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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743177/traditional-suburethral-sling-operations-for-urinary-incontinence-in-women
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Haroon Rehman, Carlos A Bezerra, Homero Bruschini, June D Cody, Patricia Aluko
BACKGROUND: Stress urinary incontinence constitutes a significant health and economic burden to society. Traditional suburethral slings are one of the surgical operations used to treat women with symptoms of stress urinary incontinence. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of traditional suburethral slings on stress or mixed incontinence in comparison with other management options. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Incontinence Group Specialised Register (searched 3 June 2010) and the reference lists of relevant articles...
July 26, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743138/-iso-9001-2015-certification-in-quality-management
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Christian Enders, Gabriele E Lang, Gerhard K Lang, Jens Ulrich Werner
Quality management improves the structures, processes and results of organizations of all kinds. Many practices and clinics have their existing quality management system certified according to ISO 9001, (e.g., to check their own quality management system or to obtain a testimonial against third parties). The latest version ISO 9001:2015 contains some changes, both structurally and in terms of content. These changes can be met with reasonable efforts. An ISO 9001:2015 certification represents a value for your organization, but these advantages are often not directly measurable...
July 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743083/hall-effect-biosensors-with-ultraclean-graphene-film-for-improved-sensitivity-of-label-free-dna-detection
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Phan Thi Kim Loan, Dongqin Wu, Chen Ye, Xiaoqing Li, Vu Thanh Tra, Qiuping Wei, Li Fu, Aimin Yu, Lain-Jong Li, Cheng-Te Lin
The quality of graphene strongly affects the performance of graphene-based biosensors which are highly demanded for the sensitive and selective detection of biomolecules, such as DNA. This work reported a novel transfer process for preparing a residue-free graphene film using a thin gold supporting layer. A Hall effect device made of this gold-transferred graphene was demonstrated to significantly enhance the sensitivity (≈ 5 times) for hybridization detection, with a linear detection range of 1pM to 100nM for DNA target...
July 19, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743048/the-ketogenic-diet-in-patients-with-myoclonic-status-in-non-progressive-encephalopathy
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Roberto Caraballo, Francesca Darra, Gabriela Reyes, Marisa Armeno, Araceli Cresta, Graciela Mestre, Bernardo Dalla Bernardina
Myoclonic status in non-progressive encephalopathy (MSNPE) is characterized by the recurrence of long-lasting atypical status epilepticus associated with attention impairment and continuous polymorphous jerks, mixed with other complex abnormal movements, in infants suffering from a non-progressive encephalopathy. The ketogenic diet (KD) has been used as an alternative to antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) for patients with refractory epileptic encephalopathies. PURPOSE: In this study we assess the efficacy and tolerability of the KD in patients with MSNPE...
July 11, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743041/prospects-for-engineering-and-improvement-of-cross-protective-virus-strains
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REVIEW
Heiko Ziebell, Robin MacDiarmid
Mild strain cross-protection is currently an important method for the production of high quality plant products; despite challenge from severe virus isolates the initial protecting strain precludes symptom development. The mechanism of cross-protection is not yet resolved as RNA silencing does not sufficiently explain the phenomenon. Six requirements have been put forward to ensure long-lasting protection. We propose two additional requirements for effective and durable mild strain cross-protection; mild strains based on knowledge of the mechanism and consideration of impacts to consumers...
July 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742913/the-effect-of-nursing-quality-improvement-and-mobile-health-interventions-on-infant-sleep-practices-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Rachel Y Moon, Fern R Hauck, Eve R Colson, Ann L Kellams, Nicole L Geller, Timothy Heeren, Stephen M Kerr, Emily E Drake, Kawai Tanabe, Mary McClain, Michael J Corwin
Importance: Inadequate adherence to recommendations known to reduce the risk of sudden unexpected infant death has contributed to a slowing in the decline of these deaths. Objective: To assess the effectiveness of 2 interventions separately and combined to promote infant safe sleep practices compared with control interventions. Design, Setting, and Participants: Four-group cluster randomized clinical trial of mothers of healthy term newborns who were recruited between March 2015 and May 2016 at 16 US hospitals with more than 100 births annually...
July 25, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742867/assessing-unmet-needs-in-patients-with-cancer-an-investigation-of-differential-item-functioning-of-the-needs-evaluation-questionnaire-across-gender-age-and-phase-of-the-disease
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Francesca Chiesi, Andrea Bonacchi, Caterina Primi, Guido Miccinesi
OBJECTIVE: The main aim of this study was to provide evidence of the broad employability of the NEQ with patients of different gender and age with cancer in different phases of the disease and care process, using an Item Response Theory (IRT) approach and investigating Differential Item Functioning (DIF). METHODS: The NEQ was completed by 762 patients visiting, consecutively, outpatient clinics or admitted to oncology wards. Patients included in the study had different primary tumor sites and were in different phases of the disease and care process...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742809/dimensions-of-antenatal-care-service-and-the-alacrity-of-mothers-towards-institutional-delivery-in-south-and-south-east-asia
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Priyanka Dixit, Junaid Khan, Laxmi Kant Dwivedi, Amrita Gupta
BACKGROUND: A number of studies have assessed the effectiveness of antenatal care (ANC) on uptake of institutional delivery care. However, none address the issue of association between the different components of ANC i.e. ANC component which is independent of health care delivery systems (timing and number of ANC visits), ANC components which depends on health care delivery systems (specific ANC procedures that women receive) with institutional delivery. METHODS: Data for the study has been taken from the DHS conducted in the six selected South and South-East Asian countries during 1998-2013...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742808/self-help-guidebook-improved-quality-of-life-for-patients-with-irritable-bowel-syndrome
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Antonius Schneider, Stefanie Rosenberger, Johanna Bobardt, Jessica Bungartz-Catak, Oxana Atmann, Bernhard Haller, Anne Kennedy, Paul Enck
BACKGROUND: The primary aim of our study was to evaluate the impact of a comprehensive self-help guidebook on the disease related quality of life for patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The secondary aim was to evaluate whether the guidebook is less effective in IBS patients with depression, somatization disorder or panic disorder as a psychiatric comorbidity. METHODS: Prospective observational study. At baseline (t1), patients filled in the ´Functional Digestive Disorders Quality of Life´ (FDDQL) questionnaire and received the IBS guidebook together with an explanation of its content and use...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742807/association-of-coping-strategies-with-mortality-and-health-related-quality-of-life-in-hemodialysis-patients-the-japan-dialysis-outcomes-and-practice-patterns-study
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Kakuya Niihata, Shingo Fukuma, Tadao Akizawa, Shunichi Fukuhara
BACKGROUND: Hemodialysis patients are exposed to disease- and treatment-related stresses, and use various coping strategies to deal with these stresses. Although some studies have reported the association of coping strategies with mortality or health-related quality of life (QOL) in some populations, the effect of coping strategies on clinical outcomes in hemodialysis patients remains unclear. We investigated the association in a longitudinal design among Japanese hemodialysis patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742774/improving-adherence-to-intraoperative-lung-protective-ventilation-strategies-at-a-university-medical-center
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Sean A Josephs, Gretchen A Lemmink, Judith A Strong, Cassandra L Barry, William E Hurford
BACKGROUND: Intraoperative lung-protective ventilation (ILPV) is defined as tidal volumes <8 mL/kg ideal bodyweight and is increasingly a standard of care for major abdominal surgical procedures performed under general anesthesia. In this study, we report the result of a quality improvement initiative targeted at improving adherence to ILPV guidelines in a large academic teaching hospital. METHODS: We performed a time-series study to determine whether anesthesia provider adherence to ILPV was affected by certain improvement interventions and patient ideal body weight (IBW)...
July 24, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742772/medication-errors-in-pediatric-anesthesia-a-report-from-the-wake-up-safe-quality-improvement-initiative
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Lauren M Y Lobaugh, Lizabeth D Martin, Laura E Schleelein, Donald C Tyler, Ronald S Litman
BACKGROUND: Wake Up Safe is a quality improvement initiative of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia that contains a deidentified registry of serious adverse events occurring in pediatric anesthesia. The aim of this study was to describe and characterize reported medication errors to find common patterns amenable to preventative strategies. METHODS: In September 2016, we analyzed approximately 6 years' worth of medication error events reported to Wake Up Safe. Medication errors were classified by: (1) medication category; (2) error type by phase of administration: prescribing, preparation, or administration; (3) bolus or infusion error; (4) provider type and level of training; (5) harm as defined by the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention; and (6) perceived preventability...
July 24, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742771/perioperative-amino-acid-infusion-for-preventing-hypothermia-and-improving-clinical-outcomes-during-surgery-under-general-anesthesia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Yoshitaka Aoki, Yukie Aoshima, Kazuyuki Atsumi, Ryo Kaminaka, Rintaro Nakau, Kyoko Yanagita, Makiko Kora, Shunsuke Fujii, Junichiro Yokoyama
Amino acid (AA) infusion is sometimes selected to avoid hypothermia during general anesthesia. However, the widespread clinical use of AA infusion therapy has not been established. This study aimed to clarify the evidence that AA infusion can increase patient body temperature and improve clinical outcomes using the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation system. We searched MEDLINE (PubMed), Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and Igaku Chuo Zasshi (Japana Centra Revuo Medicina) in November 2015...
July 24, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742762/kdigo-clinical-practice-guideline-on-the-evaluation-and-care-of-living-kidney-donors
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Krista L Lentine, Bertram L Kasiske, Andrew S Levey, Patricia L Adams, Josefina Alberú, Mohamed A Bakr, Lorenzo Gallon, Catherine A Garvey, Sandeep Guleria, Philip Kam-Tao Li, Dorry L Segev, Sandra J Taler, Kazunari Tanabe, Linda Wright, Martin G Zeier, Michael Cheung, Amit X Garg
The 2017 Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) Clinical Practice Guideline on the Evaluation and Care of Living Kidney Donors is intended to assist medical professionals who evaluate living kidney donor candidates and provide care before, during and after donation. The guideline development process followed the Grades of Recommendation Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) approach and guideline recommendations are based on systematic reviews of relevant studies that included critical appraisal of the quality of the evidence and the strength of recommendations...
August 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742757/concurrent-validity-and-responsiveness-of-promis-health-domains-among-patients-presenting-for-anterior-cervical-spine-surgery
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Taylor E Purvis, Elena Andreou, Brian J Neuman, Lee H Riley, Richard L Skolasky
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. OBJECTIVE: To determine validity and responsiveness of Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) health domains. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: PROMIS health domains (anxiety, depression, fatigue, pain, physical function, satisfaction with participation in social roles, sleep disturbance) may measure quality of care and determine minimal important differences (MIDs) after spine surgery...
July 24, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742743/expanding-the-role-of-pas-in-the-treatment-of-severe-and-persistent-mental-illness
#16
Ben McCutchen, Sujay Patel, Dawn Copeland
Patients with severe and persistent mental illness often face limited access to psychiatric and primary care. This exploratory qualitative analysis studied the effect of introducing a PA into a comprehensive outpatient psychiatric team. Early results suggest this model improves the quality and access to primary and psychiatric care.
August 2017: JAAPA: Official Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742736/comparative-analysis-of-perioperative-outcomes-using-nationally-derived-hospital-discharge-data-relative-to-a-prospective-multicenter-surgical-database-of-adult-spinal-deformity-surgery
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Gregory W Poorman, Peter G Passias, Aaron J Buckland, Cyrus M Jalai, Michael Kelly, Daniel M Sciubba, Brian J Neuman, D Kojo Hamilton, Amit Jain, Bassel Diebo, Virginie Lafage, Shay Bess, Eric O Klineberg
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of three prospectively collected databases. OBJECTIVE: To compare perioperative outcomes in Adult Spinal Deformity (ASD) surgeries in a surgeon-run (SR-ASD) and two national databases: the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) and the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Much has been learned on the treatment of ASD in the last decade with prospective multicenter collaborative research focusing on this specific condition...
August 1, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742732/educational-colonoscopy-video-enhances-bowel-preparation-quality-and-comprehension-in-an-inner-city-population
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Ajish Pillai, Radha Menon, David Oustecky, Asyia Ahmad
BACKGROUND: Quality of bowel preparation and patient knowledge remains a major barrier for completing colorectal cancer screening. Few studies have tested unique ways to impact patient understanding centering on interactive computer programs, pictures, and brochures. Two studies explored instructional videos but focused on patient compliance and anxiety as endpoints. Furthermore, excessive video length and content may limit their impact on a broad patient population. No study so far has studied a video's impact on preparation quality and patient understanding of the colonoscopy procedure...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742701/postoperative-delirium-as-a-target-for-surgical-quality-improvement
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Julia R Berian, Lynn Zhou, Marcia M Russell, Melissa A Hornor, Mark E Cohen, Emily Finlayson, Clifford Y Ko, Ronnie A Rosenthal, Thomas N Robinson
OBJECTIVE: To explore hospital-level variation in postoperative delirium using a multi-institutional data source. BACKGROUND: Postoperative delirium is closely related to serious morbidity, disability, and death in older adults. Yet, surgeons and hospitals rarely measure delirium rates, which limits quality improvement efforts. METHODS: The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) Geriatric Surgery Pilot (2014 to 2015) collects geriatric-specific variables, including postoperative delirium using a standardized definition...
July 24, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742681/targeting-value-driven-quality-improvement-for-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy-in-michigan
#20
Kyle H Sheetz, Brooke Kenney, James M Dupree, Darrell A Campbell, Michael J Englesbe
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate complete episode expenditures for laparoscopic cholecystectomy, a common and lower-risk operation, to characterize novel targets for value-based quality improvement. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: Despite enthusiasm for improving the overall value of surgical care, most efforts have focused on high-risk inpatient surgery. METHODS: We identified 19,213 patients undergoing elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy from 2012 to 2015 using data from Medicare and a large private payer...
July 24, 2017: Annals of Surgery
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