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Andrew T Hale, Kelly Pekala, Benjamin Theobald, Katherine Kelly, Michael Wolf, John C Wellons, Truc Le, Chevis N Shannon
PURPOSE: In traumatic brain injury (TBI), hyperglycemia and hypothermia are thought to be associated with poor outcomes, but have not been systematically studied in children. Thus, our aim was to evaluate whether serum glucose and temperature at admission, among other clinical variables, were associated with need for post hospital-discharge seizure medication in children diagnosed with TBI. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of 1814 children who were diagnosed with TBI at a tertiary pediatric hospital...
March 21, 2018: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Jörg Wellmer
Small bottom-of-sulcus focal cortical dysplasias (BOS-FCD) type IIb are intrinsically epileptogenic lesions often responsible for pharmacoresistant epilepsy. They are increasingly well demarcated in vivo from surrounding cortex and white matter by 3 T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These facts and frequent seizure freedom after just narrow resections allow questioning the classical concept of epilepsy surgery in which the epileptogenic lesion is generally considered only one part of the epileptogenic zone and the resection volume categorically has to exceed lesion limits...
February 19, 2018: Epilepsy Research
Brian M Salata, Madeline R Sterling, Ashley N Beecy, Ajayram V Ullal, Erica C Jones, Evelyn M Horn, Parag Goyal
Given high rates of heart failure (HF) hospitalizations and widespread adoption of the hospitalist model, patients with HF are often cared for on General Medicine (GM) services. Differences in discharge processes and 30-day readmission rates between patients on GM and those on Cardiology during the contemporary hospitalist era are unknown. The present study compared discharge processes and 30-day readmission rates of patients with HF admitted on GM services and those on Cardiology services. We retrospectively studied 926 patients discharged home after HF hospitalization...
February 7, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
Stephanie Elyse Ambrose, Julina Ongkasuwan, Kavita Dedhia, Gillian Ruth Diercks, Samantha Anne, Subhadra Shashidharan, Nikhila Raol
Importance: Vocal fold motion impairment (VFMI) is a known risk factor following congenital heart surgery (CHS). The impact of this diagnosis on utilization and outcomes is unknown. Objective: To evaluate the cost, postprocedure length of stay (PPLOS), and outcomes for neonates with VFMI after CHS. Design, Setting, and Participants: A cross-sectional analysis of the 2012 Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) of neonates who underwent CHS was carried out...
March 15, 2018: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Rebecca Strong, Simon P Graham, S A La Rocca, Rudiger Raue, Ilse Vangeel, Falko Steinbach
The objective of this study was to develop a bovine viral diarrhea virus type 2 (BVDV-2) challenge model suitable for evaluation of efficacy of BVDV vaccines; a model that mimics natural infection and induces clear leukopenia and viremia. Clinical, hematological and virological parameters were evaluated after infection of two age groups of calves (3 and 9 months) with two BVDV-2 strains (1362727 and 502643). Calves became pyrexic between 8 and 9 days post inoculation and exhibited symptoms, such as nasal discharge, mild depression, cough, and inappetence...
2018: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
Christa A Hammond, Natalie J Blades, Sarwat I Chaudhry, John A Dodson, W T Longstreth, Susan R Heckbert, Bruce M Psaty, Alice M Arnold, Sascha Dublin, Colleen M Sitlani, Julius M Gardin, Stephen M Thielke, Michael G Nanna, Rebecca F Gottesman, Anne B Newman, Evan L Thacker
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) is associated with cognitive impairment. However, we know little about the time course of cognitive change after HF diagnosis, the importance of comorbid atrial fibrillation, or the role of ejection fraction. We sought to determine the associations of incident HF with rates of cognitive decline and whether these differed by atrial fibrillation status or reduced versus preserved ejection fraction. METHODS AND RESULTS: Participants were 4864 men and women aged ≥65 years without a history of HF and free of clinical stroke in the CHS (Cardiovascular Health Study)-a community-based prospective cohort study in the United States, with cognition assessed annually from 1989/1990 through 1998/1999...
March 2018: Circulation. Heart Failure
Katelynn Crick, Fatima Al Sayah, Arto Ohinmaa, Jeffrey A Johnson
BACKGROUND: Anxiety and depression disorders are associated with significantly lower health-related quality of life (HRQL). The EQ-5D is a commonly used generic measure of HRQL; it captures mental health through a single domain-the anxiety/depression dimension. Evidence on the responsiveness of this measure in assessing changes in mental health changes is limited. OBJECTIVE: To examine the performance of the anxiety/depression dimension (A/D) of the 3- and 5-level (3L and 5L) versions of the EQ-5D in assessing changes in mental health...
March 7, 2018: Quality of Life Research
Takao Orii
 In the collaboration between community pharmacies and hospitals or clinics, the use of electronic medicine notebook may allow information sharing, including among out-of-network hospitals, clinics, and community pharmacies. For risk minimization, mobile or smart phones, which patients always carry with them, should be used as a tool allowing drug information to be accessed at any time. An advantage of the electronic conversion of patient drug information is that it allows patients not only to obtain round-the-clock information on drugs, etc...
2018: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
Jessica A Ogarek, Ellen M McCreedy, Kali S Thomas, Joan M Teno, Pedro L Gozalo
OBJECTIVES: To revise the Minimum Data Set (MDS) Changes in Health, End-stage disease and Symptoms and Signs (CHESS) scale, an MDS 2.0-based measure widely used to predict mortality in institutional settings, in response to the release of MDS 3.0. DESIGN: Development of a predictive scale using observational data from the MDS and Medicare Master Beneficiary Summary File. SETTING: All Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)-certified nursing homes in the United States...
March 2, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Rita N Bakhru, James F Davidson, Rebecca E Bookstaver, Michael T Kenes, Kristin G Welborn, Peter E Morris, D Clark Files
PURPOSE: The aims were to 1) determine feasibility of measuring physical function in our ICU Recovery Clinic (RC), 2) determine if physical function was associated with 6-month re-hospitalization and 1-year mortality and 3) compare ICU survivors' physical function to other comorbid populations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We established the Wake Forest ICU RC. Patients were seen in clinic 1month following hospital discharge. Testing included the Short Form-36 questionnaire and Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB)...
February 3, 2018: Journal of Critical Care
Maria N Plana, Javier Zamora, Gautham Suresh, Luis Fernandez-Pineda, Shakila Thangaratinam, Andrew K Ewer
BACKGROUND: Health outcomes are improved when newborn babies with critical congenital heart defects (CCHDs) are detected before acute cardiovascular collapse. The main screening tests used to identify these babies include prenatal ultrasonography and postnatal clinical examination; however, even though both of these methods are available, a significant proportion of babies are still missed. Routine pulse oximetry has been reported as an additional screening test that can potentially improve detection of CCHD...
March 1, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Nedra S Whitehead, Laurina Williams, Sreelatha Meleth, Sara Kennedy, Paul Epner, Hardeep Singh, Kathleene Wooldridge, Anuj K Dalal, Stacy E Walz, Tom Lorey, Mark L Graber
Failure to follow up test results pending at discharge (TPAD) from hospitals or emergency departments is a major patient safety concern. The purpose of this review is to systematically evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to improve follow-up of laboratory TPAD. We conducted literature searches in PubMed, CINAHL, Cochrane, and EMBASE using search terms for relevant health care settings, transition of patient care, laboratory tests, communication, and pending or missed tests. We solicited unpublished studies from the clinical laboratory community and excluded articles that did not address transitions between settings, did not include an intervention, or were not related to laboratory TPAD...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
Rebecca Maria Hasler, Sandra Stucky, Heinz Bähler, Aristomenis K Exadaktylos, Frank Neff
OBJECTIVE: Most deaths occur in the pre-hospital setting, whereas mortality in the emergency department (ED) is low (<1%). However, our clinical impression is that some patients are being transported to hospital in devastating conditions with no likelihood of survival, but demanding extensive hospital resources. The decision on whether to transport a dying person to hospital or not is a difficult task for emergency medical services (EMS) personnel. As there is little epidemiological data about these patients, this paper aims to describe this special population...
2018: PloS One
Giovanna Sheiybani, Peter Brydon, Miriam Toolan, John Linehan, Mark Farrant, Benjamin Colleypriest
Introduction: There is controversy in the literature recently regarding the efficacy of rectal non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) to prevent post-ERCP pancreatitis (PEP). The aim of this study was to compare the incidence of PEP in three distinct groups of patients at the Royal United Hospital, Bath: no use of rectal diclofenac, selective use and blanket use without contraindication. Method: Readmission data, blood results, radiology reports and discharge summaries were used to identify patients with PEP from August 2010 to December 2015...
January 2018: Frontline Gastroenterology
J Lomb, H W Neave, D M Weary, S J LeBlanc, J M Huzzey, M A G von Keyserlingk
Dairy cows with metritis display sickness behaviors, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) have the potential to reduce these responses. The objective of this study was to investigate changes in feeding, social, and lying behaviors in dairy cows with metritis that had been treated with the NSAID meloxicam. After parturition, cows were housed in a dynamic, mixed-parity group of 20 animals with access to 12 electronic feed bins, 2 electronic water bins, and 24 lying stalls in a freestall pen. Every third day after parturition, vaginal discharge was evaluated to diagnose metritis based on the presence of foul smell and characteristic visual appearance...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
Khalid H Kurtom, Wendy S Towers
BACKGROUND: Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MITLIF) is a well-described procedure with excellent reported outcomes. A modification of interbody graft placement can potentially improve the ease and safety of this procedure. OBJECTIVE: To describe a modification of the MITLIF graft placement and retrospectively review our experience including intraoperative and postoperative complications. METHODS: Single surgeon, single institution, retrospective analysis of consecutive patients who underwent a modified MITLIF technique between November 2011 and December 2013...
February 16, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
Maria B Ospina, Marta Michas, Lesly Deuchar, Richard Leigh, Mohit Bhutani, Brian H Rowe, Darcy Marciniuk, Donna Goodridge, Gail Dechman, Jean Bourbeau, Meyer Balter, Pat Camp, Paul Hernandez, Roger S Goldstein, Michael K Stickland
Introduction: Hospital and emergency department discharge for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is often poorly organised. We developed a patient-centred, evidence-based and consensus-based discharge care bundle for patients with acute exacerbations of COPD. Methods: A purposeful sample of clinicians and patients were invited to participate in a two-round Delphi study (July-November 2015). In round 1, participants rated on a seven-point Likert scale (1=not at all important; 7=extremely important) the importance of 29 unique COPD care actions...
2018: BMJ Open Respiratory Research
Daniel W Fisher, Phillip Luu, Neha Agarwal, Jonathan E Kurz, Dane M Chetkovich
Hyperpolarization-activated Cyclic Nucleotide-gated (HCN) channels are important regulators of excitability in neural, cardiac, and other pacemaking cells, which are often altered in disease. In mice, loss of HCN2 leads to cardiac dysrhythmias, persistent spike-wave discharges similar to those seen in absence epilepsy, ataxia, tremor, reduced neuropathic and inflammatory pain, antidepressant-like behavior, infertility, and severely restricted growth. While many of these phenotypes have tissue-specific mechanisms, the cause of restricted growth in HCN2 knockout animals remains unknown...
2018: PloS One
E M Cohen, K D'Silva, D Kreps, M B Son, K H Costenbader
Background Macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) is an uncommon but serious complication of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We aimed to identify factors associated with MAS among adult hospitalized SLE patients. Methods Within the Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) Lupus Center Registry, we identified adult SLE patients > age 17 who had been hospitalized from 1970 to 2016, with either ferritin > 5000 ng/ml during admission or "macrophage activation syndrome" or "MAS" in discharge summary...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
Sebastian Gehrmann, Franck Dernoncourt, Yeran Li, Eric T Carlson, Joy T Wu, Jonathan Welt, John Foote, Edward T Moseley, David W Grant, Patrick D Tyler, Leo A Celi
In secondary analysis of electronic health records, a crucial task consists in correctly identifying the patient cohort under investigation. In many cases, the most valuable and relevant information for an accurate classification of medical conditions exist only in clinical narratives. Therefore, it is necessary to use natural language processing (NLP) techniques to extract and evaluate these narratives. The most commonly used approach to this problem relies on extracting a number of clinician-defined medical concepts from text and using machine learning techniques to identify whether a particular patient has a certain condition...
2018: PloS One
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