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Caterina Magnani, Diana Giannarelli, Giuseppe Casale
OBJECTIVES: To assess the prevalence of breakthrough pain (BTP) provoked by 6 common procedures in patients with advanced disease. METHODS: A prospective, cross-sectional, multicenter, national study was performed in 23 palliative care units in Italy. Patients were recruited if they were undergoing one of the following procedures as part of normal care: turning, personal hygiene care, transfer from bed to chair, bladder catheterization, pressure ulcer care, and subcutaneous drug administration...
October 20, 2016: Clinical Journal of Pain
Jun Hamano, Yasuharu Tokuda
OBJECTIVES: To explore whether the combination of changes in heart rate and body temperature can predict bacterial infection in home care patients. METHODS: This multicenter, prospective cohort study was conducted in Japan from March 2012 through December 2013 and involved three clinics. The study population comprised all patients who received regular home visit services for at least 3 months and met one of the following inclusion criteria: 1) fever over 37.5°C at home visit, 2) physician's clinical suspicion of fever, or 3) physician's suspicion of bacterial infection...
October 21, 2016: Postgraduate Medicine
Jae Seung Yun, Seung Hyun Ko
Hypoglycemia has been considered as a major barrier to achieving the proper glycemic target in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients. In particular, severe hypoglycemia (SH), which is defined as a hypoglycemic episode requiring the assistance of another person to raise the patient's glucose level, is a serious complication of diabetes because of its possible fatal outcomes. Recently, the recommendations for diabetes care have emphasized a patient-centered approach, considering the individualized patient factors including hypoglycemia...
October 5, 2016: Diabetes & Metabolism Journal
Marina Pieri, Anna Mara Scandroglio, Marcus Müller, Panagiotis Pergantis, Alexandra Kretzschmar, Friedrich Kaufmann, Volkmar Falk, Thomas Krabatsch, Georg Arlt, Evgenij Potapov, Marian Kukucka
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY: Driveline infections in patients with implantable left ventricular assist devices (VAD) carry increasing risk for pump infection, thromboembolic events, decreased quality of life, and increased hospitalization. We report our experience with a surgical technique for refractory driveline infections without mediastinitis consisting of translocation and wrapping of the driveline with greater omentum tissue. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed data of VAD patients who underwent surgical treatment by translocation and wrapping with omentum for severe chronic driveline infection...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
Man-Chiu Poon, Adrienne Lee
Prophylaxis is considered optimal care for hemophilia patients to prevent bleeding and to preserve joint function thereby improving quality of life (QoL). The evidence for prophylaxis is irrefutable and is the standard of care in developed nations. Prophylaxis can be further individualized to improve outcomes and cost effectiveness. Individualization is best accomplished taking into account the bleeding phenotype, physical activity/lifestyle, joint status, and pharmacokinetic handling of specific clotting factor concentrates, all of which vary among individuals...
2016: Thrombosis Journal
Joseph E Tanenbaum, Vincent J Alentado, Jacob A Miller, Daniel Lubelski, Edward C Benzel, Thomas E Mroz
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Lumbar fusion is a common and costly procedure in the United States. Reimbursement for surgical procedures is increasingly tied to care quality and patient safety as part of value-based reimbursement programs. The incidence of adverse quality events among lumbar fusion patients is unknown using the definition of care quality (patient safety indicators [PSI]) utilized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The association between insurance status and the incidence of PSI is similarly unknown in lumbar fusion patients...
October 17, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Deven A Karvelas, Sean D Rundell, Janna L Friedly, Alfred C Gellhorn, Laura S Gold, Bryan A Comstock, Patrick J Heagerty, Brian W Bresnahan, David R Nerenz, Jeffrey G Jarvik
BACKGROUND: The association between early physical therapy (PT) and subsequent healthcare utilization following a new visit for low back pain is not clear, particularly in the setting of acute low back pain. PURPOSE: To estimate the association between initiating early physical therapy following a new visit for an episode of low back pain and subsequent back-pain-specific health care utilization in older adults. STUDY DESIGN/SETTING: Prospective cohort study...
October 17, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Steffen T Simon, Irene J Higginson, Sara Booth, Richard Harding, Vera Weingärtner, Claudia Bausewein
BACKGROUND: This is an updated version of the original Cochrane review published in Issue 1, 2010, on 'Benzodiazepines for the relief of breathlessness in advanced malignant and non-malignant diseases in adults'. Breathlessness is one of the most common symptoms experienced in the advanced stages of malignant and non-malignant disease. Benzodiazepines are widely used for the relief of breathlessness in advanced diseases and are regularly recommended in the literature. At the time of the previously published Cochrane review, there was no evidence for a beneficial effect of benzodiazepines for the relief of breathlessness in people with advanced cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)...
October 20, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
A E Cullen, L Bowers, M Khondoker, S Pettit, E Achilla, L Koeser, L Moylan, J Baker, A Quirk, F Sethi, D Stewart, P McCrone, A D Tulloch
AIMS: Within acute psychiatric inpatient services, patients exhibiting severely disturbed behaviour can be transferred to a psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) and/or secluded in order to manage the risks posed to the patient and others. However, whether specific patient groups are more likely to be subjected to these coercive measures is unclear. Using robust methodological and statistical techniques, we aimed to determine the demographic, clinical and behavioural predictors of both PICU and seclusion...
October 20, 2016: Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences
Tim Mitchell, Hannah Gooding, Cathy Mews, Leon Adams, Gerry MacQuillan, George Garas, Madhur Ravikumara, Ainslie Lopez, Megan Collins, Gary Jeffrey
Transition to adult care is a vulnerable period for pediatric transplant recipients and is associated with reduced medication compliance, graft loss, and increased mortality. Psychosocial outcomes in young adults differ between pediatric transplant recipients and their healthy peers. We conducted a single-center, retrospective cohort study of all pediatric liver transplant recipients who were transitioned through our center. This study aimed to assess the outcomes of transitioned pediatric liver transplant recipients at an Australian center, including mortality, adherence, and psychosocial morbidity...
October 20, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Andrew Chen, Claudia Retegan, Jessele Vinluan, Charles Barry Beiles
BACKGROUND: The Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality (VASM) seeks to peer-review all deaths associated with surgical care. This study aimed to examine the mortalities that were determined by the assessor to be potentially preventable, and identify the clinical factors associated with these cases. The assessment of preventability of death and its relationship to management issues at different stages of the admission episode, as opposed to whether the management issue(s) alone were preventable have not been reported previously...
October 18, 2016: ANZ Journal of Surgery
Sanjay Bhandari, Thangam Venkatesan
Cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) is a chronic functional gastrointestinal disorder that is characterized by episodic nausea and vomiting. Initially thought to only affect children, CVS in adults was often misdiagnosed with significant delays in therapy. Over the last decade, there has been a considerable increase in recognition of CVS in adults but there continues to be a lack of knowledge about management of this disorder. This paper seeks to provide best practices in the treatment of CVS and also highlight some novel therapies that have the potential in better treating this disorder in the future...
October 18, 2016: Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology
Julia M Lappin, Margaret Heslin, Peter B Jones, Gillian A Doody, Ulrich A Reininghaus, Arsime Demjaha, Timothy Croudace, Thomas Jamieson-Craig, Kim Donoghue, Ben Lomas, Paul Fearon, Robin M Murray, Paola Dazzan, Craig Morgan
OBJECTIVE: To compare baseline demographics and 10-year outcomes of a first-episode psychosis patient incidence cohort in order to establish whether current youth-focussed age-based criteria for early intervention services are justified by patient needs. The patients in this cohort were treated prior to the establishment of early intervention services. The study aimed to test the hypothesis that those who develop psychosis at a younger age have worse outcomes than those who develop psychosis at an older age...
October 18, 2016: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Wai Cheng Foong, Jacqueline J Ho, C Khai Loh, Vip Viprakasit
BACKGROUND: Non-transfusion dependent beta thalassaemia is a subset of inherited haemoglobin disorders characterised by reduced production of the beta globin chain of the haemoglobin molecule leading to anaemia of varying severity. Although blood transfusion is not a necessity for survival, it is required when episodes of chronic anaemia occur. This chronic anaemia can impair growth and affect quality of life. People with non-transfusion dependent beta thalassaemia suffer from iron overload due to their body's increased capability of absorbing iron from food sources...
October 18, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Benjamin M Anderson, Jemma L Mytton, Felicity Evison, Charles J Ferro, Adnan Sharif
INTRODUCTION: Outcomes for weekend hospital admissions or emergency procedures have become a topical and controversial issue for the UK National Health Service (NHS). Deceased-donor kidney transplantation is frequently performed at weekends and evidence for its relative safety are lacking. METHODS: We undertook a population-based cohort analysis, obtaining data from every deceased-donor kidney-alone transplant procedure performed in England between January 2003 and December 2014...
October 17, 2016: Transplantation
Carrie M Farmer, Shauna Stahlman, Kimberly A Hepner
BACKGROUND: Brief intervention is recommended for individuals who misuse alcohol, but studies vary on how frequently patients talk with their providers about alcohol use. OBJECTIVES: We examined whether veterans who had recently screened positive for alcohol misuse reported having conversations about their alcohol use with their providers. METHODS: Following a positive screening for alcohol misuse during a primary care visit in 2013, veterans completed a telephone interview on alcohol use, conversations with their providers about drinking, and factors potentially associated with such conversations...
October 18, 2016: Substance Use & Misuse
T Munk-Olsen, M L Maegbaek, B M Johannsen, X Liu, L M Howard, A di Florio, V Bergink, S Meltzer-Brody
Perinatal psychiatric episodes comprise various disorders and symptom severity, which are diagnosed and treated in multiple treatment settings. To date, no studies have quantified the incidence and prevalence of perinatal psychiatric episodes treated in primary and secondary care, which we aimed to do in the present study. We designed a descriptive prospective study and included information from Danish population registers to study first-time ever and recurrent psychiatric episodes during the perinatal period, including treatment at psychiatric facilities and general practitioners (GPs)...
October 18, 2016: Translational Psychiatry
Samuel A Silver, Ziv Harel, Eric McArthur, Danielle M Nash, Rey Acedillo, Abhijat Kitchlu, Amit X Garg, Glenn M Chertow, Chaim M Bell, Ron Wald
BACKGROUND: The risk of hospital readmission in acute kidney injury (AKI) survivors is not well understood. We estimated the proportion of AKI patients who were rehospitalized within 30 days and identified characteristics associated with hospital readmission. METHODS: We conducted a population-based study of patients who survived a hospitalization complicated by AKI from 2003-2013 in Ontario, Canada. The primary outcome was 30-day hospital readmission. We used a propensity score model to match patients with and without AKI, and a Cox proportional hazards model with death as a competing risk to identify predictors of 30-day readmission...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Medicine
Tanja Radovanovic, Slobodan Spasojevic, Vesna Stojanovic, Aleksandra Doronjski
INTRODUCTION: An apparent life-threatening event (ALTE) is defined as "an episode that is frightening to the observer and is characterized by some combination of apnea, color change, marked change of muscle tone, choking, or gagging." OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to determine etiology and outcome of severe ALTE (requiring resuscitation measures) and to review diagnostic approaches in infants hospitalized after such an episode of ALTE. METHODS: Retrospective analysis included patients hospitalized at the Intensive Care Unit, Institute of Child and Youth Healthcare of Vojvodina, after an episode of severe ALTE over a 4-year period...
September 30, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Thomas Sené, Olivier Lidove, Joel Sebbah, Jean-Marc Darondel, Hervé Picard, Laurent Aaron, Olivier Fain, Thierry Zenone, Dominique Joly, Philippe Charron, Jean-Marc Ziza
The incidence and predictive factors of arrhythmias and/or conduction abnormalities (ACAs) requiring cardiac device (CD) implantation are poorly characterized in Fabry disease (FD). The aim of our retrospective study was to determine the prevalence, incidence, and factors associated with ACA requiring CD implantation in a monocentric cohort of patients with confirmed FD who were followed up in a department of internal medicine and reference center for FD.Forty-nine patients (20M, 29F) were included. Nine patients (4M, 5F; 18%) had at least one episode of ACA leading to device therapy...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
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