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Luke Miller, Thanh Hogan, Benedick Bato, Donald Floresca, Aaron Spaulding
The patient experience in the hospital has become an increasingly important measure of how well a healthcare system functions. Poor experiences as reported by patients have been associated with decreased compliance to medication instructions as well as increased recovery time from illness. While other studies have demonstrated the benefit of pharmacist counseling during patient discharge, the benefit of pharmacist intervention during the patient's hospital stay remains to be seen. This study was an institutional review board-approved pre-/post-analysis assessing patients' perception of medication communications during hospitalization in an academic teaching hospital...
March 2018: Journal of Healthcare Management / American College of Healthcare Executives
Eva E Tejerina, Rebeca Padilla, Elena Abril, Fernando Frutos-Vivar, Aida Ballen, José María Rodríguez-Barbero, José Ángel Lorente, Andrés Esteban
We evaluate the evolution over time of discrepancies between clinical diagnoses and post-mortem findings in critically ill patients, and to assess the factors associated with these discrepancies. We conducted a prospective study of all consecutive patients who underwent autopsy autopsies in a medical-surgical ICU between January 2008 and December 2015. Among 7.655 patients admitted to our ICU, 671 (8.8%) died. Clinical autopsy was performed in 215 (32%) patients. Major missed diagnoses were noted in 38 patients (17...
March 9, 2018: Human Pathology
Nur Altınörs, Mehmet Haberal
To determine the cost effectiveness of transplantation, we analyzed the financial economics of the organ and tissue transplant process. We compared the cost of this process with traditional modalities for treating endstage liver and kidney disease. Medical, surgical, legal, social, ethical, and religious issues are important in organ transplant procedures. Government, health insurance companies, and uninsured individuals are affected by the financial economics of organ transplantation. The distribution of financial burden differs among countries and is dependent on the unique circumstances of each country...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Jihad El-Marsi, Salah Zein-El-Dine, Bana Zein, Rita Doumit, Lina Kurdahi Badr
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify factors associated with pressure injury in a medical-surgical intensive care unit (MSICU). DESIGN: Retrospective review of medical records. SUBJECTS AND SETTING: We reviewed the medical records of 145 patients who developed a new pressure injury in the MSICU of a 420-bed university medical center in Lebanon. METHODS: Medical records of all patients cared for in the MSICU from December 2014 to June 2017 were reviewed by a research assistant using a standardized form...
March 2018: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
Karen Parsons, Alice Gaudine, Michelle Swab
BACKGROUND: Most developed countries throughout the world are experiencing an aging nursing workforce as their population ages. Older nurses often experience different challenges then their younger nurse counterparts. With the increase in older nurses relative to younger nurses potentially available to work in hospitals, it is important to understand the experience of older nurses on high paced hospital nursing units. This understanding will lend knowledge to ways of lessening the loss of these highly skilled experienced workers and improve patient outcomes...
March 2018: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
Peter J Watkinson, Vicki S Barber, J Duncan Young
BACKGROUND: Observational and interventional studies in patients with both acute medical conditions and long-standing diabetes have shown that improved blood glucose control confers a survival advantage or reduces complication rates. Policies of "tight" glycaemic control were rapidly adopted by many general intensive care units (ICUs) worldwide in the mid 00's, even though the results of the studies were not generalizable to mixed medical/surgical ICUs with different intravenous feeding policies...
March 8, 2018: JMIR Research Protocols
Ryusuke Ae, Tsuyoshi Hamaguchi, Yosikazu Nakamura, Masahito Yamada, Tadashi Tsukamoto, Hidehiro Mizusawa, Ermias D Belay, Lawrence B Schonberger
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder that, according to the most well accepted hypothesis (1), is caused by replicating, transmissible, abnormal forms of a host-encoded prion protein (prions). Most CJD cases occur spontaneously (sporadic CJD) or are inherited (genetic CJD). Iatrogenic CJD can occur after exposure to prion-contaminated instruments or products in medical/surgical settings. Cadaveric dura mater graft-associated CJD (dCJD) accounts for a common form of iatrogenic CJD...
March 9, 2018: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Amy J Spooner, Leanne M Aitken, Wendy Chaboyer
BACKGROUND: Miscommunication during handover has been linked to adverse patient events and is an international patient safety priority. Despite the development of handover resources, standardized handover tools for nursing team leaders (TLs) in intensive care are limited. AIMS: The study aim was to implement and evaluate an evidence-based electronic minimum data set for nursing TL shift-to-shift handover in the intensive care unit using the knowledge-to-action (KTA) framework...
March 8, 2018: Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing
Gretchen L Sacha, Simon W Lam, Abhijit Duggal, Heather Torbic, Stephanie N Bass, Sarah C Welch, Robert S Butler, Seth R Bauer
BACKGROUND: Vasopressin is often utilized for hemodynamic support in patients with septic shock. However, the most appropriate patient to initiate therapy in is unknown. This study was conducted to determine factors associated with hemodynamic response to fixed-dose vasopressin in patients with septic shock. METHODS: Single-center, retrospective cohort of patients receiving fixed-dose vasopressin for septic shock for at least 6 h with concomitant catecholamines in the medical, surgical, or neurosciences intensive care unit (ICU) at a tertiary care center...
March 6, 2018: Annals of Intensive Care
Gemma Marcucci, Luisella Cianferotti, Simone Parri, Paola Altieri, Emanuela Arvat, Salvatore Benvenga, Corrado Betterle, Marta Bondanelli, Marco Boscaro, Valentina Camozzi, Grazia Maria Centaro, Filomena Cetani, Iacopo Chiodini, Anna Ciampolillo, Annamaria Colao, Sabrina Corbetta, Maria Laura De Feo, Ettore Degli Uberti, Antongiulio Faggiano, Rachele Fornari, Achille Lucio Gaspari, Francesco Giorgino, Valeria Giuliani, Maurizio Iacobone, Nadia Innaro, Olga Lamacchia, Andrea Lenzi, Giovanna Mantovani, Claudio Marcocci, Laura Masi, Silvia Migliaccio, Serena Palmieri, Renato Pasquali, Giuliano Perigli, Valentina Piccini, Elisabetta Romagnoli, Rosaria Maddalena Ruggeri, Francesco Rulli, Maria Teresa Samà, Giuseppe Tomaino, Francesco Trimarchi, Maria Chiara Zatelli, Maria Luisa Brandi
Hypoparathyroidism is a rare disease characterized by low serum calcium levels and absent or deficient parathyroid hormone level. Regarding the epidemiology of chronic hypoparathyroidism, there are limited data in Italy and worldwide. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to build a unique database of patients with chronic hypoparathyroidism, derived from the databases of 16 referral centers for endocrinological diseases, affiliated with the Italian Society of Endocrinology, and four centers for endocrine surgery with expertise in hypoparathyroidism, to conduct an epidemiological analysis of chronic hypoparathyroidism in Italy...
March 6, 2018: Calcified Tissue International
Jacob A Martin, Christopher R Mayhew, Amanda J Morris, Angela M Bader, Mitchell H Tsai, Richard D Urman
Background: Time-driven activity-based costing (TDABC) is a methodology that calculates the costs of healthcare resources consumed as a patient moves along a care process. Limited data exist on the application of TDABC from the perspective of an anesthesia provider. We describe the use of TDABC, a bottom-up costing strategy and financial outcomes for three different medical-surgical procedures. Methods: In each case, a multi-disciplinary team created process maps describing the care delivery cycle for a patient encounter using the TDABC methodology...
April 2018: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
Lindsay T Kleeman, Abiram Bala, Colin T Penrose, Thorsten M Seyler, Samuel S Wellman, Michael P Bolognesi
BACKGROUND: The use of metal-on-metal (MoM) hip bearings has declined in the recent years due to strong evidence of their high complication rates and early failure. Hip implants with highly cross-linked polyethylene liners and ceramic bearings have become the modern implants of choice. We sought to determine if MoM implants are associated with higher complication and revision rates when compared to other hip bearings in the Medicare population. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed a Medicare database (2005-2011) for patients who underwent a primary total hip arthroplasty with a MoM, metal-on-polyethylene (MoP), ceramic-on-polyethylene (CoP), or ceramic-on-ceramic (CoC) implant (minimum 2 years of follow-up)...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Arthroplasty
Maryann Mazer-Amirshahi, Sergey Motov, Lewis S Nelson
Hydromorphone (HM) is a potent opioid analgesic that is commonly administered in the emergency department (ED) and other acute care settings, such as medical surgical wards. In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the ED administration of HM relative to other opioids. Although HM is an effective analgesic, its use has been commonly implicated in adverse drug events and medication errors. In addition, intravenous HM has potent euphoric effects that may contribute to its abuse liability. There are limited data regarding how acute parenteral administration of opioid analgesics in the setting of high rates of preexisting chronic opioid use (medical or nonmedical) may contribute to or reinforce addictive behavior, making the potential contribution of rising HM administration to subsequent prescription opioid abuse and overdose uncertain...
January 2018: Journal of Opioid Management
Kevin P McCutcheon, Wanda L Whittet, Julie L Kirsten, John L Fuchs
BACKGROUND: Challenges for bedside placement of small-bore feeding tube (SBFT) include iatrogenic injury, multiple exposures to x-rays, and prolonged placement times. In 2011, the study facility began a feeding tube placement team (FTPT) using the CORTRAK system (CS) in the adult intensive care unit (ICU) and medical-surgical populations. In 2013, a protocol was implemented using the CS to determine final SBFT location. METHODS: Serial retrospective reviews were done of patients with SBFT placement by the FTPT during July 2011-December 2012 and 2015...
January 2018: JPEN. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Karen L Johnson, Lauri Speirs, Anne Mitchell, Heather Przybyl, Diane Anderson, Brenda Manos, Amy T Schaenzer, Keri Winchester
BACKGROUND: Patients who receive prolonged endotracheal intubation (> 48 hours) are at risk for dysphagia. Nurses should conduct swallowing assessments after extubation because of the high likelihood of aspiration pneumonia developing. No valid and reliable postextubation dysphagia screening tools are available. OBJECTIVES: To establish content validity, analyze interrater reliability, and determine sensitivity and specificity of an evidence-based postextubation dysphagia screening tool developed by a multidisciplinary team...
March 2018: American Journal of Critical Care: An Official Publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Vincent I Lau, Joyce N H Lam, John Basmaji, Fran A Priestap, Ian M Ball
OBJECTIVES: Evaluate outcomes (mortality, morbidity, unplanned return visits) of patients who are discharged directly to home from the ICU. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Two tertiary care medical-surgical-trauma ICUs at Canadian hospitals over 1 year (February 2016-2017). SUBJECTS: All adult patients who were either discharged directly to home (Recruited and Nonrecruited cohorts) from ICU or discharged home within 24 hours after ward transfer (Ward Transfer cohort)...
February 28, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Tony Rosen, Manish Shah, Nancy E Lundebjerg, Cynthia Singh, Melissa McMillian, Cathy C Sarli, Amy M Suiter, Andrew G Lee, John R Burton, Christopher R Carpenter
BACKGROUND: The Jahnigen Career Development Awards program was launched in 2002 with private funding and transformed into the Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists' Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) program in 2011 through support from the National Institute on Aging and medical specialty professional societies. The Jahnigen / GEMSSTAR program has provided grants to early career physician-scientists from 10 surgical and related medical specialties to initiate and sustain research careers in the geriatric aspect of their discipline...
March 1, 2018: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Gérald Chanques, E Wesley Ely, Océane Garnier, Fanny Perrigault, Anaïs Eloi, Julie Carr, Christine M Rowan, Albert Prades, Audrey de Jong, Sylvie Moritz-Gasser, Nicolas Molinari, Samir Jaber
BACKGROUND: One third of patients admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) will develop delirium. However, delirium is under-recognized by bedside clinicians without the use of delirium screening tools, such as the Intensive Care Delirium Screening Checklist (ICDSC) or the Confusion Assessment Method for the ICU (CAM-ICU). The CAM-ICU was updated in 2014 to improve its use by clinicians throughout the world. It has never been validated compared to the new reference standard, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th version (DSM-5)...
March 1, 2018: Annals of Intensive Care
Mahmoud A Khaimi
Background: While loteprednol etabonate (LE) suspension 0.5% is approved for the treatment of postoperative ocular inflammation, there have been no reported studies of its use in glaucoma patients undergoing canaloplasty. Methods: This was a retrospective medical chart review conducted at a single US center. Data were collected on patients with glaucoma who underwent canaloplasty with or without cataract surgery, and were prescribed LE suspension 0.5% postoperatively...
2018: Clinical Ophthalmology
Peta M A Alexander, Alan W Nugent, Piers E F Daubeney, Katherine J Lee, Lynn A Sleeper, Tibor Schuster, Christian Turner, Andrew M Davis, Chris Semsarian, Steven D Colan, Terry Robertson, James Ramsay, Robert Justo, Gary F Sholler, Ingrid King, Robert G Weintraub
Background -Late survival and symptomatic status of children with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) have not been well defined. We examined long-term outcomes for pediatric HCM. Methods -The National Australian Childhood Cardiomyopathy Study is a longitudinal population-based cohort study of children (0-10 years) diagnosed with cardiomyopathy between 1987 and 1996. The primary study end-point was time to death or cardiac transplantation. Results -There were 80 patients with HCM with median age at diagnosis of 0...
February 28, 2018: Circulation
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