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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431858/third-trimester-preterm-and-term-premature-rupture-of-membranes-is-there-any-difference-in-maternal-characteristics-and-pregnancy-outcomes
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Ivana Chandra, Lizhou Sun
BACKGROUND: The clinical significance and management of preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM) remains a topic of a controversy. Although PROM is associated with a low rate of complications, PPROM may lead to significant neonatal and maternal morbidity. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of 714 women who presented to Jiangsu Province Hospital with third trimester PPROM or PROM between January and December 2015. The data were analyzed by SPSS; the significance of maternal characteristics, and maternal and neonatal outcomes were tested using Student's t test and the χ(2) test...
April 18, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430674/continuous-eeg-in-pediatric-critical-care-yield-and-efficiency-of-seizure-detection
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Arnold J Sansevere, Elizabeth D Duncan, Mark H Libenson, Tobias Loddenkemper, Phillip L Pearl, Robert C Tasker
PURPOSE: Our goal was to define the duration of continuous EEG (cEEG) monitoring needed to adequately capture electrographic seizures and EEG status epilepticus in the pediatric intensive care unit using clinical and background EEG features. METHODS: Retrospective study of patients aged 1 month to 21 years admitted to a tertiary pediatric intensive care unit and undergoing cEEG (>3 hours). Clinical data collected included admission diagnosis, EEG background features, and time variables including time to first seizure after initiation of cEEG...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427745/how-to-approach-the-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-prevention-plan-and-prudence
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Younsuck Koh
The acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is typically manifested by refractory hypoxemia with high mortality. A correct diagnosis is the first step to achieve better outcomes. An early intervention to manage modifiable risk factors of ARDS development and the avoidance of aggravating factors that increase disease severity and progression should be carefully addressed. A management plan is necessary at an early stage of ARDS to determine the level of intensive care. It should be carefully decided which therapeutic measures should be performed depending on the patient׳s underlying clinical condition...
May 2017: Respiratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427496/mortality-risk-factors-in-intensive-care-unit-patients-with-acute-kidney-injury-requiring-renal-replacement-therapy-a-retrospective-cohort-study%C3%A2
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Michael Schmitz, Frank P Tillmann, Ausra Paluckaite, Erich A Laufer, Brian Rayner, Lars C Rump, Peter J Heering
BACKGROUND: Mortality of critically-ill patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) requiring renal replacement therapy (RRT) in an intensive-care setting continues to remain high. There is still uncertainty as to which factors should guide clinical judgement. METHODS: A cohort of 155 patients admitted to an intensive-care unit and necessitating RRT due to AKI were retrospectively analyzed. Demographic and clinical parameters at the time of RRT initiation were retrieved...
April 21, 2017: Clinical Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427025/psychiatric-symptoms-after-temporal-epilepsy-surgery-a-one-year-follow-up-study
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Carmen Iranzo-Tatay, Teresa Rubio-Granero, Antonio Gutierrez, Mercedes Garcés, Rebeca Conde, Asier Gómez-Ibáñez, Sergio Arques-Egea, Lucia Sancho-Miñana, David Hervas-Marín, Vicente Villanueva
Psychiatric symptoms must be considered in patients with refractory temporal lobe epilepsy after epilepsy surgery. The main objectives of our study were to describe clinical and socio-demographical characteristics of a cohort of patients with pharmacoresistant temporal lobe epilepsy who underwent temporal lobe epilepsy surgery, and moreover, to evaluate possible risk factors for developing psychiatric symptoms. In order to achieve those goals, we conducted a prospective evaluation of psychopathology throughout the first year after surgery in a clinical sample of 72 patients, by means of three clinical rated measures; the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HARS), the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS), and the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS)...
April 17, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426872/importance-and-difficulties-of-pursuing-rtms-research-in-acute-stroke
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James R Carey, Diane M Chappuis, Marsha J Finkelstein, Kate L Frost, Lynette K Leuty, Allison L McNulty, Lars I E Oddsson, Erin M Seifert, Teresa J Kimberley
Although much research has been done on repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in chronic stroke, only sparse research has been done in acute stroke despite the particularly rich potential for neuroplasticity in this stage. We attempted a preliminary clinical trial in one active, high-quality inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) in the -United States. But after enrolling only 4 patients in the grant period, the study was stopped because of low enrollment. The purpose of this paper is to offer a perspective describing the important physiologic rationale for including rTMS in the early phase of stroke, the reasons for our poor patient enrollment in our attempted study, and recommendations to help future studies succeed...
March 1, 2017: Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426520/nursing-practice-research-and-education-in-the-west-the-best-is-yet-to-come
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Heather M Young, Susan Bakewell-Sachs, Linda Sarna
PURPOSE: This paper celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Western Institute of Nursing, the nursing organization representing 13 states in the Western United States, and envisions a preferred future for nursing practice, research, and education. BACKGROUND: Three landmark calls to action contribute to transforming nursing and healthcare: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010; the Institute of Medicine report Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health; and the report Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing...
April 20, 2017: Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422795/trial-design-and-endpoint-evaluation-in-clinical-studies-addressing-chronic-back-pain
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Peter Staats
STUDY DESIGN: A review of the literature evaluating clinical trials of chronic back pain. OBJECTIVE: To assist physicians in assessing the quality of clinical trial data to make the most informed treatment decisions. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Chronic pain is a tremendous public health issue, affecting close to 100 million adults in the United States, and costs the American people billions of dollars. One traditional treatment approach, the long-term use of opiate medications, has recently come under intense scrutiny for problems with complications, diversion, abuse, addiction and lack of efficacy...
April 18, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422584/pre-and-post-prostatectomy-variables-associated-with-pelvic-post-operative-radiotherapy-in-prostate-cancer-patients-a-national-registry-based-study
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Kari Vatne, Andreas Stensvold, Tor Å Myklebust, Bjørn Møller, Aud Svindland, Rune Kvåle, Sophie D Fosså
BACKGROUND: In patients with prostate cancer (PCa), the lack of clear guidelines on the use of radiotherapy after radical prostatectomy (RP) invites unwanted variation of this treatment. We describe the hazard ratios and probabilities related to the use of post-RP radiotherapy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Data were collected from the Cancer Registry of Norway and nine radiotherapy units. All patients were diagnosed with a non-metastatic PCa from January 2004 through June 2011...
April 19, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421958/acute-limb-compartment-syndrome-in-the-lower-leg-following-trauma-assessment-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Emma Limbert, Julie Santy-Tomlinson
Acute limb compartment syndrome (ALCS) is a serious complication of traumatic injury. Although ALCS can occur in any limb, it most commonly occurs following injury to the lower leg, particularly in fractures of the tibia. Practitioners should recognise and treat ALCS as early as possible to prevent the development of further, potentially serious, complications. Most of the literature recommends that patients at risk of ALCS should be carefully monitored, with a focus on pain as the main symptom. However, patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) who are unconscious or sedated may be unable to report pain or are unreliable in doing so, therefore it is necessary to consider alternative assessments for ALCS...
April 19, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419657/a-new-approach-to-clinical-research-integrating-clinical-care-quality-reporting-and-research-using-a-wound-care-network-based-learning-healthcare-system
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Thomas E Serena, Caroline E Fife, Kristen A Eckert, Raphael A Yaakov, Marissa J Carter
The disparity between ideal evidence from randomized controlled trials and real-world evidence in medical research has prompted the United States Food and Drug Administration to consider the use of real-world data to better understand safety and effectiveness of new devices for a broader patient population and to prioritize real-world data in regulatory decision making. As the healthcare system transitions from volume- to value-based care, there is a growing need to harness the power of real-world data to change the paradigm for wound care clinical research and enable more generalizable clinical trials...
April 17, 2017: Wound Repair and Regeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418507/use-of-bayesian-decision-analysis-to-minimize-harm-in-patient-centered-randomized-clinical-trials-in-oncology
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Vahid Montazerhodjat, Shomesh E Chaudhuri, Daniel J Sargent, Andrew W Lo
Importance: Randomized clinical trials (RCTs) currently apply the same statistical threshold of alpha = 2.5% for controlling for false-positive results or type 1 error, regardless of the burden of disease or patient preferences. Is there an objective and systematic framework for designing RCTs that incorporates these considerations on a case-by-case basis? Objective: To apply Bayesian decision analysis (BDA) to cancer therapeutics to choose an alpha and sample size that minimize the potential harm to current and future patients under both null and alternative hypotheses...
April 13, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417662/clinician-views-of-patient-decisional-conflict-when-deciding-between-dialysis-and-conservative-management-qualitative-findings-from-the-palliative-care-in-chronic-kidney-disease-packs-study
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Helen Noble, Kevin Brazil, Aine Burns, Sarah Hallahan, Charles Normand, Paul Roderick, Colin Thompson, Peter Maxwell, Magdi Yaqoob
BACKGROUND: Only a paucity of studies have addressed clinician perspectives on patient decisional conflict, in making complex decisions between dialysis and conservative management (renal supportive and palliative care). AIM: To explore clinician views on decisional conflict in patients with end-stage kidney disease. DESIGN: Interpretive, qualitative study. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: As part of the wider National Institute for Health Research, PAlliative Care in chronic Kidney diSease study, semi-structured interviews were conducted with clinicians (nephrologists n = 12; 7 female and clinical nurse specialists n = 15; 15 female) across 10 renal centres in the United Kingdom...
April 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416497/prognostication-in-critically-ill-patients-with-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-the-tbi-prognosis-multicentre-feasibility-study
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Alexis F Turgeon, François Lauzier, Ryan Zarychanski, Dean A Fergusson, Caroline Léger, Lauralyn A McIntyre, Francis Bernard, Andrea Rigamonti, Karen Burns, Donald E Griesdale, Robert Green, Damon C Scales, Maureen O Meade, Martin Savard, Michèle Shemilt, Jérôme Paquet, Jean-Luc Gariépy, André Lavoie, Kesh Reddy, Draga Jichici, Giuseppe Pagliarello, David Zygun, Lynne Moore
OBJECTIVE: Severe traumatic brain injury is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in young adults. Assessing long-term neurological outcome after such injury is difficult and often characterised by uncertainty. The objective of this feasibility study was to establish the feasibility of conducting a large, multicentre prospective study to develop a prognostic model of long-term neurological outcome in critically ill patients with severe traumatic brain injury. DESIGN: A prospective cohort study...
April 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416424/-first-requests-for-a-regional-pediatric-palliative-care-team-a-prospective-and-observational-study
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L Marty, F Bernard, M Pierre, S Bringuier-Branchereau, N Sirvent, A Ribrault
INTRODUCTION: In France, 26 regional pediatric palliative care teams (ERRSPP) were created between 2008 and 2012. We conducted the first prospective French study to describe the main specifications of the initial contact with an ERRSPP and to analyze the responses given. DESIGN AND METHODS: All the requests for interventions on the part of the ERRSPP were collected between September 2013 and September 2014. We prospectively completed a questionnaire on the patient's clinical and demographic data (age, sex, disease), details regarding the request (type of applicant, unit's specialty, request pattern), and the answers provided (interval between diagnosis and request, duration of care by ERRSPP, death, changes compared to the initial request)...
April 14, 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414249/psychological-distress-is-associated-with-altered-cognitive-functioning-in-family-caregivers-of-patients-with-disorders-of-consciousness
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P Moretta, O Masotta, E Crispino, G Castronovo, S Ruvolo, C Montalbano, V Loreto, L Trojano, A Estraneo
OBJECTIVES: To analyse the possible presence of reduced cognitive efficiency in family caregivers of patients with prolonged disorders of consciousness (DOC). SUBJECTS: The participants were 27 caregivers of 25 patients with DOC admitted to the severe brain injury units of the ICS Maugeri, Institutes of Telese Terme and Sciacca, Italy. METHODS: We examined cognitive functions such as short- and long-term memory, executive functions and attention by means of standardized tests...
April 17, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410332/sepsis-3-on-the-block-what-does-it-mean-for-preclinical-sepsis-modeling
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Marcin F Osuchowski, Christoph Thiemermann, Daniel G Remick
To effectively improve outcomes of septic patients, we first need to elucidate the multifaceted pathogenesis of sepsis syndromes and related inflammatory conditions. In fulfillment of such needs, in February 2016, new definitions for sepsis and septic shock were published under the acronym Sepsis-3. Although aimed at the clinical area, Sepsis-3 will have an inevitable influence upon the field of translational research as well. Sepsis-3 brings a considerable shift regarding the experimental focal point: from inflammatory states (SIRS/CARS) to organ failure (single and multiple) as the decisive factor...
May 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410113/watch-dog-detecting-self-harming-activities-from-wrist-worn-accelerometers
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Pratool Bharti, Anurag Panwar, Ganesh Gopalakrishna, Sriram Chellappan
In a 2012 survey, in the United States alone, there were more than 35; 000 reported suicides with approximately 1; 800 of being psychiatric inpatients. Recent CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports indicate an upward trend in these numbers. In psychiatric facilities, staff perform intermittent or continuous observation of patients manually in order to prevent such tragedies, but studies show that they are insufficient, and also consume staff time and resources. In this paper, we present the Watch-Dog system, to address the problem of detecting self-harming activities when attempted by in-patients in clinical settings...
April 7, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409557/randomised-controlled-trial-of-silk-therapeutic-garments-for-the-management-of-atopic-eczema-in-children-the-clothes-trial
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Kim S Thomas, Lucy E Bradshaw, Tracey H Sach, Fiona Cowdell, Jonathan M Batchelor, Sandra Lawton, Eleanor F Harrison, Rachel H Haines, Amina Ahmed, Taraneh Dean, Nigel P Burrows, Ian Pollock, Hannah K Buckley, Hywel C Williams, Joanne Llewellyn, Clare Crang, Jane D Grundy, Juliet Guiness, Andrew Gribbin, Eileen V Wake, Eleanor J Mitchell, Sara J Brown, Alan A Montgomery
BACKGROUND: Atopic eczema (AE) is a chronic, itchy, inflammatory skin condition that affects the quality of life of children and their families. The role of specialist clothing in the management of AE is poorly understood. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of silk garments for the management of AE in children with moderate to severe disease. DESIGN: Parallel-group, observer-blind, randomised controlled trial of 6 months' duration, followed by a 2-month observational period...
April 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408815/mid-regional-pro-adrenomedullin-and-copeptin-to-predict-short-term-prognosis-of-copd-exacerbations-a-multicenter-prospective-blinded-study
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Martin Dres, Pierre Hausfater, Frantz Foissac, Maguy Bernard, Luc-Marie Joly, Mustapha Sebbane, Anne-Laure Philippon, Cédric Gil-Jardiné, Jeannot Schmidt, Maxime Maignan, Jean-Marc Treluyer, Nicolas Roche
BACKGROUND: Exacerbations of COPD (ECOPD) are a frequent cause of emergency room (ER) visits. Predictors of early outcome could help clinicians in orientation decisions. In the current study, we investigated whether mid-regional pro-adrenomedullin (MR-proADM) and copeptin, in addition to clinical evaluation, could predict short-term outcomes. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This prospective blinded observational study was conducted in 20 French centers. Patients admitted to the ER for an ECOPD were considered for inclusion...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
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