patient's perspective and how patient feedback informs service development. (2) Aim: To examine the issues that influence the effectiveness of communication on patient satisfaction, experience and engagement, in an acute National Health Service (NHS) setting, through identification of the patient's requirements and expectations. (3) Method: Data was gathered from a large teaching hospital using a Friends and Family Test (FFT) and a communication specific survey...
March 20, 2018: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
Anne Marie Coleman, Zoë Chouliara, Kay Currie
The aim of this article is to explore the positive and negative impacts of working therapeutically in complex psychological trauma (CPT), particularly the field of gender-based violence (GBV) and childhood sexual abuse (CSA), from the clinicians' perspective. The focus was on the prospect of positive gains and growth for therapists. Twenty-one clinicians ( n = 21; counselors/psychotherapists and psychologists) from National Health Service (NHS) specialist trauma services, a community mental health team, and specialist sexual assault counseling organization participated...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Adam Vandergriff, Ke Huang, Deliang Shen, Shiqi Hu, Michael Taylor Hensley, Thomas G Caranasos, Li Qian, Ke Cheng
Rationale: Cardiac stem cell-derived exosomes have been demonstrated to promote cardiac regeneration following myocardial infarction in preclinical studies. Recent studies have used intramyocardial injection in order to concentrate exosomes in the infarct. Though effective in a research setting, this method is not clinically appealing due to its invasive nature. We propose the use of a targeting peptide, cardiac homing peptide (CHP), to target intravenously-infused exosomes to the infarcted heart. Methods: Exosomes were conjugated with CHP through a DOPE-NHS linker...
2018: Theranostics
Jack W O'Sullivan, Carl Heneghan, Rafael Perera, Jason Oke, Jeffrey K Aronson, Brian Shine, Ben Goldacre
Efforts to reduce healthcare costs have led to the development of metrics to identify unwarranted variation in care. Previous work assessing diagnostic tests is limited, despite their substantial contribution to expenditure. We explored C-reactive Protein (CRP) and Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) tests ordered across Oxfordshire NHS General Practices, and the proportion of tests that yielded an abnormal result, and identified practices that had a proportion of abnormal CRP and ESR results 3 standard deviations below the mean...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Esther T van der Werf, Lorna J Duncan, Paschen von Flotow, Erik W Baars
OBJECTIVE: To determine differences in antibiotic prescription rates between conventional General Practice (GP) surgeries and GP surgeries employing general practitioners (GPs) additionally trained in integrative medicine (IM) or complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) (referred to as IM GPs) working within National Health Service (NHS) England. DESIGN: Retrospective study on antibiotic prescription rates per STAR-PU (Specific Therapeutic group Age-sex weighting Related Prescribing Unit) using NHS Digital data over 2016...
March 5, 2018: BMJ Open
Clare Dyer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 19, 2018: BMJ: British Medical Journal
Tian Shen, Xingjian Cao, Junwei Shi, Yu Yu, Yihua Zhu, Delin Gu
BACKGROUND: Monocytes play a crucial role in immune response against Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. The purpose of this current study was to investigate the morphology present on monocytes in peripheral blood from patients with active pulmonary tuberculosis (APTB) and the laboratory performance of the changes for discriminating cases from normal healthy subjects (NHS). METHOD: A total of 71 peripheral blood samples from patients with APTB, and 65 samples from NHS were analyzed...
March 16, 2018: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
Bianca B Cognato, Sukwan Handali, Alessandra L Morassutti, Alexandre Januário da Silva, Carlos Graeff-Teixeira
Angiostrongylus cantonensis is a parasitic nematode and the main causative agent of human cerebral eosinophilic meningoencephalitis (EoM). A definitive diagnosis of EoM usually requires serologic or molecular analysis of the patient's clinical sample. Currently, a 31 kDa antigen is used in immunological tests for this purpose, however as a crude antigen preparation it may present cross-reactivity with other helminthic infections, especially echinococcosis. Heterologous expression studies using prokaryotic systems failed on producing antigenic proteins...
March 16, 2018: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
J Spellman, A Kanatas, T K Ong
A busy head and neck or oral and maxillofacial (OMFS) National Health Service (NHS) clinic treats patients with many different conditions. A large proportion will have cancer of the head and neck, and they will be at different stages of their treatment. Their clinical needs may be different from a larger group of patients who have been referred through the "two-week wait" referral pathway, and who are present in the same clinic for their biopsy results. We present our early experience of "fast-track" referrals and their potential effect on the overall volume of work...
March 16, 2018: British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Iakovos Theodoulou, Akshaya Mohan Reddy, Jeremy Wong
BACKGROUND: Workforce planning in the British healthcare system (NHS) is associated with significant costs of agency staff employment. The introduction of a novel software (ABG) as a 'people to people economy' (P2PE) platform for temporary staff recruitment offers a potential solution to this problem. Consequently, the focus of this study was twofold - primarily to explore the locum doctor landscape, and secondarily to evaluate the implementation of P2PE in the healthcare industry. METHODS: Documentary analysis was conducted alongside thirteen semi structured interviews across five informant groups: two industry experts, two healthcare consultants, an executive director, two speciality managers and six doctors...
March 20, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
Viktoriya L Nikolova, Keerati Pattanaseri, Diego Hidalgo-Mazzei, David Taylor, Allan H Young
BACKGROUND: Lithium is widely used for the treatment of bipolar disorder. Owing to its narrow therapeutic index and side-effect profile, regular monitoring of serum levels, renal and thyroid function has been recommended by all major guidelines on lithium use. OBJECTIVES: We investigated whether lithium monitoring during maintenance phase treatment in clinical practice meets the latest recommendation by the National Institute for Health and Clinical excellence (i...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Psychopharmacology
Craig G J Newman, Adam D Bevins, John P Zajicek, John R Hodges, Emil Vuillermoz, Jennifer M Dickenson, Denise S Kelly, Simona Brown, Rupert F Noad
Introduction: Ensuring reliable administration and reporting of cognitive screening tests are fundamental in establishing good clinical practice and research. This study captured the rate and type of errors in clinical practice, using the Addenbrooke's Cognitive Examination-III (ACE-III), and then the reduction in error rate using a computerized alternative, the ACEmobile app. Methods: In study 1, we evaluated ACE-III assessments completed in National Health Service (NHS) clinics ( n  = 87) for administrator error...
2018: Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring
Kordo Saeed, Christina Petridou, Hazel Gray, Matthew Dryden, Karen Davis-Blues, Sheryl Lucero, Natalie Parker, Taryn Keyser, Tanya Matthews, Nick Cortes, Stephen Kidd, Claire Thomas, Heather Peacock, Joanna Hornzee, Bruce Wake
Background: In Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in addition to an on-the-spot investigation into hospital-onset Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) by the infection prevention team, a multidisciplinary team root cause analysis (MDT-RCA) forum has been developed. The MDT-RCA aims to deliver a more thorough investigation into individual cases and the recommendation of cases to the clinical commissioning groups (CCG) appeals panel against potential financial penalties (£10,000 per breached case)...
March 2018: Journal of Infection Prevention
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