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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724126/comparative-outcomes-after-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-among-black-and-white-patients-treated-at-us-veterans-affairs-hospitals
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Taisei Kobayashi, Thomas J Glorioso, Ehrin J Armstrong, Thomas M Maddox, Mary E Plomondon, Gary K Grunwald, Steven M Bradley, Thomas T Tsai, Stephen W Waldo, Sunil V Rao, Subhash Banerjee, Brahmajee K Nallamothu, Deepak L Bhatt, A Garvey Rene, Robert L Wilensky, Peter W Groeneveld, Jay Giri
Importance: Current comparative outcomes among black and white patients treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in the Veterans Affairs (VA) health system are not known. Objective: To compare outcomes between black and white patients undergoing PCI in the VA health system. Design, Setting, and Participants: This study compared black and white patients who underwent PCI between October 1, 2007, and September 30, 2013, at 63 VA hospitals using data recorded in the VA Clinical Assessment, Reporting, and Tracking System for Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories (CART-CL) program...
July 19, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723921/postnatal-dexamethasone-respiratory-and-neurodevelopmental-outcomes-at-two-years-in-babies-born-extremely-preterm
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Gordon Qin, Jessica W Lo, Neil Marlow, Sandy A Calvert, Anne Greenough, Janet L Peacock
IMPORTANCE: Postnatal dexamethasone is associated with reduction in bronchopulmonary dysplasia. There remains, however, concern that its short-term benefits are accompanied by long-term adverse effects e.g. poorer neurodevelopmental outcomes. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to determine the effects of administration of postnatal dexamethasone on respiratory and neurodevelopmental outcome at two years of age after adjusting for neonatal and infant risk factors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study included 412 infants born at 23-28 weeks of gestation, 29% had received postnatal dexamethasone...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721034/readmission-after-copd-exacerbation-scale-determining-30-day-readmission-risk-for-copd-patients
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Christine Sm Lau, Brianna L Siracuse, Ronald S Chamberlain
BACKGROUND: COPD affects over 13 million Americans, and accounts for over half a million hospitalizations annually. The Hospital Readmission Reduction Program, established by the Affordable Care Act requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reduce payments to hospitals with excess readmissions for COPD as of 2015. This study sought to develop a predictive readmission scale to identify COPD patients at higher readmission risk. METHODS: Demographic and clinical data on 339,389 patients from New York and California (derivation cohort) and 258,113 patients from Washington and Florida (validation cohort) were abstracted from the State Inpatient Database (2006-2011), and the Readmission After COPD Exacerbation (RACE) Scale was developed to predict 30-day readmission risk...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720164/the-detection-diagnosis-and-impact-of-cognitive-impairment-among-inpatients-aged-65-years-and-over-in-an-irish-general-hospital-a-prospective-observational-study
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Clodagh Power, Richard Duffy, Helena Bates, Mike Healy, Petrina Gleeson, Brian A Lawlor, Elaine Greene
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of dementia remains inadequate, even within clinical settings. Data on rates and degree of impairment among inpatients are vital for service planning and the provision of appropriate patient care as Ireland's population ages. METHODS: Every patient aged 65 years and over admitted over a two-week period was invited to participate. Those who met inclusion criteria were screened for delirium then underwent cognitive screening. Demographic, functional, and outcome data were obtained from medical records, participants, and family...
July 19, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719890/effect-of-neoadjuvant-nab-paclitaxel-plus-gemcitabine-therapy-on-overall-survival-in-patients-with-borderline-resectable-pancreatic-cancer-a-prospective-multicenter-phase-ii-trial-nac-ga-trial
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Ken-Ichi Okada, Toshio Shimokawa, Seiko Hirono, Manabu Kawai, Masayuki Sho, Sohei Satoi, Ippei Matsumoto, Hidetoshi Eguchi, Yoshiaki Murakami, Suguru Yamada, Mariko Doi, Hiroki Yamaue
We conducted a prospective multicenter phase II trial of patients with borderline resectable pancreatic carcinoma to investigate the efficacy of neoadjuvant nab-paclitaxel plus gemcitabine therapy on overall survival (OS). The clinical trial primarily evaluated OS time from the first day of protocol therapy as a primary endpoint. The secondary endpoints were recurrence-free survival from the first day of protocol therapy, safety of the protocol therapy (adverse effect), morbidity based on the Clavien Dindo classification of more than III, response rate, preoperative/postoperative tumor marker (CA 19-9, CEA), rate of normalization, reduction rate of the maximum standardized uptake value on positron emission tomography-computed tomography (limited to institutions where positron emission tomography-computed tomography was available), chemotherapeutic effect grade based on Evans' classification, resection rate, R0 resection rate, surgical data (operative time, blood loss, transfusion, postoperative hospital day), overall morbidity rates (reoperation, rate of readmission, mortality), patient rate in postoperative adjuvant therapy (entry rate, completion rate), dose intensity, quality of life regarding fatigue and malaise assessed by the questionnaire of FACIT-F (Japanese version), and peripheral sensory neuropathy assessed by the questionnaire of the FACT/GOG-NTX subscale (version 4; Japanese version)...
July 19, 2017: Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719692/association-of-changing-hospital-readmission-rates-with-mortality-rates-after-hospital-discharge
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Kumar Dharmarajan, Yongfei Wang, Zhenqiu Lin, Sharon-Lise T Normand, Joseph S Ross, Leora I Horwitz, Nihar R Desai, Lisa G Suter, Elizabeth E Drye, Susannah M Bernheim, Harlan M Krumholz
Importance: The Affordable Care Act has led to US national reductions in hospital 30-day readmission rates for heart failure (HF), acute myocardial infarction (AMI), and pneumonia. Whether readmission reductions have had the unintended consequence of increasing mortality after hospitalization is unknown. Objective: To examine the correlation of paired trends in hospital 30-day readmission rates and hospital 30-day mortality rates after discharge. Design, Setting, and Participants: Retrospective study of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries aged 65 years or older hospitalized with HF, AMI, or pneumonia from January 1, 2008, through December 31, 2014...
July 18, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719134/development-and-implementation-of-a-clinical-pathway-for-cardiac-surgery-in-the-intensive-care-unit-effects-on-protocol-adherence
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Marion van der Kolk, Mark van den Boogaard, Corine Ter Brugge-Speelman, Jeroen Hol, Luc Noyez, Kees van Laarhoven, Hans van der Hoeven, Peter Pickkers
RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: Cardiac surgery (CS) is facilitated by multiple perioperative guidelines and protocols. Use of a clinical pathway (CP) may facilitate the care of these patients. METHODS: This is a pre-post design study in the ICU of a tertiary referral centre. A CP for CS patients in the ICU was developed by ICU-nurses and enabled them to execute proactively predefined actions in accordance with and within the preset boundaries which were part of a variance report...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718316/predictors-of-complications-and-readmission-following-spinal-stereotactic-radiosurgery
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Daniel Lubelski, Joseph E Tanenbaum, Taylor E Purvis, Thomas T Bomberger, Courtney Rory Goodwin, Ilya Laufer, Daniel M Sciubba
AIM: to identify preoperative factors associated with morbidity/mortality, hospital length of stay (LOS), 30-day readmission and operation rates following spinal stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for spinal tumors. METHODS: The American College of Surgeons National Quality Improvement Program was queried from 2012 to 2014 to identify patients undergoing SRS for spinal tumors. Logistic regression was performed to identify predictors. RESULTS: 2714 patients were identified; 6...
July 18, 2017: CNS Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718169/predicting-elderly-patient-length-of-stay-in-hospital-and-community-care-using-a-series-of-conditional-coxian-phase-type-distributions-further-conditioned-on-a-survival-tree
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Andrew S Gordon, Adele H Marshall, Mariangela Zenga
Increasing demand on hospital resources by an ageing population is impacting significantly on the number of beds available and, in turn, the length of time that elderly patients must wait for a bed before being admitted to hospital. This research presents a new methodology that models patient pathways and allows the accurate prediction of patient length of stay in hospital, using a phase-type survival tree to cluster patients based on their covariates and length of stay in hospital. A type of Markov model, called the conditional Coxian phase-type distribution is then implemented, with the probability density function for the time spent at a particular stage of care, for example, the first community discharge, conditioned on the length of stay experienced at the previous stage, namely the initial hospital admission...
July 17, 2017: Health Care Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717900/elements-of-program-design-in-medicare-s-value-based-and-alternative-payment-models-a-narrative-review
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Karen E Joynt Maddox, Aditi P Sen, Lok Wong Samson, Rachael B Zuckerman, Nancy DeLew, Arnold M Epstein
Increasing emphasis on value in health care has spurred the development of value-based and alternative payment models. Inherent in these models are choices around program scope (broad vs. narrow); selecting absolute or relative performance targets; rewarding improvement, achievement, or both; and offering penalties, rewards, or both. We examined and classified current Medicare payment models-the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program (HVBP), Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program (HACRP), Medicare Advantage Quality Star Rating program, Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM) and its successor, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), and the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) on these elements of program design and reviewed the literature to place findings in context...
July 17, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717037/impact-of-a-carbapenem-antimicrobial-stewardship-program-on-patient-outcomes
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Valerie Xue Fen Seah, Rina Yue Ling Ong, Ashley Shi Yuan Lim, Chia Yin Chong, Natalie Woon Hui Tan, Koh Cheng Thoon
Antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) aim to improve appropriate antimicrobials use. However, concerns of the negative consequences from accepting ASP interventions exist, particularly when de-escalation or discontinuation of broad-spectrum antibiotics are recommended. Hence, we sought to evaluate the impact on clinical outcomes when ASP interventions for inappropriate carbapenem use were accepted or rejected by primary providers.We retrospectively reviewed all carbapenem prescriptions deemed inappropriate according to institutional guidelines with ASP interventions between July 2011 and December 2014...
July 17, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716521/update-on-quality-of-care-in-hispanics-and-other-racial-ethnic-groups-in-the-united-states-discharged-with-the-diagnosis-of-acute-myocardial-infarction-in-2013
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Tomás Romero, Kristina L Greenwood, Dale Glaser
BACKGROUND: Disparities in Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) care and outcomes have been frequently reported in racial-ethnic minorities in the U.S. Some studies have attributed disparities in Hispanics and other minorities to lower quality of services at hospitals where they seek care. Current information from hospitals with large Hispanic representations and updated quality resources is needed. METHODS: Retrospective observational study of 839 AMI patients discharged in 2013 from three Southern California Hospitals (A, B, C) with tertiary cardiac care level...
July 8, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716014/the-comprehensive-post-acute-stroke-services-compass-study-design-and-methods-for-a-cluster-randomized-pragmatic-trial
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Pamela W Duncan, Cheryl D Bushnell, Wayne D Rosamond, Sara B Jones Berkeley, Sabina B Gesell, Ralph B D'Agostino, Walter T Ambrosius, Blair Barton-Percival, Janet Prvu Bettger, Sylvia W Coleman, Doyle M Cummings, Janet K Freburger, Jacqueline Halladay, Anna M Johnson, Anna M Kucharska-Newton, Gladys Lundy-Lamm, Barbara J Lutz, Laurie H Mettam, Amy M Pastva, Mysha E Sissine, Betsy Vetter
BACKGROUND: Patients discharged home after stroke face significant challenges managing residual neurological deficits, secondary prevention, and pre-existing chronic conditions. Post-discharge care is often fragmented leading to increased healthcare costs, readmissions, and sub-optimal utilization of rehabilitation and community services. The COMprehensive Post-Acute Stroke Services (COMPASS) Study is an ongoing cluster-randomized pragmatic trial to assess the effectiveness of a comprehensive, evidence-based, post-acute care model on patient-centered outcomes...
July 17, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713480/impact-of-exercise-programs-on-hospital-readmission-following-hospitalization-for-heart-failure-a-systematic-review
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Parag Goyal, Diana Delgado, Scott L Hummel, Kumar Dharmarajan
Given persistently high 30-day readmission rates among patients hospitalized for heart failure, there is an ongoing need to identify new interventions to reduce readmissions. Although exercise programs can improve outcomes among ambulatory heart failure patients, it is not clear whether this benefit extends to reducing readmissions following heart failure hospitalization. We therefore conducted a systematic review of the literature to identify randomized controlled trials examining the impact of exercise programs on hospital readmissions among patients recently hospitalized for heart failure...
October 2016: Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712732/burn-center-care-reduces-acute-health-care-utilization-after-discharge-a-population-based-analysis-of-1-895-survivors-of%C3%A2-major-burn-injury
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Stephanie A Mason, Avery B Nathens, James P Byrne, Robert A Fowler, Paul J Karanicolas, Rahim Moineddin, Marc G Jeschke
BACKGROUND: Improvements in survival after burns have resulted in more patients being discharged home after severe injury. However, the postdischarge health care needs of burn survivors are not well understood. We aimed to determine the rate and causes of unplanned presentation to acute care facilities in the 5 years after major burn injury. METHODS: Data derived from several population-based administrative databases were used to conduct a retrospective cohort study...
July 13, 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712594/an-age-stratified-longitudinal-study-of-primary-spontaneous-pneumothorax
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Yuan Huei Huang, Pei Yeh Chang, Kin Sun Wong, Chee Jen Chang, Jin Yao Lai, Jeng Chang Chen
PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to determine the age-stratified incidence, frequency, and duration of recurrence of primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP). METHODS: This study analyzed the epidemiology of PSP among hospitalized patients using the National Health Research Institutes of Taiwan database. The incidence of PSP was determined from a cohort of 19,562 deidentified individuals with PSP between 2001 and 2013. The insurants consisted of 99% of the Taiwan population of about 23 million people...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712578/outcomes-readmissions-and-costs-in-transfemoral-and-alterative-access-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-in-the-us-medicare-population
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Fenton H McCarthy, Danielle D Spragan, Danielle Savino, Taylor Dibble, Ashley C Hoedt, Katherine M McDermott, Joseph E Bavaria, Howard C Herrmann, Saif Anwaruddin, Jay Giri, Wilson Y Szeto, Peter W Groeneveld, Nimesh D Desai
OBJECTIVE: To comprehensively evaluate and compare utilization, outcomes, and especially costs of transfemoral (TF), transapical (TA), and transaortic (TAO) transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). METHODS: All Medicare fee-for-service patients undergoing TF (n = 4065), TA (n = 691), or TAO (n = 274) TAVR between January 1, 2011, and November 30, 2012, were identified using Health Care Procedure Classification Codes present on Medicare claims. Hospital charges from Medicare claims were converted to costs using hospital-specific Medicare cost-to-charge ratios...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712144/frailty-is-an-independent-prognostic-marker-in-elderly-patients-with-myocardial-infarction
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Gonzalo Luis Alonso Salinas, Marcelo Sanmartin, Marina Pascual Izco, Luis Miguel Rincon, Pablo Pastor Pueyo, Alvaro Marco Del Castillo, Alberto Garcia Guerrero, Pedro Caravaca Perez, Alejandro Recio-Mayoral, Asuncion Camino, Manuel Jimenez-Mena, José Luis Zamorano
BACKGROUND: Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients are increasingly older. Conventional prognostic scales include chronological age but do not consider vulnerability. In elderly patients, a frail phenotype represents a better reflection of biological age. HYPOTHESIS: This study aims to determine the prevalence of frailty and its influence on patients age ≥75 years with ACS. METHODS: Patients age ≥75 years admitted due to type 1 myocardial infarction were included in 2 tertiary hospitals, and clinical data were collected prospectively...
July 16, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712118/farm-injury-hospitalisations-in-new-south-wales-2010-to-2014
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Tony Lower, Rebecca J Mitchell
OBJECTIVE: To examine gender differences in the characteristics, treatment costs and health outcomes of farm injuries resulting in hospitalisation of New South Wales (NSW) residents. METHOD: A population-based study of individuals injured on a farm and admitted to hospital using linked hospital admission and mortality records from 1 January 2010 to 30 June 2014 in NSW. Health outcomes, including injury severity, hospital length of stay (LOS), 28-day readmission and 30-day mortality were examined by gender...
July 16, 2017: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711516/the-influence-of-metabolic-syndrome-in-the-outcomes-of-colorectal-cancer-patients
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André Goulart, Ana Varejão, Fernanda Nogueira, Sandra Martins, António Mesquita-Rodrigues, Nuno Sousa, Pedro Leão
AIMS: Determine the influence of metabolic syndrome and its different components in the outcomes of colorectal cancer surgery at 30days. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Prospective study that included all patients submitted to elective colorectal cancer surgery between August 2015 and August 2016 at Hospital de Braga. Clinical and laboratory parameters evaluated pre-operatively were: central obesity, blood pressure, fasting glucose, triglycerides levels and HDL cholesterol levels...
July 8, 2017: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
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