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Quality management cardiology

Afsin Emre Kayipmaz, Orcun Ciftci, Cemil Kavalci, Emir Karacaglar, Haldun Muderrisoglu
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to explore the ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) management practices of emergency medicine specialists working in various healthcare institutions of seven different geographical regions of Turkey, and to examine the characteristics of STEMI presentation and patient admissions in these regions. METHODS: We included 225 emergency medicine specialists working in all geographical regions of Turkey. We e-mailed them a 20-item questionnaire comprising questions related to their STEMI management practices and characteristics of STEMI presentation and patient admissions...
2016: PloS One
Alessia Pepe, Fausto Pizzino, Paola Gargiulo, Pasquale Perrone-Filardi, Christian Cadeddu, Donato Mele, Ines Monte, Giuseppina Novo, Concetta Zito, Gianluca Di Bella
Chemotherapy-induced cardiotoxicity (CTX) is a determining factor for the quality of life and mortality of patients administered potentially cardiotoxic drugs and in long-term cancer survivors. Therefore, prevention and early detection of CTX are highly desirable, as is the exploration of alternative therapeutic strategies and/or the proposal of potentially cardioprotective treatments. In recent years, cardiovascular imaging has acquired a pivotal role in this setting. Although echocardiography remains the diagnostic method most used to monitor cancer patients, the need for more reliable, reproducible and accurate detection of early chemotherapy-induced CTX has encouraged the introduction of second-line advanced imaging modalities, such as cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) and nuclear techniques, into the clinical setting...
May 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Barbara S Wiggins, Joseph J Saseen, Robert L Page, Brent N Reed, Kevin Sneed, John B Kostis, David Lanfear, Salim Virani, Pamela B Morris
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October 17, 2016: Circulation
Géraldine Layani, Richard Fleet, Renée Dallaire, Fatoumata K Tounkara, Julien Poitras, Patrick Archambault, Jean-Marc Chauny, Mathieu Ouimet, Josée Gauthier, Gilles Dupuis, Alain Tanguay, Jean-Frédéric Lévesque, Geneviève Simard-Racine, Jeannie Haggerty, France Légaré
BACKGROUND: Evidence-based indicators of quality of care have been developed to improve care and performance in Canadian emergency departments. The feasibility of measuring these indicators has been assessed mainly in urban and academic emergency departments. We sought to assess the feasibility of measuring quality-of-care indicators in rural emergency departments in Quebec. METHODS: We previously identified rural emergency departments in Quebec that offered medical coverage with hospital beds 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and were located in rural areas or small towns as defined by Statistics Canada...
July 2016: CMAJ Open
Susan Schwinn, Robin McKay, Shirley Dinkel, Bobbe Mansfield, Brooke Faria Da Cunha, Savanna Cummins, Krystal Brunin
PURPOSE: The purpose of this quality improvement project was to evaluate hypertension (HTN) management in patients 80 years of age and older who reside in a large, long-term care (LTC) facility. DATA SOURCE: A retrospective chart audit was conducted on 75 charts of patients 80 years of age and older and who had a diagnosis of HTN. Using the 2011 American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association (ACCF/AHA) Expert Consensus Document on Management of Hypertension in the Elderly as a guide, blood pressure readings, significant comorbidities, and antihypertensive medication utilization were analyzed...
September 23, 2016: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Vicente Giner-Galvañ, María José Esteban-Giner, Vicente Pallarés-Carratalá
Modern medicine is characterized by a continuous genesis of evidence making it very difficult to translate the latest findings into a better clinical practice. Clinical practice guidelines (CPG) emerge to provide clinicians evidence-based recommendations for their daily clinical practice. However, the high number of existing CPG as well as the usual differences in the given recommendations usually increases the clinician's confusion and doubts. It has apparently been the case for the 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol...
2016: Vascular Health and Risk Management
Eduard Shantsila, Gregory Yh Lip
BACKGROUND: Morbidity in patients with chronic heart failure is high, and this predisposes them to thrombotic complications, including stroke and thromboembolism, which in turn contribute to high mortality. Oral anticoagulants (e.g. warfarin) and antiplatelet agents (e.g. aspirin) are the principle oral antithrombotic agents. Many heart failure patients with sinus rhythm take aspirin because coronary artery disease is the leading cause of heart failure. Oral anticoagulants have become a standard in the management of heart failure with atrial fibrillation...
September 15, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Craig M Alpert, Michael A Smith, Scott L Hummel, Ellen K Hummel
Evidence-based management has improved long-term survival in patients with heart failure (HF). However, an unintended consequence of increased longevity is that patients with HF are exposed to a greater symptom burden over time. In addition to classic symptoms such as dyspnea and edema, patients with HF frequently suffer additional symptoms such as pain, depression, gastrointestinal distress, and fatigue. In addition to obvious effects on quality of life, untreated symptoms increase clinical events including emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and long-term mortality in a dose-dependent fashion...
September 3, 2016: Heart Failure Reviews
K M Musgrave, J Powell
There is limited guidance available to clinicians regarding the management of antithrombotic therapy during epistaxis, whilst there has been an increase in the use of anticoagulation and antiplatelet therapy. In addition, the introduction of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs), such as dabigatran and rivaroxaban, over the last decade has significantly increased the complexity of managing the anticoagulated epistaxis patient. We undertook a systemic literature review investigating potential management strategies for each class of anti-thrombotic therapy during epistaxis...
September 4, 2016: Rhinology
Francois Schiele, Chris P Gale, Eric Bonnefoy, Frederic Capuano, Marc J Claeys, Nicolas Danchin, Keith Aa Fox, Kurt Huber, Zaza Iakobishvili, Maddalena Lettino, Tom Quinn, Maria Rubini Gimenez, Hans E Bøtker, Eva Swahn, Adam Timmis, Marco Tubaro, Christiaan Vrints, David Walker, Doron Zahger, Uwe Zeymer, Hector Bueno
Evaluation of quality of care is an integral part of modern healthcare, and has become an indispensable tool for health authorities, the public, the press and patients. However, measuring quality of care is difficult, because it is a multifactorial and multidimensional concept that cannot be estimated solely on the basis of patients' clinical outcomes. Thus, measuring the process of care through quality indicators (QIs) has become a widely used practice in this context. Other professional societies have published QIs for the evaluation of quality of care in the context of acute myocardial infarction (AMI), but no such indicators exist in Europe...
August 29, 2016: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
Eric J Keller, Robert L Vogelzang, Benjamin H Freed, James C Carr, Jeremy D Collins
BACKGROUND: Quality improvement efforts in cardiovascular imaging have been challenged by limited adoption of initiatives and policies. In order to better understand this limitation and inform future efforts, the range clinical values related to cardiovascular imaging at a large academic hospital was characterized. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 15 Northwestern Medicine physicians from internal medicine, cardiology, emergency medicine, cardiac/vascular surgery, and radiology were interviewed about their use of cardiovascular imaging and imaging guidelines...
2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Mark A Hlatky
Since the 1980s, when the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) established a joint task force to examine the use of cardiovascular procedures and therapies, cardiologists have been leaders in the development of clinical practice guidelines. The ACC/AHA guidelines development process has evolved considerably over the last 30 or more years. Guidelines now focus on clinical conditions, such as angina, instead of procedures, such as bypass surgery. There is a formal organizational structure, with dedicated staff, a standing committee on practice guidelines, and specific panels of volunteer experts on each topic...
July 2016: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
Michael P Leovic, Hailey N Robbins, Michael R Foley, Roman Starikov
Management of the critically-ill pregnant patient presents a clinical dilemma in which there is sparse objective data to determine the optimal setting for provision of high-quality care to these patients. This clinical scenario will continue to present a challenge for providers as the chronic illness and comorbid conditions continue to become more commonly encountered in the obstetric population. Various care models exist across a broad spectrum of facilities that are characterized by differing levels of resources; however, no studies have identified which model provides the highest level of care and patient safety while maintaining a reasonable degree of cost-effectiveness...
August 20, 2016: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Biljana Dodić, Tatjana Miljković, Marija Bjelobrk, Nada Cemerlic Ađić, Filip Ađić, Slobodan Dodić
INTRODUCTION: The term "management" is best characterized as "managing" economic or social processes to achieve objectives through a rational use of material and immaterial resources by applying the principles, functions, and management methods. This study has been aimed at evaluating the value of an integrated quality management system implemented at the Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases of Vojvodina to improve the quality of treatment. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In the period from 2008 to 2010 about 40 employees from the Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases of Vojvodina attended various courses given by the lecturers of the Faculty of Technical Sciences, where the function and significance of the "International Standards Organization" were explained, after which standards of interest were implemented at the Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases of Vojvodina...
January 2016: Medicinski Pregled
Benjamin I Shepple, William A Thistlethwaite, Christopher L Schumann, Kwame O Akosah, Robert C Schutt, Ellen C Keeley
As part of a quality improvement project, we performed a process analysis to evaluate how patients presenting with type 1 non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) are diagnosed and managed early after the diagnosis has been made. We performed a retrospective chart review and collected detailed information regarding the timing of the first 12-lead electrocardiogram, troponin order entry and first positive troponin result, administration of anticoagulation and antiplatelet medications, and referral for coronary angiography to identify areas of treatment variability and delay...
September 2016: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
Tanja Dekkers, Aleksander Prejbisz, Leo J Schultze Kool, Hans J M M Groenewoud, Marieke Velema, Wilko Spiering, Sylwia Kołodziejczyk-Kruk, Mark Arntz, Jacek Kądziela, Johannes F Langenhuijsen, Michiel N Kerstens, Anton H van den Meiracker, Bert-Jan van den Born, Fred C G J Sweep, Ad R M M Hermus, Andrzej Januszewicz, Alike F Ligthart-Naber, Peter Makai, Gert-Jan van der Wilt, Jacques W M Lenders, Jaap Deinum
BACKGROUND: The distinction between unilateral aldosterone-producing adenoma or bilateral adrenal hyperplasia as causes of primary aldosteronism is usually made by adrenal CT or by adrenal vein sampling (AVS). Whether CT or AVS represents the best test for diagnosis remains unknown. We aimed to compare the outcome of CT-based management with AVS-based management for patients with primary aldosteronism. METHODS: In a randomised controlled trial, we randomly assigned patients with aldosteronism to undergo either adrenal CT or AVS to determine the presence of aldosterone-producing adenoma (with subsequent treatment consisting of adrenalectomy) or bilateral adrenal hyperplasia (subsequent treatment with mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists)...
September 2016: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
Ricardo C Cury, Suhny Abbara, Stephan Achenbach, Arthur Agatston, Daniel S Berman, Matthew J Budoff, Karin E Dill, Jill E Jacobs, Christopher D Maroules, Geoffrey D Rubin, Frank J Rybicki, U Joseph Schoepf, Leslee J Shaw, Arthur E Stillman, Charles S White, Pamela K Woodard, Jonathon A Leipsic
The intent of CAD-RADS - Coronary Artery Disease Reporting and Data System is to create a standardized method to communicate findings of coronary CT angiography (coronary CTA) in order to facilitate decision-making regarding further patient management. The suggested CAD-RADS classification is applied on a per-patient basis and represents the highest-grade coronary artery lesion documented by coronary CTA. It ranges from CAD-RADS 0 (Zero) for the complete absence of stenosis and plaque to CAD-RADS 5 for the presence of at least one totally occluded coronary artery and should always be interpreted in conjunction with the impression found in the report...
July 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Ricardo C Cury, Suhny Abbara, Stephan Achenbach, Arthur Agatston, Daniel Berman, Matthew Budoff, Karin Dill, Jill Jacobs, Christopher Maroules, Geoffrey Rubin, Frank J Rybicki, Joseph Schoepf, Leslee Shaw, Arthur Stillman, Charles White, Pamela Woodard, Jonathon Leipsic
The intent of CAD-RADS - Coronary Artery Disease Reporting and Data System is to create a standardized method to communicate findings of coronary CT angiography (coronary CTA) in order to facilitate decision-making regarding further patient management. The suggested CAD-RADS classification is applied on a per-patient basis and represents the highest-grade coronary artery lesion documented by coronary CTA. It ranges from CAD-RADS 0 (Zero) for the complete absence of stenosis and plaque to CAD-RADS 5 for the presence of at least one totally occluded coronary artery and should always be interpreted in conjunction with the impression found in the report...
June 14, 2016: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
Andrea Di Lenarda, Giancarlo Casolo, Michele Massimo Gulizia, Nadia Aspromonte, Simonetta Scalvini, Andrea Mortara, Gianfranco Alunni, Renato Pietro Ricci, Roberto Mantovan, Giancarmine Russo, Gian Franco Gensini, Francesco Romeo
Telemedicine applied to heart failure patients is a tool for recording, remote transmission, storage and interpretation of cardiocirculatory parameters and/or diagnostic images, useful, as emphasized by the latest guidelines, to allow for intensive home monitoring in patients with advanced heart failure or during the vulnerable post-acute phase to improve the prognosis and quality of life for patients.Recently, several meta-analyses have shown that the patterns of care supported by telemedicine are not only effective, but also economically advantageous...
June 2016: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
Ruth M Masterson Creber, Mathew S Maurer, Meghan Reading, Grenny Hiraldo, Kathleen T Hickey, Sarah Iribarren
BACKGROUND: Heart failure is the most common cause of hospital readmissions among Medicare beneficiaries and these hospitalizations are often driven by exacerbations in common heart failure symptoms. Patient collaboration with health care providers and decision making is a core component of increasing symptom monitoring and decreasing hospital use. Mobile phone apps offer a potentially cost-effective solution for symptom monitoring and self-care management at the point of need. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this review of commercially available apps was to identify and assess the functionalities of patient-facing mobile health apps targeted toward supporting heart failure symptom monitoring and self-care management...
2016: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
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