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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351496/implementation-of-a-prehospital-protocol-change-for-asthmatic-children
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Anriada Nassif, Daniel G Ostermayer, Kim B Hoang, Mary K Claiborne, Elizabeth A Camp, Manish I Shah
BACKGROUND: Respiratory distress due to asthma is a common reason for pediatric emergency medical services (EMS) transports. Timely initiation of asthma treatment, including glucocorticoids, improves hospital outcomes. The impact of EMS-administered glucocorticoids on hospital-based outcomes for pediatric asthma patients is unknown. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of an evidence-based pediatric EMS asthma protocol update, inclusive of oral glucocorticoid administration, on time to hospital discharge...
January 19, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350663/effectiveness-of-a-tailored-medical-support-to-overcome-the-barriers-to-education-treatment-and-good-metabolic-control-in-children-with-type-1-diabetes-from-ethnic-minorities
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Brunella Iovane, Antonina Marta Cangelosi, Ilaria Bonaccini, Carla Mastrorilli, Dora Di Mauro, Valentina Fainardi, Giovanni Chiari, Marilena Maltese, Carlo Caffarelli, Maurizio Vanelli
AIM: To analyze the effectiveness of a tailored medical support to help children from ethnic minorities to achieve the same good metabolic control of autochthonous peers with type-1 diabetes (T1D). METHODS: Children <10 years of age belonging to ethnic minority (EM) families (Group 1) were compared with autochthonous peers (Group 2) who received the diagnosis of T1D in 2014-2016. The Protocol for minorities included other than the standard protocol: booklets translated in ethnic minority languages; weekly visits at home or at school; family-guides; clinic visits supported by professional interpreters...
January 16, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348711/efficacy-of-empirical-therapy-with-combined-ciprofloxacin-versus-topical-drops-alone-in-patients-with-tubotympanic-chronic-suppurative-otitis-media-a-randomized-double-blind-controlled-trial
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Maisam Abbas Onali, Syeda Beenish Bareeqa, Sadaf Zia, Syed Ijlal Ahmed, Asneha Owais, Ahmad Nawaz Ahmad
Background: One of the prevailing otologic infections in our country is chronic suppurative otitis media, especially the tubotympanic type for which various treatment protocols are followed. Usually, oral and topical antibiotics (mainly quinolones) are given alone or in combination. There is a lack of consensus as to whether topical drops alone are effective or a combined oral and systemic therapy should be prescribed. In our study, we have attempted to observe the efficacy of empirical therapy with combined ciprofloxacin versus topical drops only in patients with tubotympanic chronic suppurative otitis media for control of infection...
2018: Clinical Medicine Insights. Ear, Nose and Throat
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345403/improving-patient-adherence-to-secondary-prevention-medications-6-months-after-an-acute-coronary-syndrome-observational-cohort-study
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D B Brieger, C Chow, J Gullick, K Hyun, M D'Souza, T Briffa
BACKGROUND: Most patients are recommended secondary prevention pharmacotherapies following an acute coronary syndrome (ACS). AIMS: To identify predictors of adherence at 6 months and strategies to improve adherence to these therapies. Design and methods Patients in the CONCORDANCE registry who were discharged on evidence-based medications were stratified into those receiving ≥75% ('adherent') or <75% ('non-adherent') of indicated medications at 6 months. Baseline characteristics, hospital and post-discharge care were compared between groups...
January 18, 2018: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340818/changes-in-plasma-albumin-levels-in-early-detection-of-infectious-complications-after-laparoscopic-colorectal-cancer-surgery-with-eras-protocol
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Mateusz Wierdak, Magdalena Pisarska, Beata Kuśnierz-Cabala, Jan Witowski, Jadwiga Dworak, Piotr Major, Piotr Małczak, Piotr Ceranowicz, Andrzej Budzyński, Michał Pędziwiatr
BACKGROUND: Combination of laparoscopic approach with ERAS protocol in colorectal surgery allows for an early discharge. However there is a risk that some of the discharged patients are developing, asymptomatic at the time, infectious complications. This may lead to a delay in diagnostics and proper treatment introduction. We aimed to assess the usefulness of preoperative plasma albumin concentration and their changes as indicators of infectious complications in patients undergoing colorectal cancer surgery...
January 16, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336989/are-geriatric-patients-placed-in-an-emergency-department-observation-unit-on-a-chest-pain-pathway-more-likely-than-non-geriatric-patients-to-re-present-to-the-hospital-within-30%C3%A2-days
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Christopher C Gruenberg, Alan H Breaud, James H Liu, Patricia M Mitchell, James A Feldman, Kerrie P Nelson, Joseph H Kahn
BACKGROUND: Emergency department observation units (EDOUs) are used frequently for low-risk chest pain evaluations. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine whether geriatric compared to non-geriatric patients evaluated in an EDOU for chest pain have differences in unscheduled 30-day re-presentation, length of stay (LOS), and use of stress testing. METHODS: We conducted an exploratory, retrospective, cohort study at a single academic, urban ED of all adult patients placed in an EDOU chest pain protocol from June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335822/emergency-department-throughput-an-intervention
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Nowreen Haq, Rona Stewart-Corral, Eric Hamrock, Jamie Perin, Waseem Khaliq
Shortening emergency department (ED) boarding time and managing hospital bed capacity by expediting the inpatient discharge process have been challenging for hospitals nationwide. The objective of this study is was to explore the effect of an innovative prospective intervention on hospital workflow, specifically on early inpatient discharges and the ED boarding time. The intervention consisted of a structured nursing "admission discharge transfer" (ADT) protocol receiving new admissions from the ED and helping out floor nursing with early discharges...
January 15, 2018: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334532/cost-effectiveness-and-improved-parent-and-provider-satisfaction-with-outpatient-management-of-pediatric-oncology-patients-with-low-risk-fever-and-neutropenia
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Abhishek Bavle, Amanda Grimes, Sibo Zhao, Daniel Zinn, Andrea Jackson, Binita Patel, Timothy Porea, Ankhi Dutta, Heidi Russell, Andras Heczey
On the basis of significant evidence for safety, the international pediatric fever and neutropenia committee recommends the identification and management of patients with "low-risk fever and neutropenia" (LRFN), outpatient with oral antibiotics, instead of traditional inpatient management. The aim of our study was to compare the cost-per-patient with these 2 strategies, and to evaluate parent and provider satisfaction with the outpatient management of LRFN. Between March 2016 and February 2017, 17 LRFN patients (median absolute neutrophil count, 90/μL) were managed at a single institution, per new guidelines...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331668/earlier-and-enhanced-rehabilitation-of-mechanically-ventilated-patients-in-critical-care-a-feasibility-randomised-controlled-trial
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David McWilliams, Charlotte Jones, Gemma Atkins, James Hodson, Tony Whitehouse, Tonny Veenith, Emma Reeves, Lauren Cooper, Catherine Snelson
BACKGROUND: Systematic reviews of early rehabilitation within intensive care units have highlighted the need for robust multi-centre randomised controlled trials with longer term follow up. This trial aims to explore the feasibility of earlier and enhanced rehabilitation for patients mechanically ventilated for ≥5days and to assess the impact on possible long term outcome measures for use in a definitive trial. METHODS: Patients admitted to a large UK based intensive care unit and invasively ventilated for ≥5days were randomised to the rehabilitation intervention or standard care on a 1:1 basis, stratified by age and SOFA score...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330154/novel-wearable-seismocardiography-and-machine-learning-algorithms-can-assess-clinical-status-of-heart-failure-patients
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Omer T Inan, Maziyar Baran Pouyan, Abdul Q Javaid, Sean Dowling, Mozziyar Etemadi, Alexis Dorier, J Alex Heller, A Ozan Bicen, Shuvo Roy, Teresa De Marco, Liviu Klein
BACKGROUND: Remote monitoring of patients with heart failure (HF) using wearable devices can allow patient-specific adjustments to treatments and thereby potentially reduce hospitalizations. We aimed to assess HF state using wearable measurements of electrical and mechanical aspects of cardiac function in the context of exercise. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients with compensated (outpatient) and decompensated (hospitalized) HF were fitted with a wearable ECG and seismocardiogram sensing patch...
January 2018: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329313/development-of-a-field-testing-protocol-for-identifying-deepwater-horizon-oil-spill-residues-trapped-near-gulf-of-mexico-beaches
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Yuling Han, T Prabhakar Clement
The Deepwater Horizon (DWH) accident, one of the largest oil spills in U.S. history, contaminated several beaches located along the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) shoreline. The residues from the spill still continue to be deposited on some of these beaches. Methods to track and monitor the fate of these residues require approaches that can differentiate the DWH residues from other types of petroleum residues. This is because, historically, the crude oil released from sources such as natural seeps and anthropogenic discharges have also deposited other types of petroleum residues on GOM beaches...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325725/who-goes-to-inpatient-rehabilitation-or-skilled-nursing-facilities-unexpectedly-following-total-knee-arthroplasty
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Alexander J Rondon, Timothy L Tan, Max R Greenky, Karan Goswami, Noam Shohat, Jessica L Phillips, James J Purtill
BACKGROUND: Inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) represent a significant portion of post-operative expenses of bundled payments for total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Although many surgeons no longer routinely send patients to IRFs or SNFs, some patients are unable to be discharged directly home. This study identified patient factors for discharge to post-acute care facilities with an institutional protocol of discharging TKA patients home. METHODS: A retrospective review of patients undergoing primary unilateral TKA at a single institution from 2012 to 2017 was performed...
December 21, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325595/mortality-impact-of-an-increased-blood-glucose-cut-off-level-for-hypoglycaemia-treatment-in-severely-sick-children-in-malawi-sugarfact-trial-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Tim Baker, Queen Dube, Josephine Langton, Helena Hildenwall
BACKGROUND: Mortality in children remains high in sub-Saharan African hospitals. While antimalarial drugs, antibiotics and other definitive treatments are well understood, the role of emergency care with supportive therapies, such as maintaining normal glucose and electrolyte balances, has been given limited attention. Hypoglycaemia is common in children admitted to hospital in low-income settings. The current definition of hypoglycaemia is a blood glucose level < 2.5 mmol/L in a well-nourished child...
January 11, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325539/chinese-cervicocephalic-artery-dissection-study-ccads-rationale-and-protocol-for-a-multicenter-prospective-cohort-study
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Zhu Zhu, Yuyuan Xu, Yilong Wang, Zhenhua Zhou, Xiang Han, Aihua Liu, Jing Peng, Yi Xu, Luyao Wang
BACKGROUND: Cervicocephalic artery dissection (CAD) is an important etiology of stroke in the youth. Findings from recent studies suggest it a "group of disease entities" with different underlying etiologies, presentations and prognosis, necessitating an integral study including various types of CAD to get a better understanding of this disease. In addition, Chinese patients with CAD are likely to carry different features from their western counterparts, which remains uncertain yet. Chinese Cervicocephalic Artery Dissection Study (CCADS) therefore aims at exploring the epidemiology, risk factors, clinical/radiological features, diagnosis and prognosis of CAD in Chinese patients...
January 11, 2018: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324173/the-risk-of-deterioration-in-gcs13-15-patients-with-traumatic-brain-injury-identified-by-computed-tomography-imaging-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Carl Marincowitz, Fiona E Lecky, William Townend, Aditya Borakati, Andrea Fabbri, Trevor A Sheldon
The optimal management of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients with injuries identified by computed tomography (CT) brain scan is unclear. Some guidelines recommend hospital admission for an observation period of at least 24 h. Others argue that selected lower-risk patients can be discharged from the Emergency Department (ED). The objective of our review and meta-analysis was to estimate the risk of death, neurosurgical intervention, and clinical deterioration in mild TBI patients with injuries identified by CT brain scan, and assess which patient factors affect the risk of these outcomes...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322905/pre-discharge-postoperative-radiographs-after-primary-total-knee-replacement-tradition-or-science
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S N Sambandam, V Khanna, G Rohinikumar, V Mounasamy
Consistent evidence exists on the inutility of immediate postoperative radiographs after a total knee replacement (TKR). We hypothesized that eliminating the pre-discharge film would not have any effect on the postoperative patient outcomes. Retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data was performed on 220 knees. Patients undergoing a simple primary TKR operated by 2 surgeons (Surgeon A and B) from January 2013 to July 2015 were divided into 2 groups (Groups 1 and 2 having 112 and 108 knees respectively)...
March 2017: Acta Orthopaedica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319393/sex-based-differences-in-discharge-disposition-and-outcomes-for-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-patients-within-a-regional-network
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James R Langabeer, Timothy D Henry, Raymond Fowler, Tiffany Champagne-Langabeer, Junghyun Kim, Alice K Jacobs
BACKGROUND: It is known that women with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) have higher mortality in comparison to men. While the reasons for this sex-based difference are not completely understood, biologic differences and disparities in care have been implicated. Whether these differences persist within an urban, regional STEMI system of care with defined protocols is unclear. Our objective was to explore sex-related effects in outcomes in a large regional system of care...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318674/a-simple-route-to-porous-graphene-from-carbon-nanodots-for-supercapacitor-applications
#18
Volker Strauss, Kris Marsh, Matthew D Kowal, Maher El-Kady, Richard B Kaner
A facile method to convert biomolecule-based carbon nanodots (CNDs) into high-surface-area 3D-graphene networks with excellent electrochemical properties is presented. Initially, CNDs are synthesized by microwave-assisted thermolysis of citric acid and urea according to previously published protocols. Next, the CNDs are annealed up to 400 °C in a tube furnace in an oxygen-free environment. Finally, films of the thermolyzed CNDs are converted into open porous 3D turbostratic graphene (3D-ts-graphene) networks by irradiation with an infrared laser...
January 10, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318355/an-enhanced-recovery-after-surgery-eras-protocol-for-ambulatory-anorectal-surgery-reduced-postoperative-pain-and-unplanned-returns-to-care-after-discharge
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Aaron B Parrish, Sean M O'Neill, Steven R Crain, Tara A Russell, Deepak K Sonthalia, Vu T Nguyen, Armen Aboulian
BACKGROUND: Ambulatory surgery for anorectal procedures has been proven to be safe and effective. Specific perioperative pathways combining multiple interventions have been shown to optimize recovery and outcomes associated with inpatient colorectal surgery. However, there are no major studies describing and evaluating a standardized protocol for ambulatory anorectal surgery. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the outcomes of a modified enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocol for ambulatory anorectal surgery...
January 9, 2018: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318081/-hidden-preoperative-blood-loss-with-extracapsular-versus-intracapsular-hip-fractures-what-is-the-difference
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Katharine D Harper, Paul Navo, Frederick Ramsey, Sainabou Jallow, Saqib Rehman
Purpose: Excessive blood loss with hip fracture management has been shown to result in increased rates of complications. Our goal is to compare blood loss and transfusion rates between patients with intracapsular and extracapsular (both intertrochanteric (IT) and subtrochanteric (ST)) hip fractures. Methods: 472 patients were evaluated over a five-year period. Those who presented to the hospital with a proximal femur fracture (femoral neck, IT or ST) were considered for the study...
December 2017: Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation
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