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Laura M Seske, William C Ralston, Louis J Muglia, James M Greenberg
Infant mortality rate is generally regarded as a fundamental indicator of population health and is often used to validate public health interventions. Hamilton County, Ohio, has one of the highest rates in the nation. Most deaths that do not occur in the hospital fall under the jurisdiction of a coroner/medical examiner. We reviewed all infant deaths evaluated by the Hamilton County Coroner from 2006 to 2013 in order to identify opportunities for public health interventions. We predicted that the majority of these infant deaths were unintentional, but preventable...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Lai Heng Lee
The group of new oral anticoagulants or NOACs, now termed direct oral anticoagulants or DOACs, with their favourable results from large scale phase III clinical trials, represent a major advancement and expanded armamentarium in antithrombotic therapy. Dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban and edoxaban are now in clinical routine use for prevention and treatment of arterial and venous thrombotic diseases as addressed in their clinical trials. Usage of the DOACs is expected to increase as clinicians gain more experience and reassurance with data from the real world studies which are generally consistent with that from clinical trials...
2016: Thrombosis Journal
I Fusier, O Parent de Curzon, S Touratier, L Escaut, M Lafaurie, S Fournier, M Sinègre, P Lechat, D Vittecoq
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to document amoxicillin-clavulanic acid prescription to improve the proper use of antibiotics in hospital settings. We used three criteria: quality of medical charts, adequacy of indications, and adequacy of treatment duration. METHOD: This study was designed as a one-day point prevalence survey carried out by antibiotic lead specialists. RESULTS: We included 387 prescriptions from 32 hospitals. Immunodeficiency was recorded as a risk factor in 30% of patients...
October 17, 2016: Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses
Lauren E Arthur, Russell S Kizor, Adrian G Selim, Mieke L van Driel, Leonardo Seoane
BACKGROUND: Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality, complicating the medical course of approximately 10% of mechanically-ventilated patients, with an estimated attributable mortality of 13%. To treat VAP empirically, the American Thoracic Society currently recommends antibiotic therapy based on the patients' risk of colonisation by an organism with multidrug resistance. The selection of initial antibiotic therapy in VAP is important, as inappropriate initial antimicrobial treatment is associated with higher mortality and longer hospital stay in intensive care unit (ICU) patients...
October 20, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Marina Parca Cavelagna Teixeira, Tatiana Peloso Reis Queiroga, Maria Dos Anjos Mesquita
Objective: To determine the frequency and risk factors of small-for-gestational-age newborns in a high-risk maternity. Methods: This is an observational, cross-sectional, and case-control study, conducted in a public tertiary care maternity hospital. Data from 998 newborns and their mothers were collected through interviews and review of medical records and prenatal care cards. Some placentas underwent histopathological analysis. The variables of small-for-gestational-age and non-small-for-gestational-age newborns and of their mothers were statistically compared by means of Student's t test, Fisher's exact test, and odds ratio...
July 2016: Einstein
Molly Howard, Andrew Lipshutz, Breanne Roess, Emily Hawes, Zachariah Deyo, Jena Ivey Burkhart, Stephan Moll, Betsy Bryant Shilliday
Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs) require specific dosing and monitoring to ensure safe and appropriate use. The purpose of this evaluation was to identify patient- and process-related factors that correlate with increased risk of inappropriate prescribing of DOACs. A retrospective chart review was conducted in three outpatient clinics within an academic medical center to identify patients started on DOAC therapy and evaluate the appropriateness of DOAC initiation. Data collected included patient demographics, DOAC medication initiated, dose, indication, baseline laboratory values, concomitant medications, type and specialty of prescriber, and initiation setting...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Leonardo Sechi, GIanLuca Colussi, Marileda Novello, Cristiana Catena
OBJECTIVE: Primary aldosteronism is associated with increased left ventricular mass independent of blood pressure levels. Previous studies suggest that elevated aldosterone causes cardiac damage only in the presence of an inappropriate salt status. We examined the relevance of dietary salt intake on cardiac changes in patients with primary aldosteronism before and after treatment. DESIGN AND METHOD: Sixty-five patients with tumoral or idiopathic primary aldosteronism were recruited at a University medical center and followed after either surgical (n = 30) or medical (n = 35) treatment...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Mayadah B Shehadeh, Ghadeer A R Y Suaifan, Eman A Hammad
Misconception about antibiotics use among the public has been widely outlined to be a main reason for inappropriate use of antibiotics including failure to complete treatment, skipping of doses, re-use of leftover medicines and overuse of antibiotics. The study was devised to evaluate whether education might be a potential strategy to promote safer use of antibiotics and reducing self-medication. Two hundred seventy one adults were asked to complete two questionnaires; a pre and posteducation. The questionnaires comprised of three parts consisting of 17 statements assessing the knowledge on: appropriate use, safe use and resistance of antibiotics...
September 2016: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
David M Levine, Jeffrey A Linder, Bruce E Landon
Importance: Widespread deficits in the quality of US health care were described over a decade ago. Since then, local, regional, and national efforts have sought to improve quality and patient experience, but there is incomplete information about whether such efforts have been successful. Objective: To measure changes in outpatient quality and patient experience in the United States from 2002 to 2013. Design, Setting, and Participants: We analyzed temporal trends from 2002 to 2013 using quality measures constructed from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), a nationally representative annual survey of the US population that collects data from individual respondents as well as respondents' clinicians, hospitals, pharmacies, and employers...
October 17, 2016: JAMA Internal Medicine
Krystina Parker, Willy Aasebø, Knut Stavem
BACKGROUND: Polypharmacy is commonly applied to elderly haemodialysis patients for treating terminal renal failure and multiple co-morbidities. Potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) in multidrug regimens in geriatric populations can be identified using specially designed screening tools. OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to estimate the prevalence of PIMs by applying the Screening Tool of Older Persons' Prescriptions (STOPP) criteria and the Beers criteria to elderly haemodialysis patients and to assess the association of some risk factors with the presence of PIMs...
September 2016: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
Beate Wickop, Steffen Härterich, Christian Sommer, Anne Daubmann, Michael Baehr, Claudia Langebrake
BACKGROUND: Several classifications to identify and avoid use of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) in the elderly have been published. To what extent these classifications match each other and whether there are differences in the prevalence of PIM use at admission, during the inpatient stay and at discharge are largely unreported. OBJECTIVES: To determine the PIM prevalence in elderly patients at a university hospital, with a special focus on different classification systems and the chronological sequence, and to examine a possible association between PIM use and the reason for admission, as well as severe side effects and consequences of PIM use during hospitalization...
September 2016: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
Meghan K Mattos, Susan M Sereika, Jennifer G Naples, Steven M Albert
BACKGROUND: Older adults are especially susceptible to adverse consequences of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs), such as benzodiazepine receptor agonists (BZDRAs), due to age-related pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic changes. Although some risk factors for BZDRA use in older adults have been identified, the role of rural versus urban residence is less clear. OBJECTIVE: To describe BZDRA use in rural versus urban older adults using pharmaceutical claims from Pennsylvania's Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE) program...
September 2016: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
Jennifer C Reneker, Vinay Cheruvu, Jingzhen Yang, Chad E Cook, Mark A James, M Clay Moughiman, Joseph A Congeni
BACKGROUND: Dizziness is often reported after a sports-related concussion. Forces experienced at the time of the concussion can cause an injury to multiple anatomical areas, including the central nervous system, the vestibular system, and the cervical spine, each of which is sufficient to cause dizziness. Medical professionals routinely use the subjective history to develop hypotheses about what may be causing a patient's dizziness. No previous studies have attempted to differentiate the source of the dizziness through precise patient descriptors or the triggers of dizziness...
December 2015: Injury Epidemiology
Christine C Johnson, Grant H Garcia, Joseph N Liu, Jeffrey G Stepan, Ronak M Patel, Joshua S Dines
BACKGROUND: The quality of medical information on the Internet has come under scrutiny. This study investigates the quality, accuracy, and readability of online information regarding ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injuries. METHODS: Three search terms ("elbow ulnar collateral ligament injury," "tommy john injury," and "pitcher's elbow") were entered into 3 Internet search engines. Three independent reviewers evaluated the content and accuracy of the information with a set of predetermined scoring criteria...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Dirk Moßhammer, Hannah Haumann, Klaus Mörike, Stefanie Joos
BACKGROUND: Guideline-oriented treatments can lead to polypharmacy, i.e., the simultaneous long-term use of multiple drugs. Polypharmacy mainly affects elderly patients. The goal of this review is to survey the current scientific evidence about polypharmacy, focusing on clinical endpoints, and to point out implications for medical practice and research. METHODS: This selective literature review is based on pertinent publications that were retrieved by a selective search in PubMed employing the terms "polypharmacy AND general practice...
September 23, 2016: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
Nisha Bansal, Adam Szpiro, Frederick Masoudi, Robert T Greenlee, David H Smith, David J Magid, Jerry H Gurwitz, Kristi Reynolds, Grace H Tabada, Sue Hee Sung, Ashveena Dighe, Andrea Cassidy-Bushrow, Romel Garcia-Montilla, Stephen Hammill, John Hayes, Alan Kadish, Param Sharma, Paul Varosy, Humberto Vidaillet, Alan S Go
OBJECTIVE: Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have higher risk of sudden cardiac death; however, they may not receive implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), in part due to higher risk of complications. We evaluated whether CKD is associated with greater risk of device-delivered shocks/antitachycardia pacing (ATP) therapies among patients receiving a primary prevention ICD. METHODS: We studied participants in the observational Cardiovascular Research Network Longitudinal Study of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators...
October 14, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Brian A Simpson, Ravindra Nannapaneni
BACKGROUND: With its relative simplicity and safety, peripheral nerve field stimulation (PNFS; PENS) is contributing to the re-emergence of peripheral nerve stimulation as an effective therapy for neuropathic pain (NPP). CASE PRESENTATION: A 70-year-old woman had developed severe, medically refractory NPP unilaterally in the scalp and face 20 years earlier, following a maxillofacial surgical procedure. PNFS gave substantial relief of the pain and allodynia and was repeated successfully on a further 25 occasions over the subsequent five years...
October 14, 2016: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
Charmaine Tang, Mythily Subramaniam, Boon Tat Ng, Edimansyah Abdin, Lye Yin Poon, Swapna K Verma
OBJECTIVE: Early symptomatic response is pertinent in improving outcomes in first-episode psychosis. One of the ways in which this may be achieved is by reducing inappropriate delays in clozapine initiation. This study aimed to examine clozapine prescribing practices among clinicians by establishing the prevalence of clozapine use, identifying baseline clinical and demographic factors that were associated with clozapine use, examining outcomes in clozapine users versus nonusers, and identifying inappropriate antipsychotic prescription patterns prior to clozapine initiation...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Vidhi V Shah, Marshall B Kapp, Stephen E Wolverton
Malpractice risk is a common source of concern for the practicing physician. Dermatologists experience fewer lawsuits than most other specialists in medicine, but the risk is not negligible. All physicians should familiarize themselves with areas of potential risk and avoid medico-legal pitfalls. We present Part I of a two-part series addressing medico-legal questions common to most practitioners that cause a great deal of anxiety. Part I will focus upon risk management and prevention of future malpractice lawsuits, and Part II deals with suggestions and guidance once a lawsuit occurs...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
Eva Sönnerstam, Maria Sjölander, Maria Gustafsson
BACKGROUND: Older people are more sensitive to drugs and adverse drug reactions than younger people because of age-related physiological changes such as impaired renal function. As people with dementia are particularly vulnerable to the effects of drugs, it is especially important to evaluate the dosages of renally cleared medications in this group. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of impaired renal function and inappropriate prescriptions on the basis of renal function among older patients with dementia or cognitive impairment...
October 12, 2016: Drugs & Aging
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