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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906914/the-impact-of-a-surgical-assessment-unit-on-numbers-of-general-surgery-outliers
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Alexandra Jacobson, Garth Poole, Andrew G Hill, Magdalena Biggar
AIMS: Patient care and efficiency outcomes are improved if acute patients admitted to non-specialty (outlier) wards are minimised.1 Assessment units may help to reduce numbers of outlier patients.2 A surgical assessment unit (SAU) was recently established at Middlemore Hospital. We aimed to determine the impact of its introduction on numbers of general surgery outliers on post-acute ward rounds. METHODS: A 10-bed SAU was introduced in July 2015, coinciding with the closure of 20 beds on the general surgical wards...
December 2, 2016: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903392/-resuscitation-efficacy-of-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-in-non-postcardiotomy-adult-patients-with-cardiac-arrest
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L Huang, Y W Liu, T Li, X M Hu, D W Duan, P Wu
Objective: To evaluate the resuscitation efficacy of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for non-postcardiotomy cardiac arrest adult patients post failed conventional cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CCPR). Methods: We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data of a total of 25 consecutive adults who suffered from non-postcardiotomy cardiac arrest and were treated with ECMO post failed CCPR in our hospital between January 2010 and January 2015. Inclusion criteria included: 18 to 75 years old; the duration from cardiac arrest to CCPR initiation<5 minutes; no recovery of spontaneous circulation within 10 min after implementation of standard CCPR, and the length of CCPR <90 minutes...
November 24, 2016: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902532/lean-six-sigma-to-reduce-intensive-care-unit-length-of-stay-and-costs-in-prolonged-mechanical-ventilation
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Stephen Trzeciak, Michael Mercincavage, Cory Angelini, William Cogliano, Emily Damuth, Brian W Roberts, Sergio Zanotti, Anthony J Mazzarelli
OBJECTIVE: Patients with prolonged mechanical ventilation (PMV) represent important "outliers" of hospital length of stay (LOS) and costs (∼$26 billion annually in the United States). We tested the hypothesis that a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) approach for process improvement could reduce hospital LOS and the associated costs of care for patients with PMV. DESIGN: Before-and-after cohort study. SETTING: Multidisciplinary intensive care unit (ICU) in an academic medical center...
November 29, 2016: Journal for Healthcare Quality: Official Publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891656/the-early-intervention-message-perspectives-of-parents-of-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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A Edwards, C Brebner, P McCormack, C MacDougall
BACKGROUND: There is strong evidence that early intervention (EI) can improve outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and consequently, the importance of EI has been widely promoted to families of children with ASD. However, the perspectives of parents of children with ASD regarding the EI message have not been widely examined. METHODS: This study used qualitative methods to explore parental perspectives on the EI message. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with 14 participants from 12 family units to explore the perspectives of parents of children with ASD on the EI message...
November 28, 2016: Child: Care, Health and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888542/clinical-outcomes-of-extended-versus-intermittent-infusion-of-piperacillin-tazobactam-in-critically-ill-patients-a-prospective-clinical-trial
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Sheung-Yin Fan, Hoi-Ping Shum, Wing-Yee Cheng, Yat-Hei Chan, Sik-Yin McShirley Leung, Wing-Wa Yan
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To determine whether critically ill patients receiving extended-infusion (EI) piperacillin/tazobactam would have improved clinical outcomes compared with patients receiving intermittent infusions. DESIGN: Single-center, open-label, prospective study. SETTING: Twenty-two-bed intensive care unit (ICU) in a regional hospital in Hong Kong. PATIENTS: A total of 367 adults who had a diagnosis of either bacterial infection or neutropenic fever and had received treatment with piperacillin/tazobactam for at least 48 hours between December 1, 2013, and August 31, 2015...
November 26, 2016: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881152/fitness-and-mobility-training-in-patients-with-intensive-care-unit-acquired-muscle-weakness-fitonicu-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Jan Mehrholz, Simone Thomas, Jane H Burridge, André Schmidt, Bettina Scheffler, Ralph Schellin, Stefan Rückriem, Daniel Meißner, Katja Mehrholz, Wolfgang Sauter, Ulf Bodechtel, Bernhard Elsner
BACKGROUND: Critical illness myopathy (CIM) and polyneuropathy (CIP) are a common complication of critical illness. Both cause intensive-care-unit-acquired (ICU-acquired) muscle weakness (ICUAW) which increases morbidity and delays rehabilitation and recovery of activities of daily living such as walking ability. Focused physical rehabilitation of people with ICUAW is, therefore, of great importance at both an individual and a societal level. A recent systematic Cochrane review found no randomised controlled trials (RCT), and thus no supporting evidence, for physical rehabilitation interventions for people with defined CIP and CIM to improve activities of daily living...
November 24, 2016: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881149/antipsychotic-prescribing-patterns-during-and-after-critical-illness-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Jason E Tomichek, Joanna L Stollings, Pratik P Pandharipande, Rameela Chandrasekhar, E Wesley Ely, Timothy D Girard
BACKGROUND: Antipsychotics are used to treat delirium in the intensive care unit (ICU) despite unproven efficacy. We hypothesized that atypical antipsychotic treatment in the ICU is a risk factor for antipsychotic prescription at discharge, a practice that might increase risk since long-term use is associated with increased mortality. METHODS: After excluding patients on antipsychotics prior to admission, we examined antipsychotic use in a prospective cohort of ICU patients with acute respiratory failure and/or shock...
November 24, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876077/post-traumatic-acute-kidney-injury-a-cross-sectional-study-of-trauma-patients
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Wei-Hung Lai, Cheng-Shyuan Rau, Shao-Chun Wu, Yi-Chun Chen, Pao-Jen Kuo, Shiun-Yuan Hsu, Ching-Hua Hsieh, Hsiao-Yun Hsieh
BACKGROUND: The causes of post-traumatic acute kidney injury (AKI) are multifactorial, and shock associated with major trauma has been proposed to result in inadequate renal perfusion and subsequent AKI in trauma patients. This study aimed to investigate the true incidence and clinical presentation of post-traumatic AKI in hospitalized adult patients and its association with shock at a Level I trauma center. METHODS: Detailed data of 78 trauma patients with AKI and 14,504 patients without AKI between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2014 were retrieved from the Trauma Registry System...
November 22, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867655/veno-arterial-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-va-ecmo-in-postcardiotomy-cardiogenic-shock-how-much-pump-flow-is-enough
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Federico Pappalardo, Andrea Montisci
Post-cardiotomy cardiogenic shock (PCCS) is a complication of heart surgery associated with a poor prognosis: veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA ECMO) ensures end-organ perfusion while fully replacing heart and lung function, though it is associated with unsatisfactory results. Few studies have identified reliable predictors of poor prognosis early in the course of extracorporeal support. A recent study showed the strong prognostic power of urine output in the first 24 hours of VA ECMO in predicting early and late mortality of PCCS...
October 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863746/biophysical-skin-properties-of-grade-1-pressure-ulcers-and-unaffected-skin-in-spinal-cord-injured-and-able-bodied-persons-in-the-unloaded-sacral-region
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Anke Scheel-Sailer, Angela Frotzler, Gabi Mueller, Simon Annaheim, René Michel Rossi, Siegfried Derler
AIM OF THE STUDY: To examine biophysical skin properties in the sacral region in spinal cord injury (SCI) patients suffering from a grade 1 pressure ulcer (PU) defined as non-blanchable erythema (SCI/PU), SCI patients in the post-acute phase (SCI/PA) and able-bodied participants (CON). Also, for SCI/PU patients, both the affected skin and healthy skin close to the PU were examined. STUDY DESIGN: An experimental controlled study with a convenience sample. SETTING: A Swiss acute care and rehabilitation clinic specializing in SCIs...
November 8, 2016: Journal of Tissue Viability
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857912/biomarkers-of-physiological-disturbances-for-predicting-mortality-in-decompressive-craniectomy
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Young Ha Jeong, So Hyun Kim, Eun Hee Choi, Kum Whang
OBJECTIVE: Of many critical care regimens, the management of physiological disturbances in serum is particularly drawing an attention in conjunction with patient outcome. The aim of this study was to assess the association of serum biochemical markers with mortality in head trauma patients with decompressive craniotomy. METHODS: Ninety six patients with acute subdural hematoma underwent decompressive craniectomy between January 2014 and December 2015. The clinical data and laboratory variables of these patients were recorded and analyzed retrospectively...
October 2016: Korean Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830996/permanent-emergency-inequality-in-access-to-hospitalisation-among-urban-elderly-chinese
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Tim F Liao, Cuntong Wang
The phenomenon of elderly patients staying in hospital emergency department observation units for extended time in urban China poses a challenge to China's healthcare system and presents a social problem of inequality. In this paper, we analyse statistics collected from 16 major public hospitals in Beijing to assess the extent and intensity of the problem and examine interviews of medical professionals to understand the mechanisms linking the issue to the Chinese healthcare system. We study the issue with the literature on market transition theory and on China's recent healthcare reforms and view this age-based inequality as an outcome of the economic and social transformations in China...
November 10, 2016: Global Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829011/rehabilitation-profiles-of-older-adult-stroke-survivors-admitted-to-intermediate-care-units-a-multi-centre-study
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Laura M Pérez, Marco Inzitari, Terence J Quinn, Joan Montaner, Ricard Gavaldà, Esther Duarte, Laura Coll-Planas, Mercè Cerdà, Sebastià Santaeugenia, Conxita Closa, Miquel Gallofré
BACKGROUND: Stroke is a major cause of disability in older adults, but the evidence around post-acute treatment is limited and heterogeneous. We aimed to identify profiles of older adult stroke survivors admitted to intermediate care geriatric rehabilitation units. METHODS: We performed a cohort study, enrolling stroke survivors aged 65 years or older, admitted to 9 intermediate care units in Catalonia-Spain. To identify potential profiles, we included age, caregiver presence, comorbidity, pre-stroke and post-stroke disability, cognitive impairment and stroke severity in a cluster analysis...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822310/anaphylactic-shock-during-cement-implantation-of-a-total-hip-arthroplasty-in-a-patient-with-underlying-mastocytosis-case-report-of-a-rare-intraoperative-complication
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Anita Ten Hagen, Pieter Doldersum, Tom van Raaij
BACKGROUND: Cemented total hip arthroplasty (THA) is a safe and common procedure. In rare cases life threatening bone cement implantation syndrome (BCIS) may occur, which is commonly caused by pulmonary embolism (PE). CASE PRESENTATION: We describe the rare case of a 70-year old patient who underwent an elective total hip replacement. Before surgery he was diagnosed with underlying systemic indolent mastocytosis, a rare pathological disorder that may result in anaphylaxis after massive systemic mast cell activation...
2016: Patient Safety in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818327/an-educational-intervention-optimizes-the-utilization-of-arterial-blood-gases-across-intensive-care-units-from-different-specialties-a-quality-improvement-study
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Carlos D Martínez-Balzano, Paulo Oliveira, Michelle O'Rourke, Luanne Hills, Andrés F Sosa
BACKGROUND: Arterial blood gas (ABG) overutilization leads to increased costs, inefficient use of staff work-hours, patient discomfort and blood loss. We developed guidelines to optimize ABG utilization in the intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: ABG utilization guidelines were implemented on all adult ICUs in our institution: three medical, two trauma-surgery, one cardiovascular and one neurosurgical ICU. While relying on pulse oximetry, we encouraged the utilization of ABGs after an acute respiratory event or for a rational clinical concern, and discouraged obtaining ABGs for routine surveillance, after planned changes of PEEP or FiO2 on the mechanical ventilator, for spontaneous breathing trials, or when a disorder was not suspected...
November 3, 2016: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815528/effects-of-unit-design-on-acute-care-nurses-walking-distances-energy-expenditure-and-job-satisfaction-a-pre-post-relocation-study
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Darcy Copeland, Misty Chambers
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine what differences occurred in steps taken and energy expenditure among acute care nurses when their work environment moved from a hospital with centralized nurses' stations to a hospital with decentralized nurses' stations. Additional goals were to determine design features nurses perceived as contributing to or deterring from their work activities and what changes occurred in reported job satisfaction. Since design features can also affect patient outcomes, patient falls were monitored...
November 3, 2016: HERD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27805992/volumetric-analysis-of-day-of-injury-computed-tomography-is-associated-with-rehabilitation-outcomes-after-traumatic-brain-injury
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Sarah Majercik, Joseph Bledsoe, David Ryser, Ramona O Hopkins, Joseph E Fair, R Brock Frost, Joel MacDonald, Ryan Barrett, Susan Horn, David Pisani, Erin D Bigler, Scott Gardner, Mark Stevens, Michael J Larson
INTRODUCTION: Day-of-injury (DOI) brain lesion volumes in traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients are rarely used to predict long-term outcomes in the acute setting. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between acute brain injury lesion volume and rehabilitation outcomes in patients with TBI at a Level One Trauma Center. METHODS: Patients with TBI who were admitted to our rehabilitation unit after the acute care trauma service from February 2009-July 2011 were eligible for the study...
October 31, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27789124/use-of-the-apache-ii-score-to-assess-impact-of-therapeutic-plasma-exchange-for-critically-ill-patients-with-hypertriglyceride-induced-pancreatitis
#18
Shazia Nakhoda, Ann B Zimrin, Maria R Baer, Jennie Y Law
OBJECTIVES: Hypertriglyceridemic (HTG) pancreatitis carries significant morbidity and mortality and often requires intensive care unit (ICU) admission. Therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) rapidly lowers serum triglyceride (TG) levels. However, evidence supporting TPE for HTG pancreatitis is lacking. METHODS: Ten patients admitted to the ICU for HTG pancreatitis underwent TPE at our institution from 2005-2015. We retrospectively calculated the Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Examination II (APACHE II) score at the time of initial TPE and again after the final TPE session to assess the impact of triglyceride apheresis on morbidity and mortality associated with HTG pancreatitis...
October 17, 2016: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27779577/extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-for-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-in-trauma-patients-a-case-series-and-systematic-literature-review
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Chiara Robba, Andrea Ortu, Federico Bilotta, Alessandra Lombardo, Mypinder S Sekhon, Fabio Gallo, Basil F Matta
BACKGROUND: Veno-venous extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (vv-ECMO) is an established salvage therapy for severe respiratory failure, and may provide an alternative form of treatment for trauma-induced acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) when conventional treatments have failed. The need for systemic anticoagulation is a relative contraindication in patients with bleeding risks, especially in multi traumatic injury. METHODS: We describe a case series of four trauma patients with ARDS who were managed with ECMO admitted to the Neuro Critical Care Unit (NCCU) at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge (UK), from January 2000 to January 2016...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775769/association-between-changes-in-cms-reimbursement-policy-and-drug-labels-for-erythrocyte-stimulating-agents-with-outcomes-for-older-patients-undergoing-hemodialysis-covered-by-fee-for-service-medicare
#20
Cunlin Wang, Robert Kane, Mark Levenson, Jeffrey Kelman, Michael Wernecke, Joo-Yeon Lee, Steven Kozlowski, Carmen Dekmezian, Zhiwei Zhang, Aliza Thompson, Kimberly Smith, Yu-Te Wu, Yuqin Wei, Yoganand Chillarige, Qin Ryan, Chris Worrall, Thomas E MaCurdy, David J Graham
Importance: In 2011, the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) changed its reimbursement policy for hemodialysis to a bundled comprehensive payment system that included the cost of erythrocyte-stimulating agents (ESAs). Also in 2011, the US Food and Drug Administration revised the drug label for ESAs, recommending more conservative dosing in patients with chronic kidney disease. In response to concerns that these measures could have adverse effects on patient care and outcomes, the CMS and the FDA initiated a collaboration to assess the effect...
October 24, 2016: JAMA Internal Medicine
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