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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088171/assessing-the-sustainability-of-daily-chlorhexidine-bathing-in-the-intensive-care-unit-of-a-veteran-s-hospital-by-examining-nurses-perspectives-and-experiences
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Jackson S Musuuza, Tonya J Roberts, Pascale Carayon, Nasia Safdar
BACKGROUND: Daily bathing with chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) of intensive care unit (ICU) patients has been shown to reduce healthcare-associated infections and colonization by multidrug resistant organisms. The objective of this project was to describe the process of daily CHG bathing and identify the barriers and facilitators that can influence its successful adoption and sustainability in an ICU of a Veterans Administration Hospital. METHODS: We conducted 26 semi-structured interviews with a convenience sample of 4 nurse managers (NMs), 13 registered nurses (RNs) and 9 health care technicians (HCTs) working in the ICU...
January 14, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086817/cost-of-shingles-population-based-burden-of-disease-analysis-of-herpes-zoster-and-postherpetic-neuralgia
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Kevin J Friesen, Dan Chateau, Jamie Falk, Silvia Alessi-Severini, Shawn Bugden
BACKGROUND: Around 30% of the population will experience herpes zoster (HZ), 10% of whom develop postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). Together, these illnesses produce a significant economic burden to the healthcare system. METHODS: Administrative healthcare data collected over the period of April 1(st) 1997 to March 31(st) 2014 were analyzed to determine the healthcare system burden of HZ using direct medical costs. Episodes of HZ were identified using international classification of disease (ICD) codes...
January 13, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078563/changes-in-first-line-injectable-disease-modifying-therapy-for-multiple-sclerosis-predictors-of-non-adherence-switching-discontinuation-and-interruption-of-drugs
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Luca Degli Esposti, Carlo Piccinni, Diego Sangiorgi, Valentina Perrone, Lucia Aledda, Maria Giovanna Marrosu, Fabio Lombardo
This study was aimed to describe changes of Disease-Modifying Treatments (DMT) in an Italian cohort of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and to identify predictors of therapeutic modifications. Patients with MS and treated with the first-line injectable DMT (interferons-IFNs or glatiramer) between 1/7/2009 and 31/10/2012 were selected from administrative databases of the MS Center of Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy). Socio-demographic, therapeutic, and clinical information was collected in the 6 months preceding the index date...
January 11, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077673/outpatient-parenteral-antibiotic-therapy-opat-in-asia-missing-an-opportunity
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Dale Fisher, Jessica Michaels, Ryota Hase, Jing Zhang, Sushila Kataria, Benedict Sim, Joseph Kay-Yan Tsang, James Pollard, Monica Chan, Subramanian Swaminathan
OBJECTIVES: Healthcare facilities internationally have grown outpatient parenteral antibiotic administration services for the last few decades. The literature contains publications from dozens of countries describing systematized processes with specialist oversight and their levels of service provision and outcomes. Such descriptions are absent in the majority of Asian countries. We sought to elucidate the extent and nature of outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy (OPAT) in Asia and to consider the ramifications and opportunities for improvement METHODS: Utilizing colleagues and their personal networks, we surveyed healthcare facilities across 17 countries in Asia to ascertain the current means (if any) of providing OPAT...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074548/annual-report-of-the-perinatology-committee-japan-society-of-obstetrics-and-gynecology-2015-proposal-of-urgent-measures-to-reduce-maternal-deaths
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Satoru Takeda, Jun Takeda, Keisuke Murakami, Takahiko Kubo, Hiromi Hamada, Maki Murakami, Shintaro Makino, Hiroaki Itoh, Takashi Ohba, Katsuhiko Naruse, Hiroaki Tanaka, Naohiro Kanayama, Shigeki Matsubara, Hiroshi Sameshima, Tomoaki Ikeda
Perinatal care in Japan has progressed rapidly in recent decades, remarkably reducing maternal, perinatal and neonatal mortality rates. This is attributable not only to the sustained efforts and dedication of past obstetricians and midwives, but also to the collective results achieved by the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology and healthcare administration, including research on advanced medical care, education, medical care improvements and establishing perinatal care centers. Although the maternal mortality rate was in steady decline until 2007 (3...
January 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073903/assessing-patient-safety-culture-in-tunisian-operating-rooms-a-multicenter-study
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Manel Mallouli, Mohamed Ayoub Tlili, Wiem Aouicha, Mohamed Ben Rejeb, Chekib Zedini, Amrani Salwa, Ali Mtiraoui, Mohamed Ben Dhiab, Thouraya Ajmi
OBJECTIVE: To assess the patient safety culture (PSC) in operating rooms (ORs) and to determine influencing factors. DESIGN: A cross-sectional descriptive multicenter study which was conducted over a period of 7 months (October 2014-April 2015) using the French validated version of the Hospital Survey On Patient Safety Culture questionnaire. SETTING: Of the note, 15 ORs of public and private healthcare institutions. PARTICIPANTS: In total, there were 368 participants including surgeons, anesthesiologists, surgical and anesthesia technicians, nurses and caregivers, divided into 316 professionals exercising in public sector and 52 working in private one...
January 9, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073792/adult-parenteral-nutrition-in-the-north-of-england-a-region-wide-audit
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Jessica K Dyson, Nick Thompson
OBJECTIVES: Parenteral nutrition (PN) is widely used to provide nutritional support to patients with inaccessible or inadequate length of gut or non-functioning gut. The objective was to compare practice in PN administration to results of the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) report, 'A Mixed Bag', and to establish whether good practice was being followed within this part of the UK. SETTING: Using the Northern Nutrition Network (NNN), we examined the care of adult patients receiving PN in all 10 secondary care hospitals in our region...
January 10, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073347/assessing-the-performance-of-centralized-waiting-lists-for-patients-without-a-regular-family-physician-using-clinical-administrative-data
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Mylaine Breton, Mélanie Ann Smithman, Astrid Brousselle, Christine Loignon, Nassera Touati, Carl-Ardy Dubois, Kareen Nour, Antoine Boivin, Djamal Berbiche, Danièle Roberge
BACKGROUND: With 4.6 million patients who do not have a regular family physician, Canada performs poorly compared to other OECD countries in terms of attachment to a family physician. To address this issue, several provinces have implemented centralized waiting lists to coordinate supply and demand for attachment to a family physician. Although significant resources are invested in these centralized waiting lists, no studies have measured their performance. In this article, we present a performance assessment of centralized waiting lists for unattached patients implemented in Quebec, Canada...
January 5, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067586/sociotechnical-perspective-on-implementing-clinical-video-telehealth-for-veterans-with-spinal-cord-injuries-and-disorders
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Rachael N Martinez, Timothy P Hogan, Salva Balbale, Keshonna Lones, Barry Goldstein, Christine Woo, Bridget M Smith
BACKGROUND: Real-time videoconferencing technology such as clinical video telehealth (CVT) offers a means to reach patient populations who face limited access to healthcare. The Veterans Health Administration has invested in CVT to improve care access for U.S. military veterans with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D); however, no studies have assessed the factors that influence implementation of this technology in clinical practice for individuals with SCI/D. INTRODUCTION: Guided by a sociotechnical perspective, the purpose of this study was to identify factors that influence implementation of CVT for veterans with SCI/D...
January 9, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065813/aapt-diagnostic-criteria-for-chronic-sickle-cell-disease-pain
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Carlton Dampier, Tonya M Palermo, Deepika S Darbari, Kathryn Hassell, Wally Smith, William Zempsky
: Pain in sickle cell disease (SCD) is associated with increased morbidity, mortality, and high healthcare costs. While episodic acute pain is the hallmark of this disorder, there is an increasing awareness that chronic pain is part of the pain experience of many older adolescents and adults. A common set of criteria for classifying chronic pain associated with SCD would enhance SCD pain research efforts in epidemiology, pain mechanisms, and clinical trials of pain management interventions, and ultimately improve clinical assessment and management...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065773/using-the-electronic-medical-record-to-identify-patients-at-high-risk-for-frequent-ed-visits-and-high-system-costs
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David W Frost, Shankar Vembu, Jiayi Wang, Karen Tu, Quaid Morris, Howard B Abrams
BACKGROUND: A small proportion of patients accounts for a very high proportion of healthcare utilization. Accurate pre-emptive identification may facilitate tailored intervention. We sought to determine whether Machine Learning techniques using text from a family practice Electronic Medical Record (EMR) can be used to predict future high Emergency Department (ED) use and total costs by patients who are not yet high ED users or high cost to the healthcare system. METHODS: Text from fields of the Cumulative Patient Profile within an EMR (PS Suite) of 43,111 patients was indexed...
January 5, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065197/aligning-guidelines-and-medical-practice-literature-review-on-pediatric-palliative-care-guidelines
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Eva De Clercq, Michael Rost, Nadia Pacurari, Bernice S Elger, Tenzin Wangmo
OBJECTIVE: Palliative care for children is becoming an important subspecialty of healthcare. Although concurrent administration of curative and palliative care is recommended, timely referral to pediatric palliative care (PPC) services remains problematic. This literature review aims to identify barriers and recommendations for proper implementation of palliative care for children through the looking glass of PPC guidelines. METHOD: To identify studies on PPC guidelines, five databases were searched systematically between 1960 and 2015: Scopus, PubMed, PsycINFO, the Web of Science, and CINAHL...
January 9, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063118/environmental-monitoring-by-surface-sampling-for-cytotoxics-a-review
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Petit Marie, Curti Christophe, Roche Manon, Montana Marc, Bornet Charleric, Vanelle Patrice
Environmental monitoring is usually conducted by surface sampling to detect and quantify the presence of cytotoxic drugs after their reconstitution and administration. This technique reveals the origins of residual contamination and is an important component in order to protect healthcare workers from the potential risk of occupational exposure. The aim of this work is to compare various techniques and results of surface sampling for cytotoxics. For each technique, sample processing methods and their analysis were compared from literature data...
January 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062470/effectiveness-of-an-improvement-programme-to-prevent-interruptions-during-medication-administration-in-a-paediatric-hospital-a-preintervention-postintervention-study
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Immacolata Dall'Oglio, Martina Fiori, Vincenzo Di Ciommo, Emanuela Tiozzo, Rachele Mascolo, Natalia Bianchi, Marta Luisa Ciofi Degli Atti, Antonella Ferracci, Orsola Gawronski, Manuel Pomponi, Massimiliano Raponi
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effectiveness of an improvement programme to reduce the number of interruptions during the medication administration process in a paediatric hospital. DESIGN AND METHODS: A prestudy-post study design was used to monitor nursing interruptions during medication cycles in a paediatric hospital. Interruptions were reported on an observation sheet (MADOS-P) adapted to the paediatric context. SETTING: A 600-bed tertiary paediatric research hospital in Italy...
January 6, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060219/multicenter-study-of-adverse-events-after-intravenous-tissue-type-plasminogen-activator-treatment-of-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Hannah Fernandez-Gotico, Tiffany Lightfoot, Melissa Meighan
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The approved treatment by the Food and Drug Administration for acute ischemic stroke is intravenous tissue-type plasminogen activator (IV tPA). After IV tPA administration, patients are monitored for adverse events using an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association guideline instituted in 1996. There is limited evidence describing the safest and most efficient method to monitor patients during the first 24 hours after tPA administration. Although the overall rates of adverse events have been reported, the time when patients may be at most risk for an event has not been studied...
February 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: Journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059691/establishing-data-intensive-healthcare-the-case-of-hospital-electronic-prescribing-and-medicines-administration-systems-in-scotland
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Kathrin Cresswell, Pam Smith, Charles Swainson, Angela Timoney, Aziz Sheikh
BACKGROUND: Creating learning health systems, characterised by the use and repeated reuse of demographic, process and clinical data to improve the safety, quality and efficiency of care, is a key aim in realising the potential benefits and efficiency savings associated with the implementation of health information technology. OBJECTIVES: We sought to investigate stakeholder perspectives on and experiences of the implementation of hospital electronic prescribing and medicines administration (HEPMA) systems in Scotland and use these to inform political decisions on approaches to promoting the use and reuse of digitised prescribing and medication administration data in order to improve care processes and outcomes...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Innovation in Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057564/temporal-electronic-phenotyping-by-mining-careflows-of-breast-cancer-patients
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A Dagliati, L Sacchi, A Zambelli, V Tibollo, L Pavesi, J H Holmes, R Bellazzi
In this work we present a careflow mining approach designed to analyze heterogeneous longitudinal data and to identify phenotypes in a patient cohort. The main idea underlying our approach is to combine methods derived from sequential pattern mining and temporal data mining to derive frequent healthcare histories (careflows) in a population of patients. This approach was applied to an integrated data repository containing clinical and administrative data of more than 4,000 breast cancer patients. We used the mined histories to identify sub-cohorts of patients grouped according to healthcare activities pathways, then we characterized these sub-cohorts with clinical data...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056946/factors-associated-with-mode-of-colorectal-cancer-detection-and-time-to-diagnosis-a-population-level-study
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Khokan C Sikdar, James Dickinson, Marcy Winget
BACKGROUND: Although it is well-known that early detection of colorectal cancer (CRC) is important for optimal patient survival, the relationship of patient and health system factors with delayed diagnosis are unclear. The purpose of this study was to identify the demographic, clinical and healthcare factors related to mode of CRC detection and length of the diagnostic interval. METHODS: All residents of Alberta, Canada diagnosed with first-ever incident CRC in years 2004-2010 were identified from the Alberta Cancer Registry...
January 5, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056103/healthcare-costs-for-treating-relapsing-multiple-sclerosis-and-the-risk-of-progression-a-retrospective-italian-cohort-study-from-2001-to-2015
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Marcello Moccia, Raffaele Palladino, Roberta Lanzillo, Antonio Carotenuto, Cinzia Valeria Russo, Maria Triassi, Vincenzo Brescia Morra
BACKGROUND: Disease modifying treatments (DMTs) are the main responsible for direct medical costs in multiple sclerosis (MS). The current investigation aims at evaluating possible associations between healthcare costs for treating relapsing remitting MS (RRMS) and disease evolution. METHODS: The present cohort study retrospectively included 544 newly diagnosed RRMS patients, prospectively followed up for 10.1±3.3 years. Costs for DMT administration and management were calculated for each year of observation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054412/identifying-birth-defects-in-automated-data-sources-in-the-vaccine-safety-datalink
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Elyse Olshen Kharbanda, Gabriela Vazquez-Benitez, Paul A Romitti, Allison L Naleway, T Craig Cheetham, Heather S Lipkind, Shanthi Sivanandam, Nicola P Klein, Grace M Lee, Michael L Jackson, Simon J Hambidge, Avalow Olsen, Natalie McCarthy, Frank DeStefano, James D Nordin
PURPOSE: The Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD), a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and several large healthcare organizations, aims to monitor safety of vaccines administered in the USA. We present definitions and prevalence estimates for major structural birth defects to be used in studies of maternal vaccine safety. METHODS: In this observational study, we created and refined algorithms for identifying major structural birth defects from electronic healthcare data, conducted formal chart reviews for severe cardiac defects, and conducted limited chart validation for other defects...
January 4, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
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