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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918377/utility-of-emergency-department-observation-units-for-neurologically-intact-children-with-head-ct-abnormalities-secondary-to-acute-closed-head-injury
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Roxanna Lefort, Jill V Hunter, Andrea T Cruz, A Chantal Caviness, Thomas G Luerssen, Aderonke Adekunle-Ojo
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the utility of the emergency department observation unit (EDOU) for neurologically intact children with closed head injuries (CHIs) and computed tomography (CT) abnormalities. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of children aged 0 to 18 years with acute CHI, abnormal head CT, and a Glasgow Coma Scales score of 14 or higher admitted to the EDOU of a tertiary care children's hospital from 2007 to 2010. Children with multisystem trauma, nonaccidental trauma, and previous neurosurgical or coagulopathic conditions were excluded...
December 1, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907053/the-effect-of-diabetes-on-the-perioperative-outcomes-of-colorectal-cancer-surgery-patients
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Raymond Yap, Simon Wilkins, Margaret Staples, Karen Oliva, Paul J McMurrick
There are approximately 1.3 million patients in Australia with diabetes. Conflicting reports exist in the literature as to the effect of diabetes on the outcomes of colorectal cancer patients. We hypothesized that patients with diabetes would have poorer perioperative outcomes, and that diabetes was an independent risk factor for both 30-day mortality and perioperative morbidity. The aim of this study was to assess the impact of diabetes on perioperative colorectal cancer surgery outcomes, as compared to a diabetes-free reference population, and to examine factors affecting perioperative risk...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906769/measuring-harm-in-health-care-optimizing-adverse-event-review
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Kathleen E Walsh, Polina Harik, Kathleen M Mazor, Deborah Perfetto, Milena Anatchkova, Colleen Biggins, Joann Wagner, Pamela J Schoettker, Cassandra Firneno, Robert Klugman, Jennifer Tjia
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to identify modifiable factors that improve the reliability of ratings of severity of health care-associated harm in clinical practice improvement and research. METHODS: A diverse group of clinicians rated 8 types of adverse events: blood product, device or medical/surgical supply, fall, health care-associated infection, medication, perinatal, pressure ulcer, surgery. We used a generalizability theory framework to estimate the impact of number of raters, rater experience, and rater provider type on reliability...
November 30, 2016: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906736/an-exploratory-descriptive-study-of-registered-nurse-innovation-implications-for-levels-of-adoption
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Debra Polster, Dana Villines
PURPOSE: The aims of this study were to describe registered nurses' levels of personal innovativeness and registered nurses' perceived organizational innovativeness and determine the relationship between these 2 variables. BACKGROUND: There is limited research to describe the levels of innovation of nurses within a hospital. The levels of innovation can determine the likelihood of adoption of evidence-based practices at the bedside. As change agents, clinical nurse specialists can determine successful implementation strategies tailored to nurse levels of innovation...
January 2017: Clinical Nurse Specialist CNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905926/understanding-clinical-and-non-clinical-decisions-under-uncertainty-a-scenario-based-survey
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Vlad V Simianu, Margaret A Grounds, Susan L Joslyn, Jared E LeClerc, Anne P Ehlers, Nidhi Agrawal, Rafael Alfonso-Cristancho, Abraham D Flaxman, David R Flum
BACKGROUND: Prospect theory suggests that when faced with an uncertain outcome, people display loss aversion by preferring to risk a greater loss rather than incurring certain, lesser cost. Providing probability information improves decision making towards the economically optimal choice in these situations. Clinicians frequently make decisions when the outcome is uncertain, and loss aversion may influence choices. This study explores the extent to which prospect theory, loss aversion, and probability information in a non-clinical domain explains clinical decision making under uncertainty...
December 1, 2016: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904844/cardiothoracic-surgical-experience-in-ghana
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Mark Tettey, Martin Tamatey, Frank Edwin
Ghana is one of the few low-to-middle-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa able to consistently sustain a cardiothoracic program with locally trained staff for more than two decades. Cardiothoracic surgery practice in Ghana started in 1964 but faltered from a combination of political and the economic problems. In 1989, Dr. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, a Ghanaian cardiothoracic surgeon trained in Hannover, rekindled interest in cardiothoracic surgery and in establishing a National Cardiothoracic Centre. His vision and leadership has brought cardiothoracic surgery practice in Ghana to its current high level...
October 2016: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902576/implementing-huddles-improves-care-coordination-in-an-academic-health-center
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Carolyn S Townsend, Mary McNulty, Adria Grillo-Peck
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: To determine whether routinely scheduled, organized interdisciplinary huddles result in decreased length of stay and readmissions. PRIMARY PRACTICE SETTING: The study was conducted in an academic health center (AHC) that also fills a community hospital need for a diverse inner-city population. Results are applicable in other care settings. METHODOLOGY AND SAMPLE: Daily interdisciplinary huddles were piloted on 5 medical/surgical units...
January 2017: Professional Case Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900737/three-year-mortality-in-30-day-survivors-of-critical-care-with-acute-kidney-injury-data-from-the-prospective-observational-finnaki-study
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Henriikka Mildh, Ville Pettilä, Anna-Maija Korhonen, Sari Karlsson, Tero Ala-Kokko, Matti Reinikainen, Suvi T Vaara
BACKGROUND: The role of an episode of acute kidney injury (AKI) in long-term mortality among initial survivors of critical illness is controversial. We aimed to determine whether AKI is independently associated with decreased survival at 3 years among 30-day survivors of intensive care. RESULTS: We included 2336 30-day survivors of intensive care enrolled in the FINNAKI study conducted in seventeen medical-surgical ICUs in Finland during a 5-month period in 2011-2012...
December 2016: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899019/antibiotic-resistance-in-severe-orofacial-infections
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Min Kyoung Kim, Sung-Kiang Chuang, Meredith August
PURPOSE: This study assessed the antibiotic resistance profile in patients with severe orofacial infections treated at a single institution from 2009 through 2014. Factors contributing to resistance were studied. The resistance profile was compared with that of a cohort of similar patients treated a decade previously to identify changes in antibiotic resistance. In addition, the effect of antibiotic resistance on in-hospital course was studied. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a 5-year retrospective cohort study...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898357/catastrophic-metallosis-after-tumoral-knee-prosthesis-failure-a-case-report
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Luca La Verde, Domenico Fenga, Maria Silvia Spinelli, Francesco Rosario Campo, Michela Florio, Michele Attilio Rosa
INTRODUCTION: Metallosis is a condition characterized by an infiltration of periprosthetic soft tissues and bone by metallic debris resulting from wear or failure of joint arthroplasties. PRESENTATION OF CASE: Authors describe a case of a 45-year-old man treated for an osteosarcoma of the distal femur with a modular prosthesis when he was 18 years old, he developed massive metallosis with skin dyspigmentation after 17 years. His medical\surgical history was remarkable for a left tumoral knee prosthesis implanted 21 years ago...
November 18, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895940/real-time-reporting-of-small-operational-failures-in-nursing-care
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Kathleen R Stevens, Robert L Ferrer
Addressing microsystem problems from the frontline holds promise for quality enhancement. Frontline providers are urged to apply quality improvement; yet no systematic approach to problem detection has been tested. This study investigated a self-report approach to detecting operational failures encountered during patient care. Methods. Data were collected from 5 medical-surgical units over 4 weeks. Unit staff documented operational failures on a small distinctive Pocket Card. Frequency distributions for the operational failures in each category were calculated for each hospital overall and disaggregated by shift...
2016: Nursing Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894030/fatigue-in-hospital-nurses-supernurse-culture-is-a-barrier-to-addressing-problems-a-qualitative-interview-study
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Linsey M Steege, Jessica G Rainbow
BACKGROUND: Fatigue in hospital nurses is associated with decreased nurse satisfaction, increased turnover and negative patient outcomes. Addressing fatigue in nurses has been identified as a priority by many organizations worldwide in an effort to promote both a culture of patient safety and a healthy nursing workforce. OBJECTIVES: The overall aim of this study was to explore barriers and facilitators within the hospital nurse work system to nurse coping and fatigue...
November 21, 2016: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893510/preparing-critical-care-and-medical-surgical-nurses-to-open-a-new-hospital
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Odette Y Comeau, Josette Armendariz-Batiste, Jennifer Grant Baer
Building a new hospital is an exciting time. However significant planning is required to prepare staff to assume care of patients in an environment with new workflow changes and new equipment. The challenges of this advanced preparation are compounded when the opening of the new hospital includes the planned move of the inpatient census of patients from an existing hospital to the new hospital. Goals and objectives on the move day include patient and staff safety, with a seamless transition to the new environment...
January 2017: Critical Care Nursing Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892909/managing-patient-falls-in-psychiatric-inpatient-units-part-1
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Sam Abraham
The problem addressed in the current quantitative, descriptive study was the significantly higher number of patient falls in hospital inpatient psychiatric units than in medical-surgical areas, resulting in patient-safety issues. The purpose of this study was to explore psychiatric unit directors' perceptions of the factors that contribute to patient falls in the State of Michigan. Two research questions guided the study: (a) What are psychiatric unit directors' perceptions of the possible intrinsic factors that contribute to patient falls in the psychiatric inpatient units, and (b) what are psychiatric unit directors' perceptions of the possible extrinsic factors that contribute to patient falls in the psychiatric inpatient units? An online survey was the tool used to gather data from the State of Michigan psychiatric unit directors...
January 2016: Health Care Manager
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890309/patterns-of-ninety-day-readmissions-following-total-joint-replacement-in-a-bundled-payment-initiative
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Omar A Behery, Benjamin S Kester, Jarrett Williams, Joseph A Bosco, James D Slover, Richard Iorio, Ran Schwarzkopf
BACKGROUND: Alternative payment models aim to improve quality and decrease costs associated with total joint replacement. Postoperative readmissions within 90 days are of interest to clinicians and administrators as there is no additional reimbursement beyond the episode bundled payment target price. The aim of this study is to improve the understanding of the patterns of readmission which would better guide perioperative patient management affecting readmissions. We hypothesize that readmissions have different timing, location, and patient health profile patterns based on whether the readmission is related to a medical or surgical diagnosis...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888716/family-participation-in-intensive-care-unit-rounds-comparing-family-and-provider-perspectives
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Selena S Au, Amanda Roze des Ordons, Andrea Soo, Simon Guienguere, Henry T Stelfox
PURPOSE: To describe and compare intensive care unit (ICU) patient family member and provider experiences, preferences, and perceptions of family participation in ICU rounds. METHODS: Cross-sectional survey of ICU family members and providers of patients admitted to 4 medical-surgical ICUs from September 2014 to March 2015. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Surveys were completed by 63 (62%) family members and 258 (43%) providers. Provider respondents included physicians (9%), nurses (56%), respiratory therapists (24%), and other ICU team members (11%)...
November 4, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886628/eeg-utilization-in-canadian-intensive-care-units-a-multicentre-prospective-observational-study
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Andrea Park, Martin Chapman, Victoria A McCredie, Derek Debicki, Teneille Gofton, Loretta Norton, J Gordon Boyd
PURPOSE: We have previously shown that electroencephalography (EEG) may be an underutilized monitoring modality in a single general medical-surgical ICU, that does not have a specific neurocritical care consultation service or neurocritical care unit. The present study was designed to describe the pattern of EEG utilization across 3 academic ICUs in Ontario, Canada that use different models of neurocritical care. METHOD: In this prospective multicentre observational study, ICU patients were screened weekly for 6 non-consecutive weeks to determine if they met the ESICM's recommendations or suggestions for EEG monitoring...
November 13, 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875490/impact-of-an-integrated-hip-fracture-inpatient-program-on-length-of-stay-and-costs
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Christine Soong, Peter Cram, Ksenia Chezar, Faiqa Tajammal, Kathleen Exconde, John Matelski, Samir K Sinha, Howard B Abrams, Christopher Fan-Lun, Christina Fabbruzzo-Cota, David Backstein, Chaim M Bell
BACKGROUND: Hip fractures are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Co-management models pairing orthopaedic surgeons with hospitalists or geriatricians may be effective at improving processes of care and outcomes such as length of stay (LOS) and cost. We set out to determine the effect of an integrated hip fracture co-management model on LOS, cost, and process measures. METHODS: We conducted a single-center pre-post study of 571 patients admitted to an academic medical center with hip fractures between January 2009 and December 2013...
December 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870660/patients-negatively-impacted-by-discontinuity-of-nursing-care-during-acute-hospitalization
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Olga Yakusheva, Deena K Costa, Marianne Weiss
BACKGROUND: Continuity of nursing care in hospitals remains poor and not prioritized, and we do not know whether discontinuous nursing care is negatively impacting patient outcomes. OBJECTIVES: This study aims to examine nursing care discontinuity and its effect on patient clinical condition over the course of acute hospitalization. RESEARCH DESIGN: Retrospective longitudinal analysis of electronic health records (EHR). Average point-in-time discontinuity was estimated from time of admission to discharge and compared with theoretical predictions for optimal continuity and random nurse assignment...
November 18, 2016: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858510/patterns-of-naloxone-use-in-hospitalized-patients
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Lisa Yung, Kelly C Lee, Chih Hsu, Timothy Furnish, Rabia S Atayee
OBJECTIVES: Naloxone is indicated for reversal of opioid-induced respiratory depression. The objective of this study is to evaluate patterns of naloxone use in hospitalized patients. METHODS: Retrospective chart review at the University of California, San Diego Health. Subjects included adults ≥18 years old who were admitted to and received naloxone in the medical-surgical, telemetry, intermediate care, or obstetrics/gynecology units from May 1(st), 2014 to April 30(th), 2015...
December 1, 2016: Postgraduate Medicine
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