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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225541/perceived-barriers-to-adherence-to-tuberculosis-infection-control-measures-among-health-care-workers-in-the-dominican-republic
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Helena J Chapman, Bienvenido A Veras-Estévez, Jamie L Pomeranz, Eddy N Pérez-Then, Belkys Marcelino, Michael Lauzardo
INTRODUCTION Health care workers have an increased risk of infection due to occupational Mycobacterium tuberculosis exposure, including multidrug-resistant strains. Health care workers' risk of developing tuberculosis is greater than that of the general population, whether in low-, intermediate- or high-incidence countries. Adherence to infection control measures (administrative controls, environmental controls, and personal respiratory protection) is essential to reduce risk of disease transmission between suspected tuberculosis patients and health care workers, but for different reasons, both objective and subjective, adherence is low...
January 2017: MEDICC Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211266/-non-febrile-syndromes-in-the-traveler-returning-from-tropical-regions-admitted-in-a-monographic-unit
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A Anula-Morales, B Martin-Giner, M Hernández-Cabrera, C Carranza-Rodríguez, E Pisos-Álamo, N Jaén-Sánchez, J L Pérez-Arellano
OBJECTIVE: The aim was to analyse those syndromes without fever in travellers who return from tropical regions evaluated at our Department of Infectology and Tropical Medicine. Clarifying these conditions intends to reach earlier diagnoses and, perhaps, to avoid the emergence and spread of imported diseases, as well as to establish appropriate preventive measures. METHODS: An observational descriptive transversal study was performed, selecting those patients who returned from tropical regions without fever (n = 281), amongst all travellers evaluated in our department between 1998 and 2013...
February 17, 2017: Revista Española de Quimioterapia: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Quimioterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210835/a-10-year-review-of-cannabis-exposure-in-children-under-3-years-of-age-do-we-need-a-more-global-approach
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Isabelle Claudet, Mathilde Le Breton, Camille Bréhin, Nicolas Franchitto
: Pediatricians working in an emergency environment are confronted with children admitted to emergency departments for intoxication on a daily basis. We carried out a retrospective cohort study of children admitted to a pediatric emergency department due to unintentional cannabis exposure over a 10-year period from 2004 to 2014. Twenty-nine children under the age of 3 were admitted with a positive cannabis urine test. Eighty-seven percent of intoxications occurred at the family home. Resin was the main form of ingested cannabis (69%)...
February 16, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210350/use-of-physician-in-triage-model-in-the-management-of-abdominal-pain-in-an-emergency-department-observation-unit
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John R Marshall, Robert Katzer, Shahram Lotfipour, Bharath Chakravarthy, Siri Shastry, Jessica Andrusaitis, Craig L Anderson, Erik D Barton
INTRODUCTION: Given the nationwide increase in emergency department (ED) visits it is of paramount importance for hospitals to find efficient ways to manage patient flow. The purpose of this study was to determine whether there is a significant difference in success rates, length of stay (LOS), and other demographic factors in two cohorts of patients admitted directly to an ED observation unit (EDOU) under an abdominal pain protocol by a physician in triage (bypassing the main ED) versus those admitted via the traditional pathway (evaluated and treated in the main ED prior to EDOU admission)...
February 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202020/evaluation-of-the-ability-of-standardized-supports-to-improve-public-health-response-to-syndromic-surveillance-for-respiratory-diseases-in-canada
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Laura A Rivera, Ye Li, Rachel D Savage, Natasha S Crowcroft, Shelly Bolotin, Laura C Rosella, Wendy Lou, Jessica Hopkins, Ian Gemmill, Ian Johnson
BACKGROUND: Despite widespread implementation of syndromic surveillance systems within public health agencies, previous studies of the implementation and use of these systems have indicated that the functions and responses taken in response to syndromic surveillance data vary widely according to local context and preferences. The objective of the Syndromic Surveillance Evaluation Study was to develop and implement standardized supports in local public health agencies in Ontario, Canada, and evaluate the ability of these supports to affect actions taken as part of public health communicable disease control programs...
February 15, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195938/low-adverse-event-rates-but-high-emergency-department-utilization-in-chest-pain-patients-treated-in-an-emergency-department-observation-unit
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Anthony M Napoli, Janette Baird, Steven Tran, Jing Wang
OBJECTIVES: Nearly 40% of all previously admitted chest pain patients re-present to the emergency department (ED) within 1 year regardless of stress testing, and nearly 5% of patients return with a major adverse cardiac event (MACE). The primary objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of return visits to the ED among patients previously admitted to an ED chest pain observation unit (CPU). We also identified the patient characteristics and health risk factors associated with these return ED visits...
March 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193080/inappropriate-packed-rbc-transfusion-in-a-tertiary-care-center
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Anahita Sadeghi, Safieh Belali, Ali Ali Asgari, Zahra Morovat, Reza Malekzadeh, Ashkan Emadi
INTRODUCTION: Transfusion of packed red blood cells (pRBC) with appropriate indications is not only important for patient safety and well-being but is also crucial for proper utilization of resources and health care-related cost reduction. We aimed to investigate the clinical appropriateness of blood transfusion in Shariati Hospital, one of the largest academic medical centers in Tehran. METHODS: In this prospective observational study, 1000 transfusions of allogenic pRBCs from April 1st to October 31st, 2015 were included...
February 2017: Archives of Iranian Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192567/development-and-internal-validation-of-a-clinical-risk-score-for-treating-children-with-mild-head-trauma-and-intracranial-injury
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Jacob K Greenberg, Yan Yan, Christopher R Carpenter, Angela Lumba-Brown, Martin S Keller, Jose A Pineda, Ross C Brownson, David D Limbrick
Importance: The appropriate treatment of children with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and intracranial injury (ICI) on computed tomographic imaging remains unclear. Evidence-based risk assessments may improve patient safety and reduce resource use. Objective: To derive a risk score predicting the need for intensive care unit observation in children with mTBI and ICI. Design, Setting, and Participants: This retrospective analysis of the prospective Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) head injury cohort study included patients enrolled in 25 North American emergency departments from 2004 to 2006...
February 13, 2017: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187248/emergency-department-telemedicine-is-used-for-more-severely-injured-rural-trauma-patients-but-does-not-decrease-transfer-a-cohort-study
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Nicholas M Mohr, Karisa K Harland, Elizabeth A Chrischilles, Amanda Bell, Dan M Shane, Marcia M Ward
OBJECTIVES: Traumatic injury is a leading cause of death in the United States, and rural populations are at increased risk of injury and death. Rural residents have limited access to trauma care, and telemedicine has been proposed as one strategy to improve the provision of trauma care locally. The objective of this study was to describe patient-level factors associated with telemedicine consultation in North Dakota critical-access hospital (CAH) emergency departments (EDs) and to measure the association between telemedicine consultation and interhospital transfer...
February 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178913/training-us-health-care-professionals-on-human-trafficking-where-do-we-go-from-here
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Clydette Powell, Kirsten Dickins, Hanni Stoklosa
: Some 21 million adults and children are labor-trafficked or sex-trafficked through force, fraud, or coercion. In recognition of the interface between trafficking victims and the healthcare setting, over the last 10 years there has been a notable increase in training of health care professionals (HCPs) on human trafficking (HT) and its health implications. Many organizations have developed curricula and offered training in various clinical settings. However, methods and content of this education on trafficking vary widely, and there is little evaluation of the impact of the training...
2017: Medical Education Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164367/the-association-of-admission-hyperglycaemia-and-adverse-clinical-outcome-in-medical-emergencies-the-multinational-prospective-observational-triage-study
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A Kutz, T Struja, P Hausfater, D Amin, A Amin, S Haubitz, M Bernard, A Huber, B Mueller, P Schuetz
AIMS: The clinical relevance of hyperglycaemia in an emergency department population remains incompletely understood. We investigated the association between admission blood glucose levels and adverse clinical outcomes in a large emergency department cohort. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled 7132 adult medical patients seeking emergency department care in three tertiary care hospitals in Switzerland, France and the USA. We used adjusted multivariable logistic regression models to examine the association between admission blood glucose levels and 30-day mortality, as well as adverse clinical course stratified by pre-existing diabetes and principal medical diagnoses...
February 6, 2017: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162825/safety-of-quadrivalent-live-attenuated-influenza-vaccine-in-subjects-aged-2-49years
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Roger Baxter, Abigail Eaton, John Hansen, Laurie Aukes, Herve Caspard, Christopher S Ambrose
BACKGROUND: Quadrivalent live attenuated influenza vaccine (Q/LAIV) was licensed in 2012 and replaced trivalent live attenuated influenza vaccine in the United States during the 2013-2014 influenza season. This study assessed the safety of Q/LAIV in children and adults aged 2-49years. METHODS: This was a prospective observational cohort study using data collected from Kaiser Permanente Northern California. Post-vaccination events of interest were any hospitalization, hospitalization for lower respiratory tract infection, and the following medically attended events: hypersensitivity, seizures/convulsions, lower respiratory tract infection, wheezing, Guillain-Barré syndrome, Bell's palsy, encephalitis, neuritis, vasculitis, and narcolepsy/cataplexy...
March 1, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161564/management-of-vascular-trauma-during-the-paris-terrorist-attack-of-november-13-2015
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Philippe Tresson, Joseph Touma, Julien Gaudric, Quentin Pellenc, Marielle Le Roux, Charles Pierret, Hicham Kobeiter, Pierre Julia, Olivier Goeau-Brissonniere, Pascal Desgranges, Fabien Koskas, Yves Castier
OBJECTIVES: On November 13, 2015, Paris and Saint-Denis were the targets of terrorist attacks. The hospitals of the Public Hospitals of Paris Organization (AP-HP) and the Percy Armed Forces Instruction Hospitals were mobilized to face the mass casualty situation. The objective of this study was to analyze the management of the victims presenting with a non-thoracic vascular trauma (NTVT). MATERIAL AND METHODS: All the data relating to the victims of NTVT who required a specific vascular open or endovascular treatment were analyzed retrospectively...
February 1, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160235/characteristics-of-patients-with-an-unplanned-admission-to-an-acute-palliative-care-unit
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Sebastiano Mercadante, Claudio Adile, Patrizia Ferrera, Alessandra Casuccio
The aim of this cohort study is to compare the symptom burden of patients who have an unplanned admission to an acute palliative care unit (APCU) with patients who have a regular planned admission. A consecutive sample of advanced cancer patients who were admitted to an APCU was prospectively assessed. The reasons and the kind of admission were recorded (unplanned, UP, or planned, P). Anticancer treatments, whether patients were on/off treatment or uncertain, previous care setting, and who referred the patient to the unit were also recorded...
February 3, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153582/changing-trends-in-antimicrobial-susceptibility-pattern-of-bacterial-isolates-in-a-burn-unit
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Narendra Pal Singh, Mayuri Rani, Kavita Gupta, Tanu Sagar, Iqbal Rajinder Kaur
INTRODUCTION: Emerging antimicrobial resistance in nosocomial bacterial isolates, limits the available treatment options for burn wound infections, among them multi-drug resistant Gram negative bacteria and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are major contributors to the increase in morbidity and mortality rates. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective cross-sectional study was done in the Department of Microbiology, University College of Medical Sciences & Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Delhi...
January 30, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150313/improved-outcomes-and-reduced-costs-associated-with-a-health-system-wide-patient-blood-management-program-a-retrospective-observational-study-in-four-major-adult-tertiary-care-hospitals
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Michael F Leahy, Axel Hofmann, Simon Towler, Kevin M Trentino, Sally A Burrows, Stuart G Swain, Jeffrey Hamdorf, Trudi Gallagher, Audrey Koay, Gary C Geelhoed, Shannon L Farmer
BACKGROUND: Patient blood management (PBM) programs are associated with improved patient outcomes, reduced transfusions and costs. In 2008, the Western Australia Department of Health initiated a comprehensive health-system-wide PBM program. This study assesses program outcomes. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: This was a retrospective study of 605,046 patients admitted to four major adult tertiary-care hospitals between July 2008 and June 2014. Outcome measures were red blood cell (RBC), fresh-frozen plasma (FFP), and platelet units transfused; single-unit RBC transfusions; pretransfusion hemoglobin levels; elective surgery patients anemic at admission; product and activity-based costs of transfusion; in-hospital mortality; length of stay; 28-day all-cause emergency readmissions; and hospital-acquired complications...
February 2, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139304/development-and-implementation-of-a-comprehensive-multidisciplinary-emergency-department-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-program
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Joseph E Tonna, Craig H Selzman, Michael P Mallin, Brigham R Smith, Scott T Youngquist, Antigoni Koliopoulou, Frederick Welt, Kathleen Diane Stoddard, Ram Nirula, Richard Barton, James Franklin Fair, James C Fang, Stephen McKellar
Despite advances in the medical and surgical management of cardiovascular disease, greater than 350,000 patients experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the United States annually, with only a 12% neurologically favorable survival rate. Of these patients, 23% have an initial shockable rhythm of ventricular fibrillation/pulseless ventricular tachycardia (VF/VT), a marker of high probability of acute coronary ischemia (80%) as the precipitating factor. However, few patients (22%) will experience return of spontaneous circulation and sufficient hemodynamic stability to undergo cardiac catheterization and revascularization...
January 27, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128966/assessing-patient-and-provider-perceptions-of-factors-associated-with-patient-engagement-in-asthma-care
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Tamar Sapir, Kathleen F Moreo, Laurence S Greene, Laura C Simone, Jeffrey D Carter, James J L Mateka, Nicola A Hanania
RATIONALE: National quality improvement initiatives emphasize building partnerships between patients and providers by promoting patient engagement through communication, shared decision-making, and self-care skills. Efforts to promote patient engagement are especially important for people with asthma. To cultivate effective partnerships in asthma care, patients and providers may benefit from understanding each other's values and perceptions regarding treatment goals, shared decision-making, and barriers to optimal care and outcomes...
January 27, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125760/resource-use-and-medicare-costs-during-lay-navigation-for-geriatric-patients-with-cancer
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Gabrielle B Rocque, Maria Pisu, Bradford E Jackson, Elizabeth A Kvale, Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Michelle Y Martin, Karen Meneses, Yufeng Li, Richard A Taylor, Aras Acemgil, Courtney P Williams, Nedra Lisovicz, Mona Fouad, Kelly M Kenzik, Edward E Partridge
Importance: Lay navigators in the Patient Care Connect Program support patients with cancer from diagnosis through survivorship to end of life. They empower patients to engage in their health care and navigate them through the increasingly complex health care system. Navigation programs can improve access to care, enhance coordination of care, and overcome barriers to timely, high-quality health care. However, few data exist regarding the financial implications of implementing a lay navigation program...
January 26, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116997/the-burden-and-epidemiology-of-eustachian-tube-dysfunction-in-adults
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Peter M Vila, Tom Thomas, Carrie Liu, Dennis Poe, Jennifer J Shin
Objectives Pediatric eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD), otitis media with effusion (OME), and tympanic membrane retraction (TMR) have been well studied, but no large analyses have described the associated burden beyond childhood. The potential impact and feasibility of prospective trials designed to optimize management of affected adults are thus unclear. Our objectives were therefore (1) to determine the national visit burden associated with ETD/OME/TMR beyond childhood and (2) to examine risk factors specific to adults, highlighting differences in comparison with children...
February 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
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