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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643997/brain-monitoring-in-adult-and-pediatric-ecmo-patients-the-importance-of-early-and-late-assessments
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Roberto Lorusso, Fabio S Taccone, Mirko Belliato, Thijs Delnoij, Paolo Zanatta, Mirjana Cvetkovic, Mark Davidson, Jan Belohlavek, Nashwa Matta, Carl Davis, Hanneke Ijsselstijn, Thomas Mueller, Ralf Muellenbach, Dirk Donker, Piero David, Matteo DI Nardo, Dirk Vlasselaers, Dinis Dos Reis Miranda, Aparna Hoskote
Monitoring brain integrity and neuro-cognitive function is a new and important target for the management of a patient treated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), in particular because of the increasing awareness of cerebral abnormalities that may potentially occur in this setting. Continuous regular monitoring, as well as repeated assessment for cerebral complications has become an essential element of the ECMO patient management. Besides well-known complications, like bleeding, ischemic stroke, seizures, and brain hypoperfusion, other less defined yet relevant injury and clinical manifestations are increasingly reported and impacting on ECMO patient prognosis at short term...
June 22, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637732/outpatient-percutaneous-native-renal-biopsy-safety-profile-in-a-large-monocentric-cohort
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Dario Roccatello, Savino Sciascia, Daniela Rossi, Carla Naretto, Mario Bazzan, Laura Solfietti, Simone Baldovino, Elisa Menegatti
OBJECTIVES: We aim to evaluate the safety of performing percutaneous native kidney biopsy (PKB) as an outpatient procedure (implying an observation period of 6 hours) compared with the traditional inpatient policy. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS AND MEASUREMENTS: Group I, in whom PKB was performed in the outpatient department (2012-2016) and followed by 6 hours' observation period and then by regular outpatient visits and group II, in whom PKB was performed and followed by at least 1 day hospital admission...
June 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637460/healthcare-utilization-and-costs-for-patients-initiating-dabigatran-or-warfarin
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Shannon L Reynolds, Sameer R Ghate, Richard Sheer, Pranav K Gandhi, Chad Moretz, Cheng Wang, Stephen Sander, Mary E Costantino, Srinivas Annavarapu, George Andrews
BACKGROUND: Novel oral anticoagulants (NOAC) such as dabigatran, when compared to warfarin, have been shown to potentially reduce the risk of stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) together with lower healthcare resource utilization (HCRU) and similar total costs. This study expands on previous work by comparing HCRU and costs for patients newly diagnosed with NVAF and newly initiated on dabigatran or warfarin, and is the first study specifically in a Medicare population...
June 21, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635339/methods-for-estimating-costs-in-patients-with-hyperlipidemia-experiencing-their-first-cardiovascular-event-in-the-united-kingdom
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Mark D Danese, Michelle Gleeson, Robert I Griffiths, David Catterick, Lucie Kutikova
AIMS: Methods for integrating external costs into clinical databases are not well-characterized. The purpose of this research was to describe and implement methods for estimating the cost of hospitalizations, prescriptions, and general practitioner and specialist visits used to manage hyperlipidemia patients experiencing cardiovascular (CV) events in the United Kingdom (UK). METHODS: This study was a retrospective cohort study using the Clinical Practice Research Datalink and Hospital Episode Statistics data...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628548/clinical-outcome-measures-for-lateropulsion-poststroke-an-updated-systematic-review
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Ryan Koter, Sara Regan, Caitlin Clark, Vicki Huang, Melissa Mosley, Erin Wyant, Chad Cook, Jeffrey Hoder
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Contraversive Lateropulsion, also referred to as contraversive pushing, pusher behavior, and pusher syndrome, can be associated with increased hospital length of stay, increased health care costs, and delayed outcomes in persons with stroke. The purpose of this updated systematic review was to identify scales used to classify contraversive lateropulsion, investigate literature that addresses their clinimetric properties, and create a resource for clinicians recommending use in clinical practice...
July 2017: Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy: JNPT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625670/carotid-occlusion-is-associated-with-more-frequent-neurovascular-events-than-moderately-severe-carotid-stenosis
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Matthew Janko, Ryan Moore, Ann H Kim, Andrew J Shevitz, Katherine L Morrow, David J Johnson, Vikram S Kashyap
OBJECTIVE: Asymptomatic internal carotid artery occlusion (CO) presents a clinical dilemma, and presently, the natural history, stroke risk, and optimal management remain ill defined. This study compared outcomes, including neurovascular events (NVEs) and health care costs, between patients with CO and patients with asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis (CS). METHODS: A prospectively maintained database was queried to identify patients with CO and CS with at least >50% carotid stenosis by duplex...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625371/cardiovascular-events-and-hospital-resource-utilization-pre-and-post-transcatheter-mitral-valve-repair-in-high-surgical-risk-patients
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Sreekanth Vemulapalli, Steven J Lippmann, Mitchell Krucoff, Adrian F Hernandez, Lesley H Curtis, Elyse Foster, Atif Qasim, Andrew Wang, Donald D Glower, Ted Feldman, Bradley G Hammill
MitraClip is an approved therapy for mitral regurgitation (MR); however, health care resource utilization pre- and post-MitraClip remains understudied. METHODS: Patients with functional and degenerative MR at high surgical risk in the EVEREST II High-Risk Registry and REALISM Continued-Access Study were linked to Medicare data. Pre- and post-MitraClip all-cause death, stroke, myocardial infarction, heart failure (HF), and bleeding hospitalizations were identified. Inpatient costs, adjusted to 2010 US dollars, were calculated, and event rate ratios and cost ratios were estimated with multivariable modeling...
July 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623598/cost-effectiveness-of-two-decision-strategies-for-shunt-use-during-carotid-endarterectomy
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Joe L P Kolkert, Rolf H H Groenwold, Vanessa J Leijdekkers, Joep Ter Haar, Clark J Zeebregts, Anco Vahl
BACKGROUND: Arterial shunting during carotid endarterectomy (CEA) is essential in some patients because of insufficient cerebral perfusion during cross-clamping. However, the optimal diagnostic modality identifying these patients is still debated. None of the currently used modalities has been proved superior to another. The aim of this study was to assess the cost-effectiveness of two modalities, stump pressure measurement (SPM) versus electroencephalography (EEG) combined with transcranial Doppler (TCD) during CEA...
June 16, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623119/the-cost-effectiveness-of-a-stroke-unit-in-providing-enhanced-patient-outcomes-in-an-australian-teaching-hospital
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Shaun Zhai, Fergus Gardiner, Teresa Neeman, Brett Jones, Yash Gawarikar
BACKGROUND: Stroke is one of the leading causes of disability and mortality. Patients who receive organized inpatient care in a stroke unit (SU) have better clinical outcomes. However, evidence on the cost analysis of an SU is lacking. The objective of this study was to assess the performance and analyze the cost-effectiveness of an SU. METHODS: A retrospective observational study was conducted comparing the acute stroke patient care in a 6-month period before and after the establishment of an acute SU at Calvary Hospital in 2013-2014...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622547/co-morbidity-and-clinically-significant-interactions-between-antiepileptic-drugs-and-other-drugs-in-elderly-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-epilepsy
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Emmi Bruun, Lauri J Virta, Reetta Kälviäinen, Tapani Keränen
PURPOSE: A study was conducted to investigate the frequency of potential pharmacokinetic drug-to-drug interactions in elderly patients with newly diagnosed epilepsy. We also investigated co-morbid conditions associated with epilepsy. METHOD: From the register of Kuopio University Hospital (KUH) we identified community-dwelling patients aged 65 or above with newly diagnosed epilepsy and in whom use of the first individual antiepileptic drug (AED) began in 2000-2013 (n=529)...
June 13, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619303/effect-of-light-pressure-stroking-massage-with-sesame-sesamum-indicum-l-oil-on-alleviating-acute-traumatic-limbs-pain-a-triple-blind-controlled-trial-in-emergency-department
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Morteza Nasiri, Zahra Farsi
OBJECTIVES: Due to adverse effects of common medications used for traumatic pain management, it is crucial to use complementary methods to alleviate this pain. Present study aimed to assess the effect of light pressure stroking massage with topical sesame oil on pain severity of patients with limbs trauma. METHODS: This triple-blinded randomized trial was conducted on 40 patients with upper or lower extremities trauma in emergency department of Busheher Amir Al-Momenian Hospital, Busheher, Iran, in 2015-2016...
June 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610884/outcomes-for-low-risk-surgical-aortic-valve-replacement-a-benchmark-for-aortic-valve-technology
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Lily E Johnston, Emily A Downs, Robert B Hawkins, Mohammed A Quader, Alan M Speir, Jeffrey B Rich, Ravi K Ghanta, Leora T Yarboro, Gorav Ailawadi
BACKGROUND: Two large, randomized trials are underway evaluating transcatheter aortic valve replacement (AVR) against conventional surgical AVR. We analyzed contemporary, real-world outcomes of surgical AVR in low-risk patients to provide a practical benchmark of outcomes and cost for evaluating current and future transapical AVR technology. METHODS: From 2010 to 2015, 2,505 isolated AVR operations were performed for severe aortic stenosis at 18 statewide cardiac institutions...
June 11, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607681/hydration-stickers-improving-oral-hydration-in-vulnerable-patients
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Alysha Bhatti, Javier Ash, Shyam Gokani, Suveer Singh
Dehydration is a growing problem among elderly patients in hospital wards. Incidents such as those raised in the Francis Report highlight a problem that may not have been sufficiently addressed by current schemes. This improvement project aimed to identify the barriers faced by staff in improving oral hydration and to design and implement an effective solution. A 33 patient pilot study carried out at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Trust, United Kingdom, revealed that a significant proportion of patients were reported to be dehydrated on admission, with few having their hydration needs addressed...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605654/the-impact-of-installing-an-mr-scanner-in-the-emergency-department-for-patients-presenting-with-acute-stroke-like-symptoms
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Stephanie E Honig, Lukasz S Babiarz, Evan L Honig, Saeedeh Mirbagheri, Victor Urrutia, David M Yousem
PURPOSE: We examined the impact of an MR scanner in the emergency department (ED) on ED length of stay (LOS), hospital (H) LOS, hospital admission rate, hospitalization costs, and ED re-presentation rate of patients presenting with stroke-like symptoms (SLS). We hypothesized that the ED MR would increase efficiency of patient care. METHODS: The number of MRIs performed in the ED vs. inpatient setting, EDLOS, HLOS, hospitalization charges, admission rate, discharge diagnoses, and 30-60-day ED re-presentation rates were determined for ED patients with SLS six months before (2011) and after (2012) ED MR installation...
May 26, 2017: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603718/impact-of-sleep-apnea-on-in-hospital-outcomes-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-insight-from-national-inpatient-sample-database-2011-2014
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Ilhwan Yeo, Hasan Ahmad, Wilbert S Aronow
BACKGROUND: Sleep apnea is associated with worse outcomes following various kinds of surgeries. There is a paucity of data on the association of sleep apnea with clinical outcomes after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). METHODS: We used National Inpatient Sample (NIS) data 2011-2014 to identify patients undergoing TAVR. Association between sleep apnea and in-hospital postoperative outcomes were assessed by multivariate logistic regression and 1:1 propensity score matching analyses...
May 2017: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600460/standard-operating-procedures-improve-acute-neurologic-care-in-a-sub-saharan-african-setting
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Lamin E S Jaiteh, Stefan A Helwig, Abubacarr Jagne, Andreas Ragoschke-Schumm, Catherine Sarr, Silke Walter, Martin Lesmeister, Matthias Manitz, Sebastian Blaß, Sarah Weis, Verena Schlund, Neneh Bah, Jil Kauffmann, Mathias Fousse, Sabina Kangankan, Asmell Ramos Cabrera, Kai Kronfeld, Christian Ruckes, Yang Liu, Ousman Nyan, Klaus Fassbender
OBJECTIVE: Quality of neurologic emergency management in an under-resourced country may be improved by standard operating procedures (SOPs). METHODS: Neurologic SOPs were implemented in a large urban (Banjul) and a small rural (Brikama) hospital in the Gambia. As quality indicators of neurologic emergency management, performance of key procedures was assessed at baseline and in the first and second implementation years. RESULTS: At Banjul, 100 patients of the first-year intervention group exhibited higher rates of general procedures of emergency management than 105 control patients, such as neurologic examination (99...
June 9, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574318/pediatric-abusive-head-trauma-and-stroke
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Nickalus R Khan, Brittany D Fraser, Vincent Nguyen, Kenneth Moore, Scott Boop, Brandy N Vaughn, Paul Klimo
OBJECTIVE Despite established risk factors, abusive head trauma (AHT) continues to plague our communities. Cerebrovascular accident (CVA), depicted as areas of hypodensity on CT scans or diffusion restriction on MR images, is a well-known consequence of AHT, but its etiology remains elusive. The authors hypothesize that a CVA, in isolation or in conjunction with other intracranial injuries, compounds the severity of a child's injury, which in turn leads to greater health care utilization, including surgical services, and an increased risk of death...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570383/validity-of-cardiovascular-disease-event-ascertainment-using-linkage-to-uk-hospital-records
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Mika Kivimäki, G David Batty, Archana Singh-Manoux, Annie Britton, Eric J Brunner, Martin J Shipley
BACKGROUND: Use of electronic health records for ascertainment of disease outcomes in large population-based studies holds much promise due to low costs, diminished study participant burden, and reduced selection bias. However, the validity of cardiovascular disease endpoints derived from electronic records is unclear. METHODS: Participants were 7860 study members of the UK Whitehall II cohort study. We compared cardiovascular disease ascertainment using linkage to the National Health Service's Hospital Episode Statistics database records (hereafter, 'HES-ascertainment') against repeated biomedical examinations - our gold-standard ascertainment method ('Whitehall-ascertainment')...
May 25, 2017: Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559178/investigation-into-drivers-of-cost-of-stenting-for-carotid-stenosis
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Lorenzo Rinaldo, Waleed Brinjikji, Harry Cloft, Randall R DeMartino, Giuseppe Lanzino
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to identify factors associated with cost of carotid artery stenting (CAS). METHODS: Patient and hospital characteristics affecting cost of admission for CAS were identified using the Vizient national database of hospital-reported outcomes. Patients who underwent CAS for either asymptomatic or symptomatic carotid stenosis were identified using surgical Medicare Severity-Diagnosis Related Groups and appropriate International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision and Tenth Revision codes...
May 27, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557787/warfarin-personalized-dosage-re-compounding-for-a-more-suitable-therapy-and-better-compliance
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Tommaso Pellagatti, Marco Ternelli, Davide Frascio, Ruggero Bettini
Warfarin is still the most prescribed oral anticoagulant prescribed for the prophylaxis and treatment of thromboembolic events such as stroke, heart attack, embolism, and deep vein thrombosis. It is administered orally in the form of sodium salt as a tablet with a typical strength of 5 mg. The molecule has a narrow therapeutic index. As a consequence, the dosage must be individualized for each patient based on the patient response in terms of time of coagulation. Thus, warfarin represents an example of a drug whose dose needs to be tailored to individual requirements that are often changing and, therefore, constitute a paramount illustration of personalized medicine...
May 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
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