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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437660/an-experimental-analysis-of-shell-failure-in-breast-implants
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N G Ramião, P S Martins, M L Barroso, D C Santos, A A Fernandes
Breast implant durability and the mechanisms of rupture are important topics in the medical community, for patients, manufactures and regulatory medical agencies. After concerns about the Poly Implant Prosthesis (PIP) implants, the need for understanding the adverse outcomes and the failure mode to improve the breast implants increased. The objective of this research is to analyze and describe the rupture characteristics of failed explanted PIP implants to study the modes and causes of rupture. Eleven explanted PIP implants were analyzed by visual inspection and scanning electron microscopy (SEM)...
April 6, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437484/ecg-view-ii-a-freely-accessible-electrocardiogram-database
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Young-Gun Kim, Dahye Shin, Man Young Park, Sukhoon Lee, Min Seok Jeon, Dukyong Yoon, Rae Woong Park
The Electrocardiogram Vigilance with Electronic data Warehouse II (ECG-ViEW II) is a large, single-center database comprising numeric parameter data of the surface electrocardiograms of all patients who underwent testing from 1 June 1994 to 31 July 2013. The electrocardiographic data include the test date, clinical department, RR interval, PR interval, QRS duration, QT interval, QTc interval, P axis, QRS axis, and T axis. These data are connected with patient age, sex, ethnicity, comorbidities, age-adjusted Charlson comorbidity index, prescribed drugs, and electrolyte levels...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437292/use-of-electronic-consultation-system-to-improve-access-to-care-in-pediatric-hematology-oncology
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Donna L Johnston, Kimmo Murto, Julia Kurzawa, Clare Liddy, Erin Keely, Lillian Lai
BACKGROUND: Electronic consultations (eConsult) allow for communication between primary care providers and specialists in an asynchronous manner. This study examined provider satisfaction, topics of interest, and efficiency of eConsult in pediatric hematology/oncology in Ottawa, Canada. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional assessment of all eConsult cases directed to pediatric hematology/oncology specialists using the Champlain BASE (Building Access to Specialists through eConsultation) eConsult service from June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2016...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437203/using-the-surprise-question-to-identify-those-with-unmet-palliative-care-needs-in-emergency-and-inpatient-settings-what-do-clinicians-think
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Samir A Haydar, Lisa Almeder, Lauren Michalakes, Paul K J Han, Tania D Strout
BACKGROUND: The surprise question (SQ), "Would you be surprised if this patient died within the next year?" is effective in identifying end-stage renal disease and cancer patients at high risk of death and therefore potentially unmet palliative care needs. Following implementation of the SQ in our acute care setting, we sought to explore hospital-based providers' perceptions of the tool. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate (1) providers' perceptions regarding the feasibility of SQ use in emergency and inpatient settings, (2) clinician perceptions regarding the utility of the SQ, and (3) barriers to SQ use...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436856/task-based-modeling-of-an-5k-ultra-high-resolution-medical-imaging-system-for-digital-breast-tomosynthesis
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Chumin Zhao, Jerzy Kanicki
High-resolution, low noise x-ray detectors based on CMOS active pixel sensor (APS) technology have demonstrated superior imaging performance for digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT). This paper presents a task-based model for a high resolution medical imaging system to evaluate its ability to detect simulated microcalcifications and masses as lesions for breast cancer. Three-dimensional (3D) cascaded system analysis for a 50 μm pixel pitch CMOS APS x-ray detector was integrated with an object task function, a medical imaging display model, and the human eye contrast sensitivity function to calculate the detectability index and area under the ROC curve (AUC)...
April 19, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435756/identifying-barriers-in-the-use-of-electronic-health-records-in-hawai-i
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Faith D Hamamura, Kelley Withy, Kira Hughes
Hawai'i faces unique challenges to Electronic Health Record (EHR) adoption due to physician shortages, a widespread distribution of Medically Underserved Areas and Populations (MUA/P), and a higher percentage of small independent practices. However, research on EHR adoption in Hawai'i is limited. To address this gap, this article examines the current state of EHR in Hawai'i, the barriers to adoption, and the future of Health Information Technology (HIT) initiatives to improve the health of Hawai'i's people...
March 2017: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health: a Journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435498/security-violent-events-and-anticipated-surge-capabilities-of-emergency-departments-in-washington-state
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Jonathan S Weyand, Emily Junck, Christopher S Kang, Jason D Heiner
INTRODUCTION: Over the past 15 years, violent threats and acts against hospital patients, staff, and providers have increased and escalated. The leading area for violence is the emergency department (ED) given its 24/7 operations, role in patient care, admissions gateway, and center for influxes during acute surge events. This investigation had three objectives: to assess the current security of Washington State EDs; to estimate the prevalence of and response to threats and violence in Washington State EDs; and to appraise the Washington State ED security capability to respond to acute influxes of patients, bystanders, and media during acute surge events...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435497/improved-accuracy-and-quality-of-information-during-emergency-department-care-transitions
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Nnaemeka Okafor, Justin Mazzillo, Sara Miller, Kimberly A Chambers, Samar Yusuf, Vanessa Garza-Miranda, Yashwant Chathampally
INTRODUCTION: Suboptimal communication during emergency department (ED) care transitions has been shown to contribute to medical errors, sometimes resulting in patient injury and litigation. The study objective was to determine whether a standardized checkout process would decrease the number of relevant missed clinical items (MCI). METHODS: In this prospective pre- and post-intervention study conducted in an urban academic ED, we collected data on omitted or inaccurately conveyed medical information before and after the initiation of a standardized checkout process...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435492/applying-systems-engineering-reduces-radiology-transport-cycle-times-in-the-emergency-department
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Benjamin A White, Brian J Yun, Michael H Lev, Ali S Raja
INTRODUCTION: Emergency department (ED) crowding is widespread, and can result in care delays, medical errors, increased costs, and decreased patient satisfaction. Simultaneously, while capacity constraints on EDs are worsening, contributing factors such as patient volume and inpatient bed capacity are often outside the influence of ED administrators. Therefore, systems engineering approaches that improve throughput and reduce waste may hold the most readily available gains. Decreasing radiology turnaround times improves ED patient throughput and decreases patient waiting time...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435484/outcomes-by-mode-of-transport-of-st-elevation-mi-patients-in-the-united-arab-emirates
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Edward L Callachan, Alawi A Alsheikh-Ali, Satish Chandrasekhar Nair, Stevan Bruijns, Lee A Wallis
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this multicenter study was to assess differences in demographics, medical history, treatment times, and follow-up status among patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), who were transported to the hospital by emergency medical services (EMS) or by private vehicle, or were transferred from other medical facilities. METHODS: This multicenter study involved the collection of both retrospective and prospective data from 455 patients admitted to four hospitals in Abu Dhabi...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435342/patient-web-portals-disease-management-and-primary-prevention
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REVIEW
Steven S Coughlin, Judith J Prochaska, Lovoria B Williams, Gina M Besenyi, Vahé Heboyan, D Stephen Goggans, Wonsuk Yoo, Gianluca De Leo
BACKGROUND: Efforts aimed at health care reform and continued advances in information technologies have prompted interest among providers and researchers in patient web portals. Patient web portals are password-protected online websites that offer the patients 24-hour access to personal health information from anywhere with an Internet connection. METHODS: This article, which is based upon bibliographic searches in PubMed, reviews important developments in web portals for primary and secondary disease prevention, including patient web portals tethered to electronic medical records, disease-specific portals, health disparities, and health-related community web portals...
2017: Risk Management and Healthcare Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435306/pediatric-acute-kidney-injury-prevalence-impact-and-management-challenges
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REVIEW
Eileen Ciccia, Prasad Devarajan
The incidence of pediatric acute kidney injury (AKI) is increasing globally, as are the associated morbidities and mortality. A recent standardization of the definition of AKI has allowed for a more accurate assessment of the epidemiology of pediatric AKI. Recent advances in leveraging electronic medical health record systems have allowed for real-time risk stratification and prevention of pediatric AKI in the hospital setting. Newly developed and validated clinical scores have improved our ability to predict AKI and provide a rational context for biomarker utilization in hospitalized children...
2017: International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435229/medication-adherence-and-persistence-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-perspectives-of-patients-physicians-and-pharmacists-on-the-spanish-health-care-system
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Elena Labrador Barba, Marta Rodríguez de Miguel, Antonio Hernández-Mijares, Francisco Javier Alonso-Moreno, Maria Luisa Orera Peña, Susana Aceituno, María José Faus Dader
OBJECTIVE: A good relationship between diabetes patients and their health care team is crucial to ensure patients' medication adherence and self-management. To this end, we aimed to identify and compare the views of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients, physicians and pharmacists concerning the factors and strategies that may be associated with, or could improve, medication adherence and persistence. METHODS: An observational, cross-sectional study was conducted using an electronic self-administered questionnaire comprising 11 questions (5-point Likert scale) concerning factors and strategies related to medication adherence...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435100/montreal-accord-on-patient-reported-outcomes-use-series-paper-5-patient-reported-outcomes-pro-can-be-linked-to-epidemiologic-measures-to-monitor-populations-and-inform-public-health-decisions
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Hiroshi Mamiya, Lisa M Lix, William Gardner, Susan J Bartlett, Sara Ahmed, David Buckeridge
BACKGROUND: Comprehensive picture of population health status can be captured by the incorporation of patient reported outcome measures into population health monitoring. OBJECTIVE: To identify current state, opportunities, and future research related to the utilization of patient reported outcome measures for population health monitoring in Canada. DISCUSSIONS: Patient reported outcome measures can help to identify community health needs in public health topics including injury, chronic disease, and communicable disease...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434919/a-review-of-dtca-techniques-appraising-their-success-and-potential-impact-on-medication-users
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REVIEW
Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar, Ashna Medina Siraj, Louise Curley
BACKGROUND: Direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) has been present in some countries for nearly two decades. Its success and ramifications have been examined but not yet cataloged recently in a comprehensive manner. OBJECTIVE: To review existing literature studies on the topic of DTCA techniques to provide an analysis of the current methods considered by drug marketers to enhance the effect of pharmaceutical product promotion and its success, as well as examine ramifications on the drug use process...
April 12, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434847/mri-before-radiography-for-patients-with-new-shoulder-conditions
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Kirstin M Small, Frank J Rybicki, Lindsay R Miller, Stephen D Daniels, Laurence D Higgins
PURPOSE: To assess the patterns of Appropriate Criteria application among orthopedic specialists and other fields of medicine for use of MRI and radiography and the subsequent necessity for surgical intervention. METHODS: The hospital electronic medical record was used to identify all shoulder MRI studies at a single large urban teaching hospital between January 2, 2011, and June 30, 2011. For each study, variables collected included ordering department, patient age, patient gender, patient's self-reported race/ethnicity, whether the patient obtained surgery for an issue related to the MRI diagnosis, the type of MRI ordered, the date of pain onset, the date of x-ray (if any), and the date of the MRI...
April 20, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434773/mstroke-mobile-stroke-improving-acute-stroke-care-with-smartphone-technology
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Benjamin Y Andrew, Colleen M Stack, Julian P Yang, Jodi A Dodds
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the effect of method and time of system activation on clinical metrics in cases utilizing the Stop Stroke (Pulsara, Inc.) mobile acute stroke care coordination application. METHODS: A retrospective cohort analysis of stroke codes at 12 medical centers using Stop Stroke from March 2013 to May 2016 was performed. Comparison of metrics (door-to-needle time [DTN] and door-to-CT time [DTC], and rate of DTN ≤ 60 minutes [goal DTN]) was performed between subgroups based on method (emergency medical service [EMS] versus emergency department [ED]) and time of activation...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434457/system-changes-to-implement-the-joint-commission-tobacco-treatment-tob-performance-measures-for-improving-the-treatment-of-tobacco-use-among-hospitalized-patients
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Donna Shelley, Keith S Goldfeld, Hannah Park, Ana Mola, Ryan Sullivan, Jonathan Austrian
BACKGROUND: In 2012 The Joint Commission implemented new Tobacco Treatment (TOB) performance measures for hospitals. A study evaluated the impact of a hospital-based electronic health record (EHR) intervention on adherence to the revised TOB measures. METHODS: The study was conducted in two acute care hospitals in New York City. Data abstracted from the EHR were analyzed retrospectively from 4,871 smokers discharged between December 2012 and March 2015 to evaluate the impact of two interventions: an order set to prompt clinicians to prescribe pharmacotherapy and a nurse-delivered counseling module that automatically populated the nursing care plan for all smokers...
May 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434454/measuring-to-improve-medication-reconciliation-in-a-large-subspecialty-outpatient-practice
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Elizabeth Kern, Meg B Dingae, Esther L Langmack, Candace Juarez, Gary Cott, Sarah K Meadows
BACKGROUND: To assess performance in medication reconciliation (med rec)-the process of comparing and reconciling patients' medication lists at clinical transition points-and demonstrate improvement in an outpatient setting, sustainable and valid measures are needed. METHODS: An interdisciplinary team at National Jewish Health (Denver) attempted to improve med rec in an ambulatory practice serving patients with respiratory and related diseases. Interventions, which were aimed at physicians, nurses (RNs), and medical assistants, involved changes in practice and changes in documentation in the electronic health record (EHR)...
May 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434446/revisiting-pulmonary-vein-isolation-alone-for-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Aleksandr Voskoboinik, Jeremy T Moskovitch, Nadav Harel, Prashanthan Sanders, Peter M Kistler, Jonathan M Kalman
BACKGROUND: Early studies demonstrated relatively low success rates for pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) alone in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (PeAF). However, the advent of new technologies and the observation that additional substrate ablation does not improve outcomes have created a new focus on PVI alone for treatment of PeAF. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to systematically review the recent medical literature to determine current medium-term outcomes when a PVI-only approach is used for PeAF...
May 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
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