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Neurology, nursing

Neha, Amteshwar S Jaggi, Nirmal Singh
Silymarin is the active constituent of Silybum marianum (milk thistle) which is a C-25 containing flavonolignan. Milk thistle has a lot of traditional values, being used as a vegetable, as salad, as bitter tonic, and as galactogogue in nursing mothers and in various ailments such as liver complications, depression, dyspepsia, spleenic congestions, varicose veins, diabetes, amenorrhea, uterine hemorrhage, and menstrual problems. In this present chapter, a comprehensive attempt has been made to discuss the potential of silymarin in chronic disorders...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Jill Cox, Loretta Kaes, Miguel Martinez, Daniel Moles
Skin temperature may help prospectively determine whether an area of skin discoloration will evolve into necrosis. A prospective, observational study was conducted in 7 skilled nursing facilities to determine if skin temperature measured using infrared thermography could predict the progression of discolored intact skin (blanchable erythema, Stage 1 pressure ulcer, or sus- pected deep tissue injury [sDTI]) to necrosis and to evaluate if nurses could effectively integrate thermography into the clinical setting...
October 2016: Ostomy/wound Management
Andreas Bender, Christine Adrion, Luzia Fischer, Martin Huber, Kerstin Jawny, Andreas Straube, Ulrich Mansmann
BACKGROUND: Patients with acquired brain injury who have been discharged from inpatient neurological rehabilitation often continue to suffer from limited independence, participation, and quality of life. Participation-focused outpatient treatment (in German: teilhabeorientierte ambulan. METHODS: In a randomized, controlled trial, 53 patients who had sustained an acquired brain injury approximately four years earlier were allotted to two different sequences of treatment (26 TEAM/control, 27 control/TEAM)...
September 23, 2016: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
Michał Starosta, Justyna Redlicka, Michał Brzeziański, Marta Niwald, Elżbieta Miller
Diseases of the central nervous system are the most common cause of mobility and cognitive impairment. Stroke is the leading cause of hospitalization in the Neurological Rehabilitation Departments. Age increases the risk of stroke, therefore monitoring basic medical parameters, including blood pressure especially under age of 65, is a very important part of preventive healthcare. According to data from the National Association of Stroke, in 10% of patients after brain stroke, recovery of motor functions and mental state is almost complete, in 25% impairment is minimal, in 40% the functional and cognitive disability is moderated or significant therefore requires rehabilitation, in 10% in view of impossibility of active rehabilitation patients requires comprehensive nursing care service at home or in special long term care centers...
July 29, 2016: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Ju-Sing Fan, Yen-Chia Chen, Hsien-Hao Huang, David Hung-Tsang Yen, Chorng-Kuang How, Mu-Shuan Huang
OBJECTIVE: To explore the incidence and risk factors for interhospital transfer neurological deterioration (IHTND) in patients with spontaneous intracerebral haemorrhage (SICH). METHODS: Consecutive adult patients with first-ever SICH referred to our emergency department (ED) and transported by ambulance from July 2011 through June 2015 were eligible for this prospective observational study. Enrolled patients had SICH with elapsed time <12 hours and a nearly normal Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score (≥13) at presentation...
October 12, 2016: Postgraduate Medical Journal
Roksana Malak, Agnieszka Krawczyk-Wasielewska, Ewa Mojs, Bartosz Grobelny, Katarzyna B Głodowska, José Carlos Millán-Calenti, Laura Núñez-Naveira, Włodzimierz Samborski
BACKGROUND The person with dementia should be treated as an unique person regarding symptoms directly associated with dementia, such as problems with memory, hallucinations, and delusions, as well as other physical, mental, or neurological deficits. The symptoms not directly typical of dementia, such as musculoskeletal disorders or depression, should be also be considered in order to improve the quality of life of a person with dementia. That is why professional caregivers have to broaden their current knowledge not only of medical symptoms but also of the patient's psychosocial condition and increase their inquisitiveness about the individual condition of the patient...
October 10, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Charlotte Gilart de Keranflec'h, François Décaillet
Vaudois university hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland, has an acute neurological rehabilitation unit. An interdisciplinary team cares for patients with brain injuries after their transfer from intensive care. In this context, nurses base their practice on different concepts and techniques for introducing early neurological rehabilitation into each care procedure.
October 2016: Revue de L'infirmière
Melanie Streicher, Michael Themessl-Huber, Karin Schindler, Cornel Christian Sieber, Michael Hiesmayr, Dorothee Volkert
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Oral nutritional supplements (ONS) can be helpful for nursing home (NH) residents to prevent or treat malnutrition. Presently little is known about the use of ONS in NHs and the factors associated with its use. Thus, the aim of this analysis was to describe the use of ONS in NHs participating in the nutritionDay project and to determine characteristics of NH residents receiving ONS. METHODS: Data from nutritionDay (nD), a cross-sectional multicenter study with standardized questionnaires on resident and NH level were analyzed...
September 17, 2016: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Neslihan Lök, Kerime Bademli
OBJECTIVE: In this study, randomized controlled interventional study pattern was used to examine the effects of the "First You Should Get Stronger" program on the caregiving burden and healthy life style behavior of caregivers of dementia patients. METHODS: "Zarit Caregiver Burden Scale" and "Healthy Life Style Behavior Scale" were used. The study was completed with 40 caregivers in total with 20 in the intervention group and 20 in the control group. A statistically significant difference was determined between the "Zarit Caregiving Burden Scale" and "Healthy Life Style Behavior Scale" score averages of the intervention group that participated in the "First You Should Get Stronger" program in comparison with those of the control group...
September 22, 2016: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Dimitrios Theofanidis
BACKGROUND: Improving stroke outcomes by educating nurses in state-of-the-art stroke nursing skills is essential, but unfortunately, to date, there are limited validated stroke assessment scales for routine clinical and research use in Greece. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper is to validate and culturally adapt three internationally recognised stroke scales for use in Greece. METHODS: A critical appraisal of the international literature was undertaken to identify suitable scales to assess stroke impact: neurological, functional status and level of dependence...
September 29, 2016: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
David Bernikier, Katia Raetz, David Chaparro, Jessica Delvert, Jean-Christophe Daviet, Jean Yves Salle
OBJECTIVE: HEMIPASS is a post-stroke interdisciplinary mobile home team care, which aims to provide home care services for post-stroke patients. Describe the evolution of HEMIPASS program over the past three years by looking at its level of activities. The hypothesis is that the HEMIPASS program is more in demand by liberal sector than hospital services; indeed, it increases its efficacy over time. MATERIALS/PATIENTS AND METHODS: Retrospective study design conducted from 2013 to 2015, involving all post-stroke patients enrolled in HEMIPASS program during this period...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Aurélie Rochefolle, Emmanuelle Carré, Sandrine Guasto, Raquel Veloso, Chantal Gaspar, Vincent Depoisson, Catherine Rioufol, Jacques Luaute
The patients in the neurological rehabilitation service are often in pain and anxious. To take care of them, some alternatives to medicine are being tested, especially to limit their side effects. A project of an energetic resonance by cutaneous stimulation service development, based on Chinese medicine, was started in 2013. It is about getting the feedback of the first patients taken care of. Energetic resonance by cutaneous stimulation is a multiprofessional project, associating doctors, chemists, health executives, and nursing staff...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Flavia Coroian, Bertrand Coulet, Claire Jourdan, Olivier Choquet, Isabelle Laffont
OBJECTIVE: The musculotendinous retractions are common complications of central neurological damage with consequences for comfort and function. Treatment of uncomfortable retractions is often surgical, mainly based on tendon gestures. The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficiency of percutaneous needle tenotomy in these indications. MATERIAL/PATIENTS AND METHODS: The indication was accepted at a medical-surgical consultation. Tenotomy was performed using an 18 Gauge needle...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Stephen Trevick, Minjee Kim, Andrew Naidech
The Neuro-ICU is a multidisciplinary location that presents peculiar challenges and opportunities for patients with life-threatening neurological disease. Communication skills are essential in supporting caregivers and other embedded providers (e.g., neurosurgeons, advanced practice providers, nurses, pharmacists), through leadership. Limitations to prognostication complicate how decisions are made on behalf of non-communicative patients. Cognitive dysfunction and durable reductions in health-related quality of life are difficult to predict, and the diagnosis of brain death may be challenging and confounded by medications and comorbidities...
November 2016: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
Anne V Grossestreuer, Benjamin S Abella, Kelsey R Sheak, Marisa J Cinousis, Sarah M Perman, Marion Leary, Douglas J Wiebe, David F Gaieski
PURPOSE: Cerebral Performance Category (CPC) scores are often an outcome measure for post-arrest neurologic function, collected worldwide to compare performance, evaluate therapies, and formulate recommendations. At most institutions, no formal training is offered in their determination, potentially leading to misclassification. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We identified 171 patients at 2 hospitals between 5/10/2005 and 8/31/2012 with two CPC scores at hospital discharge recorded independently - in an in-house quality improvement database and as part of a national registry...
September 17, 2016: Resuscitation
Lu Min Zhi, Wang Feng Dan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2016: Iranian Journal of Public Health
Giovanni Mistraletti, Michele Umbrello, Stefania Anania, Elisa Andrighi, Alessandra Di Carlo, Federica Martinetti, Serena Barello, Giovanni Sabbatini, Paolo Formenti, Tommaso Maraffi, Francesco Marrazzo, Alessandra Palo, Giacomo Bellani, Riccarda Russo, Silvia Francesconi, Federico Valdambrini, Marco Cigada, Francesca Riccardi, Egidio A Moja, Gaetano Iapichino
BACKGROUND: International guidelines recommend systematic assessment of pain, agitation/sedation and delirium with validated scales for all ICU patients. However, these evaluations are often not done. We have created an e-learning training platform for the continuous medical education, and assessed its efficacy in increasing the use of validated tools by all medical and nursing staff of the participating ICUs during their daily practice. METHODS: Multicenter, randomized, before and after study...
September 20, 2016: Minerva Anestesiologica
Marian Smeulers, Hester Vermeulen
OBJECTIVE: Standardization of the handover process is deemed necessary to ensure continuity and safety of care. However, local context is considered of equal importance to improve the handover process. Our objective was to determine what recommendations on standardized shift handover nurses make, if we combine evidence from the literature with the local context of the nurses. DESIGN: A RAND-modified Delphi consensus process that combines evidence from systematic reviews with expert opinion of local nurses and an evaluation of the consensus process with a survey...
September 12, 2016: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Mary Ellen Zimmermann, Zachary Brown, Praise Matemavi, Gloria Melnic, Jason Sample
At many institutions, it is common practice for trauma patients with traumatic intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) to receive routine repeat head computed tomographic (CT) scans after the initial CT scan, regardless of symptoms, to evaluate progression of the injury. The purpose of this study was to assess quantifiable risk factors (age, anticoagulation, gender) that could place patients at greater risk for progression of injury, thus requiring surgical intervention (craniotomy, craniectomy) for which serial CT scanning would be useful...
September 2016: Journal of Trauma Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses
Eriko Miyata, Atsushi Tanaka, Hiroki Emori, Akira Taruya, Shinji Miyai, Nobuo Sakagoshi
OBJECTIVE: Pneumonia after cardiovascular surgery is the leading cause of mortality. Postoperative aspiration pneumonia becomes a critical issue in the management of cardiovascular surgery in the aging society. The aim of this study was to investigate the incidence and risk factors of aspiration pneumonia after cardiovascular surgery for elderly patients. METHODS: This study consisted of 123 elderly patients (>65 years old) who survived their final extubation following cardiovascular surgery at Kinan Hospital...
September 9, 2016: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
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