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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340041/bleeding-complications-in-patients-undergoing-intrathecal-drug-delivery-system-implantation
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Nafisseh S Warner, Markus A Bendel, Matthew A Warner, Jacob J Strand, Halena M Gazelka, Bryan C Hoelzer, William D Mauck, Tim J Lamer, Daryl J Kor, Susan M Moeschler
Introduction.:  Intrathecal drug delivery systems (IDDSs) have dramatically improved analgesia and the functional status of cancer patients and those with chronic pain states. However, given the close proximity to the neuraxis and frequent concomitant use of antiplatelet or anticoagulant medications, this intervention is not without risk. The goal of this investigation was to determine the incidence of bleeding complications following IDDS placement. Methods.:  This is a retrospective review from 2005 through 2014 of adult patients undergoing IDDS implantation or revision at a tertiary care center...
March 3, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339988/utilization-of-health-care-services-and-ambulatory-resources-associated-with-chronic-noncancer-pain
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Cynthia Kay, Erica Wozniak, Joanne Bernstein
Objective.:  Examine traditional and uncompensated health care utilization associated with chronic noncancer pain. Design.:  Retrospective chart review. Setting.:  Tertiary academic medical center. Subjects.:  Internal medicine patients on long-term opioids for chronic noncancer pain with or without a pain agreement between April 1, 2014, and April 1, 2015 (N = 834). Patients without pain served as controls (N = 782)...
March 2, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334565/year-end-resident-clinic-handoffs-narrative-review-and-recommendations-for-improvement
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Amber T Pincavage, Michael J Donnelly, John Q Young, Vineet M Arora
BACKGROUND: Year-end clinic handoffs in resident continuity clinics are an important patient safety issue. METHODS: Intervention articles addressing the year-end resident clinic handoff were identified in a targeted literature search. These articles were reviewed and abstracted to summarize the current literature. On the basis of these reviews and consensus expert opinion, recommendations to improve year-end clinic handoffs were developed. RESULTS: Of 23 identified articles, 10 intervention articles in the fields of internal medicine, internal medicine-pediatrics, psychiatry, and family medicine were ultimately included...
February 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330460/sepsis-recognition-in-the-emergency-department-impact-on-quality-of-care-and-outcome
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Marius Morr, Alexander Lukasz, Eva Rübig, Hermann Pavenstädt, Philipp Kümpers
BACKGROUND: Appropriate and timely recognition of sepsis is a prerequisite for starting goal-directed therapy bundles. We analyzed the appropriateness of sepsis recognition and documentation with regard to adequacy of therapy and outcome in an internal medicine emergency department (ED). METHODS: This study included 487 consecutive patients ≥18 years of age who presented to a university hospital ED during a 4-week period. Clinical, laboratory, and follow-up data were acquired independently from documentation by ED physicians...
March 23, 2017: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329355/international-recommendations-for-electrocardiographic-interpretation-in-athletes
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Sanjay Sharma, Jonathan A Drezner, Aaron Baggish, Michael Papadakis, Mathew G Wilson, Jordan M Prutkin, Andre La Gerche, Michael J Ackerman, Mats Borjesson, Jack C Salerno, Irfan M Asif, David S Owens, Eugene H Chung, Michael S Emery, Victor F Froelicher, Hein Heidbuchel, Carmen Adamuz, Chad A Asplund, Gordon Cohen, Kimberly G Harmon, Joseph C Marek, Silvana Molossi, Josef Niebauer, Hank F Pelto, Marco V Perez, Nathan R Riding, Tess Saarel, Christian M Schmied, David M Shipon, Ricardo Stein, Victoria L Vetter, Antonio Pelliccia, Domenico Corrado
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the leading cause of mortality in athletes during sport. A variety of mostly hereditary, structural, or electrical cardiac disorders are associated with SCD in young athletes, the majority of which can be identified or suggested by abnormalities on a resting 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG). Whether used for diagnostic or screening purposes, physicians responsible for the cardiovascular care of athletes should be knowledgeable and competent in ECG interpretation in athletes. However, in most countries a shortage of physician expertise limits wider application of the ECG in the care of the athlete...
February 20, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328253/a-comprehensive-index-for-predicting-risk-of-anemia-from-patients-diagnoses
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Matthew G Tuck, Farrokh Alemi, John F Shortle, Sanj Avramovic, Charles Hesdorffer
This article demonstrates how time-dependent, interacting, and repeating risk factors can be used to create more accurate predictive medicine. In particular, we show how emergence of anemia can be predicted from medical history within electronic health records. We used the Veterans Affairs Informatics and Computing Infrastructure database to examine a retrospective cohort of 9,738,838 veterans over an 11-year period. Using International Clinical Diagnoses Version 9 codes organized into 25 major diagnostic categories, we measured progression of disease by examining changes in risk over time, interactions in risk of combination of diseases, and elevated risk associated with repeated hospitalization for the same diagnostic category...
March 2017: Big Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327853/-latin-american-perspectives-on-person-centered-medicine
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Alberto Perales, Juan Mendoza, Rodolfo Armas, Oscar Cluzet
Person-centered medicine (PCM) is a programmatic global initiative led by the International College of Person-Centered Medicine. It has recently emerged in Latin America. It requires the use of scientific research as an instrument to generate the best clinical evidence, and humanism as the essence of medicine to help mankind. It is focused on not only combatting disease but also promoting the display of healthy human being potentials towards achieving well-being and comprehensive growth. Although the humanism of medicine in Latin America has been a distinctive characteristic of its practice, now, there is a worrying decline in its impact on healthcare...
October 2016: Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320917/predictors-of-massive-blood-transfusion-a-delphi-study-to-examine-the-views-of-experts
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Jacqueline V Mclennan, K C Mackway-Jones, S T Horne, R Body
BACKGROUND: Trauma patients requiring massive blood transfusion (MBT) have high morbidity and mortality: early and aggressive use of blood products during immediate resuscitation may improve survival. There is currently a lack of evidence to guide initial identification of these patients which is especially important in areas where plasma may need to be thawed. In the absence of this evidence, this study aimed to robustly evaluate expert opinion by using a Delphi process to identify predictors of massive transfusion...
March 20, 2017: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286821/smartphones-and-medical-applications-in-the-emergency-department-daily-practice
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Amirhosein Jahanshir, Ehsan Karimialavijeh, Hojjat Sheikh, Motahar Vahedi, Mehdi Momeni
INTRODUCTION: Medical applications help physicians to make more rapid and evidence based decisions that may provide better patient care. This study aimed to determine the extent to which smart phones and medical applications are integrated in the emergency department daily practice. METHOD: In a cross sectional study, a modified standard questionnaire (Payne et al.) consisting of demographic data and information regarding quality and quantity of smartphone and medical app utilization was sent to emergency-medicine residents and interns twice (two weeks apart), in January 2015...
2017: Emergency (Tehran, Iran)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279543/emergency-department-holding-orders
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Stephen J Traub, M'Hamed Temkit, Soroush Saghafian
BACKGROUND: Holding orders help transition admitted emergency department (ED) patients to hospital beds. OBJECTIVE: To describe the effect of ED holding orders. METHODS: We conducted a single-site retrospective study of ward admissions from the ED to the hospital internal medicine (HIM) service over 2 years. Patients were classified based on whether the ED did (group 1) or did not (group 2) write holding orders; group 1 was subdivided into patients sent to the floor with only ED holding orders (group 1A) vs...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277237/does-rapid-blood-sampling-affect-the-retention-time-of-patients-with-low-acuity-complaints-in-the-emergency-department
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Ju Young Lee, Sang Hoon Oh, Kyu Nam Park, Jee Yong Lim, Jung Min Lee, Hyun Suk Park, Han Joon Kim
INTRODUCTION: The objective of this study was to investigate whether rapid blood sampling during triage led to shorter stays in the emergency department for patients with low-acuity complaints. METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted in the emergency department (ED) of a tertiary university hospital in South Korea. A pre- and post-intervention comparison analysis was completed over one-month periods in June and September 2014. Data included triage level of the patient, time from the ED visit to receiving the doctor's orders, result time of complete blood cell count (CBC) and blood chemistry (BC), length of stay (LOS) for all discharged patients who required blood sampling...
October 27, 2016: International Emergency Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273238/evaluation-of-self-perception-of-mechanical-ventilation-knowledge-among-brazilian-final-year-medical-students-residents-and-emergency-physicians
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Fernando Sabia Tallo, Simone de Campos Vieira Abib, Alexandre Jorgi de Andrade Negri, Paulo Cesar, Renato Delascio Lopes, Antônio Carlos Lopes
OBJECTIVE: To present self-assessments of knowledge about mechanical ventilation made by final-year medical students, residents, and physicians taking qualifying courses at the Brazilian Society of Internal Medicine who work in urgent and emergency settings. METHODS: A 34-item questionnaire comprising different areas of knowledge and training in mechanical ventilation was given to 806 medical students, residents, and participants in qualifying courses at 11 medical schools in Brazil...
February 1, 2017: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261403/jgme-aliem-hot-topics-in-medical-education-analysis-of-a-multimodal-online-discussion-about-team-based-learning
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Jeff Riddell, Catherine Patocka, Michelle Lin, Jonathan Sherbino
BACKGROUND : Team-based learning (TBL) is an instructional method that is being increasingly incorporated in health professions education, although use in graduate medical education (GME) has been more limited. OBJECTIVE : To curate and describe themes that emerged from a virtual journal club discussion about TBL in GME, held across multiple digital platforms, while also evaluating the use of social media in online academic discussions. METHODS : The Journal of Graduate Medical Education (JGME) and the Academic Life in Emergency Medicine blog facilitated a weeklong, open-access, virtual journal club on the 2015 JGME article "Use of Team-Based Learning Pedagogy for Internal Medicine Ambulatory Resident Teaching...
February 2017: Journal of Graduate Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261395/fourth-year-medical-school-course-load-and-success-as-a-medical-intern
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Christopher J Richards, Kenneth J Mukamal, Nikki DeMelo, C Christopher Smith
BACKGROUND : The fourth year of medical school has come under recent scrutiny for its lack of structure, cost- and time-effectiveness, and quality of education it provides. Some have advocated for increasing clinical burden in the fourth year, while others have suggested it be abolished. OBJECTIVE : To assess the relationship between fourth-year course load and success during internship. METHODS : We reviewed transcripts of 78 internal medicine interns from 2011-2013 and compared the number of intensive courses (defined as subinternships, intensive care, surgical clerkships, and emergency medicine rotations) with multi-source performance evaluations from the internship...
February 2017: Journal of Graduate Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258178/international-criteria-for-electrocardiographic-interpretation-in-athletes
#15
Jonathan A Drezner, Sanjay Sharma, Aaron Baggish, Michael Papadakis, Mathew G Wilson, Jordan M Prutkin, Andre La Gerche, Michael J Ackerman, Mats Borjesson, Jack C Salerno, Irfan M Asif, David S Owens, Eugene H Chung, Michael S Emery, Victor F Froelicher, Hein Heidbuchel, Carmen Adamuz, Chad A Asplund, Gordon Cohen, Kimberly G Harmon, Joseph C Marek, Silvana Molossi, Josef Niebauer, Hank F Pelto, Marco V Perez, Nathan R Riding, Tess Saarel, Christian M Schmied, David M Shipon, Ricardo Stein, Victoria L Vetter, Antonio Pelliccia, Domenico Corrado
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the leading cause of mortality in athletes during sport. A variety of mostly hereditary, structural or electrical cardiac disorders are associated with SCD in young athletes, the majority of which can be identified or suggested by abnormalities on a resting 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG). Whether used for diagnostic or screening purposes, physicians responsible for the cardiovascular care of athletes should be knowledgeable and competent in ECG interpretation in athletes. However, in most countries a shortage of physician expertise limits wider application of the ECG in the care of the athlete...
March 3, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255613/intensive-care-medicine-research-agenda-on-invasive-fungal-infection-in-critically-ill-patients
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REVIEW
Matteo Bassetti, Jose Garnacho-Montero, Thierry Calandra, Bartjan Kullberg, George Dimopoulos, Elie Azoulay, Arunaloke Chakrabarti, Daniel Kett, Cristobal Leon, Luis Ostrosky-Zeichner, Maurizio Sanguinetti, Jean-Francois Timsit, Malcom D Richardson, Andrew Shorr, Oliver A Cornely
PURPOSE: To describe concisely the current standards of care, major recent advances, common beliefs that have been contradicted by recent trials, areas of uncertainty, and clinical studies that need to be performed over the next decade and their expected outcomes with regard to Candida and Aspergillus infections in non-neutropenic patients in the ICU setting. METHODS: A systematic review of the medical literature taking account of national and international guidelines and expert opinion...
March 2, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250600/a-comparison-of-residents-knowledge-regarding-the-surviving-sepsis-campaign-2012-guideline
#17
Onnicha Suntornlohanakul, Bodin Khwannimit
BACKGROUND: Recently, Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) guideline was updated. Our objective was to evaluate the knowledge of residents in different departments regarding the SSC 2012. METHODS: A cross-sectional, descriptive self-questionnaire was distributed to interns and residents in the Departments of Internal Medicine, Surgery, and Emergency Medicine. RESULTS: The response rate was 136 (89%) from 153 residents. The residents included 46 (33%) interns, 42 (31%) internal medicine residents, 41 (30%) surgical residents, and 7 (5%) emergency residents...
February 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245741/isfm-consensus-guidelines-on-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-hypertension-in-cats
#18
Samantha S Taylor, Andrew H Sparkes, Katherine Briscoe, Jenny Carter, Salva Cervantes Sala, Rosanne E Jepson, Brice S Reynolds, Brian A Scansen
Practical relevance: Feline hypertension is a common disease in older cats that is frequently diagnosed in association with other diseases such as chronic kidney disease and hyperthyroidism (so-called secondary hypertension), although some cases of apparent primary hypertension are also reported. The clinical consequences of hypertension can be severe, related to 'target organ damage' (eye, heart and vasculature, brain and kidneys), and early diagnosis followed by appropriate therapeutic management should help reduce the morbidity associated with this condition...
March 2017: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244131/phosphodiester-content-measured-in-human-liver-by-in-vivo-31-p-mr-spectroscopy-at-7-tesla
#19
Lucian A B Purvis, William T Clarke, Ladislav Valkovič, Christina Levick, Michael Pavlides, Eleanor Barnes, Jeremy F Cobbold, Matthew D Robson, Christopher T Rodgers
PURPOSE: Phosphorus ((31) P) metabolites are emerging liver disease biomarkers. Of particular interest are phosphomonoester and phosphodiester (PDE) "peaks" that comprise multiple overlapping resonances in (31) P spectra. This study investigates the effect of improved spectral resolution at 7 Tesla (T) on quantifying hepatic metabolites in cirrhosis. METHODS: Five volunteers were scanned to determine metabolite T1 s. Ten volunteers and 11 patients with liver cirrhosis were scanned at 7T...
February 28, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238515/factors-influencing-hospital-stay-for-pulmonary-embolism-a-cohort-study
#20
Nuria Rodríguez-Núñez, Alberto Ruano-Raviña, Romina Abelleira, Lucía Ferreiro, Adriana Lama, Francisco J González-Barcala, Antonio Golpe, María E Toubes, José M Álvarez-Dobaño, Luis Valdés
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to identify factors influencing hospital stay due to pulmonary embolism. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of patients hospitalized between 2010 and 2015. Patients were identified using information recorded in hospital discharge reports (ICD-9-CM codes 415.11 and 415.19). RESULTS: We included 965 patients with a median stay of 8 days (IQR 6-13 days). Higher scores on the simplified Pulmonary Embolism Severity Index (sPESI) were associated with increased probability of longer hospital stay...
February 23, 2017: Archivos de Bronconeumología
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