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D Bodansky, Y Oskrochi, G Judah, M Lewis, B Fischer, B Narayan
INTRODUCTION: Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) eradication by nurses and pre-op induction antibiotics are mandated for emergency surgery, where true status is unknown. We assessed adherence to local MRSA guidelines for patients undergoing emergency hip fracture surgery and employed point of decision prompts to influence clinicians' behaviour. METHODS: We undertook a retrospective record review for all patients undergoing emergency hip fracture surgery at a UK major trauma centre over 3-months...
April 17, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433726/managing-responsible-antimicrobial-use-perspectives-across-the-healthcare-system
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REVIEW
Oliver J Dyar, Gianpiero Tebano, Céline Pulcini
BACKGROUND: Healthcare systems consist of building blocks. Shaping how these building blocks function and interact can promote responsible antimicrobial use, and this represents an important opportunity for managers at different points within healthcare systems to act upon. AIMS: To review real-world examples of how healthcare systems can promote responsible antimicrobial use, focusing on the role of governance and managers. SOURCES: We searched and reviewed existing literature and official documents, which mostly focused on antibiotics...
April 19, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431507/antimicrobial-prophylaxis-outside-the-operating-theatre-an-audit-in-a-university-hospital
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Jan W T Deelen, Caroline E Visser, Jan M Prins, Reinier M van Hest
BACKGROUND: The prophylactic use of antimicrobial agents to prevent infections in non-surgical situations has hardly been investigated. We investigate the extent, indications and appropriateness of antimicrobial prophylaxis given outside the operating room in a tertiary care hospital. METHODS: Four point-prevalence surveys were conducted in which all inpatients on that day were screened for the use of prophylactic antimicrobials: medical prophylaxis, prophylaxis around non-surgical interventions and surgical prophylaxis given on the ward...
April 21, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430992/identifying-practice-related-factors-for-high-volume-prescribers-of-antibiotics-in-danish-general-practice
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Rune Aabenhus, Volkert Siersma, Håkon Sandholdt, Rasmus Køster-Rasmussen, Malene Plejdrup Hansen, Lars Bjerrum
Objectives: In Denmark, general practice is responsible for 75% of antibiotic prescribing in the primary care sector. We aimed to identify practice-related factors associated with high prescribers, including prescribers of critically important antibiotics as defined by WHO, after accounting for case mix by practice. Methods: We performed a nationwide register-based survey of antibiotic prescribing in Danish general practice from 2012 to 2013. The unit of analysis was the individual practice...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428160/simulated-conversations-with-virtual-humans-to-improve-patient-provider-communication-and-reduce-unnecessary-prescriptions-for-antibiotics-a-repeated-measure-pilot-study
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Antoinette Schoenthaler, Glenn Albright, Judith Hibbard, Ron Goldman
BACKGROUND: Despite clear evidence that antibiotics do not cure viral infections, the problem of unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics in ambulatory care persists, and in some cases, prescribing patterns have increased. The overuse of antibiotics for treating viral infections has created numerous economic and clinical consequences including increased medical costs due to unnecessary hospitalizations, antibiotic resistance, disruption of gut bacteria, and obesity. Recent research has underscored the importance of collaborative patient-provider communication as a means to reduce the high rates of unnecessary prescriptions for antibiotics...
April 19, 2017: JMIR Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425828/compliance-to-guidelines-for-the-prescribing-of-antibiotics-in-acute-infections-at-namibia-s-national-referral-hospital-a-pilot-study-and-the-implications
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S Nakwatumbah, D Kibuule, B Godman, V Haakuria, F Kalemeera, A Baker, M Mwangana
BACKGROUND: Sub-optimal antibiotic prescribing remains a public health concern in Namibia. The objective is to determine the level and predictors of compliance to guidelines in the prescribing of antibiotics in acute infections at a national referral hospital in Namibia to improve future prescribing. METHODS: Descriptive observational cross-sectional study. The clinical records of patients receiving care were reviewed. Prescribing practices were assessed using a self- administered questionnaire with reference to Namibia Standard Treatment Guidelines (NSTG)...
April 20, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423849/design-of-a-visual-interface-for-comparing-antibiotics-using-rainbow-boxes
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Rosy Tsopra, Shérazade Kinouani, Alain Venot, Marie-Christine Jaulent, Catherine Duclos, Jean-Baptiste Lamy
Non-optimal prescriptions of antibiotics have a negative impact on patients and population. Clinical practice guidelines are not always followed by doctors because the rationale of the recommendations is not always clear and can be difficult to understand. In this paper, we propose a new approach consisting in presenting the properties of antibiotics for allowing doctors to compare them and choose the most appropriate one. For that, we used and extended rainbow boxes, a new technique for overlapping set visualization...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420365/social-determinants-of-antibiotic-misuse-a-qualitative-study-of-community-members-in-haryana-india
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Anna K Barker, Kelli Brown, Muneeb Ahsan, Sharmila Sengupta, Nasia Safdar
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic resistance is a global public health crisis. In India alone, multi-drug resistant organisms are responsible for over 58,000 infant deaths each year. A major driver of drug resistance is antibiotic misuse, which is a pervasive phenomenon worldwide. Due to a shortage of trained doctors, access to licensed allopathic doctors is limited in India's villages. Pharmacists and unlicensed medical providers are commonly the primary sources of healthcare. Patients themselves are also key participants in the decision to treat an illness with antibiotics...
April 19, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418482/effect-of-oral-dexamethasone-without-immediate-antibiotics-vs-placebo-on-acute-sore-throat-in-adults-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Gail Nicola Hayward, Alastair D Hay, Michael V Moore, Sena Jawad, Nicola Williams, Merryn Voysey, Johanna Cook, Julie Allen, Matthew Thompson, Paul Little, Rafael Perera, Jane Wolstenholme, Kim Harman, Carl Heneghan
Importance: Acute sore throat poses a significant burden on primary care and is a source of inappropriate antibiotic prescribing. Corticosteroids could be an alternative symptomatic treatment. Objective: To assess the clinical effectiveness of oral corticosteroids for acute sore throat in the absence of antibiotics. Design, Setting, and Participants: Double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized trial (April 2013-February 2015; 28-day follow-up completed April 2015) conducted in 42 family practices in South and West England, enrolled 576 adults recruited on the day of presentation to primary care with acute sore throat not requiring immediate antibiotic therapy...
April 18, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417452/worldwide-pattern-of-antibiotic-prescription-in-endodontic-infections
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REVIEW
Juan José Segura-Egea, Jenifer Martín-González, María Del Carmen Jiménez-Sánchez, Isabel Crespo-Gallardo, Juan José Saúco-Márquez, Eugenio Velasco-Ortega
BACKGROUND: Odontogenic infections, and especially endodontic infections, are polymicrobial, involving a combination of Gram-positive and Gram-negative facultative anaerobes and strictly anaerobic bacteria. Therefore, antibiotics can be used as an adjunct to endodontic treatment. However, most chronic and even acute endodontic infections can be successfully managed by disinfection of the root-canal system, which eliminates the source of infection, followed by abscess drainage or tooth extraction, without the need for antibiotics...
April 17, 2017: International Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417267/preemptive-warfarin-dose-reduction-after-initiation-of-sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim-or-metronidazole
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Anna Powers, Erin B Loesch, Anthony Weiland, Nicole Fioravanti, David Lucius
To evaluate the utility of a preemptive warfarin dose reduction at the time of initiation of either sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim or metronidazole, a retrospective chart review of patients who received an outpatient prescription for warfarin and either sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim and/or metronidazole from July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2015 was conducted. Clinical outcomes compared Veterans who had a warfarin dose reduction and those who did not within 120 h (5 days) of antibiotic initiation. The primary outcome compared the pre-and post-antibiotic International Normalized Ratio (INR) of patients in the intervention group (warfarin dose reduction) with those in the control group (no intervention)...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411959/implementation-and-outcomes-of-an-antimicrobial-stewardship-program-effectiveness-of-education
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Yea-Yuan Chang, Hsin-Pai Chen, Chia-Wei Lin, Jen-Jen Tang, Ti-Ying Hsu, Yueh-Chun Weng, Yuan-Ming Lee, Wei-Shu Wang, Su-Shun Lo
BACKGROUND: Unnecessary use of antibiotics is a common occurrence in hospitals. Implementation of antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs) has been shown to reduce both unnecessary antibiotic use and drug-resistant bacteria. Education is a fundamental component of an ASP. However, the effectiveness of proper uses of antibiotics education has not been clearly analyzed. METHODS: In a 520-bed university hospital located in northeastern Taiwan, a significantly increasing prescription of carbapenems, specifically imipenem and meropenem, was observed...
April 12, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410366/brief-educational-interventions-to-improve-performance-on-novel-quality-metrics-in-ambulatory-settings-in-kenya-a-multi-site-pre-post-effectiveness-trial
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Robert Ryan Korom, Stephanie Onguka, Peter Halestrap, Maureen McAlhaney, Mary Adam
BACKGROUND: The quality of primary care delivered in resource-limited settings is low. While some progress has been made using educational interventions, it is not yet clear how to sustainably improve care for common acute illnesses in the outpatient setting. Management of urinary tract infection is particularly important in resource-limited settings, where it is commonly diagnosed and associated with high levels of antimicrobial resistance. We describe an educational programme targeting non-physician health care providers and its effects on various clinical quality metrics for urinary tract infection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405552/over-the-counter-and-prescription-medications-for-acne-a-cross-sectional-survey-in-a-sample-of-university-students-in-saudi-arabia
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Mohja D Alshehri, Abdulsalam T Almutairi, Asma M Alomran, Batool A Alrashed, Feroze Kaliyadan
INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND: Acne is a very common dermatological condition found among the adolescent population in Saudi Arabia. Many patients with acne try various forms of self-medication, over the counter medicines (OTC), and prescription medicines for the same. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study among university students in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). A validated questionnaire was distributed to a convenience sample of university students to evaluate their knowledge and attitudes towards OTC (mainly) as well as prescription medicine for acne...
March 2017: Indian Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405061/emergency-department-discharge-prescription-errors-in-an-academic-medical-center
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Kelly A Murray, April Belanger, Lauren T Devine, Aaron Lane, Michelle E Condren
This study described discharge prescription medication errors written for emergency department patients. This study used content analysis in a cross-sectional design to systematically categorize prescription errors found in a report of 1000 discharge prescriptions submitted in the electronic medical record in February 2015. Two pharmacy team members reviewed the discharge prescription list for errors. Open-ended data were coded by an additional rater for agreement on coding categories. Coding was based upon majority rule...
April 2017: Proceedings of the Baylor University Medical Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403649/a-survey-of-probiotic-use-practices-among-patients-at-a-tertiary-medical-centre
#16
K Draper, C Ley, J Parsonnet
Probiotic use has skyrocketed in recent years. Little is known, however, about patient knowledge and practices regarding probiotic use, especially in the context of antibiotic use. An invitation to complete a short, anonymous, electronic survey was sent by email to 965 patients at a tertiary medical centre in California who had agreed to be contacted for participation in research studies. Questions were asked about both probiotic and antibiotic use in the prior three months. Of 333 survey respondents, 55% had recently used probiotics, including food products and/or supplements (90 and 60% of probiotic users, respectively)...
April 13, 2017: Beneficial Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403114/prevalence-of-inappropriate-antibiotic-prescriptions-after-the-great-east-japan-earthquake-2011
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Kentaro Iwata, Takahiko Fukuchi, Midori Hirai, Kenichi Yoshimura, Yasuhiro Kanatani
Few studies have investigated the appropriateness of antibiotic use in postdisaster settings. We retrospectively evaluated clinical databases on health care delivered at clinics near shelters set up after the Great East Japan Earthquake, 2011. We defined appropriate, acceptable, and inappropriate antibiotic use for each diagnostic category, by applying and adopting precedent studies and clinical guidelines. From March to July, 2011, a total of 23,704 clinic visits occurred at 98 shelters with 7934 residents...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401798/most-frequently-reported-prescription-medications-and-supplements-in-couples-planning-pregnancy-the-life-study
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Kristin Palmsten, Katrina F Flores, Christina D Chambers, Lauren A Weiss, Rajeshwari Sundaram, Germaine M Buck Louis
OBJECTIVE: To identify frequently reported prescription medications and supplements among couples planning pregnancy because there is a lack of descriptive information on these agents in women and men who are trying to conceive. METHODS: Five hundred one couples enrolled in the Longitudinal Study of Infertility and the Environment, which took place between 2005 and 2009. Participants reported prescription medications as well as prescription and over-the-counter supplements used through interviews at study enrollment and through daily dairies during the 12-month follow-up...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400686/convergence-of-minds-for-better-patient-outcome-in-intensive-care-unit-infections
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Chand Wattal, Yash Javeri, Neeraj Goel, Debashish Dhar, Sonal Saxena, Sarman Singh, Jaswinder Kaur Oberoi, B K Rao, Purva Mathur, Vikas Manchanda, Vivek Nangia, Arti Kapil, Ashok Rattan, Supradip Ghosh, Omender Singh, Vinod Singh, Iqbal Kaur, Sanghamitra Datta, Sharmila Sen Gupta
BACKGROUND: There is emergence of resistance to the last-line antibiotics such as carbapenems in Intensive Care Units (ICUs), leaving little effective therapeutic options. Since there are no more newer antibiotics in the armamentarium in the near future, it has become imperative that we harness the interdisciplinary knowledge for the best clinical outcome of the patient. AIMS: The aim of the conference was to utilize the synergies between the clinical microbiologists and critical care specialists for better patient care and clinical outcome...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398706/can-we-rely-on-pharmacy-claims-databases-to-ascertain-maternal-use-of-medications-during-pregnancy
#20
Jin-Ping Zhao, Odile Sheehy, Jessica Gorgui, Anick Bérard
BACKGROUND: Administrative databases are increasingly used to measure drug exposure in perinatal pharmacoepidemiology. We aimed to estimate the concordance between records of prescriptions filled in pharmacies and self-reported drug use during pregnancy. METHODS: Data on self-reported medication use were collected at each trimester of pregnancy among a sub-sample from the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists Antidepressants in Pregnancy Cohort. Women were eligible if they were Quebec resident and provided their pharmacist's contact information...
April 3, 2017: Birth Defects Res
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