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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230577/suicide-and-suicide-attempts-on-hospital-grounds-and-clinic-areas
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Peter D Mills, Bradley V Watts, Robin R Hemphill
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to describe suicide and suicide attempts that occurred while the patient was on hospital grounds, common spaces, and clinic areas using root cause analysis (RCA) reports of these events in a national health care organization in the United States. METHOD: This is an observational review of all RCA reports of suicide and suicide attempts on hospital grounds, common spaces, and clinic areas in our system between December 1, 1999, and December 31, 2014...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216856/feasibility-and-acceptability-of-implementing-the-integrated-care-plan-for-the-dying-in-the-indian-setting-survey-of-perspectives-of-indian-palliative-care-providers
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Naveen Salins, Jeremy Johnson, Stanley Macaden
INTRODUCTION: Capacity to provide end-of-life care in India is scored as 0.6/100, and very few people in India have access to palliative and end-of-life care. Lack of end-of-life care provision in India has led to a significant number of people receiving inappropriate medical treatment at the end of life, with no access to pain and symptom control and high treatment costs. The International Collaborative for the Best Care for the Dying Person is an initiative that offers the opportunity to apply international evidence on the key factors required to provide best care for the dying in the Indian context...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193286/tropical-diabetic-hand-syndrome-a-case-report
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Eugene Vernyuy Yeika, Jacques Cabral Tchoumi Tantchou, Joyce Bei Foryoung, Paul Nkemtendong Tolefac, Derrick Tembi Efie, Siméon Pierre Choukem
BACKGROUND: Tropical diabetic hand syndrome describes a complex hand sepsis affecting patients with diabetes across the tropics and often results from a trivial hand trauma. The clinical presentation of this syndrome is variable and ranges from localised swelling and cellulitis, with or without ulceration of the hand to progressive fulminant hand sepsis, and gangrene affecting the entire limb which may be fatal. Tropical diabetic hand syndrome could lead to permanent disability and death as a result of delay in presentation, late diagnosis and late medical and surgical intervention...
February 13, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184294/advances-in-the-treatment-of-opioid-use-disorders
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REVIEW
George E Woody
The development of medications for treating persons with opioid use disorders has expanded the number of evidence-based treatment options, particularly for persons with the most severe disorders. It has also improved outcomes compared to psychosocial treatment alone and expanded treatment availability by increasing the number of physicians involved in treatment and the settings where patients can be treated. The medications include methadone, buprenorphine, buprenorphine/naloxone, and extended-release injectable naltrexone...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161770/posterior-ventricular-restoration-treatment-for-heart-failure-a-review-past-present-and-future-aspects
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REVIEW
Tadashi Isomura, Yasuhisa Fukada, Takuya Miyazaki, Minoru Yoshida, Akimasa Morisaki, Masahiro Endo
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is one of the major causes of death and occurs in more than 15,000,000 patients worldwide. The incidence is expected to increase in parallel with the aging population. Most current therapies for CHF are medications, and biventricular pacing implantation as appropriated by cardiologists, or surgical interventions. The heart transplantation for indicated patients is still gold standard surgery although the 10-year survival rate is approximately 60% based on the worldwide data. However, the cardiac transplantation remains epidemiologically insignificant because of donor pool limitations...
February 4, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159024/excess-long-term-mortality-among-hospital-survivors-of-acute-myocardial-infarction-soroka-acute-myocardial-infarction-sami-project
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Y Plakht, H Gilutz, A Shiyovich
OBJECTIVES: We evaluated long-term survival after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in unselected 'real life' patients according to the various risk groups, and it's persistence with time after AMI as compared with the matched general population. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study. METHODS: Data were collected from 2671 AMI hospital survivors (tertiary medical centre in Israel), which included demographics, clinical characteristics of AMI, comorbidities, interventions and test results...
February 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148674/computer-hexapod-assisted-orthopaedic-surgery-provides-a-predictable-and-safe-method-of-femoral-deformity-correction
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A Hughes, N Heidari, S Mitchell, J Livingstone, M Jackson, R Atkins, F Monsell
AIMS: Computer hexapod assisted orthopaedic surgery (CHAOS), is a method to achieve the intra-operative correction of long bone deformities using a hexapod external fixator before definitive internal fixation with minimally invasive stabilisation techniques. The aims of this study were to determine the reliability of this method in a consecutive case series of patients undergoing femoral deformity correction, with a minimum six-month follow-up, to assess the complications and to define the ideal group of patients for whom this treatment is appropriate...
February 2017: Bone & Joint Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138000/is-medically-assisted-death-a-special-obligation
#8
Eduardo Rivera-López
Several distinct arguments conclude that terminally ill patients have a right to a medically assisted death; two are especially influential: the autonomy argument and the non-harm argument. Both have proven convincing to many, but not to those who view the duty not to kill as an (almost) absolute constraint. Some philosophers see the source of such a constraint in general (deontological) moral principles, other in the nature of the medical profession. My aim in this paper is not to add one further argument in favour of medically assisted death...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130643/safety-of-laparoscopic-surgery-for-colorectal-cancer-in-patients-over-80%C3%A2-years-old-a-propensity-score-matching-study
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Mai Shiga, Hiromichi Maeda, Koji Oba, Ken Okamoto, Tsutomu Namikawa, Kazune Fujisawa, Keiichiro Yokota, Michiya Kobayashi, Kazuhiro Hanazaki
PURPOSES: To establish the safety of laparoscopic-assisted colorectal resection for colorectal cancer in elderly patients aged ≥80 years. METHODS: Data were obtained from a chart review of patients who underwent colorectal cancer resection between 2009 and 2014 in Kochi Medical School. The effect of patient age on the extent of lymph node dissection and operative safety was assessed by comparing the short-term results of elderly patients with those of younger patients after propensity score matching...
January 27, 2017: Surgery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130154/what-killed-karl-patterson-schmidt-combined-venom-gland-transcriptomic-venomic-and-antivenomic-analysis-of-the-south-african-green-tree-snake-the-boomslang-dispholidus-typus
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Davinia Pla, Libia Sanz, Gareth Whiteley, Simon C Wagstaff, Robert A Harrison, Nicholas R Casewell, Juan J Calvete
BACKGROUND: Non-front-fanged colubroid snakes comprise about two-thirds of extant ophidian species. The medical significance of the majority of these snakes is unknown, but at least five species have caused life-threatening or fatal human envenomings. However, the venoms of only a small number of species have been explored. METHODS: A combined venomic and venom gland transcriptomic approach was employed to characterise of venom of Dispholidus typus (boomslang), the snake that caused the tragic death of Professor Karl Patterson Schmidt...
April 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122592/barriers-and-enablers-of-health-system-adoption-of-kangaroo-mother-care-a-systematic-review-of-caregiver-perspectives
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Emily R Smith, Ilana Bergelson, Stacie Constantian, Bina Valsangkar, Grace J Chan
BACKGROUND: Despite improvements in child survival in the past four decades, an estimated 6.3 million children under the age of five die each year, and more than 40% of these deaths occur in the neonatal period. Interventions to reduce neonatal mortality are needed. Kangaroo mother care (KMC) is one such life-saving intervention; however it has not yet been fully integrated into health systems around the world. Utilizing a conceptual framework for integration of targeted health interventions into health systems, we hypothesize that caregivers play a critical role in the adoption, diffusion, and assimilation of KMC...
January 25, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119276/epidemiology-of-patient-harms-in-new-zealand-protocol-of-a-general-practice-records-review-study
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Susan M Dovey, Sharon Leitch, Katharine A Wallis, Kyle S Eggleton, Wayne K Cunningham, Martyn I Williamson, Steven Lillis, Andrew W McMenamin, Murray W Tilyard, David M Reith, Ari Samaranayaka, Jason E Hall
BACKGROUND: Knowing where and why harm occurs in general practice will assist patients, doctors, and others in making informed decisions about the risks and benefits of treatment options. Research to date has been unable to verify the safety of primary health care and epidemiological research about patient harms in general practice is now a top priority for advancing health systems safety. OBJECTIVE: We aim to study the incidence, distribution, severity, and preventability of the harms patients experience due to their health care, from the whole-of-health-system lens afforded by electronic general practice patient records...
January 24, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114040/automatic-detection-and-classification-of-colorectal-polyps-by-transferring-low-level-cnn-features-from-nonmedical-domain
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Ruikai Zhang, Yali Zheng, Tony Wing Chung Mak, Ruoxi Yu, Sunny H Wong, James Y W Lau, Carmen C Y Poon
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. Although polypectomy at early stage reduces CRC incidence, 90% of the polyps are small and diminutive, where removal of them poses risks to patients that may outweigh the benefits. Correctly detecting and predicting polyp type during colonoscopy allows endoscopists to resect and discard the tissue without submitting it for histology, saving time, and costs. Nevertheless, human visual observation of early stage polyps varies. Therefore, this paper aims at developing a fully automatic algorithm to detect and classify hyperplastic and adenomatous colorectal polyps...
January 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103711/the-experience-of-hospital-death
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Elise C Carey, Ann M Dose, Katherine M Humeniuk, Yichen C Kuan, Ashley D Hicks, Abigale L Ottenberg, Jon C Tilburt, Barbara Koenig
BACKGROUND: The quality of perimortem care received by patients who died at our hospitals was unknown. OBJECTIVE: To describe the quality of hospital care experienced in the last week of life, as perceived by decedents' families. DESIGN: Telephone survey that included established measures and investigator-developed content. SETTING: Large, tertiary care center known for high-quality, cost-effective care. PARTICIPANTS: Family members of 104 patients who died in-hospital (10% of annual deaths) over the course of 1 year...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103510/exo-organoplasty-interventions-a-brief-review-of-past-present-and-future-directions-for-advance-heart-failure-management
#15
REVIEW
Waqas Nawaz, Farhan Ullah Khan, Muhammad Zahid Khan, Wang Gang, Mengqi Yang, Xiaoqian Liao, Li Zhang, Awais Ullah Ihsan, Amjad Khan, Lei Han, Xiaohui Zhou
Heart failure (HF) is a debilitating disease in which abnormal function of the heart leads to imbalance of blood demand to tissues and organs. The pathogenesis of HF is very complex and various factors can contribute including myocardial infarction, ischemia, hypertension and genetic cardiomyopathies. HF is the leading cause of death and its prevalence is expected to increase in parallel with the population age. Different kind of therapeutic approaches including lifestyle modification, medication and pacemakers are used for HF patients in NYHA I-III functional class...
January 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098622/physician-assisted-suicide-and-euthanasia-in-the-icu-a-dialogue-on-core-ethical-issues
#16
Ewan C Goligher, E Wesley Ely, Daniel P Sulmasy, Jan Bakker, John Raphael, Angelo E Volandes, Bhavesh M Patel, Kate Payne, Annmarie Hosie, Larry Churchill, Douglas B White, James Downar
OBJECTIVE: Many patients are admitted to the ICU at or near the end of their lives. Consequently, the increasingly common debate regarding physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia holds implications for the practice of critical care medicine. The objective of this article is to explore core ethical issues related to physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia from the perspective of healthcare professionals and ethicists on both sides of the debate. SYNTHESIS: We identified four issues highlighting the key areas of ethical tension central to evaluating physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia in medical practice: 1) the benefit or harm of death itself, 2) the relationship between physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia and withholding or withdrawing life support, 3) the morality of a physician deliberately causing death, and 4) the management of conscientious objection related to physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia in the critical care setting...
February 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068906/cherish-collaboration-for-hospitalised-elders-reducing-the-impact-of-stays-in-hospital-protocol-for-a-multi-site-improvement-program-to-reduce-geriatric-syndromes-in-older-inpatients
#17
Alison M Mudge, Merrilyn D Banks, Adrian G Barnett, Irene Blackberry, Nicholas Graves, Theresa Green, Gillian Harvey, Ruth E Hubbard, Sharon K Inouye, Sue Kurrle, Kwang Lim, Prue McRae, Nancye M Peel, Jessica Suna, Adrienne M Young
BACKGROUND: Older inpatients are at risk of hospital-associated geriatric syndromes including delirium, functional decline, incontinence, falls and pressure injuries. These contribute to longer hospital stays, loss of independence, and death. Effective interventions to reduce geriatric syndromes remain poorly implemented due to their complexity, and require an organised approach to change care practices and systems. Eat Walk Engage is a complex multi-component intervention with structured implementation, which has shown reduced geriatric syndromes and length of stay in pilot studies at one hospital...
January 9, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067630/novel-swine-model-of-ricin-induced-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome
#18
Shahaf Katalan, Reut Falach, Amir Rosner, Michael Goldvaser, Tal Brosh-Nissimov, Ayana Dvir, Avi Mizrachi, Orr Goren, Barak Cohen, Yoav Gal, Anita Sapoznikov, Sharon Ehrlich, Tamar Sabo, Chanoch Kronman
Pulmonary exposure to the plant toxin ricin, leads to respiratory insufficiency and death. To date, in-depth study of the functional disorders ensuing pulmonary intoxication, a prerequisite for establishing a clinically-relevant therapeutic protocol, is hampered by the lack of an appropriate animal model. To this end, we set up the pig, as a large animal model for the comprehensive study of the multifarious clinical manifestations of pulmonary ricinosis.Here we report for the first time, the monitoring of barometric whole body plethysmography for pulmonary function tests in non-anesthetized ricin-intoxicated pigs...
January 6, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034580/canadian-cardiovascular-society-canadian-heart-rhythm-society-2016-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-guidelines
#19
Matthew Bennett, Ratika Parkash, Pablo Nery, Mario Sénéchal, Blandine Mondesert, David Birnie, Laurence D Sterns, Claus Rinne, Derek Exner, François Philippon, Debra Campbell, Jafna Cox, Paul Dorian, Vidal Essebag, Andrew Krahn, Jaimie Manlucu, Franck Molin, Michael Slawnych, Mario Talajic
Sudden cardiac death is a major public health issue in Canada. However, despite the overwhelming evidence to support the use of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) in the prevention of cardiac death there remains significant variability in implantation rates across Canada. Since the most recent Canadian Cardiovascular Society position statement on ICD use in Canada in 2005, there has been a plethora of new scientific information to assist physicians in their discussions with patients considered for ICD implantation to prevent sudden cardiac death due to ventricular arrhythmias...
February 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033302/the-efficacy-of-isometric-resistance-training-utilizing-handgrip-exercise-for-blood-pressure-management-a-randomized-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Debra J Carlson, Jodie Inder, Suresh K A Palanisamy, James R McFarlane, Gudrun Dieberg, Neil A Smart
INTRODUCTION: Hypertension is a major risk factor contributing to cardiovascular disease, which is the number one cause of deaths worldwide. Although antihypertensive medications are effective at controlling blood pressure, current first-line treatment for hypertension is nonpharmacological lifestyle modifications. Recent studies indicate that isometric resistance training (IRT) may also be effective for assisting with blood pressure management. The aim of this study was to determine the efficacy of IRT for blood pressure management and the suitability of a low-intensity working control group...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
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