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S-M Lee, K Gordon, R McMillan, F Crystal, P Acher
Introduction Transurethral resection of the prostate has remained the most common operation for bladder outlet obstruction in the UK, but it is associated with potential morbidity and median two-day length of hospital stay. Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP) provides an alternative procedure. Provision of day-case HoLEP would improve patient care through increased efficiency. We assessed the feasibility and safety of day-case HoLEP and examined predictive factors for increased length of hospital stay...
March 15, 2018: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Msj Wilson, P Maniam, A Ibrahim, N Makaram, S R Knight, P Patil
Introduction The use of polymeric clips in securing the appendiceal stump has been increasingly reported as a viable alternative to current methods in emergency laparoscopic appendicectomy. We evaluated the operative outcomes following the use of polymeric clips versus endoscopic ligatures. The primary endpoint was operative time, with secondary outcomes including complications, inpatient stay, and cost analysis. Materials and methods Operative records were retrospectively analysed to identify patients undergoing laparoscopic appendicectomy between January 2014 and June 2015...
March 15, 2018: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Jee Young Joo, Diane L Huber
Case management is a cost-effective strategy for coordinating chronic illness care. However, research showing how case management affects health care is mixed. This study systematically synthesizes and critically evaluates evidence in systematic reviews of health care utilization outcomes from case management interventions for the care of chronic illnesses. Results are synthesized from seven English language systematic reviews published between January 1990 and June 2017. Hospital readmissions, length of hospital stay, institutionalization, emergency department visits, and hospitals/primary care visits were all identified as health care utilization outcomes of case management interventions...
March 1, 2018: Western Journal of Nursing Research
Janani Thillainadesan, Danijela Gnjidic, Sarah Green, Sarah N Hilmer
BACKGROUND: Polypharmacy and potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) are prevalent in older adults in hospital, and are associated with negative outcomes including adverse drug reactions, falls, confusion, hospitalisation and death. Deprescribing may reduce inappropriate polypharmacy and use of inappropriate medications. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this systematic review was to investigate the efficacy of deprescribing interventions in older inpatients to reduce PIMs and impact on clinical outcomes...
March 14, 2018: Drugs & Aging
L G J Leijssen, A M Dinaux, H Kunitake, L G Bordeianou, D L Berger
PURPOSE: Proximal and distal colon cancers differ in terms of epidemiology, clinical presentation, and pathologic features. The aim of our study was to evaluate the impact of right-sided (RC), transverse (TC), and left-sided (LC) colon cancer on morbidity rates and oncological outcomes. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of patients with resected colon cancer between 2004 and 2014 was conducted. Cox proportional hazard models were used to assess predictors of overall (OS), and disease-specific survival (DSS), as well as disease-free survival (DFS)...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
Anna Therese Bjerkreim, Andrej Netland Khanevski, Solveig Bergliot Glad, Lars Thomassen, Halvor Naess, Nicola Logallo
Background: Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is the most severe form of stroke, but data on readmission after ICH are sparse. We aimed to determine frequency, causes, and predictors of 30-day readmission after ICH. Materials and Methods: This retrospective cohort study includes all spontaneous ICH survivors admitted to the stroke unit at Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen in Norway from July 2007 to December 2013. Patients were followed by review of electronic medical charts, and the first unplanned readmission within 30 days after discharge was used as final outcome...
March 2018: Brain and Behavior
Yi Zuo, Elizabeth C Pino, Mrithyunjay Vyliparambil, Bindu Kalesan
The majority of the burden of firearm injury in the United States is on men as compared to women. There is limited evidence regarding sex differences in short-term hospitalization outcomes after surviving firearm injury. The risk of cardiovascular and all-cause hospital readmission, length of stay (LOS), and costs within 180 days after surviving an index firearm injury was compared between males and females. A claims-based, retrospective, cohort study was performed using Nationwide Readmission Database (2013-2014) to obtain a cohort of patients who survived an index hospitalization of firearm injury...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Men's Health
Dale N Gerding, Ciaran P Kelly, Galia Rahav, Christine Lee, Erik R Dubberke, Princy N Kumar, Bruce Yacyshyn, Dina Kao, Karen Eves, Misoo C Ellison, Mary E Hanson, Dalya Guris, Mary Beth Dorr
Background: Bezlotoxumab is a human monoclonal antibody against C. difficile toxin B indicated to prevent CDI recurrence (rCDI) in adults at high risk for rCDI. This post-hoc analysis of pooled MODIFY I/II data assessed bezlotoxumab efficacy in participants with characteristics associated with increased risk for rCDI. Methods: The analysis population was the modified Intent-to-Treat population who received bezlotoxumab or placebo (n=1554) by risk factors for rCDI that were prespecified in the statistical analysis plan: age ≥65 years, history of CDI, compromised immunity, severe CDI, and ribotype 027/078/244...
March 10, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Carissa A Low, Dana H Bovbjerg, Steven Ahrendt, M Haroon Choudry, Matthew Holtzman, Heather L Jones, James F Pingpank, Lekshmi Ramalingam, Herbert J Zeh, Amer H Zureikat, David L Bartlett
Background: Postoperative ambulation is encouraged to promote timely recovery but is rarely monitored objectively or examined as a predictor of clinical outcomes, despite growing availability of wearable devices that allow passive quantification and remote real-time monitoring of the number of steps taken during recovery. Purpose: To determine whether the number of steps taken during inpatient recovery predicts 30- and 60-day readmission risk after metastatic cancer surgery...
January 5, 2018: Annals of Behavioral Medicine: a Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
Arjun K Venkatesh, Changqin Wang, Yongfei Wang, Faseeha Altaf, Susannah M Bernheim, Leora Horwitz
BACKGROUND: Hospital readmission rates are publicly reported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); however, the implications of emergency department (ED) visits following hospital discharge on readmissions are uncertain. We describe the frequency, diagnoses, and hospital-level variation in ED visitation following hospital discharge, including the relationship between risk-standardized ED visitation and readmission rates. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional analysis of Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure, and pneumonia between July 2011 and June 2012...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
Tyler Sheetz, Cheryl T Lee
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: As the population ages, urologic oncologists are caring for older and more vulnerable patients that must withstand complex surgical treatments. Our healthcare environment emphasizes surgical quality, reductions in length of hospital stay, reduced readmission rates, and high patient satisfaction. So those who manage urologic malignancies must be able to optimize their patients. Understanding the concept of frailty, how to diagnose it in a timely and reliable manner, appreciate its perioperative impact, and consider interventions to reduce its effects may improve surgical outcomes...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Urology
David M Tehrani, Daniel Rodgers, Sirtaz Adatya, Nitasha Sarswat, Jayant Raikhelkar, Gene H Kim, Gabriel Sayer, Nir Uriel
We aim to evaluate the echocardiographic/hemodynamic effects of left ventricular assist devices in African American (AA) versus non-AA patients undergoing ramp speed optimization and its subsequent effect on readmissions. In 65 patients (26 AA), no differences in baseline echocardiographic/hemodynamic parameters were noted. During ramp testing, there was a significantly greater increase in cardiac output (slope: 0.29 ± 0.24 vs. 0.15 ± 0.12, p < 0.01) with more rapid decrease in left ventricular end-diastolic diameter (slope: -0...
March 13, 2018: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
Wei Gong, Aobo Li, Hui Ai, Han Shi, Xiao Wang, Shaoping Nie
Background Early discharge after successful primary angioplasty is common, but the evidence supporting the practice is still lacking. We therefore performed a meta-analysis assessing the safety of early discharge after primary angioplasty in low-risk patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Methods Randomised controlled trials were identified and extracted from PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Library databases and reference lists of relevant papers. Heterogeneity was analysed using the I2 test...
January 1, 2018: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
Y Santamaría-Alza, J Sánchez-Bautista, J F Fajardo-Rivero, C L Figueroa
Introduction Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease with multi-organ involvement. Complications, such as invasive fungal infections usually occur in patients with a greater severity of the disease. Objective The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and risk variables associated with invasive fungal infections in a Colombian systemic lupus erythematosus population. Materials and methods A cross-sectional, retrospective study that evaluated patients with systemic lupus erythematosus for six years...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
Balázs Bánky, Miklós Lakatos, Krisztina Varga, Edit Hansági, Éva Horváth, Géza Járay
INTRODUCTION: Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) programme has been described and practiced for twenty years in the perioperative management of colorectal patients. ERAS is a complex, evidence based strategy which proved to be extremely effective when linked to laparoscopy in reducing morbidity, length of hospital stay, as well as reducing cost of colorectal service. AIMS: We gradually adapted elements of ERAS protocol along with laparoscopy in the colorectal surgical treatment at a county hospital from 2013...
March 2018: Magyar Sebészet
Ashequl M Islam, Gaurav Alreja, Jaya Mallidi, Mohammed Ziaul Hoque, Jennifer Friderici
OBJECTIVE: To assess feasibility, safety, and patient satisfaction of same-day discharge (SD) following peripheral arterial interventions. BACKGROUND: Although diagnostic angiography is routinely performed as a same-day procedure, same-day percutaneous trans-luminal angioplasty is less common. Because there is very low incidence of peri-procedural complications after 4 hr, discharge after this window is possible provided the patient is able to ambulate and has necessary social support...
March 14, 2018: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Daniel J Rubin
This article was originally published with errors that were introduced during the editing process. The corrected version of this article appears below.
March 13, 2018: Current Diabetes Reports
David W Morris, Subroto Ghose, Ella Williams, Kevin Brown, Fuad Khan
Introduction: Hospital emergency departments (EDs) around the country are being challenged by an ever-increasing volume of patients seeking psychiatric services. This manuscript describes a study performed to identify internal and external factors contributing to repeated psychiatric patient admissions to the hospital main ED. Methods: Data from ED visits of patients who were admitted to the Parkland Memorial Hospital ED (the community hospital for Dallas County, TX, USA) with a psychiatric complaint more than once within a 30-day period were evaluated (n=202)...
2018: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Dennis T Ko, Harlan M Krumholz, Jack V Tu, Peter C Austin, Therese A Stukel, Maria Koh, Alice Chong, Jose Francisco de Melo, Cynthia A Jackevicius
BACKGROUND: Clopidogrel is one of the most commonly prescribed medications because of its ability to improve clinical outcomes for a broad range of cardiovascular conditions. After patent protection expired for Plavix in 2012, many healthcare systems adopted generic clopidogrel as a strategy to reduce healthcare costs. METHODS AND RESULTS: We conducted a population-based observational study to determine whether generic clopidogrel was noninferior to Plavix. Patients who were hospitalized with an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) from 2009 to 2014 in Ontario, Canada, >65 years, survived ≥7 days after discharge, were eligible for inclusion...
March 2018: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
K Farrell, R Fernandez, Y Salamonson, R Griffiths, D J Holmes-Walker
AIMS: To identify a) determinants of glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) at 18 and 30 months following transition in young people with Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) to a youth-specific diabetes service; and to b) evaluate the impact of the service on acute admissions with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) over a 14-year period. METHODS: An audit of records of youth with T1DM referred from paediatric services to the multidisciplinary transition service at Westmead Hospital, from 2001-2012, and followed-up to 2014...
March 10, 2018: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
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