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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333697/medication-reconciliation-during-hospitalization-and-in-hospital-home-interface-an-observational-retrospective-study
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Elisabetta Volpi, Alessandro Giannelli, Giulio Toccafondi, Monica Baroni, Sara Tonazzini, Stefania Alduini, Stefania Biagini, Rosa Gini, Tommaso Bellandi, Michele Emdin
OBJECTIVE: Medication errors are one of the leading causes of patient harms. Medication reconciliation is a fundamental process that to be effective, it should be embraced during each single care transition. Our objectives were to investigate current medication reconciliation practices in the 2 Fondazione Toscana Gabriele Monasterio hospitals and comprehensively assess the quality of medication reconciliation practices between inpatient and outpatient care by analyzing the medication patterns 6 months before admission, during hospitalization, and 9 months after discharge for a selected group of patients with cardiovascular diseases...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329233/corrigendum-to-the-italian-study-on-the-mitroflow-postoperative-results-isthmus-a-20-year-multicentre-evaluation-of-mitroflow-pericardial-bioprosthesis-eur-j-cardiothorac-surg-2011-39-18-26-%C3%A2
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February 20, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326843/characteristics-of-the-new-atricure-cryoform%C3%A2-cryoablation-probe-for-the-surgical-treatment-of-cardiac-arrhythmias
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Thomas Schroeter, Martin Misfeld
Atrial fibrillation has a significant impact on patient mortality and morbidity. In particular, stroke is a frequent complication associated with atrial fibrillation. In recent years, various treatment options have been developed that are based on the elimination of atypical electrically active atrial areas. Areas covered:This manuscript presents a new cryoablation probe from AtriCure Inc. In addition to describing the characteristics of the probe, we also discuss atrial fibrillation and its surgical therapy options as well as the basics of cryosurgery...
March 22, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325654/the-year-in-cardiothoracic-critical-care-selected-highlights-from-2016
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REVIEW
Jacob T Gutsche, Kamrouz Ghadimi, John G T Augoustides, Adam Evans, Hanjo Ko, Menachem Weiner, Jesse Raiten, Meghan Lane-Fall, Emily Gordon, Pavan Atluri, Rita Milewski, Jiri Horak, Prakash Patel, Harish Ramakrishna
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 10, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325567/microvascular-surgery-in-the-congenital-cardiac-patient-a-case-series-exploring-feasibility-and-practical-applications
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John A LoGiudice, Karri Adamson, Nancy Ghanayem, Ronald K Woods, Michael E Mitchell
BACKGROUND: Pediatric congenital heart disease patients are at risk for vascular injuries during surgical procedures or when the arterial system is accessed for monitoring or diagnostic studies. Our treatment of emergent situations in this patient population using microvascular techniques shows the feasibility of such techniques. METHODS: A retrospective chart review of patients aged 0-18 years with congenital heart disease identified six patients who underwent microvascular surgery by the senior surgeon from June 2007 to May 2015...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301213/academic-radiologist-subspecialty-identification-using-a-novel-claims-based-classification-system
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Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Wenyi Wang, Danny R Hughes, Luke A Ginocchio, David A Rosman, Richard Duszak
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present study is to assess the feasibility of a novel claims-based classification system for payer identification of academic radiologist subspecialties. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using a categorization scheme based on the Neiman Imaging Types of Service (NITOS) system, we mapped the Medicare Part B services billed by all radiologists from 2012 to 2014, assigning them to the following subspecialty categories: abdominal imaging, breast imaging, cardiothoracic imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, nuclear medicine, interventional radiology, and neuroradiology...
March 16, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290181/acute-type-a-aortic-dissection-beyond-the-diameter
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Calogera Pisano, Carmela Rita Balistreri, Oreste Fabio Triolo, Vincenzo Argano, Giovanni Ruvolo
Aortic dissection is a life-threatening condition in which early diagnosis, treatment and close follow up are critical for survival. Between 60% and 70% of patients with acute aortic dissection are affected at the ascending aorta, classified as Stanford type A (TAD). Preventive surgery of the aorta in asymptomatic patients on the basis of aortic size alone remains controversial among patient populations without known risk factors for aortic dissection. In fact, many dissection patients do not appear to have markedly dilated aortas at the time of presentation...
November 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288027/cumulative-probability-and-time-to-reintubation-in-u-s-icus
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Andrea N Miltiades, Hayley B Gershengorn, May Hua, Andrew A Kramer, Guohua Li, Hannah Wunsch
OBJECTIVE: Reintubation after liberation from mechanical ventilation is viewed as an adverse event in ICUs. We sought to describe the frequency of reintubations across U.S. ICUs and to propose a standard, appropriate time cutoff for reporting of reintubation events. DESIGN AND SETTING: We conducted a cohort study using data from the Project IMPACT database of 185 diverse ICUs in the United States. PATIENTS: We included patients who received mechanical ventilation and excluded patients who received a tracheostomy, had a do-not-resuscitate order placed, or died prior to first extubation...
March 10, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279296/diagnosing-and-managing-carcinoid%C3%A2-heart%C3%A2-disease-in-patients%C3%A2-with%C3%A2-neuroendocrine-tumors-an-expert-statement
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Joseph Davar, Heidi M Connolly, Martyn E Caplin, Marianne Pavel, Jerome Zacks, Sanjeev Bhattacharyya, Daniel J Cuthbertson, Rebecca Dobson, Simona Grozinsky-Glasberg, Richard P Steeds, Giles Dreyfus, Patricia A Pellikka, Christos Toumpanakis
Carcinoid heart disease is a frequent occurrence in patients with carcinoid syndrome and is responsible for substantial morbidity and mortality. The pathophysiology of carcinoid heart disease is poorly understood; however, chronic exposure to excessive circulating serotonin is considered one of the most important contributing factors. Despite recognition, international consensus guidelines specifically addressing the diagnosis and management of carcinoid heart disease are lacking. Furthermore, there is considerable variation in multiple aspects of screening and management of the disease...
March 14, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272807/controversies-in-postoperative-atrial-fibrillation-after-noncardiothoracic-surgery-clinical-and-research-implications
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REVIEW
Srikanth Vallurupalli, Anusha Shanbhag, Jawahar L Mehta
Post operative atrial fibrillation after non-cardiothoracic surgery is an increasingly common problem. There is little high quality data to guide clinicians in risk prediction as well as short term and long term management. There appears to be a significant risk of recurrent atrial fibrillation and stroke but effective screening strategies have not been tested. In this commentary, we delineate various controversies in the management of post operative atrial fibrillation and briefly review the available evidence...
March 8, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270237/-shared-decision-making-when-the-doctor-becomes-the-patient
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J G Maessen
It was when a patient with a type A aortic dissection refused surgical treatment that our eyes were opened to the importance of shared decision-making (SDM). As these patients are usually transferred to the operating theatre without any opportunity for discussion about the indication for surgery, our department of cardiothoracic surgery rapidly became keen on applying the principles of SDM to all our patient contacts - as did other departments in our hospital. However, when I became a patient myself and was invited by my physicians to take part in the decision-making process about my treatment, I was surprised to find that I felt very reluctant to do so and preferred to be not involved at all...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270114/violation-of-prophylactic-vancomycin-administration-timing-is-a-potential-risk-factor-for-rate-of-surgical-site-infections-in-cardiac-surgery-patients-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Paolo Cotogni, Cristina Barbero, Roberto Passera, Lucina Fossati, Giorgio Olivero, Mauro Rinaldi
BACKGROUND: Intensivists and cardiothoracic surgeons are commonly worried about surgical site infections (SSIs) due to increasing length of stay (LOS), costs and mortality. The antimicrobial prophylaxis is one of the most important tools in the prevention of SSIs. The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between the timing of antimicrobial prophylaxis administration and the rate of SSIs. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was carried out over 1-year period in all consecutive adult patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery...
March 8, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254101/electroacupuncture-assisted-craniotomy-on-an-awake-patient
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Amritpal Sidhu, Trushna Murgahayah, Vairavan Narayanan, Hari Chandran, Vicknes Waran
Although acupuncture has existed for over 2000 years, its application as an anesthetic aid began in the 1950s in China. The first surgical procedure performed under acupuncture anesthesia was a tonsillectomy. Soon thereafter, major and minor surgical procedures took place with electroacupuncture alone providing the anesthesia. The procedures performed were diverse, ranging from cardiothoracic surgery to dental extractions. Usage of acupuncture anesthesia, specifically in neurosurgery, has been well documented in hospitals across China, especially in Beijing, dating back to the 1970s...
January 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252676/factors-affecting-interest-in-cardiothoracic-surgery-among-junior-surgical-residents-in-nigeria
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Emeka B Kesieme, Umar Abubakar, Olugbenga Olusoji, Ismail Mohammed Inuwa, John Kefas, Ndubuisi Anumenechi
OBJECTIVE: A survey was undertaken to determine the factors that affect interest in cardiothoracic surgery (CTS) among junior surgical residents in Nigeria. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was done using a pilottested, 56-item, semi-structured questionnaire, which was filled in by 238 junior surgical residents in accredited hospitals in Nigeria. RESULTS: Few of the respondents (8.4%) were committed to specialising in CTS. A minority of them, 28...
March 1, 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241134/risk-of-ischemic-stroke-and-transient-ischemic-attack-is-increased-up-to-90-days-after-non-carotid-and-non-cardiac-surgery
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Armin J Grau, Martin Eicke, Christoph Burmeister, Roland Hardt, Eberhard Schmitt, Sieghard Dienlin
BACKGROUND: The risk of stroke after cardiac and carotid surgery is well established. In contrast, stroke risk in association with non-cardiac and non-carotid surgery and its time course are insufficiently known. We investigated the prevalence of recent and planned surgery among patients with stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA), time dependency of stroke risk, stroke etiology, and interruption of antithrombotic medication in association with surgery. METHODS: Data on type and date of surgery and similar interventions within the last year or planned for the next 2 weeks were anonymously collected together with demographic data, vascular risk factors, stroke severity, handicap before stroke and stroke etiology within a state-wide, mandatory, hospital-based acute stroke care quality monitoring project (Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany) for 1 year (2010)...
February 28, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228057/intravenous-chlorothiazide-versus-enteral-metolazone-to-augment-loop-diuretic-therapy-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Christopher J Michaud, Kendall C Mintus
BACKGROUND: In cases of loop diuretic resistance in the intensive care unit (ICU), recommendations for a specific second-line thiazide agent are lacking. OBJECTIVE: To compare the effects of intravenous chlorothiazide (CTZ) and enteral metolazone (MET) on urine output (UOP) when added to furosemide monotherapy therapy in critically ill adults. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study conducted in the medical, surgical, and cardiothoracic ICUs of a quaternary medical center...
April 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223463/impact-of-a-respiratory-therapy-assess-and-treat-protocol-on-adult-cardiothoracic-icu-readmissions
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Robert T Dailey, Thomas Malinowski, Mitchel Baugher, Daniel D Rowley
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this retrospective medical record review was to report on recidivism to the ICU among adult postoperative cardiac and thoracic patients managed with a respiratory therapy assess-and-treat (RTAT) protocol. Our primary null hypothesis was that there would be no difference in all-cause unexpected readmissions and escalations between the RTAT group and the physician-ordered respiratory care group. Our secondary null hypothesis was that there would be no difference in primary respiratory-related readmissions, ICU length of stay, or hospital length of stay...
February 21, 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221262/recent-advances-in-computed-tomographic-technology-cardiopulmonary-imaging-applications
#18
Azadeh Tabari, Roberto Lo Gullo, Venkatesh Murugan, Alexi Otrakji, Subba Digumarthy, Mannudeep Kalra
Cardiothoracic diseases result in substantial morbidity and mortality. Chest computed tomography (CT) has been an imaging modality of choice for assessing a host of chest diseases, and technologic advances have enabled the emergence of coronary CT angiography as a robust noninvasive test for cardiac imaging. Technologic developments in CT have also enabled the application of dual-energy CT scanning for assessing pulmonary vascular and neoplastic processes. Concerns over increasing radiation dose from CT scanning are being addressed with introduction of more dose-efficient wide-area detector arrays and iterative reconstruction techniques...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217180/hypoxic-pulmonary-vasoconstriction-in-humans-tale-or-myth
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REVIEW
A Hussain, M S Suleiman, S J George, M Loubani, A Morice
Hypoxic Pulmonary vasoconstriction (HPV) describes the physiological adaptive process of lungs to preserves systemic oxygenation. It has clinical implications in the development of pulmonary hypertension which impacts on outcomes of patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery. This review examines both acute and chronic hypoxic vasoconstriction focusing on the distinct clinical implications and highlights the role of calcium and mitochondria in acute versus the role of reactive oxygen species and Rho GTPases in chronic HPV...
2017: Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203369/is-endovascular-treatment-with-multilayer-flow-modulator-stent-insertion-a-safe-alternative-to-open-surgery-for-high-risk-patients-with-thoracoabdominal-aortic-aneurysm
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Carolline Pinto, George Garas, Leanne Harling, Ara Darzi, Roberto Casula, Thanos Athanasiou
A best evidence topic in cardiothoracic and vascular surgery was written according to a structured protocol. The question addressed was whether endovascular treatment with multilayer flow modulator stents (MFMS) can be considered a safe alternative to open surgery for high-risk patients with thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm (TAAA). Altogether 27 papers were identified using the reported search, of which 11 represented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The authors, journal, date and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes, results, and study limitations are tabulated...
March 2017: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
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