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Salomone Di Saverio, Arianna Birindelli, Edoardo Segalini, Matteo Novello, Anna Larocca, Francesco Ferrara, Gian Andrea Binda, Marco Bassi
Great debate exists in the initial acute management of large bowel obstruction from obstructing left colon carcinoma. While endoscopic stenting is well established as the first approach in the setting of palliative care of patients with advanced metastatic disease as well as a bridge to elective surgery in elderly patients who have an increased risk of postoperative mortality (age >70 years and/or ASA status ≥3), controversies exist regarding oncological safety and long-term outcomes of endoscopic colonic stenting in younger patients and ESGE Guidelines do not recommend SEMS placement in patients <70 and fit for curative surgery...
August 8, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777345/using-jazz-as-a-metaphor-to-teach-improvisational-communication-skills
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Paul Haidet, Jodi Jarecke, Chengwu Yang, Cayla R Teal, Richard L Street, Heather Stuckey
Metaphor helps humans understand complex concepts by "mapping" them onto accessible concepts. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of using jazz as a metaphor to teach senior medical students improvisational communication skills, and to understand student learning experiences. The authors designed a month-long course that used jazz to teach improvisational communication. A sample of fourth-year medical students (N = 30) completed the course between 2011 and 2014. Evaluation consisted of quantitative and qualitative data collected pre- and post-course, with comparison to a concurrent control group on some measures...
August 4, 2017: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770229/identifying-high-cost-high-risk-patients-using-administrative-databases-in-tuscany-italy
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Irene Bellini, Valentina Barletta, Francesco Profili, Alessandro Bussotti, Irene Severi, Maddalena Isoldi, Maria Bimbi, Paolo Francesconi
OBJECTIVE: (1) Assessing the performance of the algorithm in terms of sensitivity and positive predictive value, considering General Practitioners' (GPs) judgement as benchmark, and (2) describing adverse events (hospitalisation, death, and health services' consumption) of complex patients compared to the general population. DATA SOURCES: (i) Tuscany administrative database containing health data (2013-5); (ii) lists of complex patients indicated by GPs; and (iii) annual health registry of Tuscany...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759947/paediatric-surgical-services-in-remote-northern-australia-an-integrated-model-of-care
#4
Liam Quinn, David Read
BACKGROUND: Surgical services for children in the Northern Territory of Australia are routinely performed by general surgeons with specific paediatric training, supported by paediatric surgeons. In Australasia, indications for appropriate transfer of elective routine surgery in children to tertiary paediatric surgical centres have been contentious. To transfer all elective paediatric cases from rural locations would have significant social and financial consequences for families and the health system...
July 31, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745687/-nephrological-aspects-of-complement-mediated-thrombotic-microangiopathy
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A V Smirnov, A V Karunnaya, V A Dobronravov
AIM: To analyze cases of complement-mediated thrombotic microangiopathy (C-TMA) in the daily practice of a hospital nephrology department, relative to the general aspects of the clinical course, therapy, and short-term outcomes. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The prospective study conducted in the period June 1, 2015 to June 1, 2016 included 10 patients with C-TMA newly diagnosed during hospitalization. Standard demographic parameters, generally accepted clinical data showing the severity of TMA and the involvement of vital organs were recorded at admission...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734536/evaluation-of-functional-outcome-after-nonsurgical-management-of-terrible-triad-injuries-of-the-elbow
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Farid Najd Mazhar, Davod Jafari, Alireza Mirzaei
BACKGROUND: Terrible triad (TT) is one of the severe injuries of the elbow that generally requires surgery. Nonsurgical treatment has recently been applied in selected cases of TT injury. Evaluation of the results of this treatment was the main aim of this study. METHODS: In a prospective cohort study, 10 patients with a mean follow-up of 30.6 months were evaluated. The inclusion criteria included a congruent joint after closed reduction, no indication for surgery of the coronoid and radial head fractures, no block in supination and pronation up to 60°, no intra-articular fragments, and a free and stable joint with ulnohumeral extension up to a minimum of 45°...
August 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725210/multicenter-analytical-validation-of-a%C3%AE-40-immunoassays
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Linda J C van Waalwijk van Doorn, Luka Kulic, Marleen J A Koel-Simmelink, H Bea Kuiperij, Alexandra A M Versleijen, Hanne Struyfs, Harry A M Twaalfhoven, Anthony Fourier, Sebastiaan Engelborghs, Armand Perret-Liaudet, Sylvain Lehmann, Marcel M Verbeek, Eugeen J M Vanmechelen, Charlotte E Teunissen
BACKGROUND: Before implementation in clinical practice, biomarker assays need to be thoroughly analytically validated. There is currently a strong interest in implementation of the ratio of amyloid-β peptide 1-42 and 1-40 (Aβ42/Aβ40) in clinical routine. Therefore, in this study, we compared the analytical performance of six assays detecting Aβ40 in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in six laboratories according to a recently standard operating procedure (SOP) developed for implementation of ELISA assays for clinical routine...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721184/axillary-lymph-node-dissection-on-the-run
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N Maeseele, J Faes, T Van de Putte, J Vlasselaer, E de Jonge, J C Schobbens, K Deraedt, G Debrock, G Van de Putte
The standard approach of performing a completion axillary lymph node dissection (cALND) after a positive sentinel node for breast cancer patients is no longer generally accepted. This study applied the criterion of a 27% risk of having residual positive lymph nodes calculated by the MD Anderson nomogram to perform a cALND. This 27% cut-off is based on the number of positive non-sentinels in the Z0011 trial. A cohort of 166 cN0, sentinel positive breast cancer patients was used to validate the MD Anderson nomogram...
March 2017: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693482/the-development-and-feasibility-of-a-personal-health-optimization-system-for-people-with-bipolar-disorder
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Øystein Eiring, Kari Nytrøen, Simone Kienlin, Soudabeh Khodambashi, Magne Nylenna
BACKGROUND: People with bipolar disorder often experience ill health and have considerably reduced life expectancies. Suboptimal treatment is common and includes a lack of effective medicines, overtreatment, and non-adherence to medical interventions and lifestyle measures. E- and m-health applications support patients in optimizing their treatment but often exhibit conceptual and technical shortcomings. The objective of this work was to develop and test the usability of a system targeting suboptimal treatment and compare the service to other genres and strategies...
July 10, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675916/-termination-of-reimbursement-of-arthroscopy-in-osteoarthritis-of-the-knee-is-this-decision-based-on-scientific-grounds
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Thoralf Randolph Liebs, Steffen Berger
Background In Germany, arthroscopy of the knee used to be an accepted procedure in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee. However, as of April 1, 2016 reimbursement for this procedure has been discontinued. This was a decision of the Joint Federal Committee (Gemeinsamer Bundesausschuss, G-BA). That decision was based on a report of the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG). This report is essentially based on a few studies, three of which have been published in the renowned New England Journal of Medicine...
July 4, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664348/paravertebral-blocks-for-same-day-breast-surgery
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REVIEW
Mark R Jones, Graham R Hadley, Alan D Kaye, Philipp Lirk, Richard D Urman
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Breast surgery, performed for medical or cosmetic reasons, remains one of the most frequently performed procedures, with over 500,000 cases performed annually in the USA alone. Historically, general anesthesia (GA) has been widely accepted as the gold-standard technique, while epidural anesthesia was largely considered too invasive and thus unnecessary for breast surgery. Over the past years, paravertebral block (PVB) has emerged as an alternative analgesic or even anesthetic technique...
August 2017: Current Pain and Headache Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645254/comparing-self-and-provider-collected-swabbing-for-hpv-dna-testing-in-female-to-male-transgender-adult-patients-a-mixed-methods-biobehavioral-study-protocol
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Sari L Reisner, Madeline B Deutsch, Sarah M Peitzmeier, Jaclyn M White Hughto, Timothy Cavanaugh, Dana J Pardee, Sarah McLean, Elliot J Marrow, Matthew J Mimiaga, Lori Panther, Marcy Gelman, Jamison Green, Jennifer Potter
BACKGROUND: Cervical cancer, nearly all cases of which are caused by one of several high-risk strains of the human papillomavirus (hr-HPV), leads to significant morbidity and mortality in individuals with a cervix. Trans masculine (TM) individuals were born with female reproductive organs and identify as male, man, transgender man, or another diverse gender identity different from their female assigned sex at birth. Routine preventive sexual health screening of TM patients is recommended, including screening for cervical cancer and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs); however, as many as one in three TM patients are not up-to-date per recommended U...
June 23, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644697/contemporary-treatment-of-renal-tumors-a-questionnaire-survey-in-the-nordic-countries-the-norenca-i-study
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Harry Nisen, Petrus Järvinen, Magnus Fovaeus, Eirikur Guðmundsson, Bjarne Kromann-Andersen, Börje Ljungberg, Lars Lund, Frode Nilsen, Pernilla Sundqvist, Christian Beisland
OBJECTIVE: The five Nordic countries comprise 25 million people, and have similar treatment traditions and healthcare systems. To take advantage of these similarities, a collaborative group (Nordic Renal Cancer Group, NORENCA) was founded in 2015. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A questionnaire of 17 questions on renal tumor management and surgical education was designed and sent to 91 institutions performing renal tumor surgery in 2015. The response rate was 68% (62 hospitals), including 28 academic, 25 central and nine district hospitals...
June 23, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608352/an-approach-to-an-acute-emotional-stress-reference-scale
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J M Garzon-Rey, A Arza, C de-la-Camara, A Lobo, A Armario, J Aguilo
INTRODUCTION: The clinical diagnosis aims to identify the degree of affectation of the psycho-physical state of the patient as a guide to therapeutic intervention. In stress, the lack of a measurement tool based on a reference makes it difficult to quantitatively assess this degree of affectation. AIM: To define and perform a primary assessment of a standard reference in order to measure acute emotional stress from the markers identified as indicators of the degree...
June 16, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602138/validation-of-patient-reported-outcomes-measurement-information-system-computerized-adaptive-tests-against-the-foot-and-ankle-outcome-score-for-6-common-foot-and-ankle-pathologies
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Jayme C B Koltsov, Stephen T Greenfield, Dylan Soukup, Huong T Do, Scott J Ellis
BACKGROUND: The field of foot and ankle surgery lacks a widely accepted gold-standard patient-reported outcome instrument. With the changing infrastructure of the medical profession, more efficient patient-reported outcome tools are needed to reduce respondent burden and increase participation while providing consistent and reliable measurement across multiple pathologies and disciplines. The primary purpose of the present study was to validate 3 Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System computer adaptive tests (CATs) most relevant to the foot and ankle discipline against the Foot and Ankle Outcome Score (FAOS) and the Short Form 12 general health status survey in patients with 6 common foot and ankle pathologies...
June 1, 2017: Foot & Ankle International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589283/evaluation-of-focus-surface-water-pesticide-concentration-predictions-and-risk-assessment-of-field-measured-pesticide-mixtures-a-crop-based-approach-under-mediterranean-conditions
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Ana Santos Pereira, Michiel A Daam, Maria José Cerejeira
FOCUS models are used in the European regulatory risk assessment (RA) to predict individual pesticide concentrations in edge-of-field surface waters. The scenarios used in higher tier FOCUS simulations were mainly based on Central/North European, and work is needed to underpin the validity of simulated exposure profiles for Mediterranean agroecosystems. In addition, the RA of chemicals are traditionally evaluated on the basis of single substances although freshwater life is generally exposed to a multitude of pesticides...
July 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589179/the-role-of-surgeons-on-the-development-and-performance-of-endoscopy
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REVIEW
Kemal Dolay, Mustafa Hasbahçeci
Endoscopy is being frequently performed for both diagnostic and therapeutic applications in surgical practice. Surgery, as a scientific area, has an important role in the propagation of therapeutic endoscopic procedures. The contribution of surgeons to the evolution of endoscopic applications and its practice is a triggering factor for the improvement of endoscopic instruments and their widespread use. Training and education on basic diagnostic and therapeutic surgical endoscopy should be implemented as part of general surgery residency core program, according to accepted standardized criteria, in order for general surgeons to perform endoscopic applications in the future...
2017: Turk J Surg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569219/hdl-cholesterol-efflux-capacity-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-contributing-factors-and-relationship-with-subclinical-atherosclerosis
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Beatriz Tejera-Segura, María Macía-Díaz, José David Machado, Antonia de Vera-González, Jose A García-Dopico, José M Olmos, José L Hernández, Federico Díaz-González, Miguel A González-Gay, Iván Ferraz-Amaro
BACKGROUND: Lipid profiles appear to be altered in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients because of disease activity and inflammation. Cholesterol efflux capacity (CEC), which is the ability of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol to accept cholesterol from macrophages, has been linked not only to cardiovascular events in the general population but also to being impaired in patients with RA. The aim of this study was to establish whether CEC is related to subclinical carotid atherosclerosis in patients with RA...
May 31, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557817/accuracy-of-capillary-and-arterial-whole-blood-glucose-measurements-using-a-glucose-meter-in-patients-under-general-anesthesia-in-the-operating-room
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Brad S Karon, Leslie J Donato, Chelsie M Larsen, Lindsay K Siebenaler, Amy E Wells, Christina M Wood-Wentz, Mary E Shirk-Marienau, Timothy B Curry
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of a glucose meter with surgical patients under general anesthesia in the operating room. METHODS: Glucose measurements were performed intraoperatively on 368 paired capillary and arterial whole blood samples using a Nova StatStrip (Nova Biomedical, USA) glucose meter and compared with 368 reference arterial whole blood glucose measurements by blood gas analyzer in 196 patients. Primary outcomes were median bias (meter minus reference), percentage of glucose meter samples meeting accuracy criteria for subcutaneous insulin dosing as defined by Parkes error grid analysis for type 1 diabetes mellitus, and accuracy criteria for intravenous insulin infusion as defined by Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute guidelines...
May 30, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544834/in-vitro-pulsatile-flow-measurement-in-prosthetic-heart-valves-an-inter-laboratory-comparison
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Stephen M Retta, Jeff Kepner, Salvador Marquez, Bruce A Herman, Mark C S Shu, Laurence W Grossman
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF STUDY: One of the first steps in qualifying a new prosthetic valve for eventual clinical use is preclinical flow performance testing in vitro. Such testing is typically performed in an in-vitro test system that simulates the pumping mechanics of the left ventricle of the heart, generally referred to as a pulse duplicator or duplicator. Historically, test results in these systems have varied from duplicator to duplicator. This collaborative effort between heart valve manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was designed to evaluate the variability of the pulse duplicator test technology for pulsatile flow performance measurement in an interlaboratory round robin...
January 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
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