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Annette Haywood, Sarah Barnes, Hazel Marsh, Stuart G Parker
BACKGROUND: Older people with an acute illness, many of whom are also frail, form a significant proportion of the acute hospital inpatient population. Attention is focusing on ways of improving the physical environment to optimize health outcomes and staff efficiency. PURPOSE: This article explores the effects of the physical environment in three acute care settings: acute hospital site, in-patient rehabilitation hospital, and intermediate care provision (a nursing home with some beds dedicated to intermediate care) chosen to represent different steps on the acute care pathway for older people and gain the perspectives of patients, family carers, and staff...
January 1, 2018: HERD
Emily Wonder, Lorena Simón-Gracia, Pablo Scodeller, Ramsey N Majzoub, Venkata Ramana Kotamraju, Kai K Ewert, Tambet Teesalu, Cyrus R Safinya
Cationic liposome-nucleic acid (CL-NA) complexes, which form spontaneously, are a highly modular gene delivery system. These complexes can be sterically stabilized via PEGylation [PEG: poly (ethylene glycol)] into nanoparticles (NPs) and targeted to specific tissues and cell types via the conjugation of an affinity ligand. However, there are currently no guidelines on how to effectively navigate the large space of compositional parameters that modulate the specific and nonspecific binding interactions of peptide-targeted NPs with cells...
March 2, 2018: Biomaterials
Mariana Faria Gonçalves, Érica Mairene Bocate Teixeira, Márcia Aparecida Dos Santos Silva, Nathalia Maciel Corsi, Rosângela Aparecida Pimenta Ferrari, Sandra Marisa Pelloso, Alexandrina Aparecida Maciel Cardelli
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the relationship between prenatal care and delivery guidelines In Primary Health Care. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study, with 358 puerperal women of a public maternity from the south of Brazil. The data collection was performed from July to October of 2013, with prenatal card data transcription and a structured interview. The data has been analyzed through the use of the Chi-square test (p≤0.05). RESULTS: The prenatal care had a high coverage (85,5%) and early start by 71,8% of the women, however, 52% of them did not receive orientation for the childbirth...
March 12, 2018: Revista Gaúcha de Enfermagem
Joan Torres Puig-Gros, Rosa Mar Alzuria Alós
OBJECTIVE: Sometimes and when a registry is not available, influenza vaccination (IV) is based on vaccination records reported by citizens. When the opportunity of comparing both information sources exists, sometimes, discrepancies between both have been observed. The objectives of this study are: to know the IV coverage in pregnant women (both referred and recorded in the clinical history), to determine the concordance between both sources of information and to quantify the lost opportunities of IV due to errors in verbalization...
March 16, 2018: Revista Española de Salud Pública
Amirhossein Meisami, Jivan Deglise-Hawkinson, Mark E Cowen, Mark P Van Oyen
The decision of whether to admit a patient to a critical care unit is a crucial operational problem that has significant influence on both hospital performance and patient outcomes. Hospitals currently lack a methodology to selectively admit patients to these units in a way that patient health risk metrics can be incorporated while considering the congestion that will occur. The hospital is modeled as a complex loss queueing network with a stochastic model of how long risk-stratified patients spend time in particular units and how they transition between units...
March 13, 2018: Health Care Management Science
Laura Coll-Planas, Sergi Blancafort, Xavier Rojano, Marta Roqué, Rosa Monteserín
BACKGROUND: Older people living in socio-economic deprived urban areas especially suffer the effects of health inequalities but have been insufficiently targeted. Strategies promoted by local primary health care agents might influence health and social behaviours as intermediate social determinants that are modifiable and thus can potentially mitigate health inequalities. Therefore, we aim to develop and assess the effectiveness of a complex intervention based on a community programme that promotes self-management, health literacy and social capital targeting older people from urban socioeconomically disadvantaged areas in order to improve their self-perceived health as an indicator of health inequality reduction...
March 13, 2018: BMC Public Health
Qing Zhang, Xiaoting Wang, Longxiang Su, Hongmin Zhang, Wenzhao Chai, Yangong Chao, Wei He, Dawei Liu
PURPOSE: To explore the relationship between the shape of the inferior vena cava (IVC) lumen and central venous pressure (CVP). METHODS: In 60 patients undergoing mechanical ventilation and CVP monitoring in the Intensive Care Unit of Peking Union Medical College Hospital from July to October 2016, we measured with B-mode ultrasonography the transverse maximum (MXD) and minimum diameter (MID) of the IVC at end expiration, and calculated the diameter ratio (DR) as MXD/MID...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
Saeed Dabestani, Christian Beisland, Grant D Stewart, Karim Bensalah, Eirikur Gudmundsson, Thomas B Lam, William Gietzmann, Paimaun Zakikhani, Lorenzo Marconi, Sergio Fernandéz-Pello, Serenella Monagas, Samuel P Williams, Christian Torbrand, Thomas Powles, Erik Van Werkhoven, Richard Meijer, Alessandro Volpe, Michael Staehler, Börje Ljungberg, Axel Bex
BACKGROUND: Optimal follow-up (FU) strategy to detect potentially curable (PC) recurrences after treatment of localised clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) is unclear. This study retrospectively analysed a large international database to determine recurrence patterns and overall survival (OS), as part of a wider project to issue recommendations on FU protocols. OBJECTIVE: To analyse associations between RCC recurrences in patients with ccRCC, their risk group stratifications, treatments, and subsequent outcomes...
March 7, 2018: European Urology Focus
Catherine A Pembroke, Joanne Alfieri, Alain Biron, Carolyn Freeman, Tarek Hijal
PURPOSE: Quality improvement (QI) is a pillar of good clinical governance and is at the center of modern health care. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada mandated, in CanMeds 2015, that QI should be taught and the competencies assessed in all postgraduate residency programs. The objective is to report on the feasibility and impact of teaching QI to radiation oncology residents at a single institution. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A QI team consisting of a clinical fellow, 3 staff physicians, and an expert in QI methods was created within our Department of Radiation Oncology...
March 2018: Practical Radiation Oncology
Sikhumbuzo A Mabunda, Leslie London, David Pienaar
BACKGROUND: A comprehensive primary healthcare (PHC) approach requires clear referral and continuity of care pathways. South Africa is a lower-middle income country (LMIC) that lacks data on the role of intermediate care (IC) services in the health system. This study described the model of service provision at one facility in Cape Town, including reason for admission, the mix of services and skills provided and needed, patient satisfaction, patient outcome and articulation with other services across the spectrum of care...
May 14, 2017: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
Giancarlo Ripabelli, Manuela Tamburro, Giuliana Guerrizio, Incoronata Fanelli, Romeo Flocco, Massimiliano Scutellà, Michela L Sammarco
Antimicrobial-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae represent a global public health concern. K. pneumoniae strains isolated during 2010 and 2014-2016 within a single hospital of Molise Region, Central Italy, were analyzed testing antimicrobial susceptibility, clonality by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD)-PCR, and prevalence of carbapenem resistance genes by PCR. Forty isolates (23 wild-type in 2010 and 17 non-wild-type in 2014-2016) were collected from hospitalized patients (65...
March 9, 2018: Current Microbiology
Walter A Boyle, David J Murray, Mary Beth Beyatte, Justin G Knittel, Paul W Kerby, Julie Woodhouse, John R Boulet
OBJECTIVES: Develop a standardized simulation method to assess clinical skills of ICU providers. DESIGN: Simulation assessment. SETTING: Simulation laboratory. SUBJECTS: Residents, Critical Care Medicine fellows, acute care nurse practitioner students. INTERVENTIONS: Performance scoring in scenarios from multiple Critical Care Medicine competency domains. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Three-hundred eighty-four performances by 48 participants were scored using checklists (% correct) and holistic "global" ratings (1 [unprepared] to 9 [expert])...
March 7, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Nam Ju Lee, Harold Litt
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To compare outcomes between registries and randomized controlled trials of coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA)-based versus standard of care approaches to the initial evaluation of patients with acute chest pain. RECENT FINDINGS: Randomized trials have demonstrated CCTA to be a safe and efficient tool for triage of low- to intermediate-risk patients presenting to the emergency department with chest pain. Recent studies demonstrate heterogeneous result using different standard of care approaches for evaluation of hard endpoints in comparison with standard evaluation...
March 8, 2018: Current Cardiology Reports
Chelsea M Blankenship, Lisa L Hunter, Douglas H Keefe, M Patrick Feeney, David K Brown, Annie McCune, Denis F Fitzpatrick, Li Lin
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to analyze distortion product otoacoustic emission (DPOAE) level and signal to noise ratio in a group of infants from birth to 4 months of age to optimize prediction of hearing status. DPOAEs from infants with normal hearing (NH) and hearing loss (HL) were used to predict the presence of conductive HL (CHL), sensorineural HL (SNHL), and mixed HL (MHL). Wideband ambient absorbance was also measured and compared among the HL types. DESIGN: This is a prospective, longitudinal study of 279 infants with verified NH and HL, including conductive, sensorineural, and mixed types that were enrolled from a well-baby nursery and two neonatal intensive care units in Cincinnati, Ohio...
March 6, 2018: Ear and Hearing
Filippo Baldacci, Simone Lista, Sid E O'Bryant, Roberto Ceravolo, Nicola Toschi, Harald Hampel
The discovery, development, and validation of novel candidate biomarkers in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other neurodegenerative diseases (NDs) are increasingly gaining momentum. As a result, evolving diagnostic research criteria of NDs are beginning to integrate biofluid and neuroimaging indicators of pathophysiological mechanisms. More than 10% of people aged over 65 suffer from NDs. There is an urgent need for a refined two-stage diagnostic model to first initiate an early, sensitive, and noninvasive process in primary care settings...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Garrett S Bowen, Michelle S Diop, Lan Jiang, Wen-Chih Wu, James L Rudolph
OBJECTIVES: To derive and validate a 30-day mortality clinical prediction rule for heart failure based on admission data and prior healthcare usage. A secondary objective was to determine the discriminatory function for mortality at 1 and 2 years. DESIGN: Observational cohort. SETTING: Veterans Affairs inpatient medical centers (n=124). PARTICIPANTS: The derivation (2010-12; n=36,021) and validation (2013-15; n=30,364) cohorts included randomly selected veterans admitted for HF exacerbation (mean age 71±11; 98% male)...
March 6, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Eric M Plakun
This column compares a clinical perspective on the continuum of care for mental health and substance use disorders with a different perspective derived from publicly available insurance company documents and experience dealing with managed care utilization reviewers. The latter perspective tends to determine the need for access to levels of care based on the need for crisis stabilization, whereas the generally accepted clinical standard is more nuanced than the need for crisis stabilization alone. The column proposes that this discrepancy in perspectives makes a substantial contribution to disagreements between treating clinicians, such as therapists, and insurance utilization reviewers concerning the medical necessity of various requested levels of care...
March 2018: Journal of Psychiatric Practice
Bahendeka Silver, Kaushik Ramaiya, Swai Babu Andrew, Otieno Fredrick, Sarita Bajaj, Sanjay Kalra, Bavuma M Charlotte, Karigire Claudine, Anthony Makhoba
A diagnosis of diabetes or hyperglycemia should be confirmed prior to ordering, dispensing, or administering insulin (A). Insulin is the primary treatment in all patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) (A). Typically, patients with T1DM will require initiation with multiple daily injections at the time of diagnosis. This is usually short-acting insulin or rapid-acting insulin analogue given 0 to 15 min before meals together with one or more daily separate injections of intermediate or long-acting insulin...
March 5, 2018: Diabetes Therapy: Research, Treatment and Education of Diabetes and related Disorders
Hui Guo, Tao Wu, Qiang Lu, Miaojing Li, Jing-Yue Guo, Yuan Shen, Zheng Wu, Ke-Jun Nan, Yi Lv, Xu-Feng Zhang
Objectives: Surgical resection remains a controversial treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) within different Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) stages. The objective of this study was to evaluate the long-term outcome of patients undergoing surgical resection (SR) compared to non-surgical treatments across different BCLC stages. Patients and methods: One thousand four hundred forty-three HCC patients within BCLC 0, A, B and C stages were identified. Overall survival was compared by log-rank test among patients within different BCLC stages and among patients receiving different treatments (SR vs locoregional therapy [LRT] vs best supportive care)...
2018: Cancer Management and Research
M de Nadal, S Pérez-Hoyos, J C Montejo-González, R Pearse, C Aldecoa
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether patient age is independently associated to Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admission after non-cardiac surgery. DESIGN: An observational cohort study of the Spanish subset of the European Surgical Outcome Study (EuSOS) was carried out. SETTING: Hospitals of the public National Health Care System and private hospitals in Spain. INTERVENTION: None. PATIENTS AND METHODS: All patients over 16 years of age undergoing inpatient non-cardiac surgery in the participating hospitals during a 7-day period in the month of April 2011 were consecutively included...
March 1, 2018: Medicina Intensiva
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