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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937925/effect-of-self-reported-distress-thermometer-score-on-the-maximal-handgrip-and-pinch-strength-measurements-in-hemodialysis-patients
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Stephanie Camilleri, Stephanie Chong, Kamonwan Tangvoraphonkchai, Suree Yoowannakul, Andrew Davenport
BACKGROUND: Muscle weakness is a risk factor for mortality in hemodialysis (HD) patients. Muscle strength measurements are routinely used as a screening tool but depend on patient cooperation and motivation. We wished to determine whether measuring maximal voluntary muscle strength was affected by patient self-reported distress. METHODS: We measured pinch strength (PS) and handgrip strength (HGS) in 382 adult HD patients with a corresponding self-reported distress thermometer (DT) scores...
October 2017: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922142/reduced-amputation-rate-with-isovolemic-hemodilution-in-critical-limb-ischemia-patients
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Doosang Kim, Daniel J Cho, Young I Cho
AIMS: Critical limb ischemia (CLI) patients are characterized by intractable pain in spite of medication, non-healing ulcers, and gangrene. The objective of this study was to investigate whether or not isovolemic hemodilution treatment can reduce the rate of major amputations in CLI. METHODS: 28 patients were studied who had tissue loss on Rutherford Grade III, Category 5 or 6. The subjects were divided into two arms: standard-of-care, conventional therapy (CT) (n = 15) as a control group and hemodilution therapy (HT) (n = 13) as a study group...
September 11, 2017: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918967/accuracy-of-bedside-point-of-care-testing-in-critical-emergency-department-patients
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Braden W McIntosh, Jerina Vasek, Maria Taylor, Deborah Le Blanc, Henry C Thode, Adam J Singer
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care (POC) testing reduces laboratory turn-around having the potential to improve timely diagnosis and management. We compared the accuracy of nurse performed POC and core laboratory testing and determined whether deviations between the two were clinically meaningful. METHODS: We performed a prospective, observational study on a convenience sample of 50 critical care ED patients in whom a POC chemistry and hematocrit was ordered. Blood samples were divided into 2 aliquots; one sample was tested by the treating nurse using a handheld POC device and the other sample was tested in the core laboratory...
September 14, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904946/high-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-blood-urea-nitrogen-and-serum-creatinine-can-predict-severe-acute-pancreatitis
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Wandong Hong, Suhan Lin, Maddalena Zippi, Wujun Geng, Simon Stock, Vincent Zimmer, Chunfang Xu, Mengtao Zhou
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Early prediction of disease severity of acute pancreatitis (AP) would be helpful for triaging patients to the appropriate level of care and intervention. The aim of the study was to develop a model able to predict Severe Acute Pancreatitis (SAP). METHODS: A total of 647 patients with AP were enrolled. The demographic data, hematocrit, High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol (HDL-C) determinant at time of admission, Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN), and serum creatinine (Scr) determinant at time of admission and 24 hrs after hospitalization were collected and analyzed statistically...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877325/perioperative-blood-loss-during-total-hip-arthroplasty-among-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis
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Yong Hu, Wei-Zhou Jiang, Zhi-Fa Huang, Tahsin Tarik Torsha, De-Sheng Yang, Jun Xiao
Intraoperative blood loss is frequently an overarching concern during total hip arthroplasty (THA) for patients who have ankylosing spondylitis with hip involvement. However, the factors that affect blood loss have not been identified. The goal of this study was to investigate these factors among patients with ankylosing spondylitis. Patients in the authors' department who had ankylosing spondylitis and underwent unilateral THA from 2011 to 2016 were studied retrospectively. Demographic characteristics, perioperative laboratory values, intraoperative data, transfusion rate, transfusion volume, and data on hemostatic use were collected and analyzed statistically...
September 6, 2017: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856221/analytical-performance-evaluation-of-the-elecsys%C3%A2-cyclosporine-and-elecsys%C3%A2-tacrolimus-assays-on-the-cobas-e411-analyzer
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Maki Sasano, Shigeki Kimura, Ikuhiro Maeda, Yoh Hidaka
BACKGROUND: Cyclosporine (CsA) and tacrolimus (TAC) are immunosuppressant drugs that are often used to treat autoimmune diseases and as transplantation therapy; therefore, their concentrations need to be monitored carefully. We herein evaluated the analytical performance of the Elecsys® Cyclosporine and Elecsys® Tacrolimus assay kits, which have been newly developed to measure CsA and TAC concentrations in the whole blood. METHODS: We used residual whole blood samples from autoimmune disease and transplantation patients who were being treated with CsA or TAC...
August 2017: Pract Lab Med
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821336/a-randomized-clinical-trial-of-red-blood-cell-transfusion-triggers-in-cardiac-surgery
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Colleen G Koch, Daniel I Sessler, Edward J Mascha, Joseph F Sabik, Liang Li, Andra I Duncan, Nicole M Zimmerman, Eugene H Blackstone
BACKGROUND: Class I evidence supporting a threshold for transfusion in the cardiac surgical setting is scarce. We randomly allocated patients to a transfusion hematocrit trigger of 24% versus 28% to compare morbidity, mortality, and resource use. METHODS: From March 2007 to August 2014, two centers randomly assigned 722 adults undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery or valve procedures to a 24% hematocrit trigger (n = 363, low group) or 28% trigger (n = 354, high group)...
August 16, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798852/flow-reproducibility-of-whole-blood-and-other-bodily-fluids-in-simplified-no-reaction-lateral-flow-assay-devices
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H Li, D Han, M A Hegener, G M Pauletti, A J Steckl
The "no reaction" lateral flow assay (nrLFA) uses a simplified LFA structure with no conjugate pad and no stored reagents. In the nrLFA, the capillary-based transport time or distance is the key indicator, rather than the outcome of a biochemical reaction. Hence, the calibration and reproducibility of the nrLFA device are critical. The capillary flow properties of several membrane types (nitrocellulose, nylon, cellulose acetate, polyethersulfone, and polyvinylidene difluoride) are evaluated. Flow rate evaluations of MilliporeSigma Hi-Flow™ Plus (HF075, HF135 and HF180) nitrocellulose membranes on nrLFA are performed using bodily fluids (whole blood, blood plasma, and artificial sweat)...
March 2017: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795615/international-survey-on-the-perioperative-management-of-pulmonary-endarterectomy-the-perfusion-perspective
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Roger D P Stanzel, Johannes Gehron, Matthias Wolff, Natalie Striegl, Peter Roth, Rolf-Hasso Boedeker, Christine Scheibelhut, Johannes Herrmann, Ingeborg Welters, Eckhard Mayer, Matthias Scheffler
INTRODUCTION: Pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA) is the most effective treatment available for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). Patient selection, surgical technique and perioperative management have improved patient outcomes, which are traditionally linked to surgical and center experience. However, optimal perfusion care has not been well defined. The goal of the international survey was to better characterize the contemporary perfusion management of PEA and highlight similarities and controversies...
August 1, 2017: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760109/bariatric-surgery-in-adolescents-is-routine-nutrient-supplementation-sufficient-to-avoid-anemia-following-bariatric-surgery
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Hanna R Goldberg, Vivian L Chin, Jeffrey L Zitsman, Chengchen Zhang, Kristen M Williams, Sharon Oberfield, Ilene Fennoy
BACKGROUND: Anemia following bariatric surgery is a known complication. To prevent nutrient deficiencies, adolescents require multivitamin/mineral supplementation following bariatric surgery. The purpose of this study was to investigate if routine multivitamin/mineral supplementation is sufficient to prevent anemia in adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery, particularly sleeve gastrectomy (SG), a procedure that may induce nutrient malabsorption. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of pediatric patients who underwent SG (34 patients) and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) (141 patients) (January 2006 through December 2013)...
August 2017: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737569/elevated-hemoglobin-level-is-associated-with-advanced-fibrosis-in-pediatric-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Valentina Giorgio, Antonella Mosca, Arianna Alterio, Anna Alisi, Antonio Grieco, Valerio Nobili, Luca Miele
OBJECTIVES: Hemoglobin (Hb) and red blood cell distribution width (RDW) have been reported to be a risk marker of metabolic syndrome and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). No study exists on pediatric populations. We aimed to determine the association between hematological parameters, and the severity of disease in children with biopsy-proven NAFLD. METHODS: A total of 117 children (85 boys, mean age 12 years) with ultrasound evidence of NAFLD undergoing liver biopsy for diagnosis of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), were prospectively enrolled between January 2011 and May 2013 in the setting of a tertiary care center...
August 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731404/jackson-pratt-drainage-in-pediatric-craniofacial-reconstructive-surgery-is-it-helping-or-hurting
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Kumar Vasudevan, Ahyuda Oh, R Shane Tubbs, David Garcia, Andrew Reisner, Joshua J Chern
OBJECTIVE Jackson-Pratt drains (JPDs) are commonly employed in pediatric craniofacial reconstructive surgery (CRFS) to reduce postoperative wound complications, but their risk profile remains unknown. Perioperative blood loss and volume shifts are major risks of CFRS. The goal of this study was to evaluate the risks of JPD usage in CFRS, particularly with regard to perioperative blood loss, hyponatremia, intensive care unit (ICU) length of stay, and postoperative wound complications. METHODS The authors performed a retrospective review of data obtained in pediatric patients who underwent CFRS at a single institution, as performed by multiple surgeons between January 2010 and December 2014...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729928/the-assessment-of-laboratory-parameters-in-children-with-fever-and-febrile-seizures
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Krystyna Gontko-Romanowska, Zbigniew Żaba, Paweł Panieński, Barbara Steinborn, Michał Szemień, Magdalena Łukasik-Głębocka, Krystian Ratajczak, Jacek Górny
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the research paper was to assess selected laboratory results in children with fever without seizures and febrile seizure. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The paper presents an analysis of a group of 306 children aged 6 months - 5 years who were admitted with diagnosed fever without seizures and febrile seizures in Specialized Health Care Centre for Mother and Child in Poznan between 1st January 2008 and 31st December 2009. Out of the diagnostics procedures performed in children the following ones were taken into consideration: BCC and CRP...
July 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700522/dried-blood-spot-sampling-for-tacrolimus-and-mycophenolic-acid-in-children-analytical-and-clinical-validation
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Lisa C Martial, Karin E J Hoogtanders, Michiel F Schreuder, Elisabeth A Cornelissen, Jac van der Heijden, Manuela A Joore, Erik M Van Maarseveen, David M Burger, Sander Croes, Roger J M Brüggemann, Rob E Aarnoutse
BACKGROUND: Tacrolimus and mycophenolic acid (MPA) are the backbone of immunosuppressive therapy after pediatric kidney transplantation. Dosing of these drugs is individualized by therapeutic drug monitoring. Dried blood spot (DBS) sampling may prove beneficial over conventional venous sampling. We aimed to develop and clinically validate a DBS method for tacrolimus and MPA in children. METHODS: A joint DBS liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry assay for tacrolimus and MPA was developed...
August 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696879/outcomes-of-patients-undergoing-primary-fontan-operation-beyond-first-decade-of-life
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Sachin Talwar, Sukhjeet Singh, Vishnubhatla Sreenivas, Kulwant Singh Kapoor, Saurabh Kumar Gupta, Sivasubramanian Ramakrishnan, Shyam Sunder Kothari, Anita Saxena, Rajnish Juneja, Shiv Kumar Choudhary, Balram Airan
OBJECTIVES: Studies on older patients undergoing primary Fontan operation (FO) are limited, with conflicting results. We review our experience with these patients beyond the first decade of life. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between January 2000 and December 2014, a total of 105 patients ≥10 years of age (mean 15.6 ± 4.9, range 10-31, median 15 years) underwent primary FO without a prior bidirectional superior cavopulmonary anastomosis (Bidirectional Glenn [BDG]). Mean preoperative New York Heart Association (NYHA) class was 2...
July 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695382/point-of-care-coagulation-monitoring-first-clinical-experience-using-a-paper-based-lateral-flow-diagnostic%C3%A2-device
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Michael A Hegener, Hua Li, Daewoo Han, Andrew J Steckl, Giovanni M Pauletti
Vitamin K antagonists such as warfarin are the most widely used class of oral anticoagulants. Due to a narrow therapeutic window, patients on warfarin require regular monitoring. Self-testing using point-of-care (POC) diagnostic devices is available, but cost makes this monitoring method beyond reach for many. The main objective of this research was to assess the clinical utility of a low-cost, paper-based lateral flow POC diagnostic device developed for anticoagulation monitoring without the need for a separate electronic reader...
September 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669237/nutritional-anemia-predominant-form-of-anemia-in-educated-young-thai-women
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Sirikalaya Brimson, Yaneenart Suwanwong, James M Brimson
OBJECTIVE: Anaemia is one of the most common health problems worldwide, with a high prevalence in Africa and South East Asia, including Thailand. Thai women of childbearing age have an increased risk of anaemia due to several factors including underlying health problems, lifestyles and poor diet. Therefore, we investigated the prevalence of anaemia among female students of Chulalongkorn University (aged 18-22) and categorized causes of the anaemia. DESIGN: 400 Thai female student-volunteers, without known underlying diseases were subjected to blood tests; complete blood count, Haemoglobin typing and serum ferritin level...
July 1, 2017: Ethnicity & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665857/open-craniosynostosis-surgery-effect-of-early-intraoperative-blood-transfusion-on-postoperative-course
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Nicole M Kurnik, Ruth Bristol, Celia Maneri, Raj Singhal, Davinder J Singh
Correction of craniosynostosis can result in blood loss when the patient already has physiologic anemia. The aim of this study was to determine whether patients benefit from early blood transfusion and whether the timing of blood transfusion affects metabolic disturbances and the postoperative course. In this retrospective review, 71 patients who underwent open calvarial vault remodeling for correction of craniosynostosis were separated into 2 groups according to whether they received blood transfusions early (within the first 30 minutes of surgery) or later (after the first 30 minutes of surgery)...
July 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651516/correction-direct-cerebral-perfusion-and-cooling-in-experimental-cardiac-arrest-crit-care-resusc-2016-18-255-60
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Rinaldo Bellomo, Bruno Marino, Peter Angelopoulos, Scott Carson, Glenn Eastwood, Junko Kosaka, Naoya Iguchi, Andrew Hilton, Clive May
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June 2017: Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650410/identification-of-risk-factors-in-lymphatic-surgeries-for-melanoma-a-national-surgical-quality-improvement-program-review
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Mona Ascha, Mustafa S Ascha, Brian Gastman
INTRODUCTION: Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) and lymphadenectomy (LAD) are commonly performed in the staging and care of patients with malignant melanoma. These procedures are accompanied by complications that may result in hospital readmission, negatively affecting patient outcomes and potentially affecting surgical procedure reimbursement. The National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) database offers a large data set allowing physicians to evaluate 30-day readmission for surgical complications...
June 23, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
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