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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102623/ischemic-stroke-in-kawasaki-disease
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Wasana Prangwatanagul, Alisa Limsuwan
Pediatric stroke is considered to be rare. Stroke resulting from cerebral vasculitis is also uncommon in young children. With the increasing prevalence of Kawasaki disease (KD) diagnosis, this acquired vasculitis has been reported with various clinical presentations including neurological symptoms. Herein we describe the case of a KD patient presenting with stroke. A 15-month-old boy was referred due to stroke that occurred on the fifth day of febrile illness. He was initially admitted to another hospital due to fever and diarrhea...
January 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102580/the-sliding-context-of-health-the-challenges-faced-by-patients-with-heart-failure-from-the-perspective-of-patients-health-care-providers-and-family-members
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Parvin Mangolian Shahrbabaki, Esmat Nouhi, Majid Kazemi, Fazlollah Ahmadi
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to understand the challenges faced by patients with heart failure. BACKGROUND: Heart failure is a clinical syndrome that is increasing across the globe. People affected with it, encounter various problems that reduce their quality of life and well-being. Therefore, identifying the challenges faced by patients with heart failure is necessary for health care and treatment plans. DESIGN: This study was performed using the qualitative research approach and content analysis method...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101478/focal-epileptogenic-lesions-in-adult-patients-with-epilepsy-and-generalized-epileptiform-discharges
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Dong Wook Kim, Seo-Young Lee, Sang Kun Lee
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: There are reports of successful resective epilepsy surgery for pediatric patients with epilepsy and generalized epileptiform discharges when they had focal epileptogenic lesions identified by MRI. However, there is limited information regarding adult patients with epilepsy who have both generalized epileptiform discharges and focal epileptogenic lesions. METHODS: To investigate the incidence and characteristics of adult patients who have both generalized epileptiform discharges and potentially epileptogenic lesions, we retrospectively analyzed data of clinical features and results of EEG and MRI of all patients with adult-onset epilepsy in a tertiary referral hospital...
December 2016: Journal of Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101416/light-field-otoscope-design-for-3d-in-vivo-imaging-of-the-middle-ear
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Noah Bedard, Timothy Shope, Alejandro Hoberman, Mary Ann Haralam, Nader Shaikh, Jelena Kovačević, Nikhil Balram, Ivana Tošić
We present a light field digital otoscope designed to measure three-dimensional shape of the tympanic membrane. This paper describes the optical and anatomical considerations we used to develop the prototype, along with the simulation and experimental measurements of vignetting, field curvature, and lateral resolution. Using an experimental evaluation procedure, we have determined depth accuracy and depth precision of our system to be 0.05-0.07 mm and 0.21-0.44 mm, respectively. To demonstrate the application of our light field otoscope, we present the first three-dimensional reconstructions of tympanic membranes in normal and otitis media conditions, acquired from children who participated in a feasibility study at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100807/cost-minimisation-analysis-of-thermometry-in-two-different-hospital-systems
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Kenneth Hayes, Amanda Shepard, August Cesarec, Robert Likić
INTRODUCTION: Temperature monitoring can be accomplished by various methods, including oral (OT), rectal (RT), axillary (AT), tympanic membrane (TMT) and temporal artery (TAT) thermometry, with varying amounts of cost incurred by healthcare systems. METHODS: The potential thermometry cost savings in two hospital systems-University Hospital Centre Zagreb (UHCZ), which uses TMT (device Covidien Genius 2) and University of Michigan Hospitals (UMH), which relies on OT, RT and AT (device Welch Allyn suretemp plus 692)-were analysed to evaluate institution-wide TAT (device Exergen TAT-5000) implementation...
January 18, 2017: Postgraduate Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100179/exploring-surface-cleaning-strategies-in-hospital-to-prevent-contact-transmission-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
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Hao Lei, Rachael M Jones, Yuguo Li
BACKGROUND: Cleaning of environmental surfaces in hospitals is important for the control of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other hospital-acquired infections transmitted by the contact route. Guidance regarding the best approaches for cleaning, however, is limited. METHODS: In this study, a mathematical model based on ordinary differential equations was constructed to study MRSA concentration dynamics on high-touch and low-touch surfaces, and on the hands and noses of two patients (in two hospitals rooms) and a health care worker in a hypothetical hospital environment...
January 18, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099825/transmission-of-extensively-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-in-south-africa
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N Sarita Shah, Sara C Auld, James C M Brust, Barun Mathema, Nazir Ismail, Pravi Moodley, Koleka Mlisana, Salim Allana, Angela Campbell, Thuli Mthiyane, Natashia Morris, Primrose Mpangase, Hermina van der Meulen, Shaheed V Omar, Tyler S Brown, Apurva Narechania, Elena Shaskina, Thandi Kapwata, Barry Kreiswirth, Neel R Gandhi
Background Drug-resistant tuberculosis threatens recent gains in the treatment of tuberculosis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection worldwide. A widespread epidemic of extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis is occurring in South Africa, where cases have increased substantially since 2002. The factors driving this rapid increase have not been fully elucidated, but such knowledge is needed to guide public health interventions. Methods We conducted a prospective study involving 404 participants in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa, with a diagnosis of XDR tuberculosis between 2011 and 2014...
19, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098550/determination-of-elizabethkingia-diversity-by-maldi-tof-mass-spectrometry-and-whole-genome-sequencing
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Helle Brander Eriksen, Heidi Gumpert, Cecilie Haase Faurholt, Henrik Westh
In a hospital-acquired infection with multidrug-resistant Elizabethkingia, matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry and 16S rRNA gene analysis identified the pathogen as Elizabethkingia miricola. Whole-genome sequencing, genus-level core genome analysis, and in silico DNA-DNA hybridization of 35 Elizabethkingia strains indicated that the species taxonomy should be further explored.
February 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097836/validation-of-the-argentine-spanish-version-of-transition-readiness-assessment-questionnaire-for-adolescents-with-chronic-conditions
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Florencia González, Mariana Roizen, María de Las Mercedes Rodríguez Celin, Carmen De Cunto, Alfredo Eymann, Roberto Mato, Patricia García Arrigoni, Raquel Staciuk, Florencia Ugo, Virginia Fano
INTRODUCTION: The transition of adolescents with chronic conditions to adult follow-up care is an increasingly complex process. Patients need to acquire knowledge and skills that ensure continuity of their care. The goal of this study was to validate the Argentinian Spanish version of the Transition Readiness Assessment Questionnaire (TRAQ) 5.0 tool in adolescents and young adults with chronic conditions. POPULATION AND METHODS: Descriptive, crosssectional, quantitative study...
1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096978/carriage-of-antibiotic-resistant-enterobacteriaceae-in-hospitalised-children-in-tertiary-hospitals-in-harare-zimbabwe
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Marcelyn T Magwenzi, Muchaneta Gudza-Mugabe, Hilda A Mujuru, Mutsa Dangarembizi-Bwakura, Valerie Robertson, Alexander M Aiken
BACKGROUND: Extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing and gentamicin resistant Enterobacteriaceae are increasingly recognised as a major cause of infection in low-income countries. We assessed the prevalence of gastrointestinal carriage of these bacteria in hospitalised children in Harare, Zimbabwe. METHODS: We conducted a cohort study in paediatric inpatients at two tertiary-referral hospitals between May and July 2015. Rectal swabs and faecal samples were collected within 24 h of admission and further follow-up samples were collected on alternate days during hospitalization...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096455/multicenter-prospective-study-on-device-associated-infection-rates-and-bacterial-resistance-in-intensive-care-units-of-venezuela-international-nosocomial-infection-control-consortium-inicc-findings
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Gabriel D Empaire, Maria E Guzman Siritt, Victor D Rosenthal, Fernando Pérez, Yvis Ruiz, Claudia Díaz, Gabriela Di Silvestre, Evelyn Salinas, Nelva Orozco
BACKGROUND: Device-associated healthcare-acquired infections (DA-HAI) pose a threat to patient safety in the intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: A DA-HAI surveillance study was conducted by the International Nosocomial Infection Control Consortium (INICC) in two adult medical/surgical ICUs at two hospitals in Caracas, Venezuela, in different periods from March 2008 to April 2015, using the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Healthcare Safety Network (CDC/NHSN) definitions and criteria, and INICC methods...
January 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095758/ethical-difficulties-in-healthcare
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Cinzia Leuter, Carmen La Cerra, Santina Calisse, Danila Dosa, Cristina Petrucci, Loreto Lancia
BACKGROUND: Advances in biomedical sciences, technologies and care practices have resulted in an increase in ethical problems and a resulting growth of difficulties encountered by health workers in their professional activity. OBJECTIVE: The main objective of this study was to analyse knowledge in the ethical field and experience with and the propensity for using ethics consultations by nurses and physicians. METHODS: Between March and June 2014, a cross-sectional observational study was conducted on a sample of 351 nurses and 128 physicians in four central Italian hospitals...
January 1, 2017: Nursing Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094205/legionnaires-disease-at-a-medical-center-in-southern-taiwan
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Tzu-Lun Hung, Ming-Chi Li, Li-Rong Wang, Ching-Chuan Liu, Chia-Wen Li, Po-Lin Chen, Ling-Shan Syue, Nan-Yao Lee, Wen-Chien Ko
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Legionella pneumophila had been recognized as a pathogen for both healthcare-associated and community-acquired pneumonia. We aimed to evaluate clinical features and outcomes of patients with Legionnaires' disease at a tertiary medical center in southern Taiwan. METHODS: From January 2005 to December 2013, a retrospective study of adult cases of Legionnaires' disease was conducted in a 1200-bed tertiary hospital. Their medical records were reviewed for further evaluation and analysis...
December 18, 2016: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093834/seasonality-of-pathogens-causing-community-acquired-pneumonia
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Catia Cilloniz, Santiago Ewig, Albert Gabarrus, Miquel Ferrer, Jorge Puig de la Bella Casa, Josep Mensa, Antoni Torres
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Seasonal distribution of microbial aetiology in patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) may add important information both for epidemiologists and clinicians. We investigate the seasonal distribution of microbial aetiology in CAP. METHODS: This prospective observational study was carried out in the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, Spain (January 2003-December 2014). RESULTS: We studied 4431 patients with CAP, of whom 2689 (61%) were males...
January 17, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093269/invasive-disease-versus-urinary-antigen-confirmed-pneumococcal-community-acquired-pneumonia
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Adrian Ceccato, Antoni Torres, Catia Cilloniz, Rosanel Amaro, Albert Gabarrus, Eva Polverino, Elena Prina, Carolina Garcia-Vidal, Eva Muñoz-Conejero, Cristina Mendez, Isabel Cifuentes, Jorge Puig de la Bella Casa, Rosario Menendez, Michael S Niederman
OBJECTIVES: The burden of pneumococcal disease is measured only through patients with invasive pneumococcal disease. The urinary antigen test (UAT) for pneumococcus has exhibited a high sensitivity and specificity. We aimed to compare the pneumococcal pneumonias diagnosed as invasive disease with pneumococcal pneumonias defined by UAT. METHODS: Prospective observational study on consecutive non-immunosuppressed patients with community-acquired pneumonia from January 2000 to December 2014...
January 13, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091345/propofol-as-a-risk-factor-for-icu-acquired-weakness-in-septic-patients-with-acute-respiratory-failure
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Peter A Abdelmalik, Goran Rakocevic
BACKGROUND: Critical illness polyneuropathy (CIN) and critical illness myopathy (CIM), together "ICU-Acquired weakness (ICUAW)," occur frequently in septic patients. One of the proposed mechanisms for ICUAW includes prolonged inactivation of sodium channels. Propofol, used commonly in patients with acute respiratory failure (ARF), primarily acts via enhancement of GABAergic transmission but may also increase sodium channel inactivation, suggesting a potential interaction. METHODS: Electronic medical records and EMG reports of patients with ICUAW and a diagnosis of either sepsis, septicaemia, severe sepsis, or septic shock, concurrent with a diagnosis of acute respiratory failure (ARF), were retrospectively analyzed in a single center university hospital...
January 16, 2017: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090509/innovations-in-surgery-simulation-a-review-of-past-current-and-future-techniques
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Ido Badash, Karen Burtt, Carlos A Solorzano, Joseph N Carey
As a result of recent work-hours limitations and concerns for patient safety, innovations in extraclinical surgical simulation have become a desired part of residency education. Current simulation models, including cadaveric, animal, bench-top, virtual reality (VR) and robotic simulators are increasingly used in surgical training programs. Advances in telesurgery, three-dimensional (3D) printing, and the incorporation of patient-specific anatomy are paving the way for simulators to become integral components of medical training in the future...
December 2016: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089736/antibacterial-activity-of-limonium-brasiliense-baicuru-against-multidrug-resistant-bacteria-using-a-statistical-mixture-design
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Andressa Blainski, Barbara Gionco, Admilton G Oliveira, Galdino Andrade, Ieda S Scarminio, Denise B Silva, Norberto P Lopes, João C P Mello
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Limonium brasiliense (Boiss.) Kuntze (Plumbaginaceae) is commonly known as "baicuru" or "guaicuru" and preparations of its dried rhizomes have been populary used in the treatment of premenstrual syndrome and menstrual disorder, and as an antiseptic in genito-urinary infections. This study evaluated the potential antibacterial activity of rhizome extracts against multidrug-resistant bacterial strains using statistical mixture design. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The statistical design of four components (water, methanol, acetone and ethanol) produced 15 different extracts and also a confirmatory experiment, which was performed using water:acetone (3:7, v/v)...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089674/assessment-of-ventilator-associated-events-using-the-geometric-distribution
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Ragheb Assaly, William R Barnett, Fadi Safi, Sadik Khuder, John Macko
Hospital-acquired rare events, such as nosocomial infections and other low-occurring incidents, in the clinical environment are difficult to monitor using traditional quality indicators. Using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention definition of ventilator-associated events, we demonstrate an alternative method for assessment of rare events.
January 13, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089473/box-or-virtual-reality-trainer-which-tool-results-in-better-transfer-of-laparoscopic-basic-skills-a-prospective-randomized-trial
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Christian Brinkmann, Mathias Fritz, Ulrich Pankratius, Ralf Bahde, Philipp Neumann, Steffen Schlueter, Norbert Senninger, Emile Rijcken
OBJECTIVE: Simulation training improves laparoscopic performance. Laparoscopic basic skills can be learned in simulators as box- or virtual-reality (VR) trainers. However, there is no clear recommendation for either box or VR trainers as the most appropriate tool for the transfer of acquired laparoscopic basic skills into a surgical procedure. DESIGN: Both training tools were compared, using validated and well-established curricula in the acquirement of basic skills, in a prospective randomized trial in a 5-day structured laparoscopic training course...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
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