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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750436/-retinal-vascular-occlusion-modern-therapeutic-approaches
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Moritz Pettenkofer, Nicolas Feltgen, Nikolaus Feucht, Chris P Lohmann, Mathias M Maier
Retinal artery occlusion (RAO) should be evaluated as an emergency and can be seen as an ocular analogue to the cerebral apoplex. Both have the same arteriosclerotic risk factors, which are also responsible for cardiac, circulatory and cerebrovascular diseases. That is why an intensive interdisciplinary clarification is necessary to recognize possible comorbidities in time and, if necessary, to treat them. The current therapeutic possibilities of an acute RAO are very limited in their efficiency regarding visual improvement...
July 27, 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750409/timp-2-igfbp7-nephrocheck%C3%A2-measurements-at-intensive-care-unit-admission-after-cardiac-surgery-are-predictive-for-acute-kidney-injury-within-48-hours
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Mehmet Oezkur, Attila Magyar, Phillip Thomas, Tabea Stork, Reinhard Schneider, Constanze Bening, Stefan Störk, Peter U Heuschmann, Rainer G Leyh, Martin Wagner
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a postoperative complication after cardiac surgery with a high impact on mortality and morbidity. Nephrocheck® [TIMP-2*IGFBP7] determines markers of tubular stress, which occurs prior to tubular damage. It is unknown at which time-point [TIMP-2*IGFBP7] measurement should be performed to ideally predict AKI. We investigated the association of [TIMP-2*IGFBP7] at various time-points with the incidence of AKI in patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery including cardio-pulmonary bypass...
July 27, 2017: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749939/a-novel-rapid-test-for-detecting-antibody-responses-to-loa-loa-infections
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Bijan Pedram, Valérie Pasquetto, Papa M Drame, Yongchang Ji, Maria J Gonzalez-Moa, Richard K Baldwin, Thomas B Nutman, Marco A Biamonte
Ivermectin-based mass drug administration (MDA) programs have achieved remarkable success towards the elimination of onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis. However, their full implementation has been hindered in Central Africa by the occurrence of ivermectin-related severe adverse events (SAEs) in a subset of individuals with high circulating levels of Loa loa microfilariae. Extending MDA to areas with coincident L. loa infection is problematic, and inexpensive point-of-care tests for L. loa are acutely needed...
July 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749854/risk-stratification-in-pediatric-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-a-multicenter-observational-study
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Judith Ju-Ming Wong, Huu Phuc Phan, Suwannee Phumeetham, Jacqueline Soo May Ong, Yek Kee Chor, Suyun Qian, Rujipat Samransamruajkit, Nattachai Anantasit, Chin Seng Gan, Feng Xu, Rehena Sultana, Tsee Foong Loh, Jan Hau Lee
OBJECTIVES: The Pediatric Acute Lung Injury Consensus Conference developed a pediatric specific definition for acute respiratory distress syndrome (PARDS). In this definition, severity of lung disease is stratified into mild, moderate, and severe groups. We aim to describe the epidemiology of patients with PARDS across Asia and evaluate whether the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury Consensus Conference risk stratification accurately predicts outcome in PARDS. DESIGN: A multicenter, retrospective, descriptive cohort study...
July 26, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749835/a-model-for-incident-review-committees-in-behavioral-health-settings
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Mark J Russ, Blaine S Greenwald, Marlin R A Mattson
Despite the fact that incident review committees have been a key component of quality improvement in behavioral health settings for decades, specific models of how these committees are structured and operate are not well described. We present a model for an incident review committee that has been implemented in 2 large, academic acute care psychiatric hospitals. We believe the model not only permitted us to efficiently and effectively review untoward incidents, but that it also provided an approach to calibrating standards of care for the institution, engaging physicians in an interdisciplinary effort, promulgating a culture of quality review and improvement throughout the organization, promoting continuity and sustainability of the incident review process, and, most importantly, driving beneficial change in clinical practice...
July 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749718/ectopic-intralaryngo-tracheal-thyroid-tissue-causing-neonatal-death
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Lauren Furnas, Huda Safa, Fiona Hutchinson, Lindsay Joseph, Jane E Armes
INTRODUCTION: Ectopic thyroid tissue can be found anywhere along the embryologic path of thyroid descent. Intralaryngo-tracheal thyroid tissue is the least common site of ectopia and can present with upper airways obstruction. Its presentation in the neonate is exceptional. CASE REPORT: We describe a term female neonate with subglottic thyroid tissue causing near-total occlusion of the larynx, which led to upper airways obstruction and neonatal death. CONCLUSION: This emphasizes the importance of considering intralaryngo-tracheal tumors as a cause of acute and otherwise unexplainable respiratory distress immediately after birth...
July 27, 2017: Fetal and Pediatric Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749715/insomnia-and-autonomic-function-predict-well-being-in-patients-receiving-palliative-care
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Marco Warth, Jens Kessler, Hubert J Bardenheuer
BACKGROUND: The improvement of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is one of the main treatment goals in end-of-life care. Although definitions and conceptualizations remain heterogeneous, many researchers proposed HRQOL to be considered as subjective patient well-being. However, research on its determinants in palliative care is rare, and little is known about the interplay between psychological and biological variables. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explain differences in terminally ill patients' acute well-being (AWB) by use of a multimethod approach, examining both self-ratings and physiological predictors...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749114/characteristics-and-outcomes-of-patients-with-hematological-malignancies-admitted-for-intensive-care-a-single-centre-experience
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Shafaq Maqsood, Farhana Badar, Abdul Hameed
Background and Purpose: Patients with hematological malignancies admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) generally have a high mortality rate. The aim of our study was to assess the characteristics and outcomes of such patients and to identify factors predicting ICU mortality. Material and Methods: This retrospective chart review was conducted in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre over a period of 5 years, from January 2010 to January 2015. Results: Characteristics :A total of 213 patients were included in this study...
July 27, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748892/clinical-profile-of-geriatric-acute-kidney-injury-in-a-tertiary-care-center-from-south-india
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Eshwarappa Mahesh, Praveen Nallamuthu, Mahesh Kumar, Parampalli Rakesh Madhyastha, Gurudev Konanna
The incidence of acute kidney injury (AKI) is high in the elderly, who comprise an ever-growing segment of the population. Elderly patients pose a different set of diagnostic and therapeutic challenge owing to their associated comorbidities. AKI in the elderly is associated with an increased risk of mortality, morbidity, prolonged length of stay, and progression to chronic kidney disease. Data regarding the clinical profile of AKI in the elderly from the South Indian population are limited. Hence, we present this analysis of the etiological and prognostic factors associated with AKI in elderly population from South India...
July 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748771/acute-care-referral-systems-in-liberia-transfer-and-referral-capabilities-in-a-low-income-country
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Jimin Kim, Maria Barreix, Christine Babcock, Corey B Bills
Introduction Following two decades of armed conflict in Liberia, over 95% of health care facilities were partially or completely destroyed. Although the Liberian health system has undergone significant rehabilitation, one particular weakness is the lack of organized systems for referral and prehospital care. Acute care referral systems are a critical component of effective health care delivery and have led to improved quality of care and patient outcomes. Problem This study aimed to characterize the referral and transfer systems in the largest county of Liberia...
July 27, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748770/management-of-diabetic-surgical-patients-in-a-deployed-field-hospital-a-model-for-acute-non-communicable-disease-care-in-disaster
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Kathleen M McDermott, Ruth M Hardstaff, Sophie Alpen, David J Read, Nicholas R Coatsworth
Sudden onset disasters (SODs) have affected over 1.5 billion of the world's population in the past decade. During the same time, developing nations have faced a sustained increase in the burden of non-communicable disease (NCD) with extra pressure placed on health systems. The combined increase in SODs and the NCD epidemic facing the world's most disaster-prone nations will present new challenges to emergency medical teams (EMTs) during disaster response. This report details the experience as an EMT during the Typhoon Haiyan disaster of 2013, with particular reference to the challenges of diabetic management in a surgical field hospital...
July 27, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748654/review-article-does-acupuncture-have-a-role-in-providing-analgesia-in-the-emergency-setting-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Andrew L Jan, Emogene S Aldridge, Ian R Rogers, Eric J Visser, Max K Bulsara, Richard C Niemtzow
Acupuncture might offer a novel approach to improve ED pain management. Our primary aim was to assess the efficacy of acupuncture in the emergency setting while secondary objectives were to explore its suitability through its side-effect profile, patient satisfaction, cost, administration time and points used. Seven databases and Google Scholar were searched up to 31 July 2016 using MeSH descriptors for three overarching themes concerning acupuncture, pain management and emergency medicine. Meta-analysis was performed on randomised trials for three comparator groups: acupuncture versus sham, acupuncture versus standard analgesia care and acupuncture-as-an-adjunct to standard care, to calculate the standardised mean difference and weighted mean difference for pain scores out of 10...
July 26, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748625/multiple-risk-factor-counseling-to-promote-heart-healthy-lifestyles-in-the-chest-pain-observation-unit-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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David A Katz, Mark Graber, Patricia Lounsbury, Mark W Vander Weg, Emily K Phillips, Christina Clair, Phillip A Horwitz, Xueya Cai, Alan J Christensen
OBJECTIVE: Admission to the chest pain observation unit (CPOU) may be an advantageous time for patients to consider heart-healthy lifestyle changes while undergoing diagnostic evaluation to rule out myocardial ischemia. The aim of this pragmatic trial was to assess the effectiveness of a multiple risk factor intervention in changing CPOU patients' health beliefs and readiness to change health behaviors. A secondary aim was to obtain preliminary estimates of the intervention's effect on diet, physical activity, and smoking...
July 27, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748605/management-of-chemotherapy-induced-febrile-neutropenia-in-pediatric-oncology-patients-a-north-american-survey-of-pediatric-hematology-oncology-and-pediatric-infectious-disease-physicians
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Rochelle R Maxwell, Dana Egan-Sherry, Jonathan B Gill, Michael E Roth
BACKGROUND: Chemotherapy-induced febrile neutropenia (FN) is traditionally managed with hospital admission for parenteral antibiotics until neutropenia resolves. Recent studies have explored risk stratification and the safety of managing "low-risk" patients as outpatients. Few studies have directly assessed pediatric provider preferences for managing FN. PROCEDURE: We conducted a survey of practicing US and Canadian pediatric hematology/oncology (PHO) and pediatric infectious disease (PID) physicians to assess their FN management preferences using case scenarios with varying risk profiles...
July 27, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748563/intra-hospital-transfers-and-adverse-patient-outcomes-an-analysis-of-administrative-health-data
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Nicole Blay, Michael Roche, Christine Duffield, Xiaoyue Xu
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To determine whether there was an association between intra-hospital transfers and adverse outcomes. BACKGROUND: Transfers between clinical units and between beds on the same unit are routine aspects of an episode of care in acute hospitals. The rate of these transfers per episode has increased in response to high occupancy levels, a decline in bed numbers, and increased demand for hospital services. The impact of the number of transfers between both wards and beds on patient outcomes is not widely explored...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747964/effect-of-preadmission-metformin-use-on-clinical-outcome-of-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-among-critically-ill-patients-with-diabetes
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Yong Suk Jo, Sun Mi Choi, Jinwoo Lee, Young Sik Park, Chang-Hoon Lee, Jae-Joon Yim, Chul-Gyu Yoo, Young Whan Kim, Sung Koo Han, Sang-Min Lee
BACKGROUND: Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is related to high mortality and morbidity. There are no proven therapeutic measures however, to improve the clinical course of ARDS, except using low tidal volume ventilation. Metformin is known to have pleiotropic effects including anti-inflammatory activity. We hypothesized that pre-admission metformin might alter the progress of ARDS among intensive care unit (ICU) patients with diabetes mellitus (DM). METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study from January 1, 2005, to April 30, 2005 of patients who were admitted to the medical ICU at Seoul National University Hospital because of ARDS, and reviewed ARDS patients with DM...
July 2017: Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747765/troponin-i-and-t-in-relation-to-cardiac-injury-detected-with-electrocardiography-in-a-population-based-cohort-the-maastricht-study
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Dorien M Kimenai, Remy J H Martens, Jeroen P Kooman, Coen D A Stehouwer, Frans E S Tan, Nicolaas C Schaper, Pieter C Dagnelie, Miranda T Schram, Carla J H van der Kallen, Simone J S Sep, Jeroen D E van Suijlen, Abraham A Kroon, Otto Bekers, Marja P van Dieijen-Visser, Ronald M A Henry, Steven J R Meex
Interest in high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I(hs-cTnI) and T(hs-cTnT) has expanded from acute cardiac care to cardiovascular disease(CVD) risk stratification. Whether hs-cTnI and hs-cTnT are interchangeable in the ambulant setting is largely unexplored. Cardiac injury is a mechanism that may underlie the associations between troponin levels and mortality in the general population. In the population-based Maastricht Study, we assessed the correlation and concordance between hs-cTnI and hs-cTnT. Multiple regression analyses were conducted to assess the association of hs-cTnI and hs-cTnT with electrocardiographic (ECG) changes indicative of cardiac abnormalities...
July 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747418/a-complication-of-meningitis-and-infective-endocarditis-due-to-streptococcus-pyogenes
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Kosuke Inoue, Akiyoshi Hagiwara, Akio Kimura, Norio Ohmagari
We described a rare case of meningitis and infective endocarditis (IE) due to Streptococcus pyogenes. An 80-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital with unconsciousness. Glasgow Coma Scale was E1V3M5. We diagnosed her with acute meningitis due to S. pyogenes and started treatment using ceftriaxone. In spite of the improvement of her unconscious state, she developed a new-onset systolic murmur on day 13, and echocardiography revealed severe mitral valve regurgitation with vegetation. Therefore, we also diagnosed her with IE and continued the antibiotics for 6 weeks after we confirmed the negative blood cultures...
July 26, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747349/outcomes-associated-with-a-pediatric-clinical-diabetes-network-in-ontario-a-population-based-time-trend-analysis
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Meranda Nakhla, Elham Rahme, Marc Simard, Astrid Guttmann
BACKGROUND: The Network of Ontario Pediatric Diabetes Programs was implemented in 2001. The objective of this study was to determine whether implementation of the network was associated with a decrease in the risk of acute diabetes-related complications and a reduction in the socioeconomic and geographic disparities in these outcomes. METHODS: We conducted a population-based time trend analysis of children (< 18 yr) with diabetes using health administrative databases in Ontario from 1996 to 2011...
July 24, 2017: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747268/screening-of-depression-in-cardiology-a-study-on-617-cardiovascular-patients
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Valentina Tesio, Sebastiano Marra, Stefania Molinaro, Riccardo Torta, Fiorenzo Gaita, Lorys Castelli
BACKGROUND: Depression screening in the cardiovascular disease (CVD) care setting is under-performed, also because the issue of the optimal screening tools cut-off is still open. We analysed which HADS (Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale) total score cut-off value shows the best properties in two groups of 357 Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) and 260 Chronic Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) hospitalized patients. METHODS: A Receiver Operating Characteristics (ROC) curve was plotted for both groups using the Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) as the criterion...
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
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