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Asad Zaman Khan, Aslam Khan, Arshad Naseem
OBJECTIVE: To assess the safety of percutaneous tracheostomy when performed by physician intensivists. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive study. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Adult Medical ICU in the Department of Critical Care Medicine, Military Hospital, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, from September 2013 to August 2016. METHODOLOGY: Departmental record for percutaneous tracheostomies, performed by physician intensivifts, was evaluated...
March 2018: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
I Hernández-García, A Chaure-Pardos, J Moliner-Lahoz, P Prieto-Andrés, R Mareca-Doñate, T Giménez-Júlvez, H López-Mendoza, J I García-Montero, C Aibar-Remón
BACKGROUND: Patient absenteeism in outpatient clinics represents a significant obstacle to the cost-effectiveness of healthcare. The aim of this study was to assess the frequency of absence of patients and its associated factors in scheduled visits to a Preventive Medicine department. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The cross-sectional study was carried out in the Service of Preventive Medicine of the Lozano Blesa University Clinical Hospital of Zaragoza. It included all the visits scheduled from 3 January to 31 March 2017...
March 9, 2018: Revista de Calidad Asistencial: Organo de la Sociedad Española de Calidad Asistencial
Dilek D Altınörs, Leyla Asena
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to report the clinical outcomes of Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty in our first year of experience. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients who underwent Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty at the Baskent University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, between 2015 and 2016 were included in the study. Patient demographics, cause of endothelial dysfunction, best-corrected visual acuity, central corneal thickness, graft survival, follow-up duration, and intraoperative and postoperative complications were recorded...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Sylvan S Mintz, Reka Kovacs
PURPOSE: In 2005, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine stated, "Oral appliances are indicated for use in patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who prefer them to CPAP therapy, or who do not respond to, are not appropriate candidates for, or who fail treatment attempts with CPAP." However, this recommendation is based upon variable results from only six studies with more than 100 participants. These studies have assessed the effectiveness of mandibular advancement devices (MADs) in specific groups (military populations, academic institutions, or hospital settings) with no large study conducted in a fee-for-service private practice where the majority of patients receive MADs for OSA...
March 8, 2018: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
Corrie E McDaniel, Wren Haaland, Joshua Parlaman, Chuan Zhou, Arti D Desai
OBJECTIVES: The majority of children with community acquired pneumonia (CAP) are primarily evaluated in community hospital emergency departments (EDs); however, studies on the management of pediatric CAP have largely targeted care provided in free-standing children's hospital EDs or inpatient settings. The objectives of this study were to examine whether implementation of a CAP pathway within three community hospital EDs and inpatient units improved process measures related to appropriate laboratory testing and antibiotic prescribing, and to compare performance on these measures between the community hospitals and a free-standing children's hospital...
March 7, 2018: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Hina Latif, Adil Iqbal, Rabia Rathore, Nasir Farooq Butt
Objective: To measure the correlation between microalbuminuria and serum uric acid level in Type-2 diabetic nephropathy. Methods: This cross-sectional study was done in department of Medicine, Mayo hospital Lahore from August 2014 to February 2015. A total of 200 patients with Type-2 diabetic nephropathy were enrolled in the study. Demographic data and contact details were obtained. Serum Uric acid and microalbuminuria by albumin to creatinine ratio (ACR) in random urine sample was measured at the time of inclusion of patients...
November 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
Ann R Kaisen, Janet A Parkosewich, Kelly A Bonito
Purpose The purpose of the study was to identify the rate and factors associated with timely mealtime capillary blood glucose (CBG) testing and insulin coverage in hospitalized patients with diabetes. Methods A descriptive-correlational design was used with a random sample of patients (n = 77) and nurses (n = 36) on a medicine and a neuroscience unit of a large Magnet hospital. After written consent was obtained, post-meal patient and nurse interviews were conducted to collect information about patient, nurse, and situational factors known to influence timely mealtime diabetes care...
February 1, 2018: Diabetes Educator
Yiyi Cai, Claire Shuiqing Zhang, Wenwei Ouyang, Jianmin Li, Wenheng Nong, Anthony Lin Zhang, Charlie Changli Xue, Zehuai Wen
INTRODUCTION: Spasticity is a common complication of stroke. Current therapies for poststroke spasticity (PSS) have been reported to be associated with high costs, lack of long-term benefit and unwanted adverse events (AEs). Electroacupuncture (EA) has been used for PSS, however, its efficacy and safety is yet to be confirmed by high-quality clinical studies. This study is designed to evaluate the add-on effects and safety profile of EA when used in combination with usual care (UC). METHODS AND ANALYSIS: This study is a parallel group randomised controlled trial...
February 27, 2018: BMJ Open
Meredith Merz Lind, Marco Corridore, Cameron Sheehan, Melissa Moore-Clingenpeel, Tensing Maa
Objective To design and assess an advanced pediatric airway management course, through simulation-based team training and with multiple disciplines, to emphasize communication and cooperation across subspecialties and to provide a common skill set and knowledge base. Methods Trainees from anesthesiology, emergency medicine, critical care, pediatric surgery, and otolaryngology at a tertiary children's hospital participated in a 1-day workshop emphasizing airway skills and complex airway simulations. Small groups were multidisciplinary to promote teamwork...
February 1, 2018: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
S Al Kandari, L Prasad, M Al Kandari, U Ramachandran, A Krassioukov
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective observational. OBJECTIVES: To compare objective (neurological examination) and subjective (patients perception) recovery in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) who chose to undergo cell transplantation therapies (CTT) outside of clinical trials abroad. SETTING: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Hospital, Kuwait. METHODS: Nine patients with SCI who had undergone CTT outside Kuwait were identified and their neurological pre-transplantation evaluation according the International Standards for Neurological Classification of SCI (ISNCSCI) was collected from hospital records...
February 22, 2018: Spinal Cord
D Nucci, M Chiavarini, E Duca, L Pieroni, L Salmasi
BACKGROUND: Overweight and obese women present an increased risk of poor maternal and child health outcomes. The aim of this paper is to analyze the joint effects of pre-pregnancy body mass index and inadequate gestational weight gain on birth weight and gestational age in an Italian sample of pregnant women. METHODS: Data were obtained from a sample of about 2,000 pregnant women at the University Teaching Hospital of Perugia University (Italy) in 2013. We used the revised classification proposed by Institute of Medicine to identify gestational weight gains considered as appropriate...
March 2018: Annali di Igiene: Medicina Preventiva e di Comunità
Heather Gilmartin, Sanjay Saint, Mary Rogers, Suzanne Winter, Ashley Snyder, Martha Quinn, Vineet Chopra
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the effectiveness of a brief mindfulness intervention on hand hygiene performance and mindful attention for inpatient physician teams. DESIGN: A pilot, pre-test/post-test randomised controlled mixed methods trial. SETTING: One academic medical centre in the USA. PARTICIPANTS: Four internal medicine physician teams consisting of one attending, one resident, two to three interns and up to four medical students...
February 20, 2018: BMJ Quality & Safety
Roderick Mackenzie
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March 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Aaron Cunningham, Marc Auerbach, Mark Cicero, Mubeen Jafri
BACKGROUND: Recent mass casualty events in the United States have highlighted the need for public preparedness to prevent death from uncontrolled hemorrhage. The Pediatric Trauma Society (PTS) reviewed the literature regarding pediatric tourniquet usage with the aim to provide recommendations about the utility of this adjunct for hemorrhage control in children. METHODS: Search terms "pediatric" and "tourniquet" were used to query the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health for pertinent literature...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
M A Rouf, J U Sharif, M Khan, M R Karim, M M Rahman, H Ahmed, R Parveen, M S Islam, M N Farzana, M A Rahman
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an international health problem affecting 5-10% of the world population. Patients with chronic kidney disease were known to have higher prevalence of changes in serum calcium, phosphate and parathyroid hormone in Western countries, but data on the impact of CKD on serum calcium, phosphate and parathyroid hormone in our country are scarce. This cross-sectional type of descriptive study was conducted in the Department of Medicine, Mymensingh Medical College Hospital, Mymensingh, Bangladesh from March 2016 to September 2016...
January 2018: Mymensingh Medical Journal: MMJ
Saihua Ma, Ruihong Ma, Tian Xia, Masoud Afnan, Xueru Song, Fengqin Xu, Guimin Hao, Fangfang Zhu, Jingpei Han, Zhimei Zhao
BACKGROUND: Women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF)/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) who have a predicted poor ovarian response (POR) present a challenge for reproductive medicine specialists. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is commonly used in China for such patients, in the belief that it will improve the ovarian response and ultimately increase pregnancy rates. However, there is a lack of high-quality evidence about the effect of TCM on improving ovarian response in such patients...
February 20, 2018: Trials
Mandreker Bahall
BACKGROUND: Throughput might be partially responsible for sub-optimum organisational and medical outcomes. The present study examined throughput and the challenges to ensuring optimum throughput in hospitals, and determined the effectiveness of a throughput intervention in reducing overcrowding in a public healthcare institution in Trinidad and Tobago. METHODS: First, a literature review of throughput and its processes in relation to improving hospital care was conducted...
February 20, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
Pan-Pan Tian, Jun Li, Jian Gao, Ying Li
INTRODUCTION: Coronary artery disease (CAD) not amenable to revascularisation indicates that the coronary arteries have severe diffuse lesions or calcifications, or that CAD is complicated with severe multiple-organ disease. Currently, Western medicines available for the treatment of CAD not amenable to revascularisation are limited. Shexiang Baoxin Pill (SBP), a type of Chinese patent medicine, has been widely used to treat CAD in China for many years. Previous studies have shown that long-term administration of SBP (1-2 pills three times daily, for at least 6 months) for treatment of CAD is effective and safe, with a significant, long-term effect...
February 14, 2018: BMJ Open
Chun-Yang Liang, Yang Yang, Chun-Sen Shen, Hai-Jiang Wang, Nai-Ming Liu, Zhi-Wen Wang, Feng-Lei Zhu, Ru-Xiang Xu
Introduction: Secondary brain injury is the main cause of mortality from traumatic brain injury (TBI). One hallmark of TBI is intracranial hemorrhage, which occurs in 40-50% of severe TBI cases. Early identification of intracranial hematomas in TBI patients allows early surgical evacuation and can reduce the case fatality rate of TBI. As pre-hospital care is the weakest part of Chinese emergency care, there is an urgent need for a capability to detect brain hematomas early. In China, in addition to preventing injuries and diseases in military staff and in enhancing the military armed forces during war, military medicine participates in actions such as emergency public health crises, natural disasters, emerging conflicts, and anti-terrorist campaigns during peacetime...
February 6, 2018: Military Medicine
A Higgs, B A McGrath, C Goddard, J Rangasami, G Suntharalingam, R Gale, T M Cook
These guidelines describe a comprehensive strategy to optimize oxygenation, airway management, and tracheal intubation in critically ill patients, in all hospital locations. They are a direct response to the 4th National Audit Project of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and Difficult Airway Society, which highlighted deficient management of these extremely vulnerable patients leading to major complications and avoidable deaths. They are founded on robust evidence where available, supplemented by expert consensus opinion where it is not...
February 2018: British Journal of Anaesthesia
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