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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088171/assessing-the-sustainability-of-daily-chlorhexidine-bathing-in-the-intensive-care-unit-of-a-veteran-s-hospital-by-examining-nurses-perspectives-and-experiences
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Jackson S Musuuza, Tonya J Roberts, Pascale Carayon, Nasia Safdar
BACKGROUND: Daily bathing with chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) of intensive care unit (ICU) patients has been shown to reduce healthcare-associated infections and colonization by multidrug resistant organisms. The objective of this project was to describe the process of daily CHG bathing and identify the barriers and facilitators that can influence its successful adoption and sustainability in an ICU of a Veterans Administration Hospital. METHODS: We conducted 26 semi-structured interviews with a convenience sample of 4 nurse managers (NMs), 13 registered nurses (RNs) and 9 health care technicians (HCTs) working in the ICU...
January 14, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088109/carbetocin-versus-oxytocin-for-prevention-of-post-partum-haemorrhage-at-caesarean-section-in-the-united-kingdom-an-economic-impact-analysis
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Helen A van der Nelson, Tim Draycott, Dimitrios Siassakos, Christopher W H Yau, Anthony J Hatswell
OBJECTIVE: To determine the economic impact of the introduction of carbetocin for the prevention of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) at caesarean section, compared to oxytocin. STUDY DESIGN: The model is a decision tree conducted from a UK National Health Service perspective. 1500 caesarean sections (both elective and emergency) were modelled over a 12 month period. Efficacy data was taken from a published Cochrane meta-analysis, and costs from NHS Reference costs, the British National Formulary and the NHS electronic Medicines Information Tool...
January 3, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088009/cardiac-output-and-systemic-vascular-resistance-clinical-assessment-compared-with-a-noninvasive-objective-measurement-in-children-with-shock
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Asma Razavi, Christopher J L Newth, Robinder G Khemani, Fernando Beltramo, Patrick A Ross
PURPOSE: To evaluate physician assessment of cardiac output and systemic vascular resistance in patients with shock compared with an ultrasonic cardiac output monitor (USCOM). To explore potential changes in therapy decisions if USCOM data were available using physician intervention answers. STUDY DESIGN: Double-blinded, prospective, observational study in a tertiary hospital pediatric intensive care unit. Forty children (<18years) admitted with shock, requiring ongoing volume resuscitation or inotropic support...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086826/offering-patients-therapy-options-in-unplanned-start-options-implementation-of-an-educational-program-is-feasible-and-effective
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Anna Machowska, Mark Dominik Alscher, Satyanarayana Reddy Vanga, Michael Koch, Michael Aarup, Abdul Rashid Qureshi, Bengt Lindholm, Peter Rutherford
BACKGROUND: Patients with unplanned dialysis start (UPS) have worse clinical outcomes than non-UPS patients, and receive peritoneal dialysis (PD) less frequently. In the OPTiONS study of UPS patients, an educational programme (UPS-EP) aiming at improving care of UPS patients by facilitating care pathways and enabling informed choice of dialysis modality was implemented. We here report on impact of UPS-EP on modality choice and clinical outcomes in UPS patients. METHODS: This non-interventional, prospective, multi-center, observational study included 270 UPS patients from 26 centers in 6 European countries (Austria, Germany, Denmark, France, United Kingdom and Sweden) who prior to inclusion presented acutely, or were being followed by nephrologists but required urgent dialysis commencement by an acutely placed CVC or PD catheter...
January 13, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079974/findings-from-a-pilot-study-bringing-evidence-based-practice-to-the-bedside
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Mary Ann Friesen, Joni M Brady, Renee Milligan, Patricia Christensen
BACKGROUND: To translate research supporting inpatient care outcomes and provide evidence-based care, registered nurses (RNs) need continuing education and mentoring support to adopt evidence-based practice (EBP). AIMS: The aim of this study was to assess a demonstration project intended to pilot and evaluate a structured EBP education with mentoring innovation for nurses in a multihospital system. METHODS: Nurses from five units in five hospitals were included in an education with mentoring innovation to implement the Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice Model and the Advancing Research and Clinical practice through close Collaboration (ARCC) Model...
January 12, 2017: Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078828/biomarkers-upon-discontinuation-of-renal-replacement-therapy-predict-60-day-survival-and-renal-recovery-in-critically-ill-patients-with-acute-kidney-injury
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Tingting Yang, Si Sun, Yuliang Zhao, Qiang Liu, Mei Han, Liping Lin, Baihai Su, Songmin Huang, Lichuan Yang
Introduction There is no consensus on the specific indications for weaning critically ill patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) off renal replacement therapy (RRT). This study aimed to explore the prognostic value of several biomarkers measured upon discontinuation of RRT for their value in predicting 60-day survival and renal recovery in an effort to add knowledge to the decision-making process regarding RRT withdrawal. Methods We prospectively enrolled 102 patients with AKI who required RRT from the intensive care unit...
January 11, 2017: Hemodialysis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078214/pharmacology-of-testosterone-replacement-therapy-preparations
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REVIEW
Jennifer J Shoskes, Meghan K Wilson, Michael L Spinner
The goal of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is to return serum testosterone levels to within physiologic range and improve symptoms in hypogonadal men. Some of the symptoms aimed to improve upon include decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, infertility, hot flashes, depressed mood, and loss of muscle mass or hair. Clinical use of testosterone for replacement therapy began approximately 70 years ago. Over the decades, numerous preparations and formulations have been developed primarily focusing on different routes of delivery and thus pharmacokinetics (PKs)...
December 2016: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076011/pulmonary-tuberculosis-role-of-radiology-in-diagnosis-and-management
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Arun C Nachiappan, Kasra Rahbar, Xiao Shi, Elizabeth S Guy, Eduardo J Mortani Barbosa, Girish S Shroff, Daniel Ocazionez, Alan E Schlesinger, Sharyn I Katz, Mark M Hammer
Tuberculosis is a public health problem worldwide, including in the United States-particularly among immunocompromised patients and other high-risk groups. Tuberculosis manifests in active and latent forms. Active disease can occur as primary tuberculosis, developing shortly after infection, or postprimary tuberculosis, developing after a long period of latent infection. Primary tuberculosis occurs most commonly in children and immunocompromised patients, who present with lymphadenopathy, pulmonary consolidation, and pleural effusion...
January 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075489/cough-augmentation-techniques-for-extubation-or-weaning-critically-ill-patients-from-mechanical-ventilation
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REVIEW
Louise Rose, Neill Kj Adhikari, David Leasa, Dean A Fergusson, Douglas McKim
BACKGROUND: There are various reasons why weaning and extubation failure occur, but ineffective cough and secretion retention can play a significant role. Cough augmentation techniques, such as lung volume recruitment or manually- and mechanically-assisted cough, are used to prevent and manage respiratory complications associated with chronic conditions, particularly neuromuscular disease, and may improve short- and long-term outcomes for people with acute respiratory failure. However, the role of cough augmentation to facilitate extubation and prevent post-extubation respiratory failure is unclear...
January 11, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074789/extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-in-severe-influenza-infection-with-respiratory-failure-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Shashvat Sukhal, Jaskaran Sethi, Malini Ganesh, Pedro A Villablanca, Anita K Malhotra, Harish Ramakrishna
INTRODUCTION: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) has been extensively used for potentially reversible acute respiratory failure associated with severe influenza A (H1N1) pneumonia; however, it remains an expensive, resource-intensive therapy, with a high associated mortality. This systematic review and meta-analysis aims to summarize and pool outcomes data available in the published literature to guide clinical decision-making and further research. METHODS: We conducted a systematic search of MEDLINE (1966 to April 15, 2015), EMBASE (1980 to April 15, 2015), CENTRAL, and Google Scholar for patients with severe H1N1 pneumonia and respiratory failure who received ECMO...
January 2017: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070645/middle-cerebral-artery-aneurysms-with-intracerebral-hematoma-the-impact-of-side-and-volume-on-final-outcome
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Ondrej Navratil, Kamil Duris, Vilem Juran, Eduard Neuman, Karel Svoboda, Martin Smrcka
BACKGROUND: Middle cerebral artery aneurysms (MCA aneurysms) belong to the most frequent type of intracranial aneurysms forming an intracerebral hematoma. The consequences of the hematoma-the laterality, the impact of ICH volume and size of the aneurysm with the final outcome of these patients had not been studied in detail in this location, and we focused on the analysis of these factors. METHODS: Patients with MCA aneurysms and associated intracerebral hematomas with a volume ≥10 ml were studied; these were treated from January 2006 to December 2015...
January 9, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069249/barriers-to-intensive-care-unit-nurses-autonomy-in-iran-a%C3%A2-qualitative-study
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Maryam AllahBakhshian, Nasrollah Alimohammadi, Fariba Taleghani, Ahmadreza Yazdan Nik, Saeed Abbasi, Leila Gholizadeh
BACKGROUND: The acute nature of the intensive care unit (ICU) environment necessitates that urgent clinical decisions are frequently made by the health care team. Therefore, it is important that critical care nurses have the authority to make decisions about their patient care. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to explore perceived barriers to the practice of professional autonomy from the perspectives of ICU nurses in Iran. METHODS: In this qualitative study, 28 critical care nurses were interviewed using a semistructured in-depth interview method...
December 20, 2016: Nursing Outlook
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066609/association-between-post-sternotomy-tracheostomy-and-deep-sternal-wound-infection-a-retrospective-analysis
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Yi-Chin Tsai, Kevin Phan, Andrie Stroebel, Livia Williams, Lisa Nicotra, Lesley Drake, Elizabeth Ryan, James McGree, Peter Tesar, Kiran Shekar
BACKGROUND: Tracheostomy has traditionally been used as a means of facilitated mechanical ventilation in patients requiring respiratory management following cardiac surgery. However in the clinical setting, the advantages of tracheostomy has been questioned by concerns surrounding evidence of its association with increased risk of deep sternal wound infections (DSWI). The present study sought to evaluate retrospectively our experience with post-sternotomy tracheostomy among cardiac surgery patients and association with DSWI...
November 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065172/incorporating-environmental-outcomes-into-a-health-economic-model
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Kevin Marsh, Michael Ganz, Emil Nørtoft, Niels Lund, Joshua Graff-Zivin
OBJECTIVES: Traditional economic evaluations for most health technology assessments (HTAs) have previously not included environmental outcomes. With the growing interest in reducing the environmental impact of human activities, the need to consider how to include environmental outcomes into HTAs has increased. We present a simple method of doing so. METHODS: We adapted an existing clinical-economic model to include environmental outcomes (carbon dioxide [CO2] emissions) to predict the consequences of adding insulin to an oral antidiabetic (OAD) regimen for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) over 30 years, from the United Kingdom payer perspective...
January 9, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064413/journal-of-clinical-monitoring-and-computing-2016-end-of-year-summary-cardiovascular-and-hemodynamic-monitoring
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REVIEW
Bernd Saugel, Karim Bendjelid, Lester A Critchley, Steffen Rex, Thomas W L Scheeren
The assessment and optimization of cardiovascular and hemodynamic variables is a mainstay of patient management in the care for critically ill patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) or the operating room (OR). It is, therefore, of outstanding importance to meticulously validate technologies for hemodynamic monitoring and to study their applicability in clinical practice and, finally, their impact on treatment decisions and on patient outcome. In this regard, the Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing (JCMC) is an ideal platform for publishing research in the field of cardiovascular and hemodynamic monitoring...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059689/an-integrated-health-neighbourhood-framework-to-optimise-the-use-of-ehr-data
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Siaw-Teng Liaw, Simon De Lusignan
 General practice should become the hub of integrated health neighbourhoods (IHNs), which involves sharing of information to ensure that medical homes are also part of learning organisations that use electronic health record (EHR) data for care, decision making, teaching and learning, quality improvement and research. The IHN is defined as the primary and ambulatory care services in a locality that relates largely to a single hospital-based secondary care service provider and is the logical denominator and unit of comparison for the optimal use of EHR data and health information exchange (HIE) to facilitate integration and coordination of care...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Innovation in Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054288/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-and-complicated-grief-are-common-in-caregivers-of-neuro-icu-patients
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Stephen A Trevick, Aaron S Lord
BACKGROUND: To explore the effect of end of life and other palliative decision making scenarios on the mental health of family members of patients in the neuro-intensive care unit. METHODS: Decision makers of patients in the neuro-ICU at a large, urban, academic medical center meeting palliative care triggers were identified from November 10, 2014, to August 27, 2015. Interviews were conducted at 1 and 6 months post-enrollment. At 1 month, the Inventory of Complicated Grief-Revised (ICG-R), Impact of Events Scale-Revised (IES-R), and the Family Satisfaction-ICU (FS-ICU) were performed along with basic demographic questionnaires...
January 4, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050150/risk-stratification-treatment-selection-and-transplant-eligibility-in-multiple-myeloma-a-qualitative-study-of-the-perspectives-and-self-reported-practices-of-oncologists
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T W LeBlanc, A Howson, W Turell, P Sheldon, S C Locke, S A Tuchman, C Gasparetto, S Kaura, Z M Khan, A P Abernethy
BACKGROUND: Since the early 2000s, treatment options for multiple myeloma have rapidly expanded, adding significant complexity to the management of this disease. To our knowledge, no systematic qualitative research on clinical decision-making in multiple myeloma has been published. We sought to characterize how physicians view and implement guidelines and incorporate novel approaches into patient care. METHODS: We designed a semi-structured qualitative interview guide informed by literature review and an expert advisory panel...
December 2016: Current Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049616/three-decades-of-comprehensive-geriatric-assessment-evidence-coming-from-different-healthcare-settings-and-specific-clinical-conditions
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REVIEW
Alberto Pilotto, Alberto Cella, Andrea Pilotto, Julia Daragjati, Nicola Veronese, Clarissa Musacchio, Anna Maria Mello, Giancarlo Logroscino, Alessandro Padovani, Camilla Prete, Francesco Panza
Comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) is a multidisciplinary diagnostic and treatment process that identifies medical, psychosocial, and functional capabilities of older adults to develop a coordinated plan to maximize overall health with aging. Specific criteria used by CGA programs to evaluate patients include age, medical comorbidities, psychosocial problems, previous or predicted high healthcare utilization, change in living situation, and specific geriatric conditions. However, no universal criteria have been agreed upon to readily identify patients who are likely to benefit from CGA...
December 31, 2016: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048175/su-f-p-04-implementation-of-dose-monitoring-software-successes-and-pitfalls
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J Och
PURPOSE: to successfully install a dose monitoring software (DMS) application to assist in CT protocol and dose management. METHODS: Upon selecting the DMS, we began our implementation of the application. A working group composed of Medical Physics, Radiology Administration, Information Technology, and CT technologists was formed. On-site training in the application was supplied by the vendor. The decision was made to apply the process for all the CT protocols on all platforms at all facilities...
June 2016: Medical Physics
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