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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917219/experience-of-collaboration-between-a-dutch-surgical-team-in-a-ghanaian-orthopaedic-teaching-hospital
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T K Timmers, E Kortekaas, Bpc Beyer, E Huizinga, S M V Hezik van, E Twagirayezu, M Bemelman
BACKGROUND: Surgery is an indivisible, indispensable part of healthcare. In Africa, surgery may be thought of as the neglected stepchild of global public health. We describe our experience over a 3-year period of intensive collaboration between specialized teams from a Dutch hospital and local teams of an orthopaedic hospital in Effiduase-Koforidua, Ghana. INTERVENTION: During 2010-2012, medical teams from our hospital were deployed to St. Joseph's Hospital. These teams were completely self-supporting...
September 2016: African Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915317/initiating-retinopathy-of-prematurity-screening-before-discharge-from-the-neonatal-care-unit-effect-on-enrolment-in-rural-india
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Anand Vinekar, Chaitra Jayadev, Shwetha Mangalesh, Mathew Kurian, Mangat Dogra, Noel Bauer, Bhujang Shetty
OBJECTIVE: To compare the benefits of initiating Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) screening at first contact with the admitted infant prior to hospital discharge ('early screening') with screening performed between 21 and 28 days after birth ('conventional screening') in rural India. DESIGN: Prospective study. SETTING: Two Level II neonatal intensive care units (NICU), from two district headquarters in Karnataka state. PARTICIPANTS: Participants: 329 infants admitted in the two NICUs...
November 7, 2016: Indian Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914488/safety-of-6-month-duration-of-dual-antiplatelet-therapy-after-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndromes-rationale-and-design-of-the-smart-angioplasty-research-team-safety-of-6-month-duration-of-dual-antiplatelet-therapy-after
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Joo Myung Lee, Deok-Kyu Cho, Joo-Yong Hahn, Young Bin Song, Taek Kyu Park, Ju-Hyeon Oh, Jin Bae Lee, Joon-Hyung Doh, Sang-Hyun Kim, Jeong Hoon Yang, Jin-Ho Choi, Seung-Hyuck Choi, Sang Hoon Lee, Hyeon-Cheol Gwon
BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE: Dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) is a fundamental treatment that optimizes clinical outcomes after percutaneous coronary intervention, especially in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Although current international guidelines recommend DAPT for at least 12 months after implantation of a drug-eluting stent in patients with ACS, these recommendations are not based on randomized controlled trials dedicated to ACS population. STUDY DESIGN: The SMART-DATE trial is a prospective, multicenter, randomized, and open-label study to demonstrate the noninferiority of 6-month DAPT compared with 12 months or longer DAPT in patients with ACS undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910416/a-new-beam-emission-polarimetry-diagnostic-for-measuring-the-magnetic-field-line-angle-at-the-plasma-edge-of-asdex-upgrade
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E Viezzer, R Dux, M G Dunne
A new edge beam emission polarimetry diagnostic dedicated to the measurement of the magnetic field line angle has been installed on the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak. The new diagnostic relies on the motional Stark effect and is based on the simultaneous measurement of the polarization direction of the linearly polarized π (parallel to the electric field) and σ (perpendicular to the electric field) lines of the Balmer line Dα. The technical properties of the system are described. The calibration procedures are discussed and first measurements are presented...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909208/evaluation-of-a-national-telemedicine-initiative-in-the-veterans-health-administration-factors-associated-with-successful-implementation
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Lauren Stevenson, Sherry Ball, Leah M Haverhals, David C Aron, Julie Lowery
BACKGROUND: The Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research was used to evaluate implementation facilitators and barriers of Specialty Care Access Network-Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (SCAN-ECHO) within the Veterans Health Administration. SCAN-ECHO is a video teleconferencing-based programme where specialist teams train and mentor remotely-located primary care providers in providing routine speciality care for common chronic illnesses. The goal of SCAN-ECHO was to improve access to speciality care for Veterans...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906707/hybrid-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation-current-approaches-and-future-directions
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Gianluigi Bisleri, Benedict Glover
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation has rapidly evolved during the past decade: although the treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation via a transcatheter approach has been consistently successful, persistent and long-standing atrial fibrillation still represents a major clinical challenge with less favorable outcomes to date. Because novel, minimally invasive surgical approaches have been developed for atrial fibrillation ablation, the aim of the present review is to analyze the current evidence surrounding the integration of surgical and transcatheter strategies in a hybrid fashion for the treatment of atrial fibrillation...
January 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903210/resource-use-governance-and-case-load-of-rapid-response-teams-in-australia-and-new-zealand-in-2014
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BACKGROUND: Rapid response teams (RRTs) are a mandatory element of Australian national health care policy. However, the uptake, resourcing, case load and funding of RRTs in Australian and New Zealand hospitals remain unknown. AIM: To assess the clinical activity, funding, staffing and governance of RRTs in Australian and New Zealand hospitals. METHODS: Survey of Australian and New Zealand hospitals as part of a biannual audit of intensive care resources and capacity...
December 2016: Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895068/impact-of-a-dedicated-cancer-associated-thrombosis-service-on-clinical-outcomes-a-mixed-methods-evaluation-of-a-clinical-improvement-exercise
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Simon Noble, Nikki Pease, Jessica Sui, James Davies, Sarah Lewis, Usman Malik, Raza Alikhan, Hayley Prout, Annmarie Nelson
OBJECTIVES: Cancer-associated thrombosis (CAT) complex condition, which may present to any healthcare professional and at any point during the cancer journey. As such, patients may be managed by a number of specialties, resulting in inconsistent practice and suboptimal care. We describe the development of a dedicated CAT service and its evaluation. SETTING: Specialist cancer centre, district general hospital and primary care. PARTICIPANTS: Patients with CAT and their referring clinicians...
November 28, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887707/-usefulness-of-social-and-educational-approach-in-adolescents-and-young-adults-with-cancer-the-lille-team-s-experience
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Julie Jacquot, Marie Delbarre-Philippart, Hélène Bricout, Cyril Lervat, Guillaume Carbonnelle, Pierre Leblond, Anne-Sophie Defachelles, Nicolas Penel, Hélène Sudour-Bonnange
Within the second "Cancer plan" 2009-2013, the French national institute of cancer (INCa) recommended the implementation of programs dedicated to adolescents and youngs adults (AYA) with cancer. In this context and in parallel to the specific medical care developed for AYA, the Oscar-Lambret center created a psycho-social-educational team including among others a social worker (SW) and a special educational teacher (SET), offering multidisciplinary qualifications and views. The social approach, realized as a pair by SW-SET, takes into account every aspect of each AYA (family, academic, career/professional, personal, cultural aspects…)...
November 22, 2016: Bulletin du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887705/perceptions-on-the-surgical-treatment-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease-in-spain-results-of-a-national-survey
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Luis Sánchez-Guillén, Francisco Blanco-Antona, Mónica Millán-Scheiding
INTRODUCTION: The incidence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is increasing in Spain but there is little information on the availability of multidisciplinary care. This study aims to assess surgeon's opinions on the current situation of surgery for IBD in Spain. METHODS: An electronic closed survey was sent to members of the Spanish Association of Surgeons (AEC) from January to March 2015. This was a 52-item anonymised questionnaire with questions about how the treatment of IBD patients is organized in each centre, the existence of specific units, the management strategy in IBD patients, and the opinion of colorectal, general and trainee surgeons about the surgical treatment of IBD in their centre and in Spain...
November 22, 2016: Cirugía Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880664/the-current-treatment-landscape-the-need-for-antifungal-stewardship-programmes
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Patricia Muñoz, Emilio Bouza
There is increasing evidence supporting the need for antifungal stewardship (AFS) programmes in order to promote appropriate antifungal use, improve diagnosis and quality of care, and decrease the costs of antifungal treatment. AFS programmes delivered by experienced teams can be efficacious and cost effective. However, there are a variety of challenges often faced during the implementation of AFS programmes which can present barriers to their success. These can include lack of dedicated personnel, lack of investment in new diagnostic and prescription tools, and misperception by other physicians...
November 2016: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876446/gastrostomy-tube-placement-is-safe-in-advanced-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Manisha Kak, Naoum P Issa, Raymond P Roos, Bobbie Jean Sweitzer, Ori Gottlieb, Amy Guralnick, Steven R White, Carol E Semrad, Betty Soliven, Joumana Baroody, Kourosh Rezania
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the safety and effect on survival of insertion of a gastrostomy tube (G-tube) in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) who have upright forced vital capacity (uFVC) ≤ 50% predicted. Current guidelines, which are based on higher rates of post-procedure complications in ALS patients with advanced respiratory dysfunction, have led to a recommendation to perform G-tube insertion before the FVC drops to <50% predicted, even when the patient has no significant dysphagia...
November 23, 2016: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873446/the-first-two-years-of-activity-of-a-specialized-organ-procurement-centre-report-of-an-innovative-approach-to-improve-organ-donation
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Pierre Marsolais, Philippe Durand, Emmanuel Charbonney, Karim Serri, Anne-Marie Lagacé, Francis Bernard, Martin Albert
The number of patients requiring organ transplants continues to outgrow the number of organs donated each year. In an attempt to improve the organ donation process and increase the number of organs available, we created a specialized multidisciplinary team within a specialized Organ Procurement Centre (OPC) with dedicated intensive care unit beds and operating rooms. The OPC was staffed with ICU nurses, operating room nurses, organ donor management ICU physicians and multidisciplinary staff. All organ donors within a designated geographic area were transferred and managed within the OPC...
November 22, 2016: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871433/regional-variation-in-acute-stroke-care-organisation
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Paula Muñoz Venturelli, Thompson Robinson, Pablo M Lavados, Verónica V Olavarría, Hisatomi Arima, Laurent Billot, Maree L Hackett, Joyce Y Lim, Sandy Middleton, Octavio Pontes-Neto, Bin Peng, Liying Cui, Lily Song, Gillian Mead, Caroline Watkins, Ruey-Tay Lin, Tsong-Hai Lee, Jeyaraj Pandian, H Asita de Silva, Craig S Anderson
BACKGROUND: Few studies have assessed regional variation in the organisation of stroke services, particularly health care resourcing, presence of protocols and discharge planning. Our aim was to compare stroke care organisation within middle- (MIC) and high-income country (HIC) hospitals participating in the Head Position in Stroke Trial (HeadPoST). METHODS: HeadPoST is an on-going international multicenter crossover cluster-randomized trial of 'sitting-up' versus 'lying-flat' head positioning in acute stroke...
December 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871183/hiv-patient-and-provider-feedback-on-a-telehealth-collaborative-care-for-depression-intervention
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Karen L Drummond, Jacob T Painter, Geoffrey M Curran, Regina Stanley, Allen L Gifford, Maria Rodriguez-Barradas, David Rimland, Thomas P Monson, Jeffrey M Pyne
In the HIV Translating Initiatives for Depression into Effective Solutions project, we conducted a randomized controlled effectiveness and implementation trial comparing depression collaborative care with enhanced usual care in Veterans Health Administration HIV clinics in the US. An offsite HIV depression care team including a psychiatrist, a depression care manager (DCM), and a clinical pharmacist provided collaborative care using a stepped-care model of treatment and made recommendations to providers through the electronic health record system...
November 22, 2016: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870668/cost-savings-opportunities-in-perioperative-management-of-the-patients-with-orthopaedic-trauma
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Alastair E Moody, Catriona E Moody, Peter L Althausen
Considerable opportunities for cost savings exist surrounding the perioperative management of patients with orthopaedic fracture and trauma. Scientific evidence is available to support each potential cost savings measure. Much of these data had been documented for years but has never been adhered to, resulting in millions of dollars in unnecessary testing and treatment. Careful attention to preoperative laboratory testing can save huge amounts of money and expedite medical clearance for injured patients. The use of a dedicated orthopaedic trauma operating room has been shown to improve resource utilization, decrease costs, and surgical complications...
December 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863724/-which-approach-of-therapeutic-education-te-for-adolescents-and-young-adults-with-cancer-experience-from-the-te-working-group-of-go-aja
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Nadège Corradini, Loïc Dagorne, Marielle Retailleau, Françoise Rédini, Hélène Sudour-Bonnange, Leila Gofti-Laroche, Anne Le Rhun, Nathalie Gaspar
INTRODUCTION: Therapeutic education (TE) is a practice developed over 40 years at an international level to give people with chronic illness the skills necessary to help them better manage their disease. The lengthening survival time of cancer patients as well as changes in the patient-caregiver relationship have contributed to the development of TE in oncologic diseases. Every year in France, about 1900 adolescents and young adults (15-25 years old) are diagnosed with cancer which is the second leading cause of death in this age group...
November 15, 2016: Bulletin du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852698/modifying-the-clinical-research-infrastructure-at-a-dedicated-clinical-trials-unit-assessment-of-trial-development-activation-and-participant-accrual
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Chad Tang, Kenneth R Hess, Dwana Sanders, Suzanne E Davis, Aman U Buzdar, Razelle Kurzrock, J Jack Lee, Funda Meric-Bernstam, David S Hong
PURPOSE: Information on processes for trials assessing investigational therapeutics is sparse. We assessed the trial development processes within the Department of Investigational Cancer Therapeutics (ICT) at MD Anderson Cancer Center and analyzed their effects on the trial activation timeline and enrollment. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Data were from a prospectively maintained registry that tracks all clinical studies at MD Anderson. From this database we identified 2,261 activated phase I-III trials; 221 were done at the ICT...
November 16, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27831550/impact-of-a-dedicated-neonatal-stabilization-room-and-process-changes-on-stabilization-time
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S Shivananda, S Gupta, S Thomas, L Babb, C-L Meyer, A Symington, B Paes, G K Suresh
OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to evaluate the impact of a dedicated resuscitation and stabilization (RAS) room and process changes on infant stabilization time. STUDY DESIGN: A prospective quality improvement study was conducted on preterm infants in a tertiary care center. A dedicated RAS room, preresuscitation huddle, infant-isolette-ventilator pairing and improved documentation were implemented. The primary outcome was median time to stabilization and secondary outcomes were illness severity on day 1 and morbidity at discharge...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826906/amputation-and-rotationplasty-in-children-with-limb-deficiencies-current-concepts
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Ralph Sakkers, Iris van Wijk
PURPOSE: Amputations and fitting surgery have a long history in children with limb deficiencies. With the current developments in limb reconstruction and new techniques in prosthetics, the indications for amputation and fitting surgery might have shifted, but still have a very important role in creating high functional performance, optimal participation and quality of life. The purpose of this current concepts article is to give an overview of the indications, dilemmas and technical considerations in the decision-making for amputation and fitting surgery...
November 8, 2016: Journal of Children's Orthopaedics
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