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Roberta Rossini, Giuseppe Tarantini, Giuseppe Musumeci, Giulia Masiero, Emanuele Barbato, Paolo Calabrò, Davide Capodanno, Sergio Leonardi, Maddalena Lettino, Ugo Limbruno, Alberto Menozzi, U O Alfredo Marchese, Francesco Saia, Marco Valgimigli, Walter Ageno, Anna Falanga, Antonio Corcione, Alessandro Locatelli, Marco Montorsi, Diego Piazza, Andrea Stella, Antonio Bozzani, Alessandro Parolari, Roberto Carone, Dominick J Angiolillo
Perioperative management of antithrombotic therapy in patients treated with coronary stents undergoing surgery remains poorly defined. Importantly, surgery represents a common reason for premature treatment discontinuation, which is associated with an increased risk in mortality and major adverse cardiac events. However, maintaining antithrombotic therapy to minimize the incidence of perioperative ischemic complications may increase the risk of bleeding complications. Although guidelines provide some recommendations with respect to the perioperative management of antithrombotic therapy, these have been largely developed according to the thrombotic risk of the patient and a definition of the hemorrhagic risk specific to each surgical procedure, key to defining the trade-off between ischemia and bleeding, is not provided...
March 12, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
Mwali Muray, Charles H Bélanger, Jamil Razmak
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to document the need for implementing a fall prevention strategy in an emergency department (ED). The paper also spells out the research process that led to approving an assessment tool for use in hospital outpatient services. Design/methodology/approach The fall risk assessment tool was based on the Morse Fall Scale. Gender mix and age above 65 and 80 years were assessed on six risk assessment variables using χ2 analyses. A logistic regression analysis and model were used to test predictor strength and relationships among variables...
February 12, 2018: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
Tara Conway Copper, Donna B Jeffe, Fahd A Ahmad, George Abraham, Feliciano Yu, Brianna Hickey, David Schnadower
OBJECTIVES: Children with medical complexity (CMC) are at risk for poor outcomes during medical emergencies. Emergency information forms (EIFs) provide essential medical information for CMC during emergencies; however, they are not widely used. We sought to identify factors related to optimal care for CMC to inform development of EIFs for CMC. METHODS: We interviewed 26 stakeholders, including parents of CMC, healthcare providers, health information technology, and privacy compliance experts...
February 28, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
Jean-François Dhainaut, Laure Huot, Valérie Bouchara Pomar, Claude Dubray
Connected objects (CO), whether medical devices or not, are used in clinical research for data collection, a specific activity (communication, diagnosis, effector, etc.), or several functions combined. Their validation should be based on three approaches: technical and clinical reliability, data protection and cybersecurity. Consequently, the round table recommends that the typology of COs, their uses and limitations, be known and shared by all, particularly for implementing precise specifications. COs are used in clinical research during observational studies (assessment of the device itself or data collection), randomized studies, where only one group has a CO (assessment of its impact on patient follow-up or management), or randomized studies where both groups have a CO, which is then used as a tool to help with assessment...
January 11, 2018: Thérapie
Shatha Alharbi, Griffith Harsh, Abdulrazag Ajlan
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate lumbar drain (LD) efficacy in transnasal resection of pituitary macroadenomas in preventing postoperative cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak, technique safety, and effect on length of hospital stay. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective data review of pituitary tumor patients in our institution who underwent surgery between December 2006 and January 2013. All patients were operated on for complete surgical resection of pituitary macroadenoma tumors...
January 2018: Neurosciences: the Official Journal of the Pan Arab Union of Neurological Sciences
Deog Kyeom Kim, Jungsil Lee, Ju Hee Park, Kwang Ha Yoo
Acute exacerbation(s) of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD) tend to be critical and debilitating events leading to poorer outcomes in relation to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) treatment modalities, and contribute to a higher and earlier mortality rate in COPD patients. Besides pro-active preventative measures intended to obviate acquisition of AECOPD, early recovery from severe AECOPD is an important issue in determining the long-term prognosis of patients diagnosed with COPD. Updated GOLD guidelines and recently published American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society clinical recommendations emphasize the importance of use of pharmacologic treatment including bronchodilators, systemic steroids and/or antibiotics...
January 24, 2018: Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
P W Radke, M Möckel
Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary artery embolisms share pathophysiological features and are therefore collectively referred to as venous thromboembolisms (VTE). While the incidence of VTE has been increasing for years as a result of demographic changes and improved diagnostics, the morbidity and mortality are decreasing. This is particularly due to more sensitive diagnostics, improvements in risk stratification and more effective anticoagulation strategies. The aim of effective anticoagulation therapy is the avoidance of early events up to death and prevention of recurrent events...
February 2018: Herz
Figen Govsa, Asli Beril Karakas, Mehmet Asim Ozer, Cenk Eraslan
BACKGROUND: Despite significant improvement in clinical care, operative strategies, and technology, neurosurgery is still risky, and optimal preoperative planning and anatomical assessment are necessary to minimize the risks of serious complications. Our purpose was to document the dural venous sinuses (DVS) and their variations identified during routine 3-dimensional (3D) venography created through 3D models for the teaching of complex cerebral anatomy. METHODS: 3D models of the DVS networks were printed...
February 2018: World Neurosurgery
Nicolas Dubois, Nicolas Garnier, Christophe Meune
The new paradigm of the big data raises many expectations, particularly in the field of health. Curiously, even though medical biology laboratories generate a great amount of data, the opportunities offered by this new field are poorly documented. For better understanding the clinical context of chronical disease follow-up, for leveraging preventive and/or personalized medicine, the contribution of big data analytics seems very promising. It is within this framework that we have explored to use data of a Breton group of laboratories of medical biology to analyze the possible contributions of their exploitation in the improvement of the clinical practices and to anticipate the evolution of pathologies for the benefit of patients...
December 1, 2017: Annales de Biologie Clinique
Roberto Caporale, Giovanna Geraci, Michele Massimo Gulizia, Mauro Borzi, Furio Colivicchi, A Menozzi, Giuseppe Musumeci, Marino Scherillo, Antonietta Ledda, Giuseppe Tarantini, Piersilvio Gerometta, Giancarlo Casolo, Dario Formigli, Francesco Romeo, Roberto Di Bartolomeo
The wide availability of effective drugs in reducing cardiovascular events together with the use of myocardial revascularization has greatly improved the prognosis of patients with coronary artery disease. The combination of antithrombotic drugs to be administered before the knowledge of the coronary anatomy and before the consequent therapeutic strategies, can allow to anticipate optimal treatment, but can also expose the patients at risk of bleeding that, especially in acute coronary syndromes, can significantly weigh on their prognosis, even more than the expected theoretical benefit...
May 2017: European Heart Journal Supplements: Journal of the European Society of Cardiology
Thomas V Cunningham, Leslie P Scheunemann, Robert M Arnold, Douglas White
PURPOSE: Although surrogate decision-making (SDM) is prevalent in intensive care units (ICUs) and concerns with decision quality are well documented, little is known about how clinicians help family members understand the surrogate role. We investigated whether and how clinicians provide normative guidance to families regarding how to function as a surrogate. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: We audiorecorded and transcribed 73 ICU family conferences in which clinicians anticipated discussing goals of care for incapacitated patients at high risk of death...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
Alvaro Morales
INTRODUCTION: It is 40 years since the initial documentation of the efficacy of bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) in the management of non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) and probably an opportune a time as any to retrace the origins of this development and to reflect on the progress that has occurred on the use of immune modifiers in the treatment of NMIBC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A PubMed search for publications on the history of BCG was conducted, and those related to the development of the vaccine for protection against tuberculosis as well as those published in the last 40 years related to its use for treatment for NMIBC were selected for review...
June 2017: Canadian Journal of Urology
Renato D Lopes, Marco Alings, Stuart J Connolly, Heather Beresh, Christopher B Granger, Juan Benezet Mazuecos, Giuseppe Boriani, Jens C Nielsen, David Conen, Stefan H Hohnloser, Georges H Mairesse, Philippe Mabo, A John Camm, Jeffrey S Healey
BACKGROUND: Device-detected subclinical atrial fibrillation (AF) refers to infrequent, short-lasting, asymptomatic AF that is detected only with long-term continuous monitoring. Subclinical AF is common and associated with an increased risk of stroke; however, the risk of stroke with subclinical AF is lower than for clinical AF, and very few patients with subclinical AF alone have been included in large AF anticoagulation trials. The net benefit of anticoagulation in patients with subclinical AF is unknown...
July 2017: American Heart Journal
Ann Scheck McAlearney, Brian Hilligoss, Paula H Song
OBJECTIVES: To explore accountable care organizations (ACOs) as they develop in the private sector, including their motivation for development, perspectives from consumers regarding these emerging ACOs, and the critical success factors associated with ACO development. STUDY DESIGN: Comprehensive organizational case studies of 4 full-risk private sector ACOs that included in-person interviews with providers and administrators and focus groups with local consumers...
March 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
Alice Gustavsen, Lillemor Skattum, Grethe Bergseth, Bjorg Lorentzen, Yngvar Floisand, Vidar Bosnes, Tom Eirik Mollnes, Andreas Barratt-Due
RATIONALE: Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) in pregnancy may trigger the life-threatening catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome (CAPS). Complement activation is implicated in the pathogenesis, and inhibition of complement factor C5 is suggested as an additional treatment option. PATIENT CONCERNS, DIAGNOSIS AND INTERVENTIONS: We present a pregnant patient treated with the C5-inhibitor eculizumab due to high risk of developing devastating APS-related complications...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Stéphane Bouchard, Geneviève Robillard, Isabelle Giroux, Christian Jacques, Claudie Loranger, Manon St-Pierre, Maxime Chrétien, Annie Goulet
Virtual reality (VR) can be used in the treatment of gambling disorder to provide emotionally charged contexts (e.g., induce cravings) where patients can practice cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) techniques in the safety of the therapist's office. This raises practical questions, such as whether the cravings are sufficient to be clinically useful but also manageable enough to remain clinically safe. Pilot data are also needed to test the development of a treatment manual and prepare large randomized control trials...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Michael Reddington, Stephen J Walters, Judith Cohen, Susan Baxter
INTRODUCTION: Lumbar radicular syndrome (LRS) can be a painful and debilitating condition. The optimum management strategies and their timing remain elusive despite extensive research. Surgery provides good short-term outcomes but has concomitant risks and costs. Physiotherapy is commonly practised for patients with LRS but its effects remain equivocal and there is a lack of consensus on the type, duration and timing of physiotherapy intervention. There is a lack of high-quality evidence into new and innovative management strategies and the timings of those strategies for LRS...
March 3, 2017: BMJ Open
Orrin I Franko, Peter J Stern
PURPOSE: Limited literature supports using ethyl chloride topical spray as an anesthetic for hand injections whereas documented risks include frostbite, skin irritation, and inhalation toxicity. We hypothesize that ethyl chloride spray imparts no benefit to patients' perception of pain or anxiety for routine hand injections. METHODS: We first surveyed all members of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand to discern the prevalence of ethyl chloride use during routine injections...
March 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery
Matthew Brain, Elizabeth Winson, Owen Roodenburg, John McNeil
BACKGROUND: Optimising filter life and performance efficiency in continuous renal replacement therapy has been a focus of considerable recent research. Larger high quality studies have predominantly focussed on optimal anticoagulation however CRRT is complex and filter life is also affected by vascular access, circuit and management factors. We performed a systematic search of the literature to identify and quantify the effect of vascular access, circuit and patient factors that affect filter life and presented the results as a meta-analysis...
February 20, 2017: BMC Nephrology
H C Gugnani, D W Denning, R Rahim, A Sadat, M Belal, M S Mahbub
In Bangladesh there are several published papers on superficial mycoses. Deep mycoses are also recognized as an important emerging problem. Here, we estimate the annual incidence and prevalence of serious fungal infections in Bangladesh. Demographic data were obtained from world population reports and the data on TB and HIV extracted from the online publications on tuberculosis in Bangladesh and Asia Pacific research statistical data information resources AIDS Data HUB. All the published papers on fungal infections in Bangladesh were identified through extensive search of literature...
June 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
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