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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453826/unplanned-readmissions-within-30-days-after-discharge-improving-quality-through-easy-prediction
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Francesca Casalini, Susanna Salvetti, Silvia Memmini, Elena Lucaccini, Gabriele Massimetti, Pier Luigi Lopalco, Gaetano Pierpaolo Privitera
Objective: To propose an easy predictive model for the risk of rehospitalization, built from hospital administrative data, in order to prevent repeated admissions and to improve transitional care. Design: Retrospective cohort study. Setting: Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Pisana (Pisa University Hospital). Participants: Patients residing in the territory of the province of Pisa (Tuscany Region) with at least one unplanned hospital admission leading to a medical Diagnosis-Related Group (DRG) in the calendar year 2012...
April 1, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453819/evaluation-of-a-care-transition-program-with-pharmacist-provided-home-based-medication-review-for-elderly-singaporeans-at-high-risk-of-readmissions
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McVin Hua Heng Cheen, Chong Ping Goon, Wan Chee Ong, Paik Shia Lim, Choon Nam Wan, Mei Yan Leong, Giat Yeng Khee
Objective: This study aimed to determine whether pharmacist-provided home-based medication review (HBMR) can reduce readmissions in the elderly. Design: Retrospective cohort study. Setting: Patient's home. Participants: Records of patients referred to a care transition program from March 2011 through March 2015 were reviewed. Patients aged 60 years and older taking more than 5 medications and had at least 2 unplanned admissions within 3 months preceding the first home visit were included...
April 1, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453817/epidemiology-of-sudden-cardiac-death-in-cameroon-the-first-population-based-cohort-survey-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Aimé Bonny, Kemi Tibazarwa, Samuel Mbouh, Jonas Wa, Réné Fonga, Cecile Saka, Marcus Ngantcha
Background: Incidence estimates of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are unknown. Method: Over 12 months, the household administrative office and health community committee within neighbourhoods in two health areas of Douala, Cameroon, registered all deaths among 86 188 inhabitants aged >18 years. As part of an extended multi-source surveillance system, the Emergency Medical Service (EMS), local medical examiners and district hospital mortuaries were also surveyed...
April 26, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453582/-frailty-in-patients-admitted-to-hospital-with-acute-decompensated-heart-failure
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Felipe Díaz-Toro, Carolina Nazzal Nazal, Hugo Verdejo, VÍctor Rossel, Pablo Castro, Ricardo Larrea, Roberto Concepción, Luis Sepúlveda
BACKGROUND: Frailty is a geriatric syndrome characterized by a progressive impairment in the subjects’ ability to respond to environmental stress. Frailty is more commonly found in heart failure (HF) patients than in general population and it is an independent predictor of rehospitalization, emergency room visits and death. AIM: To estimate the prevalence of frailty in patients with decompensated HF admitted to four hospitals in Santiago, Chile. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Cross-sectional study...
February 2017: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453581/-a-score-to-predict-medical-emergencies-in-hospitalized-patients
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Claudia Cofré, Gabriel Cavada, César Maquilón, Paula Daza, Ángel Vargas, Antonio Vukusich
BACKGROUND: The medical alert system (MAS) was created for the timely handling of clinical decompensations, experienced by patients hospitalized at the Medical Surgical Service (MSS) in a private clinic. It is activated by the nurse when hemodynamic, respiratory, neurological, infectious or metabolic alterations appear, when a patient falls or complains of pain. A physician assesses the patient and decides further therapy. AIM: To analyze the clinical and demographic characteristics of patients who activated or not the MAS and develop a score to identify patients who will potentially activate MAS...
February 2017: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453426/taking-chances-a-new-librarian-and-curriculum-redesign
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Iris Kovar-Gough
As technology becomes ubiquitous in designing and delivering medical school curricula, health sciences librarians can embrace emerging opportunities for participation in curriculum design. A new medical librarian at Michigan State University Libraries engaged her user base outside of established duties, learned new skills, and challenged preconceived notions about librarians' roles. In the process, she became a partner in copyright education, amended license agreements for enhanced curricular multimedia use, and facilitated curriculum mapping through taxonomy building...
April 2017: Medical Reference Services Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453344/pediatric-hereditary-angioedema-as-a-cause-of-acute-compartment-syndrome-of-the-hand-and-forearm-a-case-report
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Chelsea Venditto, Zachary Jager, John LoGiudice, Hani Matloub
BACKGROUND: Compartment syndrome of the upper extremity is a surgical emergency that, when left untreated, can have dire consequences. Its causes are numerous, one of which is the uncommon entity hereditary angioedema, an autosomal dominant disease resulting in edema in a variety of potential locations, including the extremities. This is only the second time hereditary angioedema has been mentioned in the literature as a cause of compartment syndrome. METHODS: We present a case of hereditary angioedema leading to hand and forearm compartment syndrome in a 13-year-old pediatric patient...
May 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450467/quality-of-reporting-in-abstracts-of-rcts-published-in-emergency-medicine-journals-a-protocol-for-a-systematic-survey-of-the-literature
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Federico Germini, Maura Marcucci, Marta Fedele, Maria Giulia Galli, Lawrence Mbuagbaw, Valentina Salvatori, Giacomo Veronese, Andrew Worster, Lehana Thabane
INTRODUCTION: The quality of reporting of abstracts of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in major general medical journals and in some category-specific journals was shown to be poor before the publication of the ConsolidatedStandards of ReportingTrials (CONSORT) extension for abstracts in 2008, and an improvement in the quality of reporting of abstracts was observed after its publication. The effect of the publication of the CONSORT extension for abstracts on the quality of reporting of RCTs in emergency medicine journals has not been studied...
April 27, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449390/partial-tibial-nerve-transfer-to-tibialis-anterior-for-traumatic-peroneal-nerve-palsy
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Scott Ferris, Simon J Maciburko
BACKGROUND: Partial tibial nerve transfer to the motor branches of tibialis anterior is an emerging reconstructive technique for the treatment of traumatic common peroneal nerve (CPN) injury; however, few papers in the literature describe clinical outcomes. METHODS: A prospective single-surgeon series of nine consecutive patients who underwent partial tibial nerve transfers to the motor branches of tibialis anterior for traumatic CPN injuries between 2008 and 2014...
April 27, 2017: Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449293/a-novel-approach-to-study-medical-decision-making-in-the-clinical-setting-the-own-point-of-view-perspective
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Thierry Pelaccia, Jacques Tardif, Emmanuel Triby, Bernard Charlin
BACKGROUND: Making diagnostic and therapeutic decisions is a critical activity among physicians. It relies on the ability of physicians to use cognitive processes and specific knowledge in the context of a clinical reasoning. This ability is a core competency in physicians, especially in the field of emergency medicine where the rate of diagnostic errors is high. Studies that explore medical decision-making in an authentic setting are increasing significantly. They are based on the use of qualitative methods which are applied at two separate times: 1) a video recording of the subject's actual activity in an authentic setting and 2) an interview with the subject, supported by the video recording...
April 27, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449247/informant-discrepancy-defines-discrete-clinically-useful-autism-spectrum-disorder-subgroups
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Matthew D Lerner, Andres De Los Reyes, Deborah A G Drabick, Alan H Gerber, Kenneth D Gadow
BACKGROUND: Discrepancy between informants (parents and teachers) in severity ratings of core symptoms commonly arise when assessing autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Whether such discrepancy yields unique information about the ASD phenotype and its clinical correlates has not been examined. We examined whether degree of discrepancy between parent and teacher ASD symptom ratings defines discrete, clinically meaningful subgroups of youth with ASD using an efficient, cost-effective procedure...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448781/assessment-of-clinical-pharmacy-interventions-to-reduce-outpatient-use-of-high-risk-medications-in-the-elderly
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Sarah C Weddle, A Shaun Rowe, Julie W Jeter, Rachel C Renwick, Shaunta' M Chamberlin, Andrea S Franks
BACKGROUND: Use of high-risk medications in the elderly (HRME) and drug-disease (Rx-DIS) interactions in the elderly, as defined by the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) Measures, are significantly associated with mortality, hospital admission, and need for emergency care. No published studies to date evaluate interventions to reduce the use of HEDIS-defined HRME, although many studies have postulated a beneficial effect of such interventions. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of pharmacist interventions on use of HRME and Rx-DIS interactions in the outpatient elderly population...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448780/integration-strategies-of-pharmacists-in-primary-care-based-accountable-care-organizations-a-report-from-the-accountable-care-organization-research-network-services-and-education
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Tina Joseph, Genevieve M Hale, Sara M Eltaki, Yesenia Prados, Renee Jones, Matthew J Seamon, Cynthia Moreau, Stephanie A Gernant
BACKGROUND: The accountable care organization (ACO) is an innovative health care delivery model centered on value-based care. ACOs consisting of primary care providers are increasingly becoming commonplace in practice; however, medication management remains suboptimal. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: As experts in medication management, pharmacists perform direct patient care and assist in the transition from one provider to another, which places them in an ideal position to manage multiple aspects of patient care...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448775/exploring-electronic-medical-record-and-self-administered-medication-risk-screening-tools-in-a-primary-care-clinic
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Mark J Makowsky, Ken Cor, Tat Wong
BACKGROUND: Electronic medical record (EMR) screening for indicators of medication risk could improve efficiency in identifying primary care clinic patients in need of clinical pharmacist care compared with patient self-reporting. OBJECTIVES: To (a) compare the performance of an EMR medication risk assessment questionnaire (MRAQ) with a self-administered (SA) MRAQ and (b) explore each tool's ability to predict indicators of health behavior, health status, and health care utilization...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448488/the-potential-economic-burden-of-zika-in-the-continental-united-states
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Bruce Y Lee, Jorge A Alfaro-Murillo, Alyssa S Parpia, Lindsey Asti, Patrick T Wedlock, Peter J Hotez, Alison P Galvani
BACKGROUND: As the Zika virus epidemic continues to spread internationally, countries such as the United States must determine how much to invest in prevention, control, and response. Fundamental to these decisions is quantifying the potential economic burden of Zika under different scenarios. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPLE FINDINGS: To inform such decision making, our team developed a computational model to forecast the potential economic burden of Zika across six states in the US (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas) which are at greatest risk of Zika emergence, under a wide range of attack rates, scenarios and circumstances...
April 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448224/patient-characteristics-associated-with-inpatient-psychiatric-re-admissions-and-the-utility-of-the-readmit-clinical-risk-index
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Autumn Pearl Roque, Lillian Jeannette Findlay, Chizimuzo Okoli, Peggy El-Mallakh
In response to the problem of frequent 30-day readmissions to inpatient psychiatric facilities, Vigod and colleagues (2015) developed the READMIT clinical risk index to identify risk factors for psychiatric inpatient readmissions. The purpose of this descriptive retrospective study was to examine the effectiveness of the READMIT clinical risk index to identify patients that are at high risk for a 30-day inpatient psychiatric readmission at a state psychiatric hospital in the southeastern US. Data were extracted from the discharge summaries of patients discharged between September 2013 and December 2014...
May 2017: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447934/acute-kidney-injury-in-pediatric-patients-diagnosis-and-management-in-the-emergency-department
#17
Daniel Mohrer, Melissa Langhan
Pediatric acute kidney injury is a condition that is underdiagnosed among children seen in the emergency department, and it has been associated with significant morbidity and mortality, including increased risk for chronic kidney disease. The most common etiologies in pediatric patients are now known to be due to hypovolemia, sepsis, shock, and cardiac dysfunction. This issue compares 3 classification systems for the diagnosis and staging of acute kidney injury and reviews the etiologies that lead to kidney injury in children...
May 2017: Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447933/acute-decompensated-heart-failure-new-strategies-for-improving-outcomes
#18
Emily Singer Fisher, Boyd Burns
Acute decompensated heart failure is a common emergency department presentation with significant associated morbidity and mortality. Heart failure accounts for more than 1 million hospitalizations annually, with a steadily increasing incidence as our population ages. This issue reviews recent literature regarding appropriate management of emergency department presentations of acute decompensated heart failure, with special attention to newer medication options. Emergency department management and appropriate interventions are discussed, along with critical decision-making points in resuscitation for both hypertensive and hypotensive patients...
May 2017: Emergency Medicine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447914/diagnosis-of-life-threatening-alpha-gal-food-allergy-appears-to-be-patient-driven
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Mary Grace Flaherty, Samantha Jan Kaplan, Maya R Jerath
OBJECTIVE: Patients exhibiting life-threatening symptoms associated with the alpha-gal food allergy (delayed urticaria or anaphylaxis due to mammalian meat) are frequently undiagnosed, causing unnecessary emergency department (ED) and health care visits, and extensive pain and suffering. This study aimed to determine the path to diagnosis experienced by alpha-gal patients. METHODS: Semistructured interviews were conducted from March to June 2016 with a chronological systematic sample of approximately 10% of patients diagnosed with alpha-gal and treated by the University of North Carolina Allergy and Immunology Clinic (n = 28)...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Primary Care & Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447145/-recommendations-for-education-in-ultrasound-in-medical-intensive-care-and-emergency-medicine-position-paper-of-dgiin-degum-and-dgk
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G Michels, H Zinke, M Möckel, D Hempel, C Busche, U Janssens, S Kluge, R Riessen, M Buerke, M Kelm, R S von Bardeleben, F Knebel, H-J Busch
Point-of-care ultrasound in acute care medicine is a prerequisite for diagnosis and therapy monitoring of critically ill patients. There is currently no uniform education strategy for medical intensive care and emergency medicine. As part of the basic level, the trainee takes theoretical and clinical training covering abdominal and thoracic ultrasonography and focused cardiovascular ultrasound. In a second step, special knowledge and skills can be acquired at an expert level. This two-stage concept is intended to guarantee quality assurance in ultrasound education in medical intensive care and emergency medicine...
April 26, 2017: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
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