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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432164/use-of-gabapentin-in-the-treatment-of-chronic-pain-in-an-adolescent-with-sickle-cell-disease
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Cátia R Correia, Ana Teresa Soares, Laura Azurara, Maria João Palaré
Vaso-occlusive crises are the most common manifestation of sickle cell disease (SCD) and the main cause of hospital admission in these patients. There is emerging evidence that vaso-occlusive pain has both nociceptive and neuropathic components. However, the treatment of SCD-related pain with neuropathic drugs has not yet been systematically studied, particularly in children. We describe a 14-year-old girl with SCD and multiple hospital admissions for pain management for severe acute vaso-occlusive pain episodes...
April 21, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414679/misses-opportunity-tof-diagnoses-in-4th-decade-of-life
#2
O Baniahmad, T Jarreau, A Johnson
CASE: A 40 year old woman with a history of HIV, congestive heart failure secondary to an unknown congenital heart defect, and hypertension presented to our emergency department with worsening edema. On room air, oxygen saturation was 55 percent . On 5L of oxygen via nasal cannula, oxygen saturation was 88 percent . Physical examination was notable for central cyanosis, facial and lid edema, a II/VI holosystolic murmur across right chest radiating to entire right back hemithorax, decreased breath sounds at bases with pulmonary crackles, clubbing of fingers and edema of bilateral lower extremities...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407410/variable-clinical-course-of-identical-twin-neonates-with-alstr%C3%A3-m-syndrome-presenting-coincidentally-with-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Seth A Hollander, Norah Alsaleh, Maura Ruzhnikov, Kristen Jensen, David N Rosenthal, David A Stevenson, Melanie Manning
Alström Syndrome (AS) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder caused by mutations in the ALMS1 gene. We report monozygotic twin infants who presented concurrently with symptoms of congestive heart failure (CHF) due to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Following their initial presentation, one twin improved both echocardiographically and functionally while the other twin showed a progressive decline in ventricular function and worsening CHF symptoms requiring multiple hospitalizations and augmentation of heart failure therapy...
April 13, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399151/the-recent-emergence-in-hospitals-of-multidrug-resistant-community-associated-sequence-type-1-and-spa-type-t127-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-investigated-by-whole-genome-sequencing-implications-for-screening
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Megan R Earls, Peter M Kinnevey, Gráinne I Brennan, Alexandros Lazaris, Mairead Skally, Brian O'Connell, Hilary Humphreys, Anna C Shore, David C Coleman
Community-associated spa type t127/t922 methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) prevalence increased from 1%-7% in Ireland between 2010-2015. This study tracked the spread of 89 such isolates from June 2013-June 2016. These included 78 healthcare-associated and 11 community associated-MRSA isolates from a prolonged hospital outbreak (H1) (n = 46), 16 other hospitals (n = 28), four other healthcare facilities (n = 4) and community-associated sources (n = 11). Isolates underwent antimicrobial susceptibility testing, DNA microarray profiling and whole-genome sequencing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385473/the-utility-of-repeat-culture-in-fungal-corneal-ulcer-management-a-secondary-analysis-of-the-mutt-i-randomized-clinical-trial
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Kathryn J Ray, Prajna Lalitha, N Venkatesh Prajna, Revathi Rajaraman, Tiruvengada Krishnan, Muthiah Srinivasan, Peter Ryg, Stephen McLeod, Nisha R Acharya, Thomas M Lietman, Jennifer Rose-Nussbaumer
PURPOSE: To determine whether patients who had a positive repeated culture was predictive of worse clinical outcome than those who achieved microbiological cure at 6 days in the Mycotic Ulcer Treatment Trial I (MUTT-I). DESIGN: Secondary analysis from a multicenter, double-masked, randomized clinical trial. METHODS: Setting: Multiple hospital sites of the Aravind Eye Care System, India. STUDY POPULATION: Patients with culture-positive filamentous fungal ulcers and visual acuity of 20/40 to 20/400 re-examined 6 days after initiation of treatment Intervention: Corneal scraping and cultures were obtained from study participants at day-6 after enrollment...
April 3, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351702/effects-of-operational-decisions-on-the-diffusion-of-epidemic-disease-a-system-dynamics-modeling-of-the-mers-cov-outbreak-in-south-korea
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Nina Shin, Taewoo Kwag, Sangwook Park, Yon Hui Kim
We evaluated the nosocomial outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Coronavirus (CoV) in the Republic of Korea, 2015, from a healthcare operations management perspective. Establishment of healthcare policy in South Korea provides patients' freedom to select and visit multiple hospitals. Current policy enforces hospitals preference for multi-patient rooms to single-patient rooms, to lower financial burden. Existing healthcare systems tragically contributed to 186 MERS outbreak cases, starting from single "index patient" into three generations of secondary infections...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345011/cross-cultural-differences-of-the-non-motor-symptoms-studied-by-the-traditional-chinese-version-of-the-international-parkinson-and-movement-disorder-society-unified-parkinson-s-disease-rating-scale
#7
Rwei-Ling Yu, Ruey-Meei Wu, Anne Y Y Chan, Vincent Mok, Yih-Ru Wu, Barbara C Tilley, Sheng Luo, Lu Wang, Nancy R LaPelle, Glenn T Stebbins, Christopher G Goetz
BACKGROUND: Given the importance of ethnic differences in the evaluation of various aspects of symptoms in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), we present the formal procedure for completing the traditional Chinese translation of the International and Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society/UPDRS (MDS-UPDRS) and highlight the discrepancy in nonmotor symptoms (NMS) between patients in Eastern and Western countries. METHODS: A total of 350 native Chinese-speaking PD patients were recruited from multiple hospitals in Eastern countries; they completed the MDS-UPDRS...
January 2017: Movement Disorders Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342624/the-level-of-anxiety-depression-and-quality-of-life-among-patients-with-heart-failure-in-greece
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Zoi Aggelopoulou, Nikolaos V Fotos, Anastasia A Chatziefstratiou, Konstantinos Giakoumidakis, Ioannis Elefsiniotis, Hero Brokalaki
PURPOSE: The assessment of the level of anxiety, depression and quality of life among patients with heart failure. METHODS: It was an observational study. The populations were 231 patients with heart failure who were hospitalized in cardiology departments of 2 general hospitals in Athens, from September 1, 2010 through January 31, 2012. We used the "Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire - MLHFQ" to evaluate patients' quality of life and the " State-Trait Anxiety Inventory - STAI" and the "Maastricht Questionnaire - MQ" to evaluate the level of stress and depression, respectively...
April 2017: Applied Nursing Research: ANR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326914/so-you-think-you-ve-designed-an-effective-recruitment-protocol
#9
Cara Green, Virginia Vandall-Walker
Background Recruiting acutely ill patients to participate in research can be challenging. This paper outlines the difficulties the first author encountered in a study and the steps she took to overcome problems with research ethics, gain access to participants and implement a recruitment protocol in multiple hospitals. It also compares these steps with literature related to recruitment. Aim To inform and inspire neophyte researchers about the need for planning and resilience when dealing with recruitment challenges in multiple hospitals...
March 22, 2017: Nurse Researcher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299558/body-pushing-prescription-drugs-and-hospital-admission
#10
Roger W Byard, Michaela Kenneally
A 39-year-old man died of multi-organ failure complicating mixed drug toxicity that included methadone, oxazepam, oxycodone and nitrazepam. His past medical history involved alcohol and poly-substance abuse with chronic self-harm and suicidal ideation. There had been multiple hospital admissions for drug overdoses. At autopsy the most unusual finding was of two packages of 10 tablets each, wrapped in thin plastic film within the rectum. The insertion of drugs into body orifices and cavities has been termed body pushing to distinguish it from body packing where illicit drugs are wrapped and swallowed for transport and smuggling, and body stuffing where small amounts of loosely wrapped or unwrapped drugs are swallowed to conceal evidence from police...
March 15, 2017: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287963/a-dataset-and-a-technique-for-generalized-nuclear-segmentation-for-computational-pathology
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Neeraj Kumar, Ruchika Verma, Sanuj Sharma, Surabhi Bhargava, Abhishek Vahadane, Amit Sethi
Nuclear segmentation in digital microscopic tissue images can enable extraction of high-quality features for nuclear morphometrics and other analysis in computational pathology. Conventional image processing techniques such as Otsu thresholding and watershed segmentation do not work effectively on challenging cases, such as chromatin-sparse and crowded nuclei. In contrast, machine learning-based segmentation can generalize across various nuclear appearances. However, training machine learning algorithms require datasets of images in which a vast number of nuclei have been annotated...
March 6, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284254/tuberculosis-hospitalization-expenditures-per-patient-from-private-health-insurance-claims-data-2010-2014
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K Owusu-Edusei, S M Marks, R Miramontes, E L Stockbridge, C A Winston
OBJECTIVE: To determine hospitalization expenditures for tuberculosis (TB) disease among privately insured patients in the United States. METHODS: We extracted TB hospital admissions data from the 2010-2014 MarketScan® commercial database using International Classification of Diseases version 9 codes for TB (011.0-018.96) as the principal diagnosis. We estimated adjusted average expenditures (in 2014 USD) using regression analyses controlling for patient and claim characteristics...
April 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197216/introducing-the-comprehensive-unit-based-safety-program-for-mechanically-ventilated-patients-in-saudi-arabian-intensive-care-units
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Raymond M Khan, Maha Aljuaid, Hanan Aqeel, Mohammed M Aboudeif, Shaimaa Elatwey, Rajeh Shehab, Yasser Mandourah, Khalid Maghrabi, Hassan Hawa, Imran Khalid, Ismael Qushmaq, Asad Latif, Bickey Chang, Sean M Berenholtz, Sultan Tayar, Khloud Al-Harbi, Amin Yousef, Anas A Amr, Yaseen M Arabi
Over the past decade, there have been major improvements to the care of mechanically ventilated patients (MVPs). Earlier initiatives used the concept of ventilator care bundles (sets of interventions), with a primary focus on reducing ventilator-associated pneumonia. However, recent evidence has led to a more comprehensive approach: The ABCDE bundle (Awakening and Breathing trial Coordination, Delirium management and Early mobilization). The approach of the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) was developed by patient safety researchers at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and is supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to improve local safety cultures and to learn from defects by utilizing a validated structured framework...
January 2017: Annals of Thoracic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188483/integrating-cad-modules-in-a-pacs-environment-using-a-wide-computing-infrastructure
#14
Jorge J Suárez-Cuenca, Amara Tilve, Ricardo López, Gonzalo Ferro, Javier Quiles, Miguel Souto
PURPOSE: The aim of this paper is to describe a project designed to achieve a total integration of different CAD algorithms into the PACS environment by using a wide computing infrastructure. METHODS: The aim is to build a system for the entire region of Galicia, Spain, to make CAD accessible to multiple hospitals by employing different PACSs and clinical workstations. The new CAD model seeks to connect different devices (CAD systems, acquisition modalities, workstations and PACS) by means of networking based on a platform that will offer different CAD services...
February 10, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185745/how-emergency-department-ed-admission-decisions-differ-when-the-same-physician-works-in-two-different-eds
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Jesse M Pines, Jessica E Galarraga, Michael Granvosky, Ori Litvak, Samuel Davis, Leah Honigman Warner
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Emergency physicians often work in multiple hospital emergency departments (EDs). We study how emergency physician admission decisions vary in different settings. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective, cross-sectional study over two years (2012-3) in six EDs in three states. Included physicians had ≥200 encounters per site in two different EDs. "Admissions" were ED encounters resulting in admission to the hospital or transfer to another hospital...
February 2, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153367/using-sigma-quality-control-to-verify-and-monitor-performance-in-a-multi-instrument-multisite-integrated-health-care-network
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REVIEW
Harold H Harrison, Jay B Jones
The authors developed a system-wide integrated network of instrumentation and Sigma-based quality control for fundamental chemistry, coagulation, and hematology analysis. The authors have based selection of Westgard rules for run management on a straightforward, Sigma-driven selection process. The network includes multiple hospitals and large regional clinic laboratories. Most hospitals have multiple instruments; overall there are at least four distinct instrument models active from each manufacturer. The authors have measured and monitored Sigma values in this network for more than five years, to verify and validate performance and to provide ongoing justification for rules selection and rules changes when necessary...
March 2017: Clinics in Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072751/duodenal-plexiform-fibromyxoma-as-a-cause-of-obscure-upper-gastrointestinal-bleeding-a-case-report
#17
Demetrios Moris, Evangelia Spanou, Stavros Sougioultzis, Nikolaos Dimitrokallis, Polyxeni Kalisperati, Ioanna Delladetsima, Evangelos Felekouras
RATIONALE: We are reporting the first-to our knowledge-case of duodenal Plexiform Fibromyxoma causing obscure upper gastrointestinal bleeding. PATIENT CONCERNS: Plexiform fibromyxoma triggered recurrent upper gastrointestinal bleeding episodes in a 63-year-old man who remained undiagnosed, despite multiple hospitalizations, extensive diagnostic workups and surgical interventions (including gastrectomies), for almost 17 years. DIAGNOSES-INTERVENTIONS: During hospitalization for the last bleeding episode, an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy revealed an intestinal hemorrhagic nodule...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069285/dialysis-modality-and-readmission-following-hospital-discharge-a-population-based-cohort-study
#18
Jeffrey Perl, Eric McArthur, Chaim Bell, Amit X Garg, Joanne M Bargman, Christopher T Chan, Shai Harel, Lihua Li, Arsh K Jain, Danielle M Nash, Ziv Harel
BACKGROUND: Readmissions following hospital discharge among maintenance dialysis patients are common, potentially modifiable, and costly. Compared with patients receiving in-center hemodialysis (HD), patients receiving peritoneal dialysis (PD) have fewer routine dialysis clinic encounters and as a result may be more susceptible to a hospital readmission following discharge. STUDY DESIGN: Population-based retrospective-cohort observational study. SETTINGS & PARTICIPANTS: Patients treated with maintenance dialysis who were discharged following an acute-care hospitalization during January 1, 2003, to December 31, 2013, across 164 acute-care hospitals in Ontario, Canada...
January 6, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057950/reduction-of-30-day-hospital-readmissions-after-patient-centric-telephonic-medication-therapy-management-services
#19
Daryl E Miller, Teresa E Roane, Karen D McLin
Background: Transitional care programs are a growing topic in health care systems across the country, with a focus on achieving a reduction in hospital readmissions and improving patient and medication safety. Numerous strategies have been employed and studied to determine successful approaches to patient transition from the hospital setting to the home setting. Pharmacist-mediated postdischarge telephonic outreach has demonstrated decreased hospital readmission rates in multiple hospital systems. Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of pharmacist-facilitated telephonic medication therapy management (MTM) services on reducing hospital readmissions...
December 2016: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048751/mo-de-bra-04-hands-on-fluoroscopy-safety-training-with-real-time-patient-and-staff-dosimetry
#20
M Vanderhoek, N Bevins
PURPOSE: Fluoroscopically guided interventions (FGI) are routinely performed across many different hospital departments. However, many involved staff members have minimal training regarding safe and optimal use of fluoroscopy systems. We developed and taught a hands-on fluoroscopy safety class incorporating real-time patient and staff dosimetry in order to promote safer and more optimal use of fluoroscopy during FGI. METHODS: The hands-on fluoroscopy safety class is taught in an FGI suite, unique to each department...
June 2016: Medical Physics
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