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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340029/the-proportion-of-errors-in-medical-prescriptions-and-their-executions-among-hospitalized-children-before-and-during-accreditation
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Tal Margalit Mekory, Hilla Bahat, Benjamin Bar-Oz, Orna Tal, Matitiahu Berkovitch, Eran Kozer
Objective: To evaluate the rate of medication related errors in the pediatric ward and pediatric emergency department (PED), before and after implementing intervention strategies according to the Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation program. Design: A retrospective cross-sectional study that included chart review. Setting: A university affiliated pediatric ward and PED. Participants: Children 0-18 years old admitted on February 2013 (before the JCI program) and February 2014 (during implementation of the JCI program)...
March 10, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339846/estimation-of-whole-body-radiation-exposure-from-brachytherapy-for-oral-cancer-using-a-monte-carlo-simulation
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Y Ozaki, H Watanabe, A Kaida, M Miura, K Nakagawa, K Toda, R Yoshimura, Y Sumi, T Kurabayashi
Early stage oral cancer can be cured with oral brachytherapy, but whole-body radiation exposure status has not been previously studied. Recently, the International Commission on Radiological Protection Committee (ICRP) recommended the use of ICRP phantoms to estimate radiation exposure from external and internal radiation sources. In this study, we used a Monte Carlo simulation with ICRP phantoms to estimate whole-body exposure from oral brachytherapy. We used a Particle and Heavy Ion Transport code System (PHITS) to model oral brachytherapy with 192Ir hairpins and 198Au grains and to perform a Monte Carlo simulation on the ICRP adult reference computational phantoms...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339427/a-critical-analysis-of-obamacare-affordable-care-or-insurance-for-many-and-coverage-for-few
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Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Standiford Helm Ii, Ramsin M Benyamin, Joshua A Hirsch
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), of 2010, or Obamacare, was the most monumental change in US health care policy since the passage of Medicaid and Medicare in 1965. Since its enactment, numerous claims have been made on both sides of the aisle regarding the ACA's success or failure; these views often colored by political persuasion. The ACA had 3 primary goals: increasing the number of the insured, improving the quality of care, and reducing the costs of health care. One point often lost in the discussion is the distinction between affordability and access...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335490/monitoring-of-selected-health-indicators-in-children-living-in-a-copper-mine-development-area-in-northwestern-zambia
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Astrid M Knoblauch, Mark J Divall, Milka Owuor, Colleen Archer, Kennedy Nduna, Harrison Ng'uni, Gertrude Musunka, Anna Pascall, Jürg Utzinger, Mirko S Winkler
The epidemiology of malaria, anaemia and malnutrition in children is potentially altered in mining development areas. In a copper extraction project in northwestern Zambia, a health impact assessment (HIA) was commissioned to predict, manage and monitor health impacts. Two cross-sectional surveys were conducted: at baseline prior to project development (2011) and at four years into development (2015). Prevalence of Plasmodium falciparum, anaemia and stunting were assessed in under-five-year-old children, while hookworm infection was assessed in children aged 9-14 years in communities impacted and comparison communities not impacted by the project...
March 19, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335082/reporting-of-mitotic-rate-in-cutaneous-melanoma-a-study-using-the-national-cancer-data-base
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Patrick D Lorimer, Emily C Benham, Kendall Walsh, Yimei Han, Meghan R Forster, Terry Sarantou, Richard L White, Joshua S Hill
BACKGROUND: The seventh edition of the American Joint Commission on Cancer staging manual (AJCC7, published 2009), updated thin cutaneous melanoma staging protocols with the incorporation of mitotic rate (MR). In these patients, higher MR is associated with decreased survival. This study utilizes the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) to evaluate MR reporting since AJCC7. METHODS: The NCDB was queried for patients with primary cutaneous melanoma from 1998 to 2013...
March 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334579/continuity-and-change-at-the-joint-commission-journal-on-quality-and-patient-safety
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EDITORIAL
David W Baker, Steven Berman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334567/review-of-nonformulary-medication-approvals-in-an-academic-medical-center
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Qoua L Her, Mary G Amato, Diane L Seger, James F Gilmore, John Fanikos, Julie M Fiskio, David W Bates
BACKGROUND: The Joint Commission requires hospitals to formally review formulary medications at least annually based on new clinical information. Although review of nonformulary medication (NFM) use is not required, frequent and inappropriate use of NFMs has the potential to increase hospital costs, negatively affect quality of care, and increase medication errors. Limited resources may restrict an institution's ability to review NFM use in addition to the required annual formulary review...
February 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333209/assessment-of-endoscopic-mucosal-healing-of-ulcerative-colitis-using-linked-colour-imaging-a-novel-endoscopic-enhancement-system
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Kazuhiko Uchiyama, Tomohisa Takagi, Saori Kashiwagi, Yuki Toyokawa, Makoto Tanaka, Yuma Hotta, Osamu Dohi, Tetsuya Okayama, Naohisa Yoshida, Kazuhiro Katada, Kazuhiro Kamada, Takeshi Ishikawa, Osamu Handa, Hideyuki Konishi, Mitsuo Kishimoto, Nobuaki Yagi, Yuji Naito, Yoshito Itoh
Background and Aims: Mucosal healing and control of intestinal mucosal inflammation are important treatment goals for maintaining clinical remission in ulcerative colitis (UC) patients. Here, we investigated the efficacy of LCI, a novel endoscopic enhancement system, to diagnose mucosal inflammation in UC patients. Methods: All examinations were carried out with a LASEREO endoscopic system (FUJIFILM Co., Tokyo, Japan). Fifty-two patients with UC were enrolled, and 193 areas assessed by LCI were examined...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332995/three-dimensional-dosimetric-validation-of-a-magnetic-resonance-guided-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-system
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Leith J Rankine, Stewart Mein, Bin Cai, Austen Curcuru, Titania Juang, Devin Miles, Sasa Mutic, Yuhe Wang, Mark Oldham, H Harold Li
PURPOSE: To validate the dosimetric accuracy of a commercially available magnetic resonance guided intensity modulated radiation therapy (MRgIMRT) system using a hybrid approach: 3-dimensional (3D) measurements and Monte Carlo calculations. METHODS AND MATERIALS: We used PRESAGE radiochromic plastic dosimeters with remote optical computed tomography readout to perform 3D high-resolution measurements, following a novel remote dosimetry protocol. We followed the intensity modulated radiation therapy commissioning recommendations of American Association of Physicists in Medicine Task Group 119, adapted to incorporate 3D data...
April 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332413/interlaboratory-validation-of-an-lc-ms-ms-method-for-the-determination-of-melamine-and-cyanuric-acid-in-animal-feed
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Hildburg Fry, Kerstin Mietle, Eileen Mähnert, Sebastian Zinke, Mandy Schwieters, Emanuele Pydde, Angelika Preiß-Weigert
Melamine and cyanuric acid have been mixed illegally into food and feed to increase the nitrogen content which results in deceptively high protein contents. As a consequence a maximum level for melamine of 2.5 mg kg(-1) feed was established by the European Union under directive 2002/32/EC. A method is required to quantify melamine and cyanuric acid for control of the maximum level. Therefore Technical Committee (TC) 327 of the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) commissioned the standardisation of a method for the analysis of melamine and cyanuric acid in animal feed...
March 23, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331487/a-clinical-trial-protocol-to-treat-massive-africanized-honeybee-apis-mellifera-attack-with-a-new-apilic-antivenom
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Alexandre Naime Barbosa, Leslie Boyer, Jean-Philippe Chippaux, Natalia Bronzatto Medolago, Carlos Antonio Caramori, Ariane Gomes Paixão, João Paulo Vasconcelos Poli, Mônica Bannwart Mendes, Lucilene Delazari Dos Santos, Rui Seabra Ferreira, Benedito Barraviera
BACKGROUND: Envenomation caused by multiple stings from Africanized honeybees Apis mellifera constitutes a public health problem in the Americas. In 2015, the Brazilian Ministry of Health reported 13,597 accidents (incidence of seven cases per 100,000 inhabitants) with 39 deaths (lethality of 0.25%). The toxins present in the venom, which include melittin and phospholipase A2, cause lesions in diverse organs and systems that may be fatal. As there has been no specific treatment to date, management has been symptomatic and supportive only...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330970/variation-in-family-experience-of-pediatric-inpatient-care-as-measured-by-child-hcahps
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Sara L Toomey, Marc N Elliott, Alan M Zaslavsky, David J Klein, Sifon Ndon, Shannon Hardy, Melody Wu, Mark A Schuster
BACKGROUND: Making national comparisons of family experience of inpatient pediatric care has been limited by the lack of a publicly available survey. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services commissioned development of the Child Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey to address this gap. Using Child Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey, we measured performance of hospitals in a national field test...
March 22, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328094/asthma-management-a-new-phenotype-based-approach-using-presence-of-eosinophilia-and-allergy
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REVIEW
Milan Terl, Vratislav Sedlák, Petr Cap, Renata Dvořáková, Viktor Kašák, Tomáš Kočí, Bronislava Novotna, Ester Seberova, Petr Panzner, Vladimir Zindr
Asthma is a heterogeneous disease. The Czech Pneumology and Allergology Societies commissioned 10 experts to review the literature and create joint national guidelines for managing asthma, reflecting this heterogeneity. The aim was to develop an easy-to-use diagnostic strategy as a rational approach to the widening opportunities for the use of phenotype-targeted therapy. The guidelines were presented on websites for public comments by members of both the societies. The reviewers' comments contributed to creating the final version of the guidelines...
March 22, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327137/does-indigenous-health-research-have-impact-a-systematic-review-of-reviews
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REVIEW
Irina Kinchin, Janya Mccalman, Roxanne Bainbridge, Komla Tsey, Felecia Watkin Lui
BACKGROUND: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (hereafter respectfully Indigenous Australians) claim that they have been over-researched without corresponding research benefit. This claim raises two questions. The first, which has been covered to some extent in the literature, is about what type(s) of research are likely to achieve benefits for Indigenous people. The second is how researchers report the impact of their research for Indigenous people. This systematic review of Indigenous health reviews addresses the second enquiry...
March 21, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325496/international-organizations-risk-assessment-and-research-why-what-and-how
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REVIEW
R Julian Preston
The process of setting radiation protection standards requires the interaction of a number of international and national organizations that in turn require the input of scientific and regulatory experts. Bill Morgan served in an expert capacity for several of these organizations particularly for the application of radiation biology data to risk assessment. He brought great enthusiasm and dedication to these committee efforts. In fact, he really enjoyed this type of service. The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), for example, provides comprehensive reviews of the input data for radiation risk assessments...
March 8, 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325239/the-unique-issues-with-brachytherapy-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
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REVIEW
Surbhi Grover, John Longo, John Einck, Priya Puri, Derek Brown, Junzo Chino, Umesh Mahantshetty, Catheryn Yashar, Beth Erickson
Gynecologic carcinomas, including cervical cancer, present a significant burden on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Brachytherapy plays an integral role in the treatment of gynecologic carcinomas, as it is essential for both curative and palliative treatment. However, there are numerous geographic and economic barriers to providing brachytherapy to cancer patients in LMICs. This article examines the role and delivery of brachytherapy in gynecological cancer treatment; brachytherapy capacity in LMICs, including infrastructure, equipment, and human resources considerations; commissioning, training, and clinical implementation of brachytherapy in LMICs; other challenges, and strategies for improvement in brachytherapy delivery in LMICs, including innovation and current and upcoming international initiatives...
April 2017: Seminars in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325172/travelling-for-treatment-does-distance-and-deprivation-affect-travel-for-intensity-modulated-radiotherapy-in-the-rural-setting-for-head-and-neck-cancer
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B Cosway, L Douglas, N Armstrong, A Robson
OBJECTIVE: NHS England has commissioned intensity-modulated radiotherapy for head and neck cancers from Newcastle hospitals for patients in North Cumbria. This study assessed whether travel distances affected the decision to travel to Newcastle (to receive intensity-modulated radiotherapy) or Carlisle (to receive conformal radiotherapy). METHODS: All patients for whom the multidisciplinary team recommended intensity-modulated radiotherapy between December 2013 and January 2016 were included...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324847/species-identification-in-forensic-samples-using-the-spindel-approach-a-ghep-isfg-inter-laboratory-collaborative-exercise
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Cíntia Alves, Rui Pereira, Lourdes Prieto, Mercedes Aler, Cesar R L Amaral, Cristina Arévalo, Gabriela Berardi, Florencia Di Rocco, Mariela Caputo, Cristian Hernandez Carmona, Laura Catelli, Heloísa Afonso Costa, Pavla Coufalova, Sandra Furfuro, Óscar García, Anibal Gaviria, Ana Goios, Juan José Builes Gómez, Alexis Hernández, Eva Del Carmen Betancor Hernández, Luís Miranda, David Parra, Susana Pedrosa, Maria João Anjos Porto, Maria de Lurdes Rebelo, Matteo Spirito, María Del Carmen Villalobos Torres, António Amorim, Filipe Pereira
DNA is a powerful tool available for forensic investigations requiring identification of species. However, it is necessary to develop and validate methods able to produce results in degraded and or low quality DNA samples with the high standards obligatory in forensic research. Here, we describe a voluntary collaborative exercise to test the recently developed Species Identification by Insertions/Deletions (SPInDel) method. The SPInDel kit allows the identification of species by the generation of numeric profiles combining the lengths of six mitochondrial ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene regions amplified in a single reaction followed by capillary electrophoresis...
March 7, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324029/vital-directions-for-health-and-health-care-priorities-from-a-national-academy-of-medicine-initiative
#19
Victor J Dzau, Mark B McClellan, J Michael McGinnis, Sheila P Burke, Molly J Coye, Angela Diaz, Thomas A Daschle, William H Frist, Martha Gaines, Margaret A Hamburg, Jane E Henney, Shiriki Kumanyika, Michael O Leavitt, Ruth M Parker, Lewis G Sandy, Leonard D Schaeffer, Glenn D Steele, Pamela Thompson, Elias Zerhouni
Importance: Recent discussion has focused on questions related to the repeal and replacement of portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, issues central to the future of health and health care in the United States transcend the ACA provisions receiving the greatest attention. Initiatives directed to certain strategic and infrastructure priorities are vital to achieve better health at lower cost. Objectives: To review the most salient health challenges and opportunities facing the United States, to identify practical and achievable priorities essential to health progress, and to present policy initiatives critical to the nation's health and fiscal integrity...
March 21, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321635/relative-biological-effectiveness-in-a-proton-spread-out-bragg-peak-formed-by-pencil-beam-scanning-mode
#20
Anna Michaelidesová, Jana Vachelová, Monika Puchalska, Kateřina Pachnerová Brabcová, Vladimír Vondráček, Lembit Sihver, Marie Davídková
In recent years, there is an increased interest in using scanning modes in proton therapy, due to the more conformal dose distributions, thanks to the spot-weighted dose delivery. The dose rate in each spot is however much higher than the dose rate when using passive irradiation modes, which could affect the cell response. The purpose of this work was to investigate how the relative biological effectiveness changes along the spread-out Bragg peak created by protons delivered by the pencil beam scanning mode...
March 20, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
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