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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648009/-diagnostic-performance-of-t-spot-tb-on-peripheral-blood-in-combination-with-adenosine-deaminase-on-pleural-fluid-for-the-diagnosis-of-tuberculous-pleurisy-within-different-age-group
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H Y Xu, D Q Zhang, J R Ye, S S Su, Y P Xie, C S Chen, Y P Li
Objective: To evaluate the performance of T cell enzyme-linked immuno-spot assay (T-SPOT) on peripheral blood in combination with adenosine deaminase (ADA) on pleural fluid for diagnosis of tuberculous (TB) pleurisy within different age groups. Methods: The data of patients with pleural effusion from the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine of the First Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University from April 2012 to November 2016 were retrospectively analyzed, and the diagnoses of these patients were histopathologically confirmed through medical thoracoscopy...
June 27, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647928/pre-procedural-ultrasonography-for-tracheostomy-in-critically-ill-patients-a-prospective-study
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Ella Even-Tov, Itzhak Koifman, Vladimir Rozentsvaig, Leonid Livshits, Peter Gilbey
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy (PDT) has become a standard technique for critically ill patients who require long-term ventilation. The most common early post-operative complication is bleeding related to anatomical variation in vasculature. The procedure is performed at the patient's bedside unless this is deemed unsafe and then the accepted alternative is open tracheostomy in the operating room. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the use of pre-procedural ultrasound to aid in the decision of whether PDT in critical care patients should be performed at the patient's bedside or by open surgical tracheostomy...
June 2017: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647526/national-survey-of-adult-and-pediatric-reference-intervals-in-clinical-laboratories-across-canada-a-report-of-the-cscc-working-group-on-reference-interval-harmonization
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Khosrow Adeli, Victoria Higgins, David Seccombe, Christine P Collier, Cynthia Balion, George Cembrowski, Allison A Venner, Julie Shaw
OBJECTIVE: Reference intervals are widely used decision-making tools in laboratory medicine, serving as health-associated standards to interpret laboratory test results. Numerous studies have shown wide variation in reference intervals, even between laboratories using assays from the same manufacturer. Lack of consistency in either sample measurement or reference intervals across laboratories challenges the expectation of standardized patient care regardless of testing location. Here, we present data from a national survey conducted by the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemistry (CSCC) Reference Interval Harmonization (hRI) Working Group that examines the variation in laboratory reference sample measurements, as well as pediatric and adult reference intervals currently used in clinical practice across Canada...
June 21, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647051/longitudinal-nosocomial-outbreak-of-pseudomonas-fluorescens-bloodstream-infection-of-2-years-duration-in-a-coronary-care-unit
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Yuichiro Oba, Takahiro Nakajima, Chiyo Ogida, Miyuki Kawanami, Mamoru Fujiwara, Ikuko Matsumura
BACKGROUND: Outbreaks of bloodstream infections (BSI) of nonfermenting bacteria are a critical issue and often associated with hospital environments. We experienced a long-lasting outbreak of Pseudomonas fluorescens BSI limited to a coronary care unit (CCU). METHODS: We conducted a retrospective epidemiologic investigation and a case-control study for Pseudomonas fluorescens BSI from April 2011-July 2014. Environmental sample culture was conducted to detect the specific environmental source of transmission...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646925/stress-ulcer-prophylaxis-versus-placebo-or-no-prophylaxis-in-adult-hospitalised-acutely-ill-patients-protocol-for-a-systematic-review-with-meta-analysis-and-trial-sequential-analysis
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Søren Marker, Anders Perner, Jørn Wetterslev, Marija Barbateskovic, Janus Christian Jakobsen, Mette Krag, Anders Granholm, Carl Thomas Anthon, Morten Hylander Møller
BACKGROUND: Stress ulcer prophylaxis is considered standard of care in many critically ill patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). However, the quality of evidence supporting this has recently been questioned, and clinical equipoise exists. Whether there is overall benefit or harm of stress ulcer prophylaxis in adult hospitalised acutely ill patients is unknown. Accordingly, we aim to assess patient-important benefits and harms of stress ulcer prophylaxis versus placebo or no treatment in adult hospitalised acutely ill patients with high risk of gastrointestinal bleeding irrespective of hospital setting...
June 24, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646340/clinical-management-of-ebola-virus-disease-patients-in-low-resource-settings
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Armand Sprecher, Michel Van Herp, Pierre E Rollin
The low-resource environment deprives healthcare providers caring for patients with Ebola virus disease (EVD) of many of the means employed for the critically ill that are available in better resourced settings, such as advanced therapeutic interventions and abundant staff. In addition to these limitations may be added those imposed by the remote tropical locations, where EVD outbreaks occur. In this setting, a safe environment is created where healthcare workers may care for their patients over the evolving course of their acute illness into their convalescent period...
June 24, 2017: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645950/variation-in-the-prevalence-of-urinary-catheters-a-profile-of-national-health-service-patients-in-england
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David Clifford Shackley, Cameron Whytock, Gareth Parry, Laurence Clarke, Charles Vincent, Abigail Harrison, Amber John, Lloyd Provost, Maxine Power
INTRODUCTION: Harm from catheter-associated urinary tract infections is a common, potentially avoidable, healthcare complication. Variation in catheter prevalence may exist and provide opportunity for reducing harm, yet to date is poorly understood. This study aimed to determine variation in the prevalence of urinary catheters between patient groups, settings, specialities and over time. METHODS: A prospective study (July 2012 to April 2016) of National Health Service (NHS) patients surveyed by healthcare professionals, following a standardised protocol to determine the presence of a urinary catheter and duration of use, on 1 day per month using the NHS Safety Thermometer...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645891/health-app-use-among-individuals-with-symptoms-of-depression-and-anxiety-a-survey-study-with-thematic-coding
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Caryn Kseniya Rubanovich, David C Mohr, Stephen M Schueller
BACKGROUND: Researchers have largely turned to commercial app stores, randomized trials, and systematic reviews to make sense of the mHealth landscape. Few studies have approached understanding by collecting information from target end users. The end user perspective is critical as end user interest in and use of mHealth technologies will ultimately drive the efficacy of these tools. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to obtain information from end users of mHealth technologies to better understand the physical and mental health apps people use and for what purposes...
June 23, 2017: JMIR Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645888/hiv-strategic-information-in-non-european-union-countries-in-the-world-health-organization-european-region-capacity-development-needs
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Ivana Bozicevic, Senad Handanagic, Jurja Ivana Cakalo, Annemarie Rinder Stengaard, George Rutherford
BACKGROUND: Capacity building of the national HIV strategic information system is a core component of the response to the HIV epidemic as it enables understanding of the evolving nature of the epidemic, which is critical for program planning and identification of the gaps and deficiencies in HIV programs. OBJECTIVE: The study aims to describe the results of the assessment of the needs for further development of capacities in HIV strategic information systems in the non-European Union (EU) countries in the World Health Organization European Region (EUR)...
June 23, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645552/mortality-following-augmentation-cystoplasty-a-transitional-urologist-s-viewpoint
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D A Husmann
INTRODUCTION: Three complications have been hypothesized to increase patient mortality following enterocystoplasty: spontaneous bladder perforation, bladder neoplasia, and chronic renal failure (CRF). The present study examined risk of their occurrence and discussed ways to improve the quality of care. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The present transitional clinic followed 385 patients with a history of bladder augmentation using either ileal, sigmoid, or ascending colon...
June 3, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645517/glucose-control-diabetes-status-and-mortality-in-critically-ill-patients-the-continuum-from-intensive-care-unit-admission-to-hospital-discharge
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James S Krinsley, Paula Maurer, Sharon Holewinski, Roy Hayes, Douglas McComsey, Guillermo E Umpierrez, Stanley A Nasraway
OBJECTIVE: To describe the relationships among glycemic control, diabetes mellitus (DM) status, and mortality in critically ill patients from intensive care unit (ICU) admission to hospital discharge. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective investigation of 6387 ICU patients with 5 or more blood glucose (BG) tests and 4462 ICU survivors admitted to 2 academic medical centers from July 1, 2010, through December 31, 2014. We studied the relationships among mean BG level, hypoglycemia (BG level <70 mg/dL [to convert to mmol/L, multiply by 0...
June 7, 2017: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645302/untangling-glycaemia-and-mortality-in-critical-care
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Vincent Uyttendaele, Jennifer L Dickson, Geoffrey M Shaw, Thomas Desaive, J Geoffrey Chase
BACKGROUND: Hyperglycaemia is associated with adverse outcomes in the intensive care unit, and initial studies suggested outcome benefits of glycaemic control (GC). However, subsequent studies often failed to replicate these results, and they were often unable to achieve consistent, safe control, raising questions about the benefit or harm of GC as well as the nature of the association of glycaemia with mortality and clinical outcomes. In this study, we evaluated if non-survivors are harder to control than survivors and determined if glycaemic outcome is a function of patient condition and eventual outcome or of the glycaemic control provided...
June 24, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645011/transient-portal-venous-gas-associated-with-reversible-non-occlusive-mesenteric-ischemia-a-case-report
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Gaël Piton, Brice Paquette, Eric Delabrousse, Gilles Capellier
OBJECTIVES: To report the utility of abdominal ultrasonography (US) to identify the presence of portal venous gas (PVG) during non-occlusive mesenteric ischemia (NOMI), and to follow the disappearance of portal venous gas after resolution of the NOMI. DATA SOURCES: This was a clinical observation of a patient, with images of abdominal computed tomography (CT), and a video of portal venous gas identified by ultrasonography. DATA SYNTHESIS: We describe the case of an adult patient admitted to our ICU for NOMI developing 48h after cardiac surgery...
June 16, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644930/trends-in-open-and-endoscopic-cubital-tunnel-release-in-the-medicare-patient-population
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Tsun Yee Law, Zachary S Hubbard, Lee Onn Chieng, Harvey W Chim
BACKGROUND: Cubital tunnel syndrome (CUT) is the second most common peripheral neuropathy with an annual incidence of 24.7 per 100 000, affecting nearly twice as many men as women. With increasing focus on cost-effectiveness and cost-containment in medicine, a critical understanding of utilization of health care resources for open and endoscopic approaches for cubital tunnel release is of value. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the costs and utilization trends of open and endoscopic cubital tunnel release...
July 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644791/culture-and-moral-distress-what-s-the-connection-and-why-does-it-matter
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Nancy Berlinger, Annalise Berlinger
Culture is learned behavior shared among members of a group and from generation to generation within that group. In health care work, references to "culture" may also function as code for ethical uncertainty or moral distress concerning patients, families, or populations. This paper analyzes how culture can be a factor in patient-care situations that produce moral distress. It discusses three common, problematic situations in which assumptions about culture may mask more complex problems concerning family dynamics, structural barriers to health care access, or implicit bias...
June 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644698/sleep-disturbance-after-hospitalization-and-critical-illness-a-systematic-review
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Marcus T Altman, Melissa P Knauert, Margaret A Pisani
BACKGROUND: Sleep disturbance during intensive care unit (ICU) admission is common and severe. Sleep disturbance has been observed in survivors of critical illness even after transfer out of the ICU. Not only is sleep important to overall health and well-being, but patients after critical illness are also in a physiologically vulnerable state. Understanding how sleep disturbance impacts recovery from critical illness after hospital discharge is therefore clinically meaningful. OBJECTIVE: This systematic review aimed to summarize studies that identify the prevalence of and risk factors for sleep disturbance after hospital discharge for critical illness survivors...
June 23, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644381/an-efficient-user-authentication-and-user-anonymity-scheme-with-provably-security-for-iot-based-medical-care-system
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Chun-Ta Li, Tsu-Yang Wu, Chin-Ling Chen, Cheng-Chi Lee, Chien-Ming Chen
In recent years, with the increase in degenerative diseases and the aging population in advanced countries, demands for medical care of older or solitary people have increased continually in hospitals and healthcare institutions. Applying wireless sensor networks for the IoT-based telemedicine system enables doctors, caregivers or families to monitor patients' physiological conditions at anytime and anyplace according to the acquired information. However, transmitting physiological data through the Internet concerns the personal privacy of patients...
June 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644350/lack-of-knowledge-and-low-readiness-for-health-care-transition-in-eosinophilic-esophagitis-and-eosinophilic-gastroenteritis
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Swathi Eluri, Wendy M Book, Ellyn Kodroff, Mary Jo Strobel, Jessica H Gebhart, Patricia D Jones, Paul Menard-Katcher, Maria E Ferris, Evan S Dellon
OBJECTIVES: A growing population of adolescents/young adults with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) and eosinophilic gastroenteritis (EGE) will need to transition from pediatric to adult health providers. Measuring health care transition (HCT) readiness is critical, but no studies have evaluated this process in EoE/EGE. We determined the scope and predictors of HCT knowledge in patients and parents with EoE/EGE and measured HCT readiness in adolescents/young adults. METHODS: We conducted an online survey of patients 13 years or older and parents of patients with EoE/EGE who were diagnosed when 25 years or younger...
July 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643812/-conscience-clause-in-end-of-life-care
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Ludovica De Panfilis, Daniela Cattaneo, Luisanna Cola, Maddalena Gasparini, Corinna Porteri, Daniela Tarquini, Alessandro Tiezzi, Simone Veronese, Silvia Zullo, Eugenio Pucci
The article proposes a critical reflection on issues that appeal to the conscience clause as part of end of life care can produce and what can guarantee freedom of conscience, self-determination of those involved and respect for the dignity of the sick person. After a philosophical and normative analysis, the article is organized on the basis of two important documents for discussion: a position paper of Società Italiana di Anestesia Analgesia Rianimazione e Terapia Intensiva (SIAARTI) signed by several scientific societies "Grandi insufficienze d'organo end stage: cure intensive o cure palliative?" and the Design of Law currently being debated "Norme in materia di consenso informato e di disposizioni anticipate di trattamento"...
May 2017: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643568/process-mining-based-method-of-designing-and-optimizing-the-layouts-of-emergency-departments-in-hospitals
#20
Farhood Rismanchian, Young Hoon Lee
OBJECTIVE: This article proposes an approach to help designers analyze complex care processes and identify the optimal layout of an emergency department (ED) considering several objectives simultaneously. These objectives include minimizing the distances traveled by patients, maximizing design preferences, and minimizing the relocation costs. BACKGROUND: Rising demand for healthcare services leads to increasing demand for new hospital buildings as well as renovating existing ones...
July 2017: HERD
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