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Geoffrey A Anderson, Peter Kayima, Lenka Ilcisin, Noralis Portal Benitez, Katherine H Albutt, Susan M Briggs, Deepika Nehra
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this project was to create a multitiered trauma training curriculum that was designed specifically for the low-resource setting. DESIGN: We developed 2 courses designed to teach principles and skills necessary for trauma care. The first course, "Emergency Ward Management of Trauma (EWMT)," is designed to teach interns the initial assessment and stabilization of trauma patients in the emergency ward. The second course for mid-level surgical residents, "Surgical Techniques and Repairs in Trauma for the Low-resource Environment" (STaRTLE), is a cadaver-based operative trauma course designed to teach surgical exposures and techniques...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Surgical Education
Blake P Sampson, Aaron M Secrest, Christopher B Hansen, Alan C Geller
BACKGROUND: The commercial tanning industry has opposed efforts to educate the public on the risks of tanning as well as attempts to restrict minors' access to tanning services. Despite a paucity of supporting literature, statements from the tanning industry claiming that dermatologists routinely use in-office phototherapy for cosmetic treatments and refer patients to tanning salons have successfully derailed and defeated legislation in many states. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to evaluate dermatologist referrals for ultraviolet radiation for cosmetic and medical purposes via tanning beds or phototherapy, as well as their opinions on tanning, legislation, and ultraviolet radiation counseling practices...
February 2018: Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
Nadine Oppermann, Jürgen Weitz, Christoph Reißfelder, Sören Torge Mees
In Germany, medical students in their final year will work in hospitals or medical offices to gain clinical experience. The final year is designed to prepare medical students for their work as junior doctors. It is divided into three parts and includes internal medicine and general surgery as mandatory parts. Many students develop enthusiasm or lack of enthusiasm while working in specific disciplines and often apply for jobs based on their experience in their final year. Despite the importance of this educational phase, the 36 medical faculties have implemented several different curricula and there is significant heterogeneity...
March 16, 2018: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
Rashmi Agarwalla, Rambha Pathak, Mitasha Singh, Farzana Islam, Mamta Parashar
Background: Ragpickers are informal workers who collect recyclable materials to earn a small wage on daily basis. They work in vulnerable conditions and awareness regarding occupational and environmental hazard is essential for them. Objective: To study the effectiveness of awareness program on various occupational health hazards among the ragpickers. Materials and Methods: This interventional study was conducted from May through October 2016 among the ragpickers living near field practice area of Department of Community Medicine and those living in slum areas around HAHC Hospital, New Delhi, India...
May 2017: Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Jacob T Cohen, Taiser Bishara, Vladimir Trushin, Limor Benyamini
Objective To examine the adverse events and time to diagnosis of in-office laryngeal biopsy (IOB) procedures. Study Design Retrospective cohort study. Setting Outpatient clinic-tertiary referral medical center. Subjects and Methods A total of 390 IOBs were included in this study. Data on demographic characteristics, outcomes, and complications were collected. Complications were classified as severe-necessitating further intervention or admission-or mild and self-limited. Delay in diagnosis, assessed as a complication of IOB, was calculated as the time from initial examination to final diagnosis...
March 1, 2018: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Robert Stefko, Beata Gavurova, Kristina Kocisova
A regional disparity is becoming increasingly important growth constraint. Policy makers need quantitative knowledge to design effective and targeted policies. In this paper, the regional efficiency of healthcare facilities in Slovakia is measured (2008-2015) using data envelopment analysis (DEA). The DEA is the dominant approach to assessing the efficiency of the healthcare system but also other economic areas. In this study, the window approach is introduced as an extension to the basic DEA models to evaluate healthcare technical efficiency in individual regions and quantify the basic regional disparities and discrepancies...
March 9, 2018: Health Economics Review
Karen J Riemenschneider
Prevention of hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs) remains a crucial clinical challenge especially for those patients undergoing surgery. The purpose of this project was to examine whether a 5-layer silicone foam dressing applied to the sacrum of patients undergoing vascular surgery decreased the occurrence of sacral pressure injuries and to explore participant characteristics associated with the development of operating room (OR)-related pressure injuries. A pre-/postintervention design, quality improvement project in a convenience sample of 81 patients undergoing vascular surgery, in a 700-bed level I trauma acute care setting, in the Northeastern United States...
March 2018: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
Byung-Yoon Roh, Won-Joon Lee, Jeong-Uk Seo, U-Young Lee, Sang-Seob Lee
The National Forensic Service (NFS) of Korea is a government agency responsible for examining and evaluating evidence obtained at crime scenes. The Section of Forensic Odontology of the Medical Examiner's Office conducts forensic odontological analyses of human remains, and mainly criminal cases are handled. In this study, 588 forensic odontological cases referred to NFS during 2011-2015 were analyzed for referral pattern, evidence material, examination criteria, and other factors and were compared with respective data from 2007 to 2010...
March 2, 2018: Legal Medicine
Simon Geletta
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to discuss the results of an effort to use social media generated data for measuring patient satisfaction with medical care services. Traditionally, scientifically designed patient satisfaction surveys are used to provide such measurements. The goal here is to evaluate the possibility of supplementing patient satisfaction surveys with social media generated patient satisfaction measurements such that the later can be used either as validation or replacement for the former...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
Branimir Lodeta, Dino Lovrinic, Maja Lodeta, Tina Zavidic, Hrvoje Baric
INTRODUCTION: This study is aimed at assessing the use of various types of urinary catheters, appropriateness of catheter placement and factors associated with antibiotic use in a population of chronically catheterized patients in Istria County. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study, conducted between March and June 2017 in Istria County, Croatia, was initiated through a network of general family medicine offices. Data were collected from general practitioners (GPs) and from medical managers in nursing homes...
March 2, 2018: Urologia Internationalis
Alexandra Rehfuss, Joseph Mahon, Igor Sorokin, Cynthia Smith, Barry S Stein
OBJECTIVE: To identify difficult to see ureteral orifices (UOs), urologists need a method to stain the urine. Phenazopyridine, a urinary analgesic which discolors the urine orange, can be administered orally pre-operatively. We evaluated the usefulness of phenazopyridine in identifying the UOs and optimal timing of administration. METHODS: Adult patients undergoing endoscopic procedures at the Stratton VA were prospectively enrolled. Preoperative metabolic panels were reviewed...
March 1, 2018: Urology
Satya Surbhi, Ilana Graetz, Jim Y Wan, Justin Gatwood, James E Bailey
BACKGROUND: Nonadherence to essential chronic medications has been identified as a potential driver of high health care costs in superutilizers of inpatient services. Few studies, however, have documented the levels of nonadherence and factors associated with nonadherence in this high-cost, vulnerable population. OBJECTIVE: To examine the factors associated with nonadherence to essential chronic medications, with special emphasis on mental illness and use of opioid medications...
March 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Emily Leckman-Westin, Molly Finnerty, Sarah Hudson Scholle, Riti Pritam, Deborah Layman, Edith Kealey, Sepheen Byron, Emily Morden, Scott Bilder, Sheree Neese-Todd, Sarah Horwitz, Kimberly Hoagwood, Stephen Crystal
BACKGROUND: Concerns about antipsychotic prescribing for children, particularly those enrolled in Medicaid and with Supplemental Security Income (SSI), continue despite recent calls for selective use within established guidelines. OBJECTIVES: To (a) examine the application of 6 quality measures for antipsychotic medication prescribing in children and adolescents receiving Medicaid and (b) understand distinctive patterns across eligibility categories in order to inform ongoing quality management efforts to support judicious antipsychotic use...
March 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
James M Whedon, Andrew W J Toler, Justin M Goehl, Louis A Kazal
OBJECTIVE: Pain relief resulting from services delivered by doctors of chiropractic may allow patients to use lower or less frequent doses of opioids, leading to reduced risk of adverse effects. The objective of this investigation was to evaluate the association between utilization of chiropractic services and the use of prescription opioid medications. DESIGN: The authors used a retrospective cohort design to analyze health insurance claims data. SETTING: The data source was the all payer claims database administered by the State of New Hampshire...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
Jérôme Gauthey, Raphaël Tièche, Sven Streit
INTRODUCTION: Measuring patient experience is key when assessing quality of care but can be biased: A perceptual bias occurs when renovations of the interior design of a general practitioner (GP) office improves how patients assessed quality of care. The aim was to assess the length of perceptual bias and if it could be reproduced after a second renovation. METHODS: A GP office with 2 GPs in Switzerland was renovated twice within 3 years. We assessed patient experience at baseline, 2 months and 14 months after the first and 3 months after the second renovation...
2018: PloS One
Monique Aucoin, Kieran Cooley, Leena Anand, Melissa Furtado, Alex Canzonieri, Alexa Fine, Kathryn Fotinos, Ranjith Chandrasena, Larry J Klassen, Irvin Epstein, Wende Wood, Martin A Katzman
BACKGROUND: Many patients with depression fail to achieve remission after several consecutive treatments. Vitamin D deficiency is prevalent and new research suggests that it may have an impact on mood, primarily through an effect on neurotransmitters. Numerous observational studies suggest a relationship between low levels of vitamin D and increased incidence and severity of mood disorders. A small number of pilot studies have been undertaken but lack rigorous methodology required to draw conclusions about a clinical role for this nutrient in treatment resistant depression...
February 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Elliot M Ross, Theodore T Redman, Julian G Mapp, Derek J Brown, Kaori Tanaka, Craig W Cooley, Chetan U Kharod, David A Wampler
BACKGROUND: The "Stop the Bleed" campaign advocates for non-medical personnel to be trained in basic hemorrhage control. However, it is not clear what type of education or the duration of instruction needed to meet that requirement. The objective of this study was to determine the impact of a brief hemorrhage control educational curriculum on the willingness of laypersons to respond during a traumatic emergency. METHODS: This "Stop the Bleed" education initiative was conducted by the University of Texas Health San Antonio Office of the Medical Director (San Antonio, Texas USA) between September 2016 and March 2017...
February 19, 2018: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Andreea Iuliana Kui, Anca Jiglău Labuneţ, Codruţa Popescu, Daniela Popa, Liana Lascu
Background and aim: Therapeutic decision in dentistry is a complex cognitive process for the practitioners because it involves taking into consideration several factors, including patients' preferences. The hypothesis of this study was that apicoectomy might be indicated more often than necessary and in order to confirm or invalidate it a survey was designed. We also aimed to explore whether the preferences were associated or not with dentist-related or practice-related characteristics...
2018: Clujul Medical (1957)
Angela L Carman, Robin C Vanderpool, Lindsay R Stradtman, Stephanie C Moore
: A multisite federally qualified health center used a Failure Modes and Effects Analysis to identify and correct potential challenges to the implementation of the proactive office encounter model. This model is designed to proactively identify and close preventive care gaps through electronic medical record use, new workflows, and staff training.
February 13, 2018: Health Care Management Review
Joanne Nicholson, Spenser M Wright, Alyssa M Carlisle
INTRODUCTION: Successful competitive employment has been found to be related to enhanced self-esteem, higher quality of life and reduced mental health service use for individuals living with serious mental illnesses (SMIs) including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression. The effectiveness of the individual placement and support model has been demonstrated in multiple randomised controlled trials in many countries. The management of stress, depression and anxiety in the workplace may be effectively enhanced through digital mental health interventions...
February 6, 2018: BMJ Open
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