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Event Medical Plan

Sandy Oelschlegel, Kelsey Leonard Grabeel, Emily Tester, Robert E Heidel, Jennifer Russomanno
Patient engagement in health care decisions largely depends on a patient's health literacy and the health literacy attributes of the health care organization. Librarians have an established role in connecting patients with health information in the context of their care. However, librarians can play a larger role in helping to make changes in their organization's health literacy attributes. This article discusses one medical library's process of leading systematic assessment of their organization's health literacy attributes...
April 2018: Medical Reference Services Quarterly
Angelica G Mancone, Alyssa R Dickey, Brian M Fitzgerald, Gregory P Kraus, Sandeep T Dhanjal
Introduction: Wrong site peripheral nerve blocks are included in the National Quality Forum and Joint Commission's category of "never event." Multiple attempts have been made by various groups in an effort to eliminate these events. Prior attempts to eliminate these never events include the Regional Block Preprocedural Checklist provided by the American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA) taskforce. Following a series of errors involving anticoagulation prior to regional anesthesia, our department saw a need for a more comprehensive checklist...
March 15, 2018: Military Medicine
Zakaria Aboulbanine, Naïma El Khayati
The use of phase space in medical linear accelerator Monte Carlo (MC) simulations significantly improves the execution time and leads to results comparable to those obtained from full calculations. The classical representation of phase space stores directly the information of millions of particles, producing bulky files. This paper presents a virtual source model (VSM) based on a reconstruction algorithm, taking as input a compressed file of roughly 800 kb derived from phase space data freely available in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) database...
March 19, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Scott A Goldberg, Jeremy Maggin, Michael S Molloy, Olesya Baker, Ritu Sarin, Michael Kelleher, Kevin Mont, Adedeji Fajana, Eric Goralnick
OBJECTIVE: Mass gathering events can substantially impact public safety. Analyzing patient presentation and transport rates at various mass gathering events can help inform staffing models and improve preparedness. METHODS: A retrospective review of all patients seeking medical attention across a variety of event types at a single venue with a capacity of 68,756 from January 2010 through September 2015. RESULTS: We examined 232 events with a total of 8,260,349 attendees generating 8157 medical contacts...
March 19, 2018: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
Ali Ahmed, Maria Tanveer, Adeel Siddiqui, Gul Majid Khan
Clinical pharmacists should be increasingly important members of the healthcare team in developing countries such as Pakistan. Survey of literature was conducted to identify the determinants of clinical pharmacy in Pakistan. Lack of trained human capital, shortage of resources, patient overburden, inefficient pharmacy education curriculum, and limited job opportunities are some of the determinants of clinical pharmacy profession in developing countries. The underutilization of clinical pharmacists paves the way for an increased incidence of medication errors, adverse drug events, irrational prescribing, and suboptimal therapeutic outcomes...
March 2018: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
Gladstone C McDowell, Joseph Winchell
OBJECTIVES: The majority of patients seeking medical care for chronic pain consult a primary care physician (PCP). Because systemic opioids are commonly prescribed to patients with chronic pain, PCPs are attempting to balance the competing priorities of providing adequate pain relief while reducing risks for opioid misuse and overdose. It is important for PCPs to be aware of pain management strategies other than systemic opioid dose escalation when patients with chronic pain fail to respond to conservative therapies and to initiate a multimodal treatment plan...
March 15, 2018: Postgraduate Medicine
Otavio Berwanger, Eliana Vieira Santucci, Pedro Gabriel Melo de Barros E Silva, Isabella de Andrade Jesuíno, Lucas Petri Damiani, Lilian Mazza Barbosa, Renato Hideo Nakagawa Santos, Ligia Nasi Laranjeira, Flávia de Mattos Egydio, Juliana Aparecida Borges de Oliveira, Frederico Toledo Campo Dall Orto, Pedro Beraldo de Andrade, Igor Ribeiro de Castro Bienert, Carlos Eduardo Bosso, José Armando Mangione, Carisi Anne Polanczyk, Amanda Guerra de Moraes Rego Sousa, Renato Abdala Karam Kalil, Luciano de Moura Santos, Andrei Carvalho Sposito, Rafael Luiz Rech, Antônio Carlos Sobral Sousa, Felipe Baldissera, Bruno Ramos Nascimento, Roberto Rocha Corrêa Veiga Giraldez, Alexandre Biasi Cavalcanti, Sabrina Bernardez Pereira, Luiz Alberto Mattos, Luciana Vidal Armaganijan, Hélio Penna Guimarães, José Eduardo Moraes Rego Sousa, John Hunter Alexander, Christopher Bull Granger, Renato Delascio Lopes
Importance: The effects of loading doses of statins on clinical outcomes in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and planned invasive management remain uncertain. Objective: To determine if periprocedural loading doses of atorvastatin decrease 30-day major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) in patients with ACS and planned invasive management. Design, Setting, and Participants: Multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial conducted at 53 sites in Brazil among 4191 patients with ACS evaluated with coronary angiography to proceed with a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) if anatomically feasible...
March 11, 2018: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Sandeep Singh, Balram Bhargava, Padma Vasantha, Rohit Bhatia, Hanish Sharma, Sujoy Pal, Peush Sahni, Govind K Makharia
PURPOSE: The primary objective of the study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a stool management kit (SMK) for containment of fecal incontinence in hospitalized bedridden patients. DESIGN: A single-group quasi-experimental study. SUBJECTS AND SETTING: Twenty bedridden adults who had at least 1 episode of fecal incontinence in the prior 24 hours participated in the study. The study setting was the neurological unit of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India...
March 2018: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
Katharine C Pike, Melika Akhbari, Dylan Kneale, Katherine M Harris
BACKGROUND: Asthma exacerbations in school-aged children peak in autumn, shortly after children return to school following the summer holiday. This might reflect a combination of risk factors, including poor treatment adherence, increased allergen and viral exposure, and altered immune tolerance. Since this peak is predictable, interventions targeting modifiable risk factors might reduce exacerbation-associated morbidity and strain upon health resources. The peak occurs in September in the Northern Hemisphere and in February in the Southern Hemisphere...
March 8, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Amy J Spooner, Leanne M Aitken, Wendy Chaboyer
BACKGROUND: Miscommunication during handover has been linked to adverse patient events and is an international patient safety priority. Despite the development of handover resources, standardized handover tools for nursing team leaders (TLs) in intensive care are limited. AIMS: The study aim was to implement and evaluate an evidence-based electronic minimum data set for nursing TL shift-to-shift handover in the intensive care unit using the knowledge-to-action (KTA) framework...
March 8, 2018: Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing
Anthony Pham, Becky Lee, Eric L Chang
Brain metastases are the most common intracranial tumors in the adult population and have been historically treated with whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT). However, as medical advances improve life expectancy, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) has replaced WBRT as the standard of care for limited (one to three) brain metastases due to the relative sparing of neurocognitive function (NCF) and therefore quality of life (QoL). The use of SRS has been less documented in the case of multiple (four or more) brain metastases, with literature limited to non-randomized studies showing comparable survival and local control...
December 28, 2017: Curēus
Glen T Hansen, Johanna Moore, Emily Herding, Tami Gooch, Diane Hirigoyen, Kevan Hanson, Marcia Deike
BACKGROUND: Emergency Departments (ED) are challenged during influenza season by patients who present acutely during sporadic ED visits. ED management is largely empiric, often occurring without reliable diagnostics needed for targeted therapies, safe outpatient discharge, or hospital admissions. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of the influenza diagnosis on physician decision making during ED visits using the Cobas Liat® influenza A + B assay. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective study assessing the impact of rapid (<30 min), reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) influenza testing on physician decision making in the ED...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
Sandhya Mehta, Sabyasachi Ghosh, Stephen Sander, Effie Kuti, William K Mountford
BACKGROUND: Multiple studies have reported that type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases (CVD), and presence of T2DM and CVD increases risk of death. There is growing interest in examining the effects of antidiabetic treatments on the reduction of cardiovascular events in T2DM adults with a history of CVD and thus at higher risk of cardiovascular events. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the incremental all-cause health care utilization and costs among adults with T2DM and a history of CVD compared with adults without a history of CVD, using a national linked electronic medical records (EMR) and claims database...
March 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Marcy Phipps, Virginia Conley, William H Constantine
INTRODUCTION: Despite the prevalence of fixed wing medical flights for specialized care and repatriation, few acuity rating scales exist aimed at the prediction of adverse in-flight medical events. An acuity scoring system can provide information to flight crews, allowing for staffing enhancements, protocol modifications, and flight planning, with the aim of improving patient care, outcomes, and preventing losses to providers because of costly diversions. METHODS: Our medical crew developed an acuity scale, which was applied retrospectively to 296 patients transported between January 2016 and March 2017...
March 2018: Air Medical Journal
Takahiro Asada, Goro Nakayama, Chie Tanaka, Daisuke Kobayashi, Kazuhiro Ezaka, Norifumi Hattori, Mitsuro Kanda, Suguru Yamada, Masahiko Koike, Yasuhiro Kodera
PURPOSE: To investigate the efficacy and safety of planned postoperative adalimumab (ADA) therapy for Japanese patients with Crohn's disease (CD). METHODS: The subjects of this study were 26 patients who underwent bowel resection for CD. All patients received subcutaneous injections of ADA 160/80 mg at the time of surgery and 2 weeks later, followed by 40 mg every 2 weeks thereafter. The primary endpoint of this study was the incidence of endoscopic recurrence, defined by Rutgeerts endoscopic recurrence scale ≥ i2, 1 year after surgery...
February 23, 2018: Surgery Today
Richard A Roberts
Purpose: This clinical report is presented to describe how results of vestibular function testing were considered along with other medical history to develop a management plan that was ultimately successful. Method: The patient underwent audio-vestibular assessment including comprehensive audiogram, videonystagmography, cervical vestibular evoked myogenic potential, and postural stability testing. Results: Results from initial testing were most consistent with uncompensated peripheral vestibular dysfunction affecting the right superior vestibular nerve...
March 8, 2018: American Journal of Audiology
Corinna Porteri
BACKGROUND: The proposal of the new criteria for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) based on biomarker data is making possible a diagnosis of AD at the mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or predementia/prodromal- stage. Given the present lack of effective treatments for AD, the opportunity for the individuals to personally take relevant decisions and plan for their future before and if cognitive deterioration occurs is one the main advantages of an early diagnosis. MAIN BODY: Advance directives are largely seen as an effective tool for planning medical care in the event the subject becomes incompetent...
February 20, 2018: BMC Medical Ethics
Alison Hutton, Jamie Ranse, Matthew Brendan Munn
This report identifies what is known about audience motivations at three different mass-gathering events: outdoor music festivals, religious events, and sporting events. In light of these motivations, the paper discusses how these can be harnessed by the event organizer and Emergency Medical Services. Lastly, motivations tell what kinds of interventions can be used to achieve an understanding of audience characteristics and the opportunity to develop tailor-made programs to maximize safety and make long-lasting public health interventions to a particular "cohort" or event population...
February 19, 2018: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Brian K Yorkgitis, Gabriel A Brat
BACKGROUND: Prescription opioid medications account for a large number of fatal and non-fatal overdoses. Many opioid prescription medications after surgery go unused, with the potential for diversion and misuse. As surgeons become increasingly aware of their role in opioid misuse, better tools are needed to guide behavior. DATA SOURCES: There has recently been a plethora of research into opioid prescribing after surgery. A review of this literature was performed using a search for manuscripts written in the English language...
February 6, 2018: American Journal of Surgery
Jan A Graw, Katja Eymann, Felix Kork, Martin Zoremba, Rene Burchard
BACKGROUND: Due to an increasing demand in health care services plans to substitute selective physician-conducted medical activities have become attractive. Because administration of a blood transfusion is a highly standardized procedure, it might be evaluated if obtaining a patient's consent for a blood transfusion can be delegated to allied healthcare professionals. Physicians and patients perceive risks of transfusions differently. However, it is unknown how allied healthcare professionals perceive risks of transfusion-associated adverse events...
February 17, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
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