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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431633/greater-healthcare-utilization-and-costs-among-black-persons-compared-to-white-persons-with-aphasia-in-the-north-carolina-stroke-belt
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Charles Ellis, Rose Y Hardy, Richard C Lindrooth
PURPOSE: To examine racial differences in healthcare utilization and costs for persons with aphasia (PWA) being treated in acute care hospitals in North Carolina (NC). METHODS: NC Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project State Inpatient Database (HCUP-SID) data from 2011-2012 were analyzed to examine healthcare utilization and costs of care for stroke patients with aphasia. Analyses emphasized length of stay, charges and cost of general hospital services. Generalized linear models (GLM) were constructed to determine the impact of demographic characteristics, stroke/illness severity, and observed hospital characteristics on utilization and costs...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430850/trends-in-hospitalization-for-hypertensive-emergency-and-relationship-of-end-organ-damage-with-in-hospital-mortality
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Mahek Shah, Shantanu Patil, Brijesh Patel, Shilpkumar Arora, Nilay Patel, Lohit Garg, Sahil Agrawal, Larry Jacobs, Susan P Steigerwalt, Matthew W Martinez
BACKGROUND: There are no comprehensive guidelines on management of hypertensive emergency (HTNE) and complications. Despite advances in antihypertensive medications HTNE is accompanied with significant morbidity and mortality. METHODS: We queried the 2002-2012 nationwide inpatient sample database to identify patients with HTNE. Trends in incidence of HTNE and in-hospital mortality were analyzed. Logistic regression analysis was used to assess the relationship between end-organ complications and in-hospital mortality...
April 20, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377155/level-of-need-divertibility-and-outcomes-of-newly-admitted-nursing-home-residents
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Peter Tanuseputro, Amy Hsu, Kerry Kuluski, Mathieu Chalifoux, Melissa Donskov, Sarah Beach, Peter Walker
OBJECTIVES: To describe the level of need and divertibility of newly admitted nursing home residents, describe the factors that drive need, and describe the outcomes of residents across different levels of need. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: A total of 640 publicly funded nursing homes (also known as long-term care facilities) in Ontario, Canada. PARTICIPANTS: All newly admitted residents between January 1, 2010 and March 1, 2012...
April 1, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375069/long-term-cost-effectiveness-of-thrombectomy-for-acute-ischaemic-stroke-in-real-life-an-analysis-based-on-data-from-the-swedish-stroke-register-riksstroke
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Katarina Steen Carlsson, Gunnar Andsberg, Jesper Petersson, Bo Norrving
Background Randomised controlled trials have demonstrated substantial clinical benefit for thrombectomy in patients with acute ischaemic stroke and proximal anterior circulation arterial occlusion. Aim We investigated the long-term cost-effectiveness of thrombectomy after thrombolysis versus thrombolysis alone using real-world outcome data on need for health care, home help and nursing home care. Methods We used real-life resource use and survival data from the Swedish Stroke Register and pooled outcomes from five randomised controlled trials published in 2015 in a newly constructed Markov cost-effectiveness model with a societal perspective...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369234/postoperative-atrial-fibrillation-following-cardiac-surgery-a-persistent-complication
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Jason W Greenberg, Timothy S Lancaster, Richard B Schuessler, Spencer J Melby
Postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) is a common, expensive and potentially morbid complication following cardiac surgery. POAF occurs in around 35% of cardiac surgery cases and has a peak incidence on postoperative day 2. Patients who develop POAF incur on average $10 000-$20 000 in additional hospital treatment costs, 12-24 h of prolonged ICU time, and an additional 2 to 5 days in the hospital. POAF has been identified as an independent predictor of numerous adverse outcomes, including a 2- to 4-fold increased risk of stroke, reoperation for bleeding, infection, renal or respiratory failure, cardiac arrest, cerebral complications, need for permanent pacemaker placement, and a 2-fold increase in all-cause 30-day and 6-month mortality...
March 27, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368550/home-or-foster-home-care-versus-institutional-long-term-care-for-functionally-dependent-older-people
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Camilla Young, Amanda M Hall, Daniela C Gonçalves-Bradley, Terry J Quinn, Lotty Hooft, Barbara C van Munster, David J Stott
BACKGROUND: Changing population demographics have led to an increasing number of functionally dependent older people who require care and medical treatment. In many countries, government policy aims to shift resources into the community from institutional care settings with the expectation that this will reduce costs and improve the quality of care compared. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of long-term home or foster home care versus institutional care for functionally dependent older people...
April 3, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362411/continuous-manual-exchange-transfusion-for-patients-with-sickle-cell-disease-an-efficient-method-to-avoid-iron-overload
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Bérengère Koehl, Florence Missud, Laurent Holvoet, Ghislaine Ithier, Oliver Sakalian-Black, Zinedine Haouari, Emmanuelle Lesprit, André Baruchel, Malika Benkerrou
Children with sickle cell anemia (SCA) may be at risk of cerebral vasculopathy and strokes, which can be prevented by chronic transfusion programs. Repeated transfusions of packed red blood cells (PRBCs) is currently the simplest and most used technique for chronic transfusion programs. However, iron overload is one of the major side effects of this therapy. More developed methods exist, notably the apheresis of RBC (erythrapheresis), which is currently the safest and most efficient method. However, it is costly, complicated, and cannot be implemented everywhere, nor is it suitable for all patients...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361110/patterns-of-care-and-outcomes-in-cardiovascular-disease-after-kidney-transplantation-in-the-united-states
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Amit K Mathur, Yu-Hui Chang, D Eric Steidley, Raymond Heilman, Narjeet Khurmi, Nabil Wasif, David Etzioni, Adyr A Moss
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is an important driver of mortality after kidney transplantation. Its broader impact on posttransplant health care utilization in US hospitals is unknown. METHODS: We used administrative claims data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample and the American Hospital Association Annual Survey to identify hospitalizations for kidney transplant patients with a cardiovascular diagnosis from 2005 to 2011. CVD hospitalizations were stratified by transplant hospital status to characterize patterns in inpatient health care utilization and outcomes...
February 2017: Transplantation Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356241/virtual-reality-for-management-of-pain-in-hospitalized-patients-results-of-a-controlled-trial
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Vartan C Tashjian, Sasan Mosadeghi, Amber R Howard, Mayra Lopez, Taylor Dupuy, Mark Reid, Bibiana Martinez, Shahzad Ahmed, Francis Dailey, Karen Robbins, Bradley Rosen, Garth Fuller, Itai Danovitch, Waguih IsHak, Brennan Spiegel
BACKGROUND: Improvements in software and design and reduction in cost have made virtual reality (VR) a practical tool for immersive, three-dimensional (3D), multisensory experiences that distract patients from painful stimuli. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to measure the impact of a onetime 3D VR intervention versus a two-dimensional (2D) distraction video for pain in hospitalized patients. METHODS: We conducted a comparative cohort study in a large, urban teaching hospital in medical inpatients with an average pain score of ≥3/10 from any cause...
March 29, 2017: JMIR Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345538/current-trends-for-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-during-the-past-5-years-in-rural-areas-of-china-s-liaoning-province-a-multicenter-study
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Guang-Xiao Li, Bo Zhou, Guo-Xian Qi, Bo Zhang, Da-Ming Jiang, Gui-Mei Wu, Bing Ma, Peng Zhang, Qiong-Rui Zhao, Juan Li, Ying Li, Jing-Pu Shi
BACKGROUND: Since 2010, two versions of National Guidelines aimed at promoting the management of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) have been formulated by the Chinese Society of Cardiology. However, little is known about the changes in clinical characteristics, management, and in-hospital outcomes in rural areas. METHODS: In the present multicenter, cross-sectional study, participants were enrolled from rural hospitals located in Liaoning province in Northeast China, during two different periods (from June 2009 to June 2010 and from January 2015 to December 2015)...
April 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327833/-burden-of-smoking-related-disease-and-potential-impact-of-cigarette-price-increase-in-peru
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Ariel E Bardach, Joaquín E Caporale, Andrea Alcaraz, Federico Augustovski, Leandro Huayanay-Falconí, Cesar Loza-Munarriz, Akram Hernández-Vásquez, Andrés Pichon-Riviere
Objectives: . To calculate the burden of smoking-related disease and evaluate the potential economic and health impact of tax-induced cigarette price increase in Peru. Materials and methods.: A microsimulation model was used to estimate smoking-attributable impact on mortality, quality of life, and costs associated with heart and cerebrovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, lung cancer, and another nine cancers. Three scenarios, involving increased taxes, were evaluated...
October 2016: Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324261/prophylactic-anticonvulsants-in-intracerebral-hemorrhage
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Jason Mackey, Ashley D Blatsioris, Elizabeth A S Moser, Ravan J L Carter, Chandan Saha, Alec Stevenson, Abigail L Hulin, Darren P O'Neill, Aaron A Cohen-Gadol, Thomas J Leipzig, Linda S Williams
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Prophylactic anticonvulsants are routinely prescribed in the acute setting for intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) patients, but some studies have reported an association with worse outcomes. We sought to characterize the prevalence and predictors of prophylactic anticonvulsant administration after ICH as well as guideline adherence. We also sought to determine whether prophylactic anticonvulsants were independently associated with poor outcome. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of primary ICH in our two academic centers...
March 21, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321701/burden-of-disease-attributed-to-ambient-pm2-5-and-pm10-exposure-in-190-cities-in-china
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Kamal Jyoti Maji, Mohit Arora, Anil Kumar Dikshit
Particulate air pollution is becoming a serious public health concern in urban cities of China. Association of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) and economic loss with air pollution-related health effects demand quantitative analysis for correctional measures in air quality. This study applies an epidemiology-based exposure-response function to obtain the quantitative estimate of health impact of particulate matter PM2.5 and PM10 across 190 cities of China during years 2014-2015. The annual average concentration of PM2...
March 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317479/climate-changes-and-human-health-a-review-of-the-effect-of-environmental-stressors-on-cardiovascular-diseases-across-epidemiology-and-biological-mechanisms
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Paolo Giorgini, Paolo Di Giosia, Marco Petrarca, Francesco Lattanzio, Cosimo Andrea Stamerra, Claudio Ferri
BACKGROUND: Climate change is rapidly affecting all the regions of our planet. The most relevant example is global warming, which impacts on the earth's ecosystems, threatening human health. Other effects include extreme variations in temperature and increases in air pollution. These events may negatively impact mortality and morbidity for cardiovascular diseases. METHODS: In this review, we discuss the main effects of climate changes on cardiovascular diseases, reporting the epidemiological evidences and the biological mechanisms linking climate change consequences to hypertension, diabetes, ischemic heart diseases, heart failure and stroke...
March 17, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315803/cranioplasty-complications-and-costs-a-national-population-level-analysis-using-the-marketscan-longitudinal-database
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Amy Li, Tej Deepak Azad, Anand Veeravagu, Inderpreet Bhatti, Chao Long, John K Ratliff, Gordon Li
OBJECTIVE: To characterize cranioplasty complications and costs at a population level using a longitudinal national claims database. METHODS: We identified cranioplasty patients between 2007-2014 in the MarketScan national database. We evaluated age, autograft usage, cranioplasty size, and cranioplasty timing on postoperative outcomes. We further analyzed associated costs. A subset analysis of adult cranioplasty patients with emergent indications, including stroke and trauma, was also performed...
March 15, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315744/cardiac-implantable-electronic-device-infections-who-is-at-greatest-risk
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Parijat Saurav Joy, Gagan Kumar, Jeanne E Poole, Barry London, Brian Olshansky
BACKGROUND: Cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) infections are associated with hospitalization, mortality, increased costs, and adverse outcomes. OBJECTIVE: Determine the burden of infections for CIEDs based on device type, associated comorbidities, and clinical characteristics over a 12-year period. METHODS: Utilizing data from the National Inpatient Sample database for cases from 2000 through 2012, we identified procedures for device-related infection (DRI) using International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes for CIED removal with diagnosis codes for device-related infection or systemic infection...
March 16, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302547/feasibility-of-using-mobile-ecg-recording-technology-to-detect-atrial-fibrillation-in-low-resource-settings
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Grahame F Evans, Arianna Shirk, Peter Muturi, Elsayed Z Soliman
BACKGROUND: Screening for atrial fibrillation (AF), a major risk factor for stroke that is on the rise in Africa, is becoming increasingly critical. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to examine the feasibility of using mobile electrocardiogram (ECG) recording technology to detect AF. METHODS: In this prospective observational study, we used the Kardia Mobile ECG Recorder (AliveCor, Mountain View, California) to screen 50 African adults (66% women; mean age 54...
March 13, 2017: Global Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291783/oesophageal-heat-exchangers-with-a-diameter-of-11mm-or-14-7mm-are-equally-effective-and-safe-for-targeted-temperature-management
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Daniel C Schroeder, Maria Guschlbauer, Alexandra C Maul, Daniel A Cremer, Ingrid Becker, David de la Puente Bethencourt, Peter Paal, Stephan A Padosch, Wolfgang A Wetsch, Thorsten Annecke, Bernd W Böttiger, Anja Sterner-Kock, Holger Herff
BACKGROUND: Targeted temperature management (TTM) is widely used in critical care settings for conditions including hepatic encephalopathy, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, meningitis, myocardial infarction, paediatric cardiac arrest, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, ischemic stroke and sepsis. Furthermore, TTM is a key treatment for patients after out-of-hospital cardiac-arrest (OHCA). However, the optimal cooling method, which is quick, safe and cost-effective still remains controversial...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291765/cervical-spine-surgery-complications-and-risks-in-the-elderly
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Kris Radcliff, Kevin L Ong, Scott Lovald, Edmund Lau, Mark Kurd
STUDY DESIGN: Cervical decompression (CD) and cervical fusion (CF) patients in 5% Medicare Part B claims data. OBJECTIVE: Evaluate the complication rate and associated risk factors after cervical spine surgery using a national sample of elderly patients. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The number of cervical spine procedures in the United States has risen along with associated hospital costs. Postoperative complications lead to longer hospitalizations and greater costs...
March 15, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289067/association-of-ckd-with-outcomes-among-patients-undergoing-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
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Florian Lüders, Klaus Kaier, Gerrit Kaleschke, Katrin Gebauer, Matthias Meyborg, Nasser M Malyar, Eva Freisinger, Helmut Baumgartner, Holger Reinecke, Jochen Reinöhl
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Despitethe multiple depicted associations of CKD with reduced cardiovascular and overall prognoses, the association of CKD with outcome of patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation has still not been well described. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: Data from all hospitalized patients who underwent transcatheter aortic valve implantation procedures between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2013 in Germany were evaluated regarding influence of CKD, even in the earlier stages, on morbidity, in-hospital outcomes, and costs...
March 13, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
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