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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457950/knowledge-and-skills-of-critical-care-nurses-in-assisting-with-intubation
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Chris Williams, Andrew Parry
Assisting with tracheal intubation is an aspect of clinical practice that requires knowledge and skill if the procedure is to be carried out in a timely and safe manner. Maintaining this knowledge and skill requires good quality education and regular opportunities to practise. These two factors appear to be inconsistent in critical care units. This article details an audit performed on a large tertiary referral centre critical care unit. It was undertaken in two phases: the first was a self-assessment of knowledge and the second was a practical assessment of the audit subjects in a simulated setting...
February 22, 2018: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456580/the-accuracy-of-ultrasound-estimation-of-fetal-weight-in-comparison-to-birth-weight-a-systematic-review
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Julia Milner, Jane Arezina
Ultrasound estimation of fetal weight is a highly influential factor in antenatal management, guiding both the timing and mode of delivery of a pregnancy. Although substantial research has investigated the most accurate ultrasound formula for calculating estimated fetal weight, current evidence indicates significant error levels. The aim of this systematic review was to identify the most accurate method, whilst identifying sources of inaccuracy in order to facilitate recommendations for future practice. Seven studies met the inclusion criteria and 11 different formulae were assessed; ultrasound calculation of fetal weight was most commonly overestimated...
February 2018: Ultrasound: Journal of the British Medical Ultrasound Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455458/diagnosis-presentation-and-initial-severity-of-autoimmune-hepatitis-aih-in-patients-attending-28-hospitals-in-the-uk
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Victoria Gordon, Ratul Adhikary, Victoria Appleby, Debasis Das, James Day, Toby Delahooke, Selena Dixon, David Elphick, Claire Hardie, Barbara Hoeroldt, Patricia Hooper, John Hutchinson, Rebecca Jones, Faisal Khan, Guruprasad P Aithal, John McGonigle, Andrew Nelson, Alick Nkhoma, Stavroula Pelitari, Martin Prince, Annell Prosser, Vinay Sathanarayana, Sophia Savva, Naina Shah, Sushma Saksena, Sreedhari Thayalasekaran, Deven Vani, Andrew Yeoman, Dermot Gleeson
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: There is limited information regarding patients with AIH outside relatively few large centres. We describe here the presenting features of patients with AIH, collected as part of an audit involving 28 UK hospitals. METHODS: Patients (incident since 1/1/2007 or prevalent since 1/1/2000) were >18 years and either met 1999 International AIH Group (IAIHG) diagnostic criteria (n=1164), or received immunosuppressive therapy for clinically diagnosed AIH (n=103)...
February 17, 2018: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454393/health-professionals-perceptions-about-their-clinical-performance-and-the-influence-of-audit-and-feedback-on-their-intentions-to-improve-practice-a-theory-based-study-in-dutch-intensive-care-units
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Wouter T Gude, Marie-José Roos-Blom, Sabine N van der Veer, Dave A Dongelmans, Evert de Jonge, Jill J Francis, Niels Peek, Nicolette F de Keizer
BACKGROUND: Audit and feedback aims to guide health professionals in improving aspects of their practice that need it most. Evidence suggests that feedback fails to increase accuracy of professional perceptions about clinical performance, which likely reduces audit and feedback effectiveness. This study investigates health professionals' perceptions about their clinical performance and the influence of feedback on their intentions to change practice. METHODS: We conducted an online laboratory experiment guided by Control Theory with 72 intensive care professionals from 21 units...
February 17, 2018: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453329/management-characteristics-and-outcomes-of-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-in-sri-lanka
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Priyadarshani Galappatthy, Vipula R Bataduwaarachchi, Priyanga Ranasinghe, Gamini K S Galappatthy, Maheshi Wijayabandara, Dinuka S Warapitiya, Mythily Sivapathasundaram, Thilini Wickramarathna, Upul Senarath, Sathasivam Sridharan, Chandrika N Wijeyaratne, Ruvan Ekanayaka
BACKGROUND: Ischaemic heart disease is the leading cause of in-hospital mortality in Sri Lanka. Acute Coronary Syndrome Sri Lanka Audit Project (ACSSLAP) is the first national clinical-audit project that evaluated patient characteristics, clinical outcomes and care provided by state-sector hospitals. METHODS: ACSSLAP prospectively evaluated acute care, in-hospital care and discharge plans provided by all state-sector hospitals managing patients with ACS. Data were collected from 30 consecutive patients from each hospital during 2-4 weeks window...
February 16, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450524/effect-of-a-quality-improvement-intervention-on-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-in-india-with-acute-myocardial-infarction-the-acs-quik-randomized-clinical-trial
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Mark D Huffman, Padinhare P Mohanan, Raji Devarajan, Abigail S Baldridge, Dimple Kondal, Lihui Zhao, Mumtaj Ali, Mangalath N Krishnan, Syam Natesan, Rajesh Gopinath, Sunitha Viswanathan, Joseph Stigi, Johny Joseph, Somanathan Chozhakkat, Donald M Lloyd-Jones, Dorairaj Prabhakaran
Importance: Wide heterogeneity exists in acute myocardial infarction treatment and outcomes in India. Objective: To evaluate the effect of a locally adapted quality improvement tool kit on clinical outcomes and process measures in Kerala, a southern Indian state. Design, Setting, and Participants: Cluster randomized, stepped-wedge clinical trial conducted between November 10, 2014, and November 9, 2016, in 63 hospitals in Kerala, India, with a last date of follow-up of December 31, 2016...
February 13, 2018: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450252/alcohol-and-tobacco-use-among-methadone-maintenance-patients-in-vietnamese-rural-mountainside-areas
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Bach Xuan Tran, Huong Lan Thi Nguyen, Quynh Ngoc Hoang Le, Hue Thi Mai, Chau Ngo, Canh Dinh Hoang, Hai Hong Nguyen, Hai Quan Le, Hung Van Nguyen, Huong Thi Le, Tho Dinh Tran, Nabil Zary, Carl A Latkin, Thuc Minh Thi Vu, Roger C M Ho, Melvyn W B Zhang
Introduction: The expansion of methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) program requires more data about the factors affecting the effectiveness of treatment, especially behavioral data such as smoking and alcohol use among patients. This study aimed to examine the prevalence of tobacco and alcohol consumption and identify related factors among MMT patients in the Vietnamese rural mountainside. Methods: We interviewed 241 MMT patients in two clinics in Tuyen Quang, a mountainous province in Vietnam...
June 2018: Addictive Behaviors Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447370/management-of-gout-by-uk-rheumatologists-a-british-society-for-rheumatology-national-audit
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Edward Roddy, Jon Packham, Karen Obrenovic, Ali Rivett, Joanna M Ledingham
Objectives: To assess the concordance of gout management by UK rheumatologists with evidence-based best-practice recommendations. Methods: Data were collected on patients newly referred to UK rheumatology out-patient departments over an 8-week period. Baseline data included demographics, method of diagnosis, clinical features, comorbidities, urate-lowering therapy (ULT), prophylaxis and blood tests. Twelve months later, the most recent serum uric acid level was collected...
February 13, 2018: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445314/prognostic-assessment-for-patients-with-cancer-and-incidental-pulmonary-embolism
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George Bozas, Natalie Jeffery, Deiva Ramanujam-Venkatachala, Ged Avery, Andrew Stephens, Hilary Moss, June Palmer, Mandi Elliott, Anthony Maraveyas
Background: An incidental/unsuspected diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (IPE) in cancer patients is a frequent occurrence. This single-institution analysis of uniformly managed patients investigates short and long-term outcomes and proposes a prognostic risk score, aiming to assist clinical decision-making. Methods: Data from a prospectively recorded cohort of 234 consecutive cancer patients with IPE were analysed. Multivariate logistic regression and the Cox regression survival methods were used to identify factors with independent association with early (30-day, 3-month, 6-month) mortality and survival...
2018: Thrombosis Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444835/retrospective-review-of-t-pallidum-pcr-and-serology-results-are-both-tests-necessary
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Anna Brischetto, Ian Gassiep, David Whiley, Robert Norton
There has been a resurgence of syphilis diagnoses in Australia. We investigated whether our Treponema pallidum polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test provides any additional diagnostic information over syphilis serology (chemi-luminescence immunoassay (CMIA), Treponema pallidum particle agglutination (TPPA) and rapid reagin (RPR) flocculation test). A retrospective audit was conducted of all T. pallidum PCR requests that came through our laboratory from January 2010 to June 2017; data collected included age, gender, site of swab, T...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444712/physical-activity-as-treatment-for-alcohol-use-disorders-fitforchange-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Mats Hallgren, Victoria Andersson, Örjan Ekblom, Sven Andréasson
BACKGROUND: Help-seeking for alcohol use disorders (AUDs) is low and traditional treatments are often perceived as stigmatizing. Physical activity has positive effects on mental and physical health which could benefit this population. We propose to compare the effects of aerobic training, yoga, and usual care for AUDs in physically inactive Swedish adults. METHODS: This is a three-group, parallel, single-blind, randomized controlled trial (RCT). In total, 210 adults (aged 18-75 years) diagnosed with an AUD will be invited to participate in a 12-week intervention...
February 14, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444552/optometry-facilitated-teleophthalmology-an-audit-of-the-first-year-in-western-australia
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Stephen E Bartnik, Stephen P Copeland, Angela J Aicken, Angus W Turner
BACKGROUND: Lions Outback Vision has run a state-wide teleophthalmology service since 2011. In September 2015 the Australian federal government introduced a Medicare reimbursement for optometry-facilitated teleophthalmology consultations under specific circumstances. This audit demonstrates the first 12 months experience with this scheme. We aim to provide practical insights for others looking to embed a telemedicine program as part of delivering outreach clinical services. METHODS: A 12-month retrospective audit was performed between September 2015 and August 2016, inclusive...
February 14, 2018: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29443646/electronic-medical-record-based-radiation-oncology-toxicity-recording-instrument-aids-benchmarking-and-quality-improvement-in-the-clinic
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Kevin Albuquerque, Kellie Rodgers, Ann Spangler, Asal Rahimi, DuWayne Willett
PURPOSE: The on-treatment visit (OTV) for radiation oncology is essential for patient management. Radiation toxicities recorded during the OTV may be inconsistent because of the use of free text and the lack of treatment site-specific templates. We developed a radiation oncology toxicity recording instrument (ROTOX) in a health system electronic medical record (EMR). Our aims were to assess improvement in documentation of toxicities and to develop clinic toxicity benchmarks. METHODS: A ROTOX that was based on National Cancer Institute Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (version 4...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442478/a-clinical-audit-diagnostic-and-epidemiological-evaluation-of-the-adrenal-incidentaloma-ai
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Vincenzo Nuzzo, Tiziana Attardo, Giuseppe Augello, Davide Brancato, Salvatore Camerlingo, Clelia Canale, Federica Coretti, Alessandro Franco, Francesco Giacometti, Maurizio Gambacorta, Massimo Loreno, Ada Maffettone, Vincenzo Provenzano, Alfonso Zuccoli
Audit is a clinical instrument of government characterized by a whole process of evaluation inter pares to improve medical behaviors in the clinical practice. Different endocrinopathies are underestimated in the clinical and diagnostics practice but they can be a real problem in patients admitted in the departments of Internal Medicine. The Adrenal Incidentaloma (AI) is an accidental discovery with an incidence equal to 4% in radiologic studies but it's rarely considereted in the internal disorders. In the departments of Internal Medicine are hospitalized each year approximately 1...
February 13, 2018: Minerva Endocrinologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440163/severity-and-management-of-postabortion-complications-among-women-in-zimbabwe-2016-a-cross-sectional-study
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Mugove Gerald Madziyire, Chelsea B Polis, Taylor Riley, Elizabeth A Sully, Onikepe Owolabi, Tsungai Chipato
OBJECTIVES: Abortion complications cause significant morbidity and mortality. We aimed to assess the severity and factors associated with abortion complications (induced or spontaneous), and the management of postabortion care (PAC) in Zimbabwe. DESIGN: Prospective, facility-based 28 day survey among women seeking PAC and their providers. SETTING: 127 facilities in Zimbabwe with the capacity to provide PAC, including all central and provincial hospitals, and a sample of primary health centres (30%), district/general/mission hospitals (52%), private (77%) and non-governmental organisation (NGO) (68%) facilities...
February 10, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440134/interobserver-variation-in-the-diagnosis-of-fibroepithelial-lesions-of-the-breast-a-multicentre-audit-by-digital-pathology
#16
Benjamin F Dessauvagie, Andrew H S Lee, Katie Meehan, Anju Nijhawan, Puay Hoon Tan, Jeremy Thomas, Bibiana Tie, Darren Treanor, Seemeen Umar, Andrew M Hanby, Rebecca Millican-Slater
AIM: Fibroepithelial lesions (FELs) of the breast span a morphological continuum including lesions where distinction between cellular fibroadenoma (FA) and benign phyllodes tumour (PT) is difficult. The distinction is clinically important with FAs managed conservatively while equivocal lesions and PTs are managed with surgery. We sought to audit core biopsy diagnoses of equivocal FELs by digital pathology and to investigate whether digital point counting is useful in clarifying FEL diagnoses...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29432888/audit-of-cardiac-surgery-outcomes-for-low-birth-weight-and-premature-infants
#17
Peter Alarcon Manchego, Michael Cheung, Diana Zanino, Russell Nunn, Yves D'Udekem, Christian Brizard
OBJECTIVE: The burden of disease associated with cardiac surgery in preterm and low birth weight infants is increasing. This retrospective study aimed to compare the mortality and morbidity of cardiac surgery in low birth weight and preterm infants with that of a case-matched normal population. METHODS: This was a single-centre audit of cardiac surgery interventions at a tertiary paediatric centre in Melbourne, Australia. Subjects underwent intervention in the first three months of life and were preterm (< 37 weeks gestation) and/or <2,500 grams at birth...
February 9, 2018: Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29432601/surf-copd-the-recording-of-cardiovascular-risk-in-patients-with-chronic-lung-disease
#18
A Dudina, S Lane, M Butler, M-T Cooney, I Graham
Background: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and such patients tend to carry a heavy burden of risk factors for CVD. There is little information on the documentation and management of CVD risk factors in COPD patients. Aim: To audit the recording and management of CVD risk factors in 200 COPD patients attending the respiratory out-patient clinics at two University teaching hospitals...
February 8, 2018: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29432336/limited-documentation-and-treatment-quality-of-glycemic-inpatient-care-in-relation-to-structural-deficits-of-heterogeneous-insulin-charts-at-a-large-university-hospital
#19
Julia Kopanz, Katharina M Lichtenegger, Gerald Sendlhofer, Barbara Semlitsch, Gerald Cuder, Andreas Pak, Thomas R Pieber, Christa Tax, Gernot Brunner, Johannes Plank
OBJECTIVES: Insulin charts represent a key component in the inpatient glycemic management process. The aim was to evaluate the quality of structure, documentation, and treatment of diabetic inpatient care to design a new standardized insulin chart for a large university hospital setting. METHODS: Historically grown blank insulin charts in use at 39 general wards were collected and evaluated for quality structure features. Documentation and treatment quality were evaluated in a consecutive snapshot audit of filled-in charts...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29432058/a-framework-for-establishing-connections-in-physiotherapy-practice
#20
Maxi Miciak, Maria Mayan, Cary Brown, Anthony S Joyce, Douglas P Gross
The therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient is embedded in the clinical interaction. Research using self-report tools has illustrated that positively evaluated therapeutic relationships can have favorable impacts on patient satisfaction with services and clinical outcomes. However, little is known about how physiotherapists develop the connections, or positive attachments, that help establish the therapeutic relationship. This study aimed to identify the various ways that physiotherapists establish meaningful connections with their patients...
February 12, 2018: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
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