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Barry A Finegan, Daniel Roblin, Fadi Hammal
Quality problem: For smokers, hospital admission is accompanied by forced involuntary nicotine abstinence due to smoke-free site/grounds policies. An audit of patients admitted to our surgical wards revealed that identification of smoking status was inadequate and that nicotine addiction management (NAM) was infrequently offered. The project aimed to enhance both these metrics by initiating NAM in the post anesthesia care unit (PACU). Initial assessment: Out of 744 patients admitted to our PACU in August 2015, 54% had their smoking status documented...
March 14, 2018: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Ki-Woong Nam, Tae Jung Kim, Chi Kyung Kim, Heejung Mo, Han-Yeong Jeong, Min Kyoung Kang, Moon-Ku Han, Sang-Bae Ko, Byung-Woo Yoon
BACKGROUND: Ischemic stroke patients with active cancer frequently experience early neurological deterioration (END); however, the predictors of END are not well studied. The neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR) has recently been described as a predictor of poor outcomes in cancer and stroke. However, its role in cancer-related stroke has not been addressed. AIM: We aimed to evaluate the association between the NLR and END in cancer-related stroke patients. METHODS: We included 85 cryptogenic stroke patients with active cancer...
2018: PloS One
Sherine Ismail, Mohamed Osman, Rayf Abulezz, Hani Alhamdan, K H Mujtaba Quadri
Pharmacists possess pivotal competencies and expertise in developing clinical pathways (CPs). We present a tertiary care facility experience of pharmacists vis-a-vis interprofessional collaboration for designing and implementing CPs. We participated in the development of CPs as leading members of a collaborative team of healthcare professionals. We reviewed literature, aligning it with hospital formulary and institutional standards, and participated in weekly team meetings for six months. Several tools and services were adapted to guide prescribing and standardization of care through time-bound order sets...
March 16, 2018: Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland)
Ashley Gionfriddo, Mika L Nonoyama, Peter C Laussen, Peter N Cox, Megan Clarke, Alejandro A Floh
OBJECTIVES: To promote standardization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention introduced a new ventilator-associated pneumonia classification, which was modified for pediatrics (pediatric ventilator-associated pneumonia according to proposed criteria [PVAP]). We evaluated the frequency of PVAP in a cohort of children diagnosed with ventilator-associated pneumonia according to traditional criteria and compared their strength of association with clinically relevant outcomes. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study...
March 15, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Fernando Martínez, Núria Alegret, Federico Carol, M Jesús Laso, Juanjo Zancajo, Esteban García, Vanesa Ros
OBJECTIVES: The main objective of this study was to identify demographic, clinical, analytical factors or injuries associated with 30-day mortality in patients with pelvic fractures. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Prospective observational study of patients with multiple injuries including pelvic fractures between January 2009 and January 2017. We recorded demographic, clinical, and laboratory data on arrival at the emergency department; type of pelvic fracture; treatments; associated lesions; and 30-day mortality...
2018: Emergencias: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Medicina de Emergencias
Ayman Ebied, Ahmed Zayda, Sameh Marei, Hany Elsayed
INTRODUCTION: Successful treatment of knee comminuted periarticular fractures associated with osteoporosis and pre-existing arthritis is a challenging task. METHODS: This is a prospective study on 27 patients who had comminuted intra and periarticular knee fractures and pre-existing arthritis. Fractures were classified according to Muller's AO classification. Primary knee arthroplasty was performed ± internal fixation following 4 weeks of splinting. A stem was added to the tibial tray and Legacy Constrained Condylar Knee (LCCK) or Rotating Hinge (RH) prosthesis were used depending on the level of ligament damage and bone defects...
2018: SICOT-J
Luis C Ascanio, Raghav Gupta, Nimer Adeeb, Justin M Moore, Christoph J Griessenauer, Julie Mayeku, Yaw Tachie-Baffour, Ranjit Thomas, Abdulrahman Y Alturki, Philip G R Schmalz, Christopher S Ogilvy, Ajith J Thomas
OBJECTIVE Currently, there is no established standard regarding the ideal number of external ventricular drain (EVD) clamp trials performed before ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt insertion following nontraumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). In this study, the authors aimed to evaluate this relationship. METHODS A retrospective review of all patients presenting with SAH between July 2007 and December 2016 was performed. Patients with SAH who had received an EVD within the first 24 hours of hospital admission and had undergone at least 1 clamp trial prior to EVD removal were eligible for inclusion in the study...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
Bettina von Dessauer, Carmen Benavente, Emilia Monje, Jazmina Bongain, Nadia Ordenes
OBJECTIVE: Describe the frequency and characteristics of PICU patients who undergo a process of withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatment (LTSV), between 2004 y 2014. PATIENTS AND METHOD: A retrospective, observational descriptive study, using two documents for quality assessment in the PICU of Hospital Roberto del Río: 1) daily individual patient tracking log and 2) daily record of quality indicators, including LTSV, both updated daily at the morning visit...
December 2017: Revista Chilena de Pediatría
Nikolaos Papadopoulos, Ioannis Griveas, Eirini Sveroni, Vasiliki Argiana, Antonios Kalliaropoulos, Beatriz Martinez-Gonzalez, Melanie Deutsch
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is still common among dialysis patients, but the natural history of HCV in this group is not completely understood. The KDIGO HCV guidelines of 2009 recommend that chronic haemodialysis patients be screened for HCV antibody upon admission to the dialysis clinic and every 6 months thereafter if susceptible to HCV infection. However, previous studies have shown the presence of HCV viraemia in anti-HCV-negative haemodialysis patients as up to 22%...
March 2018: International Journal of Artificial Organs
E Littlejohn, W Marder, E Lewis, S Francis, J Jackish, W J McCune, E C Somers
Background Both C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) can be elevated in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) flare and infection, and are therefore of limited utility for distinguishing between the two conditions in febrile SLE patients. Methods A medical records review of hospitalizations (1997-2006) of SLE patients in the Michigan Lupus Cohort was performed. Eligible hospitalizations were those in which patients presented with a temperature of >100.3°F or with subjective fevers as a presenting complaint at admission...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
Alberto Pilotto, Simone Dini, Nicola Veronese, Julia Daragjati, Manuela Miolo, Monica M Mion, Andrea Fontana, Mario Lo Storto, Martina Zaninotto, Giada Bragato, Alberto Cella, Paolo Carraro, Filomena Addante, Massimiliano Copetti, Mario Plebani
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the prognostic accuracy of pro-ADM (adrenomedullin) in comparison with and in addition to the Multidimensional Prognostic Index (MPI), a validated predictive tool for mortality derived from a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA), to predict one-month mortality risk in older patients hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). METHODS: All patients aged 65 years and older, consecutively admitted to an acute geriatric ward with a diagnosis of CAP from February to July 2012...
March 15, 2018: Panminerva Medica
M Chandran, D Tay, X F Huang, Y Hao
Hospital care and mortality of diabetic and non-diabetic osteoporotic Asian patients undergoing hip fracture surgery were explored with no difference in length of hospitalization, incidence of post-operative complications, or mortality between diabetics and non-diabetics seen. Time to operation correlated with post-operative complications occurrence and therefore surgery should be expeditiously done. INTRODUCTION: Whether burden of inpatient care, problems after admission, and mortality rates differ between diabetics and non-diabetics undergoing surgery for osteoporotic hip fractures has not been explored in Asian populations...
March 15, 2018: Archives of Osteoporosis
Kimberly Coughlin, R David Hayward, Mary Fessler, Elango Edhayan
OBJECTIVES: Although individual socioeconomic status has been linked with risk of traumatic injury, there has been relatively little research into the question of how economic changes may impact trauma admission rates in neighborhoods with different socioeconomic backgrounds. METHODS: This study pairs ZIP code-level data on trauma admissions with county-level data on unemployment to assess differences in the type of changes experienced in more and less affluent neighborhoods of the Detroit metropolitan area between 2006 and 2014...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Public Health
Giuseppe Pasqualetti, Valeria Calsolaro, Sara Bernardini, Giuseppe Linsalata, Renato Bigazzi, Nadia Caraccio, Fabio Monzani
Introduction: Although the association between low FT3 and poor outcome has been extensively reported in literature, the degree of peripheral thyroxin deiodination and its relationship with frailty and survival in hospitalized older patients has not been fully established yet. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the possible correlation between FT3/FT4 ratio reduction, an indirect marker of thyroxin deiodination impairment, and frailty status and survival in hospitalized older patients...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
James Buxbaum, Michael Quezada, Bradford Chong, Nikhil Gupta, Chung Yao Yu, Christianne Lane, Ben Da, Kenneth Leung, Ira Shulman, Stephen Pandol, Bechien Wu
OBJECTIVES: The Pancreatitis Activity Scoring System (PASS) has been derived by an international group of experts via a modified Delphi process. Our aim was to perform an external validation study to assess for concordance of the PASS score with high face validity clinical outcomes and determine specific meaningful thresholds to assist in application of this scoring system in a large prospectively ascertained cohort. METHODS: We analyzed data from a prospective cohort study of consecutive patients admitted to the Los Angeles County Hospital between March 2015 and March 2017...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Gastroenterology
F Eduardo Martinez, Erin Kelty, Samantha Barr, Monique McLeod, Nathan Smalley
OBJECTIVES: To describe the characteristics of medical emergency team (MET) events at an Australian pediatric, tertiary-care center in a way that would allow for comparison with other MET systems. METHODS: A retrospective, single-center, observational study. Consecutive MET events that occurred between January 2013 and July 2014 at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth, Western Australia, were included. RESULTS: There were 46 445 hospital admissions during the study period and 197 MET events in children...
March 15, 2018: Hospital Pediatrics
Helena S Gouveia, Sílvia O Lopes, Ana Luísa Faria
Tumour lysis syndrome (TLS) is a rare oncological emergency in solid tumours. Because it is associated with bad short-term prognosis, early recognition and treatment are mandatory. This case refers to a middle-aged woman who presented with stage IV colon cancer, with massive hepatic involvement. After three cycles of first-line FOLFOX (folinic acid, 5-fluorouracil and oxaliplatin), she developed acute kidney injury and hyperkalaemia that did not respond to standard measures. High suspicion of TLS prompted further corroborating investigations and early intensive care unit admission...
March 15, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Wida Setiawati, Hinky Hindra Irawan Satari, Yunia Irawati, Made Susiyanti
A 4-year-old girl had suffered from multiple pustules and severely swollen eyelids for a week which led to difficulties in opening her eyes. The pustules burst 2 days prior to admission, causing blood and pus to come out. As a result, the evaluation of eye movement, visual acuity and intraocular pressure was hindered. Eyelids were spasming, hyperaemic, warm and of soft consistency on palpation. Crust and necrotic tissues were also observed. The patient had a history of fever with cough and nasal congestion...
March 15, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Louise Ramsden, Martin Patrick McColgan, Thomas Rossor, Anne Greenough, Simon J Clark
Studies of adult patients have demonstrated that weekend admissions compared with weekday admissions had a significantly higher hospital mortality rate. We have reviewed the literature to determine if the timing of admission, for example, weekend or weekday, influenced mortality and morbidity in children. Seventeen studies reported the effect of timing of admission on mortality, and only four studies demonstrated an increase in those admitted at the weekend. Meta-analysis of the results of 15 of the studies demonstrated there was no significant weekend effect...
March 15, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Pin Pin Pek, Huili Zheng, Andrew Fu Wah Ho, Win Wah, Huay Cheem Tan, Ling Li Foo, Marcus Eng Hock Ong
BACKGROUND: With an ageing population, there is a need to understand the relative risk/benefit of interventions for elderly ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients. The primary aim of this study was to compare epidemiology, treatments and outcomes between young and elderly STEMI patients. Our secondary aim was to determine the cut-off age when the benefits of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) were less pronounced. METHODS: Data were collected by the Singapore Myocardial Infarction Registry...
March 15, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
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