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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926675/improvement-in-total-joint-replacement-quality-metrics-year-one-versus-year-three-of-the-bundled-payments-for-care-improvement-initiative
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John M Dundon, Joseph Bosco, James Slover, Stephen Yu, Yousuf Sayeed, Richard Iorio
BACKGROUND: In January 2013, a large, tertiary, urban academic medical center began participation in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative for total joint arthroplasty, a program implemented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2011. Medicare Severity-Diagnosis Related Groups (MS-DRGs) 469 and 470 were included. We participated in BPCI Model 2, by which an episode of care includes the inpatient and all post-acute care costs through 90 days following discharge...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926622/reducing-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-30-day-readmissions-a-nurse-led-evidence-based-quality-improvement-project
#2
Joan Agee
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a debilitating disease resulting in frequent hospitalizations and increased healthcare costs. As leaders of multidisciplinary teams, acute care nurse leaders are challenged to reduce readmissions and costs. In October 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services expanded readmission penalties for 30-day readmissions to include COPD, making this an important issue for nurse leaders. This article describes how a regional medical center was able to decrease COPD readmissions...
January 2017: Journal of Nursing Administration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925503/persistence-of-protective-anti-hbs-antibody-levels-and-anamnestic-response-to-hbv-booster-vaccination-a-cross-sectional-study-among-healthcare-students-20%C3%A2-years-following-the-universal-immunization-campaign-in-italy
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Guglielmo Dini, Alessandra Toletone, Ilaria Barberis, Nicoletta Debarbieri, Emanuela Massa, Chiara Paganino, Francesca Bersi, Alfredo Montecucco, Cristiano Alicino, Paolo Durando
Vaccination against Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) became mandatory in Italy for all newborns and twelve years-old individuals in the 1991. The immunogenicity of HBV vaccine and the effectiveness of the universal immunization strategy have been widely demonstrated. However the need to assess the antibody concentrations above the well known serological correlate of protection for HBV infection (≥ 10 mIU/mL), established in individuals immunized with a three doses vaccination course, is still recommended in subjects exposed to occupational risks in different settings, particularly the healthcare services...
December 7, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925425/preventing-acute-care-associated-venous-thromboembolism-in-adult-and-pediatric-patients-across-a-large-healthcare-system
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Timothy I Morgenthaler, Vilmarie Rodriguez
BACKGROUND: Although effective methods for venous thromboembolism prophylaxis (VTE-P) have been known for decades, reliable implementation has been challenging. OBJECTIVE: Develop reliable VTE-P systems for adult and for pediatric patients to reduce preventable venous thromboembolism (VTE). DESIGN: We used a discovery and diffusion system to first develop an effective system in 1 hospital location, and then spread the principle best practices across the entire 22-hospital system...
December 2016: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924688/susceptibility-to-vaccine-preventable-diseases-and-vaccination-adherence-among-healthcare-workers-in-italy-a-cross-sectional-survey-at-a-regional-acute-care-university-hospital-and-a-systematic-review
#5
Umberto Leone Roberti Maggiore, Carolina Scala, Alessandra Toletone, Nicoletta Debarbieri, Mauro Perria, Beatrice D'Amico, Alfredo Montecucco, Mariano Martini, Guglielmo Dini, Paolo Durando
Healthcare Workers (HCWs) have an increased risk both to acquire and to spread vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) both to their colleagues and, especially, to vulnerable patients. The prevention of occupational hazards among HCWs is based on proper adoption of the standard and additional precautions, immunizations, and secondary preventive measures, such as post-exposure prophylaxis. Moreover, HCWs are often referred to as the most trusted source of vaccine-related information for their patients. In the present article, we report the findings of a cross-sectional study investigating the compliance to vaccinations among HCWs employed at the Obstetric Unit of a regional acute-care University Hospital in Northern Italy...
December 7, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924147/self-harm-in-child-and-adolescent-psychiatric-inpatients-a-retrospective-study
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Naista Zhand, Katherine Matheson, Darren Courtney
OBJECTIVE: This study presents a comprehensive report of children and adolescents who engaged in self-harm during their admission to a psychiatric inpatient unit. METHOD: A chart review was conducted on all admissions to an acute care psychiatric inpatient unit in a Canadian children's hospital over a one-year period. Details on patients with self-harm behaviour during the admission were recorded, including: demographics, presentation to hospital, self-harm behaviour and outcome...
2016: Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923419/clostridium-difficile-in-an-urban-university-affiliated-long-term-acute-care-hospital
#7
Jerry Jacob, Jingwei Wu, Jennifer Han, Deborah B Nelson
OBJECTIVES To describe the characteristics and impact of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in a long-term acute-care hospital (LTACH). DESIGN Retrospective matched cohort study. SETTING A 38-bed, urban, university-affiliated LTACH. METHODS The characteristics of LTACH-onset CDI were assessed among patients hospitalized between July 2008 and October 2015. Patients with CDI were matched to concurrently hospitalized patients without a diagnosis of CDI. Severe CDI was defined as CDI with 2 or more of the following criteria: age ≥65 years, serum creatinine ≥2 mg/dL, or peripheral leukocyte count ≥20,000 cells/μL...
December 7, 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923418/outbreak-of-klebsiella-pneumoniae-carbapenemase-producing-citrobacter-freundii-at-a-tertiary-acute-care-facility-in-miami-florida
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Adriana Jiménez, José G Castro, L Silvia Munoz-Price, Dennise de Pascale, Luis Shimose, Mustapha M Mustapha, Caressa N Spychala, Roberta T Mettus, Vaughn S Cooper, Yohei Doi
OBJECTIVE To describe the investigation and control of a rare cluster of Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase-producing Citrobacter freundii in a hospital in southern Florida. METHODS An epidemiologic investigation, review of infection prevention procedures, and molecular studies including whole genome sequencing were conducted. RESULTS An outbreak of K. pneumoniae carbapenemase-3-producing C. freundii was identified at a tertiary hospital in Florida in 2014. Of the 6 cases identified, 3 occurred in the same intensive care unit and were caused by the same clone...
December 7, 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923227/optimal-role-of-the-nephrologist-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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D J Askenazi, Michael Heung, Michael J Connor, Rajit K Basu, Jorge Cerdá, Kent Doi, Jay L Koyner, Azra Bihorac, Ladan Golestaneh, Anitha Vijayan, Mark D Okusa, Sarah Faubel
As advances in Critical Care Medicine continue, critically ill patients are surviving despite the severity of their illness. The incidence of acute kidney injury (AKI) has increased, and its impact on clinical outcomes as well as medical expenditures has been established. The role, indications and technological advancements of renal replacement therapy (RRT) have evolved, allowing more effective therapies with less complications. With these changes, Critical Care Nephrology has become an established specialty, and ongoing collaborations between critical care physicians and nephrologist have improved education of multi-disciplinary team members and patient care in the ICU...
December 3, 2016: Blood Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919450/development-and-validation-of-a-prediction-model-for-patients-discharged-to-post-acute-care-after-colorectal-cancer-surgery
#10
Elizabeth A Bailey, Rebecca L Hoffman, Christopher Wirtalla, Giorgos Karakousis, Rachel R Kelz
BACKGROUND: As payment shifts toward bundled reimbursement, decreasing unnecessary inpatient care may provide cost savings. This study examines the association between discharge status, hospital duration of stay, and cost for colorectal operation patients without complications and uses risk factors to predict the need for post-acute care. METHODS: We used the New York Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System and the California Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project State Inpatient Databases to identify all patients who underwent operative resection for colorectal cancer in 2009-2010 and were discharged to home or post-acute care...
December 2, 2016: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919058/lifting-and-exertion-injuries-decrease-after-implementation-of-an-integrated-hospital-wide-safe-patient-handling-and-mobilisation-programme
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Jack T Dennerlein, Elizabeth Tucker O'Day, Deborah F Mulloy, Jackie Somerville, Anne M Stoddard, Christopher Kenwood, Erin Teeple, Leslie I Boden, Glorian Sorensen, Dean Hashimoto
OBJECTIVE: With increasing emphasis on early and frequent mobilisation of patients in acute care, safe patient handling and mobilisation practices need to be integrated into these quality initiatives. We completed a programme evaluation of a safe patient handling and mobilisation programme within the context of a hospital-wide patient care improvement initiative that utilised a systems approach and integrated safe patient equipment and practices into patient care plans. METHODS: Baseline and 12-month follow-up surveys of 1832 direct patient care workers assessed work practices and self-reported pain while an integrated employee payroll and injury database provided recordable injury rates collected concurrently at 2 hospitals: the study hospital with the programme and a comparison hospital...
October 25, 2016: Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918902/development-of-an-intensive-care-unit-resource-assessment-survey-for-the-care-of-critically-ill-patients-in-resource-limited-settings
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Aleksandra Leligdowicz, Satish Bhagwanjee, Janet V Diaz, Wei Xiong, John C Marshall, Robert A Fowler, Neill Kj Adhikari
PURPOSE: Capacity to provide critical care in resource-limited settings is poorly understood because of lack of data about resources available to manage critically ill patients. Our objective was to develop a survey to address this issue. METHODS: We developed and piloted a cross-sectional self-administered survey in 9 resource-limited countries. The survey consisted of 8 domains; specific items within domains were modified from previously developed survey tools...
November 5, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918400/a-strategic-approach-for-developing-an-advanced-practice-workforce-from-postgraduate-transition-to-practice-fellowship-programs-and-beyond
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Dennis A Taylor, Britney S Broyhill, Allison M Burris, Mary Ann Wilcox
The healthcare provider landscape is rapidly changing. Given the imminent retirement of baby boomer physicians, implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and the increased utilization of health care services by an ever-aging population, the supply of providers cannot keep pace with the demand for services. This has led to an increased utilization of advanced clinical practitioners (ACPs). This article shows how one large highly-matrixed health care system approached identifying this workforce, and how thought leaders worked collaboratively with physicians, administrators, and ACPs to meet a growing demand for providers...
January 2017: Nursing Administration Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917754/managing-heart-failure-in-long-term-care-recommendations-from-an-interprofessional-stakeholder-consultation
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George A Heckman, Veronique M Boscart, Teresa D'Elia, Mary Lou Kelley, Sharon Kaasalainen, Carrie A McAiney, Mary-Lou van der Horst, Robert S McKelvie
Heart failure (HF) affects up to 20 per cent of residents in long-term care (LTC) and is associated with substantial morbidity, mortality, and health service utilization. Our study objective was to formulate recommendations on implementing HF care processes in LTC. A three-phase and iterative stakeholder consultation process, guided by expert panel input, was employed to develop recommendations on implementing care processes for HF in LTC. This article presents the results of the third phase, which consisted of a series of interdisciplinary workshops...
December 2016: Canadian Journal on Aging, la Revue Canadienne du Vieillissement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916358/transfer-of-acute-care-surgery-patients-in-a-rural-state-a-concerning-trend
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Brittany Misercola, Kristen Sihler, Molly Douglas, Stephen Ranney, Jonathan Dreifus
BACKGROUND: Regionalized care of complex patients to larger hospitals is an increasingly common practice as the population ages and the physician shortage evolves. The Acute Care Surgery model is new, and there are limited data on the patients being transferred through this system. We hypothesized transfer patients would be older, more complex, and require additional resources. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective chart review of Acute Care Surgery patients admitted to a single tertiary facility...
November 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914968/segmenting-high-cost-medicare-patients-into-potentially-actionable-cohorts
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Karen E Joynt, Jose F Figueroa, Nancy Beaulieu, Robert C Wild, E John Orav, Ashish K Jha
BACKGROUND: Providers are assuming growing responsibility for healthcare spending, and prior studies have shown that spending is concentrated in a small proportion of patients. Using simple methods to segment these patients into clinically meaningful subgroups may be a useful and accessible strategy for targeting interventions to control costs. METHODS: Using Medicare fee-for-service claims from 2011 (baseline year, used to determine comorbidities and subgroups) and 2012 (spending year), we used basic demographics and comorbidities to group beneficiaries into 6 cohorts, defined by expert opinion and consultation: under-65 disabled/ESRD, frail elderly, major complex chronic, minor complex chronic, simple chronic, and relatively healthy...
November 30, 2016: Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914720/improving-publication-quality-and-quantity-for%C3%A2-acute-care-authors-from-low-and-middle-income-settings
#17
Stevan R Bruijns, Megan Banner, Gabrielle A Jacquet
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Researchers from low- and middle-income countries have limited access to publishing and editing resources. This study describes a journal-initiated platform to improve publication quantity and quality in Sub-Saharan Africa emergency care research: Author Assist. METHODS: This is a descriptive report of a quality improvement project of referrals to the African Journal of Emergency Medicine's (AfJEM's) Author Assist program between January 2011 and December 2015...
November 30, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914495/quantitative-increase-in-frailty-is-associated-with-diminished-survival-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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Dhaval Chauhan, Nicky Haik, Aurelie Merlo, Bruce J Haik, Chunguang Chen, Marc Cohen, Anne Mosenthal, Mark Russo
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study is to assess the impact of frailty index comprised of commonly used frailty metrics on outcomes following transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) outcomes, including mortality, length of stay, and discharge destination. METHODS AND RESULTS: Retrospective data collection was performed for 342 consecutive patients who underwent TAVR at a single center from May 15, 2012, to September 17, 2015. Frailty index score was calculated using 15-ft walk test, Katz activities of daily living, preoperative serum albumin, and dominant handgrip strength...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913784/the-effectiveness-of-the-bone-bridge-transtibial-amputation-technique-a-systematic-review-of-high-quality-evidence
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Jason T Kahle, M Jason Highsmith, John Kenney, Tim Ruth, Paul A Lunseth, Janos Ertl
BACKGROUND: This literature review was undertaken to determine if commonly held views about the benefits of a bone bridge technique are supported by the literature. METHODS: Four databases were searched for articles pertaining to surgical strategies specific to a bone bridge technique of the transtibial amputee. A total of 35 articles were identified as potential articles. Authors included methodology that was applied to separate topics. Following identification, articles were excluded if they were determined to be low quality evidence or not pertinent...
December 1, 2016: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913722/impact-of-a-multidisciplinary-round-visit-for-the-management-of-dysphagia-utilizing-a-wi-fi-based-wireless-flexible-endoscopic-evaluation-of-swallowing
#20
Koichi Sakakura, Masayuki Tazawa, Natsuko Otani, Masato Takagi, Mariko Morita, Minori Kurosaki, Tomoko Chiyoda, Yuri Kanai, Ayaka Endo, Takaaki Murata, Masato Shino, Yuki Yokobori, Kenji Shirakura, Naoki Wada, Kazuaki Chikamatsu
OBJECTIVES: The management of dysphagia requires a multidisciplinary approach, especially in large-scale hospitals. We introduce a novel protocol using a Wi-Fi-based flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) system and aim to verify its effectiveness in evaluation and rehabilitation of inpatients with dysphagia. METHOD: We conducted novel Wi-Fi-based FEES at the bedside using 3 iPads as monitors and recorders. Functional outcomes of swallowing in 2 different hospitals for acute care with conventional wired or wireless FEES were compared retrospectively...
January 2017: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
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