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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922257/european-implementation-of-the-2014-esc-esa-guideline-on-non-cardiac-surgery-cardiovascular-assessment-and-management
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Lena Koers, Wolfgang S Schlack, Markus W Hollmann, Stefan DE Hert, Benedikt Preckel
BACKGROUND: Substandard implementation of a guideline is a major factor contributing to poor guideline adherence and has the potential to result in preventable patient harm. This study aims to quantify the uptake of the European guideline on non-cardiac surgery1,2 by European anaesthetists. METHODS: This is a questionnaire-based cross-sectional study. Data was collected during Euroanaesthesia, the annual congresses of the Dutch Society of Anaesthesiology, European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiologists and European Society for Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy in 2015...
December 6, 2016: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922230/consensus-statement-on-diagnosis-treatment-and-follow-up-of-cow-s-milk-protein-allergy-among-infants-and-children-in-turkey
#2
Aydan Kansu, Aysel Yüce, Buket Dalgıç, Bülent Enis Şekerel, Fügen Çullu-Çokuğraş, Haluk Çokuğraş
The present paper aims to provide experts' consensus on diagnosis and management of cow's milk protein allergy (CMPA) among infants and children in Turkey, based on review of available evidence-based guidelines, publications and experts' clinical experience. The experts agreed that CMPA diagnosis should be based on symptomatic evaluation and diagnostic elimination diet as followed by implementation of an open challenge test after disappearance of symptoms and confirmation of CMPA diagnosis in re-appearance of symptoms...
2016: Turkish Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922203/vulnerability-to-alcohol-related-problems-a-policy-brief-with-implications-for-the-regulation-of-alcohol-marketing
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Thomas F Babor, Katherine Robaina, Jonathan K Noel, E Bruce Ritson
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The concern that alcohol advertising can have detrimental effects on vulnerable viewers has prompted the development of codes of responsible advertising practices. This paper evaluates critically the concept of vulnerability as it applies to (1) susceptibility to alcohol-related harm and (2) susceptibility to the effects of marketing, and describes its implications for the regulation of alcohol marketing. METHOD: We describe the findings of key published studies, review papers and expert reports to determine whether these two types of vulnerability apply to population groups defined by (1) age and developmental history; (2) personality characteristics; (3) family history of alcoholism; (4) female sex and pregnancy risk; and (5) history of alcohol dependence and recovery status...
December 6, 2016: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921442/nebulized-antibiotics-in-mechanically-ventilated-patients-roadmap-and-challenges
#4
G Poulakou, G Siakallis, S Tsiodras, A Arfaras Melainis, G Dimopoulos
Nebulized antibiotics use has become common practice in the therapeutics of pneumonia in cystic fibrosis patients. There is an increasing interest in their use for respiratory infections in mechanically ventilated (MV) patients in order to a) overcome pharmacokinetic issues in the lung compartment with traditional systemic antibiotic use and b) prevent the emergence of multi-drug-resistant (MDR) pathogens. Areas covered: The beneficial effects of antibiotic nebulization in MV patients e.g. increasing efficacy, reduced toxicity and prevention of resistance are described...
December 6, 2016: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920516/impact-of-a-care-pathway-for-copd-on-adherence-to-guidelines-and-hospital-readmission-a-cluster-randomized-trial
#5
Kris Vanhaecht, Cathy Lodewijckx, Walter Sermeus, Marc Decramer, Svin Deneckere, Fabrizio Leigheb, Paulo Boto, Seval Kul, Deborah Seys, Massimiliano Panella
PURPOSE: Current in-hospital management of exacerbations of COPD is suboptimal, and patient outcomes are poor. The primary aim of this study was to evaluate whether implementation of a care pathway (CP) for COPD improves the 6 months readmission rate. Secondary outcomes were the 30 days readmission rate, mortality, length of stay and adherence to guidelines. PATIENTS AND METHODS: An international cluster randomized controlled trial was performed in Belgium, Italy and Portugal...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919535/occurrences-composition-profiles-and-source-identifications-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-pahs-polybrominated-diphenyl-ethers-pbdes-and-polychlorinated-biphenyls-pcbs-in-ship-ballast-sediments
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Peng-Hao Su, Bao-Yi Lv, Gregg T Tomy, Jin-Xiang Xu, Wen Tian, Chun-Yan Hou, Fang Yin, Yi-Fan Li, Dao-Lun Feng
The aim of this study was to investigate the levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in ship ballast sediments. The ballast sediment samples were collected from six merchant ships docked in 2015 in Jiangyin City, China. Ballast sediments represent a potential vector for the transport of POPs and invasive species between marine environments. An attempt was also made to determine the sources of these compounds in the ballast sediment...
December 2, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919397/a-national-standards-based-assessment-on-functionality-of-electronic-medical-records-systems-used-in-kenyan-public-sector-health-facilities
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Samuel Kang'a, Nancy Puttkammer, Steven Wanyee, Davies Kimanga, Jason Madrano, Veronica Muthee, Patrick Odawo, Anjali Sharma, Tom Oluoch, Katherine Robinson, James Kwach, William B Lober
BACKGROUND: Variations in the functionality, content and form of electronic medical record systems (EMRs) challenge national roll-out of these systems as part of a national strategy to monitor HIV response. To enforce the EMRs minimum requirements for delivery of quality HIV services, the Kenya Ministry of Health (MoH) developed EMRs standards and guidelines. The standards guided the recommendation of EMRs that met a preset threshold for national roll-out. METHODS: Using a standards-based checklist, six review teams formed by the MoH EMRs Technical Working Group rated a total of 17 unique EMRs in 28 heath facilities selected by individual owners for their optimal EMR implementation...
January 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919390/scaling-up-health-information-systems-to-improve-hiv-treatment-an-assessment-of-initial-patient-monitoring-systems-in-mozambique
#8
Mindy Hochgesang, Sophia Zamudio-Haas, Lissa Moran, Leopoldo Nhampossa, Laura Packel, Hannah Leslie, Janise Richards, Starley B Shade
INTRODUCTION: The rapid scale-up of HIV care and treatment in resource-limited countries requires concurrent, rapid development of health information systems to support quality service delivery. Mozambique, a country with an 11.5% prevalence of HIV, has developed nation-wide patient monitoring systems (PMS) with standardized reporting tools, utilized by all HIV treatment providers in paper or electronic form. Evaluation of the initial implementation of PMS can inform and strengthen future development as the country moves towards a harmonized, sustainable health information system...
January 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919373/improving-the-effectiveness-of-drug-safety-alerts-to-increase-adherence-to-the-guideline-for-gastrointestinal-prophylaxis
#9
Soufiane Lilih, Marieke Pereboom, Ruud T M van der Hoeven, Aukje K Mantel-Teeuwisse, Matthijs L Becker
OBJECTIVE: Gastrointestinal bleedings are the most frequently occurring reason for medication-related hospital admissions, which are potentially preventable. We implemented a clinical decision support system that recommends to prescribe gastrointestinal prophylaxis in patients with an increased risk according to the Dutch guideline. Our primary objective was to determine whether the implementation resulted in improved compliance with this guideline for gastrointestinal prophylaxis. A secondary objective was to determine whether implementation resulted in a reduction of the number of drug safety alerts...
January 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918869/paramedic-initiated-cms-sepsis-core-measure-bundle-prior-to-hospital-arrival-a-stepwise-approach
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Jason G Walchok, Ronald G Pirrallo, Douglas Furmanek, Martin Lutz, Colt Shope, Brandi Giles, Greta Gue, Aaron Dix
BACKGROUND: To improve patient outcomes, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented core measures that outline the initial treatment of the septic patient. These measures include initial blood culture collection prior to antibiotics, adequate intravenous fluid resuscitation, and early administration of broad spectrum antibiotics. We sought to determine if Paramedics can initiate the CMS sepsis core measure bundle in the prehospital field reliably. METHODS: This is a retrospective, case series from a 3rd service EMS system model in Greenville, South Carolina between November 17, 2014 and February 20, 2016...
December 5, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918725/prevention-and-monitoring-of-cardiac-dysfunction-in-survivors-of-adult-cancers-american-society-of-clinical-oncology-clinical-practice-guideline
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Saro H Armenian, Christina Lacchetti, Ana Barac, Joseph Carver, Louis S Constine, Neelima Denduluri, Susan Dent, Pamela S Douglas, Jean-Bernard Durand, Michael Ewer, Carol Fabian, Melissa Hudson, Mariell Jessup, Lee W Jones, Bonnie Ky, Erica L Mayer, Javid Moslehi, Kevin Oeffinger, Katharine Ray, Kathryn Ruddy, Daniel Lenihan
Purpose Cardiac dysfunction is a serious adverse effect of certain cancer-directed therapies that can interfere with the efficacy of treatment, decrease quality of life, or impact the actual survival of the patient with cancer. The purpose of this effort was to develop recommendations for prevention and monitoring of cardiac dysfunction in survivors of adult-onset cancers. Methods Recommendations were developed by an expert panel with multidisciplinary representation using a systematic review (1996 to 2016) of meta-analyses, randomized clinical trials, observational studies, and clinical experience...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918685/physical-education-policies-and-practices-in-california-private-secondary-schools
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David Kahan, Thomas L McKenzie
BACKGROUND: Physical education (PE) is mandated in most states, but few studies of PE in private schools exist. METHODS: We assessed selected PE policies and practices in private secondary schools (grades 6-12) in California using a 15-item questionnaire related to school characteristics and their PE programs. RESULTS: Responding schools (n=450; response rate, 33.8%) were from 37 counties. Most were coeducational (91.3%) and had a religious affiliation (83%)...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917759/south-african-guidelines-excellence-sage-adopt-adapt-or-contextualise
#13
J M Dizon, K Grimmer, Q Louw, T Kredo, T Young, S Machingaidze
Clinical practice guideline (CPG) activities must be planned carefully for efficient use of available resources and evidence-based implementation. De novo development of CPGs may sometimes 'recreate the wheel' and delay implementation. Three innovative alternatives to de novo CPG development (adopt, contextualise or adapt) are outlined, which have greater potential than de novo development to best use the limited available resources, personnel and time in settings such as South Africa.
December 1, 2016: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917489/nutrition-quality-of-us-school-snack-foods-a-first-look-at-2011-2014-bid-records-in-8-school-districts
#14
Y Claire Wang, Amber Hsiao, Peter Chamberlin, McKenzie Largay, Abbie Archibald, Andrew Malone, JoAnn Stevelos
BACKGROUND: As part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, snacks, and desserts sold in K-12 schools as of the 2014-2015 school year are required to meet the "Smart Snacks" nutritional guidelines. Although studies exist in tracking progress in local and national efforts, the proportion of snack food procured by school districts compliant with the Smart Snacks standard prior to its full implementation is unknown. METHODS: We repurposed a previously untapped database, Interflex, of public bid records to examine the nutritional quality of snacks and desserts procured by school districts...
January 2017: Journal of School Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917092/colorectal-cancer-screening-navigation-for-the-underserved-experience-of-an-urban-program
#15
Alicia Lamanna, Heather Sheaffer, Carmen Guerra, Michael Kochman
Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Although colorectal cancer screenings are effective and recommended by all clinical practice guidelines, only 65.7% of adults ages 50 to 75 years are screened. Colorectal cancer screening is disproportionately underutilized in inner city populations. In 2011, the University of Pennsylvania Health System created a navigation program to specifically address poor colorectal cancer screening rates and increase access to colorectal cancer screening colonoscopies for patients in the underserved areas of West, South, and Southwest Philadelphia...
September 2016: Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915124/a-literature-review-examining-the-barriers-to-the-implementation-of-family-witnessed-resuscitation-in-the-emergency-department
#16
REVIEW
Catherine Johnson
BACKGROUND: Caring for people near death in the Emergency Department (ED) is challenging for professionals, duty bound to respond to the needs of the dying. Family witnessed resuscitation (FWR) is practiced internationally, allowing relatives to be present at the time of a patient's death, offering comfort to the dying and aiding the bereaved along a healthy grief trajectory. AIM: The literature review elicits barriers to the implementation of FWR in the ED, examining why practice is sporadic despite numerous professional bodies calling for implementation...
November 30, 2016: International Emergency Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914649/nosocomial-outbreak-of-extensively-drug-resistant-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-associated-with-aromatherapy
#17
Astrid Mayr, Guido Hinterberger, Ingo H Lorenz, Peter Kreidl, Wolfgang Mutschlechner, Cornelia Lass-Flörl
An increase of extensively drug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (XDR-PA) in various clinical specimens among intensive care unit patients (n = 7) initiated an outbreak investigation consisting of patient data analyses, control of adherence to infection control guidelines, microbiologic surveys, and molecular-based studies. XDR-PA was detected in a jointly used aroma-oil nursing bottle for aromatherapy. We implemented the restriction of oil sharing among patients. Hence, the outbreak was controlled successfully...
November 30, 2016: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914261/reducing-implant-loss-rates-in-immediate-breast-reconstructions
#18
L Darragh, A Robb, C M Hardie, S McDonald, P Valand, J M O'Donogue
UK best practice guidelines for oncoplastic breast reconstruction were published in 2012. Implant-based reconstruction quality indicator (QI) targets for readmission, return to theatre and implant loss rates were set at 5% by 3 months, along with guidance to achieve these targets. The aims of this study were to quantify complication rates following implant-based reconstruction before and after the implementation of the guidelines. A retrospective audit of 86 patients with 106 implants in the 12 months to June 2013 was performed, C1...
November 30, 2016: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912780/the-influence-of-cost-per-daly-information-in-health-prioritisation-and-desirable-features-for-a-registry-a-survey-of-health-policy-experts-in-vietnam-india-and-bangladesh
#19
Yot Teerawattananon, Sripen Tantivess, Inthira Yamabhai, Nattha Tritasavit, Damian G Walker, Joshua T Cohen, Peter J Neumann
BACKGROUND: Economic evaluation has been implemented to inform policy in many areas, including coverage decisions, technology pricing, and the development of clinical practice guidelines. However, there are barriers to evidence-based policy in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) that include limited stakeholder awareness, resources and data availability, as well as the lack of capacity to conduct country-specific economic evaluations. This study aims to survey health policy experts' opinions on barriers to use of cost-effectiveness data in these settings and to obtain their advice on how to make a new cost-per-DALY database being developed by Tufts Medical Center more relevant to LMICs...
December 3, 2016: Health Research Policy and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912741/impact-of-a-school-based-intervention-on-nutritional-education-and-physical-activity-in-primary-public-schools-in-chile-kind-programme-study-protocol-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial
#20
Nelly Bustos, Sonia Olivares, Bárbara Leyton, Marcelo Cano, Cecilia Albala
BACKGROUND: Chile has suffered a fast increase in childhood obesity in the last 10 years. As a result, several school programmes have been implemented, however the effectiveness of these needs to be evaluated to identify and prioritize strategies to curve this trend. METHODS: Cluster randomized controlled trial. Twelve primary public schools chosen at random over three regions of the country will take part in this study. The sample size consisted of a total of 1,655 children...
December 3, 2016: BMC Public Health
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