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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777534/is-it-necessary-to-have-a-dentist-within-an-intensive-care-unit-team-report-of-a-randomised-clinical-trial
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Wanessa Teixeira Bellissimo-Rodrigues, Mayra Gonçalves Menegueti, Gilberto Gambero Gaspar, Hayala Cristina Cavenague de Souza, Maria Auxiliadora-Martins, Anibal Basile-Filho, Roberto Martinez, Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of dental treatment in improving oral health in critical patients. METHODS: This randomised clinical trial was conducted in a general intensive care unit (ICU) at a tertiary care public facility from 1 January 2011 to 8 August 2013. Data from 254 adult patients staying in the ICU for 48 hours or more were analysed. The experimental group (n = 127) had access to dental treatment provided by a dentist four to five times a week, in addition to routine oral hygiene, whereas the control group (n = 127) had access only to routine oral hygiene, including topical application of chlorhexidine, provided by the ICU nursing staff...
May 18, 2018: International Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773935/factors-contributing-to-appropriate-sharps-disposal-in-the-community-among-patients-with-diabetes
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Li Huang, Svetlana Katsnelson, Jie Yang, Charalambos Argyrou, Marina M Charitou
Background: Proper disposal of sharps has been well studied in hospital settings but not often addressed in the home setting. This lack of attention has resulted in erratic use of proper sharps disposal techniques and thus increased risk of needle-stick injuries and infections. This study aimed to evaluate methods of disposal and patient demographic factors associated with correct disposal of diabetes-related sharps in the community. Methods: A survey was administered to diabetes patients at an endocrinology clinic of an academic tertiary care center...
May 2018: Diabetes Spectrum: a Publication of the American Diabetes Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773323/primary-laryngeal-tuberculosis-our-experiences-at-a-tertiary-care-teaching-hospital-in-eastern-india
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Santosh Kumar Swain, Ishwar Chandra Behera, Mahesh Chandra Sahu
INTRODUCTION: Primary laryngeal tuberculosis is a chronic bacterial infection of the larynx by Mycobacterium tuberculosis without affecting the lungs. It is a rare type of extrapulmonary tuberculosis seen in clinical practice. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate the clinical presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of primary laryngeal tuberculosis at a tertiary care teaching hospital in eastern India. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective study of 11 cases of primary laryngeal tuberculosis managed between December 2013 and January 2018...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771787/point-of-care-cryptococcal-antigen-screening-pipetting-finger-prick-blood-improves-performance-of-immuno-mycologics-lateral-flow-assay
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Rachel M Wake, Joseph N Jarvis, Thomas S Harrison, Nelesh P Govender
BACKGROUND: Cryptococcal antigen (CrAg) screening at point of care could improve cryptococcal meningitis prevention where laboratory resources are limited. We evaluated the accuracy of Immuno-Mycologics (IMMY, Norman, OK) CrAg lateral flow assay (LFA) using different techniques at point of care. SETTING: Two tertiary-level hospitals in Johannesburg and a community health clinic in Soweto, South Africa. METHODS: A case-control diagnostic validation study, and a prospective clinic-based implementation study using the IMMY CrAg LFA on finger-prick blood...
April 30, 2018: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770752/ventilator-bundle-compliance-and-risk-of-ventilator-associated-events
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Bryan D Harris, Gale A Thomas, Matthew H Greene, Steven S Spires, Thomas R Talbot
OBJECTIVEVentilator bundles encompass practices that reduce the risk of ventilator complications, including ventilator-associated pneumonia. The impact of ventilator bundles on the risk of developing ventilator-associated events (VAEs) is unknown. We sought to determine whether decreased compliance to the ventilator bundle increases the risk for VAE development.DESIGNNested case-control study.SETTINGThis study was conducted at 6 adult intensive care units at an academic tertiary-care center in Tennessee.PATIENTSIn total, 273 patients with VAEs were randomly matched in a 1:4 ratio to controls by mechanical ventilation duration and ICU type...
June 2018: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769499/toxoplasma-gondii-seropositivity-and-its-possible-associated-risk-factors-among-pregnant-women-attending-antenatal-clinic-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital-of-dhaka-bangladesh
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C R Naheen, S Tarafder, S Khan
Toxoplasmosis is a well-documented cause of bad obstetric history (BOH) and a major reason of congenitally acquired infection. This observational study was conducted to detect the rate of seropositivity of toxoplasmosis in pregnant women and observe their risk factors associated with disease transmission attending the antenatal clinic of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka, Bangladesh from July 2015 to August 2016. The study subjects included 150 pregnant women of different gestational ages...
April 2018: Mymensingh Medical Journal: MMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769151/real-time-automated-detection-of-ventilator-associated-events-avoiding-missed-detections-misclassifications-and-false-detections-due-to-human-error
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Erica S Shenoy, Eric S Rosenthal, Yu-Ping Shao, Siddharth Biswal, Manohar Ghanta, Erin E Ryan, Dolores Suslak, Nancy Swanson, Valdery Moura Junior, David C Hooper, M Brandon Westover
OBJECTIVETo validate a system to detect ventilator associated events (VAEs) autonomously and in real time.DESIGNRetrospective review of ventilated patients using a secure informatics platform to identify VAEs (ie, automated surveillance) compared to surveillance by infection control (IC) staff (ie, manual surveillance), including development and validation cohorts.SETTINGThe Massachusetts General Hospital, a tertiary-care academic health center, during January-March 2015 (development cohort) and January-March 2016 (validation cohort)...
May 17, 2018: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763777/incorporation-of-point-of-care-ultrasound-into-morning-round-is-associated-with-improvement-in-clinical-outcomes-in-critically-ill-patients-with-sepsis
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Zhonghua Chen, Yucai Hong, Junru Dai, Lifeng Xing
OBJECTIVES: Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has been widely used in the intensive care unit (ICU). However, it is largely unknown whether the use of POCUS is associated with improved patient-important outcomes. The study aimed to investigate whether incorporation of POCUS during morning round on a routine basis was able to improve clinical outcomes in critically ill patients with sepsis. DESIGN: It was a prospective observational study. SETTING: A tertiary care emergency intensive care unit...
May 11, 2018: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758059/divergent-humoral-responses-to-23-valent-pneumococcal-polysaccharide-vaccine-in-critically-ill-burn-and-neurosurgical-patients
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Scott W Mueller, Laura J Baumgartner, Rob MacLaren, Robert Neumann, Arek J Wiktor, Tyree H Kiser, Gordon Lindberg, Luis Cava, Douglas N Fish, Edward N Janoff
INTRODUCTION: Critically ill hospitalized patients are at increased risk of infection so we assessed the immunogenicity of 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) administered within six days of injury. METHODS: This prospective observational study compared the immunogenicity of PPSV23 among critically ill burn and neurosurgical patients at a tertiary, academic medical center. Patients received PPSV23 vaccination within six days of ICU admission per standard of care...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754963/predictors-of-a-drainable-suppurative-adenitis-among-children-presenting-with-cervical-adenopathy
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Amir A Kimia, Tiffany F Rudloe, Nadine Aprahamian, Jennifer McNamara, David Roberson, Assaf Landschaft, Jennifer Vaughn, Marvin B Harper
OBJECTIVES: We sought to identify predictors for a drainable suppurative adenitis [DSA] among patients presenting with acute cervical lymphadenitis. METHODS: A retrospective cross sectional study of all patients admitted to an urban pediatric tertiary care emergency department over a 15 year period. Otherwise healthy patients who underwent imaging for an evaluation of cervical lymphadenitis were included. Cases were identified using a text-search module followed by manual review...
May 5, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754478/methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-contamination-of-phlebotomy-tourniquets-and-faucets
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T Abeywickrama, K Amarasinghe, S Wijerathne, C Dharmaratne, D Fernando, B C Senaratna, H A K M Gunasekera
Introduction: Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is transmitted through direct contact or fomites. The most important means of nosocomial spread is by hospital personnel. However, fomites are being increasingly recognized as sources of nosocomial infection. Objectives: Our aim was to describe the MRSA contamination rate of phlebotomy tourniquets and faucets in a tertiary care hospital and to compare the contamination of plastic tourniquets with that of fabric tourniquets...
March 31, 2018: Ceylon Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753498/a-multimodal-intervention-to-improve-hand-hygiene-compliance-in-a-tertiary-care-center
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Abdul Mannan Laskar, Deepashree R, Prasanna Bhat, Biju Pottakkat, Sunil Narayan, Apurba Sankar Sastry, R Sneha
BACKGROUND: Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a major threat to patient safety worldwide. HAIs are mainly transmitted via the hands of healthcare workers (HCWs), and HCW compliance with hand hygiene (HH) practices is reportedly low. Therefore, multimodal interventions are needed to develop effective HH improvement strategies. In this study, we assessed the effect of multimodal interventions on improvement of HH compliance. METHODS: This study was conducted in 2 intensive care units from August 2016 to October 2016...
May 9, 2018: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753159/defining-incidence-and-risk-factors-for-catheter-associated-bloodstream-infections-in-an-outpatient-adult-hematopoietic-cell-transplant-program
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Marissa K McDonald, Kathryn A Culos, Katie S Gatwood, Caleb Prow, Heidi Chen, Bipin N Savani, Michael Byrne, Adetola A Kassim, Brian G Engelhardt, Madan Jagasia, Gowri Satyanarayana
BACKGROUND: Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) patients are at an increased risk of developing central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) due to prolonged periods of myelosuppression, immunosuppression, and indwelling catheter days. CLABSIs are among the most serious complications in HCT recipients and can lead to prolonged hospitalizations, intensive care unit (ICU) admissions, lengthy antimicrobial therapies, and increased mortality. There is a lack of data regarding the incidence and risk factors associated with the development of CLABSIs in the HCT population undergoing outpatient transplantation...
May 9, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29746374/direct-saliva-real-time-polymerase-chain-reaction-assay-shows-low-birth-prevalence-of-congenital-cmv-infection-in-urban-western-india
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Rajlakshmi Viswanathan, Sanjay Bafna, Ravikanth Mergu, Gururajrao Deshpande, Rashmi Gunjikar, Shivshankar Gaikwad, Jayati Mullick
BACKGROUND: Congenital cytomegalovirus infection is the leading infectious cause of mental retardation, developmental delay and sensorineural deafness. Non primary infection plays a major role in transmission of this infection in countries with high maternal seroprevalence. Non invasive sampling and testing is a useful alternative to traditional methods of laboratory detection of congenital CMV infection. The present study was conducted to understand birth prevalence of congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV) infection using molecular techniques, in an urban setting of a developing country with evidence of high maternal seroprevalence...
May 9, 2018: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29744794/evaluation-of-risk-factors-for-vancomycin-induced-nephrotoxicity
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So Jin Park, Na Ri Lim, Hyo Jung Park, Jae Wook Yang, Min-Ji Kim, Kyunga Kim, Yong Won In, Young Mee Lee
Background Vancomycin is a glycopeptide antibiotic of choice for the treatment of serious infections caused by multi-resistant Gram-positive bacteria. However, vancomycin-associated nephrotoxicity (VAN) often limits its use. Previous data suggested a few risk factors of VAN, including higher mean vancomycin trough level, higher daily doses, old age, long duration of vancomycin therapy, and concomitant nephrotoxins. Objective To evaluate the incidence and risk factors of VAN and determine whether higher vancomycin trough concentrations were associated with a greater risk for VAN...
May 9, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29743303/searching-for-a-potential-algorithm-for-clostridium-difficile-testing-at-a-tertiary-care-hospital-does-toxin-enzyme-immunoassay-testing-help
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Angela M Theiss, Agnes Balla, Angie Ross, Denise Francis, Christina Wojewoda
Clostridium difficile is a major contributor to morbidity and mortality in the United States. Methods for identifying the organism in stool include molecular platforms, enzyme immunoassays for toxin, and culture. Controversy persists over whether molecular tests are too sensitive at identifying C. difficile and have raised questions about how additional laboratory information could inform clinical management and reduce over treatment. The aim of this study was to assess whether clinical factors were related to toxin status of patients and whether information about toxin status could potentially inform clinical management of patients...
May 9, 2018: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29743127/the-perils-of-multiplex-gastrointestinal-pathogen-panels-pseudo-outbreaks-of-salmonellae-and-entamoeba-histolytica-in-immunocompromised-hosts
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Elizabeth Robilotti, Eleanor Powell, Shauna Usiak, Ying Taur, N Esther Babady, Mini Kamboj
Two distinct clusters of gastroenteritis due to Salmonellae and Entamoeba histolytica (EH) were identified using a multiplex gastrointestinal pathogen panel (GPP) at a tertiary-care cancer center. Despite temporo-spatial overlap, our investigation did not corroborate transmission or true infection. In clinical practice, GPPs may render false-positive results.Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2018;1-4.
May 10, 2018: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29739486/outcomes-associated-with-clostridium-difficile-infection-in-patients-with-chronic-liver-disease
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Kierra M Dotson, Samuel L Aitken, Amelia K Sofjan, Dhara N Shah, Rajender R Aparasu, Kevin W Garey
Patients with chronic liver disease (CLD) have frequent exposure to Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) risk factors but the incidence and aetiology of CDI on this population is poorly understood. The aim of this study was to assess the incidence, disease presentation and outcomes of CDI in patients with underlying CLD. The Health Care and Utilization Project National Inpatient Sample (HCUP-NIS) 2009 dataset was used to identify patients with CLD who developed CDI along with matched non-CLD patients with CDI...
May 9, 2018: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29739475/an-outbreak-of-streptococcus-pyogenes-in-a-mental-health-facility-advantage-of-well-timed-whole-genome-sequencing-over-emm-typing
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Sarah M Bergin, Balamurugan Periaswamy, Timothy Barkham, Hong Choon Chua, Yee Ming Mok, Daniel Shuen Sheng Fung, Alex Hsin Chuan Su, Yen Ling Lee, Ming Lai Ivan Chua, Poh Yong Ng, Wei Jia Wendy Soon, Collins Wenhan Chu, Siyun Lucinda Tan, Mary Meehan, Brenda Sze Peng Ang, Yee Sin Leo, Matthew T G Holden, Partha De, Li Yang Hsu, Swaine L Chen, Paola Florez de Sessions, Kalisvar Marimuthu
OBJECTIVEWe report the utility of whole-genome sequencing (WGS) conducted in a clinically relevant time frame (ie, sufficient for guiding management decision), in managing a Streptococcus pyogenes outbreak, and present a comparison of its performance with emm typing.SETTINGA 2,000-bed tertiary-care psychiatric hospital.METHODSActive surveillance was conducted to identify new cases of S. pyogenes. WGS guided targeted epidemiological investigations, and infection control measures were implemented. Single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)-based genome phylogeny, emm typing, and multilocus sequence typing (MLST) were performed...
May 9, 2018: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29738604/five-year-profile-of-candidemia-at-an-indian-trauma-center-high-rates-of-candida-auris-blood-stream-infections
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Purva Mathur, Fahmi Hasan, Pradeep Kumar Singh, Rajesh Malhotra, Kamini Walia, Anuradha Chowdhary
BACKGROUND: Candidemia is a potentially fatal infection with varied distribution of Candida species and their antifungal susceptibility profiles. The recent emergence of Candida auris in invasive candidiasis is a cause for concern. This study describes the profile of candidemia at an Indian tertiary care hospital and reports the emergence of Candida auris. METHODS: All patients diagnosed as having candidemia between 2012 to 2017 were studied. The isolates were identified using conventional methods, VITEK 2 and by the MALDI-TOF MS...
May 8, 2018: Mycoses
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