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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431197/serum-c-reactive-protein-procalcitonin-and-lactate-dehydrogenase-for-the-diagnosis-of-pancreatic-necrosis
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Oluyemi Komolafe, Stephen P Pereira, Brian R Davidson, Kurinchi Selvan Gurusamy
BACKGROUND: The treatment of people with pancreatic necrosis differs from that of people with oedematous pancreatitis. It is important to know the diagnostic accuracy of serum C-reactive protein (CRP), serum procalcitonin, and serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) as a triage test for the detection of pancreatic necrosis in people with acute pancreatitis, so that an informed decision can be made as to whether the person with pancreatic necrosis needs further investigations such as computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan and treatment for pancreatic necrosis started...
April 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431064/is-mortality-a-useful-parameter-for-public-reporting-in-pacemaker-implantation-results-of-an-obligatory-external-quality-control-programme
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Bernd Nowak, Björn Misselwitz, Oliver Przibille, Rajendra H Mehta
Aims: To evaluate if public reporting of pacemaker implantation-associated mortality is meaningful in a large contemporary patient cohort. Methods and Results: The database of the obligatory external quality control programme in the Federal State of Hessen, Germany, of patients undergoing permanent pacemaker (PPM) implantation was evaluated retrospectively. We compared the baseline features of patients who died compared with those who did not during hospitalization after PPM...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430978/culture-matters-indigenizing-patient-safety-in-bhutan
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Rinchen Pelzang, Megan-Jane Johnstone, Alison M Hutchinson
Studies show that if quality of healthcare in a country is to be achieved, due consideration must be given to the importance of the core cultural values as a critical factor in improving patient safety outcomes. The influence of Bhutan's traditional (core) cultural values on the attitudes and behaviours of healthcare professionals regarding patient care are not known. This study aimed to explore the possible influence of Bhutan's traditional cultural values on staff attitudes towards patient safety and quality care...
April 17, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430675/identifying-risk-factors-leading-to-unanticipated-postoperative-readmission
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Peter A Felice, David T Kerekes, Bruce A Mast
INTRODUCTION: Unanticipated postoperative readmissions are a grading metric directly linked to both the quality of patient care and physician reimbursement. However, little data exist to define factors responsible for these readmissions in the plastic surgery patient population. This study aims to identify patient risk factors contributing to unanticipated postoperative readmissions to optimize perioperative patient care and mitigate negative financial impact upon providers. METHODS: We present an institutional review board-approved study retrospective review of 819 plastic surgery patients undergoing operative procedures performed at our institution between January 1, 2013, and December 31, 2014...
April 20, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430381/continuous-subcutaneous-insulin-infusion-csii-therapy-at-derby-teaching-hospitals-sustained-benefits-in-glucose-control
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U Anyanwagu, H Olaoye, P Jennings, S Ashton-Cleary, S Sugunendran, D Hughes, I Idris, E G Wilmot
AIM: In the short term, continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) has been associated with improved glycaemic control, reduced hypoglycaemia and improved quality of life (QOL). However, limited data are available on its long-term benefits, particularly in the UK. We aimed to assess the impact of CSII on longer term outcomes. METHOD: Patient-level data were obtained for CSII users at Derby Teaching Hospitals, UK. Patient confidence and satisfaction questionnaires using the Likert scale were used to assess confidence in self-management...
April 21, 2017: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429978/the-cost-quality-relationship-in-european-hospitals-a-systematic-review
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Rikke Søgaard, Ulrika Enemark
Objective To determine the relationship between cost and quality in European hospitals. Methods Juran's cost-quality curve served as a theoretical framework, linked to basic efficiency concepts. Based on systematic database searches, citation searches and cross-referencing, we identify 1093 empirical studies. After exclusion of studies from outside Europe (699), non-hospital settings (10 studies), lack of a cost parameter (194) or a quality parameter (27 studies), 22 studies (28 analyses) were assessed for direction of association and methodological heterogeneity...
April 2017: Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429977/are-some-areas-more-equal-than-others-socioeconomic-inequality-in-potentially-avoidable-emergency-hospital-admissions-within-english-local-authority-areas
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Jessica Sheringham, Miqdad Asaria, Helen Barratt, Rosalind Raine, Richard Cookson
Objectives Reducing health inequalities is an explicit goal of England's health system. Our aim was to compare the performance of English local administrative areas in reducing socioeconomic inequality in emergency hospital admissions for ambulatory care sensitive chronic conditions. Methods We used local authority area as a stable proxy for health and long-term care administrative geography between 2004/5 and 2011/12. We linked inpatient hospital activity, deprivation, primary care, and population data to small area neighbourhoods (typical population 1500) within administrative areas (typical population 250,000)...
April 2017: Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429970/taking-data-seriously-the-value-of-actor-network-theory-in-rethinking-patient-experience-data
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Amit Desai, Giulia Zoccatelli, Mary Adams, Davina Allen, Sally Brearley, Anne Marie Rafferty, Glenn Robert, Sara Donetto
Hospitals are awash with patient experience data, much of it collected with the ostensible purpose of improving the quality of patient care. However, there has been comparatively little consideration of the nature and capacities of data itself. Using insights from actor-network theory, we propose that paying attention to patient experience data as having agency in particular hospital interactions allows us to better trace how and in what circumstances data lead (or fail to lead) to quality improvement.
April 2017: Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429950/-can-robotic-rectal-cancer-surgery-improve-quality-of-total-mesorectal-excision
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D Langer, I Tučková, J Kalvach, M Ryska
INTRODUCTION: The introduction of total mesorectal excision (TME) in the 1980s was pivotal in the surgical treatment for rectal carcinoma (RC). Routinely applied TME led to a significant reduction in the incidence of local recurrences. The purpose of our paper is to present the results of our non-randomized study comparing prospectively acquired data from radical resection / rectal extirpation using classic open access, laparoscopy and da Vinci robotic system. METHOD: The study group included 116 patients with RC who underwent radical surgical treatment between 1/2014-12/2016, after which the collected resection specimens were assessed in pathology laboratories of the referring hospital using the Quirkes protocol...
2017: Rozhledy V Chirurgii: Měsíčník Československé Chirurgické Společnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429643/emergency-department-staff-priorities-for-improving-palliative-care-provision-for-older-people-a-qualitative-study
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Rebecca J Wright, Karen Lowton, Glenn Robert, Corita R Grudzen, Patricia Grocott
BACKGROUND: Emergency department-based palliative care services are increasing, but research to develop these services rarely includes input from emergency clinicians, jeopardizing the effectiveness of subsequent palliative care interventions. AIM: To collaboratively identify with emergency clinicians' improvement priorities for emergency department-based palliative care for older people. DESIGN: This was one component of an experience-based co-design project, conducted using semi-structured interviews and feedback sessions...
April 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429245/assessing-pruritus-in-hidradenitis-suppurativa-a-cross-sectional-study
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Allard R J V Vossen, Annelien Schoenmakers, Kelsey R van Straalen, Errol P Prens, Hessel H van der Zee
BACKGROUND: Pruritus is still a forgotten aspect of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) and, to date, has never been adequately studied. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence, and explore the characteristics, of pruritus in a well-defined cohort of HS patients. SETTING: An academic hospital-based cross-sectional study in The Netherlands. METHODS: A numerical rating scale (NRS, 0-10) was used to determine the prevalence of HS-related itch (NRS score ≥3)...
April 20, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429173/a-new-approach-to-local-dco-in-ankle-fracture-dislocations-external-fixation-with-diaphyseal-unicortical-screws-applied-by-local-anaesthesia
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F Lavini, T Maluta, G Carpeggiani, C Dall'Oca, E Samaila, G Marconato, B Magnan
PURPOSE: Ankle fracture dislocations represent a great threat for soft tissue viability and articular instability. The use of a temporary ankle bridging ExFix plays a fundamental role in the local damage control orthopaedics while waiting for definitive synthesis. METHODS: For this prospective research, we have developed a full application protocol of innovative diaphyseal monocortical screws fixator (Unyco-Orthofix(TM)) exclusively under local anaesthesia. Rigid selection criteria allowed us to collect nine patients during a period of almost 2 years...
April 20, 2017: Musculoskeletal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428645/effect-of-tailored-educational-intervention-to-improve-self-care-maintenance-and-quality-of-life-in-postmenopausal-osteoporotic-women-after-a-fragility-fracture-the-guardian-angel-reg-study
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Emanuela Basilici Zannetti, Fabio D'Agostino, Noemi Cittadini, Maurizio Feola, Annalisa Pennini, Cecilia Rao, Ercole Vellone, Umberto Tarantino, Rosaria Alvaro
Osteoporosis has a significant impact on affected patients. Healthcare providers should encourage postmenopausal women to improve self-care maintenance behaviors and quality of life following a fragility fracture. The aims of this study were to a) develop two new instruments for measuring, respectively, self-care maintenance and quality of life, in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis; b) evaluate the effectiveness of a tailored educational intervention to improve self-care maintenance and quality of life after a fragility fracture in postmenopausal women...
January 2017: Igiene e Sanità Pubblica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428644/-how-to-evaluate-the-application-of-clinical-governance-tools-in-the-management-of-hospitalized-hyperglycemic-patients-results-of-a-multicentric-study
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Antonio Giulio De Belvis, Maria Lucia Specchia, Anna Maria Ferriero, Silvio Capizzi
Risk management is a key tool in Clinical Governance. Our project aimed to define, share, apply and measure the impact of tools and methodologies for the continuous improvement of quality of care, especially in relation to the multi-disciplinary and integrated management of the hyperglycemic patient in hospital settings. A training project, coordinated by a scientific board of experts in diabetes and health management and an Expert Meeting with representatives of all the participating centers was launched in 2014...
January 2017: Igiene e Sanità Pubblica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428505/-neurolysis-and-spinal-analgesia-in-cancer-pain-management
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Seiji Hattori, Junko Tachibana
Cancer pain appears as a complex pain and often progressive.WhenWHO pain management strategy and/or palliative care failed to relieve their pain, patients are given high dose opioids or anonymous adjuvant drugs and have no chance to meet specialized pain treatment. This section briefly covers the outline of neurolysis and spinal analgesia for these cancer patients with severe pain. Purpose of nerve block and neurolysis are to block the incoming signal of pain in order to reduce pain, reduce analgesic dose, recover ADL, and finally to be discharged from the hospital...
April 2017: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428245/thematic-analysis-of-us-stakeholder-views-on-the-influence-of-labour-nurses-care-on-birth-outcomes
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Audrey Lyndon, Kathleen Rice Simpson, Joanne Spetz
BACKGROUND: Childbirth is a leading reason for hospital admission in the USA, and most labour care is provided by registered nurses under physician or midwife supervision in a nurse-managed care model. Yet, there are no validated nurse-sensitive quality measures for maternity care. We aimed to engage primary stakeholders of maternity care in identifying the aspects of nursing care during labour and birth they believe influence birth outcomes, and how these aspects of care might be measured...
April 20, 2017: BMJ Quality & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428184/clinical-and-cost-effectiveness-safety-and-acceptability-of-community-intravenous-antibiotic-service-models-civas-systematic-review
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E D Mitchell, C Czoski Murray, D Meads, J Minton, J Wright, M Twiddy
OBJECTIVE: Evaluate evidence of the efficacy, safety, acceptability and cost-effectiveness of outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) models. DESIGN: A systematic review. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, National Health Service (NHS) Economic Evaluation Database (EED), Research Papers in Economics (RePEc), Tufts Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (CEA) Registry, Health Business Elite, Health Information Management Consortium (HMIC), Web of Science Proceedings, International Pharmaceutical Abstracts, British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy website...
April 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428140/automated-annotation-and-classification-of-bi-rads-assessment-from-radiology-reports
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Sergio M Castro, Eugene Tseytlin, Olga Medvedeva, Kevin Mitchell, Shyam Visweswaran, Tanja Bekhuis, Rebecca S Jacobson
The Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) was developed to reduce variation in the descriptions of findings. Manual analysis of breast radiology report data is challenging but is necessary for clinical and healthcare quality assurance activities. The objective of this study is to develop a natural language processing (NLP) system for automated BI-RADS categories extraction from breast radiology reports. We evaluated an existing rule-based NLP algorithm, and then we developed and evaluated our own method using a supervised machine learning approach...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428123/transvaginal-ultrasound-guided-embryo-transfer-in-ivf
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Lionel Larue, Gwenola Keromnes, Anne Massari, Clémence Roche, Julie Moulin, Héloïse Gronier, Dominique Bouret, Nino Guy Cassuto, Jean Philippe Ayel
OBJECTIVES: to determine whether transvaginal ultrasound-guided embryo transfer is a technique that can be used routinely, whether it improves IVF outcomes and whether it makes difficult transfers easier and more successful. MATERIAL AND METHOD: non-randomised retrospective study conducted between 2012 and 2016 in the Fertility Centre of the Diaconesses-Croix St Simon Hospital Group. The outcomes of 3910 transfers performed by 5 senior operators under transabdominal ultrasound guidance are compared with those of 800 transfers performed by 1 senior operator under transvaginal ultrasound guidance...
April 17, 2017: J Gynecol Obstet Hum Reprod
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427882/effects-of-bystander-cpr-following-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-on-hospital-costs-and-long-term-survival
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Guillaume Geri, Carol Fahrenbruch, Hendrika Meischke, Ian Painter, Lindsay White, Thomas D Rea, Marcia R Weaver
BACKGROUND: Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is associated with a greater likelihood of survival to hospital discharge after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). However the long-term survival benefits in relationship to cost have not been well-studied. We evaluated bystander CPR, hospital-based costs, and long-term survival following OHCA in order to assess the potential cost-effectiveness of bystander CPR. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of consecutive EMS-treated OHCA patients >=12years who arrested prior to EMS arrival and outside a nursing facility between 2001 and 2010 in greater King County, WA...
April 17, 2017: Resuscitation
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