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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454456/pulmonary-artery-intimal-sarcoma-misdiagnosed-as-pulmonary-embolism-a-case-report
#1
Shuyan Jiang, Jiaxin Li, Qingshi Zeng, Jiexian Liang
Intimal sarcoma of the pulmonary artery is rare, but false diagnosis of this sarcoma as pulmonary embolism is not infrequent. The present study reports a case of pulmonary artery intimal sarcoma misdiagnosed as pulmonary artery embolism in a 37-year-old female patient. The patient was admitted to the cardiac intensive care unit of Guangdong General Hospital (Guangzhou, China) with the complaint of progressive exertional dyspnea over the past two years. Multi-slice spiral computed tomography, transthoracic echocardiography, right-heart catheterization and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging revealed mimicking severe pulmonary embolism in the pulmonary trunk and right pulmonary artery, with symptoms including chest pain, cough and breathing difficulties...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454327/stereotactic-radiotherapy-in-the-treatment-of-local-recurrences-of-esophageal-cancer
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Marcel Matzenauer, David Vrána, Zuzana Vlachová, Rene Aujesky, Radek Vrba, Cestmir Neoral, Bohuslav Melichar
Esophageal cancer (EC) consists of tumors with a generally poor prognosis, and treatment options for patients with disease recurrence are extremely limited. Due to this poor patient prognosis, the possible treatment toxicity should be carefully balanced against its potential benefit and patient quality of life. Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) is a rapidly expanding novel technique combining a short treatment time together with high local efficacy and an acceptable toxicity profile. There are no publications thus far presenting data regarding the usage of SBRT utilizing a conventional linear accelerator in locally recurrent EC patients...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454191/-distress-main-burdens-engagement-motivators-and-needs-of-fulltime-and-volunteer-refugee-aid-workers
#3
Theresa Grimm, Ekaterini Georgiadou, Andrea Silbermann, Katharina Junker, Winfried Nisslbeck, Yesim Erim
In the psychosomatic department of the University Hospital of Erlangen trainings were conducted for active refugee aid workers with start in January, 2016. Meanwhile 49 helpers participated in the training and 45 of them filled out a survey questionnaire. Perceived distress when providing care for refugees, as well as engagement motivation and further training needs were explored. Furthermore, depressive symptoms as well as the prevalence of traumatic experiences were investigated. The main burden was experienced through lacking freedom of action on the background of legal regulations...
April 28, 2017: Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, Medizinische Psychologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453828/examining-the-nature-of-interprofessional-interventions-designed-to-promote-patient-safety-a-narrative-review
#4
Scott Reeves, Emma Clark, Sally Lawton, Melissa Ream, Fiona Ross
Purpose: This narrative review aimed to scope the patient safety literature to identify interprofessional intervention approaches, sources of evidence and reported outcomes. Data sources: Two major databases (MEDLINE and CINAHL) were searched from 2005 to 2015. Study selection: A total of 1552 abstracts were initially identified. After screening these abstracts, 129 full papers were obtained. Further screening resulted in a total of 89 papers included in this review...
April 1, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453826/unplanned-readmissions-within-30-days-after-discharge-improving-quality-through-easy-prediction
#5
Francesca Casalini, Susanna Salvetti, Silvia Memmini, Elena Lucaccini, Gabriele Massimetti, Pier Luigi Lopalco, Gaetano Pierpaolo Privitera
Objective: To propose an easy predictive model for the risk of rehospitalization, built from hospital administrative data, in order to prevent repeated admissions and to improve transitional care. Design: Retrospective cohort study. Setting: Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Pisana (Pisa University Hospital). Participants: Patients residing in the territory of the province of Pisa (Tuscany Region) with at least one unplanned hospital admission leading to a medical Diagnosis-Related Group (DRG) in the calendar year 2012...
April 1, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453822/evaluation-of-a-novel-mentor-program-to-improve-surgical-care-for-us-hospitals
#6
Julia R Berian, Juliana M Thomas, Christina A Minami, Paula R Farrell, Kevin J O'Leary, Mark V Williams, Vivek N Prachand, Amy L Halverson, Karl Y Bilimoria, Julie K Johnson
Objective: To evaluate a novel mentor program for 27 US surgeons, charged with improving quality at their respective hospitals, having been paired 1:1 with 27 surgeon mentors through a state-wide quality improvement (QI) initiative. Design: Mixed-methods utilizing quantitative surveys and in-depth semi-structured interviews. Setting: The Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative (ISQIC) utilized a novel Mentor Program to guide surgeons new to QI...
April 1, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453821/quality-of-antenatal-care-and-client-satisfaction-in-kenya-and-namibia
#7
Mai Do, Wenjuan Wang, John Hembling, Paul Ametepi
Objective: Despite much progress in maternal health service coverage, the quality of care has not seen parallel improvement. This study assessed the quality of antenatal care (ANC), an entry point to the health system for many women. Design: The study used data from recent Service Provision Assessment (SPA) surveys of nationally representative health facilities in Kenya and Namibia. Setting: Kenya and Namibia represent the situation in much of sub-Saharan Africa, where ANC is relatively common but maternal mortality remains high...
April 1, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453816/the-incidence-predictive-factors-and-prognosis-of-acute-pulmonary-complications-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
#8
Tetsuro Shimura, Masanori Yamamoto, Ai Kagase, Atsuko Kodama, Seiji Kano, Yutaka Koyama, Norio Tada, Kensuke Takagi, Motoharu Araki, Futoshi Yamanaka, Shinichi Shirai, Yusuke Watanabe, Kentaro Hayashida
OBJECTIVES: Although acute pulmonary complications (APCs), such as the exacerbation of pulmonary disease (PD) or a newly developed pulmonary event, are thought to be catastrophic after invasive therapy, little is known about the occurrence of APCs after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). This study aims to clarify the incidence, predictive factors and impact of APCs on prognosis after TAVI. METHODS: We identified 749 patients who underwent TAVI, using data from the Optimized CathEter vAlvular iNtervention (OCEAN-TAVI) Japanese multicentre registry...
April 26, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453809/in-patients-undergoing-lung-resection-is-it-safe-to-administer-amiodarone-either-as-prophylaxis-or-treatment-of-atrial-fibrillation
#9
Styliani Maria Kolokotroni, Levon Toufektzian, Leanne Harling, Andrea Billè
A best evidence topic in thoracic surgery was written according to a structured protocol. The question addressed was whether the administration of amiodarone is safe in patients undergoing lung resection either for prophylaxis or treatment of de novo postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF). A total of 30 papers were identified, of which 13 represented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The authors, journal, date, study type, country of publication, patient demographics, relevant outcomes and results were tabulated...
May 1, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453792/triple-valve-surgery-through-a-less-invasive-approach-early-and-mid-term-results
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Petar Risteski, Nadejda Monsefi, Aleksandra Miskovic, Tanja Josic, Sherife Bala, Razan Salem, Andreas Zierer, Anton Moritz
OBJECTIVES: A partial upper sternotomy has become established as a less invasive approach mainly for single and double valve surgery. This report evaluates the clinical outcomes of triple valve surgery performed through a partial upper sternotomy. METHODS: We reviewed the medical records of 37 consecutive patients (28 men, 76%) who underwent triple valve surgery through a partial upper sternotomy between 2005 and 2015. The patients' mean age was 67 ± 17 years; 27 (73%) were in New York Heart Association Class III or IV...
May 1, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453720/-seeking-affluent-neighbourhoods-a-time-trend-analysis-of-geographical-distribution-of-hospitals-in-the-megacity-of-tehran
#11
Yousef Chavehpour, Arash Rashidian, Hossein Raghfar, Sara Emamgholipour Sefiddashti, Aiub Maroofi
Objective: Access to hospitals in megacities in low and middle income countries might be hampered by travel barriers and distance. We assessed the 'inverse care law' hypothesis: whether hospitals tended to be built in the relatively better-off areas through the time. Methods: A longitudinal time-series study (1966 to 2011) in Tehran to measure inequality in the distribution of hospital beds. We assessed correlations between the district socioeconomic status and availability of hospital beds via regression analyses, estimated correlation, Gini and concentration indices, and used GIS models to map hospital distributions through time...
June 1, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453715/the-inequity-of-inpatient-services-in-rural-areas-and-the-new-type-rural-cooperative-medical-system-nrcms-in-china-repeated-cross-sectional-analysis
#12
Bingbing Pan, Samuel D Towne, Yuxing Chen, ZhaoKang Yuan
Objective : The main aim of the New-type Rural Cooperative Medical System (NRCMS) put into effect in 2003 was to reduce financial barriers in accessing health care services among vulnerable populations. The aim of this study was to assess the association between NRCMS and income related inequality in hospital utilization among rural inhabitants in Jiangxi Province, China. Methods : A multistage stratified random cluster sampling method was adopted to select 1838, 1879, and 1890 households as participants in 2003/2004, 2008 and 2014, respectively...
June 1, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453497/rasch-analysis-of-a-behavioral-checklist-for-the-assessment-of-pain-in-critically-ill-adults
#13
Christophe Chenier, Gilles Raiche, Nadine Talbot, Bianca Carignan, Celine Gelinas
Patients hospitalized in the intensive care unit (ICU) are often unable to report their pain, which is a problem since untreated pain is associated with negative health outcomes. The use of behavioral pain scales are recommended for the detection of the presence of pain in this vulnerable population. Previous validation studies have used classical techniques, and several psychometrics properties remain unknown. In this paper, data obtained from a behavioral checklist of dichotomized items was utilized to evaluate the instrument's dimensionality, its construct validity and its capacity to distinguish between levels of pain by using Rasch measurement...
2017: Journal of Applied Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453416/nurse-research-rounds-in-the-spirit-of-inquiry
#14
Wanda S Thomas
Nurses deliver a point-of-care service to patients. The nursing staff work extensive schedules and do not have time to research a clinical question to help support patient care. This article describes the implementation of the first research service that supports evidence-based practice at Georgia's second largest hospital. Inspired by a similar service at a children's hospital in 2014, the first year of nurse research rounds provides clinicians a new research service in their clinical setting.
April 2017: Medical Reference Services Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453361/trends-in-hospital-utilization-and-costs-among-pediatric-palliative-care-recipients
#15
Prasanna Ananth, Patrice Melvin, Jay G Berry, Joanne Wolfe
OBJECTIVE AND BACKGROUND: Few previous studies have explored how pediatric palliative care (PPC) influences hospital utilization. We evaluated this among PPC recipients in a single center. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of 109 patients ≥2 years of age who received PPC consultation at a large quaternary children's hospital from April 2009 to September 2010. We assessed frequencies of hospital admissions and emergency department (ED) visits, use of intensive interventions, and hospital costs...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453318/views-from-the-front-line-is-the-nhs-workforce-at-crisis-point
#16
Alan Glasper
Emeritus Professor Alan Glasper, from the University of Southampton, discusses a report revealing that hospital doctors are concerned about their ability to deliver safe patient care over the next 12 months.
April 27, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453315/the-implementation-of-the-vessel-health-and-preservation-framework
#17
Valya Weston, Adele Nightingale, Chris O'Loughlin, Roy Ventura
Vascular access is an important component of health care but is not without associated risks, some of which can be life-threatening. The Vessel Health and Preservation (VHP) framework was developed with the intention of providing frontline staff with a resource to assist in assessing and selecting the best vascular access device to meet individual patient needs and to preserve veins for future use. This article examines the impact of the introduction of the framework into a haematology ward in an acute hospital in the North West of England during a 3-month pilot study...
April 27, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449529/do-hospitals-need-oncological-critical-care-units
#18
EDITORIAL
Abby Koch, William Checkley
Since the inception of critical care as a formal discipline in the late 1950s, we have seen rapid specialization to many types of intensive care units (ICUs) to accommodate evolving life support technologies and novel therapies in various disciplines of medicine. Indeed, the field has expanded such that specialized ICUs currently exist to address critical care problems in medicine, cardiology, neurology and neurosurgery, trauma, burns, organ transplant and cardiothoracic surgeries. Specialization does not only need new infrastructure, but also training and staffing of health care providers, ancillary staff, and development and implementation of processes of care...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449475/a-non-randomized-retrospective-observational-study-on-the-subcutaneous-esophageal-reconstruction-after-esophagectomy-is-it-feasible-in-high-risk-patients
#19
Jae Ho Chung, Sung Ho Lee, Eunjue Yi, Jae Seung Jung, Jung Wook Han, Tae Sik Kim, Ho Sung Son, Kwang Taik Kim
BACKGROUND: Esophageal reconstruction after esophagectomy is a complex procedure with high morbidity and mortality. Anastomotic leakage is more severe and frequent in patients with preoperative comorbidities and may present with septic conditions. Considering the possibility of an easier management of such cases, we evaluated the safety and feasibility of subcutaneous esophageal reconstruction in patients with high operative risks. METHODS: We performed a non-randomized retrospective observational study on the 75 (subcutaneous: 21, intrathoracic: 54) esophageal cancer patients who underwent esophageal reconstruction either through subcutaneous or intrathoracic route between January 2003 and February 2015...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449471/one-year-and-long-term-mortality-in-patients-hospitalized-for-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#20
María-Teresa García-Sanz, Juan-Carlos Cánive-Gómez, Laura Senín-Rial, Jorge Aboal-Viñas, Alejandra Barreiro-García, Eva López-Val, Francisco-Javier González-Barcala
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Identifying potentially-modifiable predictors of mortality could help optimize COPD patient management. The aim of this study is to determine long-term mortality following hospitalization due to acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD), as well as AECOPD mortality predictors. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study by reviewing the medical records of all patients admitted with AECOPD in the University Hospital Complex of Santiago de Compostela in 2007 and 2008...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
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