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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595604/functionality-and-acceptability-of-a-wireless-fetal-heart-rate-monitoring-device-in-term-pregnant-women-in-rural-southwestern-uganda
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Godfrey R Mugyenyi, Esther C Atukunda, Joseph Ngonzi, Adeline Boatin, Blair J Wylie, Jessica E Haberer
BACKGROUND: Over 3 million stillbirths occur annually in sub Saharan Africa; most occur intrapartum and are largely preventable. The standard of care for fetal heart rate (FHR) assessment in most sub-Saharan African settings is a Pinard Stethoscope, limiting observation to one person, at one point in time. We aimed to test the functionality and acceptability of a wireless FHR monitor that could allow for expanded monitoring capacity in rural Southwestern Uganda. METHODS: In a mixed method prospective study, we enrolled 1) non-laboring healthy term pregnant women to wear the device for 30 min and 2) non-study clinicians to observe its use...
June 8, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590447/left-right-asymmetry-in-spectral-characteristics-of-lung-sounds-detected-using-a-dual-channel-auscultation-system-in-healthy-young-adults
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Jang-Zern Tsai, Ming-Lang Chang, Jiun-Yue Yang, Dar Kuo, Ching-Hsiung Lin, Cheng-Deng Kuo
Though lung sounds auscultation is important for the diagnosis and monitoring of lung diseases, the spectral characteristics of lung sounds have not been fully understood. This study compared the spectral characteristics of lung sounds between the right and left lungs and between healthy male and female subjects using a dual-channel auscultation system. Forty-two subjects aged 18-22 years without smoking habits and any known pulmonary diseases participated in this study. The lung sounds were recorded from seven pairs of auscultation sites on the chest wall simultaneously...
June 7, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552969/automatic-adventitious-respiratory-sound-analysis-a-systematic-review
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Renard Xaviero Adhi Pramono, Stuart Bowyer, Esther Rodriguez-Villegas
BACKGROUND: Automatic detection or classification of adventitious sounds is useful to assist physicians in diagnosing or monitoring diseases such as asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and pneumonia. While computerised respiratory sound analysis, specifically for the detection or classification of adventitious sounds, has recently been the focus of an increasing number of studies, a standardised approach and comparison has not been well established. OBJECTIVE: To provide a review of existing algorithms for the detection or classification of adventitious respiratory sounds...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520592/validation-of-the-a-d-um-211-device-for-office-blood-pressure-measurement-according-to-the-european-society-of-hypertension-international-protocol-revision-2010
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Claudio Fania, Federica Albertini, Paolo Palatini
The aim of this study was to define the accuracy of UM-211, an automated oscillometric device for office use coupled to several cuffs for different arm sizes, according to the International Protocol of the European Society of Hypertension. The validation was performed in 33 individuals. Their mean age was 59.6±12.9 years, systolic blood pressure (BP) was 144.3±21.5 mmHg (range: 96-184 mmHg), diastolic BP was 86.8±18.5 mmHg (range: 48-124 mmHg), and arm circumference was 30.2±4.3 cm (range: 23-39 cm)...
May 17, 2017: Blood Pressure Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508991/digital-stethoscopes-compared-to-standard-auscultation-for-detecting-abnormal-paediatric-breath-sounds
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Ajay C Kevat, Anaath Kalirajah, Robert Roseby
Our study aimed to objectively describe the audiological characteristics of wheeze and crackles in children by using digital stethoscope (DS) auscultation, as well as assess concordance between standard auscultation and two different DS devices in their ability to detect pathological breath sounds. Twenty children were auscultated by a paediatric consultant doctor and digitally recorded using the Littman™ 3200 Digital Electronic Stethoscope and a Clinicloud™ DS with smart device. Using spectrographic analysis, we found those with clinically described wheeze had prominent periodic waveform segments spanning expiration for a period of 0...
May 16, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502428/non-proximate-mass-spectrometry-using-a-heated-1-m-long-ptfe-tube-and-an-air-tight-apci-ion-source
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Dilshadbek T Usmanov, Kenzo Hiraoka, Hiroshi Wada, Masaya Matsumura, Sachiyo Sanada-Morimura, Hiroshi Nonami, Shinichi Yamabe
Direct and rapid trace-level gas analysis is highly needed in various fields such as safety and security, quality control, food analysis, and forensic medicine. In many cases, the real samples are bulky and are not accessible to the space-limited ion source of the mass spectrometer. In order to circumvent this problem, we developed an airtight atmospheric-pressure chemical ionization (APCI) ion source equipped with a flexible 1-m-long, 2-mm-i.d. PTFE sniffing tube. The ambient air bearing sample gas was sucked into the heated PTFE tube (130 °C) and was transported to the air-tight ion source without using any extra pumping system or a Venturi device...
June 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495001/a-comparison-between-swallowing-sounds-and-vibrations-in-patients-with-dysphagia
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Faezeh Movahedi, Atsuko Kurosu, James L Coyle, Subashan Perera, Ervin Sejdić
The cervical auscultation refers to the observation and analysis of sounds or vibrations captured during swallowing using either a stethoscope or acoustic/vibratory detectors. Microphones and accelerometers have recently become two common sensors used in modern cervical auscultation methods. There are open questions about whether swallowing signals recorded by these two sensors provide unique or complementary information about swallowing function; or whether they present interchangeable information. This study aims to compare of swallowing signals recorded by a microphone and a tri-axial accelerometer from 72 patients (mean age 63...
June 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488929/mobile-diagnostic-units-for-rural-patients-in-colombia
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Luis Fernando Cifuentes
BACKGROUND: The literature on the use of mobile diagnostic units for the adult population is limited. This is a report for the first time in Colombia (Latin America) on the use of mobile diagnostic units for patients in rural areas and resolution of complex cases through telemedicine. INTRODUCTION: Telemedicine is an alternative because it takes advantage of advances in telecommunications and technology for the provision of health services to patients in rural areas of a country...
May 10, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483889/bridging-the-gaps-between-patients-and-primary-care-in-china-a-nationwide-representative-survey
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William C W Wong, Sunfang Jiang, Jason J Ong, Minghui Peng, Eric Wan, Shanzhu Zhu, Cindy L K Lam, Michael R Kidd, Martin Roland
PURPOSE: China introduced a national policy of developing primary care in 2009, establishing 8,669 community health centers (CHCs) by 2014 that employed more than 300,000 staff. These facilities have been underused, however, because of public mistrust of physicians and overreliance on specialist care. METHODS: We selected a stratified random sample of CHCs throughout China based on geographic distribution and urban-suburban ratios between September and December 2015...
May 2017: Annals of Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471549/-echography-at-the-point-of-care-stethoscope-of-the-future-for-the-general-practitioner
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REVIEW
G Henrard, X Froidcoeur, C Schoffeniels, M Gensburger, L Joly, V Dumont
Ultrasound is presently emerging not only as a specialist-delegated diagnostic procedure, but also as a tool used by clinicians for guiding decision. If this paradigm shift has taken roots in places like emergency departments, initiatives are also set up here and there in general practice. The aim of this article is , through a literature review, to identify possible indications of ultrasound performed by the general practitioner and to initiate a discussion about the obstacles and opportunities associated with its introduction in Belgian General Practice settings...
April 2017: Revue Médicale de Liège
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460759/utility-of-physical-examination-and-comparison-to-echocardiography-for-cardiac-diagnosis
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Ashish Patel, Nitin Singh Tomar, Anil Bharani
OBJECTIVE: To find out the accuracy of cardiac auscultation using non-digital stethoscope in physical diagnosis of cardiac diseases. METHODS: We enrolled 104 consecutive patients with abnormal cardiac auscultatory findings attending cardiology clinic and not previously evaluated by echocardiography. One time detailed cardiac physical examination followed by echocardiography within 1 month was undertaken. Agreement between two methods was calculated using mean pair percentage agreement, kappa statistics (κ) and calculation of 95% confidence interval (CI) for kappa statistics...
March 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451580/a-wireless-electronic-esophageal-stethoscope-for-continuous-monitoring-of-cardiovascular-and-respiratory-systems-during-anaesthesia
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H Parsaei, A Vakily, A M Shafiei
BACKGROUND: The basic requirements for monitoring anesthetized patients during surgery are assessing cardiac and respiratory function. Esophageal stethoscopes have been developed for this purpose, but these devices may not provide clear heart and lung sound due to existence of various noises in operating rooms. In addition, the stethoscope is not applicable for continues monitoring, and it is unsuitable for observing inaccessible patients in some conditions such as during CT scan. OBJECTIVE: A wireless electronic esophageal stethoscope is designed for continues auscultation of heart and lung sounds in anesthetized patients...
March 2017: Journal of Biomedical Physics & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441656/development-of-a-smartphone-app-for-visualizing-heart-sounds-and-murmurs
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Noritaka Mamorita, Naoya Arisaka, Risa Isonaka, Tadashi Kawakami, Akihiro Takeuchi
BACKGROUND: Auscultation is one of the basic techniques for the diagnosis of heart disease. However, the interpretation of heart sounds and murmurs is a highly subjective and difficult skill. OBJECTIVES: To assist the auscultation skill at the bedside, a handy phonocardiogram was developed using a smartphone (Samsung Galaxy J, Android OS 4.4.2) and an external microphone attached to a stethoscope. METHODS AND RESULTS: The Android app used Java classes, "AudioRecord," "AudioTrack," and "View," that recorded sounds, replayed sounds, and plotted sound waves, respectively...
2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408357/critical-flicker-frequency-a-stethoscope-for-minimal-hepatic-encephalopathy-evaluation
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EDITORIAL
Praveen Sharma
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology: the Official Journal of Turkish Society of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372089/acoustic-characterization-of-stethoscopes-using-auscultation-sounds-as-test-signals
#15
Lukasz J Nowak, Karolina M Nowak
The present study introduces a detailed methodology which can be applied for objective evaluation and comparison of the acoustic parameters of medical stethoscopes using auscultation sounds as test signals. The described approach allows taking into account the acoustic coupling between the body of an auscultated patient and the chest piece of a stethoscope. Information obtained from additional, synchronized electrocardiography measurements is used to extract short, specific fragments of recordings, defined as acoustic events...
March 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335471/mobile-phonocardiogram-diagnosis-in-newborns-using-support-vector-machine
#16
Amir Mohammad Amiri, Mohammadreza Abtahi, Nick Constant, Kunal Mankodiya
Phonocardiogram (PCG) monitoring on newborns is one of the most important and challenging tasks in the heart assessment in the early ages of life. In this paper, we present a novel approach for cardiac monitoring applied in PCG data. This basic system coupled with denoising, segmentation, cardiac cycle selection and classification of heart sound can be used widely for a large number of the data. This paper describes the problems and additional advantages of the PCG method including the possibility of recording heart sound at home, removing unwanted noises and data reduction on a mobile device, and an intelligent system to diagnose heart diseases on the cloud server...
March 18, 2017: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324938/application-of-semi-supervised-deep-learning-to-lung-sound-analysis
#17
Daniel Chamberlain, Rahul Kodgule, Daniela Ganelin, Vivek Miglani, Richard Ribon Fletcher
The analysis of lung sounds, collected through auscultation, is a fundamental component of pulmonary disease diagnostics for primary care and general patient monitoring for telemedicine. Despite advances in computation and algorithms, the goal of automated lung sound identification and classification has remained elusive. Over the past 40 years, published work in this field has demonstrated only limited success in identifying lung sounds, with most published studies using only a small numbers of patients (typically N<;20) and usually limited to a single type of lung sound...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319476/anesthesia-in-patients-with-infectious-disease-caused-by-multi-drug-resistant-bacteria
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Sharon Einav, Yonit Wiener-Well
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Up to 50% of specific bacterial strains in healthcare admission facilities are multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs). Involvement of anesthesiologists in management of patients carrying/at risk of carrying MDROs may decrease transmission in the Operating Room (OR). RECENT FINDINGS: Anesthesiologists, their work area and tools have all been implicated in MDRO outbreaks. Causes include contamination of external ventilation circuits and noncontribution of filters to prevention, inappropriate decontamination procedures for nondisposable equipment (e...
June 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316101/n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-and-phonocardiography-in-differentiating-innocent-cardiac-murmurs-from-congenital-cardiac-anomalies-in-asymptomatic-puppies
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S M Marinus, H van Engelen, V Szatmári
BACKGROUND: Differentiating innocent cardiac murmurs from murmurs caused by congenital cardiac anomalies can be challenging with auscultation alone in asymptomatic puppies. HYPOTHESIS: Plasma N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) concentrations and phonocardiograms recorded by an electronic stethoscope can differentiate innocent from pathologic cardiac murmurs. ANIMALS: A total of 186 client-owned asymptomatic dogs: 135 Cairn Terriers (age: 45-124 days), 20 adult Cairn Terriers (age: 7...
May 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302430/antimicrobial-copper-alloys-decreased-bacteria-on-stethoscope-surfaces
#20
Michael G Schmidt, Rachel E Tuuri, Arif Dharsee, Hubert H Attaway, Sarah E Fairey, Keith T Borg, Cassandra D Salgado, Bruce E Hirsch
BACKGROUND: Stethoscopes may serve as vehicles for transmission of bacteria among patients. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of antimicrobial copper surfaces to reduce the bacterial concentration associated with stethoscope surfaces. METHODS: A structured prospective trial involving 21 health care providers was conducted at a pediatric emergency division (ED) (n = 14) and an adult medical intensive care unit located in tertiary care facilities (n = 7)...
March 13, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
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